Britten Sinfonia – The Last Letter – Saturday 10th November Safron Walden

Britten Sinfonia, one of the world’s leading chamber orchestras with a residency in Saffron Walden are staging a fantastic concert, “The Last Letter” in Saffron Walden Hall, on Saturday 10 November.

This concert is being staged to commemorate the end of the Great War and is the premiere of a new arrangement of Nico Muhly’s poignant The Last Letter as part of a compelling and dramatic evening of music and words. This is a poignant work of words and music that come together in an evening to mark the centenary of the First World War Armistice, with the world premiere of Nico Muhly’s The Last Letter in a new arrangement for chamber orchestra and baritone (Jonathan McGovern) at its heart.  Muhly’s settings of letters sent between soldiers on both sides of the conflict and their loved ones features alongside music by Ivor Gurney, Ravel, Barber and two young composers killed during the First World War, Frederick Septimus Kelly and German composer Rudi Stephan.  Music is interspersed with words from the era, poetry and deeply personal reflections on war, family and love from those who fought, and those who were left behind read by actors including Sophie Hunter.  The programme includes writings by those who died during World War 1, including poetry by writers including Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, the memories of family life ripped asunder by Edward Thomas’s wife Helen, Vera Brittain’s diary reflections on the growing cost of war, the poetry of German poet Leo Sternberg and Helen Mackay Brown, one of a largely overlooked group of women poets of the First World War.

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A Landscape through time – the A14 CAmbridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme

Come and join us on Wednesday 10th October at 7:30pm in the Methodist Church, the High Street, Huntingdon for a look into the archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme,

This is one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects which has uncovered vast amounts of archaeological evidence from prehistory to relatively modern time along the new A14 corridor. Emma Jeffrey, Project Manager at MOLA Headland Archaeology will tell us about the fascinating work that over 500 dedicated archaeologist and 20,000 people through community outreach programmes have been undertaking. They have uncovered Neolithic Henge monuments, prehistoric burial grounds, Iron Age and Roman settlements, Saxon settlements, the deserted medieval village of Houghton and brick kilns and wells. 

The event is free to non-members. 

2018 May Weekend to Derbyshire – Change to Advertised Itinerary


Hardwick Hall

This year we visit some of the historic sites of Derbyshire. For further details see and download our updated itinerary click on the picture of Hardwick Hall to the right

There has been a change to the itinerary for day 1 and we will by visiting Melbourne Parish Church instead of Derby Cathedral.


Summer Excursions 2018

This post is just to outline to members the planned excursions for this summer period. The full details and dates of the visits are still being finalised and will be published shortly in the next copy of the  Almanack and will be announced at the AGM on the 17th May. Outline of our visits are as follows:

May (evening) – visit to Alconbury Museum

June (half day) – visit to Westminster College, Cambridge

17th July – Coach trip to Gainsborough Old Hall, Clayworth Church, Stow and possibly tea at Elton

August – trip to visit March Railway Station and Museum

September – visit to Norris Museum and Pugins Little Gem St Ives

Treading the Boards of Georgian England

This is the last of our lectures for this winter period, come along to the Methodist Church in Huntingdon at 7:30pm on Thursday 12th April to hear Neil Wright talking about the history and development of theatre, particularly in the East of the country. For more details see our Events page.


The window of opportunity for applying for a Goodliff Award for 2018 has now closed. The closing date for applications for this years awards was 31 March 2018.

Applicants who wish to apply for an award in 2019 can do so later in the year. We will announce when the application period is open.