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Past & Present Society

In 1987 a group of Villagers came together and discussed the formation of a Village History group. It was decided that a society should be formed which not only recorded the history of the village but also encouraged interest in local history and topical subjects. Hence the name Past and Present.

The Society has an annual programme (see below), to which everyone is invited.

Meetings take place in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
The annual subscription is £12 or pay £3 for each meeting. Outings are also arranged.

The Society holds an extensive range of Village History Archives. These will be moved to the Village Hall and sections will be displayed at various village events.

We are hoping to start publishing extracts in the Tostock Chronicle in the near future.

For further information about the Society or access to the Tostock Archives please contact:

Anthony Scully (Chairman) 01359 270482

Programme 2019

5th February - AGM plus Dr Helen Geake, After Roman Britain: Who were the Anglo- Saxons

5th March - Ashley Cooper, Local Antarctic Associations: Scott’s Polar Expedition

2nd April – Will Cranstoun, The Black Bourn Valley Nature Reserve (Suffolk Wildlife Trust)

7th May - Miriam Stead, The Bawdsey Story - The history of the Bawdsey Manor Estate which became RAF Bawdsey, the world’s first operational RADAR station

4th June - Dr Nick Amor, The Suffolk Medieval Cloth Industry

3rd September - Pip Wright, For the Rest of your Natural Life: Suffolk convicts transported to Australia 1787-1867

1st October - Stuart Bowell, The History of Advertising

5th November - Jason Salisbury, Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses: our journey.