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:

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 19th October when Bob Ricketts will be presenting a talk entitled 'Bedford and its River'. Visitors are most welcomed to attend for a donation of £3.

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 2017

In this my second report as Chairman, I am pleased to say that the Society has had another very successful year. I hope that you have enjoyed our 2017 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 Elli Jones. But I would like to single out Alison Baggott who has taken over from Thelma Marks as our Speaker Finder (or at least Speaker Co-ordinator).

Our year of evening meetings started with the 2016 AGM after which we were entertained with music from Roger and Patti Pitt. I then attempted to explain why Sir Isaac Newton was so great and Nigel Lutt talked about George Arnald, the Bedford Artist.

Talks thus far in 2017 have covered: Hereward the Wake by Mark Steinhardt, the Women of the Great War by History Revisited, The Great Fires of London and Chatham by Dr David Davies, Mammoths and Man in the Ouse Valley by Dr Chris Thomas, the Making of the Bedfordshire Countryside by Brian Kerr and Amy Johnson by Roy Smart.

Outings have taken us to Wrest Park and Elton Hall (for which many thanks are due to the respective organisers: Stephen Selley 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”). We yet again propose to keep the annual subscription at £10 but this will need to be kept under review. We are facing rising costs in some areas.

It now looks unlikely that we shall be able to publish Volume 4 of the Journal during 2017 but we do have a series of articles ready to go and so this new edition should be out in 2018. Our Research Group has not been active. As a Committee, we have been concentrating on the evening meetings and summer outings.

We would welcome one or two new members on to the Committee. Do please consider whether you could help us to run the Society.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the AGM on 15th September. We are currently working on the programme for 2018 and hope that you will find it interesting.

Chris Walker September 2017