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PETER WRIGHT'S BEQUEST

Peter Wright, the first Chairman of the Friends, died in 2015.  He generously made a bequest to the Friends, and with this we have purchased a pair of vases and a pair of oil lamps.  Both date from around 1900 and are of a type which would have been in the Mansion during Sarah Ingleby's lifetime.  They will be placed in the display cabinets in the Bird Room.


FRIENDS OF VALENTINES MANSION ARE NOW ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

We have set up accounts on Facebook and Twitter.  Find us at Friends of Valentines Mansion on Facebook and FriendsOfValentines@FOVM4 on Twitter.  There isn't much to see yet, but we will be adding to it with news of our activities and events, so please keep an eye out for news.

11th January 2017


PROPOSED RE-LOCATION OF REGISTRY OFFICE SERVICES TO VALENTINES MANSION

The Friends are aware of the proposal to re-locate Registry Office Services from Queen Victoria House to Valentines Mansion.  We will do everything possible to preserve the historical integrity of Valentines Mansion and to protect its future as an asset for cultural, educational and community use.

3rd December 2016


MAY FAIR

Saturday 13th May 2017

The sun shone for our May Fair - we hope this year's weather will be just as good.  As usual there will be a wide variety of craft stalls for visitors to browse.  We are pleased to welcome back musicians who have entertained us in previous years - Redbridge Music Service Recorders, Fairlop Brass and Champagne Flutes.  There will be activities for children in the Victorian kitchen.  Admission is £2;  children under 12 accompanied by an adult free;  familiy ticket £5.

 


SIR CHARLES RAYMOND

Sir Charles Raymond owned Valentines Mansion from 1754 until his death in 1788.  Sir Charles Raymond of Valentines and the East India Company  (published August 2015) is a meticulously researched biography by local historian Georgina Green.  The book offers readers a detailed account of the life of a successful eighteenth-century sea captain whose oriental fortune laid the foundations for domestic comfort and commercial achievement at home in Georgian Essex.  Priced £15, the book is available from Valentines Mansion or from georgina.green@btconnect.com


A GENEROUS DONATION

The Friends are grateful to Mr. John Hart for donating a charming mirror to the Friends - Mr. Hart is a descendent of the Finch family who owned Valentines in the early years of the eighteenth century.  The mirror now hangs in the Mansion in the stairwell, above the two Victorian chairs donated last year by Mrs. Phyllis Bowers.


PETER WRIGHT

We are sad to report the death of PETER WRIGHT on 11th May 2015.  Peter was a well-known and distinguished figure in local historical circles.  He was a founder member of the Friends of Valentines Mansion and its first Chairman, from 2000 until 2003, then serving several more years as a committee member.


BOOKSTALL

The Friends' second-hand bookstall is on second Sunday of the month, when you can be entertained by the musicians of Redbridge Music Lounge in the kitchen garden while you browse through our extensive selection of good quality books.  The bookstall is next open on Sunday 12th February, 11.00 am to 2.30 pm (weather permitting) at the Dovecote, beside the Mansion.


ARE YOU SITTING COMFORTABLY?

Thanks to a generous gift from FoVM member Mrs. Phyllis Bowers, you will be.  Mrs. Bowers has donated two Victorian chairs which belonged to her grandfather.  They have been restored and are now situated at the foot of the main staircase.  They are not museum-pieces, they are meant to be used, so if you are visiting Valentines Mansion and need a little rest, please take a seat.