All evening meetings will be held in the Flitwick Library lecture room at 7.45 p.m. on the first Monday in the month from October to April, except for January.

The annual subscription is £8.00 per person. Membership forms plus further details are available from the Secretary.

Visitors are very welcome.

A meeting fee of £2.00 for members, and £3.00 for visitors, is payable on the door.

For the Celebrity Lunch please contact the Secretary for a booking form and tickets.

Programme of meetings 2017/2018

Date Title Speaker

Monday October 2nd 2017

The Bedfordshire Regiment in the Great War

With a history dating back to 1688, the Bedfordshire Regiment already had a long and faithful service to the crown behind it when the Great War broke out in 1914. Battalions from the regiment were engaged in every battle from Mons to the armistice and served in every sector of the Western Front in addition to Gallipoli, Egypt, Palestine, Italy, India and Burma.

Steve Fuller will summarise the regiment’s service during the war, using some of the numerous personal tales, unusual events, and imagery he has come across during his research, while building some of the local connections into the story.

Steve Fuller

Author of 1st Bedfordshires, Trustee of the Beds and Herts Regiment Museum and Full Time Military History Researcher.

Monday November 6th 2017

LIDAR – The new illuminating the past

The UK topography which has traditionally been defined by teams of Ordnance Survey surveyors is now defined in great detail by a countrywide program of LIDAR laser scanning. This talk shows how this new data is acquired and what it can show us with reference to a small village in north Buckinghamshire where this modern high resolution data is being used to illuminate long forgotten features seen on maps of the area from the late 1700’s. The LIDAR data has been commercially available for several years and was very expensive, but since December 2015 it has been on open release for anyone to download.

Andy McGrandle

Partner of Big Anomaly, Providing Geosciences Management to the Exploration, Research and Media Industry

Monday December 4th 2017

Warden Abbey: the lost plot

The talk will cover the story of the Cistercian abbey at Old Warden from 1135 until its surrender to the Crown in 1537.

Margaret Roberts

Saturday January 13th 2018

Celebrity Lunch - Iron Age Hillforts

Probably the most spectacular monuments in the country and certainly the most prominent. Our speaker will discuss them with special reference to Ravensburgh Castle partly excavated by James Dyer.

Please contact the Secretary for a booking form and tickets.

Dr Ian Brown

Monday February 5th 2018

How Leighton Buzzard and Linslade Shortened Two World Wars

For a small towns in the middle of England Leighton Buzzard and Linslade made remarkable contributions to the nation's struggle to win two world wars. In the first it was sand, planes and submarine nets that enabled the armed forces to prevail. In the second Q Central, the UK's communications centre, radar, and the secret war effort run from the two towns that undermined the enemy's moral and ability to fight.

Delia Gleave and Paul Brown

Monday March 5th 2018

Who is John Murray

The de Grey’s had owned Wrest Park for 700 years. Following several tragedies in 1916 it was bought by the northern industrialist John Murray. The talk is about his life at Wrest from 1917-1939.

Marian McDowell

Monday April 9nd 2018


AGM followed by talks from Society Members with updates of work carried out during the year.