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2024 to 2025  Open Meetings

All meetings will be at 7.30pm   
in the York Room, Cogenhoe Village Hall,

York Avenue, Cogenhoe NN7 1NB

Wednesday 10 April

The Weedon Royal Ordnance Depot

 Richard Deacon

Dating from 1793 the Ordnance Depot was built to serve  the needs of HM Forces in the wars against the French.  It continued in operation throughout the second world war, finally closing in 1965. The Depot has been served by different forms of transport including horse, the Grand Union Canal, railway and more recently modern day roads.  There is now a visitor centre telling the story of the site’s heritage.

Wednesday 8 May
The Mann Family of Cogenhoe
Robert Vaughan
A tale of endeavour and enterprise with a Northamptonshire family rising to pre-eminence in the world of prestige shoe making.  They created a hive of industry in Cogenhoe but almost nothing remains except for several splendid houses – and a curious exhibit in Abington Park Museum!  The Society’s commemorative plaque 8 is placed on the remaining wall of their factory on Whiston Road.

Wednesday 12 June
To the Manor Born
Derek Blunt
A light-hearted and entertaining illustrated talk by Northamptonshire author and artist Derek Blunt.  A keen local historian and explorer of our county of spires and squires, he says ‘I have acquired much interesting and sometimes amusing information about the manors, the big houses and their fascinating owners’.  Derek has some revealing local stories with facts, figures and absorbing history for all to enjoy.

Wednesday 10 July

Kelmarsh Hall
Liz Hopes
A short history of the Hall, its owners and tenants!

Wednesday 14 August
Philip Manfield
Izabela Robinson
Philip Manfield- His life and contribution to the development of shoemaking in Northampton

Wednesday 11 September
Overstone South Excavation
Simon Markus
We hope to have a display of artefacts from the Overstone north and south sites.

Wednesday 9 October
The Origins of Northampton Saints RFC
Graham McKechnie

Wednesday 13 November2
D-Day and Dunstable
Jean Yates
The Met. Office Forecast that changed WWII

Wednesday 11 December  
Christmas Customs
Chris Bazeley


Wednesday 8 January
Adams Bakery
Robert Vaughan

Wednesday 12 February
A History of Royal Fotheringhay
Douglas Goddard

Wednesday 12 March

Silverstone: WW1 to Formula 1
Gerald Lovell