We hope you will find the lectures varied and interesting, and that we shall see you regularly at meetings. Do bring along your friends. There is no formal charge for non-members, but we do invite them to make a donation of £3.00.
John Berridge of Everton and the Evangelical Revival.
We all know of the Wesleys and of the lay persons like Hannah More and Wilberforce. Others will know of Lady Huntingdon, Henry Venn and Charles Simeon, but John Berridge is comparatively neglected in publications of the evangelical awakening spreading through the countryside in eighteenth century England. Even in Huntingdonshire where he was vicar of Everton-cum-Tetworth, his exploits and impact have been all but lost.
Our speaker is his biographer and has recently edited a volume of the man’s letters, and will seak to enlighten us on how his unusual approach to open-air preaching and directness of speech earned him his reputation of being quite eccentric.
Christmas Social Evening with Entertainment by the Society
This year for a change we have decided to offer the society some home-grown seasonal entertainment. The programme is under development and will be announced later. Likely items are at present: Liz Davies with give us an insight into local Christmas Customs, and we will have a pictorial interlude by David Cozens of some of his historic magic lantern slide collections, and others will do traditional and topical readings. We are also hoping for a musical soloist to entertain us with some Christmas favourites. If any one would like to ‘Do a Turn’ then please let David Cozens know on 01487 814229.
We will again be providing sandwiches, etc as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare. Guests are always welcome.
Tickets are £5 per person to include food.
Please return the booking slip on page 3 of the Almanack to David Smith, 16 Dove House Close, Godmanchester. PE29 2DY (01480 350127)
The Godmanchester Stirling Crash – New pictures and untold family stories.
In 2012 the Godmanchester Community Association received an email inquiring about an aircraft that had crashed very near to Godmanchester during the Second World War. The email was given to Roger and not realising at the time this led Roger on a 5 years research project that resulted in a successful book telling the story of the crew and the aircraft. But the book really tells you of the emotional and heart rending stories of the crew and their families, the trials and tribulation of flying this gigantic aircraft often dogged by technical issues, and follows the lives, and tragic deaths, of everyone associated with the fateful aircraft and crew.
In 2015 Roger was awarded a Goodliff Grant by the Society to help publish his book ‘Stirling to Essen The Godmanchester Stirling: a Bomber Command Story of Courage and Tragedy. In his talk he will tell us how the project has become a voyage of discovery and bring us up to date with the story of this remarkable crew.
Copies of is book will be available to buy on the night.
Cootes, Constables and Chickens – a History of Houghton Grange (Bridget Flanagan)
Bridget will explore the chequered history of this building and show there is much of interest before its sad decline from Edwardian magnificence to a government scientific centre and the present dereliction.
The Anglo-Saxons in Huntingdonshire
Dr Upex is probable best known for his expertise on the Romans in the Nene Valley, but his academic range is much wider. Here he ventures later and on to a broader canvas to examine the effects of those who supplanted the Romans.
Treading the Boards in Georgian England: Actors and Theatres in the East Midlands.
Mr Wright is author of a recent book on actors and the theatre in Lincolnshire, putting the spotlight on the important part that theatre made to Georgian provincial life. In his talk he will expand his scope to bring in Huntingdonshire.
We plan staying at the Hallmark Hotel, Mickleover, Derby. A provisional programme will include excursions to Calke Abbey, Cromford Mill, Hardwick Hall and Chatsworth House.
In order to secure the best hotel deal we need early booking, so provisional booking including a £50 deposit is required by 30th September 2017.
For further details contact Rosemary Smith (email@example.com) or 01480 350127
Society AGM – agenda and further details to follow