The Group has run a series of activities since mid-2006. The list below shows the full extent of the programme which includes talks by visiting speakers, talks by our project leaders, tours of the village itself and visits to other places of local historical interest.

The listing is shown in reverse chronological order i.e. most recent events are shown first. (click on Subject to read full details)

Date Subject Speaker/Organiser
November 8, 2017
Land Ownership
Des Hoar
October 25, 2017
Shopping in Georgian Bedford
Bob Ricketts, BAAHLS
October 11, 2017
Pilot’s view of RAE
Les Evans
September 27, 2017
Walk around Heritage Trail
June Barnes
September 13, 2017
Roman Villa in Manton Lane
Mike Luke, Albion Archaeology
March 22, 2017
A History of Street Names in Sharnbrook
Eileen Smith
March 8, 2017
Visit to Earls Barton , Northants
Jeyes Family
February 22, 2017
A history of RAE at Thurleigh
Barry Tomlinson
February 8, 2017
Old Films on the Internet
Colin Scott
January 25, 2017
An Unassuming County – The making of the BEdfordshire Countryside
Brian Kerr
January 11, 2017
What do 134 holes in the ground tell us about life in the village?
June Barnes
December 7, 2016
Margaret Beaufort – Saint or Schemer?
Margaret Badley
November 23, 2016
Visit to The HIggins Museum Archaeology Section
Liz Pieksma
November 9, 2016
A Sharnbrook Childhood
Jean Skelton
October 26, 2016
Clophill and Sharnbrook – a comparative study using census data 1841 -1911
Colin Watt
October 12, 2016
Digging for Pleasure – the work of South Oxfordshire Archaeology Group
David Oliver
September 28, 2016
A Guided Walk around Riseley
Andrew Gell
September 14, 2016
Poachers, Thugs and Thieves
Des Hoar
June 18, 2016
Bedfordshire Local History Association Annual Conference
June Barnes & Clive Dakin
March 23, 2016
Can local history be “pointless”?
Des Hoar
February 24, 2016
This England – part II
Colin Scott
February 17, 2016
Researching House History
Vicky Manners
February 10, 2016
Digital Mapping Project
Maurice Nicholson
January 27, 2016
The History of Warden Abbey and its Vineyard
Margaret Roberts
January 13, 2016
Stevington: The Natural History of a Bedfordshire Village
Members of Stevington Trust
December 9, 2015
History of Postal Services in Sharnbrook
Bob Ricketts
November 25, 2015
Ancient Life in the Biddenham Loop
Mike Luke
November 11, 2015
Cold War Bunkers
David Oliver
October 28, 2015
Visit to Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney
October 14, 2015
North Bedfordshire Villages in Pictures
Edward Bean
September 30, 2015
Visit to Chicksands Military Intelligence Museum
September 16, 2015
The Poor and Sick in Bedfordshire
Nigel Lutt
June 17, 2015
Visit to FlagFen
June Barnes
May 13, 2015
Visit to Willington
June Barnes
April 22, 2015
Visit to Jordan’s Mill
June Barnes
March 25, 2015
Castles in Bedfordshire
James Scott Petre
March 11, 2015
This England
Colin Scott
February 25, 2015
John Howard
Barry Tapenden
February 11, 2015
Paths to Crime
Pamela Birch
January 28, 2015
Revisit to St Peter’s Church
Colin Scott
January 14, 2015
What’s in CRT 130?
Des Hoar
December 3, 2014
Anglo Saxon Feasting
Ann Hagen
November 19, 2014
Convict Transportation
Ian Waller
November 12, 2014
The Bedfordshire Regiment
Nigel Lutt
October 22, 2014
The Parish Church – are you liable for maintenance?
Colin Scott
October 11, 2014
Hemlock Morris Dance
Hemlock Morris Dance
October 8, 2014
Social History in Photographs and their conservation
Helen Dawkins
September 23, 2014
Visit to Warden Abbey Vineyard
Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity on Whitbread Estate
September 10, 2014
Centenary of WW1
David Wilson & Richard Oberman
July 2, 2014
Cruise down Bedford River
June Barnes & David Fowler
June 11, 2014
Walk around Turvey Part 2
Alan Richardson
May 14, 2014
Walk around Higham Ferrers
Richard Oberman
March 26, 2014
Sharnbrook in World War II
Robert Whapples
March 19, 2014
Sharnbrook’s Moated Earthwork
Carenza Lewis
March 12, 2014
Visit to Mayor’s Parlour
June Barnes
February 26, 2014
The history of Immunisation
Paul Davis
February 12, 2014
Visit to Northampton Museum
Richard Handscomb
January 29, 2014
Yet more Beats, Boots and Thieves
Des Hoar
January 15, 2014
Fallen in the Cause of the Free
Andrew Rome
December 5, 2013
Sharnbrook’s Moated Earthwork – Castle, Manor House or what?
Carenza Lewis
December 4, 2013
Sharnbrook Images & Quiz
Des Hoar
November 20, 2013
Up with the lark
Ian Waller
November 6, 2013
What is a Parish?
David Bond
October 23, 2013
Figures & Facts- What the Censuses can tell us about Sharnbrook
Des Hoar
October 9, 2013
Visit to Panacea Museum
June Barnes
September 25, 2013
Visit to Sharnbrook Mill Theatre
Peter & Erica Lester & Doug Pope
September 11, 2013
The Chichelle Entertainment
David Wilson & Richard Oberman
June 5, 2013
Visit to Southill Park & Paths to Crime Walk
June Barnes , James Collett-White & Charles Whitbread
May 22, 2013
Visit to revamped Higgins Gallery & Museum
June Barnes and Museum guide
April 24, 2013
Walk around Bletsoe
David Baker
March 27, 2013
Bedfordshire Verse & Project Update
Frank Batt
March 20, 2013
The Deadlands Project
Loyd Wix
March 13, 2013
Visit to Sharnbrook Mill Theatre
Peter & Erica Lester
February 27, 2013
A history of Turvey in pictures
Alan Richardson
February 13, 2013
Visit to Kettering Museum
Richard Handscomb
January 30, 2013
The Midland Railway in Sharnbrook area
Peter Butler
January 16, 2013
The secret world of Bletchley Park and its local connections
Simon Greenish
December 5, 2012
Images of Sharnbrook in early 1940’s
Hazel Dennison & Eileen Smith
November 21, 2012
Visit to Bedford Heritage Library
Des Hoar
November 7, 2012
St John’s – a local family history
James Collett-White
October 24, 2012
Visit to HER
Vanessa Clarke
October 13, 2012
In Quires and Places Where They Sing
Colin Scott & Bedford Gallery Quire
October 10, 2012
Who Do You Think You Are?
Des Hoar
September 26, 2012
Walk around Turvey
Alan Richardson
September 12, 2012
Looking Back – Looking Foward
June Barnes
June 9, 2012
BLHA Conference
Des Hoar & Martin Lawrence
May 16, 2012
Visit to Knotting Church
Mr E Clarke & Gabriella Misuriello
May 2, 2012
Sharnbrook Big Dig 2012
June Barnes & Carenza Lewis
March 21, 2012
Living Memories
Carmela Semeraro
March 14, 2012
Visit to Bedford Heritage Library
Des Hoar and Barry Stephenson
March 7, 2012
Visit to Mayor’s Parlour & HER
June Barnes & Vanessa Clarke
February 22, 2012
Who Do We Think We Are?
Richard Handscomb & Des Hoar
February 8, 2012
Shopping for a C19th Gentry Household
Lucy Bailey
January 25, 2012
Visit to Wellingborough Museum
Richard Handscomb
January 11, 2012
Yesterday’s Odell
Barbara Corley
December 7, 2011
Progress on Research projects & Quiz
Des Hoar
November 23, 2011
Visit to Heritage Library
Des Hoar and Barry Stephenson
November 9, 2011
Visit to Elstow Moot Hall and Abbey
June Barnes and Abbey guide
October 26, 2011
The Orlebars of Hinwick
James Collett-White
October 12, 2011
Visit to Bedford HER
Vanessa Clarke
September 28, 2011
Coronation Memories
June Barnes
September 21, 2011
Behind the scenes at Time Team
Paul Blinkhorn
September 14, 2011
Hundred Years of Park Lane Methodist Church
Eileen Smith
April 20, 2011
Walk on Bedford Bunyan Tour
Andrew Rome
April 6, 2011
Progress on Research projects
Des Hoar
March 23, 2011
Visit to 78 Derngate, Northampton
June Barnes
March 9, 2011
The Village Bobby
Des Hoar
February 23, 2011
Alfred to Bunyan
David Fowler
February 9, 2011
Visit to Bedford Heritage Library
Des Hoar and Barry Stephenson
January 26, 2011
More Bygones and 78 Derngate
Ann Mayhew
January 19, 2011
Digging up the Past in Sharnbrook Part 2
Carenza Lewis
January 12, 2011
Sharnbrook People
June Barnes
December 8, 2010
Progress on Research projects
Des Hoar
December 1, 2010
Researching Beds and Herts Regiment ancestry
Nigel Lutt
November 24, 2010
The beginnings of State Education – How, What and Why?
Margaret Badley
November 10, 2010
Visit to Thurleigh 306 Bombardment Group Museum
June Barnes
October 27, 2010
Bring your Bygones
June Barnes
October 13, 2010
Visit to Milton Keynes Museum
Richard Handscomb
September 29, 2010
Village Crafts
Ian Waller
September 15, 2010
Churchyard Detectives
Des Hoar
March 24, 2010
Progress on Research projects
Des Hoar
March 10, 2010
Visit to Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton
June Barnes
February 24, 2010
Lacemaking in Bedfordshire
Eve Goldsmith
February 17, 2010
Record Keeping for Family and Local Historians
Gerry Allen
February 10, 2010
Visit to St Peter’s Church
Colin Scott, James Collett-White
January 27, 2010
History of the Riverside Parish Part 2
Ken Shrimpton
January 13, 2010
The Pacey Papers
Judy Anderson
December 2, 2009
Progress on Research projects
Des Hoar
November 25, 2009
Bedford in World War II
David Fowler
November 18, 2009
Walk around High Street
June Barnes
November 4, 2009
Visit to St Peter’s Bell Tower and Bells
Pat Albon
October 21, 2009
Workshop examing Old photographs
Helen Dawkins
October 14, 2009
Using old photographs in historical research
Helen Dawkins
October 7, 2009
Visit to Cowper and Newton Museum, Olney
June Barnes and Museum guide
September 30, 2009
Royal Aircraft Establishment Bedford- history and legacy
Mike Dobson
September 23, 2009
On and Off the Footplate
Bill Davies
March 18, 2009
The Time Team Experience
LLoyd Wix
March 11, 2009
Upstairs, Downstairs
Ian Waller
March 4, 2009
Visit to British Schools Museum, Hitchin
Eileen Smith
February 25, 2009
Walk in Church Lane
June Barnes
February 11, 2009
Progress on research projects
Des Hoar
January 28, 2009
Crime in English History: The Shocking Truth
Prof. Clive Emsley
January 21, 2009
Digging up the Past in Sharnbrook
Carenza Lewis
January 14, 2009
Discovering the history of a Riverside Parish
Ken Shrimpton
December 3, 2008
Progress on Research Projects
Des Hoar
November 19, 2008
Living in Sharnbrook
Jane Tusting
November 12, 2008
History of Education and being a House Detective
Martin Deacon
November 5, 2008
Visit to HER and County Archive
Stephen Coleman
October 22, 2008
Manorial Worth – life Upstairs and Downstairs
Ian Waller
October 15, 2008
The history of Thatching
Keith Quantrill
October 8, 2008
Walk in Park Lane
June Barnes
September 24, 2008
Looking back at Summer activities plus more on local farming
June Barnes, Dick Lay
March 19, 2008
BLHA Projects
Stella Gibbs
March 12, 2008
Colworth Archaeology
LLoyd Wix
March 5, 2008
Local History sources for Sharnbrook
James Collett-White
February 20, 2008
Walk around Coffle End
Eileen Smith, Doreen Greenaway
January 30, 2008
Cinderellas of the Soil
Stuart Antrobus
January 23, 2008
Progress on research projects
Des Hoar
January 9, 2008
Victorian Shopping
Ian Waller
November 28, 2007
Using Census data to research village history
Colin Watt
November 14, 2007
Progress on Research Projects Part 2
Colin Scott, Dick Ley
October 31, 2007
Bread, Gruel and Dumplings – Workhouse Life
Ian Waller
October 17, 2007
Progress on Research Projects Part 1
Des Hoar
October 3, 2007
Visit to Bedford Museum – Saxons exhibition
June Barnes
September 19, 2007
Looking Back and Looking Forward
June Barnes
June 7, 2007
Visit to Colworth Roman Villa site
LLoyd Wix
April 19, 2007
Visit to County Archive
June Barnes
January 21, 2007
Establishing research projects & walks around the village
Junes Barnes
November 29, 2006
Visit to HER
Stephen Coleman
November 22, 2006
Resources at HER
Stephen Coleman
November 15, 2006
Village photographs
Colin Scott
November 8, 2006
In Living Memory
Doreen Greenaway
November 1, 2006
Sharnbrook House and the Gibbard family
Rachel Friend
October 25, 2006
Resources at Bedford Central Library
June Barnes & Local History Dept
October 18, 2006
1000 years at Stoke Mill
Theo Gibbs
October 11, 2006
Research in Progress – Update to history of St Peter’s Church
Colin Scott
October 4, 2006
Research in Progress – Street Names
Eileen Smith
September 27, 2006
Introduction – what the Group might do
June Barnes