Bedfordshire Local History Association

Member Societies Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
Thurs Jan 3 2019

Roxton and District Local History Group Christmas MealThe 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.
Tues Jan 8 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyBedfordshire’s Garden HistoryA lavishly illustrated miscellany of the county’s garden heritage ranging through the centuries from the Waldon Pear mentioned by Shakespeare to the 1990s gardens at Stockwood Park. Felicity Brimblecombe uses paintings, postcards, diaries and maps in a talk ranging from walled gardens to sun dialsThe 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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Wednesday 9th January 2019



BAALHSBEDFORD'S TRANSPORT HERITAGE.David FowlerPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Wednesday 9th January 2019
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyCrime in 19th Century Leighton Buzzard -
Kathryn Faulkner, archivist, Bedford Record Office
Kathryn is also responsible for the LBO weekly series on WWI.
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
Saturday 12th January 2019
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Celebrity Lunch
Digging the Trenches


Speaker
Andy Robertshaw
– The value of Great War archaeology, specifically the recent work at Hawthorn Crater on the Somme, the most intensive study of any WWI battlefield. Andy specialise in Great War archaeology, appearing in television programmes like Time Team and Two Men in a Trench. He was military advisor for the film Warhorse and more recently Peter Jackson’s restoration of WW1 footage in ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’.



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Monday 4th February 2019Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Many Mansions




Pamela Birch
7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday 6th
February 2019

Sandy Historical Research Group Talk for Sandy Women’s Institute Beeston Methodist Church 7:30pmWebsite
Thurs 7th Feb 2019

Roxton and District Local History Group Shackleton's forgotten menDebby HorsmanThe 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.
Tues Feb 12 2019
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyMan On The SpotReflections on 50 years as a radio and tv broadcaster by former BBC journalist Bill Hamilton, whose front-line reports included revelations about Stalinist Albania and who was once the voice of BBC Television’s Saturday football match results.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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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.
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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
Monday 4th March 2019Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Speaker TBC
7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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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.
Tues Mar 12 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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12th March 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk – Up with the Lark Ian Waller *Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
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.
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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.
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
Monday 1st April 2019



Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society AGM



Speaker TBC7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Tues April 9 2019Dunstable and District Local History SocietyKing Henry’s CathedralsAfter 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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9th April 2019
Sandy Historical Research Group*Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
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
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.
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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.
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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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.
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18th May 2019

Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition T.B.C.*Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
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.
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.
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23rd June 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupVisit to the Panacea Museum BedfordWebsite
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.
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.
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20th July 2019 Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition, Beeston Flower Festival Beeston Methodist Church Website
Thurs 1st August 2019

Roxton and District Local History Group Mapping old villagesThe 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.
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.
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17th August 2019
Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition at Sandy ShowWebsite
10th September 2019Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk – Why Doesn’t the A1 Cross Biggleswade Common? Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
Tuesday 17
September 2019




Sandy Historical Research GroupTalk for Sandy Women’s institute Website
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.
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Thursday October 17th 2019Carlton & 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.
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12th November 2019


Sandy Historical Research GroupAGM
* Beeston Methodist Church Hall, commencing 7.30pm.Website
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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