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Our latest publication: 'Colmworth and Neighbouring Villages: Then and Now' is now available. For details of how to purchase a copy 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 15th November 2019 when Clare Mulley will be presenting a talk entitled 'The Woman Who Saved the Children'. 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 2019

In this my fourth report as Chairman, I am pleased to say that the Society has had another very successful year. I hope that you have enjoyed our 2019 programme of evening talks and the two outings that your Committee have 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; and Barry Tomlinson. At our AGM in 2018, Wendy Levy stood down from the Committee. I would again like to thank Wendy for the contribution she has made to the Society.

Our year of evening meetings started with the 2018 AGM which was followed by an illustrated talk by Kevin Varty on the History of Magic Lanterns. We then had a talk by Bob Ricketts on Bedford and its River and one by Mike Luke on archaeological findings in the Biddenham area.

Talks thus far in 2019 have covered: Percy Pilcher’s doomed attempt at flying by Roy Smart; the much more successful Concorde by Les Evans; the Great North Road through Eaton Ford and Eaton Socon by Sue Jarrett; the 1830 Swing Riots by Nora Butler; Colmworth between 1820 and 1850 by Stephen Smith; and Prince Albert, Consort to Queen Victoria by Jules Stewart.

Our outings have taken us to St Neots Museum and Stanford Hall (for which many thanks are due to the respective organisers, Thelma Marks and Alan Woodward).

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”). At our 2018 AGM we raised the annual subscription to £12.50, with visitors making a contribution of £4. We have no plans to increase these any further this year.

One undoubted highlight of the year was our publication ‘Colmworth and Neighbouring Villages: Then and Now’ which compares old and current photographs from our local area. For this, praise and 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. As I have said many times, it does not run itself !!

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM on 20th September in St Denys Church, Colmworth. This will include a meal and what promises to be a very informative talk by Thelma Marks on the history of St Denys Church. We are currently working on the programme for 2020 and hope that you will find it interesting.

Chris Walker September 2019