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.

date: 13th September

time: 19:30

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

cost: Free. All welcome.


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,

cost: Tickets from £22 -£8



tel: 01494958148 from September 12th

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


tel: 01296 623434

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

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

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


tel: 01494 736173

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

(Mark Jones is the brother of the web site owner of