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Spring into Summer 2017Spring 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 programmeMonday 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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(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
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
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
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Site last updated 20th April 2017