Calendar

Dec
7
Thu
Society Christmas Social – 7th December @ Assembly Rooms, Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 7 @ 7:15 pm – 10:30 pm

Christmas Social Evening with Entertainment by the Society

This year for a change we have decided to offer the society some home-grown seasonal entertainment. The programme is under development and will be announced later. Likely items are at present: Liz Davies with give us an insight into local Christmas Customs, and we will have a pictorial interlude by David Cozens of some of his historic magic lantern slide collections, and others will do traditional and topical readings. We are also hoping for a musical soloist to entertain us with some Christmas favourites. If any one would like to ‘Do a Turn’ then please let David Cozens know on 01487 814229.

We will again be providing sandwiches, etc as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare. Guests are always welcome.

Tickets are £5 per person to include food.

Please return the booking slip on page 3 of the Almanack to David Smith, 16 Dove House Close, Godmanchester. PE29 2DY (01480 350127) 

Jan
11
Thu
Society Lecture – Stirling to Essen (Roger Leivers) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Godmanchester Stirling Crash – New pictures and untold family stories.

In 2012 the Godmanchester Community Association received an email inquiring about an aircraft that had crashed very near to Godmanchester during the Second World War. The email was given to Roger and not realising at the time this led Roger on a 5 years research project that resulted in a successful book telling the story of the crew and the aircraft. But the book really tells you of the emotional and heart rending stories of the crew and their families, the trials and tribulation of flying this gigantic aircraft often dogged by technical issues, and follows the lives, and tragic deaths, of everyone associated with the fateful aircraft and crew.

In 2015 Roger was awarded a Goodliff Grant by the Society to help publish his book ‘Stirling to Essen The Godmanchester Stirling: a Bomber Command Story of Courage and Tragedy.

Roger Leivers is coming to update us on his project on the Godmanchester Stirling crash.  It will be rather different to what he has spoken about before, so don’t make the mistake of believing you’ve heard it somewhere else before. 

Copies of is book will be available to buy on the night.

Feb
8
Thu
Society Lecture – History of Houghton Grange (Bridget Flanagan) @ Huntingdon Methodist Church
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Cootes, Constables and Chickens – a History of Houghton Grange (Bridget Flanagan)

 

Bridget will explore the chequered history of this building and show there is much of interest before its sad decline from Edwardian magnificence to a government scientific centre and the present dereliction.

There is very little documented information about the Grange prior to its use as a poultry research business. We know the house was originally built for a Mr Harold Coote. It was a large house situated on the banks of the river Ouse and was approached from the main Huntingdon to Houghton road through a long avenue of lime trees. To the south, terraced gardens led down to the river through extensive lawn areas.

The house has lain empty for nearly 25 years and is slowly decaying into sad disrepair. 

 

Mar
10
Sat
The Life of Miles Jeffrey Day – Poet and Flying Ace @ St Ives Corn Exchange
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The St Ives Town Team presents an evening to celebrate the life of Miles Jeffrey Day (1896 – 1918). Huntingdonshire’s remarkable First World War Poet and Flying Ace. The Corn Exchange Saturday 10th March 2018 at 7:30 pm.

 

Presented by poet Andrea Porter with readings by Robert Lloyd Parry.

  • Features Day’s childhood in Rheola, education, training and combat leading to his death over the Belgium coast in 1918
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  • Readings, correspondence, fascinating archive films and photographs

Tickets are £15 from the Corn Exchange or at www.ticketsource.co.uk/eventsstives

Production in association with the Norris Museum and sponsored by Leeds Day Solicitors

 

 

Oct
10
Wed
Society Lecture – A Landscape through Time – the A14 Project @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Oct 10 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday 10 October A Landscape through Time – A look at the Archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.

Please note the following important dates including some changes: This and subsequent Lectures: These will be on Wednesdays at our usual venue, Huntingdon Methodist church.  From this month onward the usual day of meetings will be the second Wednesday, as the church is no longer available regularly to us on Thursday evenings. 

Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Archaeology will talk about the astonishing discoveries taking place as a result of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.  A walk through centuries of history from prehistoric settlements, pottery and ditches, Roman broaches and pottery production, medieval village lost and found. 

Click on the picture for a larger and printable version of the poster.

The lecture this evening will be free to non-members

Nov
15
Thu
Society Presidents Lecture and Goodliff Awards @ Huntingdon Town Hall
Nov 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The King, the Actress and the Cardinal: the birth of London’s West End.

 

Dr Simon Thurley’s lecture this year is entitled The King, the Actress and the Cardinal; the birth of London’s West End. The King and the Cardinal one can make a fair guess at, but the Actress is a little more difficult. Come along if you want to know who they are. It is bound to be another revelation on the extraordinary history of our capital city.

 

 

 

The evening will start off with the Goodliff Award Ceremony when Dr Thurley will present awards to:

Jane Adams, St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church Alconbury – the publication of an information booklet and childrens guide to the church.

Jane Watson, publication of a booklet on the history of Barham village.

The Cromwell Museum Trust (Stuart Orme) – design and production new external signage and display boards.

Beth Davis – publication of the WW2 memoirs of Bert Goodwin.

The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust (Dr Stephen Upex) – magnetometer survey of the walled area of the Roman town of Durobrivae.

All Saints Church Elton Reformation Committee (Joanne Borrett) – publication of information booklet/story board about the stained glass windows and Saxon crosses.

Peter Cooper – Development and publish on-line interactive maps of Holywell-cum-Needingworth.

Huntingdonshire History Festival (Mike Addis) – funding in support of the 2018 History Festival. 

The Norris Museum (Sarah Russell)– Production of learning session materials entitled, ‘Cromwell the Man, Friend or Foe?’.

Roger Reynolds – Publication of a book, ‘Ramsey at War’ covering the period 1939 to 1946.

 

Dec
13
Thu
Society Christmas Social 2018- A Tudor Evening with Hexacordia @ Assembly Rooms, Huntingdon Town Hall
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Christmas Social Evening—A Tudor Christmas

This year our Christmas gathering will have a Tudor theme, with entertainment from the accomplished early music group Hexacordia. for more information visit their website http://www.hexachordia.com

We have this year the highly-talented early music group Hexachordia to provide us with ‘A Tudor Christmas’ programme.  There are naturally costs in that and we are making the effort to widen invitations through other local history societies.  We expect therefore that the social to be well attended.  If you want to come therefore please send David Smith your reply slips from the Almanack or from attached leaflet with cheques now.  Do not rely on coming without booking on the night.  I would not want any member to miss out because we are booked up.  The charge for members is £8, for non-members £10.
 

To book contact David Smith through our contacts page

 

May
15
Wed
Society AGM @ Huntingdon Town Hall
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Further details to follow shortly

Aug
17
Sat
Society Excursion – Southwell Minster and Corby Glen Church
Aug 17 all-day

 

 

An opportunity to join in with the annual Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust led excursion to a great church, which benefits from the expert commentary and guidance of Revd. Lynne Broughton. Lunchtime opportunity to explore Southwell.

 

On the way back we will visit the church at Corby Glen where we will have the opportunity for a cup of tea there. 

 

 

 

 

 

Further information see separate booking form and information sheet, to access please click on [BOOKING FORM]

Book by Saturday 1st June. Please note early deadline

 

Sep
13
Fri
Society Excursion -Wingfield College and Eye Church
Sep 13 all-day

This will be a coach excursion, joint with Cambridge Association for Local History (CALH) and Cambridge Antiquarian Society (CAS), visiting Eye Church and Wingfield College (house and church).

SS. Peter and Paul Eye is one of those astonishing late medieval churches that seems to have everything: one of the finest rood screens in the region, a fan vault in the tower, a wealth of monuments, a sanctuary by Ninian Comper, a recently restored organ. We shall arrive shortly after their regular Friday service and be able to join for coffee. After looking round we are free to explore the market town, perhaps mount the castle motte, and find lunch in one of several eateries.

At 1:30pm we reassemble for the short trip onward to Wingfield College. The Palladian lines of this private house conceal a medieval manor, remodelled as a charity college by Sir John Wingfield in 1362, ‘a maze of medieval woodwork, every inch of which is intriguing’ (Jenkins). The visit includes the parish church, where Sir John is buried, but whose glory is the fabulous tombs of the de la Pole Dukes of Suffolk, and concludes with tea and cake.

Leave Huntingdon Bus Station 9:30am,: depart Wingfield 4:40pm, return c6:30pm.This is a joint excursion with Cambridgeshire Association for Local History. Early booking is strongly recommended. 

Other pick up points (indicate clearly on the form): Somersham (Dews) 8:55am, St Ives (Houghton Road) 9:15am, Hartford (Longstaff Way) 9:25am, Godmanchester (Bridge Place Car Park) 9:35am, Cambridge (Milton Park and Ride) 10:15am.

The cost will be approximately £34 per head. Book by Saturday 31 August, Maximum 40 people.