The Braughing Society

Some people have asked what the Braughing Society is all about and what we do, so here goes! You can also download the Societies brochure here >>>

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 won the fight to retain the Golden Fleece as a public house.
  • In concert with Braughing Parish Council 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.

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.

Once or twice a year we provide cakes, etc., for Sunday Teas in the Church Hall 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. 

For more information, or a programme of our activities please contact us here >>>

OR JUST TURN UP AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS

2019 Events

  • 26 September. Outing by car Stanstedbury. Contact Sandra Lynch 01920 823500. 
  • 4 October. FILM NIGHT.  Doors open at. 7.00pm for the film at 7.30pm.
    In conjunction with the Buntingford Film Club, we are delighted to be screening in Braughing Church Hall the amusing and highly acclaimed film, 'Fisherman’s Friends'. The film is based on a true story about Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, a group of Cornish fishermen who were signed by Universal Records and achieved a top 10 chart hit with their debut album of traditional sea shanties. Tickets from early September will be at Braughing Village Store or via e-mail addresses:- marionjsaunders@gmail.com or patdonoghue@me.com. A limited number of tickets may also be available at the door subject to prior sales. Tickets are priced at £7.50 which includes a welcome glass of wine or soft drink. 
  • 11 October at 7.30pm AGM followed by a talk by Brian Carline "An amusing account of life in our schools". 
  • 8 November Talk at 8.00pm "Namibia" by Paula Moore. Contact Marion Saunders 01920 821530. 6 December. Xmas dinner. Details later.

2020 Events

  • Fri 10 Jan Talk - The Buntingford Railway Line - Stephen Ruff
  • Fri 14 Feb Talk A Year Walking the Thames Path - Barbara Foster  
  • Fri 13 March Talk 50 years behind the News- Rodney Tibbs   
  • Fri 27 March Film night (tickets available from mid-February from Braughing village shop or here >>> , £7.50)  
  • Fri 17 April Talk  The continuing story of the Tower-  Mick Casson  
  • Fri 8 May Talk Prison Governor - Roger Wilkes  Wed 03 June Outing by car to Ely   
  • July Outing- tbc- The Royal Courts of Justice / Old Bailey, with lunch at the Magpie pub   
  • Fri 11 Sept Talk Botswana -  Paula Moore 
  • Sept Outing - tbc - the secret nuclear bunker at Kelvedon Hatch / Ingatstone Manor / Sarah Raven’s mother’s garden   
  • Fri 9 Oct AGM at 7.30pm, followed by a talk- ‘Funny Guys’ by Geoff Bowden  This will be followed by our usual Wine and Cheese party. 
  • October - tbc- Photographic exhibition at Braughing Community Centre 
  • Fri 13 Nov Talk- The 100 parishes - an introduction- Ken McDonald 
  • Fri 4 Dec Xmas party -  Fish & Chip supper and a Barn Dance with Susanne Farmer.

    All talks are held in the Church Hall at 8 pm, except the AGM which commences at 7.30pm, followed by a talk at 8.00pm.