Articles from Volume 1
of the CNHS Jounal
are now available to
download: click here

Following on from Martin Wilson's extremely interesting talk on 16th May entitled ‘Colley Farm Excavations’, the link below will take you to his website where there is a technical report and a forthcoming journal article:

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The third volume of our journal is now available - click here

Our next evening meeting will be our AGM which will held in Colmworth Village Hall from 7.00pm on Friday 15th September. There will also be entertainment from the Palace of Curiosities and then a meal (details of which will be circulated to members in due course).

Dave Jarrett has very kindly agreed to take on the role of Acting Secretary to deal with correspondence to the CNHS until we are able to appoint a longer term replacement for Jan Smith. We continue to look for such a replacement. If you are able to fill this role (or can suggest someone else who might !!), do please let us know.

The 1911 censuses for Little Staughton and Ravensden and the 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses for Wilden have recently been added to our censuses section.

The Downloads / Other Downloads section now contains the August 2015 listings of our archives.

Two new pages have been added to the website: Colmworth War Memorial (telling the story of four local soldiers who lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars) and Family Histories (currently containing original research on three local families).

New as of 3/10/11: the Little Staughton Baptist Chapel Registers of Births and Burials from 1770 to 1811 can be found in the Downloads section.

New as of 21/10/11: the Monumental Inscriptions of the Little Staughton Baptist Chapel (including maps of its cemetery) can be found in the Downloads section.

CNHS Chairman's Report, September 2016

In this my first report as Chairman, I am pleased to say that the Society has had a very successful year. There has been a significant “changing of the guard” with the departure of Jan and Stephen Smith but I was very proud of the 2016 programme of evening talks and daytime outings that your Committee arranged.

Thanks are due to the whole of the Committee but I would like to single out Thelma Marks who continues to play a vital role as our Speaker Finder.

Our year of evening meetings started with the 2015 AGM at which we formally said goodbye to Jan and Stephen and we were then entertained by Stephen on the piano to a series of World War One songs.

Sue Jarrett has presented two talks – the second in May about St Neots as a replacement at short notice for Clare Mulley (“The Spy Who Loved”) whom we hope to have to speak in 2017.

Other particularly memorable talks were: Stephen Cockings and Elizabeth Sayer on the Bedford Roman Villa, David Davies on Samuel Pepys and Russell Bowes on Capability Brown.

Outings have taken us to Denver Sluice, Hemingford Grey Manor House, Pepys House at Brampton and a guided tour of Eaton Socon (for which thanks are due to the respective organisers: Thelma Marks, Alan Woodward, Vicki Davidson and Sue Jarrett).

Our finances remain in a good shape (for which many thanks to Stephen Selley our Treasurer and also June Colgrave and John Hutchings “on the door”). We are again keeping the annual subscription at £10 but there are signs of rising costs which will have be addressed in the near future.

John is also busy both with the Journal, Volume 4 of which should be published during 2017, and with the Research Group. The latter held an evening meeting on 1st March and its members were also heavily involved in our Archive Sorting Day on 5th March which resulted in a good deal of rationalisation of the archive (for which thanks are also due to Jenny Nehan).

Other members of the Committee who have been most helpful are Alison Baggott, Elli Jones and Wendy Levy. Dave Jarrett has done a great job as Acting Secretary. We would however welcome one or two new members on to the Committee. And we particularly need to find someone willing to take on the role of Secretary on a more permanent basis.

Thanks are also due to my wife Sally for organising the tea, coffee and biscuits at each evening meeting.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM on 16th September. We are currently working on the programme for 2017 and hope that you will find it interesting.

Chris Walker September 2016