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6 January, 2018

 

 WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from January to June 2018 

I have been able to arrange talks and two visits from January through June 2018.  I plan not to have a meeting in July to allow for holidays etc. I hope that there is sufficient variety of topics that you will find interesting.  As usual suggestions for talks/visits etc are very welcome. 

Glynn White. localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below:

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 – “The famous Aylesbury Duck and the not so famous Aylesbury Prune”
Tuesday 27th February 2018 – “The development of British plastic surgery – and the important role of local hospitals”
Tuesday 27th March 2018 – “Archaeological Findings from the Proposed Developments around Weston Turville”
Tuesday 17th April 2018 – visit to the London Transport Museum at Acton
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 – “The History of Pinewood Studios”
Tuesday 26th June 2018 – visit to the Kraft Village at High Wycombe

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 

Mike Palmer of the Aylesbury Museum has agreed to come along to give a talk entitiled “The famous Aylesbury Duck and the not so famous Aylesbury Prune”. With the large number of duck breeders in Weston Turville in the 1800’s the talk will have significant relevance to our village. 

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30pm. Entrance of £3. 

Tuesday 27th February 2018 

I have been able to persuade Roger Green FRCS who is the archivist for the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to give us a talk. You may think this is more apt for Science & Technology but there is a major connection with plastic surgery and RAF Halton and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals. These became very successful hospitals during WW2. The unit at Stoke Mandeville was one of the first units to try out penicillin. The talk may not be for some of the more squeamish of you but there are some great stories. 

The talk will be entitled “The development of British plastic surgery – and the important role of local hospitals” 

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30pm. Entrance of £3 

Tuesday 27th March 2018 

As part of my role on the Hampden Fields Action Group I have been looking at the archaeological reports on the various proposed housing development sites. Although unfortunately there is nothing in them that would prevent any developments there are some interesting findings. These give some clues as to the history of the immediate area. The sites include the Redrow Site, Hampden Fields and Woodlands. I am pulling together a series of slides that summarise the most interesting finds and will present these at the meeting. 

The talk will be entitled “Archaeological Findings from the Proposed Developments around Weston Turville” 

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30pm. Entrance will be free of charge. 

Tuesday 17th April 2018 

Please note this is the 3rd Tuesday of the month and not the 4th Tuesday. We have now booked a visit to the London Transport Museum at Acton and it is a joint trip with the Science & Tech Group. The visit will include a guided tour of the Transport Depot and guided tour of the Art & Poster Museum. We plan to go by coach and already have the maximum number of 50 people signed up. The cost for the Depot and Art & Poster Tour will be ~£18 and we will let you know the cost for the coach early in the New Year. 

As I explained at the last History Group and Science & Tech Group meetings the arrangements for the 2 tours are a little complicated as they will only take a maximum of 20 people on the Art & Poster Tour. Several of you have said they would not mind spending longer in the Transport Depot and so would do this tour twice. I will work with John Beer and Adrian Randall and send out details of the final details, pick up times, full costs, how are going on each tour etc in January. One word of warning is that there is only 30 -60 minutes between the morning and afternoon tours and thus suggest you bring you own lunch. They have no restaurant facilities and any cafes are a good 15 minutes away. 

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 

Following his excellent talk on the Shops of Stoke Mandeville Mike Payne has agreed to come back and gives his talk entitled “The History of Pinewood Studios” – This is a fascinating look at the origins of one of Buckinghamshire’s most famous sites, and the rollercoaster development of the studios over the past 80 years since it was built in 1936. It features many famous faces and some personal memories of the stars and personalities that have worked there. And of course, the films made at Pinewood, from the very first one to the latest blockbusters and everything in between. The past, present and future of one of Buckinghamshire’s biggest assets is highlighted with a passion that stems from a lifetime of interest. 

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:30 – 12:30pm. Entrance will be free of charge. 

Tuesday 26th June 2018 

I am in correspondence with the Kraft Village in High Wycombe for a tour of the museum, with demonstration of woodturning and a visit to the gallery. 

Museum tour – our guided tour consists of an explanation of the various tools on display with illustrations, exhibits and film of how the ‘Bodgers’ worked in the local Beech woods cutting down the trees, cleaving, shaving and turning the round or turned parts of the chairs i.e. mainly legs and stretchers. The Museum tour includes a unique practical demonstrations on the Shave horse, Pole and Treadle lathes demonstrating how the legs were prepared and turned by the Bodgers. 

I have attached some more details of the Kraft Museum and as soon as I have more details on numbers and cost I will let you all know.  For more details click here.