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.