Orwell Local History Society

Chairman - Derek Skipper, Pearmains Close, Orwell.       skipperorwell@btinternet.com

Secretary - Mrs Sue Miller,55 High Street, Orwell, Royston, Herts.SG8 5QN Email shm@sbore.plus.com

The Society is open to all and offers lectures on topics relating, as far as possible, to the county of Cambridgeshire.  We meet in the Methodist Church schoolroom, Town Green Road, Orwell, at 8.00pm on the last Tuesday evening of the month from January to May and from September to November. In June and July we visit places of historical interest within easy reach of Orwell, usually on the last Tuesday of each month.

The Society has been researching the early history of Orwell over the past two years by digging archaeological test pits at various sites around the village. In March 2018 we staged an exhibition of the results so far, including the discovery of a Roman villa or farmstead, and we will continue digging during 2019. For details contact our secretary.

A small group of Orwell LHS members is also involved in maintaining and continually adding to our website, Orwell Past & Present, set up in 2012 with the aid of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.  The site is an ongoing record of life in our village over the past 2000 years, but also gives information on current events, clubs and facilities in the village. Contributions and comments are welcomed and the site includes a link to the Orwell Community Archive of old photographs within the Cambridgeshire Community Archive Network.  An 80 page book containing a selection of these photos, with notes on Orwell history, is available price £5, from the secretary at the above address.

Membership: £10 per annum, payable at the November meeting. Non-members are welcome at £2 per meeting.

Programme 2018

Tuesday 29th January - Meetings begin again in the Methodist Schoolroom with a talk on The excavations at Wimpole by Paddy Lambert of Oxford Archaeology East. He will reveal what has been discovered so far in preparing the site for a car park.

Tuesday 28th February - "Eating for strength and manliness in the early 1900's." Come and learn about Bovril, Dr. Tibbles and Vi-Cocoa. In researching for her PhD, Orwell resident Lesley Steinitz has discovered that the health food craze is nothing new.

Tuesday 26th March"Heraldry with a local twist." This includes the Royal Coat of Arms and the chancel shields in our Parish Church. Speaker - Chloe Cockerill.

Tuesday 30th April - "The Parish Pauper." How communities dealt with the poorest members of their society before the 19th century. Speaker - Liz Carter.

Tuesday 28th May - "Cambridgeshire Windmills and their history."  Speaker - Simon Anderson of the Barrington Society.

Tuesday June 25th - "Orwell's changing landscape."  A guided walk around the village.

Tuesday July 30th - Visit to Barrington Church (to be confirmed) followed by supper at The Royal Oak.








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