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An illustrated talk by Nastya Kovaliova with tastings, and craft activities suitable for all the family.
September 1915 saw the start of one of the greatest battles of the First World War – the Battle of Loos.
Jim Purfield enlisted in Hitchin in September 1914 and returned to his native Kent to join his local battalion. He kept a daily diary for the next year, and from this, his Battalion records and official war records, we tell the story of his year which included the decimation of his battalion at Loos
In this illustrated talk we follow the personal record of this young man, who, along with thousands of others, was drawn into the hell of that war.
Venue open at 6:30pm, talk starts at 7pm
St Mary’s Church Tower. 7.30-9.00pm. Meeting by Peter’s Door at the foot of the tower to the left of the main door.
If you have ever fancied having a go at bell-ringing or wondered how it was done, this evening will give you the chance to find out. Access is fairly challenging—there are 44 worn steps in the spiral staircase, so appropriate footwear should be worn. No previous bell-ring experience is necessary.
Because the space is small, tickets are limited to 12. There is no charge but you must pick up a ticket from the Community Centre.
(Ticket only event)
Doors open 7.15pm for 8.00pm start
Join Jamie from Hedley Wright and your host Rob Scahill for an evening of wonderful wines. Ten wines will be available for tasting, with a small amount of cheese and biscuits to reset the palate between tastings. The bar will be open before the event. Feel free to bring your own cheese, biscuits and grapes too!
You are strongly advised to have eaten beforehand, and not to drive after this event.
An afternoon organised around the two books, Baldock Voices and Baldock Scrapbook, which were compiled from interviews with people in Baldock in the 1990s. A wealth of detail on Baldock going back almost a century, with readings and photographs.
Mike O’Neill, who taught piano and jazz at Knights Templar School for more than 20 years, leads his big band, ‘The Mobb’, an ensemble of local players, in a programme of swing and jazz, featuring music from the movies.
Do come and join us and help us to raise funds for the next phase of the restoration. Pay bar and complimentary canapes.
Perfect for any gin-lover, and those who would like to discover the pleasure. This year the tasting will be run by enthusiasts from the Festival Committee. You will be invited to sample up to six unusual, fine gins starting by sampling their aromas to detect the botanicals used and moving through the subtleties they contribute to the final taste and what you should garnish your drink with for maximum enjoyment. A firm favourite from last year’s Festival come and join this gin extravaganza. There are only 80 tickets available so come to buy early!
North Hertfordshire’s archaeologist, Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews, will be looking at what happened to the site of the old town following its abandonment by the Romans, trying to work out where everyone went and why it’s not apparently recorded in Domesday Book. He will look at archaeological evidence, place names and what few documents survive from the period.
Children must be over eight years of age and, if under 16 years, must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sensible footwear must be worn. All proceeds to Church Restoration Funds. The main area of the church will also be open for free for people to look round.
Subject to weather there may also be additional events taking place – see facebook.com/StMaryTheVirginBaldock for more info.
There will be a number of History Tours of the Church. There will be 2 tours one at 11am and one at 3pm.
The CWGQ is a group of around twenty-five singers and instrumentalists, performing the distinctive psalms, hymns, anthems and carols that were sung in the west galleries of English country churches in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Cream teas and Pimms (and other refreshments)