Bedfordshire Local History Association

Members’ Events

Calendar of Members’ Events

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DateSocietyEvent /TalkSpeakerTime / PlaceEvents
Thursday August 17th 2017Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Heraldry’

John TunesiUnless 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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19th August 2017Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibition **Sandy Show 12:00 to 5:00**Sandy Show 12:00 to 5:00Website
Wednesday 23rd August 2017Clapham Historical SocietyMystery Treasure Hunt
Thursday Aug 24th 2017Potton History SocietyModel Potton :- Keith Lawrence’s modelsCome and view the models created by Keith Lawrence of iconic Potton buildings and hear about the stories behind them.All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Wednesday, 7 September 2017
Langford & District History SocietyNoel Park Children & the Swinging SixtiesTed MartinMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society

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Friday 8 Sep 2017 Beds Family History SocietyAmpthill’s Great Houses John HeleMeetings 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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12th Sept 2017Sandy Historical Research Group “The Stuarts of Tempsford Hall” Talk. By Steve Cooney. Beeston Methodist Church 7:30pmWebsite
Tuesday Sept 12 2017Dunstable and District Local History SocietyLondon 1854 and the Crystal PalaceThe second episode of Michael Gilbert's series of talks about Victorian London. 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
13 Sep 2017
BAALHSAnnual General Meeting followed by “The Great War through the Magic Lantern”
Kevin Varty (Local Collector, Milton Keynes)Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Friday 15th September 2017Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyAGM at 7pm – followed by a light meal (ordered in advance) and the Palace of CuriositiesAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Saturday 16th September 2017Clapham Historical SocietyBedford River Cruise
Cruise to the Embankment and back with supper on board the ‘John Bunyan7.15 for 7.30 pm Clapham Methodist Hall

Thursday September 21st 2017Carlton & Chellington Historical SocietyAnnual Cheese and Wine Evening

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 £1.00, Visitors £3.00.
Tea or Coffee & Biscuits between 7.30 and 8.00 pm
Programme
23rd Sept 2017

Sandy Historical Research GroupExhibitionSandy Town Council Office. Time 10am to 1pmWebsite
Thursday Sep 28th 2017Potton History SocietyPotton in 1917The pages of the Biggleswade Chronicle and PUNCH magazine reveal Life in Potton a century agoAll meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Monday October 2nd 2017

Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great WarSteve Fuller7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017Langford & District History SocietyWarden AbbeyMargaret RobertsMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society

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Friday 6 Oct 2017 Beds Family History SocietyA March Through Time – 800 Years of Protest and Democracy 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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Tuesday Oct 10th 2017Dunstable and District Local History SocietyChiltern Radio – the Hot FMColin Mason, founder of Dunstable's first radio station, is joined by programme controller Phil Fothergill to tell its story.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 11th October 2017

Clapham Historical SocietyGuided visit to AmpthillCommencing at the ruins of Houghton House, where we meet John Hele, our guide for the day
Wednesday 11 Oct 2017BAALHS“How Old is the Icknield Way?”Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews
(Archaeology Officer, North Herts Museum)
- - - second-hand book sale - - -
Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Thursday October 19th 2017Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Margaret Beaufort — Saint or Sinner?’
Margaret BaddeleyUnless 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 20th October 2017Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyUp the Cut – A Brief History of the Canals of EnglandBarry TomlinsonAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Thursday Oct 26th 2017Potton History SocietyPotton Re-Rated in 1926Peter Ibbett
Maps and documents provide a depth of detail about domestic and business life in Potton 90 years ago.
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Langford & District History SocietyHistory of the Pathfinder Force 1942–1945 Sqn Ldr Kevin Dalley RAF (Rtd)Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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Friday 3 Nov 2017
Beds Family History SocietyBedford’s Architectural Heritage Lost and Saved


David FowlerMeetings are held at Mark Rutherford School (near Mowsbury Park), Wentworth Drive, Bedford MK41 8PX at 7.15 pm. Visitors or potential members are welcome. BFHS
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Monday November 6th 2017
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society LIDAR – The new illuminating the pastAndy McGrandle7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday 08 Nov 2017BAALHS“Conservation and The Future of the Civic Movement”Ian Harvey (Civic Voice)Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Tuesday Nov 14th 2017Dunstable and District Local History SocietyRoald Dahl's War
Before he became so well-known for his children's books, Roald Dahl wrote vivid stories based on his own war-time experiences. Graham Laurie described 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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Tuesday 14th Nov 2017

Sandy Historical Research GroupAGM and Quiz Sandy Village Hall 7:30Website
Thursday November 16th 2017Carlton & Chellington Historical Society‘Architectural Discoveries from Bedford's Northern Bypass’
Mike LukeUnless 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 17th November 2017Colmworth & Neighbours History SocietyAmy JohnsonRoy SmartAll meetings held in Colmworth Village Hall, Fridays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm unless advised differently.Colmworth History

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Friday November 17th 2017

Clapham Historical SocietyInvitation to View tour of island Hall, Godmanchester
Tour of the Hall including Afternoon Tea
Thursday Nov 23rd 2017Potton History Society40 Years of Change. A look back to 1977How has Potton changed in the forty years since the formation of
the History Society? *7.30 start for the AGM of the Society*
All meetings (except visits & walks) will take place in the Community Centre in Brook End and will normally start at 8pmProgramme
Friday 1 Dec 2017Beds Family History SocietyThe Evil Sheriff Of Bedford



Amanda Goody
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 December 4th 2017
Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society Warden Abbey: the lost plotMargaret Roberts7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Wednesday, 6 December 2017Langford & District History SocietySocial EveningMeetings are held in the Church Hall, Church Street, LANGFORD from 8pm.Langford History Society
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Thursday Dec 7th 2017Potton History SocietyPictorial EntertainmentFinish 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
Tuesday Dec 12th 2017

Dunstable and District Local History SocietyChristims Meeting
To be arrangedThe 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 13 Dec 2017BAALHS“A Bookless Town – Bedford’s Libraries (1700-2017)”Bob Ricketts (President, BAALHS)
- - - seasonal refreshments during interval - - -
Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Tuesday Jan 9th 2018Dunstable and District Local History SocietyFirst Citizen
John Chatterley screens some of the numerous photos he has taken of Dunstable events, and talks about the work of the town's Mayor. He was himself Mayor in 2013-14.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 10 Jan 2018BAALHS“Flight Research at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (Bedford)”Barry Tomlinson (Bedford Aeronautical Heritage Group)Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Friday 12 Jan 2018Beds Family History SocietyLetters From the FrontMargaret ButtMeetings 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 February 2018Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society TBC
TBC7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Tuesday Feb 13th 2018
Dunstable and District Local History SocietyTwo Artists in Bedfordshire
David Turner features the work of the artists George Shepherd and Thomas Fisher who produced scenes of Bedfordshire in the early 19th century.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 14 Feb 2018BAALHS“New Maps & Old: Changing Bedford”Maurice Nicholson (British Library – Georeferencer)Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Friday 2 Mar 2018Beds Family History SocietyHow Far Did Your Ancestors Travel Before The Advent Of The Railways?Celia 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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Monday March 5th 2018Ampthill & District Archaeological & Local History Society “Who is John Murray” an industrialist at Wrest Park. (1917-39)Marian McDowell7.30pm
Flitwick Library
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Tuesday Mar 13th 2018Dunstable and District Local History SocietyJohn Benet's Chronicle
John Benet, a local clergyman in the 15th century, produced a diary of events which is now an invaluable source for historians. Stephen Williams screens pages from the original manuscript and also talks about Benet's famous local contemporaries who included composer John Dunstable and church ambassador John of Wheathampstead.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 14 Mar 2018BAALHS“The History of Chicksands Priory”Julie Benson (Friends of Chicksands Priory)
- - - wine served during interval - - -
Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
Tuesday Apr 10th 2018Dunstable and District Local History SocietyFailed To ReturnPopular speaker Tony Eaton talks about the fatal flights of pioneer Amy Johnson and film star Leslie Howard, who crashed in the sea and whose bodies were never recovered.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 11 Apr 2018BAALHS“Brickmaking in the Marston Vale”
David Szymanski (Ret’d MD, Hanson Building Products)Putnoe Heights Church & Community Centre, Bedford, MK41 8EB at 7.30 pm. Visitors £3.00Programme
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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