Ratty, Mole, Badger, Toad and Balsham!

The response from people who have purchased our book contines and we’ve been delighted to hear from people with pictures and stories of families who lived in Balsham in times past. We’ve had many requests to see if we can put flesh on the bones for people seeking information on their connection with Balsham. We help if it is possible.

It appears from a recent communication that during the early 1900’s whilst William and Ann Prince were living in London, Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows was a close neighbour to them. The Prince family were residents of our village so maybe a few tales from the riverbank were shared!

You can read more about the Prince family in the book which is still available to buy in the village shops and online here. If you are a Cambridgeshire based business and you’d like to stock the book, please let us know.

Long Overdue Update!

The deadlines we faced last year to enable publication to take place on time are a distant memory.  We are now in a position to support some of those who supported us during our project.

Firstly, the Balsham Tommy Fund to enable the purchase of a 'Tommy, there but not there' image as a permanent memorial to our men lost in the two wars.

Secondly, Linton & District Historical Society, will benefit with equipment to make it easier for speakers to present their programmes. For those interested herewith a list of our speakers for 2018/19.

Tuesday 18th September sees the welcome return of John Caldicott, on the work of the Coram Foundation (Foundling Hospital) the topic will be 'Unwed Mothers - Searching for Daisy.

Oct 16th  The Suffragettes - Mary Dicken

Nov 20th Heraldry with a local twist - Chloe Cockerill

Dec 18th Solving the housing problem - Janet Morris

Jan 15th More tales from the Tower (Bury St Edmunds) - Horry Parsons

Feb 19th Four centuries of Balsham maps - Seppe Cassettari

March 19th Essex Field Club - Fiona Hutchings

April 16th Cambridge Museum of Technology - Pam Halls

May 21st The Heffers story 1876-2017 - Julie Blounford

All meetings are held at Linton Village Hall 7.30pm. Guests and new members always welcome.


Talks, tea and cakes

On 27th May we welcomed guests from neighbouring counties as well as visitors closer to home who were keen to see how our four year project was undertaken.

Not all members of the team were able to attend, but those who were there explained their part in creating Balsham, a village story 1617-2017.  A visual presentation using the old and new maps was shown to great effect  As with all previous exhibitions we were delighted to hear that the photographs, documents and maps on display were  informative and interesting, with the added bonus of tea and cakes.

Balsham Feast Day is on 7th July, where we will also have a presence, and copies of the book will be available to purchase price £15.