The Beverley Nichols Weekend

White Gables
6 Sawtry Road
PE28 5RZ
Tel: 01487-832042


I am writing to you about our celebrations in September because I realize that not everyone does Facebook and I am sure you will appreciate knowing details of the event that will affect you over that weekend.

The event is a joint venture between Glatton Parish and The Fenland Trust. It has been recognised by The National Trust and English Heritage and has been published as one of their Heritage Open Days for 2018. It is a celebration of the Life & works of the late John Beverley Nichols (known as Beverley Nichols) who owned “Allways” from 1928 – 1937. The date 9th of September would have marked his 120th birthday.

Friday 7th of September: A “Roaring 20’s/30’s party in Glatton Village Hall from 7:30pm – 1200. Specially brewed “Beverley Nichols Ale” served in the village hall by the Addison Arms, live singer, dance duo & disco.

Saturday 8th& Sunday 9th of September: Beer Festival at the Addison Arms. Clearing up Village Hall & setting up for Literary Exhibition.

Sunday 9th of September: Literary Exhibition in Glatton Village Hall from 10:00am – 3:15pm. Vintage car show on the road between Village Hall & St Nicholas’ Church. Road closed from B660 crossroads to Church Road passed the Village Hall (access arranged for private driveways otherwise traffic diverted around Church Road). Talk on The Life & Works of Beverley Nichols at 1:00pm. Service of Thanksgiving in St Nicholas’s Church at 3:15pm conducted by The Reverend Sarah Gower followed by unveiling of a commemorative plaque at the crossroads (you may have noticed the concrete plinth already in situ). Festival closes at 4:00pm.

“Allways” house & gardens are NOT open to the public. Cambridgeshire Constabulary have allocated a PCSO for the day.

So many people and organisations have (or are) giving their support to the event including Glatton Parish Council, HDC, CCC, St Nicholas’ Church, Glatton WI, The Addison Arms, Angles Ales, Eric Glass Ltd, Penguin-Random House Publishing, Reading University, Delaware University, English Heritage, Cambs Police, Sawtry History Society, The Highways Agency…and others!

The event has already been promoted by the Peterborough Telegraph and English Heritage and is likely to receive more attention in August as publicity is increased. It is not possible to assess how well supported the Literary Exhibition might be, but it is a major event in Glatton’s calendar and we hope that you will want to share in the celebrations and that you can make allowances for any short-term inconveniences you may experience.

Your support, patience and forbearance are greatly appreciated.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to discuss any issues.

Kind regards,

Terry Brignall

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