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2022/23
PROGRAMME OF TALKS

Millard Suite

Village Hall

Burberry Road
Buckden
St Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19 5UY

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7.30 pm start on night

Members  ~ Free

Visitors  ~ £4 per talk

Children  ~ Free

Annual Membership ~ £16 

(Our year runs September ~ June)

If you want to join please contact the Treasurer, Eric Nash, on any talk night or the Secretary, Richard Storey using the Contact Page

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SEPTEMBER 7 - 2022
RENOVATION OF BUCKDEN TOWERS GATEHOUSE

Keith Lawrence

Keith talks about the recent renovation to the outer Gatehouse, part of our most iconic village structure, the Towers.

 

OCTOBER 5
RELIGION IN 18TH CENTURY HUNTINGDONSHIRE

Simon Clemmow

By analysing 18th-century Church of England visitation returns, Simon explains whether the C of E’s pastoral provision was meeting the population’s needs at that time and how people responded, revealing interesting patterns of Anglicanism and nonconformity.

 

NOVEMBER 2
LIFE, DEATH AND MAGIC IN CAMBRIDGESHIRE: STORIES FROM THE LATER PREHISTORIC AND ROMAN ARTEFACTS FOUND ON THE A14 CAMBRIDGE TO HUNTINGDON EXCAVATIONS

Owen Humphreys

Owen, from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) will talk about the A14 finds and outline MOLA’s plans for specialist archaeological workshops.

 

DECEMBER 7
A VICTORIAN FAMILY CHRISTMAS IN PETERBOROUGH

Liz Davies

We revisit the fascinating diary of local Peterborough surgeon and GP, Dr T. J. Walker, who lived in the city from the 1860s. From Christmas trees to pantomimes and services at the Cathedral, Liz describes how the Walker family and other local people celebrated Christmas during this period.  Warning - this talk includes lots of corny Victorian jokes!

 

JANUARY 4 2023
WHAT'S GLORIOUS ABOUT A REVOLUTION?

Linda Upham

Linda looks at the power politics struggle of the late 17th century and how we lost a king and gained a parliament, culminating with William of Orange.

 

FEBRUARY 1
RECREATION OF THE WITCH TRIAL AT HUNTINGDON TOWN HALL

John Davies

In Huntingdon 1646 a number of men and women were arraigned for trial accused of witchcraft.  John talks about this event,  the “Witchfinders” Matthew Hopkins and John Stearn, and the Museum’s  historical reenactment in November 2022.

 

MARCH 1
THE GREENS OF CONYEYGARTH, BUCKDEN

John Upham

John talks about the Green family and of course about our famous VC recipient.

 

APRIL 5
THE IMPACT OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION ON OUR TOWNS AND VILLAGES

Grace Richards

The industrial revolution and the growth of cities dramatically changed Britain, and helped create modern society as we know it. Grace describes what it was like for families living in big cities and the impact on communities in towns and villages like St Neots and Buckden, and the lessons we can take going into the future.

 

MAY 3 
RAMSEY ABBEY ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT

Roger Mould

Using Lottery funding, the Ramsey project, with the help of Oxford Archaeology East, excavated the scheduled monument of Ramsey Abbey.  Roger describes the nationally important results that were discovered.

 

JUNE 7
AGM AND THE R101 DISASTER

Terry Hayward

Was the R101 disaster an unfortunate accident or avoidable political catastrophe?  Terry describes the events that led up to the disaster on its voyage to India on 4 October 1930, from Cardington, near Bedford.

 

PAST TALKS

Some speakers have kindly left me their notes.  Please select the link below to access them