Flackwell Local Area History Group

This local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn, in Buckinghamshire, aims to promote an interest in our history and to foster a sense of community.

Our objectives are:

  • To conduct research into aspects of the history and life in the communities of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn
  • To hold exhibitions on subjects of historical and topical interest
  • To conduct community projects on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater, Wooburn and their environs and related subjects of local and community interest
  • To liaise with schools and other local interest groups to provide information on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater, Wooburn and area
  • To support Flackwell Heath Community Library in preserving records and sources of information on the history of the locality
  • To organise talks, seminars and workshops on local history.
  • New programme for September/October 2017

    Cheer yourself up after the wet, dull summer with our next round of activities.

    Monday 11th September, from 7.15 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum. Free Entry.

    Come along to this research-gathering evening where we encourage you to bring along your photos and memories of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn Green. An opportunity to reminisce over a cup of tea or coffee, and a chance to look at old maps and other reference material. Your photos can be copied and scanned whilst you wait and copies will be kept, with your permission, for future use in our village archives. Drop in at any time between 7.15 and 8.45. (The evening finishes at 9 pm.) The meeting tonight will be an open forum and we would love you to share your memories with us.

    Monday 18th September, at 7.30 pm at Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Wood Turning with Robert Bishop - book your ticket now!

    Robert Bishop of KraftinWood at Kraft Village, Grafton St, High Wycombe, will explain the process and techniques of wood turning, and the relationship between a modern day turner and the bodgers of old.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are now available from the Flackwell Heath Community Library and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Monday 16th October, at 7.30 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    The “lost” Pubs in Our Villages

    Ken Townsend and Ray Evans will talk about, and show photographs of, the pubs which have been lost from the villages of Loudwater, Wooburn, Bourne End and Flackwell Heath.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are available from the Flackwell Heath Community Library, and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Monday 13th November, from 7.15 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum. Free Entry.

    Come along to another of our research-gathering evenings where we encourage you to bring your photos and your memories of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn Green. The theme of tonight's meeting will be 'our villages in World War Two' to help us prepare for a talk on WW2 next year.
    Please feel free to come and join us for a chat and a cuppa - we would love to hear your village stories. Your photos can be copied and scanned whilst you wait and copies will be kept, with your permission, for future use in our village archives. Drop in at any time between 7.15 and 8.45. (The evening finishes at 9 pm.)

    Monday 20th November, at 7.30 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Hospital Train 314

    Alfreda Dandridge will describe the reminiscences of her sister-in-law Joyce Dandridge who was a Red Cross nurse on a hospital train which took wounded soldiers to hospitals all over the country after D-Day in WWII. Joyce kept a diary of her experiences which Alfreda will read from.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are available from the Flackwell Heath Community Library, and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Book a Family History Research session – with Jan Fanning
    Would you like to find out about where you come from? Would you like to know who your grandparents or great-grandparents were, and where they came from?

    If you would like to discover more about your family using the internet but are unsure how to start, then why not try a session of family history research with Jan Fanning at Flackwell Heath Community Library? The sessions cost £2.00 for 50 minutes plus the cost of any photocopying.

    Please contact Jan to arrange a session at the library on 01628 527506, or by email janfanning@gmail.com.

    Facebook
    Flackwell Local Area History Group has its own page on Facebook where you can view and comment on old pictures and interesting information about our villages. If you are a Facebook user and would like to join the page there is a direct link on our main website or go to https://www.facebook.com/FlackwellHeathLoudwaterLocalHistoryGroup and 'like' the page.



    If you would like to share information in advance on the topics contained in any of our talks we would love to hear from you.
    click here to contact us.

    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)


    The group in action:
    Talks, exhibitions and displays at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    (Remember to look at our display cabinet in the library foyer as the display inside changes periodically)



    Costumed cemetery tour for the centenary of WW1 at Little Marlow Cemetery



    Previous events
    2017
    ‘Frackle’ – what happened: Who built what, where, when and why? Loudwater in the Great War Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives Warfare takes to the Air A History of Local Railways
    A History of Wooburn Town and St Paul's Church
    2016
    Wycombe Man, Carving a Niche in the World
    Frackle People and Places - from olden times to the 1950s - twice
    Volunteers from Flackwell Local Area History Group acted as guides for WW1 Wycombe Cemetery pageant
    Volunteers from Flackwell Local Area History Group acted as models for A Dress to Die For at Wycombe Arts Festival
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe
    The Villages in the Great War part 1 - Flackwell Heath

    2015
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe
    Stained glass making at Burleighfield
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31 - Rioters families
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater - twice
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History - thrice and always a sell out!

    2014
    Women on the Home Front
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    The History of paper-making talk
    Our World at War - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    To Boldly Glow - History of glow worms in the area
    Assistance at Tell Them of Us, WW1 Cemetery Tour, High Wycombe
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    Our Villages in the Great War
    Then and Now - Fennels Wood a changing story - twice

    2013
    Fund raising Quiz Night
    The history of Windsor Chairs
    A virtual tour of the surrounding area - SWOP
    Open evening - house histories and Glory Mill
    The Times of their Lives - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    Lace Making presentation
    Walk for National Mills Weekend
    Silt Road - the Wye
    Farming in Flackwell Heath
    Our research on the Machine Riots

    2012
    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display


    To contact the group, please click here

    To find out more about our activities please use the links below:

    For a visual history of our villages go to Flackwell folk: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Flackwellfolk/
    Loudwater lea: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Loudwaterlea/

    Your memories of village life are always much appreciated and these will appear under the learn more buttons on our Flackwell folk and Loudwater lea websites:click here to contact us.

    For 'Then and Now' images of the area click here

    Lest We Forget for April



    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project the bell at Christ Church, Flackwell Heath, will ring at 11am on the following days to commemorate the loss, one hundred years ago, of Flackwell Heath men:
    Cecil Swanborough who died on 1-Sep-1917
    Frank Baldwin who died on 9-Sep-1917
    Frank Stone-Wootton who died on 21-Sep-1917
    William Hills who died on 4-Oct-1917
    Ernest Gibson who died on 26-Oct-1917
    James Anderson who died on 31-Dec-1917

    From the parish of Loudwater we also honour:

    James Baker who died on 30-Sep-1917
    Victor Piggott who died on 2-Nov-1917
    Frederick Oliver who died on 6-Nov-1917

    From the parish of Wooburn we also honour:

    Frederick Harvey who died on 24-Sep-1917
    Frederick Rumsby who died on 25-Sep-1917
    John Pixley who died on 12-Oct-1917
    Albert Jones who died on 24-Oct-1917
    Ernest Gibson who died on 26-Oct-1917
    Joseph Haden who died on 26-Oct-1917
    John West who died on 30-Nov-1917
    Arthur Ludgate who died on 1-Dec-1917

    Our Research Projects

    Members of the Local History Group have wide ranging interests, from transport to houses, and places to people. To find out more about our research projects please click below:
    Our research projects



    Local War Memorials
    The Local History Group has now published its research into the soldiers who are named on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. In 2016 five new WW1 names were added to the memorial thanks to this research.
    Our research into the Loudwater names is still continuing and will be published in due course. Our research on both these war memorials can also be found on this website tinyurl.com/warmemorials which is still a work in progress as more information becomes available.

    We are now embarking on World War Two research and hope that families are still living in the villages with memories of the WW2 men named on the memorials. And any stories of life in our villages during this time will be warmly welcomed.

    Do click here if you have anything to offer this project.



    The Group also took part in the 'Tell Them of Us - Wycombe and the Somme' cemetery pageant at Wycombe Cemetery in 2016. A website providing self guided WW1 trails of the war graves and memorials in Wycombe Cemetery can be found here: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Losttheplot/Tellthemofus/index.html
    (Some of our local men are buried in Wycombe Cemetery.)



    The Group's research into what happened to the Swing Rioters of 1830 who were transported to Tasmania, and the stories of the families they left behind, has now been completed. The research is now available in the library.



    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet
    The Local History Group wish to encourage you to get out and discover some local views and the history under our feet. Jane Dunsterville has devised three circular walks in and around Flackwell Heath that are available from the Library. Pick up your Guide Sheet and discover an old trade route, the road that is named after a local merchant and the Old Wharf at Little Marlow.
    Walks are entitled:
    Fennels Wood
    Down on the Farm
    Golf links Loop



    Jane has also created a Mills Walk (which can be done in stages) and which takes you on a journey into the past and our papermaking heritage. Maps for this walk are available from the Library.



    For further information about any of our events and activities please call into the library, or contact Mike Dewey on 01628 525207 or email deweymiked@aol.com

    Site last updated 9th October 2017

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