Amersham

September 2016

Chiltern District Council News Feed - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:55
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Chiltern Humanists September Meeting (13/09/16)

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?

All welcome.

www.chilternhumanists.org.uk

date: 13th September

time: 19:30

venue: Wendover Library Room, High Street, Wendover, Bucks

cost: Free. All welcome.

web: www.chilternhumanists.org.uk


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Lt. Missenden Festival of Music and the Arts – October 7th – 16th

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
Lt. Missenden,
Amersham
HP7 0RA

cost: Tickets from £22 -£8

email: tickets@little-missenden.org

web: www.little-missenden.org

tel: 01494958148 from September 12th


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Movie on the Lawn, an outdoor screening of Top Gun – September 3

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

email: events@childbereavementuk.org

web: http://childbereavementuk.org/get-involved/events/

tel: 01494 569049


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Beginner’s Guide to Freelance Journalism: a day workshop – Amersham – October 1

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

time: 10am-4pm

venue: Friends Meeting House, Whielden Street, Amersham HP7 0JB

cost: £40

email:  lesleycaellis@gmail.com

tel: 01296 623434


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A History of Amersham with Julian Hunt 25th August

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.

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August 2016

Chiltern District Council News Feed - Tue, 08/02/2016 - 09:12
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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

Chiltern District Council News Feed - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 10:02
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June 2016

Chiltern District Council News Feed - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 14:17
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