The Histon and Impington Village Society (HIVSoc) is delighted to announce that it is opening up membership FREE OF CHARGE to all Cambridgeshire residents. Membership will start immediately on registration and expire in January 2022. There is usually a £12.00 annual fee, but this is being waived for the first time ever, as the committee tries to help others during this Covid19 crisis. (Established HIVSoc members are entitled to a rollover 12 months free membership due to Covid restrictions. This will happen automatically, and you do not need to get in contact if you paid for membership this year.)
HIVSoc is a friendly society with over 70 members who have a shared interest in the local history of the area and an interest in conserving important elements the past for future generations to enjoy. One of their aims is researching, collating and recording historical information on Histon and Impington to share with the local community.
In normal times, the society would meet monthly at Impington Village College, for unique and interesting talks given by regional experts. However, due to the restrictions, HIVSoc has swiftly adapted its approach to ensure members still get their fix of colourful historical facts and stories about our village and its surroundings during these tough times.
For the past 6 months, members have been sent regular emailed articles on specific elements of the villages’ colourful past. This has varied from a 1st hand account, by Frank Unwin, of Unwin’s Seeds business which was based in Impington, facts and stories about the wonderful Histon Giant, through to detailed historical accounts of local roads and houses. These articles include old photos and fabulous anecdotes complemented with robust facts and figures.
HIVsoc chair Max Parish “We are so pleased to offer this access to our membership widely and without cost and hope the articles we send out provide interesting and stimulating reading for all as the winter months draw in. We are as frustrated as everyone that we can’t hold our monthly meetings, but we hope this will be the next best thing until those times return. We look forward to coming back with a bigger and even more enthusiastic membership”
The society is also investigating organising talks and presentations delivered through Zoom, possibly featuring representatives from the National Trust, local Historians and other speakers. These will hopefully replace some of the monthly talks held at Impington Village College whilst the pandemic restrictions are in place. All members will have the opportunity to sign up to these free of charge too.
So, if you would like to receive articles directly to your inbox and be the first to hear about potential HIVsoc Zoom talks, please do take advantage of this free membership and sign up now below. It will give you a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the place you live in without giving up too much time or money. Ideas for new projects and books, donations of old photographs and suggestions for speakers are always welcomed. Why not submit your own articles too?
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