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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

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”

I am sure that you all had a Wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a New Year (2019) with great expectations. This newsletter will, I hope, go some way to lighten up the start of the year. I have added a talk for April 2019 and hope to be able to confirm two walks at the January meeting for a couple of the summer months. These are for a guided walk around Marlow and a visit with a guide to Hughenden Manor.  Please note the talk in February will start at 10:00am as the speaker is giving a talk near St Albans in the afternoon. Any suggestions for other speakers or visits are most welcome.

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

One of our U3A members, Paul Brown, is a metal detectorist and has agreed to give us a talk on the art of metal detecting. The talk will include, looking at the equipment, the legal requirements, the process and some of his interesting finds. The title of the talk is “The art of metal detecting”. Paul has given talks to the Science and Technology Group and is an excellent speaker and I am sure you will find his talk very interesting and informative.

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

Tuesday 26th February 2019

Following Mike Payne’s excellent talks on Princes Risborough and Pinewood studios I have asked him back to give a talk on “The Battle at Chalgrove Field”.

This is not just the story of the Battle of Chalgrove Field, fought in June 1643, during the English Civil War, but also the story surrounding it. With the help of some photos the route taken towards Chalgrove by the Cavaliers and Roundheads will be retraced and look into the reasons why the battle happened in the first place. With some unusual incidents and quirky facts recounted it makes for a fascinating look at a time when England was in the grip of a Civil War and yet many of the population knew very little about it.

Meeting is in the WT Chapel Room from 10:00 – 12:00am. Entrance will £3.

Tuesday 26th March 2019

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 of this years 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 10:30 – 12:30am. Entrance will £3.

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 

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. 

Kind Regards: Glynn