Meetings

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.

2019 Programme

7 Januarytba
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

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 visits - details to be confirmed
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

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.