Bedfordshire Local History Association

Member Societies Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
2019 05 12
Sunday 12th May 2019
Maulden History SocietyAccess to the Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt
+ Made in Maulden Exhibition

2 – 5 pm

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
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
Programme
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 05 30
Thursday 30th May 2019
Maulden History Society“Fleet Street – 50 years ago”Speaker: Ted Martin

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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
Programme
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
Programme
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

Programme
2019 06 23
23rd June 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupVisit to the Panacea Museum BedfordWebsite
2019 06 27
Thursday 27th Jun 2019
Maulden History Society “A Pot Pourri of History and Poetry”Speaker: John Butler

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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
Programme
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
Programme
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
Programme
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
Programme
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
15th Sept 2019
Maulden History SocietyAccess to the Ailesbury Mausoleum and Crypt
Heritage Open Day
3 - 5 pm

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
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

Programme
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
26th Sept 2019
Maulden History Society“Visit to Sicily”Speaker: Ashley Carter

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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 09 27
September 27th 2019
Sandy & District Historical SocietyWindmills & Watermills Robin WebbContact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
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
Programme
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
Programme
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 10 25
Oct 25th 2019
Sandy & District Historical SocietyBurgoyne Family & Sutton Park Chris WalkerContact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
2019 10 31
31st Oct 2019
Maulden History Society“Wrest Regency and Victorian Gardens”Speaker: Gillian Hannington

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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
Programme
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.
Programme
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
Programme
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 09
9th Nov 2019
Maulden History SocietyForties Night (tbc)7.30 pm

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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.
Programme
2019 11 28
28th Nov 2019
Maulden History SocietyAnnual Dinner7.30 pm

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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 11 29
November 29th 2019
Sandy & District Historical SocietyFrom Front to Home to Hospital on the Western Front WW1
Dr John SorrellContact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
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
Programme
2019 12 05
December 5th 2019
Sandy & District Historical SocietyXmas Party
Contact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
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
2020 01 31
January 31st 2020
Sandy & District Historical SocietyWhat people had in their houses 1600-1700
David ShortContact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
2020 02 27
27th Feb 2020
Maulden History Society“Bassett-Lowke – A Modelling Legend”Speaker: Allan Boldero

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
2020 02 28
February 28th 2020
Sandy & District Historical SocietyGNR & LNWR through Sandy George Howe
Contact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
2020 03 27
March 27th 2020
Sandy & District Historical SocietyThe Tudor History of Hatfield House Eric McClaughlin
Contact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
2020 04 24
April 24th 2020

Sandy & District Historical SocietyThe History of the Cecil Higgins Museum Damien O’Dell
Contact: Mrs P Whiteaker,
Tel No: 01767 680171
for more details
2020 04 30
30th Apr 2020
Maulden History SocietyAGM
“Up with the Larks”
Speaker: Ian Waller

All Meetings take place in the Church Hall, Church Road, Maulden MK45 2AU.
7:45 pm
Programme
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