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Centenary Celebration – photos & report

 On Tuesday 19th November 2019 our Charity held its farewell public event – a double centenary celebration…

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Video passes 1,000 views on YouTube

The video of our students talking about the adult college experience at Grey Friars has now been…

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Heritage Open Days 15 & 22 Sept 11am-5pm

This year’s FREE Heritage Open Day events will be on Sundays 15th and 22nd September. There will…

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1915 Convent postcard discovered

Thanks to Malcolm Springett, this fascinating postcard of the chapel (later the CCHS gym and assembly hall, and…

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National Campaign 2019

We will be supporting the AE100 centenary campaign to raise awareness of the value of adult learning…

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Adult college staff photos discovered

In a collection of boxes and folders rescued from the skip by Joan Gurney and Marion Williams…

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Books for Christmas Gifts

Available NOW from our publishing section “Access Books” OUR LATEST BOOK: “Really Useful Knowledge”  A social history of…

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Mediaeval Grey Friars – new information

We know that the Grey Friars were supported by donations of money and resources in kind by…

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A rare opportunity!

The History of Grey Friars • Illustrated talk by Alan Skinner at Mersea Museum • Friday 16th November…

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Lest we forget – 100 years on

In Memory of EDWARD GERALD PALMER FENN Born 2nd Sept 1894, Grey Friars Colchester  Died on Thursday,…

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Heritage saved from the skip!

50 years after adult education began at Grey Friars, precious memorabilia is being deposited at the Essex…

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50 Years Anniversary!

It’s now 50 YEARS since adult education started at Grey Friars! See what local people thought about Colchester’s…

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Success of Heritage Days 2018

Many thanks to those who attended our event. 213 people took the tours and others enjoyed the…

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This Weekend! Sept14/15 Don’t miss it!

Come and see us in September! Don’t miss this year’s HERITAGE WEEKENDS LOTS TO SEE AND DO…

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THIS WEEK! Thur 5th July • 10am-6pm • Exhibition and FREE Illustrated Talks

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, off High Street opposite Grey Friars • 10am-6pm • ALL FREE GREY FRIARS HISTORY…

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Sunday June 3rd 14.00-17.00 Open Gardens

On the site of the Grey Friars priory: Castle & Roman Roads OPEN GARDENS 2-5pm. £3.00 for…

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DIARY DATES – 2018 events – ALL FREE!

Thursday 5th July & Saturdays/Sundays Sept 8/9 & 15/16 – Save the dates! Thurs 5th July – Firstsite…

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Updated – Grey Friars in C19th newspapers

A new resource for 2018 – A series of documents on Grey Friars in Period Newspapers. Click titles to…

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Christmas/New Year 2018 Greetings

Best wishes to all. Stay in touch for more fascinating activities and memories in 2018.

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