Calendar

May
12
Fri
May Weekend – Exploring the Cotswolds @ The Cotswolds
May 12 – May 15 all-day

The weekend away in May 2017 will be to explore parts of the history of the Cotswolds.

Details of the weekend can be found in the outline programme by clicking on [Exploring the Cotswolds].

Further details will be announced at Society meetings.

Jun
15
Thu
A Midsummer evening saunter around Elton, Thursday 15 June @ Elton, Cambridgeshire
Jun 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A MIDSUMMER EVENING SAUNTER AROUND ELTON

Ashley Mather, one of our members, warmly welcomes you to a gentle stroll around her historic stone estate village in the north-western corner of the ancient county. We shall gather inside All Saints Church to admire and hear about the newly restored William Morris and other high quality stained glass windows, then venture outside, wishing for a lovely evening. There is a hill in Elton but the pace will be leisurely as we study the buildings and excellent ridge and furrow in the park by the Church. Sturdy shoes are advisable.

Meet in the Church at 6:00pm. Own transport. Allow 45 minutes from Huntingdon (A1 and A605). From the A605 turn right into the village, go past the Black Horse public house and Church and turn into Middle Street and left again into School Lane, where parking by the Church yard is possible. Alternatively, use the Black Horse car park. Should you wish, you can sample their excellent food and garden (plus loos – none at the Church) either beforehand or when we finish at approx. 8pm.

Early booking is advisable on 01832 280591.

The pub post code is PE8 6RU for sat-nav users.

Please contact David Cozens or Phillip Saunders if you need a lift and we will do our best to arrange one.

No charge. Donations invited on the day to the Church and Chapel fund.

Please book by Tuesday 13th June

Jul
20
Thu
Visit to Leicester Cathedral, Richard III Centre and Museums @ Leicester
Jul 20 all-day

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.

Costs £29.00

Please book by Monday 3rd July. Early booking would assist our planning

Aug
9
Wed
St Neots Town and Museum visit – Wednesday 9th August @ St Neots Town and Museum
Aug 9 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

Sep
13
Wed
Strawberry Hill House and Little Stanmore Church visit @ Strawberry Hill House
Sep 13 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

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

May
11
Fri
Society Trip – Weekend Trip to Derbyshire 11-14 May
May 11 – May 14 all-day

This year we are visiting some of the exciting historical sites and house of Derbyshire. We depart on Friday 11th May and return on Monday 14th May. For our full programme of activities click on the picture of Hardwick Hall, home of Bess of Hardwick a most remarkable woman during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.

Day 1: We start our visit at Calke Abbey, a National Trust house described as the in-stately of all of our stately homes. The house was built in 1704 in the Baroque style for Sir John Harper on the site of a former priory. Through marriage the family name changed to Crewe then Harper Crewe. Their family wealth increased dramatically through marriage and throughout the generations of the family they became eccentric, reclusive and fanatical collectors. Sadly the family fortunes declined and the house fell into disrepair as room upon room was closed to save money. We will get the chance to explore this house, preserved in its final state when it was given to the care of the National Trust.

We finish our day visiting Derby Cathedral, upgraded to cathedral status in 1927 to create the seat for the Bishop of Derby. Founded in the mid 10th Century as a Collegiate church it is now a Grade 1 listed building.

Day 2: We dip our toes into modern social and economic history with a visit to the National Tramway Museum. Here we will follow the rise and fall of this urban form of transport from its early horse drawn days, into steam, electric tram and trolley buses. In Europe trams remained very popular and many cities still operate them today. Some of our cities are now introducing a modern tramway to help keep our inner cities free of heavy traffic. Love them or hate them trams formed an integral part of our inner city lives.

The afternoon we get the chance to visit Bakewell, the home of the famous Bakewell Pudding. Here you’ll be free to explore this old town and perhaps sample some of the delicious produce with a welcome cup of tea or coffee.

Day 3: We venture back in time to the early days of the Industrial Revolution with a visit to Cromford Mill, the first water powered cotton spinning mill built by Richard Arkwright. Arkwright is recognised as one of the founding fathers of the mechanised cotton industry which grew out of this mill, now a World Heritage site.

In the afternoon we venture further back in time to the days of the Tudor and Elizabethan dynasties with a visit to Hardwick Hall. Here we can follow the story of the Hardwick family and of one of their children Elizabeth Hardwick who was to marry into the Cavendish family of Chatsworth House fame. We will discover that Elizabeth’s life was tragic and difficult but through her tenacity and determination, and four marriages she eventually built the new Hardwick Hall in 1590 and firmly stamped her name, ‘Bess of Hardwick’ on the house and countryside.

Day 4: We complete this story of the history of parts of Derbyshire by visiting the house of one of the most powerful families in the county, the Cavendish’s of Chatsworth House. Here we can link the stories of the Cavendish family, Beth of Hardwick and the family of Calke Abbey. We will explore the 30 rooms in house with a guided tour and get the chance to walk through the extensive gardens. Our visit to Chatsworth ends with a Cream Tea and cakes before we head back to Huntingdon. 

For further details contact Rosemary Smith (rosemarysnotes@gmail.com) or 01480 350127 

Jun
21
Thu
Society Visit – Westminster College, Cambridge @ Westminster College, Cambridge
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit to Westminster College, St Clement’s and All Saints churches, Cambridge

Westminster College is a theological college of the United Reformed Church, incorporating the Cheshunt Foundation of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion. 

Westminster College is a late 19th-century theological college of the English Presbyterian Church (since 1972 part of the United Reformed Church), the creation of the redoubtable and erudite Biblical scholars, Mrs Agnes Lewis and Mrs Margaret Gibson, since 1967 incorporating Cheshunt College of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, a foundation with a continuous history from the beginnings of that denomination.  We begin our visit with a display from the College’s archives, including those of the Countess of Huntingdon and famous nonconformists of the 18th century onward.  Then, after coffee/tea we will be given a tour of the college by the archivist, Helen Weller, including the Chapel (an Arts & Crafts gem) and Library with portrait collection.  We shall end our visit to the college with lunch in the Hall.  For those who wish, there should be a chance to see the attached Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide  and externally the adjacent new Woolf Institute for the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.  After lunch we shall walk half-mile to All Saints church, Jesus Lane, via St Clement’s church, both of which are being opened specially for us.  St Clement’s is a medieval parish church of the quayside area, off the beaten tourist track that deserves to be better known; All Saints is a Victorian Gothic masterpiece by Bodley and Morris .

Joining details to those booking or contact Philip Saunders (paksaunders@talk21.com or 01954-250421) if you have queries.

Own transport.  Good public transport links.  Disabled parking  only (please advise).

Cost £16.00 including refreshments & lunch

Book by Friday 15th June.  N.B. Limited to 24 members.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Jul
17
Tue
Society Visit – Coach Excursion to Tattershall Castle and Boston @ Tatteshall Castle and Boston
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Coach excursion to Boston and Tattershall Castle & church, Lincolnshire

Neil Wright (our speaker in April) will meet us at Fydell House in Boston for tea / coffee and an introductory talk. He will then guide us around this ancient market town on the banks of the Witham. His itinerary is a 1½-hour walk before lunch and a second 1½-hour walk after lunch. Neil will draw attention to the more significant aspects of St Botolph’s church, “ The Stump” 272 feet high. Some members may not wish to participate in the full walking programme.   Please write  A  on the booking form for the full walking programme, B for the morning only, C  for the afternoon only and  D  for no conducted tour, free time only.

 

We will then visit Tattershall Castle keep built of brick in 1434 by Ralph, Lord Cromwell and the adjacent Holy Trinity church built by Ralph’s executor.

Depart Mill Common Huntingdon  9.00 am, arrive  Boston  10.45.  Morning walk  11.15 to 12.45; afternoon walk  2.00 to 3.00. Leave Boston 3.15 for Tattershall, visit castle and church 4.00 to 5.30. Return to Huntingdon 7.00 / 7.30pm.

Other pick-up points (indicate clearly on form): Somersham (Dews) 8.25; St Ives (Houghton Rd) 8.40; Hartford (Longstaff Way) 8.45; Godmanchester (Bridge Place car park) 8.50.

Cost (including morning refreshments): £35.00 (National Trust members £29.00)

Book by Thursday 5th July.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Aug
13
Mon
Society Visit – March, Historic Medieval Church, Station and Museum @ March
Aug 13 @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit to March, including Medieval Church, Historic Station and Museum, Monday 13th August 1.30 p.m.

We shall begin our visit to the former county town of the Isle of Ely at St Wendreda’s church, Church Street, PE15 5PY, with its magnificent medieval timber roof, containing more than 100 carved angels, saints and apostles, which Sir John Betjeman said was ‘worth cycling forty miles into a head wind to see’. We then circuit the town to the classic Victorian station, opened 1847, a hallowed place for railway historians and once focus of one of the largest marshalling yards in Europe.  Finally we adjourn to the town centre, where there should be time for the more energetic to fit in a short guided perambulation, but in any case to reassemble at the March Museum.  The Museum is being opened specially for us and there will be ample opportunity to enjoy its large collection.  Our visit ends with tea and cakes provided by the Museum Society.

Own transport.  Please advise if you can offer help /need help with transport.

Cost £5.00. Please book by Monday 6th August.  Further details will be issued on the day at the church, or for more information contact Kate Hadley on 01480-454154 or Jean Burbidge on 07798-685648.

Book by Monday 6th August.

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download a copy of the booking form click on the word BOOKINGFORM 

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.

Sep
13
Thu
Society Visit – St Ives Pugin’s Gem and Norris Museum and Library @ St Ives, Cambridgeshire
Sep 13 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Visit to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Needingworth Road, St Ives, and Privileged Visit to the Norris Museum and Library

 Thursday 13th September, 2.00 p.m.

For a small market town the Catholic church has a remarkable history, starting life as St Andrew’s church in Cambridge and then moved when it became too small with greater population movement.  It has been called ‘Pugin’s Little Gem’. The church is justly proud of its heritage. 

After this visit we move to the Norris Museum, for a short talk at 3.00pm on the collections and recent refurbishment by Sarah Russell, the director, followed by tea and group guided tour of the new displays and behind the scenes. 

Own transport.  Please advise if you can offer help /need help with transport.  If you come by car we suggest Darwood’s Pond car park for RC church and then move to Globe Place.

Cost: £3.00.

Book by Friday 7th September

Excursion Notes:

Please use the accompanying form and pay in advance by cheque. To download the form click on the word BOOKINGFORM

Note especially the ‘Book By’ date.  Early booking is helpful.  However do telephone if you are able to come at the last minute as outings are seldom over-subscribed.

Cancellations:  If you cancel before the ‘Book By’ date your cheque will not be paid in.  If you cancel later you may only receive a refund if someone else takes your place.

Non-member guests are very welcome. You will receive partial refunds on the coach for guest children, in respect of lower entrance fees. 

The Society undertakes to make arrangements for the excursions but cannot accept liability for any mishap or loss connected with them.