Bedfordshire Local History Association

Member Societies Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
Monday 3 September 2018

Biggleswade History SocietyWarden Abbey - The Lost Plottalk by Margaret RobertsThe 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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Friday 7 Sep 2018

Beds Family History SocietyThe Many Ways of Counting Our Days Colin 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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Wednesday 12th September 2018
BAALHSThe BAALHS AGM
- BAALHS Through the magic lantern.
Peter Tipping and Bob RickettsPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Wednesday 12th September 2018
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyBuckinghamshire Diarists
Julian Hunt
An illustrated tour using the words of 17th-20th century writers. The talk will include a Leighton Buzzard diarist.

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
Sunday 16th Sept 2018
Harlington Heritage Trust“An Edwardian Menagerie in Ampthill”


Talk by Janice Tuckett at the Parish Hall at 3 p.m.For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Monday September 17th 2018 Willington Local History Group (WLHG)Warden Abbey
Margaret Roberts WLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
Thursday September 20th 2018


Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyA talk by about the Great War, entitled ‘The Warrior Returns’.
George CarmichaelUnless 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 £1.00, Visitors £3.00.
Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm
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Friday September 21st 2018

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

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Thursday Sep 27th 2018
Potton History SocietyLaxton & PaxtonJohn Fowler
Laxton and Paxton are two names associated with Bedfordshire. The story of how two sons of the soil became national treasures.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Monday Oct 1st 2018
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Flight Research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE)
Barry Tomlinson

7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Langford & District History SocietyVillage Memories
Evening
Probably the last of Ralph Turner’s slides of old Langford and using his notes.Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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Tuesday Oct 9 2018



Dunstable and District Local History SocietyThe Annals of Dunstable PrioryThe first complete translation into English of the annals, written here between 1210 and 1300, is to be launched as a hard-back volume in November. Until now only scholars with a good working knowledge of medieval Latin could read this unique year-by-year account of local, national and international affairs, as recorded by the canons of Dunstable Priory. Publication of this translation by David Preest has been prompted by the local team behind the recent “Medieval Dunstable” project. Stephen Williams, who has watched work on the translation unfold, tells the story behind this publishing coup.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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Wednesday 10th October 2018

BAALHSSYLVESTER STANNARD, ARTIST.
Book signing.
Richard MorganPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Wednesday 10th October 2018
Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyAuctions and Antiques

Evan Willison
Manager of Charles Ross Auctioneers, Woburn
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
Friday 12 Oct 2018
Beds Family History SocietyThe Future of Family History 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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Sunday 14th Oct 2018
Harlington Heritage Trust“Two Artists in Bedfordshire - George Shepherd and Thomas Fisher”


Talk by David Turner at the Parish Hall at 3 p.m.For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Tuesday October 16th 2018Willington Local History Group (WLHG)AGM with historic videoWLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
Thursday October 18th 2018
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Richard Shuttleworth and the History of the Shuttleworth Estate’
Alan ReedUnless 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 £1.00, Visitors £3.00.
Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm
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Friday October 19th 2018
Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyBedford and its RiverBob RickettsAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Thursday Oct 25th 2018
Potton History SocietyDr Hunter of Gamlingay’s Tragic StoryJim Brown
Victorian ‘Quack’ or a ‘Real’ Doctor. The tragic tale associated with late Victorian Gamlingay.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Friday 2 Nov 2018
Beds Family History SocietyColonel Fred Burnaby - Victorian Superman Amanda GoodyMeetings 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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Monday 5th November 2018
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Charles Dawson: Piltdown and his other hoaxes


Andy McGrandle

7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Langford & District History SocietyTime to Thank Them

Audio-visual presentation towards collecting funds for a permanent memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum to commemorate all the nurses who died in service during both World Wars.
Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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Tues Nov 13 2018
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyThe Making of Bedfordshire’s CountrysideSoil scientist Brian Kerr, a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, describes how the landscape of the county has been affected over the years by farming, market gardening, mining for chalk and clay and the creation of parks and nature reserves.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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Wednesday 14th November 2018

BAALHSA THOUSAND YEARS OF KIMBOLTON.
Book Sale.
Nora ButlerPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Thursday November 15th 2018
Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘William Cowper and his Hares’Kate BostockUnless 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 £1.00, Visitors £3.00.
Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm
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Friday November 16th 2018Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyArchaeological findings from the
Biddenham Loop and Northern Bypass
excavations
Mike LukeAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Sunday 18th Nov 2018



Harlington Heritage Trust“Theatrical Presentation: In the Aftermath;
Focussing on the end and after W.W.1”



Toddington Amateur Dramatic Society at the Parish Hall at 3 p.m.For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Tuesday November 20th 2018Willington Local History Group (WLHG)Willington in World War 1, a talk to mark the centenary of the end of the warRob BollingtonWLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
Thursday Nov 22nd 2018
Potton History SocietyAGM

Potton in 1918
*7.30 start for the AGM of the Society*

Peter Ibbett
A look back at the final year of the ‘Great War’ through local and national newspapers and magazines as well as our archives.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Sat Nov 24 2018



Dunstable and District Local History Society10.00 – 3.00 Priory ChurchSeries of short talks to launch the publication of the first full translation of the Dunstable Annals, the diary of events kept in medieval times at the Priory. Talks by Stephen Williams, Hugh Garrod, John Buckledee, Tony Woodhouse and Jean Yates.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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Monday 3rd December 2018

Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Failed to Return




Tony Eaton

7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Tuesday December 4th 2018 Willington Local History Group (WLHG)A Magic Lantern ShowKevin VartyWLHG meetings are normally at 7.30 pm in the Methodist Church in Willington.Willington Local History Group
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Langford & District History SocietySocial EveningCould be a talk, slides or a film: tbaMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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Thursday Dec 6th 2018

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
Friday 7 Dec 2018


Beds Family History SocietyMy 50th Great Grandfather Norman HoldingMeetings 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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Tues Dec 11 2018

Dunstable and District Local History SocietyA Tudor ChristmasMartin Sirot-Smith, former director of Sulgrave Manor, will be in Tudor costume to enact the story of Lawrence Washington (President George Washington’s five times great grandfather) who lived at Sulgrave with his wife and eleven children. This will give an appropriately seasonal flavour to our December meeting, with festive snacks and our famous (non-alcoholic) hot punch. This meeting is for MEMBERS ONLY, tickets to be purchased in advance.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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Wednesday 12th December 2018


BAALHSA REGENCY CHRISTMAS.
Christmas refreshments and wine during interval.
Janet StowPutnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Saturday 15th Dec 2018



Harlington Heritage TrustChristmas Party
At 2a Pilgrims Close at 8 p.m.


For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
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

Speaker TBC,
(Booking essential)

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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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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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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 2019



Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Speaker TBC
7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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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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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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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
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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