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4 May, 2018

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from May to December 2018 

The Local History meetings schedule until the end of the year has now been finalised and we hope that there is a good variety of topics to look forward to and find interesting.  As usual, suggestions for talks/visits etc are very welcome.   Please contact Glynn White at

Please note there will be no meetings in July, September and December.  Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below:

Tuesday 22nd May  “The History of Pinewood Studios”
Tuesday 26th June Visit to the Kraft Village at High Wycombe
Tuesday 24th July No meeting
Tuesday 28th August “The role of Hughenden in the Second World War”
Tuesday 25th September No meeting
Tuesday 23rd October “Aylesbury – recent history and lost heritage”
Tuesday 27th November “I’m not really old, it’s those tablets”
Tuesday 25th December No meeting (Christmas Day)

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from May to December 2018

I have been able to arrange talks/visits up to the end of 2108.  I was not able to go on the trip to the Acton Transport Museum and thanks to John and Roger for taking responsibility for the day. I have heard from a couple of people who went saying that it was a great day. The museum looked after you all well and the 2 tours were very interesting.

There will be no meetings in July or September as I will not be around on the dates for those meetings.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Following his excellent talk on the Shops of Princes Risborough 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 £3.

Tuesday 26th June 2018

I can confirm the visit to 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 demonstration on the Shave horse, Pole and Treadle lathes demonstrating how the legs were prepared and turned by the Bodgers.

To date I have 20 people who have said that they wished to go on the visit and there is room for 10 more. If you wish to go, please let me know either before or at the next Local History Meeting. The tour lasts about 2 hours and the cost (pay on the day) will be ~ £10. The proposal is to travel by cars and to meet in the 5 Bells Car Park at 9:00am. I have attached some more details of the Kraft Museum here.

Tuesday 24th July 2018

No Meeting

Tuesday 28th August 2018

I have been in touch with the National Trust at Hughenden Manor regarding “The role of Hughenden in the Second World War”.  Charlotte Russell the Senior House Steward has confirmed that they have a speaker who will come along tell the interesting but little-known story about Hughenden’s secret wartime past in our cellars and ice house bunker and find out why it was high on Hitler’s target list.

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

Tuesday 25th September 2018

No Meeting

Tuesday 23rd October 2018

I have been mindful that in the years that I have been running the Local History Group we have only had one talk on Aylesbury. I have contacted the Aylesbury Society and Roger King has agreed to give us a talk on “Aylesbury – recent history and lost heritage”.  I am also looking to arrange a historical walk around Aylesbury from a list of: Town Centre, Canal & Walton or Bierton & Quarrendon Leas.

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

Tuesday 27th November 2018

Although not strictly history I have invited Hugh Granger back to give us one of his interesting talks. The title of the talk is “I’m not really old, it’s those tablets”.  His talks are usually very amusing, and I am sure he will again entertain us.

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

Tuesday 25th December 2018

No Meeting unless you have nothing better to do.

Kind Regards: Glynn