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.
|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 April||Members 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 July||Members only visit to Ashwell Village at 6:30 pm. £3.50 per person.|
|5 August||Members 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||"Building the Railways" - a talk by Judith and Chris Rouse|
|7 October||"Nursery Rhyme Detective" - Vic Botteril talks about the origins and secrets of nursery rhymes|
|4 November||"A Brief History of Medicine" - a talk by Biff Raven-Hill|
|2 December ?||Christmas Party - date and venue to be arranged|
|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 April||Members only Annual General Meeting|
|14 May||"Billy Lincoln's Films of Biggleswade presented by Edward & Hilary Street|
|4 June||Members only evening guided visit to to Foster Hill Road Cemetery, Bedford|
|2 July||Members only visit to St Leonard's Church and Ongley Mausoleum, Old Warden.|
|6 August||Members 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 EVENT||Heritage Open Days - End of WWI Project
2-Day Exhibition, Trinity Methodist Church
|16 September EVENT||Heritage 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 December||Member's Christmas Party at Shortmead House Stables|
|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 April||Members only - Annual General Meeting|
|8 May||"Amy Johnson" - a talk by Roy Smart about the renowned aviator|
|5 June||Members only visit to the village of Dunton hosted by Janice and John of the March Hare|
|3 July||Members only guided walk in Tempsford Church End led by local historian Steve Cooney|
|7 August||Members only visit. Details to be announced.|
|4 September||"Life on the Home Front in WWI" a talk by Ann Wise|
|10 September||Heritage Open Day - Guided walks in Biggleswade|
|2 October||The "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 December||Members Christmas Party at The Orchard Centre, Kings Reach.|
|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.|
|9 May||Have I got Historical Newspapers for You.’ Talk by David Smith|
|6 Jun||Outing - Visit to The Panacea Museum Bedford.
|4 Jul||Outing - Visit to Potton Railway Station. George Howe.
|1 Aug||Outing - Visit to Tempsford Station Rd & Tempsford Hall. Steve Cooney.
|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 Dec||Christmas Party.