Annual Reviews

Each year we now produce an 'Annual Review' for Friends and Members, which incorporates a summary of our formal Year-end Report, plus what we hope are some interesting highlights of the year in question.

The previous few Annual Reviews can be downloaded here:

2018 Annual Review

2017 Annual Review

2016 Annual Review

2015 Annual Review

2014 Annual Review

2013 Annual Review

Members and Friends are sent these annual reviews as soon as they are produced each summer, and have an opportunity to attend our AGM each October and raise any issues.

If you would like to become a Friend, you can read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.

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Date for your Diary: 25th Anniversary

The Magog Trust – twenty five years on.

Nearly a quarter of a century has passed since the ‘For Sale’ sign went up on the land we now know as Magog Down. Much has happened over these twenty five years, from an arable field with a footpath running across it, to an average of 100 cars a day visiting the site.

The Magog Trust took its name from the Gog Magog Hills, the range of low chalk hills running SE of Cambridge with Wandlebury Hill and Little Trees Hill the two ‘high’ points, at 74m, each representing one of the old giants, Gog and Magog, associated with Guildhall in London. Legend has it that the two giants were defeated by Brutus and chained to the gates of his palace on the site of Guildhall. The earliest mention of the biblical names Gog and Magog (in Genesis, Ezekiel, and Revelation) for this region is found in a decree of 1574, forbidding Cambridge students to visit the Gog Magog Hills on pain of a fine! From these texts it would seem that Gog was a man and Magog a land. In The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco Polo, the traveller placed Gog and Magog in the Province of Tenduc (China).

With a Neolithic causewayed enclosure and a Bronze age Bowl Barrow within its boundaries, Magog Down remains guardian of an ancient past, now accessible for our generation and those to come – a special part of our community.  

To celebrate Magog Down we plan an event at Michaelmas time 2014, so keep Sunday 28th September free in your diaries.

In the meantime, if you do not already support the work of the Magog Trust on the Down, please become a Friend by filling in the application form. You can post your application to the address given, or email it to us.


29th November 2013

Old Newsletters

Up until 2011 we produced a twice-yearly Newsletter, and you can still download copies of some of these here:

pdf_logo_smallSpring/Summer 2011

pdf_logo_smallAutumn/Winter 2010

Spring 2010

Autumn/Winter 2009

Spring 2009

In 2011 the re-designed website was launched, and so the decision was taken to stop producing these Newsletters, and instead to use this website as the main means of communication for news and articles of interest.

This move away from a regular Newsletter meant that more of the Members' and Friends' subscriptions could be spent directly on the costs of upkeep and husbandry on the Down.

We would love every regular visitor to Magog Down to help support its upkeep by becoming a Friend. Read more on our Join Us page, and then complete the application form.