2017/2018 Programme

Please note - the 2017/18 Programme is now complete. It finished with a fascinating evening hosted by John and Sandra Vinnell with local classic MG car owners and a talk by the MG Owners Club. The 2018/19 Programme will resume in October, with details of future meetings to be published closer to that time.

See below for details of the Society's 2017/2018 Programme. Please put the following dates in your diaries, so you don't miss any of these fascinating talks and events. Monthly meetings start at 8:00pm in the Reading Room, Great Gransden unless otherwise noted.


October 17th        AGM followed by a glass of wine and an opportunity to listen to and discuss some of our archive recordings of memories of the villages.

November 21st    Keith Tritton ‘An Astronomical Miscellany’, becoming an astronomer, what do astronomers do? Large international observatories – the story of the sky in pictures.

December 19th    Social Evening at The Chequers including a brief talk by Bobby Mitchell about his micro brewery and a chance to sample some of his ales.


January 16th        Sue Jarrett talking about her research into WW1 local newspaper reports.

February 20th      Paula Stainton will talk about her work as Pink Floyd’s Curator, how it came about and her 30+ years career working with the band. She will also talk a little about her 10 years working in Formula 1 motor sport for McLaren.

March 20th           Becky Proctor following on from her talk about Papworth Trust last year, Becky will talk about Varrier-Jones and the early years of the Papworth settlement.

April 17th             Paul Phoenix will talk about his life in music.

May 15th              Martin Davies will give us an illustrated talk about local wild flowers.

June 19th             MG cars night, featuring examples of MG sports cars owned by local enthusiasts, plus a talk by the MG Owners Club. Venue will be Hayfield Cottage, Sand Path, Great Gransden, home of Sandra and John Vinnell.

Below are the details of last year's meetings and events. They are included here to give an idea of the variety of subjects the Society covers.


Oct 9th              Visit to Old North Road station at Longstowe
Hosted by:        Stephen Owen

Oct 18th            AGM followed by "What is Happening to Our Windmill"
Presented by:   Martin Davies and Dave Pearce

Nov 15th           "From Student to Professional Broadcaster"
Presented by:    Andy Lake

Dec 20th            Quiz and Social Evening
Hosted By:         Crown and Cushion


Jan 17th             "A Century of Care: The History of Papworth Hospital"
Presented by:     Becky Proctor

Feb 21st             "Wild Canadian Rockies"
Presented By:     Martin Davies

Mar 21st                "Tractors - 50 Years Of Continuous Improvement"
Presented By:     Chris Rook

Apr 18th              "The Story Of RAF Gransden Lodge"
Presented By:     Chris Sullivan

May 16th             "Heffers: The Bookshop That Is Known All Over The World"
Presented By:     Dr Julie E Bounford

June 20th            Society Outing - Visit to Gransden Windmill to view the progress on the mill's restoration.
Hosted By:        Martin Davies
Note: Meeting will be held at the windmill at 7:30pm and NOT at the Reading Room

Alms Houses, Little Gransden
Alms Houses, Little Gransden
Still in use today