MEMBERS enjoyed an extremely interesting presentation by Mike Tarbard on the history of Bata. Ably assisted by May Vaccavik, Mike spoke of the development of the Bata factory and estate in East Tilbury from 1933 until the factory’s closure in 2006. References were made to the original Bata factory at Zlin in Czechoslovakia and Tomas Bata’s vision to copy his ethos at East Tilbury. Mike spoke of the importance given to the social life with sports facilities provided for the workers.
Mike and May are volunteers at the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre in East Tilbury Library which is celebrating its tenth anniversary next year. An open day will be held on April 18. Several members expressed an interest in visiting the centre then. Pat Arnold gave an appreciative vote of thanks.
The condiment set competition was won by Pat Arnold, with Joyce Brice, Jenny White and Trudi English second, third and fourth.
The rambling group enjoyed a good walk around the area of Hadleigh Castle and the Olympic cycle tracks. They were due to meet again at Thames Chase on November 2.
Visitors will be very welcome at the next Guild meeting, at 7.30pm on Wednesday, November 11, in Corringham Village Hall. The speaker is Jeanne Stafford on the work of a JP. The competition is a money box.