Spring 2019 Newsletter

Chairman’s message
Jackie Arnot

Talk on Markets, Mildmay and Marconi
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Chelmsford’s Suffragettes
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Essex country houses
Report by Shirley Deering

Talk on Henry VIII and his six wives
Report by Shirley Deering

“From Crossbow to CrossRail”
Report by Shirley Deering

Outing to Mountfitchet Castle and Wimpole Estate
Report by Shirley Deering

The Christmas Post outing
Report by Al Arnot

President’s Event

On target
Shirley Deering

Use it or lose it
Al Arnot

Talk on Henry VIII and his six wives
Report by Shirley Deering

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An actor dressed as Henry VIII

Members welcomed a very special speaker to the December meeting, His Majesty King Henry VIII, impersonated by Tony Strange, magnificent in a flamboyant costume. In amusing and colourful (modern) language, Henry described how he met and married each of his six wives, and listed their good and bad points.

His first wife, Katherine of Aragon, had been briefly married to his older brother before his tragic early death. Initially Henry and Katherine’s was a happy marriage and lasted twenty-four years. Sadly, although pregnant many times, Katherine produced only one child, a daughter, who reached adult years. Henry decided he had committed a sin marrying his brother’s widow and he had grounds for divorce. Working through a further five wives eventually produced a son, only ten years before Henry’s death. He would never know his son died at fifteen, so it had all been to no avail.;

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