History Group


History Group – joint leaders Jane Gilmour 01223 234176 and Eleanor Whitehead 01223 234502.

Archive photographs and village memorabilia are collected by this group who meet three times a year to report on work done. Members pursue individual projects, record village events and changes of scene and publish booklets and books on local history. Other activities include displays, talks and assistance to interested parties.

Recently, the group has contributed a considerable quantity of digitalised local WWI VAD memorabilia to the County Library Service. It can be viewed on-line at hhtp://great-war.ccan.co.uk/. This work led to our recent publication “The Way We Were – Recollections of Life in the Villages of Histon & Impington in 1914 ”.

Current projects include maintaining a newspaper article archive first begun in 1980, digitalisation of Histon and Impington 1911 land tax records, compilation of WWI veteran information including the significant role of 42nd Histon Red Cross Detachment and the production of our forthcoming publication “Impington Hall, its Owners and Estates.”

A long term project to record and transcribe the memories of senior members of the community was begun in 2013 under the direction of Geoffrey Smallwood. If you are interested in contributing to such a project please contact him directly on 01223 234258.

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May and June meetings

Members’ Night takes place on Tuesday 20th May in the Pavilion at IVC at 7.30pm. Three of our members will be entertaining us with presentations about their hobbies or interests.

Membership £8 per annum. Visitors £3 per person per meeting.


At our meeting on Tuesday 24th June, Alan Eade will talk about WWI innovations. It will be at 7.30pm in the Brackenbury Room at IVC.

Membership £8 per annum, Visitors £3 per person per meeting.

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April meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday 29th April at 7.30 pm in the Brackenbury Room at Impington Village College.

Weather and storm chasing: Chris Bell

The Society meets monthly on Tuesdays in term, normally in the Brackenbury Room at Impington Village College. Membership is £8 per annum, visitors £3 per meeting.

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March meeting

Our next meeting will take place on Tuesday March 25th 2014 at 7.30pm in THE PAVILION at Impington Village College. The speaker will be Mark Andrew Pardoe and he will be talking about Pub Names. All welcome. There is a charge of £3 per person for non members.

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Programme for Spring/Summer 2014

Meetings are normally held in the Brackenbury Room, Impington Village College on Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:15.  Membership for 2014 is £8.  Non members £3 at the door.  Visitors to the AGM free.

Please note 2014 membership subscriptions will be due at the AGM

  • January 28th – AGM followed by WW1 memories and memorabilia.  Please bring along any interesting items you may have.  Meeting free to all.
  • February 25th – King George is our personal link: a glimpse of Edwardian empire with a nautical flavour.  Geoffrey Smallwood and Alan Eade.

Forthcoming events to be added shortly.

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In September H&I Village Society History Group met up with a group of older residents who were keen to get their memories of village life recorded for posterity. As a result, a long term project has begun to record the village memories of long term residents. We are hoping to organise a series of monthly meetings, initially at various hostelries, for folk to meet up  and exchange their memories of life in H&I over the last 50/60 years. Three meetings have been arranged before Christmas.

Monday 30th September, King Bill snug 7.30 p.m.
Monday 28th October, Red Lion lounge 7.30 p.m.
Monday 2nd December, The Boot dining room 7.30 p.m.

Suggestions for other possible venues would be much appreciated. Have a chat with the chaps who have inspired the project, Messrs John Hopkin, Dennis Marshall, Charlie Sadler, Dick Hibbett and Keith Tolliday when you see them about.

Project contacts are Geoffrey Smallwood geoffrey @ thesmallwoods . com and Jane Gilmour jane . gilmour @ tesco . net

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We are delighted to announce the publication of “Cheers! : the history of the Pubs of Histon and Impington.”

It will make a great Christmas present for dads and brothers etc!

The original booklet, researched and written by John and Monica Allen in 1989, has been updated and enlarged to an A4, laminated, 104 page book, containing a wealth of fascinating photos, some never seen before, history, documents, reminiscences and anecdotes.

Copies are £11.99, and can be obtained from Histon Library or 233397, 564716 or 232744.

Photographic Memories has now been reprinted, price £9.99 and can be obtained by phoning the above.


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