More details of this excursion are to follow shortly
Dr Steven Parissien will talk about the Palace House, Newmarket. More details about the talk will be provided shortly
This will be a ticketed event, joint with the Huntingdonshire History Festival
Visit to Leighton Bromswold Church
The visit has been rearranged for Thursday 17th September, at 3.30 p.m. Meet outside the church, 2 metres apart unless with a person is part of your household/social bubble.
The visit is by kind arrangement with Hugh West of Leighton Bromswold, author of a new, Goodliff Award-supported, guide. Hugh will be giving us a talk and showing us round this ‘wonderful church’ (Pevsner), celebrated for its association with George Herbert and his friends the Ferrars of Little Gidding, but having much else of interest, both earlier and later in date.
At completion of the visit and tour of the church we shall be having tea in the church.
We know that many members have been isolating during the pandemic and may be wary of coming, but consider that most of us have been doing the same and we shall take all sensible precautions, so the risk is very low. Please bring with you a face mask and wear it whenever appropriate. In order to ensure social distancing within the church we have to limit places to 15 members, so act quickly to book your place now by emailing David Smith firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning him on 01480-350127. Deadline is Sunday 13th September. There is a charge of £5.00. Please bring this in cash on the day so it can go straight into an envelope.
Our apologies to those who are at work and unable to join us. We did not lightly change the timing of this from the original plan of an early evening visit followed by optional meal in the Green Man, but on this occasion and after a postponement to September it seemed best.
This year the social restrictions imposed due to Covid19 mean we have to hold a virtual Christmas Social this year. Our President, David Cozens, will talk to us about the Edison Bell Company of Huntingdon. Edison Bell Company was one of the most significant feature of Huntingdon’s industrial history. David promises to entertain us with a range of musical from his wide collection of historical 78rpm records and recordings that were manufactured in Huntingdon on contemporary equipment. .
This is going to be an exciting look back at how we used to entertain ourselves with Festive music in the early 20th Century. I remember sitting down with my grandparents in their parlour with the wind up gramophone, listening to their collection of 78rpm records. Though we cannot join one another in quite the usual convivial way we can do so digitally. So, pull up a chair, pour yourself and others a glass of something festive and lets toast one another to a Happy Christmas.
The details of how to access the Zoom Meeting will be published to all our members nearer the date. These talks are open to non-members, who should email David Smith at email@example.com .uk requesting the link to the talk a few days in advance.
Look out for other virtual meetings in the New Year.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 01480 350127. Book by Sunday 12th September.
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.