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.
  • Spring into Summer 2017

    Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner! The daffodils are almost over but bluebells can be seen in the woods, cherry blossom is still to be found in Flackwell Heath and Fern Lane Cemetery in Little Marlow is awash with colour.

    Here are the details of what we have on offer over the next few weeks. (More talks for later in the year are already in the pipeline and will be advertised on our website nearer the time.)

    New programme

    Monday 8th May, from 7.15 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum. Free Entry.
    The topic for this evening will be 'Local Area Pubs' – We have lost many pubs over the years. They have either been converted into accommodation, or have been demolished. Do you remember how many pubs there used to be in the local villages? What were their names? Were they owned by a brewery? We would love you to share your memories with us.

    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.

    Monday 15th May, at 7.30 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Loudwater in The Great War - book your ticket now!
    Mike Dewey and John Gurney will speak about, and show pictures of, the village of Loudwater at the time of WWI and also relate stories about some of the local soldiers who either perished or survived during the Great War.

    The talk will consider:
    What Loudwater looked like at the time of the First World War
    Some of the men who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice
    Those who served and survived
    The families left behind in the village when their men went off to war

    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are available at the Flackwell Heath Community Library, and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Tuesday 23rd May, from 10.30 am–noon. Local lacemakers will be at Flackwell Heath Community Library to make lace and discuss their hobby.
    Free Entry.
    Wooburn and the surrounding villages were famous for lacemaking as a cottage industry, providing income for women and their families.

    In 1880 Eliza Bowler, Wooburn midwife and lacemaker, was awarded “Highly Commended” at the Windsor Exhibition. Her work was greatly admired by Queen Victoria, a supporter of cottage industries. The Queen ordered lace jabots for her ladies-in-waiting.

    Now over 130 years later Bourne End lacemakers are a small group keen to keep local lacemaking alive as a craft. Do you make lace, or have you made lace in the past? Perhaps you have inherited a bee pillow or bobbins and would like to use them.

    The group, who meet once a month, are looking for more lacemakers to share their interest and knowledge. Why not take a break from the 21st century rush and join them to indulge in a regular afternoon of this absorbing craft. For more information phone Pat on 01628 529103 or Elizabeth on 01628 521666.

    Monday 19th June, at 7.30 pm at Flackwell Heath Community Library ‘Frackle’ – what happened: Who built what, where, when and why?
    Jane Dunsterville continues her story of the development of the village of Flackwell Heath from the 1950s to recent times.

    This is a ticketed event. The tickets will be available at the Flackwell Heath Community Library in May, 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.

    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
    Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives Warfare takes to the Air A History of Local Railways
    A History of Wooburn Town and St Paul's Church
    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

    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!

    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

    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

    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

    At 11 am on Weds 19th April we commemorated the loss, one hundred years ago, of
    James Payne 19 April 1917
    Archibald Pepper 19 April 1917
    Owen Rogers 19 April 1917
    Joseph Summerfield 19 April 1917

    The following men from Wooburn also died on the same day:
    William Crockett 19 April 2017
    James Smith 19 April 1917
    John White 19 April 2017
    Edward Plumridge 19 April 2017
    Arthur Pratt 19 April 2017

    The following men from Little Marlow also died on the same day:
    Leonard Southam 19 April 2017
    Percy Twitchen 19 April 2017

    All these men were part of the Isle of Wight Rifles and were killed at the Second Battle of Gaza. To find out more about this tragic day do look at our display in Flackwell Heath Community Library.

    Lest We Forget for May

    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project for May the bell at Christchurch, Flackwell Heath, will be rung at 11am on the 9th May to honour the centenary of the following death:

    Arthur Hall 9 May 1917

    St Peter's Church, Loudwater will also ring their bell to commemorate the centenary of the death of each man named on the Loudwater War Memorial (please contact St Peter's Church in advance to confirm the time).
    Arthur Mitchell 3 May 1917
    Arthur Saunders 30 May 1917

    From the parish of Wooburn, we also honour:
    Albert Smith 3 May 2017
    Norman Leech 10 May 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 20th April 2017

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