Hopping Afternoons

April Hopping Afternoon

Sat 6 April 2024

Valance House
Becontree Avenue

All Welcome


Join us at Valence House, where we'll be getting together to reminisce on previous hop-picking experiences and more.... Every month we'll look at a different theme, focusing on local histories in Barking & Dagenham and beyond! If you're interested in telling a particular local history, please get in touch on contact@companydrinks.info

On Saturday 6th April, Kathrin and Matty met the Happy Hoppers Group during their monthly meeting at Valence House. The small room was quite busy with 25 regulars from this group, and we used the precious time together to look back how Company Drinks first started in 2014, with a reminiscing sessions by former hop-pickers in the very same place. We also talked about the changes at Company Drinks, how it grew and many more groups and interests and are now meeting under our motto of “good company”.

And we reminisced about the group and why so many regulars kept coming back. It is best to use soundbites for this:

‘We’ve been all around, places we wouldn’t go otherwise – It’s nice to do things together and making friends – We’re having a good old chat – Not everyone had been hop-picking but we all became hop-pickers’

‘We had some very good times – Made my latter years so much more interesting – And it didn’t cost us nothing’


Download a short recording of Vi recalling some of the moments in this group….

Here 👉 Hopping Afternoon April 2024


The Happy Hoppers are a monthly get-together for people who have been or are interested in hop-picking, local social history and admire what each of us are. The group of mainly 65+ residents meets to reminisce, meet new people, involving cake and natter. There are trips togetherguest speakers and annual hop-picking in September. Led by Pip Field, and with support from Valence House Archives and the Chadwell Heath History Society.

If you are interested in joining this group or sharing a local history with them, please send a brief e-mail to contact@companydrinks.info.