Calendar

Dec
3
Fri
CANCELLED – Society Christmas Social Evening – with the Wyton and Brampton Military Wives Choir @ Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Huntingdon
Dec 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

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 (info@huntslhs.org.uk), phone 07886 640177. The cost is £10 per person.

Dec
15
Wed
Society ZOOM Talk – Did Cromwell Ban Christmas – Speaker Stuart Orme @ Zoom Meeting Room
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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 info@huntslhs.org.uk with your name and email details.

Jan
12
Wed
Society Zoom Talk – Naming Elton’s Medieval Fields: A Scientific Perspective (ZOOM) @ Zoom Meeting Room
Jan 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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 info@huntslhs.org.uk

 

Feb
9
Wed
Society Zoom Talk- The Life and Times of Dr Reginald Grove, a Victorian Country Doctor, Peter Flower @ Zoom Meeting Room
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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 info@huntslhs.org.uk for access information

 

Mar
10
Thu
Society Talk – Stuart Royal Progress in and Around Huntingdon – Dr Simon Thurley @ Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Huntingdon
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Stuart Royal Progresses in and Around Huntingdonshire – Dr Simon Thurley

We welcome Simon back, now as Provost of Gresham College and Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Latterly he has been concentrating work on the Stuart Court, recently publishing Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court and leading a lecture series at Gresham. His lecture to us is a happy by-product of this research.

This will be our first lecture in 2022 that we get the chance to meet each other in person, Covid rules permitting, and we meet in the prestgious surroundings of the Assembly Rooms in Huntingdon Georgion Town Hall.

The event is free to all our members and we warmly welcome any visitors, we don’t charge for these events but ask visitors for a donation. Non members wishing to attend are requested to contact David Smith by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk before the event.

  

Apr
6
Wed
Society Talk – From Medieval to Modern: The Radiant Art of Stained Glass – Jasmine Allen @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From Medieval to Modern: The Radiant Art of Stained Glass – Jasmine Allen, Director and Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely.

NOTE: THE DATE OF THIS EVENT, NOW 6TH APRIL, HAS CHANGED FROM THAT PUBLISHED IN THE LATEST COPY OF THE ALMANACK.

This talk will shed light on the ubique art of stained glass, its history and stylistic development from medieval period to the present day. Using illustrated examples from the UK’s only museum dedicated to stained glass, located in Ely Cathedral. It will uncover a number of illuminating and inspiring works from across Britain and Europe. We plan to include a visit to the museum in our visit to Ely as part of our 2022 Summer excursion programme.

This will be our first lecture that we return to our normal meeting place of the Methodist Church on Huntingdon. The seating arrangements will be in accordance with the current Covid rules and we will ask everyone to wear face coverings throughout the evening, unless Covid regulations change.

The event is free to all members and we warmly welcome any visitor. Although we don’t charge visitors we do ask for a donation of £3 at the door to help cover our administrative costs. If you wish to attend as a visitor please let David Smith know by email at info@huntslhs.org.uk

   

May
11
Wed
Society AGM followed by a talk by Fiona Chesterton: ‘Secrets Never to be Told’ @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Society AGM and Talk by Fional Chesterton

65th Annual General Meeting Agenda:

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minute of 64th AGM held on Wednesday 12th May 2021
  3. Matters Arising not otherwise on the agenda
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Annual Report
  6. Election of Officers and members of the Committee
  7. Election of a person qualified to inspect the accounts
  8. Any other business

After the AGM Fiona Chesterton will give a presentation on her recently published book ‘Secrets never to be Told’

A legacy from a distant Canadian relartive set local former BBC journalist Fiona Chesterton on a voyage of discovery into the origins of Jessie Heading, born out of wedlock in Cambridge, leading her to write the deeply empathetic ‘Secrets Never to be Told’, published last year to high acclaim.

Fiona is coming to tell us how ans what she learned about Jessie and her family, and how, unexpectedly, this became a voyage of self discovery too.

Afterwards join us for tea and coffee and the chance to meet Fiona and other members of the Society

Free evening, parking nearby at Malthouse Close, PE29 3AR. 

Visitors are welcome and are invited to donate £3 to defray costs.

 

Jun
29
Wed
An evening visit to Buckden Towers, Wednesday 29th June @ Buckden Towers
Jun 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

An evening visit to Buckden Towers

For 600 years Buckden provided a palace to the Bishops of Lincoln, more central than Lincoln to the enormous diocese that stretched from the Humber to the Thames and more convenient for the many needs of the state and church that generally went with being a bishop. The Towers, occupied since the 1950’s by the Claretian Missionary Brothers, contains the Great Tower built in brick by Bishop Rotherham in 1470 and several subsidiary buildings. The guided tour of the site by one of the Friends will include a look inside several buildings (depending on other bookings – this is now a study centre), the restored Knot Garden, and finish with tea/coffee and cakes.

Meet in Claret Centre car park off the High Street (north end of castellated wall) at 7.00pm. For more information about the Towers’ see www.buckden-towers.org.uk

Cost: £8.50 (proceeds to the Towers’ Friends). Book by Wednesday 15th June (please note early deadline date) by returning the booking form to David Smith (info@huntslhs.org.uk). Please pay in advance by cheque, Bank transfer (contact David for BACS details) or pay, correct money, on the day 

Excursion Notes :

  • Note especially the ‘Book By’ deadline. Early booking is helpfu. However, do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute. Where possible we will accept you. Any late bookings for Buckden visit to Philip Saunders on 01954 25021
  • We are not providing an coach excursions this year as we thught covid concerns would keep interest in coach trips below what we need to make them viable, which has itself risen due to higher fuel costs. But please tell us if you miss coach excursions and wuld come on one despite higher cost
  • If you need a lift please let us know and we will try and arrange.
  • Non-members guests are very welcome
  • The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.
Jul
14
Thu
Afternoon visit to St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor and Nearby Roman Remains, Thursday 14th July @ St Kyneburgha's Church
Jul 14 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Afternoon, Thursday 14th July, St Kyneburgha’s Church, Castor and nearby Roman Remains

This is a massive Norman church with fabulous decoration, that the building alone with its unique dedication to a Mercian abbess itself beckons the local historian to know better, but we are privileged to take up an invitation from Dr Stephen Upex, authority on the Roman Nene Valley, to guide us round the nearby Roman site and give us a talk in the church about the palatial Hadrianic building that was excavated by dmund Artis (1789 – 1847) and other archaeological aspects of the site. Stephen is planning to show us some of Artis’s original drawings and will also have a suprise for us connecting Artis with an important contemporary.

Antonia Pounsett of the Friends of St Kyneburgha’s is kindly organising tea.coffee and cakes for us afterwards

Meet at 2’30pm at church (Turn off Peterborough Road in vaiilage to park in entreance road to the church)

Cost £12 (includes refreshments). Book by Thursday 7th July, email booking form to David Smith (info@huntslhs.org.uk). Please pay in advance by cheque, Bank transfer (contact David for BACS details) or pay, correct money, on the day 

Maximum 25 persons

Excursion Notes :

  • Note especially the ‘Book By’ deadline. Early booking is helpfu. However, do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute. Where possible we will accept you. Any late bookings contact David Smith (07886 640177)
  • We are not providing an coach excursions this year as we thught covid concerns would keep interest in coach trips below what we need to make them viable, which has itself risen due to higher fuel costs. But please tell us if you miss coach excursions and wuld come on one despite higher cost
  • If you need a lift please let us know and we will try and arrange.
  • Non-members guests are very welcome
  • The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.
Aug
8
Mon
Full day at Spalding, St Mary and St Nicholas church and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Monday 8th August @ Full day at Spalding
Aug 8 @ 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Full day at Spalding (St Mary and St Nicholas church and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, Monday 8th August

We begin at the magnificent late medieval church, enlarged repeatedly in 14th and 15th centuries, remarkable for the number of aisles and monuments, as well as the Victorian stained glass. The monuments include those to the Johnson family, prime among them Maurice, founder in 1710 of the country’s oldest antiquarian society outside London. The vicar or his assistant will show us round. After lunch (own arrangements) we reconvene at Spalding Gentlemen’s Society in Broad Street, ten minutes’ walk away, at 2.00pm for a guided visit to what retains its ‘Enlightenment’ feel as a cabinet of curiosities. But what a cabinet it is ! (Please note the first floor is difficult to access – please ask if this is a concern).

Meet at the church, 11.30am. There is a pay and display car park in The Vista (approach road to church). We are not arranging refreshments for this visit, but early arrivers especially might note that the cafe in Ayscoughfee Gardens near the church, and there are many places for lunch in the town centre. The station is also not far away so train excursion may be an attractive option.

Cost £12. Book by Sunday 31st July. Please send booking form to David Smith (info@huntslhs.org.uk). Please pay in advance by cheque, Bank transfer (contact David for BACS details) or pay, correct money, on the day 

Excursion Notes :

  • Note especially the ‘Book By’ deadline. Early booking is helpfu. However, do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute. Where possible we will accept you. Any late bookings contact David Smith (07886 640177)
  • We are not providing an coach excursions this year as we thught covid concerns would keep interest in coach trips below what we need to make them viable, which has itself risen due to higher fuel costs. But please tell us if you miss coach excursions and wuld come on one despite higher cost
  • If you need a lift please let us know and we will try and arrange.
  • Non-members guests are very welcome
  • The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.