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My Life Behind Bars”

The Queen’s Head in Newton is one of only a handful of pubs to have appeared in every edition of the Good Beer Guide. The list of landlords since 1729 has just 18 entries with the names displayed on the wall in the simply furnished but timeless public bar. David Short, a man of many talents and an interesting speaker, will be talking about his experiences of running his pub, The Queen’s Head, for over 53 years. He will also present a short history of the development of the beer trade in England from before Roman times.  Tuesday 13th November 2018, 8.00pm, Haslingfield Village Hall.
Cheers! Everyone welcome, hope to see you there.

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Literary Cambridge

Tuesday 16 October, Haslingfield Village Hall, 8:00 PM

Peter Hains will take us on a virtual tour of Cambridge, pointing out key  points of interest from a literary point of view.  Cambridge has a rich heritage in terms of authors, playwrights and poets and we will hear about many of them, including some readings from their works.  Peter  is a Haslingfield resident, a qualified Cambridge tour-guide, a retired English teacher and Headteacher, and an excellent speaker.

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 The new season of Haslingfield Village Society talks begins with one of the Society’s favourite speakers, Michael Coles, who will speak about “Further Travels in India – Weaving about in Gujarat.” Few overseas visitors make their way to the state of Gujarat. This is the State of Mahatma Gandhi, where he encouraged craft skills and started his non-violence journey to independence. Gujarat is in parts densely populated but elsewhere a desert, and the home for many people making exquisite textiles. This talk will take us from the big cities, through the villages, to the Arabian Sea. Tuesday, 18th September 2018, 8:00 PM, Haslingfield Village Hall.
Everyone is very welcome to any of our events and meetings. Members and youngsters are free. A small charge is made for visitors.

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Top-secret radar trial, signal intelligence, home of a Canadian squadron in the R.A.F’s elite Pathfinder Force.

Pilot and Author, Chris Sullivan, will speak on the story of R.A.F. Gransden Lodge. After being put to valuable use by the R.A.F.’s Bomber and Transport Commands, it was subsequently the venue for the first post-war motor races to take place in the U.K.  After a long period during which it was under consideration as a base for Cold War American forces it was returned to agriculture, until the Cambridge Gliding Centre set up operations there in the early 1990s.  Haslingfield Village Society, Tuesday, 17th April, 8:00PM, Haslingfield Village Hall.

Village Society Social Evening

By all accounts  a good time was had by all, including the band.  Before the memories fade here is a reminder of a great evening.  Click the pic. to enlarge.

Tiffany with the Myke Clifford Trio

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Tuesday 20th March 2018, 8.00pm, Haslingfield Village Hall

Wicken Fen, Past, Present and Future

Dr Peter Green will give an overview of the creation of the Fen and the various drainage schemes.  He will then detail how Wicken was one of the few small areas to escape drainage thanks, in part, to the efforts of scientists from Cambridge.  Once the National Trust was formed it bought part of Wicken Fen and was donated much more by these same Cambridge Scientists.  The talk will then detail how the National Trust has maintained the Fen and the reasons for, and progress, of the Wicken Fen Vision, a 100 year project to ensure the long term preservation of this extremely important ecosystem.

Next Village Society Talk – “Mercy Ships”

Presented by Jill Pearce

Ships that bring hope to the despairing, healing to the damaged, and health to the ill are to be rejoiced in.  We offer hope, health and healing to the world’s poor.  Currently our hospital ship – “Africa Mercy” – is docked at Cameroon.  Her mission there  for 10 months is to carry out operations that could not otherwise be afforded by the people; on board they pay nothing.  The teams of nurses, doctors, surgeons and other crew members from all over the world donate their time on the world’s largest non-governmental floating hospital, for free.

Haslingfield Village Hall, Tuesday 20th February 2018 at 8.00pm. Everyone is very welcome. Members and youngsters are free, Visitors £2.  Enjoy a ‘cuppa’ and a chat in the interval.

 

Village Society Annual Social


Songs from the Shows 
with a two-course meal. Seating at tables.  Bring your own beverage.

Starring Haslingfield’s own Tiffany with backing group. Saturday, 17th February 2018.  Haslingfield Village Hall.   This event is sold out already.  To put your name on the waiting list for returns contact  Maria Stringer (01223 871256/ stringerhasfield@aol.com) .  Tickets £14.

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“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 .

Next Village Society Talk – “The Naked Scientists”

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.

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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

Bake House Openings this Summer

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.   

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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 .

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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.
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