Bata Heritage Centre: Spring Report

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Spring Report
By Mike Tabard

Hello to all our friends and I hope that after the winds of last week we can all begin to enjoy Spring and the longer evenings.

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 4 April in East Tilbury Scout Hall starting at 10am and will be followed by our normal monthly committee meeting. All are welcome – if you fancy coming along to find out what we do and how to volunteer with us we will be very happy to see you.

Work continues on the new East Tilbury library. Although I haven’t been inside recently I understand that the work is progressing very well. I am not aware of any other issues arising since the January Newsletter and I can tell you that after many discussions with Thurrock Council’s library service the furniture and internal fittings have now been ordered. We certainly seem to be on track for a reopening in the not too distant future – watch out for more details. I doubt if we will be fully operational on day 1 with all the work that we have to do yet but thanks to the 4 people who have offered to help us move back in. Any other offers of help will be gratefully received.

Our next Open Day on Saturday 13 April in the ground floor area of the former Bata Building 13 (Administration Building) from 10am to 2pm is fast approaching and we are getting ourselves ready for this. We have had a number of requests for reserved places on our guided walks which will be available at 11am, 12noon and 1pm. If you haven’t booked a place as yet but would like to do so then please contact me with your preferred time on brrcatbatamemories@hotmail.com. As mentioned before we will ask the usual £3 per person donation payable on the day. For those of you coming by car I would suggest that you park in the Memorial Park, just across the road, and walk across to Building 13 – the old entrance rather than through the revolving doors. I hope to see as many of you as possible on 13 April.

We are preparing leaflets to deliver to properties in the East Tilbury and Linford area and for this we have already decided upon the date of the October 2019 Open Day which should be held in the refurbished East Tilbury library. It will be on Saturday 12 October from 10am to 2pm so PLEASE SAVE THE DATE.

On a sadder note we have lost more of our Bata friends and I should update you all about them. First of all Alan Davies who passed away on 22 September 2018. His widow, Pat, apparently wrote to me but somehow her email must have got lost in the ether and so his details were not included back in January for which I apologise. Alan worked for Bata, in the Accounts Department, for over 37 years along with Ray Wright and Paul Davey amongst others and was made redundant in October 2006. Alan continued in work for a couple of years until Friday 22 June 2018 when he retired. Sadly, he collapsed into a semi coma that weekend and passed away on 22 September 2018. We have also heard that Bernard James passed away in February and, for those of you who remember The Nook Café, it has been announced that Mrs Pearl Lazell passed away on 4 March the day before her 104th birthday. She and her late husband owned the business.

Many thanks and all the best

Mike (Tarbard)
Chairman – Bata Heritage Centre

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