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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


 


MAY FAIR

Saturday 13th May 2017

Our thanks to all those who contributed to the success of another Friends of Valentines Mansion May Fair - the stallholders who displayed an impressive array of arts and crafts, the musicians who kept us entertained throughout the day, people who provided a wide range of activities for children, not forgetting the May Queen.  Thanks also to the many stewards and helpers who ensured that the day ran smoothly, and of course to all those who attended. 

 


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 (March to October), at the Dovecote beside the Mansion, 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.


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.