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The Boer WarThe 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.


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Huntingdonshire Family Histiory Society Huntingdonshire 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.




Fenaland Family Histiory Society Fenland 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 Museum.




The Wesley Players The 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 contemporary theatre.



Peterborough Family History SocietyPeterborough 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.




My Far East - a personal view My 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.

Mike Petty - Cambridgeshire Historian In 1964 Mike Petty 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 it.


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. .

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