How to meet the Archive group.

Original members of the Archive Group (2011).
Ron Poulter

You can meet members of the Wickford Community Archive at their Memory Desks which are held at Wickford library, from 10.00am until 12noon. The date for the next Memory Desks are shown below.

We will be on hand: to show people how to access and use the site; to scan photographs for including on the site;  to take the names of those people who would like to have their memories recorded; to listen to people remembering early days of our community.

The photograph shows the original members of the group when the archive was launched in 2011.

Back row (left to right): Bob Plimmer (Chairman), Paula Sloane, Geoff Whiter (Treasurer), Jim Reeve

Front row, seated (left to right): Jo Cullen (Vice Chairman), Rosemary Lee, Diane Sheehy, Carole Wellby, Peter Bates.

Next Memory Desks:

Saturday 10th February. (Cancelled).

Saturday 9th March.

Saturday 13th April.

At other times messages for the Archive can be left at the library.

Alternatively we can be contacted by email –


Please spread the word about us amongst your friends, family, and neighbours who might be interested in contributing or just looking at the site.

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  • What a wonderful way to record your history and memories!
    A friend, from the Wickford area, was telling me about an ancestor’s home in Wickford. He can’t remember where it was exactly but believes it was towards Shotley [Shotgate?].
    It was a round house divided into 2 living spaces, called The Cot.
    Can anyone shed some light on this please?

    As an aside, my husband is Stephen/Steve White from Brick Hill. He has fond memories growing up in the area.


    By Karen White (05/05/2023)
  • Hello, What an interesting site about Wickford.
    I wonder if anyone can help me please.
    Does anyone remember Nobby Caulfield who lived in Jersey Gardens in the 40s and 50s. He was my Grandfather and I am trying to locate his grave site at St Catherine’s Church.
    Any information or help would be greatly received. Thank you all in advance

    By Sandra Harvey (07/04/2021)
  • Hi Susan. I did try to answer your comment a while back but somehow it did not get through, so please let your mum know it is good she is keeping well.

    Could you let her know also that Jacky Spiller and Josie Cootes are still living around the Wickford area and they both remember her.

    I always thought South Australia was the Sunshine State. We have had our hot days. hope you enjoy yours

    By Alan Beck (28/11/2020)
  • Hi Alan,
    Loretta remembers you well and sends her best wishes from home now in sunny Queensland.

    By Susan Laurens (27/10/2020)
  • Seeing the name Loretta Longman, I wonder if it is the same Loretta I lived next door to at Highcliffe Road. Our number was 47. I did National Service from 55-57, got married in 63 and came out to Australia in 65. I would have known Lorretta from late 40s to early 50s.
    If it is I did wonder how she went.

    By Alan Beck (26/10/2020)
  • How lovely to read your comments Lorraine. Yes Mum is Loretta.
    Mum and Dad (Sid) sailed to Australia in 1959. Mum does not have any photos from her childhood growing up in Wickford.
    It is so nice for her to be able to take a trip down memory lane via this website. Mum will be delighted when I read your messages to her.

    By Susan Laurens (17/10/2020)
  • My name is Lorraine Longman. My dad and your granddad were brothers. Loretta was my cousin, aunt renew (?) daughter.

    By Lorraine (10/12/2019)
  • My name is Lorraine Longman; my dad was your granddad’s brother, so your mum is Loretta.

    By Lorraine cobb (10/12/2019)
  • Wow! Thank you for this amazing site.
    My Mom is the daughter of Leonard Longman (the first soldier from Wickford to lose his life in the Second World War.) Our parents moved to Australia in the late 1950s.
    Mum has so enjoyed this trip down memory lane as I have shared the photos and stories that are on this website with her.

    By Sue Laurens (16/10/2019)
  • I am enjoying looking at this site and find it informative. Can you tell me where in London Road the houses called St. Clare and Ashley Dene were situated?-they were in existence in the 1930s I believe. Unfortunately I do not have photos of them.

    By Carole Clarke (08/06/2019)
  • I really enjoyed your display of photographs and information yesterday in Christ Church.
    Very well documented, well done to you all.

    By Jeanie Lamb (29/04/2018)
  • Find your site very interesting and informative.  Thanks for your hard work.


    By Penny Wright (01/05/2016)

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