The Biggleswade History Society meets monthly at the Trinity Methodist Church, Shortmead Street Biggleswade. Usually 7:30pm for 8:00. on the first Monday of the month. Speakers provide a variety of talks and presentations. During the summer months there are guided visits to places of interest, usually for members only.
Meetings are free of charge for members. Visitors are welcome to attend most meetings, unless designated ‘Members Only’, for a charge of £3.00 per meeting.

Historical programmes have been shown so that prospective members can see the breadth of material that we cover.

2020 Programme

6 January"The Old Printing Trade" - a talk by Ted Martin
3 FebruaryMember's Evening
2 March"Bedfordshire Churches - Part 11" - an illustrated talk by David Longman
6 AprilAnnual General Meeting - members only
4 May"Path to Honour: An Investiture" an illustrated talk by Michael O'Brien

2019 Programme

7 January "Coming Home - The Bedfordshire Regiment returns from the Great War" - a talk by Steve Fuller, an authority on the Bedfordshire Regiment in WWI
4 February"Wind and Watermills" - a talk by Robin Webb
4 March"The Life and Times of Lady Sandra Highsted" - a talk by Sandy Highsted
1 AprilMembers only Annual General Meeting and two short talks by members: “A Snapshot of Canon John Dominey by his daughter Mary and “Biggleswade’s Jubilee and Coronation Celebrations” by Judith Reed.
13 May"All Along the Prom" - Kiss Me Quick hats, saucy postcards and more from popular speaker, Mark Andrew Pardoe
3 June Members only evening visit to St Andrew's Church, Biggleswade
1 JulyMembers only visit to Ashwell Village at 6:30 pm. £3.50 per person.
5 AugustMembers only visit to the British Schools Museum, Hitchin. Meeting at 6:00 pm for 6:30 pm start. £8.50 per person including refreshments.
2 September"A Ticket to Ride" - a talk by Judith and Chris Rouse of the Wyvern Railway Society
7 October"The Nursery Rhyme Detective" - Vic Botterill talks about the origins and secrets of nursery rhymes
4 November"My Life in Uniform" - a talk by Bernard Newman
2 December ?Christmas Party - date and venue to be arranged

2018 Programme

8 January"Divorce in Two Parts" - a talk by Jennifer Topham
5 February"Hatch, Match and Dispatch" - a talk by Sandy Highsted
5 March"The Inns and Outs of Pub Names" - a talk by Mark Pardoe
9 AprilMembers only Annual General Meeting
14 May"Billy Lincoln's Films of Biggleswade presented by Edward & Hilary Street
4 JuneMembers only evening guided visit to to Foster Hill Road Cemetery, Bedford
2 JulyMembers only visit to St Leonard's Church and Ongley Mausoleum, Old Warden.
6 AugustMembers only evening visit to the site of Bedford Castle at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm start
3 September"Warden Abbey - The Lost Plot" - a talk by Margaret Roberts
7/8 September EVENTHeritage Open Days - End of WWI Project
2-Day Exhibition, Trinity Methodist Church
16 September EVENTHeritage Open Day - Guided walks in Town Centre
1 October"Members' Miscellany" - a series of members' short talks on various subjects
5 November"Churches in Bedfordshire" - a talk by David Longman
3 DecemberMember's Christmas Party at Shortmead House Stables

2017 Programme

9 January "Potton's Infamous Inhabitants of the Past" - a talk by Peter Ibbett
6 February"Bedfordshire Convicts Transported 1770-1870" - a talk by Ken Griffin (aka Convict Ken)
6 March"Three Market Towns: Biggleswade, Sandy & Potton" - out-takes from the 2009 film presented by Mike Fowler
3 AprilMembers only - Annual General Meeting
8 May"Amy Johnson" - a talk by Roy Smart about the renowned aviator
5 JuneMembers only visit to the village of Dunton hosted by Janice and John of the March Hare
3 JulyMembers only guided walk in Tempsford Church End led by local historian Steve Cooney
7 AugustMembers only visit. Details to be announced.
4 September"Life on the Home Front in WWI" a talk by Ann Wise
10 SeptemberHeritage Open Day - Guided walks in Biggleswade
2 OctoberThe "Story in Stone" Story - a talk by Carolyn Blake
6 November"The Good, the Indifferent and the Outrageous" - a talk by David Short about some rural schoolmasters, 1660-2000
7 DecemberMembers Christmas Party at The Orchard Centre, Kings Reach.

2016 Programme

11 Jan‘A Look at Some North Bedfordshire Villages’ - Illustrated talk by Margaret Bradley.
1 Feb‘The Diary of a Felmersham Grave Digger’ - Talk by Ken Shrimpton. Not about grave digging.
7 Mar‘The Story of Willington from Saxon to Tudors’ - Talk by Dorothy Jamieson.
4 AprAGM.
Members only.
9 MayHave I got Historical Newspapers for You.’ Talk by David Smith
6 JunOuting - Visit to The Panacea Museum Bedford.
Members only.
4 JulOuting - Visit to Potton Railway Station. George Howe.
Members only.
1 AugOuting - Visit to Tempsford Station Rd & Tempsford Hall. Steve Cooney.
Members only.
5 Sep‘Up with the Lark – Agricultural Labourers’ Talk by Ian Waller.
3 Oct'Victorian River Life, 1880 to WWI’ Talk by Rodney Todman.
7 Nov‘A Year in the life as High Sheriff.’ Talk by Colin Osbourne.
14 DecChristmas Party.
Members only.