BBC Birmingham News Feeds
- Wigan Athletic v Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Barnsley v Aston Villa
- Birmingham street preacher guilty of abusing woman over 'tight jeans'
- Guns Village school in West Bromwich to change its name
- Alton Towers Smiler crash CCTV released
- Birmingham City v Preston North End
- Birmingham pub bombings: Government funding request rejected
- A circus ticket office worker lands job as the knife thrower's new assistant
- Jackie Sewell: Former England and Notts County striker dies, aged 89
- Jeetan Patel: Warwickshire spinner wins Most Valuable Player award for second time
BBC Bristol News Feed
- Girls as young as 12 'raped and abused' in Bristol
- Tammy Abraham: Bristol City striker like Ian Wright, says John Pemberton
- Bristol City v Leeds United
- Mike Ford: Former Bath head coach appointed Toulon's backs coach
- China's Geely auto group backs Bloodhound
- John 'Goldfinger' Palmer: Criminal was under surveillance for 16 years
- Cars smashed in suspected hate crime attacks in Bristol
- Premiership: Leicester Tigers 34-14 Bath
- Rugby player Dan Hickey's family in Bristol Half Marathon
- Lost footage of Bath to be screened
Cornwall Council News feed
- Truro night club owner fined for breaching licensing hours
- Electoral Review Panel puts forward proposal for future size of Cornwall Council
- Cornwall Housing pledges its support for Gas Safety Week 2016
- Shaping the future of services for Cornwall’s disabled children
- Transport and policing on the agenda for the Hayle and St Ives Community Network Panel meeting
- Griggs Quay, Lelant
- Progress continues to help deliver a roundabout at A3075 Cubert Crossroads
- Public meeting to be held in Falmouth to hear views on planning application PA16/05447
- Stoptober - the 28-day quit smoking campaign - is back
- Cornwall Housing is supporting #housingday
BBC Essex News Feed
- Paul Walter: Essex all-rounder signs new deal until 2018
- John 'Goldfinger' Palmer: Criminal was under surveillance for 16 years
- Jamie Day: Braintree Town part company with manager
- Braintree Town 0-1 Forest Green Rovers
- Colchester United 1-2 Accrington Stanley
- Northampton Town 4-0 Southend United
- 100th anniversary of Zeppelin crashes in Essex
- 'No Pokemon Go' at Holland-on-Sea complaint to council
- County Championship: Kent and Essex play out tame draw at Canterbury
- Will Puddy: Bristol Rovers goalkeeper joins Braintree Town on loan
BBC Hampshire News Feed
- Fire 'in noisy generator' at new Romsey retirement flats
- Southampton 'Ratman' blamed for Highfield infestation
- Portsmouth Labour group leader John Ferrett quits over Corbyn
- High Flier
- Hampshire: Giles White sees positives for future despite Championship relegation
- Car crash boy back at school after 'amazing' recovery
- Aldershot Town v Gateshead
- Eastleigh v Sutton United
- Portsmouth v Barnet
- New Forest stream campaigners dubbed 'climate deniers'
BBC Manchester News Feeds
- Jalal Uddin murder: Man charged in helping suspect who fled the country
- Adam Walne: Salford Red Devils prop could be suspended for Million Pound Game
- Victoria Wood fans to choose star's memorial statue
- Zombies stopped by motorway police in Warrington
- Police to investigate Coronation Street actor Marc Anwar's tweets
- Wigan Warriors: Sam Tomkins & Sean O'Loughlin to miss Super League play-offs
- Glenn Stewart: Leigh Centurions sign ex-Catalans Dragons forward
- Why Jewish schools are using extra security
- Wayne Rooney: Man Utd skipper still the club's main man, says Chris Smalling
- Tyson Fury: Eddie Hearn does not think heavyweight champion will fight again
BBC Lincolnshire News Feed
- Civic reception for Paralympian javelin thrower Hollie Arnold
- Red Arrows pilot death: Ejector seat firm to be prosecuted
- Virgin East Coast rail staff to strike on 3 October
- Church burial for Stickney garden remains
- Lincolnshire's chief constable criticises ambulance numbers
- Dover Athletic 2-0 Lincoln City
- Cyclist killed in Lincoln car crash
- Marine Erte death: Man denies Boston house murder
- HMP Lincoln prisoners moved while disturbance investigated
- Fears for future of Sutterton green burial site
Amersham News Views and Information News Feed
- Chiltern Humanists September Meeting (13/09/16)
- Lt. Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts – October 7th – 16th
- Movie on the Lawn, an outdoor screening of Top Gun – September 3
- Beginner’s Guide to Freelance Journalism: a day workshop – Amersham – October 1
- A History of Amersham with Julian Hunt 25th August
- New book provides fascinating insight into Amersham in the 1940s
- The Somme – Exploding the myths about the battle – Saturday 15th October
- Local Chiltern Countryside Inspires Innovative Audio Stories to Help Young Children Sleep at Night
- Summer Holiday Fun at Amersham Museum
- Mud Pack III – Support The Hospice of St Francis
Chiltern Humanists September Meeting.
The 2016 season starts with Andrew Copson, the British Humanists Association Chief Executive. Humanists make their ethical decisions based on reason and empathy after assessing the facts of the situation and the probable consequences of their actions for themselves. But does this mean that there are no figures that Humanists can look to for inspiration or in admiration?
date: 13th September
venue: Wendover Library Room, High Street, Wendover, Bucks
cost: Free. All welcome.
Lt. Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts.
The Festival has been described as “England’s best kept secret”. The programme ranges from classical
masterworks , early music ,new works, jazz, folk, an art lecture and literary
event. Visit the website for programme and booking details.
date: Friday October 7th – Sunday October 16th
venue: St.John the Baptist Church
cost: Tickets from £22 -£8
tel: 01494958148 from September 12th
Movie on the Lawn, an outdoor screening of Top Gun.
date: 3rd September
time: 6pm – 10pm
venue: Clare Charity Centre, Wycombe Road, Saunderton, Bucks, HP14 4BF
cost: Adult – £20, Child – £12, Family-£40
tel: 01494 569049
Beginner’s Guide to Freelance Journalism: a day workshop
Pick up useful techniques and tips,and practice key skills on this one-day workshop. Run by professional writing tutors with freelance experience.
date: Saturday 1 October 2016
venue: Friends Meeting House, Whielden Street, Amersham HP7 0JB
tel: 01296 623434
A History of Amersham with Julian Hunt
Amersham Museum’s activities to celebrate their twenty fifth anniversary continue with a talk by Julian Hunt, entitled The History of Amersham on Thursday 25th August at 8pm, (doors open at 7.30pm) at the Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre, HP6 5AH. The talk will cover some of the highlights of Amersham’s history, from medieval market town to Metro-land and together with a special 25 years exhibition currently on display at the museum, celebrates the museum’s silver jubilee year.
The talk will explain how Amersham was a large and fertile parish, sending corn and malt to London, with its many coaching inns serving travellers on the road from London to Birmingham. After it was made a Parliamentary Borough in 1624, Drake M.P.s and Rectors tended to stifle development, but with the opening of the railway in 1892, energetic newcomers moved into the arts and crafts houses at Amersham Common. Julian will explore Amersham’s love/hate relationship with the Drake family and highlight other figures who shaped the town.
Julian Hunt was born in 1949 at Romsley, Worcestershire. He was a local studies librarian in Oldham, Lancashire, and, more recently at Aylesbury, where he established the Centre for Bucks Studies. He has written numerous histories of Buckinghamshire market towns, including a History of Amersham (2001) A History of Gerrards Cross (2006) and Beaconsfield, a History (2009), all published by Phillimore & Co., of Chichester. He has been a lecturer at Gerrards Cross Summer School for many years.
The talk costs £10 per person or £8 per person for Friends of the Amersham Museum and includes a glass of wine on arrival. To book, go to www.amershammuseum.org/talks .
The special exhibition 25 years of Amersham Museum, exhibiting key objects from Amersham’s history and exploring the museum’s early development will be on display until Wednesday 31st August. After this the Museum will shortly be commencing an exciting project to expand into the premises next door. This will enable the museum site and exhibitions to be redeveloped, creating accessible spaces and providing new facilities to cater for schools, talks and family activities. The summer is the last chance to visit the museum before the work starts. The museum then plans to reopen in summer 2017 once the work is complete. There will be a chance to look at the plans for the ‘Reimagining of Amersham Museum’ project’ at the museum on Heritage Day on 11th September.
New book provides fascinating insight into Amersham in the 1940s
Although the independent Amersham Museum is a community-centred host of lively events for
the young and old, it also contains an interesting archive of documents and ephemera relating
to people and places in Amersham.
Some years ago during a routine audit of the document collection a handwritten journal was
discovered written by a local resident. The journal had been donated by a lady in Norfolk who
had found it in the drawer of a piece of furniture she bought at auction. The museum is very
grateful that she did not just throw it away, but thought to offer it for the collection.
The name of the journal’s writer was evident from the correspondence placed within the pages
of the journal, and it matched the name of an author of a book in the museum’s library. The
writer was Mabel Richmond Brailsford, a writer of historical biographies of religious
personalities, such as William Penn and John Wesley.
Thanks to a research volunteer transcribing the journal and a volunteer typographer designing
the book, this journal has now been published by the museum to enable everyone to learn at
first-hand about life on the homefront during World War Two. Within the journal are 40,000
words of wonderful stories of Amersham residents, descriptions of war-torn London, tales of
national personalities, the trials of providing a home for bombed-out Londoners and general
uninformed gossip. The well-educated writer splatters her entries with French, Italian, German
and Latin phrases. She writes with intelligence and wit, but still displays her prejudices,
admiration for her favourites and an undercurrent of cultural snobbery. This lucid and
entertaining account of her thoughts and descriptions of events and people give us a vivid
account of life in Amersham during World War Two.
As well as the journal, the book includes a biography of the author, researched in archives in
Manchester and Ilfracombe; a bibliography of her published work; and mini biographies of the
150 people and places contained within the journal. It is an exciting new addition to the
understanding of the deprivations and conditions endured on the homefront during world war
Copies are available from the publisher, Amersham Museum, for £10 each. Proceeds will
support the museum’s development project into the neighbouring building.
Entry is £2.50 per adult and under 16s are free.
The Museum is open March to August Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons
2pm – 4.30pm The Museum is also open from 10-4.30pm on Saturdays.
There are guided walks of the town every Sunday at 2.30pm April to August. The walk lasts an
hour and a half and costs £2 per adult with under 16s free. Martyrs walks to the martyrs
memorial are led by guides in Tudor costume on the last Saturday of the month at 2.30pm,
April to September. The martyrs walks last two hours and a quarter and cost £2 per adult with
under 16s free.
The Museum is located at 49 High Street, Old Amersham, HP7 0DP. There is free parking on
the High Street. The nearest car park is located just off the Broadway, about 350m from the
The Somme – Exploding the myths about the battle
Dr Bruce Cherry military historian and author examines the wider context of
the myths and facts surrounding the 13 battles of The Somme
Organised by Amersham Rotary
date: Saturday 15th October 2016
venue: The Beacon School Chesham Bois
cost: £15 per person or £16.50 if purchased online
tel: 01494 736173
Time To Sleep Stories are professionally narrated audio stories which feature relaxing music and tranquil sound effects and which are aimed at children aged 4-7 years.
If your children find it difficult to drop off to sleep at bedtime and are still full of energy and excitement when they should be ready to nod off then Time To Sleep Stories could be just what they (and you) need. The stories have been written and created by author and television scriptwriter, Mark Jones, who was born and bred in Amersham and who is now based in Wales.
Mark went to Chenies School and it was during his time there in the 1960s that he developed an interest in nature. A highlight of the school week was the nature walk – rambles through the scenic Chilterns countryside. The beautiful beech woods, carpets of bluebells, dog roses in the hedgerows, the bubbling river Chess and the watercress beds, wild flowers, singing birds and the seemingly endless hazy, lazy days of summer. In later years he worked in the tourism industry, promoting this delightful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
All these influences are reflected in the Time To Sleep Stories series and in particular the story, “The Whispering Wood”, narrated by renowned television presenter and author, Lionel Fanthorpe and with music by award winning, Oscar nominated composer, Lester Barnes, who has composed the music for such popular children’s television programmes as Horrid Henry, the Roly Mo Show and most recently the hit CBeebies series, Footy Pups.
So, if your children are having difficulty in dropping off to sleep at bedtime, perhaps a Time To Sleep Story could be just the solution you’re seeking!
Here’s a link to the website www.timetosleepstories.com.
(Mark Jones is the brother of the web site owner of http://www.amersham.org.uk)
Starting on Wednesday 21st July you can try your hand at making a Saxon style clay pot using traditional techniques. On 3rd August there will be the opportunity to learn more about the local medieval industries and make a decorative tile and straw plait bookmark to take away. Be inspired by our Goya perfume collection and carve your own piece of soap and make some packaging on Wednesday 10th August. In case you can’t make the first sessions then the activities will be repeated on Wednesday 17th, 24th and 31st August.
There is a £2.50 charge per child for the Create! sessions and accompanying adults are free. Sessions run from 2pm-4.30pm. No booking is required.
This year the museum is celebrating 25 years and has a special exhibition showcasing 24 key objects from Amersham’s history. Visitors can vote for the 25th object, something that they think represents daily life in 2016 and the most popular choice will be added to the museum collection and become a museum artefact of the future. Over the summer there will be the opportunity for visitors to explore some of the key objects closer up and make something, inspired by the artefacts, to take home with them.
Also throughout the Summer holidays, during normal opening hours, children can get creative with our Craft Case or follow the clues to complete the Silver Jubilee Trail and win a prize.
Entry is £2.50 per adult and under 16s are free. Silver Jubilee Trail, £1 per child. Create! sessions cost £2.50 per child and accompanying adults are free. Amersham Museum also offers a series of stimulating adult talks and on the Thursday 25th August we have Julian Hunt talking on The History of Amersham at the Drake Hall, Amersham Community Centre, HP6 5AH. Julian Hunt who was a local studies librarian at Aylesbury, where he established the Centre for Bucks Studies, has written numerous histories of Buckinghamshire market towns, including a History of Amersham (2001). The talk will cover some of the highlights of Amersham’s history, and together with a special 25 years exhibition currently on display at the museum, celebrates the museum’s silver jubilee year.
All talks cost £10 per person. £8 for Friends of Amersham Museum and include a glass of wine on arrival. To find out more about the museum, including our regular programme of events throughout the year go to www.amershammuseum.org.
The Museum is open March to August Thursday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons 2pm – 4.30pm The Museum is also open from 10-4.30pm on Saturdays.
There are guided walks of the town every Sunday at 2.30pm April to August. The walk lasts an hour and a half and costs £2 per adult with under 16s free. Martyrs walks to the martyrs memorial are led by guides in Tudor costume on the last Saturday of the month at 2.30pm, April to September. The martyrs walks last two hours and a quarter and cost £2 per adult with under 16s free.
The Museum is located at 49 High Street, Old Amersham, HP7 0DP. There is free parking on the High Street. The nearest car park is located just off the Broadway, about 350m from the Museum.
Mud Pack III
Show your determination and sense of team spirit as you
jump, climb, slide and wade your way through our
adrenaline-fuelled, laughter-filled 5 or 10-mile boggy
filth-fest obstacle course adventure all set in the
beautiful, historic, and very muddy grounds of Ashridge
What better way to support the work of the Hospice and
help us continue to provide our vital services for
patients and families, than getting caked in mud and
drenched to the skin?
Places are set to fill up fast, so don t delay in signing
up for some muddy good fun and get filthy for St Francis!
Entry fee: £35 to register plus a £50 sponsorship pledge
to support The Hospice of St Francis
Who: Open to people of all levels of fitness over the age
date: 23 October 2016
time: 9.30am 2.00pm
venue: Ashridge House
cost: £35 to register & £50 sponsorship pledge
tel: 01442 869 555