We will be holding the Goodliff Awards presentation for all awards given in 2020 and 2021 in the prestigious surroundings of the Assembly Rooms in Huntingdon Town Hall. Sadly, the Covid pandemic prevented us being able to present the awards in 2020. This year we are delighted to be able to present the Award Certificates to everyone who won an award in both 2020 and 2021.
Our President, Mr David Cozens, will make a tribute to Phyllis Goodliff whose generosity we have to thank for enabling the history and heritage of Huntingdonshire to be preserved, researched, better understood and enjoyed by all. If you want to see a list of those being presented with an award see our Goodliff Awards page. This year we have an amazing variety of projects, popular and academic, spanning many centuries, types of history, covering the length and breadth of Huntingdonshire. We are not asking recipients of awards to tell us about their projects specifically but after the official ceremony, there will be the opportunity to meet with all of the awardees and enjoy some light refreshment and drinks.
Do come and congratulate the successful applicants for these awards. Unfortunately, due to the available space in the Assembly Rooms this event is open to members only, Goodliff awardees and their guests.
Who can dispute that the English singing tradition is alive and well? Perhaps not since the choral societies of the 19th century have we seen such a growth in music-making with the voice in our communities. But, the rise within the decade of the British Military Wives choirs from that at Catterick Camp under Gareth Malone to currently 72 bases worldwide has been amazing. We are fortunate to have one of the best on our doorstep that has been rehearsing remotely this past year but is now back together, preparing to provide entertainment for our annual Christmas Social. Do come and hear something very special.
This year, mindful of cross-infection risks, we shall be providing all food and drink for refreshments. Our charge of £10 per person goes towards this, to the hire costs of the room and to a donation towards the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA).
The Social evening is only open to members, their families and guests. If you want to join us for the event please contact David Smith, Treasurer, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone 07886 640177. The cost is £10 per person.
On hearing that the Christmas Social was being cancelled due to Covid restrictions, Stuart Orme kindly volunteered to talk about Christmas in the time of the Republic. Stuart’s talk, ‘Did Cromwell Ban Christmas’ is set to reveal if this was actually true or another mythical tale about the strict control that Cromwell exercised over everyone’s lives. The talk will be given via Zoom, enabling all members to join in with our festive cheer, albeit from the comfort of your own armchair. Pour yourself a drink, open up the box of mince pies and join us for an interesting evening finding out about the festive season in the 17th Century.
Details about the Zoom talk will be sent out to all our members nearer the date of the 15th.
Visitors are welcome to join us on the evening, for information on how to access the Zoom meeting, please email David on email@example.com with your name and email details.
NAMING ELTON’S MEDIEVAL FIELDS: A SCIENTIFIC PERSPECTIVE, DR SUSAN KILBY
Dr Kilby’s paper on the medieval peasants of Wellingborough was a Midland History prize essay in 2009, but since then she has become particularly interested in the value of locality names. She is now honorary visiting fellow of the Institute of Name Studies at the University of Nottingham, an institution that bridges academic divides of Language and History. Her recent book. ‘Peasant Perspectives in the Medieval Landscape’ has been applauded for its interdisciplinary approach. For Huntingdonshire, we still depend on a place name dictionary compiled almost 100 years’ ago, something that surely needs putting right.
The talk will be given over Zoom and details of how to access the talk will be emailed to members before the meeting.
Non members are welcome to join the talk, for access details please email your name and email information to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Life and Times of Reginald Grove, Victorian County Doctor: Peter Flowers
25 Year old Reginald Grove took over his father’s practice in St Ives in the 1890s. Drawing on Reginald’s diaries and letters, Peter Flower, his grandson, will describe, with lots of anecdotes, what it was like to be a country doctor, Medical Officer of Health and Medical Officer for the Workhouse in the horse-and-trap years before the First World War. Reginald continued in practice until his death in 1948, just as the NHS was being launched.
Information on how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be emailed to all members prior to the meeting.
The talk is open to all visitors, please email email@example.com for access information