Calendar

May
15
Wed
Society AGM @ Huntingdon Town Hall
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Further details to follow shortly

Dec
10
Tue
Society Christmas Social – Assembly Rooms, Town Hall @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Christmas Social – A Georgian Christmas, with Bedford Gallery Quire, Tuesday 10th December

Its that time of year, the Christmas festive season is fast approaches again. Once more we have a super programme lined up for our Christmas social.  The Christmas social is undoubtedly one of the sheer joys of this society, so do make an effort to come along.  You will not be disappointed.  And by all means bring friends with you.  

This year The Bedford Gallery Quire, will be providing the musical entertainment. They are part of the movement to resurrect the folk tradition, coined ‘West Gallery Music’ by Thomas Hardy, The Quire was formed in 2003 and is a group of singers and instrumentalists performing musical pieces from the ‘West Gallery’ period, around 1700 to 1850. West Gallery music is often seen as an anarchic musical attribute of the parish church until reforming Victorian clergy suppressed them in favour of the more governable, surpliced, choirs singing in the chancel that we know today.  Besides playing fiddles and flutes they will be performing traditional music on some less familiar instruments including flagelettes, an ophicleïde, and a serpent – a rare sight indeed.  

We will again be providing sandwiches, etc., as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare.  It would be helpful if you haven’t already done so , it you would book as soon as possible.  This enables us to tell how many spaces available for non-members.  David Smith will be there on Tuesday to take bookings and your £5.00, or send him a cheque with form in the Almanack, or at very least email him at info@huntslhs.org.uk to let him know you are coming and pay on the night. 

Apr
15
Wed
‘POSTPONED’ – Society Annual General Meeting @ Assembly Room, Huntingdon Town Hall
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the AGM has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a date in the future. Details will be posted as soon as they are confirmed.

Sep
16
Wed
Society AGM and Lecture (ZOOM) – ‘Mrs Cromwell’s Cookbook: Food, Dining and Politics in the 17th Century’ @ ZOOM Meeting
Sep 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Autumn Lectures by Zoom

 In view of the uncertainty caused by the pandemic and necessity of social distancing, we have decided to cancel normal meetings for the rest of 2020, with the possible exception of the Christmas Social on 4th December, about which a decision will be taken in October.  Ongoing we are also looking at what we do in Spring 2021. We shall however be providing from within our own committee’s members, in September, October and November, talks via Zoom.  If you haven’t experienced this before, it is very easy to sign up to.  You can choose to be visible to others if you have a camera on whatever appliance you are using (laptop/tablet/smartphone).   If you do have an email address but have never told us of it, now’s the time to make amends and do so.

As usual, all meetings commence at 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday 16th September Annual General Meeting.

This year we shall keep our business meeting to the necessary minimum.  A separate agenda is being sent with this newsletter. We continue to welcome new blood on the committee, so if you are interested in joining us, just get someone to nominate you. 

It will be followed by a talk:

Stuart Orme, Curator of the Cromwell Museum: ‘Mrs Cromwell’s Cookbook: Food, Dining and Politics in the 17th Century’

In 1664 The Court and Kitchen of Elizabeth, commonly called Joan Cromwell was published, purporting to be the cookery book of Oliver Cromwell’s wife as a piece of Royalist propaganda. Stuart’s talk looks at this curious publication and what it tells us about politics, fenland food and 17th-century dining, as well as the Cromwell family.

A new edition of the book will be published later his year, thanks to a Goodliff Award from the Society.

As usual these talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith, info@huntslhs.org.uk requesting the link a few days before.

Nov
11
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom) – Liz Davies, Curator of the St Neots Museum Magic and Folk Medicine in Huntingdonshire @ Zoom Meeting
Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 11th November – Liz Davies, Curator of the St Neots Museum ‘Magic and Folk Medicine in Huntingdonshire’

What sort of alternative medicines did people use before the introduction of the National Health Service in 1948? And what sort of medicines and charms were available from local folk healers? This illustrated talk will include the extraordinary story of the St Neots antique dealer, herbal medicine maker and road sweeper, Alfred ‘Doc’ Rowlett.

 

As usual these talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith, info@huntslhs.org.uk requesting the link a few days before.

Apr
14
Wed
Society Lecture (Zoom) – Clerical Wars: the Coming of Anglo-Catholicism to 19th century St Ives, Professor David Yeandle @ Zoom Meeting Room
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Clerical Wars: the Coming of Anglo-Catholicism to 19th Century St Ives, David Yeandle, Professor Emeritus, Kings College, London.

David is a native of St Ives who has spend a lifetime studying medieval German literature, but this evening will bring us an illustrated version of a paper being prepared for ‘Records of Huntingdonshire’ on the very different world of clerical behaviour and public reaction in a quiet English market town with one of the great socio-religious struggles of the Victorian Age thrust upon it. How did this happen and what were the consequences are questions to be addressed.

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

May
12
Wed
Society AGM and Talk on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Non Conformity on 18th Century Huntingdonshire – Simon Clemmow @ Zoom Meeting Room
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Society Annual General Meeting will be held on the 12th May, beginning at 7:30pm, and will be via Zoom Meeting Rooms. Details of how to access the meeting will be sent to all members a few days before the event. Please sign in early for this part of the evening, David Smith will be hosting the meeting and will let members into the Meeting Room at 7:15pm. We shall endeavour to deal speedily with the business part of the meeting, but please consider if you would be willing to contribute to the running of the Society. Most of the offices and committee members are willing to stand again but there are some vacancies on the committee. If you are thinking of becoming a committee member please contact Philip Saunders, in advance, on 091954 250421.

The Agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes of the 2020 AGM are available online on the Society AGM Minutes and ReportsAGM Page. 

The AGM will be followed by a talk given by Simon Clemmow on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Nonconformity in 18th Century Huntingdonshire’. Simon is the Chair of the Hemingfords Local History Society and author of the chapter on Post -Restoration Nonconfirmity in the book of essays ‘The Singing Milkmaids’ published in 2019 (with support from the Society’s Goodliff Scheme). This is the subject for which Simon was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Local History by Cambridge University. 

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk and he will send you the Zoom link details.