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Local History – March to June

12 March, 2020

UPDATE 16.03.20 – Following the Prime Ministers news conference on the coronavirus and the recommendation of avoiding gatherings, crowded places etc. This is particularly directed at our group’s demographic. Therefore, the decision is to cancel all meetings of the WT Local History Group up to and including June 2020. There are no meetings planned for July and August but hopefully the situation will get better and we can resume in September.

Any suggestions for talks or visits for later in 2020 are welcome, please contact localhistory@wtu3a.org.uk

A talk by Geoff Lodge of the Wendover U3A entitled: The life of Cecelia Payne. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, original name in full Cecilia Helena Payne, (born May 10, 1900, Wendover, Eng.—died Dec. 7, 1979, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.). She went to Cambridge Uni in 1919 and in 1923 received a fellowship to study at Harvard. She is reckoned to be amongst the 100 women trailer blazers.

British-born American astronomer who discovered that stars are made mainly of hydrogen and helium and established that stars could be classified according to their temperatures.

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

In conjunction with the Science & Technology Group we have arranged a visit the Milton Keynes Museum which has an interesting location and artefacts. 

The Collection contains: Connected Earth featuring the history of communications and a fully working telephone exchange, Farm exhibits, A street of shops, A Victorian house containing Musical instruments, a Victorian school, Local Archaeological artefacts, The history of Dr John Radcliffe and the trust he set up.

Entry for over 60’s £7, Standard lunch £8 = Total fee £15.The museum is open just for us on this day so we have free range to explore as we wish.

This will be a whole day visit and we will car share.

Meet at 5 Bells at 9.30am to share cars to arrive at 10.30am for Tea and coffee available at café. 11.00am start tour of site, stop for lunch at 12.30pm after which continue to explore exhibits as you wish. Return at approx. 3.00pm.

Details of times and costs are in the attached flyer.

Update – Booking for this is now complete and if you have not paid please send a cheque to John Beer.

Colin Oakes, who gave the talk on Chesham, is back to give us a talk on the history of Amersham.

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

To follow up on Colin’s talk, a visit to Amersham museum and a walk through the old town has been arranged. They can manage 30 people in 2 groups of 15. The plan would be to meet at the museum for tea/coffee etc at 10:15am. Then for group 1 to go off at 10:30am and group 2 at 10:40am. The walk lasts 60 -90 minutes.  The museum is then open for the whole day so people can either go to the museum straight after the walk or have a bite to eat and then go to the museum. Museum has been expanded since our last visit some 8 years ago.

The cost will be £10 to include the walk and the visit to the museum with an extra £2 if you wish to have tea/coffee etc.

This visit is now full.  To all those who have signed up, information will be coming out in the next couple of weeks.

Note that this is not our normal Tuesday date as it is the second Tuesday of the month. This is a Visiting Churches Group visit to Rycote Park. As they can accommodate up to 40 people it was suggested that many of the Local History Group would like to go.

The Rycote Park area is very historical and has had the Time Team there.  On 9th June we will meet at a barn for a 2pm talk & refreshments then we will go for a walk around the park & go into the chapel.  The chapel is 15th century with many intriguing features but it is small.  There’s a yew tree to the south of the chapel which was planted in 1135 for the coronation of King Stephen.  It was supposed to have been brought as a seedling from the garden of Gethsemane.  The cost is £12 and a cheque made payable to Weston Turville U3A (Travel) to Odette Harris will be needed by the meeting on 28th May. 

If you would like to come along, please Glynn White know and he will put together a list of Local History Group members and liaise with the Visiting Churches Group. For those of our group who want to come along we will meet in the 5 Bells Carpark at 1pm for carshare.

We are investigating the possibility of Thame U3A providing a talk on the History of Thame, and we are waiting to hear if  they have someone who could meet our requirements.

If this fails Glynn White may present a slide show of old postcards of Weston Turville with photographs of the building and places as they are today.

No meeting planned.

 

No meeting planned. 

Local History – January to May 2020

9 January, 2020

Here is the programme for the Local History group until May 2020

Full details are shown below. 

Colin Flack of Chinnor will be giving a talk on the History of Chinnor. This will take the format of a presentation of original photographs taken in the early 1900s. These were of the glass slide format so some interesting photos.

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

A talk by Ian Waller entitled “THERE’S NONE AS QUERE AS FOLK!”. Ian has given talks in the past to the WT Historical Society and is an excellent and entertaining speaker.  The topic concerns communities with their own traditions, peculiarities and dialect. Many of these originated in early history and through to the modern day. Much has been preserved in pictorial, written and even oral histories. This talk gives examples of such traditions (often humorous) and puts them into the context of village and town life.

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

A talk by Geoff Lodge of the Wendover U3A entitled: The life of Cecelia Payne. Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, original name in full Cecilia Helena Payne, (born May 10, 1900, Wendover, Eng.—died Dec. 7, 1979, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.). She went to Cambridge Uni in 1919 and in 1923 received a fellowship to study at Harvard. She is reckoned to be amongst the 100 women trailer blazers.

British-born American astronomer who discovered that stars are made mainly of hydrogen and helium and established that stars could be classified according to their temperatures.

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

In conjunction with the Science & Technology Group we have arranged a visit the Milton Keynes Museum which has an interesting location, artefacts and a telephone museum with working exchange. This will be a whole day visit and we will car share. Details of times and costs are in the attached flyer.

Colin Oakes, who gave the talk on Chesham, is back to give us a talk on the history of Amersham.

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

To follow up on Colin’s talk I have spoken to Amersham museum to arrange a visit and a walk through the old town. They can manage 30 people in 2 groups of 15. The plan would be to meet at the museum for tea/coffee etc at 10:15am. Then for group 1 to go off at 10:30am and group 2 at 10:40am. The walk lasts 60 -90 minutes.  The museum is then open for the whole day so people can either go to the museum straight after the walk or have a bite to eat and then go to the museum. Museum has been expanded since our last visit some 8 years ago.

The cost will be £10 to include the walk and the visit to the museum with an extra £2 if you wish to have tea/coffee etc.  I will be taking numbers from the February meeting onwards.

To be confirmed.

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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