Current Events - Speaker Season

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Coronavirus pandemic

Due to the continuing coronoavirus pandemic, our speakers will continue to present their talks via Zoom, apart from our December meeting, which all being well, we intend to hold at our usual venue of St Mark's Church Hall. The Zoom talks are only made available to members of the Society by email invitation. If you are not a member, please do join, please visit our Join Us page for membership details and how to join. Your membership and subscription will help support the Society in its work, and the larger our membership the greater our voice and influence. If you would like an active role then please contact any of the committee via the Contact Us page.


Speaker season via Zoom invitation, only available to members

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11 October 2021 7.30pm - Cambridgeshire Historic Churches in the Peterborough area and the work of the Trust
Our speaker is David Stazicker, Trustee of the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust.

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8 November 2021 7.30pm - D'Arcy Jewellers, Peterborough's Oldest Shop
Our speaker is David D'Arcy.

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13 Decemberr 2021 7.30pm - Yule Logs and Boy Bishops, a look at Medideval Christmas Customs
Our speaker is Chris Carr, Briga and friends.

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10 January 2022 7.30pm - our Annual General Meeting followed by - Peterborough Bridges
Our speaker is Brian Keegan.

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14 February 2022 7.30pm - John Clare Countryside: Enhancing Peterborough's Rural, Natural and Built Heritage
Our speaker is Richard Astle.

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14 March 2022 7.30pm - The Stamford Canal - the earliest canal in England
Our speaker is Ken Otter.

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Completed talks

13 September 2021 7.30pm - Peterborough Exciting Developments 2021

with Tom Hennessy, Director, Opportunity Peterborough

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Opportunity Peterborough (OP) is the private not-for-profit company wholly owned by the City Council that, since 2010, has been charged with leading the city’s economic development and inward investment activity. This involves marketing Peterborough and working with incoming businesses to make their arrival here as smooth as possible, but also supporting the growth and development of existing local companies.

OP’s highly professional website sets out the many factors that continue to drive our city’s growth, but positive outcomes cannot be taken for granted and need to be nurtured. We have seen high-profile losses, such as Thomas Cook and John Lewis, as well as many gains, while much modern office space that could have provided job opportunities is also being lost through flat conversions.

Where then should Peterborough’s future economic growth be sought? OP lists six high performing sectors – advanced engineering and manufacturing, agritech, food and drink, digital and creative, energy and environment, and financial services – as being our city’s areas of strength. The creation of our own university campus and the refreshing of many of our public facilities through the Towns Fund programme should also help OP to attract new private investment.

In this talk, Tom Hennessy will outline for us OP’s vision and strategy. Tom joined OP in 2014 and became its Director three years’ ago. He also serves as a director of City Culture Peterborough and as a governor of City College. His educational attainments include an MBA from the University of Plymouth and an MSc in Development Management from the Open University.


Summer visits 2021 - now concluded

The arrangements for each of our visits will comply with Covid 19 regulations in force at the time. Only members can book so for obvious reasons only part of the information is shown below. It is not too late for you to join the Society when full details will then be released to you to enable you to book. Should it be necessary for any to be cancelled, then refund of the booking fee will be made without delay.

For details on our very modest subscription rates and how to join please visit our Join Us page. The larger our membership the more influence we can bring over matters of concern.

  
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Fletton Quays and the Embankment - July - cost £12.00 per person

This tour is now fully booked.

A walking tour of the area led by members of the committee taking in the various aspects of housing, commercial and hotel development in Fletton Quays. Tour includes four of our blue plaques and the re-installed Mitchell bas-relief and possibly the outstanding repurposing of the Victorian former engine shed. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Toby Wood's photo presentation contrasting the old and new faces of this part of the city was circulated in advance to those attendees on email, and this is available for download.

Local author and railway historian Peter Waszak gave a presentation about the Engine Shed. Peter wrote an article for Peterborough Local History Society magazine about history of the building, which he has kindly made available to us and is available for download.

The following plaques (available on this website) were seen, our original Victorian Railway Engine Shed from 2009, see photo of the building taken at that time when in a very run down condition, and our new blue plaque to the Engine Shed and our plaque to the site of the former East Station.

  
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Picturesque Peakirk - August - cost £12.00 per person

This tour is now fully booked.

A get-yourself-there trip with parking at the Village Hall.

Trish Roberts will give a talk about the history of the church and village, followed by a talk from Dr Avril Lumley-Prior about the famous wall paintings. Then a scrumptious home baked tea followed by walk led by Dr Lumley-Prior around the tight medieval core of the village.

Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team may try to coincide the visit with an archaeological test pit and display on the village green. We will also be able to visit an engineering museum, not normally open to the public. St. Pega’s Church has recently lost its lead roof due to thieves, thus threatening its precious wall paintings. Our visit will give the Society an opportunity to contribute to safeguarding both church and paintings for future generations.

  
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The Shuttleworth Estates - aircraft, gardens & heritage - September - £36.00 per person

Another get-yourself-there trip with ample parking on site

The Shuttleworth Estate contains three separate attractions:

  • The famous Collection of sixty veteran and vintage aircraft (1909–1960) and other transport items.
  • The Swiss Garden, an outstanding example of the Regency fashion for creating landscapes in a picturesque alpine style.
  • Shuttleworth House, a grade II* listed mansion, built for the Shuttleworth family in 1875 and set in attractive parkland.

In the morning we will receive an overview of the Shuttleworth story with coffee and tea. Then a selfguided entry for the whole day to all three parts of the site. The Aircraft Collection is housed adjacent to the reception area and can easily absorb a full morning’s attention. Most of the aircraft are maintained in flying condition and may be some aerial activity. Lunch is not included in the cost but it can be taken on site at the Restaurant or, for those bringing their own food, at the picnic area.

Afternoon, transport by vintage bus from the Collection to Shuttleworth House for a guided tour lasting about one hour. (The House can also be reached by car, having its own car park, or by a pleasant twenty-minute walk through the park.) Afterwards return in the bus to explore the Swiss Garden. Cream tea provided.


Some photos from Fletton Quays and the Embankment visit

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Some photos from the Peakirk visit

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Some photos from the Shuttleworth visit

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Previous speakers from past years

Our previous speakers and their subjects can be found here.


Committee Meetings

Committee meetings are normally arranged on the first Monday of each month throughout the year, except January and May which are on the second Monday.

Summaries of the society's talks and accounts of its visits appear in our Annual Report. The contents of our most recent Annual Reports are listed here To obtain a copy please write or email our Secretary.

page last changed 10 September 2021