The Creekmouth Preservation Society was formed following an exhibition at Barking Library in 2004.
Linda Rhodes, author and Local Studies historian, based at Valence House Museum, had the idea of holding an exhibition of photographs and memories of the long forgotten village at Creekmouth.
The exhibition was met with huge enthusiasm and was so well attended it was decided to continue the work started by Linda. A group of visitors, who had connections to Creekmouth, met up at the site of the village, now owned by The Environment Agency, to reminisce about life in this remote part of Barking. They agreed to meet up again and advertised for other “Creekers” to come forward and join their merry band.
Lots of locals made contact and it was agreed to form a group with the main purpose being the preservation of the history surrounding the village. From this meeting the Creekmouth Preservation Society was born. In the summer of 2014 we celebrated our 10th anniversary.
Our first Chairman was Les Stone, born and bred in the village. Sadly, Les died shortly after the group was formed and the position was taken up by Charlie Hussey who remains so to this day. Our Vice-Chair and Treasurer is Avril Miller (nee Glyne). Our secretary is Victoria Little – a Creekmouth descendent; Publicist and Archivist is Maria Williams (nee Glyne). Our other, original committee members are Joyce Webster (nee Davey) and Iris Knubley (Sedge). We have recently added to our committee with Pam Dumbleton and Joyce Cracknell (both of Thames View Residents Association), Jan Cullen (nee Stone) and Michael Meads who has become Assistant Events Co-ordinator and Assistant Secretary.
For the past ten years we have held our meetings, monthly, on Saturday mornings. The meetings were originally held at The Crooked Billet in Creekmouth. Unfortunately, the brewery sold the pub in 2010, and we are no longer able to hold our meetings there. The Trowbridge family (originally from Creekmouth), kindly allowed us to use the back bar in The Lighterman, on Thames View until we secured a new, permanent home in the library at The Sue Bramley Centre, Thames View. From 2015 our meetings will be held every six weeks. If you would like to join us at a meeting, or have any Creekmouth news to share with, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the date of the next meeting.