St. Osyth itself is steeped in history: there is evidence of both Bronze Age and Roman settlements in the Parish, and we boast 116 listed buildings.
Our Society was founded in 1995, and at present we have just fewer than 100 members. Subscriptions are currently £15 per annum but this includes entry to the monthly meetings as well as some of the many organised trips. Single meeting visitors are encouraged at a charge of £3.50 per visit. The programme includes talks on various historical topics – many relevant to our locality.
Meetings are held in St. Osyth Village Hall on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. The Annual General Meeting being held in March.
A highlight of each year is the two-day exhibition, which is based on a special theme relevant to the district. Recent exhibition titles have been ‘Pubs Past and Present’, ‘Childhood Days’, Toosey Trade and Tradesmen’, ‘Farms and Farming Life’, ‘Sea and Shore’, ‘Bygone Leisure, Pleasure & Pastimes’, ‘The Long Years of War’.
The Society also runs the St. Osyth Social History Museum which houses artefacts, maps, documents and hundreds of old photographs of the village. All items are carefully stored, thus safeguarding them for future generations. Due to its small size there is no room for a permanent display, but Open Days are advertised. Family historians making use of school registers, burial records and census returns etc regularly use the museum for research.
For an appointment to visit the museum please contact: Miss Phyllis Hendy, 1, Johnson Road, St. Osyth, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO16 8PL. (01255 820524)
The Society officers currently are:
Chairman: Sean O’Dell.
Vice-Chairman and Secretary: Mrs Josephine Cole, 98, Colchester Road, St Osyth, CO16 8HB (telephone 01255 821759).
Treasurer: Mr Nick Lee.
Membership Secretary: Catherine Pollard.
Programme Secretary: Joy Clinton
Museum Archivist: Miss Phyll Hendy
The Society is a Registered Charity. Registration number 1059097.