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It’s been a while since we last blogged so we have a few updates this time: The Willingale archive now numbers an impressive 1,500 items. We hope to start a new project looking at historic press articles shortly, now that the National Newspaper Library is available online.

We now have Steve’s DNA test back from the lab. His results are a close match to those already received from the Thomas, John, William and Samuel branches of the family.

This coming year sees the 10th anniversary of the Willingale Family Society. I’ve had a basic Willingale family tree on my personal site since at least 1998, but it was a post in my website guestbook by Keith Willingale on 16 December 2001 and a further post by Graham Richards on 12th January 2002 which […]

I was interested to see another article on Thomas Willingale which appeared in a number of East London newspapers recently. (see here, here and here). I think this may have been written in an attempt to raise publicity for Lopping Hall, which is currently being renovated and was in the running for funding from the […]

Lopping Hall

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CommunityForce is a new initiative from Nat West that works with local communities to support people, projects and charities. One of the projects which could benefit from this scheme is Lopping Hall in Loughton. Lopping Hall was opened in 1884 to a design by local architect Edmond Egan, and is one of the most important […]

We are pleased to announce we have our 9th member of the Willingale DNA Project. Steve Willingale from Australia is our latest tester and we hope to have his DNA results back early in the New Year.

There is currently a project underway to restore the bells in St. Christopher’s Church in Willingale Village, which have not been rung since the end of World War 2. You can keep up to date of their progress by looking at the website http://www.willingalebells.org/

Research Update

As we haven’t blogged for a while I thought I’d do a quick update on the latest research. Our main work over the last few months has been to review the censuses and fill in those census details missing from the family tree. This has helped us add a few more locations and occupations into […]

After a 4 month wait due to our DNA testing company ceasing trading, we now have Martin’s DNA results back. Martin’s DNA matches the ‘Willingale’ DNA profile and provides confirmation that the ‘Thomas’ branch of the family is related to the ‘John’, ‘William’ and ‘Samuel’ branches. The latest results can be seen here, WFS members […]

The latest edition of the Lopping Times, the society’s twice yearly journal has now been sent out to all members.