I had a lovely evening a couple of weeks ago at the Haddenham & Aldreth 1940’s pre-event to their amazing Blossoms & Bygones weekend which is coming up in May. The chapel in Aldreth was decked out in 1940’s gear, from banners and flags, clothes and furniture to a gramophone (working and playing great tunes) and original film projector and reels. The building was packed out for this lovely gathering and the evening kicked off with Mike Petty giving us a great talk about Cambs during WWII, I then followed with a brief stint about 1940’s makeup and style, finishing of the evening with a local chap giving his memories of the war - and of course there was a couple of lovely tea breaks with home made cake and bread and butter pudding. I can’t wait until the main event in May :)
In the meantime why not check out the Haddenham & Aldreth CCAN Group!
I visited the Ely CCAN Group yesterday, at their meeting held in Ely Museum. Ely CCAN group is a friendly and very active group and I was pleased to see some familiar faces there. Many of members of the group also attend Mike Petty’s Fenland Fridays at the Ely Library. The Ely CCAN group have a great working relationship with the Ely Museum and have a good balance of members doing different tasks such as oral history interviews, area photographs and local history. A well known local photographer had also attended the meeting yesterday to bring along some of his amazing photographs for the group to see and add. I used to live in Ely myself, so I'll have to dig out my Ely photos and write up any tales I have and add them to the Ely group!
ELY Community Archives Group
Are you interested in local history, or just in finding out more about the place that you live?Do you have any stories about Ely that you would like to share with others?
You can contact the Ely Community Archive Group through the Ely Museum on 01353 666655 or email us at email@example.com
If you would like to know more about how to get involved with any other aspect or group of CCAN just use the Contact Me form, leave your name and number and I will get back to you.
Mike Petty has just sent me his programme for the lovely Fenland History on Fridays held at Ely Library. These are a great way to spend a Friday morning and you always learn so much and everyone is very friendly :) Why not pop along!
Fenland History on Fridays
October to December 2010
15 Mike Petty – Vanishing Cambridgeshire revisited
22 Beth Davis – Fen-edge buildings
29 Jennifer Stevens & Beth Curtis – Littleport’s ‘Common Ground’
05 Hugo Brown –Mervyn Haird’s Cottenham archive
12 Arthur Dunham - Early farming in March
19 Jez Reeve - Researching Haddenham house history
26 Mike Petty – Twentieth-century Stretham in pictures
03 Christopher South – Dennis of Grunty Fen and his cronies
10 Ann Holton-Krayenbuhl - Ely Monastery in the community
Not a Club, not a Society – just meetings about our area
ALL ARE WELCOME TO ONE OR ALL
Ely Library, The Cloisters, 10.30 to Noon. £2.50 per session
Sometimes meetings have to be changed at short notice. In these cases we use the expertise in the room – so you may well be joining in! There are just 50 seats so it’s best to come early!
Details from Mike Petty – 01353 648106 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Fenland History on Friday with Mike Petty
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist