The Cogenhoe and Whiston Heritage Society was formed in 2000 by a small group of villagers anxious to see the heritage of the area preserved for ever.
Our mandate has not wavered - to study record and stimulate interest in the heritage of our two villages and their surrounding areas. At the time of writing the Society has some 60 members.
The Society organises and manages an annual programme of 12 open meetings in which it invites knowledgeable speakers to talk on a wide variety of subjects of local interest. In addition, it funds a number of research projects which explore elements of the past history of the two parishes.
In 2001, it launched an Oral History Project which recorded for posterity the memories of villagers who had lived locally through the first half of the 20th Century. Out of some 60 hours of recordings, the Society produced a fascinating and compelling CD called ''The Voices of Cogenhoe''.
Using the same recordings as a source, Dr Steven Hollowell, a local historian and a founder member of the Society, wrote and published a comprehensive history of the village in the first half of the 20th century called ''Cogenhoe, a Century of Change”. The Society has developed an extensive photographic archive and this stimulated the publication, in 2009, of the book ''A Tale of Two Villages'' which brought to life in photographs happy memories of years gone by. ln addition, the Society launched a ''Green Plaque Scheme'' which marks and celebrates buildings in the village that have played a significant part in its past history
With the War Heroes project completed. However the Green Plaque project did get a major fillip this year. Rather moribund since 2014, owing to lack of funding, it kicked off again with an initiative helped by the New Homes Bonus scheme under the aegis of South Northants Council. An application was made in the summer and an award to cover 11 plaques was granted. This is very much ongoing, and the plaques together with an accompanying heritage trail will be appearing later this year. Something else that got backed into an overgrown siding has been the Map Project. I am delighted to say that it has been rediscovered, dusted down and will be taken forward to its conclusion in the coming year.
About the Heritage Society