- Women's Super League One: Arsenal Ladies v Liverpool Ladies
- Clipper Round the World yacht crews welcomed in London
- 1966 World Cup: Special event marks 50 years since England's football win
- Man stabbed near Bethnal Green Tube station after boxing event
- JK Rowling: I did say 'never say never' for Harry Potter
BBC Birmingham News Feeds
- Pakistan v Worcestershire: Rahat Ali takes 2-29 in drawn tour game
- Walter Zenga: Wolves name former Italy international as head coach
- Women's Super League One: Doncaster Rovers Belles v Birmingham City Ladies
- Kenny Jackett: Wolves sack head coach after three seasons in charge
- Pakistan v Worcestershire: Azhar Ali and Shan Masood find form
- Jordan Ayew: Aston Villa striker to remain with Championship club
- Helder Costa: Wolves sign Benfica winger on season-long loan
- Lemon curd sandwiches Wolverhampton teen's only lunch
- Blood test to detect brain damage developed
- Che Adams: Birmingham City outpriced for Sheffield United's seven-figure target
BBC Bristol News Feed
- One-Day Cup: Tom Abell century puts Somerset in last eight
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug trial in Bristol
- Reward offered after 'vile' racist attack in Bristol
- T20 Blast: Yorkshire, Essex and Durham join Nottinghamshire in quarter-finals
- Disabled Swindon student given standing ovation when collecting honour
- Rescued firm Bristol Cars unveils first new model in years
- Adam Matthews: Wales and Sunderland full-back rejoins Bristol City on season-long loan
- Todd Blackadder named Bath director of rugby, with Tabai Matson head coach
- One-Day Cup: Jade Dernbach & Gareth Batty star as Surrey beat Glos
- They call it 'pee-power'
Cornwall Council News feed
- Pilot project aims to provide walkers with alternative routes when fields contain livestock
- Grants available to help older and vulnerable people stay gas safe in their homes
- Plymouth Magistrates dismiss appeal for Bodrum late licence in Newquay
- Truro Emergency Services Community Station launch
- Road works on Kerrier Way, Camborne
- Warning following spate of fake officials cases
- A392 roundabout near Hendra Holiday Park opens for the school summer holidays
- More than one million people set to benefit from extra lane on A30 bottleneck
- Trading Standards issue cold caller warning following conviction of local rogue trader
- Online poll opened for public to have their say on 'Who decides'
BBC Essex News Feed
- Man, 31, set alight in Waltham Abbey Gardens attack
- World Open: Ali Carter and Joe Perry to meet in all-English final
- Couple unaware of 1966 World Cup final on wedding day
- T20 Blast: Yorkshire, Essex and Durham join Nottinghamshire in quarter-finals
- Jakub Sokolik: Southend United sign former Yeovil Town centre-back
- Lewis Kinsella: Former Aston Villa defender joins Colchester United
- Garrison sighting 'not linked' to RAF Marham kidnap bid
- James Whale: BBC Essex breakfast show host in Celebrity Big Brother
- Churchill painting of Miami Beach sold for £192k at auction
- Sex offenders given lie detector tests to manage reoffending risk
BBC Hampshire News Feed
- M3 motorway reopens after crash forced 12-hour closure
- Three men jailed for £200k Winchester jewellery raid
- Michael Freshwater death: New arrest over flat stabbing
- New plan for Red Funnel's East Cowes ferry terminal
- David Forde: Portsmouth sign goalkeeper on loan from Millwall
- Super League: Charlotte Edwards motivated by new challenge
- Southern Health NHS Trust 'paid millions' to Katrina Percy's associates
- Southern calls for talks over rail strikes
- Funeral held on Isle of Wight for UK's oldest person
- RMT announces five-day August strike on Southern rail network
BBC Manchester News Feeds
- Women's Super League One: Manchester City Women v Sunderland Ladies
- Challenge Cup: Warrington Wolves 56-12 Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
- Norovirus outbreak forces Royal Bolton Hospital ward closure
- Ashton-under-Lyne murder suspect, 16, arrested
- Bramall Hall reopens after £2.2m makeover
- Manchester taxi firm will drive you around the city to catch Pokemon
- Virgin Media engineers 'cut off home'
- Ian Baraclough: Former Motherwell boss named Oldham Athletic assistant manager
- Suspended Greater Manchester Police firearms manager reinstated
- TJ Ioane: Samoan flanker signs new three-year deal at Sale Sharks
BBC Lincolnshire News Feed
- Nathan Arnold: Lincoln City sign ex-Grimsby Town winger
- Vivean Gray, Mrs Mangel in Neighbours, dies aged 92
- Hannah Pearson death: Girl, 16, was 'bright and bubbly'
- Weeds thwart Guy Martin's 'pedalo' record attempt
- Spalding shootings: Dad killed daughter and wife 'with shotgun'
- Lenuta Ioana Haidemac murder inquiry: Man charged
- Murder charge over Lincolnshire girl's death
- Waste mountain
- Twyford Wood ravers jailed over attacks on police
- Four charged after Grimsby Town-Sheffield United 'disorder'
Amersham News Views and Information News Feed
- 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
- PlayBall – Weekly Softball & Baseball – Amersham
- Lots for Tots Sale – 18 June – Amersham
- Restorative Yoga – Restorative Yoga for the Buckinghamshire Community
- Half term Fun at Amersham Museum
- Simpatico and Katharine Parkin at Bucks Open Studios 2016 – Amersham 11-26 June
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
PlayBall – Weekly Softball & Baseball sessions in a park near you!
Event Date and Start Time / Event venue and Address
Weekly sessions from now until October
Monday 4pm-5pm Hervines Park, Amersham Mixed Softball 14+ years
Wednesday 4pm-5pm King George V Park, Amersham Mixed Baseball 9-14 years
Thursday 4pm-5pm Barn Meadow, School Lane, Old Amersham Mixed Softball 14+ years
£2 per session, no need to book just turn up!
Mobile Number: 07703754589
Lots for Tots sale
A sale of pre owned children’s items .
Have your own stall if you would like to sell .
date: 18th June
venue: Amersham Polish Club
cost: £1 per adult – children are free
Event Cost – £10
Further Information – www.aquariusyoga.co.uk, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel 07748 632013 (Sima)
Half term Fun at Amersham Museum
Amersham Museum is offering a fun filled programme of family activities this half-term holiday. Bring your children to hunt for the toys in the Museum and get creative and make your own toy and game during our regular Wednesday family craft session.
Come and explore some of the museum’s collection of real and replica toys that children throughout the ages would have played with and complete the Toy Hunt (£1) to get a prize. The trail runs from Friday 27th May through to Sunday 5th June every day except for Tuesday. Check our website for opening times.
Discover your creative side and drop-in to our Create! session on Wednesday 1st June 2-4.30pm. Find out about some of the games Romans played and how board games got their name in Tudor times. Play with some of the museum toys in the garden and wonder at the magic of the zoetrope, an early optical illusion toy that children in Victorian times would have played with if they were lucky enough to own one! Children can make an optical illusion toy and a Roman board game to take home. There is a £2.50 charge per child for the Create! sessions and accompanying adults are free. No booking is required.
This year the museum is celebrating its silver jubilee and has a special exhibition exploring the museum’s early development and highlights during this time. Visitors can explore some of the key objects in the museum’s collection, including some toys from the Amersham Toys factory. Have a guess at mystery artefacts in feely bags and even vote for an object that you think represents daily life in 2016. The most popular object will be added to the museum collection and become a museum artefact of the future!
To find out more about the museum, including our regular programme of events throughout the year go to www.amershammuseum.org.
Simpatico and Katharine Parkin
During Bucks Open Studios – 11th to 26th June 2016 – Beverley Parkin, Cécile Gallina,
Jenny Thompson Liz Grammenos and Katharine Parkin will be Exhibiting as well as Demonstrating their Various Painting and Decorative Techniques
St. Michael and All Angels Parish Church
Sycamore Road, Amersham, HP6 5DR
Saturdays from 9.30am to 6pm
Weekdays from 9.30am to 5.30pm and
Sundays from 12noon to 6pm
They will be supporting St.Michael’s Church and Jemima’s Gift, a local charityHelping children reach their full potential
For a Preview of their works, go to
Simpatico and ‘In-a-Sparkle’ on Face Book
They look forward to seeing you there
You can also find them under Studio no. 238 in Bucks Open Studios’ booklet which is available in local shops and libraries and on Bucks Open Studios website under the following link http://www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk/exhibitor_details.asp?id=2972
Get on your bike and support
Scannappeal’s Pedal for Prostate Team
at this year’s Chiltern Cycling Festival
This year’s Chiltern Cycling Festival is shaping up to be a great summer’s day out for cyclists and their families from all over the UK on Sunday 17 July. Celebrate your cycling challenge and fundraising achievements in the beautiful grounds of Penn House and join the ‘Pedal for Prostate’ team raising money for Scannappeal.
This year the organisers are proud to partner with Scannappeal, a local charity that raises money to buy state of the art medical equipment for the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Hospitals (Amersham, Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville). The “Pedal for Prostate” rides include the 30, 60 and 100 mile routes. Whether you are a seasoned rider or a first timer, there is a route to suit all. CCF organiser Robin Askey says “we are delighted to support Scannappeal. The Chilterns is such a great place to cycle and our three routes are perfect for all abilities of rider and to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity”.
Based in the Penn House Estate the festival offers a whole host of routes that let riders discover the “joys” of cycling challenges in and around the Chiltern Hills. All finishers receive a glass of champagne and goody bag to help celebrate completing their challenge along with entry into the Velo Village where they can relax and recover from all their exertions. Alongside the two wheeled challenges there will be a fantastic mix of activities for friends & families to enjoy from a ‘Brocante style” vintage market, Children’s Go Ride activities to local produce and food & drink stalls, including locally brewed Craft beers as well as live music and even a retro bike parade, ‘The Dapper Pedaler’.
Riders can enter as part of the Scannappeal ‘Pedal for Prostate’ team. There is no minimum fundraising or sponsorship amount required, but riders are asked to donate to Scannappeal based on distances covered and completion of the route. Scannappeal’s Director, Lisa Trivett says “Joining the Pedal for Prostate team is a great way to explore the beautiful Chiltern countryside whilst helping Scannappeal raise money to purchase equipment to radically improve surgery to treat prostate, kidney and bladder cancers. Hopefully the sun will be out and we’ll all enjoy a great British summer’s day in this wonderful setting”.
To enter go online at www.britishcycling.org.uk/events/details/140644/Chiltern-Cycling-Festival-Sportive-2016 . Whilst you don’t need to be a BC member you need to register your details and state “Team Scannappeal” as your club.
For further information please visit www.scannappeal.org.uk
Scannappeal is a charity that purchases state of the art medical equipment for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. It assists the Trust’s hospitals growing reputation as centres of excellence and deliver the best possible care and treatment.
Registered Charity No 296291
Concert with two choirs: BUCKS VOICES and CHILTERN SINGERS – 28 May – Amersham Free Church
Three young musicians
Alice Martin Soprano & Flute
Annie Parker Piano
Adam Richards Euphonium
In support of Christian Aid
date: Saturday, 28 May
time: 7.30 pm
venue: Amersham Free Church
cost: £10 inc drink. From 01494 725207 or at door
Craft Fair 12 stalls run by craftspeople, also plants, cakes, gifts, raffle, coffees ,
To support Christian Aid
date: 21 May 2016
time: 9.30 to 3.00pm
venue: St Michael’s Church
Amersham, HP6 DR
cost: Free Entry
Maryam Namazie – Sharia law and free expression.
Maryam is spokesperson for the One Law for All Campaign against Sharia Law in Britain. The Campaign argues that Sharia law is discriminatory and unjust, particularly against women. She is also a spokesperson for the Council of ex-Muslims of Britain. She talks about the relationship between Islam and mainstream society in Britain.
date: Wednesday 11th May 2016
venue: Small Barn Hall, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, HP6 5AH.
Ample free parking.
‘Hay Fever’ by Noel Coward, performed by Chesham Bois
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some
guests, David Bliss, a novelist and his wife Judith, a
retired actress, find that an impossible dream when their
high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests
of their own. A houseful of drama waits to be ignited as
misunderstandings and tempers flare. With Judith’s new
flame and David’s newest literary ‘inspiration’ keeping
company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family
lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an
exhausting and hilarious finale.
The audience will be seated around tables, and are
welcome to bring their own refreshments or alternatively
can buy tea, coffee and cakes during the interval.
Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016
7.30pm Fri & Sat, 4pm Sunday
Tickets: £8 (concessions) & £10 available from
www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/126389 or phone 0333 666
(subject to booking fee)
date: 20-22 May
time: 7.39pm on 20 and 21 May, 4pm on 22 May
venue: The Little Theatre by the Park (Temperance Hall)
cost: £8 concessions and £10
Amersham Museum is offering a series of stimulating adult talks this spring and summer season. Stan Pretty, director of the tremendously successful Amersham Martyrs play, will kick off with the first talk entitled The Amersham Martyrs community play on Thursday 28th April at 8pm at the Market Hall, (doors open at 7.30pm). The play which was a sell-out last month focused on the extraordinary tale of seven martyrs from sixteenth-century Amersham. Stan Pretty who devised and directed the play, and was awarded an MBE in 2004, will talk about how the production came about and the historical research that has gone into the making of the play. 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 .
If you would like to find out more about life in Tudor Amersham, particularly the story of the Amersham martyrs, then why not join one of the monthly martyrs walks that run from Amersham Museum? The walk is led by guides in Tudor costume and includes a visit to St Mary’s Church and a stop at the cottage at the edge of the (Tudor) town where the Lollards are believed to have held their meetings. The guides lead you up through the fields to finish at the martyrs memorial, close to which a group of local Lollards were martyred for their beliefs.
The walks take place at 2.30pm on the last Saturday of the month until Saturday 27th August. They last approximately two and a quarter hours, costing £2.50 per person (there is no need to book). The museum also accepts many private, group bookings for walks, during both the day and the evening.
Further talks this season include a talk by Monica Weller – How I came to write Injured Parties – Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson on Tuesday 12th July at 8pm at the Market Hall (doors open at 7.30pm). With this true crime story, Monica Weller recounts her journey to find the killer of Amersham GP Dr Helen Davidson, who was murdered in dense woodland in 1966.
To round off the season, Julian Hunt will be delivering the talk on The History of Amersham on Thursday 25th August 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. For more information about any of the talks or to book go to www.amershammuseum.org/talks