Society Lecture (Zoom) – The David Parr House: an extraordinary Cambridge Home, Tamsin Wimhurst @ Zoom Meeting Room
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

The David Parr House: An extraordinary Cambridge Home: Tamsin Wimhurst

Tamsin has had a career in museums and education, but achieved fame for her work in enabling the preservation and restoration of the David Parr House, the managing charity of which she is founder and Trustee. She will tell us the story of how she discovered this remarkable house hiding in the back streets of Cambridge, uncovered its story as the home of a decorator artist for some of the best known designers of his day. Tamsin achieved her aim of opening the house up to the public so that many more can enjoy its unique atmosphere. For more information about the house see the website David Parr House

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at and he will send you the Zoom link details. 


Society Lecture (Zoom) – Lessons of the Ermine Street Excavation: Reassessing Medieval Huntingdon, Chris Thatcher @ Zoom Meeting Room
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Lessons of the Ermine Street Excavation: Reassessing Medieval Huntingdon

Chris Thatcher, Project Officer, Oxford Archaeology East, who came to talk to the Society in 2013 when the Ermine Street dig had just finished, returns to give us the results of post-excavation work and put it in context of our understanding of medieval Huntingdon.


Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

Society Lecture (Zoom) – Clerical Wars: the Coming of Anglo-Catholicism to 19th century St Ives, Professor David Yeandle @ Zoom Meeting Room
Apr 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Clerical Wars: the Coming of Anglo-Catholicism to 19th Century St Ives, David Yeandle, Professor Emeritus, Kings College, London.

David is a native of St Ives who has spend a lifetime studying medieval German literature, but this evening will bring us an illustrated version of a paper being prepared for ‘Records of Huntingdonshire’ on the very different world of clerical behaviour and public reaction in a quiet English market town with one of the great socio-religious struggles of the Victorian Age thrust upon it. How did this happen and what were the consequences are questions to be addressed.

Details of how to access the Zoom Meeting Room will be sent to all members a week prior to the meeting.

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

Society AGM and Talk on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Non Conformity on 18th Century Huntingdonshire – Simon Clemmow @ Zoom Meeting Room
May 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

The Society Annual General Meeting will be held on the 12th May, beginning at 7:30pm, and will be via Zoom Meeting Rooms. Details of how to access the meeting will be sent to all members a few days before the event. Please sign in early for this part of the evening, David Smith will be hosting the meeting and will let members into the Meeting Room at 7:15pm. We shall endeavour to deal speedily with the business part of the meeting, but please consider if you would be willing to contribute to the running of the Society. Most of the offices and committee members are willing to stand again but there are some vacancies on the committee. If you are thinking of becoming a committee member please contact Philip Saunders, in advance, on 091954 250421.

The Agenda for the meeting as well as the minutes of the 2020 AGM are available online on the Society AGM Minutes and ReportsAGM Page. 

The AGM will be followed by a talk given by Simon Clemmow on ‘Establishment and Dissent: Conformity and Nonconformity in 18th Century Huntingdonshire’. Simon is the Chair of the Hemingfords Local History Society and author of the chapter on Post -Restoration Nonconfirmity in the book of essays ‘The Singing Milkmaids’ published in 2019 (with support from the Society’s Goodliff Scheme). This is the subject for which Simon was awarded an Advanced Diploma in Local History by Cambridge University. 

The lecture is open to all non members. If you wish to attend the online lecture please contact David Smith by email at and he will send you the Zoom link details. 

Society Zoom Talk – The Cotton Family @ Zoom Meeting Room
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Dr Philip Saunders will give a talk on the Cotton Family to provide background information on this interesting family before the Society visit to Conington Church

The Zoom access details will be sent out to all members prior to the talk

The Cotton Family Churches Afternoon visit to Connington and Sawtry Churches @ Conington Church and Sawtry Church
Aug 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Connington Church is one of Huntingdon’s most magnificent medieval churches, remarkable for being almost exclusively of one period. It contains a fabulous series of monuments to Sir Robert Bruce Cotton, antiquary extraordinaire, and his family, several celebrating his Scottish ancestry with more than a nod to James I and VI. Cotton had his country house, Conington Castle, next to the church, where he assembled his library of manuscripts and collected archaeological artifacts. Sadly, it was demolished in 1956. Today the church is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and access is b y request to the Trust. Join on this visit and we will save you the trouble.

We were to have visited Steeple Gidding church, also on the former Cotton (later Heathcote) estate and containing further monuments to the family. Sadly, there has been a structural issue and we are unable to visit the church.

After Conington we will now visit Sawtry All Saints church. Although it has no obvious Cotton connections, the church is nevertheless an outstanding church with a very fine medieval brass of Sir William and Lady Mary le Moyne. After the visit we will be serving tea and cakes

To complement the visit Philip Saunders will be giving a talk on the Cotton family, via Zoom at 7:30pm on 19th August. The link will be sent to members, so even if you cannot come on the 26th or prefer to visit the churches at another time you may like to join us on the talk.

To book your place contact David Smith at The cost of the visit will be £10.


Society Visit – Leighton Bromswold Church @ Leighton Bromswold
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Visit to Leighton Bromswold:

The visit, originally planned for 2020 and reluctantly postponed, has been rearranged for Thursday 16th September, at 4:30pm. Meet at the church, where a cup of team will await us. The visit is by kind arrangement of Hugh West, of Leighton Bromswold and the a author of a new, Goodliff Award supported, guide. Hugh will be giving us a talk and showing us around this ‘wonderful church’ (Pevsner), celebrated for its association with George Herbert and his friends the Ferrars of LIttle Gidding, but having mush else of interest, including the famous 17C pulpit and readers desk. 

After the tour there will be a chance to stroll around this small village before we all retire to the the George pub in the village of Spaldwick for a meal. 

To book email David Smith on or phone on 01480 350127. Book by Sunday 12th September.

Society Zoom Talk – Presidents Lecture: The Ramsey Psalter, David Cozens @ Zoom Meeting Room
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Our President, David Cozens will give a talk on the Ramsey Psalter. The talk will be given using Zoom as our normal venue the Methodist Church is unavailable because of building work in the carpark area.

The Psalter of Oswold, also know as the Ramsey Psalter is said to be one of the finest examples of Gothic manuscripts in the United Kingdom. The codex, written in the last quarter of the 13th Century features 40 superbly created illustrations and 12 highly detailed figural initials. The Psalter was possibly produced by the monks in Winchester for Ramsey Abbey.

David will talk to us about the Psalter and will illustrate his talk with some of the figural initials and highly decorative illustrations.

The talk is free to all members and the link details will be sent out via email to all members. Non members are welcome to join the talk, for access details please email your request to


Society Meeting – Goodliff Awards 2020 and 2021 Presentations @ Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Huntingdon
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

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 (, phone 07886 640177. The cost is £10 per person.