2018 events.  Extra events may be added; later events subject to possible change



6th June, Wednesday - now fully booked


Coach outing to Sudbury in Suffolk, including introduction by Sudbury Society and tour of historic ‘make by hand’ brickyard. Opportunity to visit Gainsborough’s House museum/gallery. 


Only waiting list places left. Sudbury is a wonderfully historic place. Even if you have been there before, with us you will be doing new things, only feasible if you are in a group. After an introduction to the town by a local historian from the Sudbury Society, we will also have a fascinating tour of an historic local brickyard where bricks are still being made by hand in the traditional way. They tell a great story about their survival into modern times and how they have developed an important niche through, for instance, providing the elaborately moulded bricks used in the recent renovation of Rye House. No one leaves the brickyard unmoved – and some people even contemplate how they might make use of the beautifully varied bricks themselves.  There will then be some time to do your own thing, whether visiting the shops of the equally historic silk mills, or going to the museum and gallery at Gainsborough’s House, the timberframed building where the artist was born and grew up. Or there are two of England’s thousand best parish churches to visit, as identified by Simon Jenkins, a previous chair of the National Trust.


The cost is the same as for last year, at £25. Coach leaves from outside Hertford East station behind Tesco at 8.45am, return by 6.30pm.  To enquire about places ask Malcolm Ramsay: see Contact Details below.



1st July, Sunday, from 12.30pm


Summer party at Roxford, Hertingfordbury, by kind invitation of Linda and David Haysey. 


We are fortunate to have been invited to hold a summer party at Roxford near Hertingfordbury. The backdrop is a beautiful eighteenth-century house, complete with striking modern extension, set in a lovely garden. This was the house where the composer Haydn stayed for some of the time when he visited and worked in England in the 1790s. We plan hot food and one free drink at £10 a head.  Details of entertainment to follow. Book with Terry Betts, 24 Morgans Road, Hertford, SG13 8BS  tel no 01992-583643   email betts.terry30@gmail.com.



1st August, Wednesday, departing Salisbury Square (by fountain) at 7pm


Blue plaques walking tour of Hertford.  Pre-booking needed with Malcolm Ramsay, preferably by email (see below).  Free to members; others, £4. Guides: Jean Riddell and Geoffrey Rice.


Hertford Civic Society and Hertford Town Council combined forces to set up, last year,
some 40 blue plaques celebrating historic locations around the town. There is an
accompanying leaflet which lists them all, available from the Tourist Information Centre,
now opposite Hertford Theatre. That leaflet does not however bring to life the how and why
of these selected places. For that, you need your own guide. Last year, Jean Riddell and Geoffrey Rice each, on the same evening, led a tour: one focusing on the Fore Street area, and the other more on St Andrew St. The event was a popular one, so we are now re-running it, with the same two guides as before. Those of you who have already done one option might like to return for whichever you missed last time. And others may like to sign up for the first time.

The arrangements for this event are necessarily different from our normal ones. The tours will
start at 7.00pm, last for around 80 or 90 minutes, and start from near the fountain in Salisbury Square. There is no fee for Civic Society members (non-members, if numbers permit, £4), but anyone who registers and does not turn up would be denying someone else a place, as the total number is limited to around 25 people, and no further re-run is planned. To register, please contact Malcolm Ramsay -  see Contact details for event bookings below.



14 November, Wednesday


Recording Hertford’s oral history

Speaker: Peter Ruffles, Oral History Group


The Oral History Group (which the Civic Society helped to bring into being) will delight us with tales of bygone Hertford as recorded by the Group and its volunteers. We will say a little more, closer to the time, not that Peter in particular needs much introduction to anyone in Hertford.



LOCATION  Lectures will take place in the hall of the Church of the Immaculate Conception and St Joseph, St John’s Street, Hertford, SG14 1RX. It is off Railway Street, near Hertford East station.  Non-members are welcome at £2.00.



TIMES  Refreshments: 7.45pm. Lectures: 8.00pm. Other events are as stated above.  




We may add another event later in the year, if there is a need to hear about and discuss anything else of particular importance to us. In that case, to inform members, we use email (for those whose addresses we know), this website, and posters in the library and elsewhere.



CONTACT details for evening meetings:


Malcolm Ramsay: malcolm.ramsay789@btinternet.com; tel 01992 500002 (no ansafone); Dunkirks Farmhouse Southside, Queens Rd, Hertford SG13 8BJ.


See above for the July 1st Garden Party.




Meetings held earlier this year:


21st February 2018, Wednesday


Historical architectural gems of Hertfordshire

Speaker: Dr Lee Prosser, Curator of Historic Buildings, at the Historic Royal Palaces


21st March, Wednesday


Walking the Lea Valley path

Speaker: Elizabeth Hamilton,Campaign to Protect Rural England Herts


25th April, Wednesday


AGM followed by a talk and discussion:The future of local papers/media, with an expert panel:

Paul Winspear, editor Bishop’s Stortford Independent, Anna Schlenker, Ian Nash, and Dr Mike Howarth.