Bedfordshire Local History Association

Member Societies Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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Members please supply the secretary (secretary@bedfordshire-lha.org.uk) your latest programme information.

DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
2019 02 13
Wednesday 13th February 2019
BAALHSA THOUSAND YEARS OF PUTNOE.Bob RickettsPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
2019 02 21
Thursday February 21st 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Amy, Wonderful Amy’Roy SmartUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 02 26
Tuesday 26th Feb 2019

Riseley Historical SocietySlave Trader and Abologist Andrew Rome John Newton

Meet each month at Riseley Village Hall commencing at 7-30 pm.
No charge is made to members but a small charge of £3 is requested from non-members.
Programme
2019 02 28
Thursday 28th February 2019
Maulden History Society“The Centenary of the Luton Riots”Keith Miles

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
2019 03 01
Friday 1 Mar 2019

Beds Family History SocietyUp With The Lark – Agricultural Labourers Ian WallerMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 03 04
Monday 4 March 2019
Biggleswade History Society"The Life and Times of Lady Sandra Highsted"
Sandy HighstedThe Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
Programme
2019 03 04
Monday 4th March 2019
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Edmund Grey, 1st Earl of Kent - Hero or Blackadder?Chris Martin
7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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2019 03 06
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
Langford & District History SocietyThe Sermon in Stone: the history of Caldecote church, Herts.

Grazyna Tutak

Caldecote Church Friends Press and Publicity officer tells the story of this local church.
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 03 07
Thurs 7th March 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Electronic Family HistoryRobert ParkerThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 03 12
March 12th 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk – Up with the Lark Ian Waller *Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
2019 03 12
Tues Mar 12th 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyOn The BallDunstable Town Football Club, established in 1883, was based for many years at Kingsway before moving to its present ground at Creasey Park. The club’s chairman, Alex Alexandrou, a professional historian, talks about the club, its most famous players and its role in the life of the town, Illustrated by numerous photos. The talk follows the society’s annual meeting.The society meets at 7.45 pm at the Methodist Church Hall (opposite Wilkinson’s). Membership is £6 pa (June-Dec £3). Visitors to meetings pay £2. Website
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2019 03 12
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyOn The Ball

Dunstable Town Football Club, established in 1883, was based for many years at Kingsway before moving to its present ground at Creasey Park.
The club’s chairman, Alex Alexandrou, a professional historian, talks about the club, its most famous players and its role in the life of the town, Illustrated by numerous photos. The talk follows the society’s annual meeting.The society meets at 7.45 pm at the Methodist Church Hall (opposite Wilkinson’s). Membership is £6 pa (June-Dec £3). Visitors to meetings pay £2. Website
Programme
2019 03 13
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietySt Mary's Church at Old Linslade in the light of recent researchDr Richard Gem


All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 03 13
Wednesday 13th March 2019
BAALHSWHY DO CHURCHES HAVE TOWERS?David BondPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
2019 03 15
Friday March 15th 2019
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyRomano-British Curse TabletsPaddy LambertAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 03 17
Sunday 17th March 2019
Harlington Heritage Trust“Murder in Flitwick Wood” - A narration of the murder of Elizabeth White in 1788Talk by Mark Steinhardt in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m. For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 03 19
Tuesday March 19th 2019
Willington Local History Group (WLHG)A history of stained glassJasmine Allen of The Stained Glass MuseumWLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
2019 03 21
Thursday March 21st 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Diary of a grave-digger’Ken ShrimptonUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 03 26
Tuesday 26th Mar 2019
Riseley Historical SocietyThe Tudor Easter

Martin Sirot-Smith

Meet each month at Riseley Village Hall commencing at 7-30 pm.
No charge is made to members but a small charge of £3 is requested from non-members.
Programme
2019 03 28
Thursday Mar 28th 2019
Potton History SocietyEynesbury’s Waterloo
The heroic and tragic tales behind a bundle of photographs, saved from
a tip illustrating Flint family life at Waterloo farm.
Rodney TodmanAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 03 28
Thursday March 28th 2019
Caddington Local History Group
CADDHIST
“How to Control your Wife” (Victorian Marriage) Jenny Kelsey Meetings will take place, as usual, in Heathfield school at 7.30 pm Caddhist

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2019 04 01
Monday 1 April 2019
Biggleswade History SocietyAnnual General Meeting and two short talks by membersMembers only The Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
Programme
2019 04 01
Monday 1st April 2019
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society AGM

Bassett-Lowke: A Modelling Legend

Allan Boldero7.30pm
Flitwick Library
Programme
2019 04 03
Wednesday, 3 April 2019
Langford & District History SocietyVillage Memories
Evening
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
Programme
2019 04 04
Thurs 4th April 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Wallis Simpson and the Abdication crisis of 1936Roy SmartThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 04 05
Friday 5 Apr 2019
Beds Family History SocietyHow Far Did Your Ancestors Travel Before The Advent of the RailwaysCelia HeritageMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 04 09
April 9th 2019
Sandy Historical Research Group*Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
2019 04 09
Tuesday April 9th 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyKing Henry’s Cathedrals

After the closure of the monasteries, Henry VIII had planned to create a number of new cathedrals, including one at Dunstable.
Local historian Tony Woodhouse describes what happened.The society meets at 7.45 pm at the Methodist Church Hall (opposite Wilkinson’s). Membership is £6 pa (June-Dec £3). Visitors to meetings pay £2. Website
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2019 04 10
Wednesday 10th April 2019
BAALHSTHE AIR WAR OVER THE WESTERN FRONT 1914 - 1918.Barry TomlinsonPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
2019 04 10
Wednesday 10th April 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyAGM - followed by "Bigamy, Bankruptcy, War & Divorce"

All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 04 12
Friday April 12th 2019
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyThe 1830 Swing RiotsAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 04 18
Thursday April 18th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyCoach outing – Bury St Edmunds and West Stow Anglo-Saxon village (see Notes on website)Unless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 04 25
Thursday 25th April 2019
Maulden History SocietyAnnual General Meeting
“Walking Among the Dead”
Stewart Smith

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
2019 04 25
Thursday Apr 25th 2019
Potton History SocietyPotton Family Stories
Heather has been working through our rich seam of family files in our
archives and has uncovered some fascinating tales of parish life. As
well as adding new material Bring your own family stories.
Heather CurryAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 04 25
Thursday April 25th 2019
Caddington Local History Group
CADDHIST
AGM Meetings will take place, as usual, in Heathfield school at 7.30 pm Caddhist

Programme
2019 04 25
Thursday May 23rd 2019
Caddington Local History Group
CADDHIST
“Housekeeping at Woburn Abbey” Simon PestellMeetings will take place, as usual, in Heathfield school at 7.30 pm Caddhist

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2019 04 27
Saturday 27th April 2019
Harlington Heritage TrustA.G.M. and Social
In the Parish Hall at 7.30 p.m.




For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 04 30
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Riseley Historical Society'I Wish I Had Said That'


Mike Stubbert

Meet each month at Riseley Village Hall commencing at 7-30 pm.
No charge is made to members but a small charge of £3 is requested from non-members.
Programme
2019 04 30
Tuesday 30th Apr 2019
Riseley Historical SocietyHornblower Aubrey and Quinton

Dr David Davies

Meet each month at Riseley Village Hall commencing at 7-30 pm.
No charge is made to members but a small charge of £3 is requested from non-members.
Programme
2019 04 30
Tuesday April 30th 2019
Willington Local History Group (WLHG)Social evening - murder mystery eveningWLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
2019 05 01
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Langford & District History SocietyThe Stannards, Father and Daughter: Bedfordshire Artists
Richard Morgan

The author of last year’s BLHA book on the Stannards tells their story.
NB. This meeting will start at 7.30pm
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 05 02
Thurs 2nd May 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Hobby Bobbies - the history of the Special Constabulary in BedfordshireKeith JacksonThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 05 03
Friday 3 May 2019
Beds Family History SocietyBedlam and Mental HealthColin OakesMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 05 08
Wednesday 8th May 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyPitstone Museum -
Dennis Trebble, museum secretary
All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 05 13
Monday 13 May 2019

Biggleswade History Society"All Along the Prom" - Kiss Me Quick hats, saucy postcards and moreMark Andrew PardoeThe Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
Programme
2019 05 14
Tues May 14 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyInvasion 1940 – What If?Popular speaker Tony Eaton, who has already intrigued Dunstable history society audiences with clandestine stories about Glenn Miller, Rudolf Hess and Leslie Howard, talks about the RAF’s secret partner in 1940 and the real reasons why Hitler’s planned invasion of Britain never took place.The society meets at 7.45 pm at the Methodist Church Hall (opposite Wilkinson’s). Membership is £6 pa (June-Dec £3). Visitors to meetings pay £2. Website
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2019 05 14
Tuesday May 14th 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyInvasion 1940 – What If?

Popular speaker Tony Eaton, who has already intrigued Dunstable history society audiences with clandestine stories about Glenn Miller, Rudolf Hess and Leslie Howard, talks about the RAF’s secret partner in 1940 and the real reasons why Hitler’s planned invasion of Britain never took place.The society meets at 7.45 pm at the Methodist Church Hall (opposite Wilkinson’s). Membership is £6 pa (June-Dec £3). Visitors to meetings pay £2. Website
Programme
2019 05 16
Thursday May 16th 2019



Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyAGM, followed by a talk on the ‘WW1 military hospital at
Wrest Park’
Richard LascombeUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 05 17
Friday May 17th 2019
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyColmworth 1820 to 1850Stephen SmithAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 05 18
18th May 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition T.B.C.*Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
2019 05 19
Sunday 19th May 2019
Harlington Heritage TrustCar Trip to St Albans with a Guided Walk




Meet at the Village Car Park at 12.45p.m. Guided Walk at 2 p.m. Lifts available if requiredFor further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 05 23
Thursday May 23rd 2019
Potton History SocietyPotton’s Chimneys NOTE 7.30 START
Join us on a walk to survey Potton’s chimneys old and new. A display
of photos and documents will be available in the Community Centre
from 8pm for those not on the walk.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 06 05
Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Langford & District History SocietyTo be advised, but probably Stotfold MillMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 06 06
Thurs 6th June 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Bringing Dead Street to Life: The British Schools in HitchinAndy GibbsThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 06 07
Friday 7 Jun 2019
Beds Family History SocietyAGM & QuizMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 06 16
Sunday 16th June 2019
Harlington Heritage TrustCar Trip to Elstow Abbey with a Guided Tour






Meet at the Village Hall Car Park, Time T.B.A.
Lifts available if required
For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 06 20
Thursday June 20th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyOuting in own cars to Harlington Manor (see Notes on website)Unless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 06 21
Friday June 21st 2019
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyPrince Albert, Consort to Queen
Victoria
Jules StewartAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 06 23
23rd June 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupVisit to the Panacea Museum BedfordWebsite
2019 06 27
Thursday Jun 27th 2019
Potton History Society1st WW Bedfordshire Regiment
The background to the regiment that Potton men fought in in the First World War and some of the stories of Sandy men who died in the war.
Steve FullerAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 07 03
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Langford & District History SocietyTo be advised, but hopefully the British Schools Museum at HitchinMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 07 04
Thurs 4th July 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Outside visit : Guided walk Bedford1 mile
90 mins
The society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 07 05
Friday 5 Jul 2019
Beds Family History SocietyThe Rise Fall and Rise Again of The Cardington AirshipsDavid FowlerMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 07 13
Saturday 13th July 2019
Harlington Heritage TrustCoach Trip to Bury St. Edmunds







Meet at the Village Hall Car Park at 9.a.m.
Cost per person T.B.A.
For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 07 18
Thursday July 18th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Podington in WW2’Mike MeadeUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 07 20
20th July 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition, Beeston Flower Festival Beeston Methodist Church Website
2019 07 25
Thursday Jul 25th 2019
Potton History SocietyThe Goings On in Potton Station Yard.
Our chairman reveals what did happen in the Station Yard when the line closed in the mid 60’s and how it has changed into todays area.
George HoweAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 08 01
Thurs 1st August 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Mapping old villagesMaurice NicolsonThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 08 15
Thursday August 15th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyWine & Cheese evening in Carlton Village HallUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 08 17
17th August 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition at Sandy ShowWebsite
2019 08 22
Thursday Aug 22nd 2019
Potton History SocietySutton
Our archives have a range of material about Sutton including the local
Burgoyne Family, Parish newsletters and school material. These will be on display. Bring your own items for the archives.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 09 02
Monday 2 September 2019


Biggleswade History Society"Building the Railways"Judith and Chris RouseThe Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
Programme
2019 09 04
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
Langford & District History SocietyThe women pilots of the Air Transport Auxiliary in World War 2
Ted Martin

160 mainly young women volunteered to ferry aircraft from factories to the front line in World War 2.
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 09 05
Thurs 5th September 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Beside the Seaside Ann WiseThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 09 06
Friday 6 Sep 2019
Beds Family History SocietyFrom Eric The Bald To Nigel De Aubigny: Bedfordshire and The Doomesday Book Brian KerrMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 09 07
Monday 7 October 2019

Biggleswade History Society"Nursery Rhyme Detective"Vic Botteril talks about the origins and secrets of nursery rhymesThe Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
Programme
2019 09 10
September 10th 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk – Why Doesn’t the A1 Cross Biggleswade Common? Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
2019 09 11
Wednesday 11th September 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyThe Domesday Book in Bedfordshire -
Brian KerrAll talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 09 15
Sunday 15th September 2019
Harlington Heritage Trust“I do like to be beside the seaside”
- A history of the seaside holiday







Talk by Ann Ledger in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m. For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 09 15
Sunday 15th September 2019
Harlington Heritage Trust“I do like to be beside the seaside”
- A history of the seaside holiday







Talk by Ann Ledger in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m. For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 09 17
Tuesday 17th September 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk for Sandy Women’s institute Website
2019 09 18
Friday October 18th 2019
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyFinds from the A14 ExcavationsJonathan HouseAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 09 19
Thursday September 19th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society'The Great North Road' Sue JarrettUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 09 20
Friday September 20th 2019

Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyAGM
Arrangements to be advised at 7pm All meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 09 26
Thursday Sep 26th 2019
Potton History SocietyFrom the Whitfield Archives
Rex reveals more details of the Whitfield family contributions to life in the parish and the hard times some had to endure.
Rex WhitfieldAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 10 02
Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Langford & District History SocietyAnother Icarus: The Rise and Fall of Percy Pilcher and the art of flight

Roy Smart

The first Englishman to die in the conquest of the air when nearly becoming the most famous name in aviation history.
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 10 03
Thurs 3rd October 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Bedford's Hidden HistoryDavid FowlerThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 10 04
Friday 4 Oct 2019
Beds Family History SocietySpanish Flu Pandemic in Bedford And Beyond Maurice NicholsonMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 10 09
Wednesday 9th October 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyGreat Brickhill - the church & the Duncombe Family Mrs Christine Agamber


All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 10 17
Thursday October 17th 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Bedfordshire Churches’David LongmanUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
Programme
2019 10 20
Sunday 20th October 2019
Harlington Heritage Trust“ Fares Fair”
- An entertainment on how fares
were collected








Talk by Alan Boldero in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m.For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 10 24
Thursday Oct 24th 2019
Potton History SocietyPotton WW2 Aircraft Accidents

Graham has researched the Stirling Bomber crashes in our area and can now clear up some of the unanswered questions about the background
to the disasters.
Graham HagueAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 11 01
Friday 1 Nov 2019
Beds Family History SocietyLegal Records for Genealogists Dr Nick BarrattMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.30 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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2019 11 04
Monday 4 November 2019
Biggleswade History Society"A Brief History of Medicine"Biff Raven-Hill The Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.
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2019 11 06
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Langford & District History SocietyBedford’s Transport Heritage
David Fowler

A look at the history of transport in Bedford
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 11 07
Thurs 7th November 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group Tempsford TalesSteve CooleyThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 11 12
12th November 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupAGM
* Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
2019 11 15
Friday November 15th 2019



Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyThe Woman Who Saved the ChildrenClare MulleyAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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2019 11 17
Saturday 14th December 2019
Harlington Heritage TrustChristmas Party








At 2a Pilgrims Close, 8 p.m.

For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 11 17
Sunday 17th November 2019
Harlington Heritage Trust“How my Dad stormed the beaches”








Talk by Stephen Williams in the Parish Hall at 3 p.m.
For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
2019 11 21
Thursday November 21st 2019
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Suffragism in Bedford’


Bob RickettsUnless otherwise stated, talks are held on THURSDAY evenings
in CARLTON VILLAGE HALL (The Moor, Carlton, Beds., MK43 7JR)
Doors open at 7.30pm for 8.00pm start.
ADMISSION: Members £2.00, Visitors £4.00. Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm.
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2019 11 28
Thursday Nov 28th 2019
Potton History SocietyPotton In 1919 *7.30 start for the AGM of the Society*
Our archives and the Biggleswade Chronicle help provide a picture of our parish coping with peacetime after four years of the ‘Great War.’
Peter IbbettAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 12 04
Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Langford & District History SocietySocial Evening

TBAMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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2019 12 05
Thurs 5th December 2019
Roxton and District Local History Group AGM followed by seasonal refreshmentsThe society meets 1st Thur 19.30 (except Jan & Dec) Outdoor visits during July
Venue: Roxton Parish Hall Roxton
Membership fee: £12 pa includes monthly meeting with speaker.
2019 12 11
Wednesday 11th December 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyTudor Chrismas TraditionsMartin Sirot-Smith


All talks are at Linslade Community Hall (St Barnabas), Waterloo Rd, LU7 2NR, starting at 8 pm unless otherwise advised. Everyone welcome. Visitors £3. Members Free.Programme
2019 12 12
Thursday Dec 12th 2019
Potton History SocietyPictorial Entertainment.
Finish the year with Christmas refreshments and enjoy a dip into our photographic & video archives of past & present Potton.

All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
2019 12 12
Thursday Dec 12th 2019
Potton History SocietyPictorial Entertainment.
Finish the year with Christmas refreshments and enjoy a dip into our photographic & video archives of past & present Potton.

All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
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