The Braughing Society

Some people have asked what the Braughing Society is all about and what we do, so here goes!

The Braughing Society, formerly known as the Braughing Conservation Society was established in 1972 with the following objectives:-

  1. To stimulate public interest in the Parish.
  2. To promote high standards of planning and architecture.
  3. To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic and public interest, including footpaths.
  4. To preserve our natural environment.

The Society has around 300 paid-up members and is headed-up by a Committee which is democratically elected each year at our A.G.M. in October.

A watch is kept on all planning applications for developments in the Village and comments are made, if appropriate, to the planning authority on the suitability or otherwise of these proposals. Over many years the Society has always worked closely with the Parish Council and supported it but at the same time fiercely guarding its independence.

In the very early days the Society’s main concerns were with developments at Uplands, Hamel’s Mansion, Dassels and around Braughing Railway Station.

To give you an idea of some of our very many achievements since then, here is a small selection:-

  • When CWS, the biggest farmer in the country, wanted to eliminate rabbits in The Bone with cyanide gas (where children regularly played) we managed to get the decision reversed after a concerted effort, and made them pay for wire fencing to surround the area instead.
  • We mounted strong opposition to the Stansted Airport Expansion, in keeping with the wishes of our membership.
  • We initiated and commissioned the Village Millennium Sign and raised the money to pay for its construction and installation.
  • We won the fight to retain the Golden Fleece as a public house.
  • We rallied our members in large numbers to successfully oppose the Gladman development in the Village and played a leading role when the Pentlows and Pound Close developments were being built.
  • We made a major contribution in the presentation to the Hertfordshire Village of The Year award, which we succeeded in winning.
  • Other notable work involved re-instating footpaths, obtaining speed limits in the Village and lobbying for straw-burning to be abolished.

As well as our commitment to conservation the Society has a very active social side.

Over the past few years the Society has made visits to many notable places, mostly with conducted tours, amongst them:-

BUCKINGHAM PALACE  #  THE THAMES BARRIER  #  WADDESDON MANORGARDENS OF THE ROSE  #  ETON COLLEGE  #  WINDSOR  # AUDLEY END HAMPTON COURT   #  HATFIELD HOUSE  #  THAMES CRUISE  #  CHARTWELL

In addition we have enjoyed interesting talks on various subjects, for example:-

NELSON  #  BUNTINGFORD CHEESE SHOP  #  BITS & BYTES  #  THE SOMME RYE MEADS  #  FIG LEAVES AND NAKED LADIES  #  THE ROCK & ROLL YEARS PERU  #  PARADISE PARK  #  WARE’S INNS  #  ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL, ETC.

Comprehensive WELCOME PACKS containing all useful information were conceived, produced and distributed by the Braughing Society to every newcomer to the Village. With two new housing estates in Braughing this was a formidable project but well worth while and extremely well received.

The Society initiated and built up the BRAUGHING PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION which is a unique store of priceless Village photographs taken through the ages, some dating back to the 1800’s. Exhibitions of our photographic collection are shown periodically.

We provide cakes, etc., and make the arrangements for Sunday Teas in the Church Hall on at least one occasion during the summer and also arrange Winter Fellowship Teas on two dates, one in December and the other in February each year.

If you are not already a member of the Braughing Society, please come along to one of our meetings, where you will be most welcome. On the other hand, if you are already a member, perhaps you would consider joining our very friendly Committee and getting involved with the decision making which we regularly undertake on behalf of our members?

For more information, or a programme of our activities please contact:-

MAUREEN BROUGHAL, Secretary here >>>                                                                                 

SANDRA LYNCH, Membership Secretary here >>>                                                                      

OR JUST TURN UP AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS

Details can be found in the Parish Magazine. Click here >>> to view The Braughing Society leaflet.