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The next Meeting will be on Thursday 21st June at 7.30pm where the talk will be"The History of Holme Village" by SHS member Sue Knight. Visitors welcome.

457th Bomb Group Association Visit

photo copyright Kevin Ruff SHS member 2018

Relatives of servicemen stationed at Conington Airfield during World War Two visited the site on Sunday May 27th, their Memorial Day weekend, our bank holiday. Sawtry History Society was invited to the event where a short service took place attended by the Royal British Legion, at the memorial that stands at the top of Conington Lane and the road that was the Great North Road, to commemorate their loved ones and those who were killed and injured serving their country whilst protecting our freedom and to all those who supported the war effort whilst stationed at RAF Glatton. That was the name given to the site to save confusion from other bases like RAF Coningsby. A few words were said at the "Concrete American" the memorial of a pilot that was erected at the end of World War Two and who stands in the churchyard looking wistfully over the airfield that was once home to the B17 Flying Fortress aircraft that took off around the clock and to carry out their very dangerous daylight bombing missions. Many of the villagers in the local area recalled that they used to count the planes out as they took off and count them back in again when they returned hoping against hope that they all returned safely, sadly that was not the case and some planes crashed as they were coming in to land after being badly damaged by flak, one plane "The Miss Ida" crashed on take off in a farmers field in Glatton and some never came back at all. The visitors went to look around inside Conington Church and then it was off to the Airfield that is now home to Peterborough Business Airport where we watched light aircraft and a helicopter taking off before stopping for refreshment at the Admiral Wells public house in Holme where there are lots of wartime photographs on the wall. The weather couldn't have been better, it was a really enjoyable day and a pleasure to meet all the relatives and visitors. It was very nostalgic for me as my parents, George and Ena Townsend of Sawtry and my brother Gordon Townsend were involved with the 457th Bomb Group Association in the late in 1970's and 1980's.

Marilyn Gautreaux
Sawtry History Society

WW1 Thank You Day
There will be a Royal British Legion Event on Saturday 14th July 2018. The theme of the event is to say "Thank You" to all the service people who gave their lives and to remember all the other people, their families,other service and civilians at home and the support the village of Sawtry gave in WW1.

Beverly Nichols Festival 7th to 9th September 2018 Glatton Village Hall Cambridgeshire
Beverly Nichols was a well known author and moved in the highest circles of British Society in London. He lived in Glatton for many years until his death. His ashes were scattered in Glatton Churchyard. The festival is taking place from 7th to 9th September this year to commemorate his life and work as a noteable local resident.