Welcome to the website of the Stapleford History Society

Stapleford History Society was formed with the aim of promoting public interest in local heritage. The group meets on alternate months throughout the year to hear a range of talks of local and more general historical interest.

A comprehensive archive of material, covering diverse aspects of village life during the earlier part of the 20th century, was kindly donated to the Society. A sub group of members regularly meet with the aim of cataloguing, and digitising, all of the data.

April 2018 – Planned Visit to Flanders Battlefields

Dear Members
We’re planning a trip to the Flanders battlefields, encouraged by the success of our visit to Bletchley Park. The proposed dates are Tuesday 3 April to Thursday 5 April 2018. If you’d be interested, we would like to know soon, so as to firm up the reservations.
We’ve provisionally booked the 4* Ariane Hotel at Ieper (Ypres) for the two nights. Wendy Elsbury has used this hotel for similar trips previously.
Travel is by executive coach and ferry (Dover / Calais), leaving Stapleford early on Tuesday 3 April and returning late on the Thursday evening.
Our tour will be led by Mike Sheppard, formerly deputy head at Sawston Village College. He has led many battlefields visits. We plan to visit Poperinge, the Ypres salient, Vimy ridge and the Somme. There will also be the opportunity to visit the Menin Gate for the Last Post ceremony at 20:00.
Exact costs will depend on the number travelling and on the exchange rate, but will not be more than £250 per person for a twin or double room. A single supplement will apply.  This is based on bed and breakfast at the hotel, and all travel and entrance fees.
If you would like more information, or to reserve a place, please contact Wendy Elsbury, by phone on 844559 or by email at moc.l1521932507iamg@1521932507yrubs1521932507leydn1521932507ew1521932507. No money is required at this stage, but if you are interested please let Wendy know as soon as possible and by 12 December at the latest, our next History Society meeting. Friends and family will be very welcome, in addition to History Society members.