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.
What could people like these possibly have in common? Come to The Haslingfield Village Society’s talk by Ann Wise who will tell the stories of the characters with connections to Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum. Ann is the museum manager. Tuesday, 20th September 2016, 8:00PM at Haslingfield Village Hall. (N.B: This is not as listed in the printed program of events.) Read more
10.00 – 12.00 on Saturday 9th July on the Well House Meadow
The historic bake house on Well House Meadow will be open for viewing between 10.00 am and 12 noon, including an opportunity to browse a selection of photographs and documents from the Stringer Archive.
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Captain John Hutchinson, who joined the Concorde fleet in 1977, will talk about the aircraft and what it was like to fly her.
Tuesday 19th April 2016 at 8.00pm in Haslingfield Village Hall. Everyone welcome.
This Cambridge home has a story to tell. Tamsin Wimhurst, curator and local historian, will relate The Story of The David Parr House at The Haslingfield Village Society, Tuesday 15th March 2016, 8.00pm in Haslingfield Village Hall.
On February 6th, the Haslingfield Village Society hosted another successful social evening with a meal and the superb FB Pocket Orchestra. A big thank you is due to all who made this possible, including the audience of supporters.
Wheat is the dominant arable crop , both locally and nationally; our soils and climate are suited to its production. It is an important part of our diet, with around 80% of the flour used for our bread coming from UK-grown wheat. Globally it constitutes 20% of dietary energy. The origins of wheat will be described along with the development of current and possible future growing practices.
The Work of the Gurkha Welfare Trust,
by Haslingfield resident Michael Thorp.
Haslingfield Village Hall, 8.00pm, Tuesday, 19th January 2016 Read more