Programme for 2001

Meetings are normally (but not always!) held on the second Thursday of the month, in St John's Church Room at 8pm.
Jan 11th Oral History
Prior to our tackling an oral history project for Elmswell, Dr Tessa Stone from Cambridge will speak of the importance of oral history and demonstrate some specific practical techniques involved in recording for the archives.

Feb 8th County Archaeological Sites and Monuments Records
Colin Pendleton from Bury Archaeological Unit will give illustrated talk on the recent 'finds' made in and around Elmswell.

Mar 8th The History of the Great Ashfield and Elmswell Airfield
By local expert Roger Dalby.

April 27th Friday, at 7:30 pm
Railway Mania 1846 - the Ipswich to Bury Line
Clive Paine returns to deliver our First Anniversary Lecture.

May 10th Members' Evening
A chance for members to display and discuss their own research, to swap information, or just chat.

June 14th Introducing the Museum of East Anglia Life
Miriam Stead (Museum Director)

July 12th 6:45pm at the Museum, for a 7pm start

An evening visit to the Museum of East Anglian Life (Stowmarket)
Guided tour with Jack Edwards. Transport arrangements on 14th June, or contact Norman.

August No meeting

Sept 13th East Anglian Film Archive
Geoff Clarke will show material from this local archive (1896-1967), starting at about 7:30pm,
after our 7 o'clock AGM.

October 11th The Suffolk Dialect
Presentation by Stuart Bowell at 8 pm


Autumn series of talks by Clive Paine
November 15th Anglicans, Methodists and Baptists in Victorian Elmswell. 7:30 start.

November 24th Saturday morning
Tour of Woolpit Church, starting at 10.00 am

November 29th Palaeography - How to read old documents (a practical session). 7:30 start.

December 6th 1897 - Queen Victoria's Jubilee, as celebrated in the Empire, England and Elmswell. 7:30 start.
NB: The previously announced evening visit to the Bury Record Office is postponed for the time being

December 13th A Victorian Christmas
Popular talk by Dr. Pat Murrill, starting at 8 pm

Programme for 2002

January 10th Suffolk pubs before 1844
Talk by Desmond Herring at 8 pm

February 14th It's a Grave Business
Talk by Peter Driver on monument and gravestone designs, starting at 8 pm.

Saturday 16th Feb
Archaelogical Field Walk
with Colin Pendleton 10am start - meet at St John's Church

March 14th What did Ag Labs actually do?
Talk by Michael Stone on (in case you didn't know) Agricultural Labourers. 8pm start.

March 28th Follow-up on the recent archaeological field-walk
Those who took part on 16 February may bring their finds for scrutiny by Colin Pendleton.

March 23rd Societies Day of Suffolk Local History Council, at Mendlesham Community Centre
Talks from 9:55 to 12:45 on such topics as Mills, Farm Wharves, Long Melford Hall...
Exhibits from 2:00 to 4:30 by many historical societies and interest groups, including ourselves.

April 11th Second Anniversary of Elmswell Millennium History group
Angela Care Evans
(British Museum) on Sutton Hoo burial and finds there.
May 4/5th Moyse Hall Local History Fayre

May 9th Timber-framed buildings
An illustrated talk by John Walker. 8pm start.

May 25/26th Woolpit Steam

June 13th Trip to Bury Record Office - (Members only)
An introductory talk, followed by a tour of the Strong Room, and then documents relevant to Elmswell will be exhibited in the Search Room. Meet in the car park next to the Record Office at 7:15 pm.

Saturday 13th July

Outing to Sutton Hoo
There will be a guided visit to the field site, and an opportunity to look around the exhibition. Then you could have lunch if you wish (bring a picnic or eat in the restaurant).
Please book with Mo Dow as soon as possible.
We shall be going by car - if you would like a lift or car-share, please let us know; cars must depart from Elmswell at around 9am to be there soon after the site opens. When entering the car park, tell the attendant you are with Elmswell History Group and you will not have to pay anything there; proceed to the reception area, where we will meet and collect your £5 (or just £1.50 if you are a National Trust member, but you must have your membership card with you).

September 5th Old Stowmarket in pictures
A talk by Ron Godbold

October 10th Nineteenth-century newspapers
A talk by Pip Wright, starting at about 8pm, after our 7:30 AGM.

November 14th Suffolk War Memorials
Speaker: Gwyn Thomas. Start at 8 pm.

December 12th A Georgian Christmas
Speaker: Pat Merrill, who delighted us last year with her Victorian Christmas presentation. Includes seasonal punch and period mince pies. In the Church Room at 8 pm.

Pictures from our trips in 2002:
16th Feb.2002

13th July 2002

13th July 2002

Programme for 2003

Meetings are normally (but not always!) held on the second Thursday of the month, in St John's Church Room at 7:30pm (not 8 pm as in previous years).

January 9th There will probably be no meeting in January, but do check this site again before then - you never know!

February 13th There's more to it than bricks
A talk by Peter Minter on the history of brickmaking in this area, starting at 7:30 pm. Peter Minter has his own brick works at Bulmer, near Sudbury.

March 13th From Suffolk to the New World
A talk by Nick Sign on the emigration wave from East Anglia to Massachusetts, starting at 7:30 pm. Nick Sign is a history lecturer at Ipswich College.

April 10th Drinkstone Mills - the oldest windmills in Suffolk
A talk by Alex and Rosy Hayward starting at 7:30 pm.

May 8th Suffolk breweries, past and present
A talk by Stuart Bowell starting at 7:30 pm.

May 10th, 11th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 - 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for National Mills Weekend?

June 12th The Dissolution of the Monasteries
We welcome back Pip Wright, who gave us such an interesting talk on newspapers last year. The talk starts at 7:30 pm.

July 12th (Saturday) Visit to the Long Shop Steam Museum at Leiston
Get there at 10 am for a 10:30 am start of guided tour. Admission is £3.50 (senior citizens £3.00).

Pictures from our trip:
July 12th, 13th Suffolk History Festival takes place in the grounds of the Museum in Stowmarket.

Sept 6th Angela Care Evans on The Art of the Anglo-Saxon metal smith, lecture at 2:30 in the Athenaeum; book at Moyse's Hall.

September 11th The Development of Suffolk Churches as shown by St. John's, Elmswell
Tony Redman will show slides first and then take us around the church to point out the features which illustrate his theme. The talk starts at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

Sept 13th, 14th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 - 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for Heritage Open Days?

October 9th Talk by Colin Cooke on the bells of St John's, Elmswell, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 13th Three hundred years of countryside history.
Talk by Ashley Cooper, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 11th (Change of programme)
The first Nowell: Christmas scenes from the first millennium.
Illustrated talk by David Buckton, starting at 7:30pm. Many thanks to David for stepping into the breach!
We shall be serving mince pies and wine, too!

A history of hedgerows.
Talk by Johnny Stone (Mid-Suffolk Countryside Management Service),
starting at 7:30 pm

Programme for 2004

January 8th The Murder in the Red Barn
A talk by Gill Hawkins, starting at 7:30 pm. Gill Hawkins is from Moyse's Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds

February 12th Suffolk follies and oddities
A talk by Peter Driver , starting at 7:30 pm.

March 11th The industrial heritage of East Anglia
A talk by David Alderton starting at 7:30 pm.

March 27th Societies Day of Suffolk Local History Council, at Mendlesham Community Centre
Talks from 10 am till 1 pm on a variety of interesting topics, including one on brooches from Anglo-Saxon Suffolk, by our own meetings secretary David Buckton.
Exhibits from 2:00 to 4:30 by many historical societies and interest groups, including ourselves.

April 8th Fourth Anniversary of Elmswell Millennium History Group
Late Roman treasure from Suffolk
This talk by Dr Catherine Johns, FSA will take place at the Blackbourne, starting at 8 pm. Dr Johns is currently researching and writing the British Museum's catalogue of the Hoxne Treasure.

May 8th, 9th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 - 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for National Mills Weekend (NB: confirm with Rosie Hayward, Tel. 240220)

May 13th Mary Tudor, the French Queen, Duchess of Suffolk
A talk by Monica Place starting at 7:30 pm.

June 10th Education in East Anglia between about 1550 and 1700
A talk by Nick Sign starting at 7:30 pm. Nick Sign is a history lecturer at Ipswich College.

July 10th
(Saturday)
Group outing to St Edmundsbury Cathedral
Get there at 10 am for a guided tour, led by Colin Cooke (who spoke to us so eloquently last October about our church bells). Admission is £3.00. Contact us by 10th June to book a place.

September 9th The amazing tale of the Rev. John H Steggall, 'The Suffolk Gipsy'
Another talk by Pip Wright, starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

Sept 11th, 12th Why not visit Drinkstone Mills, open 1 - 5 pm this Saturday and Sunday for Heritage Open Days (NB: confirm with Rosie Hayward, Tel. 240220)

October 14th Building a country house in Suffolk in the 18th and 19th centuries
A talk by Alan Mackley, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 11th Magic lantern show Talk,
using an 1895 magic lantern and slides from the early 1900s, presented by Trevor Howard Burlingham, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 9th Wassail (or What's Ale?)
A talk by Stuart Bowell, and sampling of some ales in a seasonal spirit! Starting at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2005

January 13th Suffolk witches
Another talk by Pip Wright, starting at 7:30 pm.

February 10th Charities and educational opportunity in Suffolk, 1700-1900
Another talk by Nick Sign, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 10th Queen Elizabeth I's Progresses in Suffolk
Another talk by Monica Place, whose last visit to us was in May 2004. Starts at 7:30 pm.

April 14th Fifth Anniversary of Elmswell Millennium History Group
The Elmswell-Great Ashfield airfield, June 1943-June 1945
This illustrated talk by Ian McLachlan will be given at the Blackbourne, starting at 7:30 pm. And in July we'll have a chance to go to the airfield and see what remains there...

May 12th Wheels of Ipswich - 200 years of local transport by road, rail and water, and the evolution of the Ipswich Transport Museum
Illusrated talk by Brian Dyes, Hon. Chairman of Ipswich Transport Museum, starting at 7:30 pm.

June 9th Poison Farm - the Risby murder
A talk by the author David Williams, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 9th
(Saturday)
Group outing to Elmswell-Gt.Ashfield Airfield
Non-members welcome. Meet at ??? at 9:30 am ??

September 8th Grimes Graves
Talk by Gill Varndell of the British Museum. The talk starts at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 13th "Ah yes, I remember it well!"
An unusual village meeting, at which long-time villagers will discuss the way things used to be
  • Before the many housing estates were built
  • Before the A45 by-pass was built
  • Before even running water was laid on
  • Before the days of television
  • When tradespeople and craftsmen still lived and worked here
  • When the railway was a thriving local service, vital to the businesses here
  • During the war
The meeting will be at the Blackbourne Hall, starting informally with drinks and a small exhibition at 7 pm. and the discussion will begin at 7:30.
Come along and find out more about your village!

Post script: about 140 attended this meeting, and seem to have enjoyed the experience. We will consider doing the same sort of thing again next year, though we will have to try to avoid having the same tales repeated!

November 10th The Tithe War
Illustrated talk by Robert Halliday, starting at 7:30 pm
Farmers in England were still paying tithes in the 1930s, and between 1931 and 1933 the centre of resistance to this medieval tax was Suffolk, where imaginative protests ensured maximum publicity and public sympathy. Once over, the Tithe War was quickly forgotten - the second world war intervening - but it is very much part of our history, with the bonus of some hilarious episodes.

December 8th The History of Father Christmas
Once again we are delighted to welcome Dr Pat Murrell for our festive-season meeting. Starts at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2006

January 12th Who do you think you are?
A talk by Derek Palgrave on the exploration of family history, starting as usual at 7:30 pm

February 9th Plague in 17th-century Suffolk
We are very pleased to welcome Pip Wright once again to give us this talk, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 9th Infamous East Anglians
Nick Sign tells us about such men as Cromwell, and others. 7:30 pm start.
March 18th Societies Day of Suffolk Local History Council, at Mendlesham Community Centre
Talks from 10 am till 1 pm on a variety of interesting topics.
Exhibits from 2:00 to 4:30 by many historical societies and interest groups.

April 13th No meeting this month
May 11th Another walk around old Stowmarket
We are very pleased to welcome Ron Godbold once again for an illustrated talk, starting at 7:30 pm.

June 8th Mail Coaches in East Anglia
A talk by Mike McKeon, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 8th
(Saturday)
A Group outing to the Museum of East Anglian Life
Please ring Norman on 241569 if you wish to join us. Non-members welcome.

September 14th The St Edmund Trail
Talk by David Wordley, starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 12th Tales from Suffolk
Talk by Shirley Bignell, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 9th Pakenham Water Mill
Talk by Clive Blanshard, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 14th A Victorian Christmas
By Clive Paine in period costume (!), followed by mince pies and mulled wine. The talk starts at starting at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2007

January 11th Suffolk connections to India
Talk by Ashley Cooper, starting at 7:30 pm.
NB: Ashley now has a small museum at his home

February 8th Unfortunately because of adverse weather Roy Tricker's talk on Eccentric Suffolk Clergy had to be postponed

March 8th Scenes from Suffolk's Medical History
Talk by Dr Edward Cockayne, starting at 7:30 pm.

April 12th The Yanks are coming
Talk by Linda Scoles, starting at 7:30 pm.

May 10th "Ah yes, I remember it well!"
Another village meeting, a sequel to that held in October 2005, at which long-time villagers discussed the way things used to be 50 or more years ago. This time we will look at the subsequent period, with particular focus on the St Edmundsbury Bacon Factory, which sadly closed in June this year after 95 years as a most important part of the life of our village.

The meeting will be at the Blackbourne Hall, starting informally with drinks and a small exhibition at 7 pm. and the discussion will begin at 7:30.
Come along and find out more about our village!

June 14th Mid-Suffolk Light Railway
Talk by David Chappell, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 12th
A Group outing to Pakenham Water Mill
Please ring Peter on 241327 if you wish to join us. Non-members welcome.

September 13th The History of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Talk by Ralph Ambrose starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM
Because of illness this talk was replaced by a members' discussion

October 11th Eccentric Suffolk Clergy
Talk by Roy Tricker, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 8th The Suffolk Punch horses in agriculture
Talk by Chris Miller, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 13th "Highway Robbery in Hadleigh"
A dramatic presentation by Hadleigh Players starting at 7:30 pm, followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Note that this meeting will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road.

Programme for 2008

January 10th Duleep Singh, the Suffolk connection
Talk by Clive Paine, starting at 7:30 pm.

February 14th Mendelsham Tan Office - an independent people
Talk on the Mendelsham peasants revolt, by Roy Colchester, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 13th Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk
We are pleased to welcome Monica Place once again; the talk will start at 7:30 pm.

April 10th Aspects of World Wars I and II
Talk by Taff Gillingham, starting at 7:30 pm.

May 8th A Wartime Meal...
Not a talk this month, but a nostalgic nosh! Note that this will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road.

June 12th "Made in Ipswich"
Talk by Brian Dyes, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 10th
A Group outing to Ipswich Transport Museum
Please ring Peter on 241327 if you wish to join us. Non-members welcome.

September 11th Frolics, Fervour and Fornication
Talk by Pip Wright starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 9th Land Army Girls
Talk by Linda Burrows, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 13th Boudicca, East Anglian Warrior Queen
Talk by Mike McKeon, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 11th A Tudor Christmas with Mistress Sheffield
- the mythical dame will address us in dialect! Light seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards. Note that this meeting will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road, starting at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2009

January 8th The History of HMS Ganges
Talk by Tony Chaplin, starting at 7:30 pm.

February 12th Enjoying Heraldry
Talk by Derek Palgrave, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 12th The Livermere Ghosts
We are pleased to welcome Clive Paine once again; the talk will start at 7:30 pm.

April 16th The History of Sanitation
Talk by Tony Redman, starting at 7:30 pm.

May 14th The Lost City of Dunwich
Talk by Mark Mitchels. Note that this will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road.

June 11th The History of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Talk by Helga Brandt, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 9th
Annual outing: Lodge Farm, Westhorpe, starting at 6:30 pm
  • a tractor and trailer ride showing current farming practices
  • a look at ongoing Environmental Stewardship work at the farm
  • a visit to the site of Westhorpe Hall, which has historic links with Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor
  • and after the tour we can visit the farm museums
  • refreshments
Jean Folkard organising (242099) - but we're sold out!

September 10th Grandad played the Cornet
A history of village brass bands, by David Cawdell starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 8th The last flight of Lancaster LL919
Illustrated talk by Anne Grimshaw, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 12th Horatio Nelson
Once again we welcome Nick Sign to give this illustrated talk, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 10th An evening of traditional music and anecdotes
by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust. Light seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards. Note that this meeting will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road, starting at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2010

January 14th Cancelled because of bad weather conditions - sorry!
February 11th Local Countryside History
Illustrated talk by Ashley Cooper, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 11th William Pretty & Son - Suffolk Corset Manufacturers
Illustrated talk by Roger Kennell, starting at 7:30 pm.

April 8th The Black Death
We are pleased to welcome Clive Paine once again; the talk will start at 7:30 pm.

May 13th Serving you through all your days
A history of many of the Stowmarket business familes that have served the town for generations, by Steve and Sue Williams, starting at 7:30 pm.

June 10th Elmswell - a village history in words and pictures
Talk by Norman Kenyon, illustrated from the village history website, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 8th
Annual outing: a visit to a private museum in Debach is being arranged - more details later
September 9th History of British Coins
– from Romans to Pre-Decimal, by David Threadgall starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 14th The River Gipping Trust
Illustrated talk by Spencer Greystrong, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 11th Fig Leaves, Farthingales, & Fichues
– Fashion Through the Ages, by Frances Saltmarsh, starting at 7:30 pm.

December 9th A Victorian Evening
Once again we welcome Gill Nicholls to present Olde Tyme Music Hall songs & lead a Christmas sing-a-long. Light seasonal refreshments will be served afterwards. Note that this meeting will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road, starting at 7:30 pm.

Programme for 2011

January 13th Origin & Development of Surnames
We welcome back Derek Palgrave to give this illustrated talk, starting at 7:30 pm.

February 10th The Euston Estate, near Thetford
Illustrated talk by Edward Wortley, starting at 7:30 pm.

March 10th One Man’s War
– How I Researched my Father’s Army Career, by Anne Grimshaw, starting at 7:30 pm.

April 14th Toll Houses of Suffolk
Illustrated talk by Patrick Taylor, starting at 7:30 pm.

May 12th History of Punch & Judy
- together with an actual performance for us all to enjoy!
Presented by Peter Battey, starting at 7:30 pm.
Note that this meeting will be at the Wesley Hall in School Road, starting at 7:30 pm.

June 11th History of Morris Dancing
We welcome back Desmond Herring to give this illustrated talk, starting at 7:30 pm.

July 8th
Annual outing: Visit to Ashley Cooper’s Museum, Gestingthorpe, (near Sudbury) – a collection of Roman Villa, Medieval Guildhall, Farming Bygones & Local History
September 8th A Picture History of Margaret Catchpole
Illustrated talk by Pip Wright in the Wesley Hall, School Road, starting at about 7:30pm, after our 7:00 AGM

October 13th A walk round Elmswell in 1911
Illustrated talk by Norman Kenyon in the Wesley Hall, School Road, starting at 7:30 pm.

November 10th ‘Vanners’, Weavers & the Silk Weaving Industry of S.W. Suffolk
by David Tooth, starting at 7:30 pm.
N.B. This meeting will be held at Little Elms Pre-School, in Cooks Road

December 8th Movie History Landmarks
by Mark Mitchels – how the movies were invented & developed, from 1894 to ‘Casablanca’. Illustrated by movie extracts.
Fancy Dress (optional) – come as your favourite film star/character! Seasonal light refreshments will be served.
We are back in the Wesley Hall, School Road for this meeting. Admission by ticket (members £4, non-members £5.50) from Stella.





Programme for 2012

12th January Members' contributions
Sir Robert Gardiner; local connections to the Titanic disaster; Alfred Munnings- Suffolk Artist
9th February  Victorian Social History in East Anglia
Illustrated talk by Denise Hammond-Webb, starting at 7:30 pm.
8th March The Suffolk Regiment, 1685-1959
by Gwyn Thomas, starting at 7:30 pm.
12th April Elmswell re-visited
Illustrated talk by Clive Paine, starting at 7:30 pm.
10th May  Codes, Ciphers & Enigma
- from 480BC to WWII’s Bletchley Park
Presented by Joyce Kimber, starting at 7:30 pm.
14th June Suffolk Suffragettes
- the 1914 Fire at Felixstowe’s Bath Hotel
Illustrated talk by Phil Hadwen, starting at 7:30 pm.
12th July Annual outing
St Mary's Church, Bury St Edmunds. Conducted tour led by Clive Paine.
13th September 7pm start.  A.G.M., then
 Suffolk Poachers, Smugglers & Highwaymen
Illustrated talk by William Tyler
11th October Secret Site of Orford Ness
Illustrated talk by Paddy Heazell, starting at 7.30 pm
8th November 1951 Festival of Britain
Illustrated talk by Geoffrey Kay, starting at 7.30 pm
13th December The Time Traveller, Daniel Defoe's East Anglian travels of 1722 -  told in contemporary words and music.
Performance by Sarah Doig & Tony Scheuregger, Ancestral Voices.
Light seasonal refreshments will be served.
Admission by ticket only (Members £4, Visitors £6)




Programme for 2013


10th January
One Man's 'SuffolkLife through a Lens'
Illustrated talk with cine films by our Group Member Peter McGee
14th February
Tudor Haughley & it's People - Illustrated talk by Susan Moore

14th March
East Anglian Tithe Wars - We welcome back Ashley Cooper for this illustrated talk

11th April
Elmswell Millenium History Group's 13th Anniversary Meeting
"Lucky is the Name" - a story of a local farming family, 1858-1969.
We welcome back Pip Wright for this illustrated talk

9th May
Two Suffolk Painters - Thomas Gainsborough & John Constable
A welcome return of Mark Mitchels for this illustrated talk

13th June
The Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries of RAF Lakenheath - Illustrated talk by Joanna Caruth

11th July
Annual Outing - Guided tour of Cotton's Mechanical Music Museum. 7pm

12th September
7pm - Annual General Meeting, then
Sarah Doig's illustrated talk on Victorian Schools of East Anglia

10th October
Bury's Cupola House, 1690's-2003 - illustrated talk by Dr Pat Murrell

14th November
19th Century Suffolk Murders & the Development of Forensics - illustrated talk by Mark Mowers

12th December
An entertaining Evening of East Anglian traditional music, with an historical perspective,
performed by "Shipshape" Band and Steppers, followed by light seasonal refreshments.





Programme for 2014

 9th January
The Families of Stowmarkets Abbot's Hall - illustrated talk by Jeanette Baldry

13th February
History through East Anglian Newspapers - a welcome return of Pip Wright for this illustrated talk

13th March
Stowmarket's 1871 Guncotton Explosion - we welcome back Sue & Steve Williams, for their illustrated talk

10th April
EMHG's 14th Anniversary Meeting -
Building the Tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral
, illustrated talk by Horry Parsons

 8th May
Treasures of East Anglia - a welcome return of Mark Mitchels for this illustrated talk

13th June
Time & Tide of the Suffolk Seaside - welcome back to William Tyler for this illustrated talk, to remind us all of our childhood seaside holidays

11th July
Annual Outing - 7pm, Felixstowe's Landguard Fort, Guided Tour

24th July
Meet at Elmswell's Cemetery Bier Shelter, then talk by David Buckton at St John's Church - "Elmswell Cemetery & the Victorians"

11th September
** Annual SUBS due **
Eventful Voyage, Grandfather's 1915 Adventure aboard HMS 'Arlanza' - illustrated talk by Peter Down

 9th October
Members' Evening - Three short talks on the Great War, and Display of Artefacts

13th November
The Hoxne Treasure - illustrated talk by Stephen Govier

11th December
 A Christmas Miscellany of seasonal readings, and celebration of all things Christmassy - a welcome return to Mark Mitchels for this illustrated talk
After which, light seasonal refreshments will be served.
This is a TICKET ONLY event, purchased in advance (none on the door) - Please telephone 01359-244001 or 242601 for details.


Programme for 2015


 8th January
 Interpreting Signs, Symbols & Trademarks - we welcome back Derek Palgrave for this illustrated talk

12th February
Henslow of Hitcham: the life, influence & legacy of Darwin's tutor - illustrated talk by Edward Martin

12th March
Suffolk Millwrights - illustrated talk by Bob Malster

 9th April
EMHG's 15th Anniversary Meeting
Report on our Great War research findings

11th - 12th April
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 11am-4pm
EXHIBITION at The Wesley Hall, entitled "Elmswell & Memories of the Great War" including our recent research findings of the "lost" WW1 Aerodrome of Elmswell's Royal Flying Corps & RAF, and display of Entries from our Children's Competition.
FREE Admission - ALL WELCOME. Refreshments available.

14th May
John Winthrop of Groton, & the 1630 Expedition to USA's Boston, Massachusetts - illustrated talk by Nick Sign

11th June
7pm - Annual General Meeting, then
Crime on the Home Front - we welcome back Mark Mower for this talk

 9th July
Annual Outing
7pm + 8pm - Guided tours of Suffolk Regiment Museum, Gibraltar Barracks, Bury St Edmunds
10th September
** Annual SUBS due **
Carnival ! Drama & Popular Protest in Medieval Suffolk - Dr Kate Jewell
8th October
** Dec tickets on sale **
Felixstowe Seaplanes - Phil Hadwen
12th November ** Dec tickets on sale **
In Search of Secret Suffolk - Robert Leader
10th December ** Tel. 01359-242601 for tickets **
Tudor Christmas - an evening of Live Music Performance, played on traditional instruments by Ancestral Voices
Light seasonal refreshments will be served.

This is a TICKET ONLY event, purchased in advance (none on the door)