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 -2022

Tuesday 26th October - The Cambridgeshire Regiment’s part in the Great War.      Speaker -  Joanna Costin

Tuesday 30th November - A Victorian family Christmas -  a talk based on the diary of a Cambridgeshire GP in the 1860s.                              Speaker -  Liz Davies of St Neots Museum.

Tuesday 25th January – Ken Stapleton will describe for us the spectacular & historic Shetland Winter festival of Up Helly Aa.  This will be of particular interest to those who remember our former Rector, Neil Brice, now resident in the Shetland Isles.

Tuesday 22nd February - Accents & Dialects of Cambridgeshire.   Speaker -  Professor. Mike McCarthy, who will bring a selection of his books on the subject.

Tuesday 29th March - Early Medieval South Cambridgeshire.         Speaker -  Susan Oosthuizen, Professor (Em) of Medieval Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.

Tuesday 26th April -‘Beneath the Choir Stalls of Kings College, Cambridge’. Surprising revelations from under these famous choir stalls. Speaker -  Alison Dickens of Granta Heritage.

Tuesday 31st May  -  The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will be only two days away, so let’s arrange an activity or a speaker to recall the events of those 70 years.    All suggestions welcomed !











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