Year: 2010

Ian Wilkes talk on ‘The history of Havering’

Ian Wilkes, chairman of the Havering Museum Ltd came to Havering DARC to give us an interesting talk on the history of Havering and the recent addition of a Museum in Romford. Ian added “Havering is full of rich history, with the unique status of having been a Royal Liberty”

The museum’s collections include medieval silver pennies, 19th century weights and measures, clay pipes sold by local pubs, Blacksmiths’ tools, a 1930s wedding dress, sports trophies and World War Two mementoes. Objects in the museum are separated into themes including farming, transport and childhood and there are five pods telling the stories of Havering-atte-Bower, Hornchurch, Romford, Rainham and Upminster and their surrounding areas.

Windmills On The Air 2010

Havering Radio Club once again operated three windmills in this years ‘Windmills On The Air’ special event weekend (8/9th May 2010). The windmills were:
GB2UW (Upminster Windmill) Map
GB4MW (Mountnessing Windmill) Map
GB2ARW (Aythorpe Roding) Map
More information can be found by clicking on each callsign, which will take you to each QRZ page. Below is an article from Jim M0MAC who was at the Upminster Windmill:

The Havering & District Amateur Radio Club in conjunction with The Friends of Upminster Windmill operated an amateur radio station at the mill to participate in the above event as usual this year.

Unfortunately the weather this year was rather unkind to us, but we persevered braving the elements to erect the various antennas and tent. The QSO’s (Radio Contacts) were also down slightly too , the figures are listed below.

High Frequency Contacts ……….48 including 16 Mills.
Very High Frequency Contacts…55 including 6 Mills.
Total number of Contacts………103 including 22 Mills.

The Contacts were all UK and European.
On behalf of the Havering Radio Club I would like to thank all the Friends of Upminster Windmill for their very kind help and assistance, in particular John Winn. Many thanks to you all. We hope top see you all again next year.

Sincerely Yours.
Jim McGowan MØMAC

Dennis Rookard – G1NGO 1942-2010

It is with sadness and regret that we announce the passing of author and broadcaster, Dennis Rookard (G1NGO) on Tuesday March 2nd (time unknown) at his home in Brentwood. Dennis will be remembered for his larger than life and off-the-wall attitude to life, his keen sense of humour and sense of self aggrandisement.

Dennis was an only child. His interest in radio started early in life. He later became a radio presenter for FBS (Forces Broadcasting Service), BBC, LBC and more recently the local radio station, Phoenix FM in Brentwood. His main interest was in the audio side of broadcasting. Dennis produced many radio dramas which were available to download from his HOSIPROG website. He was involved in hospital radio at Basildon and Harold Wood back in the early 80s and later became the Secretary and anchorman at the Essex charity, Eastward Hospital Television. His main love was Folk Music to which he presented the BBC Essex programme called “Essex Folk” in the 90s.

Dennis could also be seen walking across the sets of “The Bill”, “Eastenders”, “Lovejoy” and other popular TV programmes. His interviewing techniques were legendary and his keen interest in photography won him several awards.

Dennis also held an amateur radio callsign G1NGO and could often be heard on the weekly club radio net on 2 metres. Dennis was also a keen member of the Havering & District Amateur Radio Club.

Dennis had many friends and acquaintances across many spheres of life. He will be sadly missed. He leaves a legacy behind that will be hard to follow. May he rest in peace.

Written by Fred Curtis

BBC Essex News: Tributes for former BBC Essex presenter Dennis Rookard:

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