2019/2020 Programme

2019/2020 Programme


October 15th         AGM followed by a talk by Julie and Trevor Bounford entitled ‘Beer & Spirits: tales of sightings, sounds and sensations in our local hostelries.”

November 19th     An illustrated talk by Val Davison about the present day local connections with the 405 Squadron.

December 17th     This year we hope to have a social evening at The Reading Room with some entertainment which is yet to be confirmed. This will be a Members only night, but you can always become a member on the night for £12.50 for the year.


January 21st        Ollie Hipwell joins us to continue his talk about modern, local farming.This follows on from a rather damp but well prepared evening last June. You don’t need to have gone to the June meeting to enjoy this meeting.

February 18th      A talk about the archaeological finds while building the new A14.

March 17th          Meeting CANCELLED owing to Coronavirus crisis.

April 21st             Meeting CANCELLED owing to Coronavirus crisis.

May 19th              Meeting CANCELLED owing to Coronavirus crisis.

June 16th            Meeting CANCELLED owing to Coronavirus crisis.

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.

2018/2019 Programme


October 16th        AGM followed by a glass of wine and a presentation by Dr. Julie Bounford on  Mazes and Labyrinths, the subject of her new book.

November 20th    Pat Doody telling us about The Fenlands - That Sinking Feeling.

December 18th     Social Evening at The Chequers, Little Gransden.


January 15th        Kenneth Lewis talking to us about local prisoner of war camps.

February 19th      Martin Davies giving us an update on the Windmill Restoration.

March 19th           David Tayor talking about A V Roe and the Avro Lancaster.

April 16th             Val and John Davison - The Gransdens at the time of World War 1.

May 21st               Paula Stainton - the Pink Floyd Exhibition, following on from last year.

June 18th             Farm visit - to Hill Farm, Little Gransden. Note that this meeting is NOT at the Reading Room and starts at 7:30pm at Hill Farm, instead of the usual time of 8:00pm. Hill Farm is on the left as you head out of Little Gransden towards Longstowe. More details on the News page.


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.

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