In our book Balsham, a village story 1617-2017, we described some of the place names of Balsham and where our research showed an origin. We’d love to know if you have stories to tell us about the name of a place you know in the village, perhaps a house or landmark? Get in touch by email by clicking here.
As you cross the busy A11 and head to Balsham, the first building you will see in the parish is Dotterel Farm and the cottages balanced on the hill before the road sweeps onwards but is it one '‘l’ or two (as the new development seems to be called)? We’ve got the answer!
In Balsham a village story 1617-2017 we wrote about the pubs of Balsham, of which there were many! One of them was the Fox. Susan Plumb, a widow was licensee in 1904 and we’ve found the beautiful photo of her… read on to find out more!
Plough Monday is the first Monday after Epiphany (January 6 or ‘twelfth night’ as it is also known) and celebration seems to have covered much of the eastern half of the country, particularly in small rural villages.
For a limited time we have reduced the price of printed edition of Balsham, a village story 1617-2017. It’s the perfect time to get a copy from either our website or the Old Butchers or The Post Office in Balsham for just £10 saving you £5.
Saturday 7th July is Balsham Feast Day.. The Feast is being held on the Recreation Ground, situated just off Church Lane starting from 1 pm until 4.30pm. You will find us near the Haverhill Band and the Balsham Ploughmen …
What are your memories of the Institute? Do you have any photos of the building through the years? Do share them with us on social media, comment here. We'd love to hear them at our Talk, Tea and Cakes on 27th May too.
We'd love to hear about your stories and share them with the world via this website. We're aiming to build up a library of content about Balsham to inspire future generations to record their own history. We can only do that with your help.
Would you have chosen a different cover? What image from the book do you think would make a great cover? Why not let us know at our Talks, Tea and Cake event on May 27th from 2-5pm in Balsham? Join us for a cuppa and quiz the team on how to make a book - Berenice, our award-winning designer and 'book coach' will be there to answer your questions publishing a book. You can find out about maps from Dr. Seppe Cassettari and buy a copy of Balsham, a village story 1617 - 2017. The team would also love to hear memories from current and former residents. All are warmly welcome whether you are a resident or not.
Many children growing up nicknamed it 'the bandstand' as it looks so much like a Victorian bandstand but you would be struggling to fit in a quartet inside! Do you have any memories of hanging out at the bandstand as some of children of our authors did? Or was your haunt outside the Bell? Do come along and share with us on 27th May at our Talk, Tea and Cakes event. We're really interested in getting more information on 60s, 70s and 80s history too.
We're all delighted to see that the Fulbourn Windmill is having an open day on 12th May. We encourage you to pop along and find out more about this iconic buiding that's been a landmark between Balsham and Cambridge for many years. Did you know that Balsham had two windmills and we've recorded what we know of them in Balsham, a village story 1617-2017..
Since the publication, we’ve received more stories and uncovered secret histories and photos. Join us for a Q&A with the authors, learn about mapping with Dr. Seppe Cassettari who established the UK’s first undergraduate and technical GIS programmes. And did we mention cake?
On the day of the launch, way back in November, Leigh Chambers came across to Balsham to interview us. Leigh hosts the fantastic Book Mark programme on Cambridge 105FM and we were delighted to welcome her to our beautiful visit and talk all things map!