The Archive’s second event of the year was a great success. At 10 am on Saturday 22nd March, the doors of the Manor Mission opened promptly and all hands were on deck to arrange the tables, photograph displays and to set up the “tea and cake shop”.
Over the previous day or two, several ladies had been baking a selection of old fashion cakes to give a nostalgic feel to the refreshments. Caraway seed cake, bread pudding, fat-less fruit cake made with a tea bag, rock cakes, sausage rolls, rhubarb cake and blackberry muffins.
Guests began arriving and were soon browsing the display boards and maps, looking through the albums, recognising and chatting to previous neighbours and old school friends. As usual the enlarged copies of the 1956 and 1958 Laindon High Road School long photographs drew lots of attention as people searched among all the faces to spot either themselves, some of their school friends or teachers.
A queue started to form at the “tea shop” and soon the home made fare was ‘selling like hot cakes’ (at a very reasonable price of course). The first to run out was the bread pudding and muffins. I was even asked “Is there any more bread pudding”. The fruit loaf was also very popular and soon people were sitting happily chatting and munching. The queue continued all afternoon with some going back for second and even third helpings.
It was good to see some new faces among the many regulars visitors. All were very welcome and some had travelled great distances from various parts of the country. Some had questions to ask, stories to tell and a few brought various items to be scanned.
The merchandise stand did very well indeed with the sale of several maps, postcards, key rings and various leaflets. Together with the sales from the tea/cake stand, the Archive’s funds were given a nice little boost which will help towards future events. Many thanks to all those involved in making the day so enjoyable, the team, their helpers and all the visitors who came along.
Most of all a very big thank you to David Marshall for his help in setting up the display and the two ladies from the Manor Mission who helped in the kitchen. Your time and hard work was very much appreciated.