The July meeting of the History Society vividly brought to life Stapleford around the time of the Second World War. If you were not there, you missed an exhilarating session as Keith Dixon and Christine Ruse presented graphic recollections from that time and audience members joined in enthusiastically with their own!
Joan Barnes started by reminding us of the moment in 1989 when some visionary people came up with the idea of returning arable fields to chalk downland, with unique forms of wildlife, and at the same time providing an accessible area for everyone to enjoy. This is just the latest phase in a history stretching back over 5000 years.
Stapleford resident Jim Foreman began the evening by sharing with us his close family history: his mother and one of her brothers were the sole members of their family, who came from Bonn in Germany, to survive the Nazi era. Mike Levy then gave a presentation about the work of the Cambridge Refugee Committee, set up in 1939 as Britain became aware of the many refugees being created by Hitler’s actions.
A fascinating talk by Helen Harwood about the impact of the railway age on our villages. A historian in Great Shelford, Helen has published a book on the development of the railways and the changes they brought about in Shelford and surrounding villages.