Christmas Social – A Georgian Christmas, with Bedford Gallery Quire, Tuesday 10th December
Its that time of year, the Christmas festive season is fast approaches again. Once more we have a super programme lined up for our Christmas social. The Christmas social is undoubtedly one of the sheer joys of this society, so do make an effort to come along. You will not be disappointed. And by all means bring friends with you.
This year The Bedford Gallery Quire, will be providing the musical entertainment. They are part of the movement to resurrect the folk tradition, coined ‘West Gallery Music’ by Thomas Hardy, The Quire was formed in 2003 and is a group of singers and instrumentalists performing musical pieces from the ‘West Gallery’ period, around 1700 to 1850. West Gallery music is often seen as an anarchic musical attribute of the parish church until reforming Victorian clergy suppressed them in favour of the more governable, surpliced, choirs singing in the chancel that we know today. Besides playing fiddles and flutes they will be performing traditional music on some less familiar instruments including flagelettes, an ophicleïde, and a serpent – a rare sight indeed.
We will again be providing sandwiches, etc., as well as drinks, but members are welcome to bring additional seasonal fare. It would be helpful if you haven’t already done so , it you would book as soon as possible. This enables us to tell how many spaces available for non-members. David Smith will be there on Tuesday to take bookings and your £5.00, or send him a cheque with form in the Almanack, or at very least email him at email@example.com to let him know you are coming and pay on the night.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the lecture and presentation of the Goodliff Awards for 2020 have been postponed and will be rescheduled for later in the year.
The Society’s President, Dr David Starkey will talk about ‘The Uses of History’ and present the Goodliff Awards for 2020.
More details 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .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 email@example.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone 07886 640177. The cost is £10 per person.