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The Future of Local Government: speech by E.B.Barnard MP November 1907

‘The Future of Local Government’: a speech by Mr E. B. Barnard M P at the Shaftesbury Hall, Sawbridgeworth on 14 November 1907
Note Edmund Broughton Barnard OBE JP DL (16 February 1856 to 27 January 1930) according to Wikipedia, was a British Liberal politician, landowner and sportsman. He was an original member of Hertfordshire County Council from 1888, serving on and chairing many different committees and becoming its chairman in 1920 and an Alderman. He was chairman of the County Council’s Education Committee and took a strong stand in favour of the retention of village schools, emphasising their importance to the preservation of village life. Barnard also served on Sawbridgeworth Urban District Council and was its chairman between 1905 and 1907. He died suddenly, aged 73, during a meeting of the Hertfordshire County Council, which he was chairing, on 27 January 1930 in London in the Law Society’s hall.

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George Ottea, butler at Terlings Park

Theo van de Bilt has been researching people of colour living in the Sawbridgeworth area in the past and he found George Ottea who worked as a butler at Terlings Park in Gilston. He was working there in 1891 according to the census.

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Sawbridgeworth Parish Magazine 1935-1938

Scanned from Sawbridgeworth Parish Magazine 1935 to 1938

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Amended Constitution

This is an updated version of our Constitution. Amended constitution AGM 250321

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Child Safeguarding Policy

This is a copy of the latest version of our Child Safeguarding Policy. Safeguarding document

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The Tangled Tale of the Provision of Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall

On March 17th Peter Reed gave an interesting talk via Zoom on the history of the Memorial Hall. Here is a transcript of the talk for those who were unable to “attend”.

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Finding RAF Sawbridgeworth in the War Paintings of Eric Ravilious

This is an overview of the Zoom talk given by Liz Waugh last week on behalf of the Sawbridgeworth Local History Society.

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Sawbridgeworth Memorial Hall

This is an article by Hazel Mead which was published in the January 2021 edition of The Sawbridgeworth Flyer.

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Sawbridgeworth Parish News 1935 -1938

We have been scanning copies of the Parish Magazine. David Royle was looking at the magazine from 1935 to 1938 and has written two articles.

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Eric Ravilious – artist stationed at RAF Sawbridgeworth – our next talk

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Black History Month – links to websites for information and research

It’s Black History month, giving us the opportunity to learn from stories and events about people whose lives have been unknown or undervalued in the past. Many institutions are working to find out more. HALS, the Hertfordshire Archives and Local History service, has searched its own collections of records with the help of volunteers and found new information to make available to all.

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The Cambridge Road bomb – 10th October 1940

By Theo van de Bilt
October 10th marks the 80th anniversary of the bomb that caused damage and death on Cambridge Road

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Sawbridgeworth Parish Magazine 1960 – 1976

Scanned from Sawbridgeworth Parish Magazine 1960 to 1976

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The history of Sawbridgeworth’s Town-twinning with Moosburg in Germany by David Royle

Sawbridgeworth has another twin town in Germany – Moosburg. David Royle has written an article about the history of the town twin and a guide to it.

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The history of Sawbridgeworth’s Town-Twinning with Bry-sur-Marne by David Royle

Have you ever wondered how and why we are involved in town-twinning? David Royle has written an article about our French twin-town with its history and a guide.

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Our first Zoom meeting

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Betty Say – Sawbridgeworth to South Australia via Minnesota.

Our latest article, written by Chris Finch, is about the life of a former Sawbridgeworth resident who was adopted by a local family, met her future husband, an American serviceman, during the Second World War. She moved to the USA after the war and later went to live in Australia near to her sister. She… Read More »

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The London Road Fire – 1st February 1905

Our latest article is about the fire on the corner of London Road and Hoestock Road in 1905. It was reported nationally in the Daily Mirror.

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Sawbridgeworth’s connection to the slave trade

The Black Lives Matter movement is raising awareness of the injustices done to black people because of the colour of their skin. Here in Sawbridgeworth there is evidence of the historical injustice that is the basis for present day racism. Four generations of families connected to the Manor of Pishiobury were slave owners or profited from… Read More »

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Beale Blackwell Colvin – Resident and short time owner of Pishiobury House

Although Colvin did not live in Sawbridgeworth very long he had an interesting life and worth reading about.

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Editorial policy

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High Wych allotments

This article is about the history of the allotments at High Wych. The Local History Society is looking to produce a booklet on the allotments in Sawbridgeworth and the article begins with a request for experiences now and in the past from local allotment holders.

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Francis and Fanny Ede

Two ‘forgotten’ owners of Pishiobury House, Sawbridgeworth

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Pishiobury School – the school for “naughty boys”

Later to become offices and flats.

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