Author Archives: Theo van de Bilt

About Theo van de Bilt

Theo is a Dutch expatriate and a retired publishing professional. He has always had an interest in history,. His interest in local history came about through shame: how come I have lived in East Herts for so long and still know so little about it

Our first evening meeting

Yes folks, on Thursday 19th October at 7pm the SLHS will hold its first evening meeting. Our speaker will be local author Liz Waugh and her subject will be ‚ÄėRivers Orchard in the context of a rural way of life‚Äô The event will place in the Hailey Centre in Bell Street Sawbridgeworth (next to the‚Ķ Read More »

We did well at the scarecrow festival

Hello, As you may know¬† High Wych held its second scarecrow festival last weekend. Although the weather was not as brilliant as it was last year participation broke all records. The village was rewarded with a two page spread in the Herts & Essex Observer and also with an online video. If you are interested,‚Ķ Read More »

Meet Asgar

Hello, As some of you may know on Saturday 9th September and the following Sunday the High Wych scarecrow and flower fesstival will be held. Scarecrows will line the road from The Hand and Crown Pub to High Wych School and along High Wych Lane up to The Manor of Groves Hotel. The centre of‚Ķ Read More »

Publish and be ????????????

Publish and be damned the saying goes. We hope that is not your conclusion after having read some of the articles on this website. There are eight of them¬† now on that page with subjects ranging from the Lordship of the local Manor to¬† Trade Fairs in the olden days. You can access the page‚Ķ Read More »

Meet the Barnards

Hello again, On our articles page we just posted a story about the Barnards by Douglas Coe. The name Barnard is well known around these parts. Most people will know about the Fawbert and Barnard School in Knight Street and another school of that name in Harlow. People might also have heard of Sir Edmund‚Ķ Read More »

Fun on the Field was Fun !!

It’s already a few weeks ago but we’d like to share two pictures taken at that event. The weather was kind to us with sunshine and blue skies all day. These occasions seem to be just to sort of thing our society needs to promote itself. The above picture shows Gill Munro and Chris Catling‚Ķ Read More »