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Dear Member,

This will be a short newsletter this month as I have been hors de combat for a while. However now managing to get around a bit. David Stewart has kindly agreed to host our monthly meeting this Friday 15th April when Jason Peters will speak on the "Lost Forests of Huntingdonshire". This is a change from the programme of speakers published in the Annual Report as John Chapman ( who was to speak on War Graves)  is lecturing on a cruise somewhere on the high seas. You may well ask " what about our May meeting?" The answer is that on Friday 20th May ,in the usual place and at the usual time, we will once more enjoy another quiz. This time the questions will be set by our sponsor and friend Philip Simpson and by our President Bob Burn- Murdoch (50 questions from each). Refreshments, ie snacks and the occasional libation, will be on hand courtesy of Philip. We will arrange ourselves into informal teams of about 6 people. The prize for your Society will be £1000. So please put the date in your diaries: come along and wrestle with the posers of what happened in St Ives in the past. It promises to be a great evening and I will certainly be back again to enjoy the event.

You may well know that the Planning Application for J D Wetherspoon obtained approval despite some rigorous opposition from us and others including the Town Council. A further hearing scheduled for 18 April will examine the detailed plans. We can but try!

I am sure that David Stewart will give a short update on the heritage lights saga on Friday. Please come along and enjoy the talk from Jason Peters.


Best wishes,


Peter Baker and your Committee