As our thoughts move away from log fires to warmer times, this month’s extract from Nora Cannell’s memories about her Haslingfield childhood looks at the summer holidays of long ago.
Like most of the children in the village, Nora helped out at harvest-time. Read more
Nora Cannell didn’t have many holidays from school, so Sundays were a treasured part of her life. She would set off for Sunday School at 10, trying to remember the collect that she would have to recite. Between Sunday School and the Morning Service she would go for a walk if it was warm. If not, she huddled round the stoves in the church that are no longer there. Read more
For the next few postings I intend to summarise Nora Cannell’s ‘Memories of a Haslingfield Childhood’, a booklet published by the Village Society in 1983. When we receive permission from her nearest living relation, I hope to publish the whole of the booklet’s text on the website. Read more
We’ve just experienced our wettest summer since 1912, so I thought a review of the impact of rain on school life might provide a fitting end to the season. Read more
I’m sure most of our Olympic stars first developed their talents at school, so a look at what Haslingfield children in the past were doing may be of current interest.
I’ll bet few of them had their activities curtailed in the way pupils in January 1944 experienced. Read more
Victorian Haslingfield could not be accused of being unpatriotic. The Golden Jubilee celebrations seem to have been spread over four days, starting with church services on the Sunday and ending with a meat tea run by the local Conservative Club on the Wednesday. Read more
After a gap of 28 years, the Village Society has reprinted The Haslingfield Chronicle. This book contains all the newsworthy items relating to the village that were printed in the Cambridge Chronicle between 1776 and 1900. Fires, murders, accidents, parties – they’re all there. Read more
John Beresford has been in contact with someone from the Coxall family in Australia about the Coxall family tree. He has unfortunately lost the contact details. Would it be possible to email John at email@example.com to re-establish contact?
The years after World War II saw a frenzy of local Authority activity to improve the school buildings:
24th October 1946
At a Managers’ Meeting last night, the Correspondent was asked to write to the Education Office recommending the installation of an electric pump, so that a sufficient supply of water may be available. Read more
The Blitz of London started, leading to a new wave of
evacuees in the autumn of 1940, and necessitating the transfer of
a teacher from Surrey to meet the new demands. But by the end of
the year the local authorities had obviously got fed up with the
disruption: Read more
Several years ago, an annual race was run in Haslingfield – the winner getting The Pledger Cup. Do you know anything about the Cup, its current whereabouts, or indeed the race itself? If so, please email Diana Offord at firstname.lastname@example.org or write your comment below.
World War II understandably upset routine in Haslingfield School as
much as it did elsewhere. Hitler’s movements in Europe prompted early
action: Read more
The Admissions Registers for the local school give an interesting insight into the changing face of the village between 1873 and 1980. Up until 1916, just 35 families (as indicated by family names) contributed 57.9% of the school’s intake. Each of these families contributed at least 10 pupils to the school between 1873 and 1916. Read more
Honor Ridout lives in Haslingfield and is an expert on the subject of Cambridge and its history. She has recently published a book on the subject of Cambridge and Stourbridge fair. We asked if she would like to put an article on the web site about the book. The book is available in good bookshops and on line. This is what she wrote. Read more