Hopping Afternoons

ONLINE: Reminiscing Sessions

3 April – 30 June 2020

Online and on social media

While we can't meet monthly at Valence House, we'll still be getting together online to reminisce on previous hop-picking, crafting and picking experiences and more.... Bringing you content from friends of the project and previous Hopping Afternoons.

WEEK 1 : FRIDAY 7th APRIL : FAMILIES’ EASTER SPECIAL

.

An easter message from Pip: It may be a little quieter this Easter but we can whip out our Easter Bonnets from last year and still celebrate in style like the Happy Hoppers at Valence House showing off their stunning 2019 creations.  The easter bonnet competition was judged by Leigh on reception, with Vi chosen as the worthy winner……Go Vi!
All you need to host your own Easter Bonnet Competition is simple craft materials, fresh flowers and leaves, props from your house and, most importantly, A HAT! We’d love to see what you come up with.

.

.

WEEK 2 : FRIDAY 17th APRIL : A HOPPING SPECIAL

.

.

A special edition newsletter on “Hopping” and Happy Birthday to Vi Charlton, Company Drinks’ longest standing and fastest picker …

.

 

During the Lockdown we are publishing one additional weekly newsletter with materials and stories by authors and special people we have worked with over the years.

This week we are talking about “hopping”, a very special Company Drinks Hop Picker, and we are re-publishing Gilda O’Neills stories of women and why they went picking.

.

“Hopping” is another word for “going hop-picking”, something that was done by tens of thousands of families from the East End from the 1850’s to the 1950’s. “Going Picking” was the starting point for Company Drinks in March 2014, and our very first public event was a hop picking reminiscing session with former hop-pickers. Since then we have been running monthly Hopping Afternoons at Valence House in Dagenham, sharing stories, memories and artefacts from the Hopping Days and beyond.

This very first Hopping Afternoon also introduced us to Vi Charlton, a former hop-picker herself – she has become the most regular and one of the most active members of our Company Drinks Family. Today is Vi’s 90th Birthday and we want to send her our warmest wishes on this very special day. The tea party that was planned for today will have to happen at a later date, but we welcome you all to think of Vi’s amazing young spirit, her cakes and her energy, and to wish her the very best health and many more joint picking trips to come.

Enjoy Gilda O’Neill’s collected stories and the old photos which were all collected during our Hopping Afternoons, and images of Vi during the Company Drinks annual Hopping Trips to Little Scotney Farm in Kent from 2014 to 2019.

.

.

 

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Do you need any help or support?

The council, in partnership with BD Collective, have launched a Citizens Alliance Network (CAN), to support vulnerable people during these difficult times. If you, or anyone you know, needs help or support, you can find out more on the CAN website.

Please contact us via email if you have any questions about our activities or concerns about the situation and how it might be affecting you in Barking & Dagenham.