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Dear All,

A reminder and an announcement this month: Our last open meeting of the 2016-17 season is on Friday, 19 May at 7:30pm in the Free Church. Our speaker will be Mike Petty, he will speak on Cambridge Market, It's History and Future?? Mike Petty MBE is a writer, broadcaster, local historian and formerly Local Studies Librarian at the Cambridge Central Library. Many of you may know of him from his writings in the Cambridge newspaper. I look forward to seeing you there.

The announcement is that on Saturday, 24 June the Free Church is opening its doors to an exhibition at which the Civic Society, together with all the other users of the Free Church, have been invited to exhibit. We will be there and plan to show a small selection of the work we have recently been involved in, as we work to fulfil our Legacy Statement: That future generations will be able to recognise the historic character and heritage of our town, despite the inevitable changes that happen down the years. The exhibition will open at 10am and run until 4pm. I will send out more details nearer the time.

Meanwhile, I hope you all have a very pleasant summer, out and about in St Ives.
Kind regards
David Stewart,
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives
Dear All,
Our open meeting this month is Friday 21 April. As advised last Monday our speaker is now to be Sue Knight who will talk on Holmewood Hall - Its History and Surroundings.
Holmewood Hall is a grand Victorian country house in Holme, until recently a conference and event venue, the site has a fascinating history from the 17th Century through to WW2. Before Whittlesey Mere was drained it was close to the mere.
This is a change from the advertised speaker, Jed Jaggard, who we plan to invite for our September meeting.
As you know we meet in the Free Church in St Ives, the Church is planning an Exhibition of Groups using the Free Church on Saturday 24th June, from 10am to 4pm. We intend to have a stand at the exhibition, and of course we shall be pleased to meet you there during the day. The Free Church are also seeking to understand the profile of the Free Church in St Ives and the surrounding areas, and how the building can best be used for the community. They have an on-line survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S3DXDNS and will be pleased to have as many people as possible complete the survey.
In some ways on a similar theme, the Town Council has an additional website aiming to gather together news of the various activities of the council into one place. This is at 


Early days yet, it's less than a month since launch, but the site is already showing its potential to grow and become very useful.


Kind regards
David Stewart,
Chairman, Civic Society St. Ives




FRIDAY to SUNDAY, 8th - 10th SEPTEMBER, 2017

HODS 2017Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture.

Free of charge and literally on people's doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability. Co-ordinated nationally by English Heritage, the event thrives on the enthusiasm and expertise of local people. Thousands of volunteers from all walks of life share their knowledge and memories with some 800,000 visitors every year, making Heritage Open Days England's largest voluntary cultural event.

As soon as information is made available as to the events being held over that weekend in St Ives, then it will be made available on this website.