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

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 .

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.

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