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From: "Colleen" <>
Subject: Re: Essex History Fair
Date: Mon, 26 Jun 2006 19:21:57 +0100
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Sounds excellent, Lawrence, thanks for your description. The problem with
this time of year in Essex is we're spoilt for choice. I'd have loved to
have seen the Braintree Fair too - and Sheering church's flower festival
plus some others held on the same day.

Other fascinating events held at this time of year too are the village open
days, when local people throw open their gardens for sight seers to traipse
round. I went to Little Totham's last year and Goldhanger's this year, which
meant I could take some pictures of historic houses and their gardens which
are usually hidden from view behind high hedges. But...I forgot to charge up
my camera battery the night before Goldhanger's, so will have to wait for
next year's open day to get some of the pics I wanted!

These open days - usually to raise funds for the church - are becoming more
and more common these days. I just wish there was a list of them somewhere
as I'm sure I'm missing those of some of the villages I'd love to see.


----- Original Message -----
From: "La Greenall" <>

> Went along to the Fair at Braintree today, and was very impressed. The
> organisers had got things balanced just right,
> But it was evidently an excellent idea to hold the event in a market
> square in the middle of town; because of this the event was so much more
> than 'just a fair'; after a couple of marquees brimming with stalls I
> trotted off to the Town Hall's art gallery, then went upstairs and drank
> my Ribena sat in a very posh leather chair looking up at deliciously
> painted ceilings depicting the history of Braintree. Yes, those council
> chambers were wonderfully cool; I bet the meetings held there raise the
> temp a bit sometimes though!
> Next, after a few more stalls, it was off to the local museum, housed in
> a very large Victorian school. I could waffle on about the displays but
> the best one of all was extremely thoughtful and appropriate - an
> original Victorian schoolroom, complete with desks, books, blackboard,
> maps of Palestine and Egypt, and even a real live schoolmistress with
> whom I had a very enlightening conversation about the current usage of
> the English flag and Union flag. Wish my 1970s schoolteachers were as
> good.

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