Welcome to the website of the Bedfordshire Local History Association (BLHA)

31st Anniversary 1993-2024

The BLHA has been the successful umbrella organisation for local history in the county for over thirty years.

Members include: almost all of Bedfordshire’s local history societies, institutions such as the Bedfordshire Archives, and an increasing number of individuals.

BLHA 2024 AGM & Conference
Hosted by the Leighton Buzzard & District
Archaeological & Historical Society
Saturday 22nd June 2024

Ten stallholders have already booked for the Bedfordshire Local History Conference at Leighton Buzzard on June 22 – 9.00 am to 4 pm, the first time the annual event has been held in the town.

The conference which is in Linslade Middle School, in Mentmore Road, LU7 2PA, features many aspects of the rich history of this ancient town not known by outsiders. For example, how many know Leighton Buzzard was the secret headquarters of UK’s WWII communications and radar for the UK, Europe and the Middle East? Bletchley Park was just an outstation.

Among the stallholders Stuart Antrobus will be offering a service of tracing the ancestors of any local people who have connections with the Land Army or Timber Jills in Bedfordshire. There is ample parking and good public transport links. A sumptuous lunch is on order and there will be free coffee and tea throughout the day. Tickets are £25 with lunch £20 without.

Below is the conference title and programme. Tickets (links below) should be booked by as soon as possible.

Tickets can be booked electronically here:

BLHA AGM Conference 2024 Ticket Booking Form

If any other societies want to book stalls there is still plenty of room: Details of space requirements can be booked here:

BLHA AGM Conference 2024 Stalls Booking Form

Any questions or information requests, such as for paper forms and alternative payment methods can be sent to lbdahs@yahoo.com.  The in box will be monitored and replies sent as soon as possible.

Tickets will be sent out electronically and exchanged on arrival at the conference for lanyards and name tags with the name of the society the person represents if appropriate. There will be different coloured lanyards for those who have opted not to have lunch.

The  Programme is below:

Bedfordshire Local History Association Annual AGM and Conference

Linslade Middle School, Mentmore Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA.

Saturday, June 22, 2024, 9 am to 4 pm

Hosted by Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society


High Points of Leighton Buzzard and Linslade Through the Ages

8.00 am               Doors open. Parking for exhibitors and disabled at entrance. Ample general parking across the road. Tables and display boards available.

9.00 am               Conference registrations open, welcome and coffee.

9.30 am               Bedfordshire Local History Association A.G.M.

Talks begin:

10.00 am:          Henry Finch Esq. of Linslade – Publican, Public Servant and Philanthropist. The story of Leighton’s Hunting Heyday before WWI – Kate Crooks

10.30 am            Legacy of Industry: Chronicles of Mill Ownership in Leighton Buzzard (1743-1929) – Sarah Roe

11.00 am            Questions and Answers


11.30 am            Double Bill and wartime mystery – Q Central: Top Secret HQ of Britain’s War Effort and Radar Headquarters in WW2:  Were the 7,000 evacuees part of the camouflage? How did the town cope? – Paul Brown and Delia Gleave.

12.30 pm            Questions and Answers


2.10 pm               The 15th century Market Cross and the poet’s grand daughter, Alice Chaucer, Lady of the Manor – Paul Brown

2.40 pm               Key Note Speaker:  Paul Tate – In Search of Old Linslade’s Holy Well and the Well’s historical context.  This season’s latest Exciting Developments Locating a Lost Medieval Sacred Spring

3.40 pm               Questions and Answers

3.50 pm               Conclusion and thanks

4.00 pm               Conference Close.

BLHA AGM Conference Programme 2024

Paul Brown

 BLHA AGM Agenda 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Twenty Ninth Annual General Meeting

of the Bedfordshire Local History Association will be on

Saturday 22nd June 2023 at 9.30 am

at Linslade Middle School, Mentmore Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

BLHA individual members and people from member Societies are entitled to attend the AGM free of charge.  Registration for the conference will begin at 9.00 am.

There is no limit to how many members from member Societies may attend the AGM, but only two members from each Society may vote.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the Twenty Eighth Annual General Meeting, held on 24th June 2023
  3. Matters arising
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Election of Chairman, Officers and Committee
  7. Appointment of Independent Examiner of the Association’s accounts
  8. Any other business
  9. Date of Next Year’s AGM and Conference


Nominations are invited for the position of Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, and up to 12 committee members.  Nominations should be submitted to Clive Makin, 32 Grange Road, Barton Le Clay, Bedford, Beds MK45 4RE, on this form, by Friday 14th June 2024 or scanned and emailed to secretary@bedfordshire-lha.org.uk

Each nomination form should be signed by a proposer and a seconder.

Nominees may be individual members or representatives of member Societies.  If a person is being nominated to represent a Society, two officers of the Society concerned must sign the nomination form as proposer and seconder.  The consent of the person being nominated must be obtained prior to the nomination.


1)  Name of nominee

2)  Society or Individual member

3)  Position nominated for

Proposed by:

1)  Name

2)  Signature

Seconded by:

1)  Name

2)  Signature















This AGM will be followed by the BLHA Conference, organised by the Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society on our behalf.

Please contact LBDAHS via lbdahs@yahoo.com for further details if required.

15th March 2024

BLHA AGM Committee Nominations