THE AGM in April was very well attended by 71 members and one visitor.

The chairman gave a very positive report on the previous year’s activities which included a coach trip to the Olympic Park, a boat trip along the Thames and the 60th anniversary dinner held at Orsett Hall, as well as the society’s usual presence at Horndon Feast & Fayre and the Orsett Show.

The monthly speakers were well received and continue to fill the hall, with an audience of between 70 and 80.

The officers and committee were re-elected except for Mary Dyne, who has decided to retire. There were no nominations at this stage for a replacement.

Brian Burton, who served on the committee for many years and on the committee of the Essex Archaeological and Historical Congress, the Coalhouse Fort committee and has contributed articles to our journal Panorama, was made an honorary member.

Chairman Susan Yates thanked all those who have supported the Society during the past year. Christopher Harrold, a patron of the society, then gave an illustrated talk on An Heraldic Jigsaw, explaining the heraldry depicted on our coins.

The next meeting is at the Adult Community College, Richmond Road, Grays, on Friday, May 17, at 8pm. The speaker is Professor Geoffrey Martin on Re-excavating the Royal Tomb of King Horembeb in the Valley of the Kings.

Visitors are welcome.