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Local History Group – September to December

8 September, 2019

We have now finished our visits for 2019, and have finalised the series of talks for the remaining months of the year.

Full details of the programme to December is shown below and as always, do not forget that if you have an idea for a speaker, please contact Glynn White at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.  

Colin Oakes will give a talk on ‘Chesham – Boots, Brushes, Booze and Baptists’.  For those of you that have not heard Colin speak before, he is an excellent and amusing speaker.

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

Glynn White will give a talk entitled ‘The Public Houses and Alehouses of Weston Turville until 1918’.  

The talk will cover not only their location in the village but also their owners/tenants and some of the occupations that the landlords/ladies also had.  

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30 – 12.30pm.  Entrance fee will be free.

Bob Keating will be giving a talk entitled: ‘The Rothschilds and the building of Waddesdon’. Many of us have been to Waddesdon and it will be interesting to hear more about the Rothschilds and why Waddesdon Manor was built and much of the history behind it.  

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

WTU3A Local History Group – May to November 2019

22 July, 2019

The programme for the rest of 2019 has now been completed.  Those who went on the visits to Marlow and Pitstone certainly had an excellent time and hopefully there is plenty to interest you in the coming months, although the visit to Hughenden Manor is now fully booked.

Please note there is a change to the speaker that was originally planned for September so check out the details below.  

The visit to the Hughenden Manor & Gardens. They have offered us a private introductory talk with coffee/tea and a Cake Bite. The cost of this is £3.75 per head payable on the day. We will then be free to visit the Manor, Gardens and the Church where Disraeli is buried. For those who are National Trust members the price is free but for non-members it will be £11.10. Remember to take your NT cards. The plan is to meet at the visitor reception and then go for the talk.

FULLY BOOKED

As a substitute for the original speaker Colin Oakes has agreed to come along and give a talk entitled:Chesham – Boots, Brushes, Booze and Baptists

For those of you who have not heard Colin speak before he is an excellent and amusing speaker. This talk from a list of 153 that he has in his catalogue as it is local and subject seems to have an amusing twist.

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

Glynn will give the talk at this meeting and there are a couple of topics he could talk about:

A Historical Pictorial “Walk” around Weston Turville

The Contents of the Weston Turville Historical Society Website

Glynn will ask for you to say which of these you would like at the September meeting and we can go with the majority.

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

Bob Keating will give this talk.  Many of us will have been to Waddesdon and it will be interesting to hear more about the Rothschilds and why Waddesdon Manor was built and much of the history behind it.

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

WTU3A Local History Group – May to September

13 May, 2019

We completed the series of talks for the first few months of 2019 and are now moving into the summer months when we have some guided walks and visits to enjoy.  The last talk we had on 23rd April on aspects of heraldry by John Hockey was particularly informative and very amusing with great anecdotes. 

Full details of the programme to September is shown below. 

 

“Guided Walk around Historical Marlow” with Geoff Wood.  This trip is now full.

The cost will be £2.50 which is payable on the day.  

The visit to the Pitstone Museum has been confirmed and will start at 10:00am. They have revamped the museum and increased the number of exhibits and there is also an excellent website if you wish to have a look for yourselves. The cost would be £6 per head to include coffee and biscuits and they can take up to 40 people. If the weather is good, they do have a picnic area if people wish to take a packed lunch. The visit will last about 2 hours. 20 people have already signed up and if you wish to go either email me or let me know at the next monthly U3A general meeting.  http://www.pitstonemuseum.co.uk/

 

Hughenden Manor have offered us a private introductory talk with coffee/tea and a Cake Bite. The cost of this is £3.75 per head payable on the day. We will then be free to visit the Manor, Gardens and the Church where Disraeli is buried. For those who are National Trust members the price is free but for non-members it will be £11.10. Remember to take your NT cards.

The plan is to meet at the visitor reception and then go for the talk. The maximum number for this visit is 35.  We will take names at the next general meeting or if you cannot be at that one you can always email me at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk.

Mike Harrison works in a family business who carry out Picture and Art Restoration. and one of the restorations he has done was on a picture that has a value of £1M. It sounds like an interesting topic and if it is half as good as the one on heraldry we will be in for a treat.

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

A talk on Waddesdon Manor – to be confirmed

WTU3A Local History Group – March to August 2019

6 March, 2019

Hopefully you enjoyed the first 2 talks of 2019 and will find something to interest you in the forthcoming programme. Full details can be found below. 

One of the many lessons I have learnt in putting together the programme for the group over the past years has been that if you have a good speaker ask them back to give other talks. In August 2018 we had a talk from Bernie Knill on the role of Hughenden in the Second World War.  I have been in touch with him and he has agreed to give us a talk on the “History of Hughenden Manor”.  I am sure many of you have been to Hughenden Manor but a talk on the subject will increase our understanding of its history. We can follow this talk up with a guided tour of the Manor and its grounds later in the year.  Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10.30am – 12.30pm.  Entrance will be £3.

I was kindly given the name of John Hockey after he had given talk to the Aylesbury National Trust. The topic concerns heraldry and John has told me that the talk contains a little about the history of heraldry but mainly is about what you can learn from studying a coat of arms (specifically a funeral hatchment – much more interesting than it sounds!). He will then go on to explore lots of other aspects of heraldry along with a few quirky examples. It ends with some heraldry to be found at Ashridge House where the Egerton and other families lived.

“Aspects of Heraldry”by John Hockey.

 

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

I have had some email correspondence with Marlow History Group, and they are willing to provide a guided walk around the historical parts of the town. Having been to Marlow on many occasions it will be an ideal opportunity to find out more about its history and some of the older buildings. They have said they will have 3 guides and so we can have 3 groups of 10 people. I put a sheet out at the February meeting and the uptake has been great and we are nearly full. We may be able to squeeze in one or 2 extra per group so if you have not expressed interest let me know.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CORRECT DATE IS TUESDAY 28THMAY not 22nd as previously advertised. If you signed up but are now not able to make the 28thMay please let me know. I will provide details of meeting place in WT and Marlow, for those who go direct, at the March meeting.

“Guided Walk around Historical Marlow” with Geoff Wood.

The cost will be £2.50 which is payable on the day.

At the March meeting I asked if people would be interested in going to the Pitstone Museum. They have revamped the museum and increased the number of exhibits. There is also an excellent website if you wish to have a look for yourselves. http://www.pitstonemuseum.co.uk/ . They do open for groups and I am exploring a visit on this day. The cost would be £6 per head to include coffee and biscuits and they can take up to 40 people. Further details as I get them.   

 

 

I have earmarked this down for a guided tour of Hughenden Manor and Gardens. I will be arranging details with Bernie Knill at our March meeting. So, watch this space.

WTU3A Local History Group – January to April 2019

2 January, 2019

WTU3A Local History Group Meetings from January to April 2019

Here is the Local History meetings schedule up to April 2019. As usual, suggestions for talks/visits etc are very welcome.  Please contact Glynn White at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below:

Tuesday 22nd January 2019 – 10.30am “The Art of metal detecting”
Tuesday 26th February 2019 – 10.00am “The Battle at Chalgrove Field” 
Tuesday 26th March 2019 – 10.30am “The History of Hugenden Manor”
Tuesday 23rd  April 2019 – 10.30am “Aspects of Heraldry”

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Local History Group – October ’18 to March ’19

11 October, 2018

WTU3A Local History Group Meetings from October 2018 to March 2019

Here is a reminder of the Local History meetings schedule to the end of the year and up to March 2019. As usual, suggestions for talks/visits etc are very welcome.  Please contact Glynn White at localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below:

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)
Tuesday 22nd January 2019 “The Art of metal detecting”
Tuesday 26th February 2019 “The Battle at Chalgrove Field”
Tuesday 26th March 2019 “The History of Hugenden Manor”

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Local History Group

20 August, 2018

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from August to December 2018 

Here is a reminder of the Local History meetings schedule until the end of the year.  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 localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

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

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)

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Local History Group Meetings

25 September, 2017

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings – September 2017 to February 2018

Now that summer is officially over we are back to talks at the WT Chapel Rooms on the 4th Tuesday of each month. I hope that you have all had a good summer with holidays and no doubt grandchildren duties. With regards to the forward programme I have talks arranged through February 2018 (what? another year will have gone by!) and I hope that there is sufficient variety of topics that you will find interesting.

Glyn White. localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below

Tuesday 26th Sep 2017 – “Amy Johnson,  ‘ The Aeroplane Girl”
Tuesday 24th Oct 2017 “Claydon House and the Verney family”
Tuesday 28th Nov 2017 – “Shops and Shopkeepers of Princes Risborough”
Tuesday 26th Dec 2017 – No Meeting
Tuesday 23rd Jan 2018 – “The famous Aylesbury Duck and the not so famous Aylesbury Prune”
Tuesday 27rd Feb 2018 – “Archaeological Findings from the Proposed Developments around Weston Turville”

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WT U3A Local History Group Meetings – Update

8 May, 2017

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from April to October 2017

Below is an update to the schedule for the talks and visits of the Local History Group. The schedule takes us up to end October and I am working on the November meeting. Please note that there is no meeting in June but two in July. I have arranged for a visit to the Aylesbury Museum Archives in Halton and the best date they have is Monday 3rd July. I hope that there is sufficient variety of topics that you will find interesting.

Glyn White. localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

Meetings are posted in the Diary and detailed below

Tuesday 25th April 2017 – “Wild, Wild Women”
Tuesday 23rd May – “The History of Grafton Regis”
Monday 3rd July 2017Aylesbury Museum Archives
Tuesday 25th July 2017Visit to Grafton Regis
Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – No meeting
Tuesday 26th September 2017 – Amy ‘Johnnie’ Johnson
Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Clydon House and the Verney family

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Upcoming WT U3A Local History Group Meetings

12 March, 2017

WT U3A Local History Group Meetings from March to September 2017

Below is an update to the schedule for the talks and visits of the Local History Group. The schedule takes us up to end of August and I am working on talks for September, October and November. Please note that there is no meeting in June but two in July. I have arranged for a visit to the Aylesbury Museum Archives in Halton and the best date they have is Monday 3rd July. I hope that there is sufficient variety of topics that you will find interesting.

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Barry Tomlinson has agreed to give us a talk on “The History of RAE Bedford”.

Construction of RAE Bedford began in 1947 with wind tunnels for testing up to Mach 5 and new airfield. Many of the well known aircraft, including Tornado, Jaguar & Harrier Jump Jet, as well as helicopters were tested at RAE Bedford. It has thus played an important part in our aircraft history and is a fascinating story.

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

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Hugh Grainger has agreed to give us a talk entitled “Wild, Wild Women”. read more …