The Danbury Society
Registered Charity No. 283898
The Danbury Society is a village conservation Society located in
Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex, UK

The Danbury Society - 2013

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Spring Meeting, 2013.

Thursday, 14th March 2013 in the Church Meeting Room at 8pm.

The Society's first meeting for 2013 had to be changed due to indisposition of both Chairman and Speaker.   The Hon. Secretary stood in for Curt Brown whilst the speaker booked for September brought his talk forward to 14th March.

Stuart Baldwin is a polished and practiced speaker and gave a lucid and witty delivery on a topic that many might have thought boring.   He has been collecting fossils for many years and described how it had changed his life.   Thirty years ago, his regular job had been with IBM but on one occasion he was exhibiting some of his collection an educational exhibition.   He was astonished that so many teachers wanted to buy many of the items in his collection.   Instead he experimented with making accurate casts of some of his specimens, in particular he was able to make casts of an ammonite (a kind of sea-dwelling snail) fossil to show how it grew from juvenile to adult and variants by gelogical time.

From that small beginning he developed a business that he eventually sold to the Open University.

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Chairman for the night, Norman introducing Stuart Baldwin.
Photos by John Bowen

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Close-up of the many very interesting Fossils displayed by Stuart.

Tea/coffee was supplied by Jean Brown and Glad Deamer and was very welcomed.

A very interesting evening even though not on the topic as advertised.

Report by Norman Bartlett.


The Spring (Bluebell) Walk

This was on a Sunday, in May from the Community Centre Upper Car Park
at 2.15pm.

Usually the Danbury Society Spring Walk is in nice sunshine but with Global Warming - who knows!

An enjoyable walk - thank you David & Wendy for yet another event in the year of the Danbury Society.


The 41st Annual Art Exhibition.

This was held at the Danbury Sports and Social Centre , Eve's Corner on the Bank Holiday weekend, 23rd, 24th & 25th August.

This year the Art Exhibition was held in the more spacious lower Hall of the Sports and Social Centre - it proved easier to erect the stands, display the 300 plus paintings and provided more space to look at them.

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This year's Art Show was at the Sports and Social Centre.

Entrance is free but a Catalogue will be charged at £1.00 (good value).

Date     Open times (Hours)
Friday August 23rd       12.00 - 18.00
Saturday August 24th   10.00 - 18.00
Sunday August 25th   10.00 - 17.00

This is a highly regarded exhibition with both framed and unframed pictures for sale, many by local artist and further a field in Essex, showing different media and a variety of subjects.

We have another display this year of drawings and paintings by year six pupils of St Johnís Primary School, and they will be joined by Danbury Park School and Heathcote School, something to look forward to.

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The School's display panel while Danbury Society Treasurer, Bob Booker looks at some pictures at the entrance.

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Two more display panels.

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(Left) the late Renee Nichols looking at Frank Sinatra.   Renee ran the Art Show for 14 years.
(right) Large painting Ladies of Jazz in acrylic and enamel paint by Sarah Berry.

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Large pensive looking Cow while Peter Heath's painting of Clouds over The Blackwater in Oil shows the sea and a typical East Coast sky.

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Portfolio stands while Norman Bartlett mans the Selling Desk.

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Display of boats with the top right in close-up - Moored Up in Pen and Wash by Russell Newton.

Monies raised will help to promote the general charitable benefit of the inhabitants of the Danbury area.

The Danbury Society Annual Art Show was headed by Glad & John Deamer who have done it for the past 11 years together with her band of willing helpers.

If you would like to get involved in the future please contact Glad Deamer on 01245 223106


The Autumn Meeting - Peter Turrall, Chairman of the Marconi Veterans Association.

Thursday, 12th September in the Church Meeting Room at 8pm.


The Autumn Walk

This was be on a Sunday in October at 2.15pm and started from the Community Centre Top Car Park.   However is was a dreadful day with lashing rain just before and it is thought it never took place.


The AGM will be followed by a Talk.

This was on Thursday, 21st November in St John's Church Meeting Room at 8pm.

Danbury Society AGM

Curt opened the AGM by welcoming the large number of Members.

Apologies for Absence were recorded, the Chairman read his Report, the Treasurer read his Report and the re-election of Officers was voted for.   Curt was Re-Elected Chairman.

The Treasurer said that the sale of painting were a little down on previous years but by moving the function to the Sports and Social Centre and rearranging the expenses the overall money taken was about the same.

After the AGM Mr Mike Logan Wood gave a facinating talk backed up with beautiful pictures of the migration of birds throughout the World.

After the Talk Mike answered questions and then the Meeting enjoyed Cheese and Biscuits and wine or soft drinks.


Carols Around the Christmas Tree at Eves Corner

18th December 2013.

The annual Carol Service around the Christmas Tree on the village green usually has a Silver Band to provide the music however this year Danbury has moved into the Digital Age with recorded Digital Music/Carols.   There will be powerful flood lights to help read the song sheets more easily since the power pillar was erected.

Eves Corner Tree
Eves Corner Tree.

Afterwards, most of the gathering people will walk a short distance to the Hall by the Sports and Social Centre for hot drinks and mince pies served by a happy band of Helpers.

For many years, the Danbury Society organised the Christmas Tree and associated works but since various Regulations came along amateur help is frowned on.   The Society would like to thank the Parish Council for taking on the task of providing the tree and to others who make the "Carols Around the Tree" so popular.



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