Jack Train, star of Itma, at Houghton Regis Gymkhana
Dec 12

Underground history

Hannah Firth, the Planning Archaeologist with Central Beds Council, makes sure that historic sites are investigated before proposed redevelopment is allowed to take place. She and her team are working, for instance, on the Norman King land, the old Woolworth's site, the A5-M1 link road and the Dunstable Grammar School field and buildings. Hannah was also very much involved in the restoration of the old Priory gateway. Her talk is part of the society's annual festive meeting which will include seasonal snacks and drink and, perhaps, a history quiz set by Hannah. The price of tickets for this, to cover the cost of the buffet, will be announced soon and, as numbers have to be limited, they will be for members only.

Jan 9

First Citizen

John Chatterley screens some of the numerous photos he has taken of Dunstable events, and talks about the work of the town's Mayor. He was himself Mayor in 2013-14.

Feb 13

Two Artists in Bedfordshire

David Turner features the work of the artists George Shepherd and Thomas Fisher who produced scenes of Bedfordshire in the early 19 th century.

Mar 13

John Benet's Chronicle

John Benet, a local clergyman in the 15th century, produced a diary of events which is now an invaluable source for historians. Stephen Williams screens pages from the original manuscript and also talks about Benet's famous local contemporaries who included composer John Dunstable and church ambassador John of Wheathampstead.

Apr 10

Failed To Return

Popular speaker Tony Eaton talks about the fatal flights of pioneer Amy Johnson and film star Leslie Howard, who crashed in the sea and whose bodies were never recovered.

(This is a postponed talk originally scheduled for last year)

May 8

The Rebel Preacher

Jeremy Walker tells the tale of the turbulent life of Edward Harrison, who served in the Parliamentary garrison at Newport Pagnell during the civil war and who, as a well-known leader of non-conformist religion, was famously appointed to replace the vicar of Kensworth.