Societies / Personal
Anglo-Boer Wars. There were two Boer wars, one
ran from 16 December 1880 - 23 March 1881 and the second
from 9 October 1899 - 31 May 1902 both between the British
and the settlers of Dutch origin (called Boere, Afrikaners
or Voortrekkers) who lived in South Africa. These wars put
an end to the two independent republics that they had founded.
This is a site built to a users requirements.
Family History Society (HFHS) was founded in 1985
to help people to find out about their family history.
The county reorganisation in 1974 saw Huntingdonshire
become part of a greater Cambridgeshire. We now have a
membership of over 350, the majority of whom live outside
the old county. The Society aims to provide links between
people interested in families of the old County of Huntingdonshire
and to provide a forum for persons interested in genealogy
generally. In this respect it fully recognises the needs
of those members who cannot easily get to research in
Huntingdon, and so constantly is taking account of the
advances in information technology to make information
more easily available.
Family History Society was founded in 2001 to promote
and encourage the study of family, local and social history
with particular reference to persons having lived in,
or having been associated with, the historical area now
known as Fenland. Fenland comprises the former Isle of
Ely, parts of South Lincolnshire and West Norfolk. The
Society also aims to promote and encourage the preservation,
security and accessibility of archival material. We have
a strong working relationship with the Wisbech and Fenland
Wesley Players were an amateur dramatics group formed
out of St Paul's Methodist Church, Bedford (North Befordshire
Circuit). This included members from St. Paul's, Putnoe
Heights and Newnham Avenue Methodist Churches. Eventually
the St. Paul's Methodist Church and Newnham Avenue Methodist
Churches merged and became Priory Methodist Chuirch, Newnham
Avenue, Bedford. Productions started in 1966 and eventually
finished in 1984.
The players came from a wide variety of occupations and
age groups, all with the same intention, to entertain. The
lighting, back stage and sound people plus the casts all
came from the Methodist congregations. Over a long period
of time a wide range of plays were produced from a wide
variety of styles including period, comedy, relgious and
Family History Society formed in 1980 to maintain an
association of those interested in the study of Family History,
Genealogical Studies, Local History and Heraldry. It promotes
the preservation of documents, monuments and other material
of special interest to Family Historians. It aims to transcribe
and index relevant documents and monumental inscriptions.
The geographical area of interest is centred on the old
Soke of Peterborough (see Parishes) originally in north-east
Northamptonshire but now in north-west Cambridgeshire.
It is the Society’s aim to hold regular monthly meetings
and we have a resident 'expert' who can help with most queries.
Far East is devoted to various information found on
the author's limited travels in the Far East. These are
currently restricted to Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
but in the future will hopefully expand to more countries.
The author's main interests are historical, most with military
connections as an extension of his research into various
British War Memorials. Whenever he visist a country, town
or city he like to get a feel for it, so by asking and reading
a lot of information can be gleaned and hopefully he has
managed to reflect that on these pages.
In 1964 Mike
discovered tucked away in a back room of Cambridge
Library a collection of books, newspapers, maps, illustrations
and ephemera on Cambridgeshire. It had been carefully collected
for 110 years – but nobody had had the chance to sort
Over the next 30 years Mike Petty transformed it into the
Cambridgeshire Collection, taking it into a separate suite
in the new Central Library in Lion Yard. Over that time he
became the most widely acknowledged authority on Cambridge
and the fenland building up unique knowledge of resources
which he continues to share through regular lectures to groups
and societies. He has published several books & booklets
and has a daily ‘Looking Back’ and two weekly
columns – ‘Memories’ and Pickwick’s
Cambridge Scrapbook 1838’ in Cambridge newspapers.
Mike has received various awards including an Honorary Fellowship
from Anglia Polytechnic University, an Honorary MA from Cambridge
University and the MBE for his work on Cambridgeshire history.