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BLHA – Spring Event, Stotfold Mill, Wednesday 24th April 2024

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

Tickets are now available for the 2024 Bedfordshire Local History Association Annual Conference hosted for the first time this year by Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society. It is on Saturday June 22 – 9.00 am to 4 pm.

The conference is being held in Linslade Middle School, Mentmore Road, Linslade, LU7 2PA. There is parking in the school grounds for disabled and stallholders from 8am and unrestricted ample free parking across the road in the Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre car park. There are plenty of spaces, but car sharing is always a good option. The school is on a bus route and within 15 minutes walk of Leighton Buzzard station. A map, bus numbers etc. will be provided with tickets.

The school hall is large, but the Society is catering for 100 people with a sumptuous lunch, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options.  Tickets will also be available for those who don’t want lunch. Tickets are £25 with lunch and £20 without. Free tea and coffee are available all day. There is a large adjacent hall and canteen so there is plenty of room for exhibitions and stalls. Seven societies have already booked stalls.

Because Leighton Buzzard is on the edge of the county and Linslade used to be in Buckinghamshire  (until 1965) the society is also inviting the members of local history societies in Cheddington, Stewkley, Mentmore, Wingrave, Wing and Winslow in Buckinghamshire. So, there is a chance to get to meet other local historians and make new friends and contacts.

The Leighton Buzzard Archaeological and History Society therefore requests people to book their tickets and stalls by April 30 on a first come first serve basis. If there are any spare tickets they can be offered locally.

Tickets can be booked electronically here:

BLHA AGM Conference 2024 Ticket Booking Form

Stalls: 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  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. 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

Bedfordshire Local History Association