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 email@example.com and he will send you the Zoom link details.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of the visit will be £10.
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 email@example.com or phone on 01480 350127. Book by Sunday 12th September.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 (email@example.com), 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for access information