Sunday, September 25, 2022

Bata Heritage Centre: Open Day



Hello to all our friends and supporters. It seems ages ago that I last wrote but it was in March. I spoke the about enjoying the longer evenings and now we are faced with the shorter ones and dusk being upon us before we know it.

At the April Annual General Meeting everyone was re-elected and we try to continue our work. The good news then was that John Purkiss had recently retired and, wanted to join us. John brings an enormous amount of knowledge to the group and like a few others, worked at Bata for many years. He still lives on King George VI Avenue and although no longer a local Councillor he is Chair of the local Welcom Forum. On the subject of new volunteers we have 2 others who came to their first committee meeting yesterday – Joanne Aldridge and John Evenden. Both are “Bata children” like most of us and I am sure, in time, their talents will shine. Joanne has offered to take over the vacant Secretary post so, personally, I am delighted at this.

As many of you know East Tilbury library reopened on 23 April and in my view it is bright, airy and, I think, welcoming. We are very fortunate to have an even bigger area than before and so work started straight away to bring our cleaned and refurbished collection back. Most of this work was done by Mick Pinion, Graham Sutcliffe and John Purkiss with help from me from time to time. Mick has taken on the role of looking after the display cabinets. He, and others, worked very hard to get all the cabinets restocked in quick time and, at the same time, Mick is creating a spreadsheet database so that we know exactly what we have in our collection and where it is displayed and/or stored. This is a difficult job and we all need to help him in keeping records up to date!

As mentioned in March, our next Open Day is tomorrow week, Saturday 12 October. We are experimenting with a 2 centre day in the ground floor area of the former Bata Building 13 (Administration Building) and also in the library. We will be in Building 13 from 10am to 1pm when we will transfer over to the library until 3pm. The library will have been open for normal business from 10am as well. We will have volunteers in both venues. Guided walks at £3 per person, payable on the day, will start from Building 13 (at 1030am, 1130am and 1230pm) and will finish at the library. If you haven’t booked a place as yet but would like to do so then please contact me soonest with your preferred time on 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 Saturday week.

We agreed yesterday on the date of the first 2020 Open Day and it will be on Saturday 25 April 2020 from 10am to 3pm so PLEASE SAVE THE DATE.

Finally, I should say that if anyone is not happy to continue receiving our emails and/or Newsletters then please let me know and I will remove you from our database and confirm by a final email. This will then mean that we continue to be compliant with the relatively new General Data Protection Regulation rules.

Many thanks and all the best

Mike (Tarbard)
Chairman – Bata Heritage Centre


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