Longstanton & District Heritage Society
LDHS c/o The Manor, Woodside, Longstanton, Cambridgeshire, CB24 3BU
The Longstanton and District Heritage Society was founded in 2007 to record the history of Longstanton and Oakington villages, RAF Oakington and Oakington Barracks. Faced with the imminent disappearance of their rural villages, due to the development of Northstowe, local residents decided to create a record of what went before. LDHS members include existing and former residents, former service personnel and people with historic family ties to the villages.
LDHS is dedicated to recording a shared history and making it available for public enjoyment and education. The Society continues to monitor the Northstowe development and is working cooperatively with the developers, local government and others to help to protect the site’s heritage. 9 out of 10 of the rare “Oakington” pillboxes associated with RAF Oakington have been given Grade 2 listed status as a result of the work of the society. LDHS is represented on the Heritage Core Group which is tasked with, amongst other things, developing a heritage strategy for Northstowe.
LDHS members enjoy an annual newsletter summarising the work of the society. The LDHS website provides both members, and non-members, with free world-wide access to information and samples of an ever growing archive. The society also has a Facebook page which offers easy access to up to date news and views and provides a simple way of contacting us. Members and non-members are encouraged to contact the society at any time. The society is always grateful to receive additional information, memories and photographs of the existing villages and the airfield. New members with an interest in the villages or Oakington airfield/barracks are encouraged, and all members are welcome to get involved with our work. There is much to be done and more help is always needed if we are to fully realise our potential.
LDHS holds 6 talks each year in the Village Institute, High Street, Longstanton usually starting at 7.30pm. Details of these talks and other events can be found on our website, on our Facebook page or in the local village magazine. Alternatively, information can be sent out via e mail on request. Entry for non-members is £2 and light refreshments are served afterwards. Our AGM takes place on the first Friday in September prior to the first talk of the autumn season.
For further information and our contact details please visit our website.
You can also find us on Facebook