Online talk 2: Tales from Mill Road Cemetery
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Dear <<First Name>>,
Welcome to the Midsummer Mill Road History Society Newsletter. We hope you're all enjoying the lovely weather - whilst it lasts - and are able to get out and, safely, make the most of it.

Thanks to all of you who joined our first online Zoom event last week, it all went fairly smoothly, and hopefully it was enjoyed by all. If you missed it, or want to relive it, then the recording of the talks has been archived onto our YouTube channel at for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Additionally if you could spare the time to Subscribe to our YouTube channel it would be very useful to us. We plan to continue adding recordings of our talks going forward - including once we are holding physical meetings (as long as the speakers agree of course) - and once we get enough subscribers we can give the channel a sensible link to allow people to find us easily.

Talk: Tales from Mill Road Cemetery

As you might surmise from the banner image we have our next online talk lined up to happen on Tuesday 14 July at 7:30pm on Zoom.

Claire Martinsen, member of the Friends of Mill Road Cemetery, has a passion for local history and researching the stories within Mill Road Cemetery. She has researched and uploaded more than 250 stories on to the website and will share her favourite local stories with us in this talk.

Claire has been a member of the Mill Road Cemetery History Group for the past 18 months, and as she readily admits has fallen under its spell. By day Claire is a successful entrepreneur and runs Breckland Orchard which makes carbonated drinks. She is also a member of the Mill Road WI.

We will send the link out in another email closer to the time. The basic plan is as for our first event. The Zoom room will be open at 7:15pm to allow people to get connected in good time and also to chat to other attendees before the talk starts.

In a new departure however we will also, technology permitting, be streaming the talk on Facebook and YouTube, so if you have problems with Zoom, or just don't want to install it, then you can watch it there instead. It will be the same live stream, but you won't be able to ask questions in person. We will try and monitor comments under the events though to allow you to still ask questions.

Note the event is free to watch but if you enjoy it please consider making a donation to our PayPal account, which you can find on

Upcoming events

Future events currently planned include the following:

Tuesday 11 August: Online Quiz and AGM
Saturday 12 September: Open Cambridge: Virtual tours of Mill Road
Tuesday 13 October: Barnwell-born but bound for glory: the forces that made Abbey United, with Pat Morgan
Tuesday 10 November: Novel writing workshop with Jo Costin

All events will be on Zoom at 7:30pm, more details in future newsletters and on our website.

Note at the moment we are assuming that it will probably not be safe to run physical meetings as we used to for at least the rest of this year. So we plan to try and run as much of our programme as we can - but solely online. We hope that may perhaps allow some of you to join our talks who might not have wanted, or been able, to make the journey to Ross Street previously.

Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think may be interested.
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