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Not only the elderly were interviewed

Young people were interviewed as part of the Stories of Becontree project too. On the last day of the film production, we asked from the young participants to share on camera their experience in taking part in the project. Facilitated

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Screening dedicated to older people’s day

Such a remarkable day to screen the Stories of Becontree at Kingsley Church Hall in Dagenham! 1st of October is the older people’s day and on this special day the event was dedicated to older participants of the project for

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An amazing launch of a fascinating film

With positive appraisals and numerous viewers, we gladly launched the ‘Stories of Becontree’  in the Local History Fair at the Valence House Museum. Many young participants, our volunteers and Catch22 staff members helped to represent the organisation and speak to

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The great day arrived! Saturday 28/9 at Valence House

Young people, volunteers and Catch22 staff invite you in the launching of the HLF funded film ’Stories of Becontree’ Saturday 28 September 10am-4pm Valence House Museum  (Becontree Avenue, Dagenham, London, Greater London RM8 3HT) It’s a free event with a lot

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Outdoor filming day and celebrations

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Group interview at Kingsley Hall

On Tuesday 6 August, Shannon and Jamie acted as filmmakers and Salyan took up the challenge to interview three elderly persons, Sead, Rita and Lesley, and later Margerite, the only one of the Dagenham Girl Pipers who lives today in

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Monday 5 August: Stories of a war veteran and a fun of Clark Gable

Today, Shannon interviewed Harold and stirred many memories about the estate. Ellen interviewed Violet and talked about fashion, war and love affairs at Kingsley Hall. Surprisingly, the youngest member of the team interviewed the oldest female participant with eighty years difference between

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Photographs of the estate

Here are a selection of images of the estate, some from the LBBD archives, some from valence house. They are full of memories and information and have been chosen by the group as they conjure particular questions and curiosities from

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Six Strange Facts About Becontree

  While browsing the Valence House Archives on Monday, we stumbled upon a goldmine of information — a thesis by Neil Humphries from 1995 about the Becontree Estate. In the thesis, we found wonderful stories documenting how a sleepy village

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“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else”: Notes from the Reminiscence Session

“I was born in Forest Gate, and there were five of us in one bedroom. So when we got a house in Becontree, my mother thought it was like heaven with the gate open! When I was 8, Gandhi came

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