Fenland History on Friday with Mike Petty

October to December 2015

Following several representations a new season of Fenland History on Friday will start again on 16th October, 10.30 to noon

We will return to Ely Methodist Church (entrance via St Mary's Street car park) since the Library is already booked and the Museum room is really too small.

So we have space to welcome everybody who cares to come along and share their enthusiasms - £3 on the door. This time we will be concentrating - at least initially - on the more local area.

The opening session will probe the somewhat murky history of the construction and development of the two great Bedford Rivers between Earith and Denver - and the more you look the more complicated it seems to become. It may be that this session is filmed for posterity but don't let that keep you away.

After that we will see what we can collectively discover about local villages.

We will seek information, publications, pictures, memories and your knowledge about Earith and Bluntisham (23rd October) and Sutton & Sutton and Gault on 30th.

If your families lived there, if you live there now, if you've something to share, please help.

Then on November 6th the area under the spotlight will be Grunty Fen and Oxlode. We will be joined by Dennis' sparring-partner, Christopher South, to try and unravel fact from fantasy - was there really an island in the middle of the fen to which people would row by boat from Wilburton, did it truly have three railway stations or a wartime airfield. And where does the water go to.

After that there may be an excursion (Nov 13th) before we move on to Coveney and Wardy Hill (20 November), Downham and Pymore (or is it Pymoor) on 27th, Manea and its colony (4th December) and Welney with Salter's Lode on 11th - hopefully with something on the great skaters of the fen

As ever things may change, there will be the Table of Delights and - most importantly - a chance to share knowledge, gossip and information.

I do hope you can join us, please spread the news and get your friends along. And start digging through those old files, folders and albums for things to show - Andrew will have his magic machine so we can instantly project them on to a screen for all to view.

Webbed Feet or Green Wellies?

Tales of the Communities alongside the Old and New Bedfords

@ Ely Methodist Church (entrance via St Mary’ Street car park)
10.30 to noon, £3.00 on the door
FHF is not a club or society – just presentations on the fens




16 The Murky Story of the Rivers that Split Fenland in Half
23 Earith & Bluntisham - the Giant and the Hovertrain
30 Sutton & the Gault – Bovril and Painter


06 Grunty Fen and Oxlode, tales, true and otherwise with Christopher South
13 A possible excursion to see for ourselves
20 Coveney and Wardy Hill – David Cox and his wives
27 Downham and Pymoor – home of Bishops and Poets


04 Manea and its Colony – where Money and Matrimony were Banished
11 Welney and Salters Lode –Skaters and Sluices

Topics may change at short notice – contact Mike Petty 01353 648106