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.
ALL DAY COACH EXCURSION, THURSDAY 20TH JULY TO LEICESTER (CATHEDRAL, RICHARD III CENTRE AND MUSEUMS)
We will arrive at the National Space Centre for a comfort stop and coffee only, and from there we will be conducted to the adjoining Abbey Pumping Station Museum for a guided visit. Attractions include the 1891 Beam Engines and displays of Leicester’s industrial heritage. We will continue to the New Walk Museum and Art Gallery with its collection of Picasso ceramics.
We aim to be back into the centre of Leicester by 1:15pm. A guided tour of the Richard III Visitor Centre has been booked for 3:00pm. Before or after this there will be the opportunity to take refreshment and to visit the Cathedral and adjacent 15th Century Guildhall (closes at 4:30pm)
The coach will depart Huntingdon Bus Station at 9:00am; leave Leicester 5:15pm and return to Huntingdon at approx. 7:00pm. Other pick up points (please indicate clearly on the booking form): Somersham (Dews) 8:25am, St Ives (Houghton Road) 8:40am, Hartford (Longstaff Way) 8:45am, Godmanchester (opposite Old Mill car park) 8:50am and Huntingdon (Millfield Park) 9:05am.
Please book by Monday 3rd July. Early booking would assist our planning.
Afternoon, Wednesday 9th August – St Neots Town and Museum
In 2012 the Society assisted St Neots Museum in purchasing 68 Iron Age gold coins, (staters) found by a metal detectorist in the fields of Kimbolton in 2010. The exhibition has been restricted for insurance reasons but the coins will be on display this summer. The visit provides an opportunity to see the exhibition of the coins and the rest of the growing museum collection. After an initial view we shall depart for an approx. 90 minute long walk (at a gentle pace) of the town that has much of historical interest. We will be guided by one of the museum staff, stopping en-route at the parish church, praised in the revised Pevsner as being the most uniform late medieval church in the country, having both interesting glass and monuments. On return there will be tea and a chance to look further round the Museum.
Meet at the Museum in New Street (well sign posted). Own Transport.
Allow 40 minutes from Huntingdon (A1/B1041). Tebbutts Road P&D car park recommended (turn left at the Baptist Church, or right at Pizza Hut if coming via B1043)
Cost £7.50 (includes tea with home-made cakes. Please book by Monday 31st July
All day coach excursion, Wednesday 13th September, Little Stanmore Church and Chandos Mausoleum, and Strawberry Hill House
This is a tour of two major sites associated with cultured society of 18th century London. The main visit is to Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham (http:www.strawberryhillhouse.ord.uk), the extraordinary gothic home of this famous literary and artistic observer of Georgian England. On route we will visit the contrasting Little Stanmore church, Edgeware, with its stunning baroque decoration; the church in which Handel’s Chandos Anthems were first performed. His patron the Duke of Chandos’ great house, Canons Park, stood close by but is long demolished. His mausoleum adjacent to the church survives and is being opened specially for our visit. At both there will be guided tours.
Please bring a picnic lunch to eat in the park at Strawberry Hill House. Refreshments before our tour will be provided but the café is small and this is the day the house is generally open to the public.
This is a joint excursion with Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. Cost is £35.00. Please book by Monday 28th August. Early booking strongly recommended
We will leave Huntingdon Bus Station at 9:00am and depart Twickenham at 4:30pm returning to Huntingdon at approx. 7:00pm. Other pick up points (indicate clearly on the booking form): Somersham (Dews) 8:25am, St Ives (Houghton Road) 8:40am, Hartford (Longstaff Way) 8:45am, Godmanchester (opposite Old Mill car park) 9:10am, Cambridge (Trumpington Park and Ride) 9:30am
Further details to follow