I will be at this event to help gather your memories and add them to the Cambridge Community Archives :)
Wednesday 12 October at the Cambridge Arts Picture House:
1.00 - 2.30
Remembering Our Past Through Home Movies & Archive Film
To mark the Melvyn Bragg BBC Two Reel History season in September on British life in the Twentieth Century, and International Home Movie day, join us for a screening of a family film celebrating the 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee in Shepreth, a personal film record of Cambridge University life and home movies showing East Anglians having fun in their leisure time.
Add your own memories, inspired by the films, to the Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network, who will be attending www.ccan.co.uk
A CFC event presented in association with the BBC, British Film Institute, Norwich HEART Digital Heritage Project, The East Anglian Film Archive, The Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge Super Group and Cambridge City Council. Home Movie Day at Cambridge Central Library on Sat 15 Oct www.homemovieday.com
Tickets: £4.60; Senior Citizens: £3.60 (includes tea/coffee with each ticket).
A Cambridgeshire Film Consortium event presented in association with the British Film Institute, The East Anglian Film Archive, The Arts Picturehouse and Cambridge City Council.
visit the website for more info: Cambridgeshire Film Consortium
I am very pleased to announce that Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) and Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (CALH) are working in partnership with BBC learning to provide opportunies to experience archive film and running activies based around that. The first of our linked activities will take place at the Cambridgeshire History Fair on Saturday 17th September on Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground, where amoungst all the exciting stalls and re-enactors you will find the CALH marquee which will be showing archive film and holding memory collection and sharing. This is a FREE event, so why not come and see us!
Several of the CCAN groups are also holding film events with memory collection and refreshments, you can download the flyer above to find out more and visit an event near you.
This are lots of local events that are designed to complement the new BBC Two series Reel History of Britain, which starts on Monday, September 5th on BBC2 at 1830 each week night for four weeks. More information can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yw2wc and the first four episodes are listed below:Date:
Mon 5th September
1/20: Britain’s Wartime Evacuees
In Torquay, Melvyn looks back to the 1940’s and wartime evacuation.
Tue 6th September
2/20: Britain’s First Teenagers
Melvyn Bragg looks back at when Britain broke free of the burdens of WWII.
Wed 7th September
3/20: Soldier, Soldier
In Preston, Melvyn Bragg looks back to the First World War.
Thurs 8th September
4/20: Britain’s Black Diamonds
Melvyn Bragg is at the Big Pit Museum to view BFI films about coal mining in the 1930s.
The Reel History of Britain is a new, exciting 20 part series, in which Melvyn Bragg retells the fascinating stories of life in Britain from 1900 – 1970 through the archive collections of the British Film Institute and other National and Regional Film Archives. Travelling across the UK, Melvyn meets the members of the public who appeared in the historic films featured in the series, and brings them face-to-face with their relatives with the help of a 1967 custom built vintage mobile cinema.
Melvyn Bragg said: “At the turn of the last century one invention changed the way we recall our history forever – the motion camera. Thanks to Britain’s pioneering film-makers, we can still glimpse a world long gone.”
The BBC is also touring with it’s The Reel History of Britain Experience giving people the chance to learn more about their local history through film. The tour, which will visit Glasgow, Grimsby, Peterborough and Leicester, is free to attend, suitable for all ages and there is no need to book in advance.
I am pleased to announce that we have another new Cambridgeshire Community Archive Group (CCAN). The beautiful village of Elton in the very far north west of Cambs has joined our brilliant community archives network. They have a very good village society and have a wonderful heritage project on the go, with exciting events such as their very own ‘Big Dig’ and the involvement of the whole community and village school is something to be admired. We are really looking forward to seeing the Elton CCAN group additions to the CCAN website.
CCAN is Cambridgeshire’s online community archive, a place to see old pictures, photos, written and recorded memories, pod-casts and video clips along with living history as groups record their activities from today for the history of tomorrow. If you would like to know more or get involved please Contact Me and I will help you.
I was pleased to lend my support to the plight of the Cherry Trees which were cut down recently at Rectory Terrace in Cherry Hinton. Especially as they are part of our WWII memorial.
THE CHERRY HINTON CHERRY TREES
Cherry Hinton gets its name from the abundance of Cherry trees which used to grow here. Particularly from the large cherry orchards which use to populate the village from at least the mid 1500’s. Cherry Hinton could almost have been called Saffron Hinton as saffron was also widely grown but Walden had the biggest trade of saffron crop and claimed the name Saffron Walden. In the Domesday book Cherry Hinton is recorded as ‘Hinton’ only. The ‘Cherry’ prefix is first recorded in the mid 1500’s, so Cherry Hinton is actually spelt as two separate words rather than the sometimes mistaken Cherryhinton.
In Church End the is a clue to the Cherry trade with one of the large old houses having the name Cherry Lodge. It was at Cherry Lodge orchards that students from Peterhouse would make their way across the fields to gather and eat the ripe cherries in the late summer months.
War Memorial Cherry Trees:
1st WW Memorial
Cherry Hinton Recreation ground is the village war memorial for all fifty four village servicemen killed during the first world war. Mr E Pamplin, member of the famous Pamplin Steam Engine family and who owned the land in 1927, conveyed the land to five trustees to use as a recreation ground. This conveyance sets out details of the trust and records the fact that the land was acquired by public subscription as a war memorial.
2nd WW Memorial
The ornamental cherry trees along each side of Cherry Hinton High Street, from Mill End road right up to the Church, represent one tree for each of the thirty four village service men who lost their lives fighting for their country in the second world war. They were paid by and planted for the Cherry Hinton Women’s Institute in January 1949. This is why Cherry Hinton has no stone war memorial.
Around 2001 the City Council fell some of these trees which caused an uproar from many in the village and after a small campaign the Council replanted those trees it had cut down. So this is not the first time something like this has happened.
For other articles about the War Memorial and for pictures from the last time some of the Cherry Hinton War Memorial Trees were felled you can visit the Cherry Hinton Group on www.ccan.co.uk and go to pages 21-23.
We had a fantastic CCAN (Cambs Community Archives) AGM this year. Held in the conference room, in Cambridge Central Library, right next to the Cambridgeshire Collection. So many people turned up we were in danger of spilling out in to the main library! It was brilliant to see so many of you there and we all felt very proud to be part of such a great and worthwhile project. Well done to everyone involved in CCAN for making it such a strong and inspiring group. We look forward to welcoming along more groups and people and I can’t wait to see what archives and tales you all add over the next year! Many thanks too for Chris Jakes who gave us an excellent talk on the work and use of the Cambridgeshire Collection, we are very pleased to work in partnership with such a great resource.
I had a nice time visiting the very active St Neots Community Archives Group the other week. This is a great CCAN group, very busy and full of ideas and upcoming projects. The St Neots CCAN group includes adjoining parishes such as Yelling, Eaton Socon, Wyboston, Staploe and Paxton to name but a few. The group met for their meeting in the St Neots Musuem which is well worth a visit if you are ever that way. I am particularly fond of this museum as it is home to a life size wall chart depicting my relative, James Toller, The Eynesbury Giant. There will be more, coming soon, about him in the Michells's Archives section of this website)
St. Neots Community Archive has been set up to collect information about the past from the above-mentioned parishes and the surrounding villages. If you have any pictures, old maps or interesting stories that you would like to be included in the St. Neots Community Archive, please contact Pam Ostler at St. Neots Museum or Sue Jarrett at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like further details of how to have your own CCAN site then please get in touch with me using the 'Contact Me' form :)
I have been helping out with a fantastic new project in Stilton, Cambs. Can't say too much yet but over the year I will be able to let you know all the exciting things planned! I had been meaning to go to Stilton for a long time, I always thought I'd take an afternoon drive out there to visit and buy some Stilton cheese and then go on to Melton Mowbray to get a pork pie and then find another local foody place, just for fun. When I finally managed to visit Stilton a few weeks ago I was surprised how close of the A1 it was. I had always noticed the signs for it on the A1 when going up towards Peterbourgh but thought that it must be several miles away when in fact it is right next to the A1. When you enter Stilton - which is in Cambridgeshire - you immediately take note of the impressively wide main street, which you'll soon realise was the original 'A1' or rather the Great North Road. It definitely has the 'Roman Road' look and feel about it but most likely goes way back, as a routeway, into prehistory. The current A1 is a bypass to Stilton. The next thing you'll notice are the wonderful old and impressive building lining this road. Several of which were very large coaching houses for weary travellers of the past to take rest.
I had a lovely meeting with the Stilton history expert in one of these, now restored, coaching inns, where we discussed all the exciting plans for the upcoming projects in Stilton including Stilton CCAN, Stilton Cheese, Films and Heritage Centres :)
One of the rooms we had coffee in was called the Turpin room, where the famous Dick Turpin, Highway Man, is reputed to have stayed.
We of course had to eat lots of different Stilton cheeses!!!
More news on this to follow in time :)
We have been donated some amazing old photos of the village and members of the Cherry Hinton Archives group have been busy getting them scanned in and uploaded to our CCAN site. We have also got a brilliant set of cine films which show various parts of Cambridge and Cherry Hinton in the 1960’s which we are having transferred to DVD. More news on that as we progress.
Here's just a couple of those pictures:
We, like many of the counties CCAN groups still have lots and lots of photos and stories to upload and continue to build a fantastic community record of life and history in our villages. If you have any memories, stories, pictures, photos and/or ephemera to share we’d love to hear from you. We don’t just want old photos though, all CCAN groups are also a ‘living memory’ and we record current history too. Things like changes to buildings, local events, news and updates on our areas. We also carry out voice recordings, oral history, make pod-casts, videos, DVD’s, books and much more!
Most CCAN groups have regular open meetings that you can attend and bring along your contributions. You don’t have to part with your pictures if you don’t want to either as all groups will scan in you items and give them back to you if you wish. To find out more or to get involved Contact Me or visit www.ccan.co.uk
I had a lovely visit out to the brilliant new Community Centre and café in Cottenham a couple of weeks ago. I had a nice meeting there with Cottenham Community Archives Group (CCAN) and was so impressed by all the hard work and interesting things the group are working on. They already have 20 pages, with over 360 old and interesting pictures already!!!
The wonderful new Community Centre and café is well worth a visit if you are going through Cottenham and is a fantastic example of a community lead centre with such a great buzz about it. To find out more click here - http://cottenhamcc.org/
To get involved with the Cottenham Community Archive and find out more just visit
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live?Do you have any stories about Cottenham that you would like to share with others?
To find out more about this project contact the Cottenham Village Society or email email@example.com
Last week I visited the Soham CCAN (Cambridge Community Archives Network). They are a very active lot with their history in Soham! They are several history related groups and even the museum which will soon have a home and all the groups are linked one way or another. The Soham CCAN group have been working on some great research projects such as the evacuees, the Jewish School and they have been busy collecting and recording oral history around the town. I really enjoyed my visit to the group as not only were they a lovely bunch but I also used to live in Soham and I always enjoy my visits back there :)
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