About the Society

The Stansted and Fairseat Society was first constituted in 1971 and was active until 2007 when it went into abeyance. The Society was reformed as The Stansted and Fairseat History Society in 2019 with the following primary objectives:

  1. To promote interest in the local history of Stansted and the surrounding districts including Fairseat and Vigo, together with historical matters in general.
  2. To initiate and encourage research into the history of the Parish of Stansted and surrounding areas.
  3. To develop and maintain a website designed to communicate the history of the area both to local residents and the wider community.
  4. To develop and create relevant publications concerning major events, celebrations, and other significant local activities.


Management Committee
The Society’s Management Committee is comprised of the following posts and personnel:

  • Chair: Dick Hogbin
  • Secretary: Mike Goddings
  • Treasurer: John Deacon
  • Website: Tony Piper
  • Archivist: Philip Hall
  • Archivist: Will Peat


The Society maintains a list of supporters and defines supporters as those people who have indicated that they may be able to help in some way with aspects of historical research, website content, event organisation, or other aspects of the Society. Supporters are also people who have indicated that they would like to be kept informed on progress and general Society activities on a periodic basis.

The Society is keen to engage members of the community and is always looking for volunteers to assist the Committee. If you would be willing to become a supporter then please get in touch by emailing sfhistorysociety@gmail.com. Alternatively please contact the Chairman, Dick Hogbin Tel: 07887 396918.


The Society is a ‘not for profit’ organisation and the management committee members give their time on a voluntary basis. There are third-party costs involved in developing and maintaining the website and online filestore, maintaining the physical archive in Fairseat Village Hall, and organising events.

The Society receives financial support from the local Parish Council in the form of grant aid for which it is extremely grateful. The Society’s goal is to become self-financing through voluntary donations from local residents and other interested parties through a patronage scheme. If you feel that you could support the Society with a financial contribution and become a Society Patron, then please email the Society at sfhistorysociety@gmail.com or visit the ‘Support the Society’ page (link below) where further information and payment methods are provided.