Bedfordshire Local History Association

Member Societies Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
Friday April 20th 2018Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyAdmiral Beatty: The Last Naval HeroRoy SmartAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Friday 20 Apr 2018

Beds Family History SocietyOn and Off The Foot Plate Bill DaviesMeetings 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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Saturday 21st Apr 2018
Harlington Heritage TrustA.G.M. and SocialAt the Parish Hall at 7.30 p.m.
For further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689
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Saturday 21st April 2018


Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietySt Georges School "Happy & Glorious 65 years event" -
11 am to 2 pm at the Baptist Church Hall, Hockliffe Street
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Tuesday 24th Apr 2018

Riseley Historical Society A History of Church Towers
David Bond

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.
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Thursday Apr 26th 2018




Potton History SocietyPotton’s Community Archive StoreThe story of the building of the ANNEX to the Mill Lane Pavilion to house the Potton History Society Archives. The evening will include small group visits to the Community Archive Room.Mill Lane Pavilion
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Friday 4 May 2018
Beds Family History SocietyThe Great War Through The Magic Lantern Kevin VartyMeetings 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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Tuesday May 8th 2018Dunstable and District Local History SocietyThe Rebel PreacherJeremy Walker tells the tale of the turbulent life of Edward Harrison, who served in the Parliamentary garrison at Newport Pagnell during the civil war and who, as a well-known leader of non-conformist religion, was famously appointed to replace the vicar of Kensworth.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 9th May 2018Leighton Buzzard & District Archaeological & Historical SocietyBuckinghamshire's Turnpike Roads 1706-1881
Peter Gulland
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 13th May 2018
Harlington Heritage TrustCar Trip to Milton Keynes Museum
Meet at the Village Car Park , Time T.B.A., Lifts available if requiredFor further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Monday 14 May 2018
Biggleswade History Society"Billy Lincoln's Films of Biggleswade Edward & Hilary StreetThe 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
Thursday 17th May 2018Wrestlingworth History SocietyTalk on neolithic activity in the region and discovery of the Norton Henge.
Archaeologist Keith Fitzpatrick-MatthewsThe venue is Wrestlingworth Village Memorial Hall, 7.30 for 8pm. Refreshments available and all are very welcome.
Friday May 18th 2018Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyOld Maps and New of North BedsMaurice NicholsonAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Thursday May 24th 2018
Potton History SocietyBedfordshire GeologyBev Fowlston
Find out about how Potton fits into the geology of our county and how it has shaped its landscape and local industries. On display will be material illustrating our local geological heritage.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Tuesday 29th May 2018 Riseley Historical SocietyThe History of the Harvest FestivalAndrew Sankey

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
Friday 1 Jun 2018Beds Family History SocietyAGM + Quiz Meetings 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 4 June 2018
Biggleswade History SocietyMembers only evening guided visit to to Foster Hill Road Cemetery, BedfordThe 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
Sunday 10th June 2018 Harlington Heritage TrustCar Trip to Bedford with a Guided Tour
Meet at the Village Car Park, Time T.B.A., Lifts available if requiredFor further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Friday June 15th 2018

Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyMargaret Beaufort: Saint or Schemer?Margaret BadleyAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Thursday Jun 28th 2018
Potton History SocietyHenlow At WarDave Thompson
RAF Henlow celebrates its centenary this year. The now to be closed
site has a fascinating history.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Monday 2 July 2018 Biggleswade History SocietyMembers only visit to St Leonard's Church and Ongley Mausoleum, Old Warden.
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
Friday 6 Jul 2018Beds Family History SocietyBedford’s Old Industries David 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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Saturday 7th July 2018
Harlington Heritage TrustCoach Trip to Lincoln

Meet at the Village Hall Park, Time T.B.A. Cost T.B.A. per personFor further details on the above events please contact John Sorsby on 01525 873689Programme
Friday 20th July 2018




Old Warden History & Heritage SocietyWarden Abbey – the Unveiling of a Reconstruction PaintingSpeaker: Margaret Roberts. Artist, Peter Dunn will also take questions on creating a historical reconstruction.Time/Place: Arrival from 7pm, event starts 7.30pm.
The Garden Suite, The House (Shuttleworth), Old Warden Park SG18 9EA.
Please use booking /payment process via www.greensandcountry.com – go to Events / What’s On.
Thursday Jul 26th 2018 Potton History SocietyFrom Bedfordshire to Berlin Ron Pickford
A second World War tale involving the family history of one of the area’s local families.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Monday 6 August 2018Biggleswade History SocietyMembers only evening visits - details to be confirmedThe 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
Thursday Aug 23rd 2018 Potton History SocietyPotton Celebrates:- The POP storyA dip into our archives and stories from those who helped build up what has become a biennial treat for all Pottonians.All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
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.
Programme
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
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
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 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
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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Friday November 16th 2018


Colmworth & 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
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
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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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
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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Monday 4th March 2019



Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society



Speaker TBC
7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Monday 1st April 2019



Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society AGM



Speaker TBC7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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