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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:
https://newcastle-au.academia.edu/MartinDWilson

Latest News

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

Our next evening meeting will be held in Colmworth Village Hall from 7.30pm on Friday 18th January 2019 when Roy Smart will be presenting a talk entitled 'Another Icarus: the rise and fall of Percy Pilcher'. Visitors are most welcomed to attend for a donation of £4.

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 2018

In this my third report as Chairman, I am pleased to say that the Society has had another very successful year. I hope that you have enjoyed our 2018 programme of evening talks and the couple of daytime outings that your Committee has arranged.

Thanks are due to the whole of the Committee, namely: Thelma Marks; Dave Jarrett, our Acting Secretary; Stephen Selley, our Treasurer; Sue Jarrett; Alan Woodward; John Hutchings; Alison Baggott; Wendy Levy; and Barry Tomlinson. Back in October 2017, Elli Jones resigned from the Committee but Barry was co-opted onto it. Wendy is not seeking re-election at the AGM. I would like to thank Wendy for the great contribution she has made, as both minute taker and provider of the venue for many of our recent Committee meetings.

Our year of evening meetings started with the 2017 AGM which was followed by entertainment from the Palace of Curiosities. We then had a talk by Barry Tomlinson on the canals of England and one by Russell Bowes on Joseph Paxton.

Talks thus far in 2018 have covered: the WWII spy, Christine Granville by Clare Mulley; Letters Home of Corporal Croft, WWI by Mark Steinhardt; Humphry Repton by Kate Harwood; Admiral Beatty by Roy Smart; Old and New Maps of North Beds by Maurice Nicholson and Margaret Beaufort by Margaret Badley.

Outings have taken us to the Royston Cave and the Military Intelligence Museum at Chicksands (for which many thanks are due to the respective organisers: Thelma Marks and, I trust you will agree, myself).

Our finances remain in very good shape (for which many thanks to Stephen Selley our Treasurer and also June Colgrave and John Hutchings “on the door”). Subject to approval at the AGM we shall be raising the annual subscription to £12.50, with visitors making a contribution of £4. This is in recognition of the rising costs that we are facing in some areas.

We have still been unable to publish a further volume of the Journal during 2017 but we should have a book comparing old and current photographs from our local area printed within the next few months. For this, thanks are due to Alan Woodward and Sue Jarrett.

We would welcome one or two new members on to the Committee. Do please consider whether you could help us to run the Society. It does not run itself !!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM on 21st September (which will include a meal and what promises to be a very enjoyable, illustrated talk by Kevin Varty on the History of Magic Lanterns). We are currently working on the programme for 2019 and hope that you will find it interesting.

Chris Walker September 2018