“Some Signs of Fire in Haslingfield”. The early fire insurance companies provided the only really effective fire fighting force in most of Britain’s towns and cities for nearly 200 years, longer than Local Authority Brigades have been in existence. Patrick Baldwin, Chairman of the Fire Mark Circle, explains what happened and shows examples of fire marks and plates. Haslingfield Village Society, Tuesday, 28th November, 8:00 PM Haslingfield Village Hall. Everyone welcome. Members and youngsters free. Visitors £2.50 .
The Naked Scientists are a team of scientists, doctors and communicators whose passion is to help the general public to understand and engage with the worlds of science, technology and medicine. Chris Smith, a medical consultant specialising in clinical microbiology and virology at Cambridge University and its teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s, laid the foundations for the Naked Scientists radio show, podcast and website back in 1999. He currently co-presents the Naked Scientists and has published 4 popular science books internationally. He lives just outside Cambridge with his wife, Sarah, who is a local GP. Tuesday, 17th October. The Village Hall. 8 PM. All welcome. Members and youngsters 16 and under free. Visitors £2.50.
On Tuesday 23rd May 2017 at 8.00pm in Haslingfield Village Hall, Jenny Oxley, Curator/Manager of Royston Museum will talk on Royston Tapestry and the History of Royston and its Museum”. Read more
Summertime and the Haslingfield Wellhouse Meadow is a lovely place to visit. It is available to enjoy for all, including dogs, and a safe place for children. Why not come when the Bake House on the meadow is open with a display of the large photo archive of the village available to view? The Village Society is there from 10 AM until 12 Noon on these dates: Saturdays – 13 May, 8 July, 12 August, 9 September.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust is the leading Gurkha charity. The Trust aims to provide welfare to enable Gurkha ex-servicemen, their dependents and their communities to live with dignity, primarily in Nepal but increasingly in the UK and elsewhere. The welfare includes developmental, medical, financial and advisory aspects of life.
Speaker, Mike Thorp of Haslingfield, served with the Gurkha for over 12 years in the Far East, Cyprus and the UK, and is a founder member of the Gurkha Army Service Corps. The talk will be given in Haslingfield Village Hall on Tuesday, 18th April at 8:00PM, . Everyone is very welcome. Members and 16 and under free. Visitors £2.50 .
Honor Ridout will be giving a talk on Tudor Cambridge* on Tuesday, 21st March, 8:00pm, in Haslingfield Village Hall. A resident of the village, Honor is Chair of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History, a former City Tourist Officer, and author of a book on Stourbridge. We welcome this return visit from Honor who is a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker.
Human Pathology from the Past to the Future: a talk presented by Charles van Heyningen who is a Fellow of the Royal college of Pathologists and retired after 28 years as a consultant pathologist in the NHS. Pathology is the study of diseases and derives from Ancient Greek roots meaning “an account of suffering”. His talk explores the practice of human pathology from the nineteenth century to the present and speculates on the future. He describes the growing variety of pathology specialties and the people working in modern laboratory services, including some local history.
Members and under 16 free: £2.50 for visitors. Being a ‘village’ society, everyone is very welcome.
Arthur Ransome, journalist and beloved English writer, and Hugh Lupton, one of Britain’s leading storytellers, are the ingredient of The Haslingfield Village Society’s Social Evening on 4th February 2017.
It is autumn 1919. Moscow is surrounded by counter-revolutionaries. Arthur Ransome is known to be a Bolshevik sympathiser. He’s fallen in love with Trotsky’s secretary. They both know they’ll be lynched or shot if Moscow falls. Somehow they must escape. Read more
“Haslingfield in the News, 1901 -1920”
is available from the Deli, The Village Shop and The Little Rose
for only £6
In 2017 what was wet, warm, conversational, cold, friendly and filling? Answer: the Annual Haslingfield New Year’s Day walk led by Mike and Sally Coles. The forecast on for the day was for heavy rain starting at 11:30; this coincided exactly with about 58 walkers plus dogs and pushchair setting forth. Not to be beaten by the weather almost all finished. A few of us (blush) took the shortcut back. At the end, people lined the length of The Village Hall to enjoy each others company and the soup and sandwiches made by the committee of the Haslingfield Village Society who organise this event. We thank our usual shepherds of the rear, Clive and Sara Blower. Due to the wonderful donations, £212 was raised for ACT, Addenbrooks Charitable Trust. Happy New Year indeed!
The Importance of Adventure: James van der Hoorn will speak on the Marathon des Sables, a self-sufficient ultra marathon through the Sahara desert, which is commonly referred to as the toughest footrace on earth, including training, preparation and the week of the race. James stresses the importance of the journey and not just the end goal. The talk includes how to prepare for an adventure, and some of the challenges and setbacks he has experienced. Everyone is always very welcome. Fee £2.50 for visitors. Free for members and under 16’s.
A free event guided by the Haslingfield Village Society. This event is always popular; join friends and neighbours of all ages for a great start to 2017. Dogs on leads are welcome. Sunday, 1st January. 11:30 start. Meets and ends at Haslingfield Village Hall. Walk time: approximately 1½ hour. Stay on at the end for homemade soup and sandwiches, and chat with new and old friends. A further walk for the more energetic will continue after refreshments.
“John Henslow and the Education of Charles Darwin”
by Professor John Parker
Director of the Cambridge U. Botanic Garden for 14 years and a Professor in the Plant Sciences Department.
While at Cambridge Darwin fell under the influence of John Henslow, Professor of Botany, and attended all his lectures, practical classes, excursions and soirees. Henslow recommended Darwin for the Beagle voyage. The talk explores the research and teaching programme of John Henslow to establish what Darwin gained from him and which equipped him for his later achievements.
The wall along our High Street and Broad Lane has its own story to tell. On Tuesday, 18 October at 8:00 PM in Haslingfield Village Hall, Michael Coles, resident archaeologist and historian, relates its tale in Bricks to Build With . Who made those early bricks? Where did they come from? When were they made for this and other buildings in South Cambridgeshire? Bricks are not just bricks you’ll be surprised to learn!
Everyone is always welcome to our meetings. Enjoy a chat at refreshment time. Members and school aged children free, small charge for non-members.