Orwell Local History Society

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Chairman - Derek Skipper, Pearmains Close, Orwell.       skipperorwell@btinternet.com

Secretary - Mrs Sue Miller,4 Chequers Close, Orwell, Royston, Herts.SG8 5UN Email shm@sbore.plus.com

The Society is open to all and offers lectures on topics relating, as far as possible, to the county of Cambridgeshire.  We meet in the Methodist Church schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell, at 8.00pm on the last Tuesday evening of the month from January to May and from September to November. In June and July we visit places of historical interest within easy reach of Orwell, usually on the last Tuesday of each month.

The Society has been researching the early history of Orwell over the past four years by digging archaeological test pits at various sites around the village. In March 2018 we staged an exhibition of the results so far, including the discovery of a Roman villa or farmstead, and we continued digging during 2019. For details contact our secretary.

A small group of Orwell LHS members is also involved in maintaining and continually adding to our website, Orwell Past & Present, set up in 2012 with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  The site is an ongoing record of life in our village over the past 2000 years, but also gives information on current events, clubs and facilities in the village. Contributions and comments are welcomed and the site includes a link to the Orwell Community Archive of old photographs within the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network.  An 80 page book containing a selection of these photos, with notes on Orwell history, is available price £5, from the secretary at the above address.

Membership: £10 per annum, payable at the September meeting. Non-members are welcome at £3 per meeting.

Programme 2021

Our meetings up to the end of May were cancelled owing to the Covid19 restrictions, but two visits have now been arrange for June and July. 

We will meet in our parish church at 7.30pm on Tuesday 29th June, with appropriate anti-COVID precautions, and hope to learn something new about the building of St. Andrew’s and the many changes in ritual that it has seen since 1066..

On July 27th we will go further afield, to the church of St Mary Magdalene, Ickleton, where the vicar’s husband Paul Shakeshaft, Director of Studies of History of Art at Hughes Hall, will give a talk on the church’s amazing medieval wall paintings, revealed during restoration work after a major fire 40 years ago. 

If you are not a member but would like to attend either of these meetings please contact Sue Miller on 01223 207328 or at shm@sbore.plus.com.

Our year will start again on Tuesday 28th September at 8.00pm with a brief AGM followed by a revised  slide show, previously shown in October 2018, of the many events enjoyed in Orwell over the past 50 years. Annual subscriptions will be due at this meeting which we hope will be held in the Methodist Schoolroom, Town Green Road and new members will be very welcome. 









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