Wednesday January 22nd at 7:45pm for an 8:00pm start for an Eltisley History Society talk by Martin Davies ‘The Gransden Windmill’. The Cade Pavilion, The Green, Eltisley PE19 6TN. Members free, or three quid entry.
Tuesday 14th January at 7:30pm FEAG present a Lesley McFadyen talk ‘Under the fen, under the sand: Excavating prehistoric land surfaces’. Venue is Willingham Baptist Church, entrance fee not known.
Tuesday 14th January at 7:30pm for Stapleford History Society‘s talk by Helen Ackroyd on ‘The Life of Lord Fairhaven at Anglesey Abbey’
Monday 13th January at 7:30pm for a HIAG talk. A chance to hear Dr Catherine Hills talk on ‘Roman to Saxon in East Anglia: the archaeological evidence’.
Histon Baptist Church, Station Road, Histon. Entry fee not known
Wednesday 8th January at 7:30pm sees CAFG’s first of their monthly lectures for the New Year. Bill Franklin will give a talk on “Ramsey Abbey the Anarchy and the enigma of Burwell Castle”. Free for members else (we think) it’s £3.00 on the door.
Wednesday 8th January at 7:30pm Huntingdon Local History Society have bagged Stuart Orme, the Curator of the Cromwell Museum, to talk about Cromwell’s first campaigns in 1643 at Huntingdon, Peterborough, Crowland and the Battle of Gainsborough on 28th July. No entry fee but donate please. Venue is Huntingdon Methodist Church, 17 High St, Huntingdon PE29 3TJ
Please Note we do not meet in January – so the next Gamarch meeting will be on February 6th, 2020 (get used to saying that year!) at 7.30pm. We meet @ Blythe Way Community Room (Blythe Way is off Stock’s Lane opposite the EcoHub) Gamlingay, SG19 3EH. Meetings are pretty relaxed and usually last for about an hour, all welcome.
Saxon Heritage Update – We are well advanced in our plans to provide an information board and marker on Millbridge Brook Meadows to commemorate the Saxon inhabitants of what was to become Gamlingay. Update: Our info/display board has arrived, we plan to install it on the Meadows on Friday 6th December.
Update: We heard very recently that our application to the Gamlingay Community Turbine Tithe Fund has been approved, many thanks to them. The money will cover the cost of an information board (materials, artwork, installation) by the Saxon memorial stone on the Meadows. More info about the Saxon site there and of the re-interment and memorialisation of Gamlingay’s early inhabitants can be found on our Saxon Heritage Project.
Mid-October saw us visiting a site being excavated ahead of house-building. We won’t say exactly where this is because the dig is still running and they have had problems with so called ‘nighthawks’ – illegal metal detecting by unscrupulous treasure hunters. Anyway, what we saw at the dig site was astonishing, a fabulous site. Check the blog (after 8th November) for more info and photos. Update: the site is still in need of protection whilst excavations are winding up and so there isn’t a blog post covering it as yet. Meanwhile, regarding the hugely destrctive impact illegal detecting has on our national heritage, check out this news