Amersham

New book provides fascinating insight into Amersham in the 1940s

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
two.
Copies are available from the publisher, Amersham Museum, for £10 each. Proceeds will
support the museum’s development project into the neighbouring building.

http://www.amershammuseum.org

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
Museum


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The Somme – Exploding the myths about the battle – Saturday 15th October

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

time: 19.30

venue: The Beacon School Chesham Bois

cost: £15 per person or £16.50 if purchased online

email: quinta@ndirect.co.uk

tel: 01494 736173


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Local Chiltern Countryside Inspires Innovative Audio Stories to Help Young Children Sleep at Night

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)


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Summer Holiday Fun at Amersham Museum

Summer Holiday Fun at Amersham Museum Escape the rain and enjoy family fun at Amersham Museum this summer. Have a go at one of the museum’s trails or get crafty in one of our Wednesday afternoon Create! sessions.
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.  

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Mud Pack III – Support The Hospice of St Francis

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
House.

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
of 15

www.stfrancis.org.uk/mudpack

date: 23 October 2016

time: 9.30am   2.00pm

venue: Ashridge House
Berkhamsted
HP4 1NS

cost: £35 to register & £50 sponsorship pledge

email: fundraising@stfrancis.org.uk

web: www.stfrancis.org.uk/mudpack

tel: 01442 869 555


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July 2016

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June 2016

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PlayBall – Weekly Softball & Baseball – Amersham

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
Event Cost

 

£2 per session, no need to book just turn up!
Further Information

 

Mobile Number: 07703754589

 


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Lots for Tots Sale – 18 June – Amersham

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

time: 10am-11.30am

venue: Amersham Polish Club
Raans Rd
Bucks

cost: £1 per adult – children are free

email: tasha.thompson@live.co.uk

web: http://lotsfortotssale.co.uk/event/amersham-saturd

tel: 07764490021


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Restorative Yoga – Restorative Yoga for the Buckinghamshire Community

Restorative Yoga – Restorative Yoga for the Buckinghamshire Community   A wonderful way to commence your yoga journey.  Great for beginners, this practice involves passive poses, practicing stillness or gentle movement for extended periods of time. We use props to assist you to hold poses longer.     Reduces Anxiety    Increases Flexibility   Lubricates the joints, ligaments and tendons   Nourishes all the organs of the body   It’s a complete detoxification   First Class starts Wednesday 8th June 2016 at 18:30 until 19:45 and continues every Wednesday onwards.   Please contact Sima with any questions Venue and Address – Market Hall, Market Square, Old Amersham
Event Cost – £10
Further Information  – www.aquariusyoga.co.uk, sima@aquariusyoga.co.uk, tel 07748 632013 (Sima)


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Half term Fun at Amersham Museum

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.


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Simpatico and Katharine Parkin at Bucks Open Studios 2016 – Amersham 11-26 June

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 charity

Helping 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

 


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Get on your bike and support Scannappeal’s Pedal for Prostate Team – July 17

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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May 2016

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Concert with two choirs: BUCKS VOICES and CHILTERN SINGERS

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
Woodside Road
HP6 6AJ

cost: £10 inc drink. From 01494 725207 or at door


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Craft Fair 21 May St Michael’s Church, Amersham

Craft Fair   12 stalls run by craftspeople, also plants, cakes, gifts, raffle, coffees ,
lunches.
To support Christian Aid

date: 21 May 2016

time: 9.30 to 3.00pm

venue: St Michael’s Church
Sycamore Road
Amersham, HP6 DR

cost: Free Entry


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Maryam Namazie – Sharia law and free expression – 11th May

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

time: 19:30

venue: Small Barn Hall, Amersham Community Centre, Chiltern Avenue, HP6 5AH.
Ample free parking.

cost: Free

web: www.chilternhumanists.org.uk


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‘Hay Fever’ by Noel Coward, performed by Chesham Bois Catholic Players 20-22 May

‘Hay Fever’ by Noel Coward, performed by Chesham Bois
Catholic Players
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
3366
(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)
Church Street
Chesham
Bucks
HP5 1HU

cost: £8 concessions and £10

email: publicitycbcp@gmail.com

web: cbcplayers.co.uk


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Amersham Museum Talks – Spring/Summer 2016

Evening talks this Spring and Summer View this email in your browser Amersham Museum Talks – Spring/Summer 2016
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

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