In the first part, we established the names and baptisms of the known children of Christopher Jones; we will now delve deeper and explore the ultimate fate of these ten children, as far as can be determined.
The genealogy of Christopher Jones tends to be largely put to one side – as he did not stay in America, his lineage does not count for those looking to prove their Mayflower ancestry. However, he played an important enough role that many will wish to be a descendant of the master of the Mayflower, therefore an important first step is to determine how many children he had, and what happened to them.
This part will just give the basic details, while part two will fully explore the fate of Jones’ children.
Harwich Town rail station has been renovated to become the focal point of our Railway & Shipping Museum. The interiors now look as they would have in about 1924; the reason this year was specifically chosen is because on the 24th of April 1924, Prince George (the future Duke of Kent) inaugurated a brand new train ferry service, linking Harwich to Zeebrugge. There are two videos of footage from the day available online:
British Pathé, via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsGjqI6WxDs
East Anglian Film Archive (UEA): http://www.eafa.org.uk/catalogue/585
We are delighted to announce that our application to become part of the Co-op’s Community Token Scheme has been successful! Working with the Co-op, we are looking to raise funds for our Visitor Centre.
If you would like to support us, and you are already a member of the Co-op, all you have to do is visit either of the two stores in Dovercourt – on Fronks Road and in the High Street – pick up a token, and vote for us.
If you are not already a member of the Co-op, you can become one by visiting in-store, or join via their website: https://www.eastofengland.coop/membership
With your help we could raise up to £500 for the Visitor Centre. Every token counts!
We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the County of Essex (a Class 47 locomotive) which is on a tour organised by our friends at Charity Railtours. Waiting to greet the passengers will be several special guests including the; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Chair of Essex County Council, Chair of Tendring District Council, Mayor of Harwich and the High Steward of Harwich.
The train is expected to arrive at Harwich Town station at 16.25 with the Museum being opened shortly after. The passengers will have time to visit the Museum and explore the town before the train departs at 18.30.
We are very grateful to the Harwich Society for arranging to open its visitor attractions to coincide with our event. These include the; High Lighthouse, Maritime Museum and the Treadwheel Crane.
The tour has been organised in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support. The County of Essex has kindly been donated by The Stratford 47 Group.
Issue 240 is in the shops now and includes a great article on the opening of our Railway and Shipping Museum on Sunday 15th April.
It’s also worth taking a look at the Heritage Railway website www.heritagerailway.co.uk for lots more interesting news and articles.
An open evening is being held on Wednesday April 25th for anyone who is interested in getting involved with the Heritage Centre and its Railway and Shipping Museum. Please come along to the Museum at Harwich Town station between 6pm and 7.30pm.
The Harwich Town Station buildings are being remodelled! Ten rooms are currently being transformed to represent the station as it was in 1924 and they are now home to a nationally important rail heritage collection. This outstanding collection has not been seen by the public before.
The Museum will be open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm with effect from April 21st. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. If you are a UK taxpayer, please help us further by completing a Gift Aid Declaration form.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our volunteering opportunities.
In Partnership with the Mayflower Heritage Centre.
Unleash your creativity and join the new Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild at The Heritage Centre. George Street, Harwich, CO12 3Nd. There are two ‘taster’ meetings on Saturday 7th April and Tuesday 17th May. Come and join us and get inspired!
Be a textile artist with a needle as a brush and thread as paint, and enjoy the company of like minded people and have fun.
For more information about the Guild or the new branch in Harwich please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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