Society Zoom Talk- The Life and Times of Dr Reginald Grove, a Victorian Country Doctor, Peter Flower @ Zoom Meeting Room
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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 for access information


Society Talk – Stuart Royal Progress in and Around Huntingdon – Dr Simon Thurley @ Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Huntingdon
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Stuart Royal Progresses in and Around Huntingdonshire – Dr Simon Thurley

We welcome Simon back, now as Provost of Gresham College and Chair of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Latterly he has been concentrating work on the Stuart Court, recently publishing Palaces of Revolution: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court and leading a lecture series at Gresham. His lecture to us is a happy by-product of this research.

This will be our first lecture in 2022 that we get the chance to meet each other in person, Covid rules permitting, and we meet in the prestgious surroundings of the Assembly Rooms in Huntingdon Georgion Town Hall.

The event is free to all our members and we warmly welcome any visitors, we don’t charge for these events but ask visitors for a donation. Non members wishing to attend are requested to contact David Smith by email at before the event.


Society Talk – From Medieval to Modern: The Radiant Art of Stained Glass – Jasmine Allen @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

From Medieval to Modern: The Radiant Art of Stained Glass – Jasmine Allen, Director and Curator, The Stained Glass Museum, Ely.


This talk will shed light on the ubique art of stained glass, its history and stylistic development from medieval period to the present day. Using illustrated examples from the UK’s only museum dedicated to stained glass, located in Ely Cathedral. It will uncover a number of illuminating and inspiring works from across Britain and Europe. We plan to include a visit to the museum in our visit to Ely as part of our 2022 Summer excursion programme.

This will be our first lecture that we return to our normal meeting place of the Methodist Church on Huntingdon. The seating arrangements will be in accordance with the current Covid rules and we will ask everyone to wear face coverings throughout the evening, unless Covid regulations change.

The event is free to all members and we warmly welcome any visitor. Although we don’t charge visitors we do ask for a donation of £3 at the door to help cover our administrative costs. If you wish to attend as a visitor please let David Smith know by email at


Society AGM followed by a talk by Fiona Chesterton: ‘Secrets Never to be Told’ @ Methodist Church, Huntingdon
May 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Society AGM and Talk by Fional Chesterton

65th Annual General Meeting Agenda:

  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minute of 64th AGM held on Wednesday 12th May 2021
  3. Matters Arising not otherwise on the agenda
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Annual Report
  6. Election of Officers and members of the Committee
  7. Election of a person qualified to inspect the accounts
  8. Any other business

After the AGM Fiona Chesterton will give a presentation on her recently published book ‘Secrets never to be Told’

A legacy from a distant Canadian relartive set local former BBC journalist Fiona Chesterton on a voyage of discovery into the origins of Jessie Heading, born out of wedlock in Cambridge, leading her to write the deeply empathetic ‘Secrets Never to be Told’, published last year to high acclaim.

Fiona is coming to tell us how ans what she learned about Jessie and her family, and how, unexpectedly, this became a voyage of self discovery too.

Afterwards join us for tea and coffee and the chance to meet Fiona and other members of the Society

Free evening, parking nearby at Malthouse Close, PE29 3AR. 

Visitors are welcome and are invited to donate £3 to defray costs.