Rotary in Amersham Celebrates its 70th Charter This Year

Rotary in Amersham celebrates its 70th Charter this year.
The inaugural meeting of The Rotary Club of Amersham was held at The Mill Stream, Amersham on the 15th May 1946.
The Chairman was Mr F.G.Penman M.A.  Founder Members included :- Mr G.F.Brazil, The Reverend E.M.Page, Mr E.S.Gates,Mr H.R.Hoare, Mr A.T.Sly.
 At the meeting Lt. Col. Gordon Spencer Marston D.S.O M.C was elected as founder President.
Since then, Rotary in Amersham  has raised many thousands of pounds for charities it supports and contributes to the community with events and activities, including the Young Chef and Young Artist Competitions, popular with local schools.
As the result of a charity golf day Rotary in Amersham President, Derek Bryant was recently able to present a cheque for £5,000 to Claire Redrup, Community Fund Raising Manager for Rennie Grove Hospice Care. If you would like to know more about the activities of Rotary in Amersham please contact :- David Bevan 01494 775805

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

http://www.amershammuseum.org

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
Museum

More Details on the Redevelopment of Iceland Building

The planning application for the building currently housing Iceland and Cargo is now online.

 

The link is

 

https://isa.chiltern.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=NYRXC9ES09X00

The planning number is CH/2015/2243/FA

 

The description is | Redevelopment of site to facilitate erection of mixed use building comprising ground floor retail restaurant use (Class A1/A3) with associated access parking, servicing, residential accommodation (Class C3) on first, second and third floor roofspace comprising 35 studio 1 and 2 bed flats, associated access basement parking, private communal amenity space | 67 – 75 Sycamore Road Amersham Buckinghamshire HP6 5EQ

 

Iceland is closing at the end of December, their lease has run out.  Cargo will it seems close in January / February (as will other Cargo shops as the company is changing its retail offer).  This will leave just the opticians Chilton & Watson.

 

It is interesting to note the planning application includes use as a restaurant.  The number of flats I would suggest is welcome addition as accommodation is in short supply in Amersham.  The loss of Iceland though will be a blow to many.

 

The site original was the home to Amersham’s cinema The Regent.  Next door was also a branch of Brandons whose main store in Chesham was a small department store.  In the 1960s the cinema was knocked down and the Maypole super market opened with a large cafe on the first floor.  This turned into Liptons and the cafe was shut.  Iceland took over in I believe 1990.

 

Fatal collision – Coleshill, near Amersham

Fatal collision – Coleshill, near Amersham

Thames Valley Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Coleshill, near Amersham.

Shortly before 7.30pm on 11 October a blue Ford Mondeo traveling on the A355 Amersham Road from the direction of Amersham, was involved in a collision with a blue BMW 5 series traveling in the opposite direction.

The male driver of the Ford Mondeo died at the scene. The female driver of the BMW series sustained serious leg and arm injuries and was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital where she remains. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The road was closed while Roads Policing officers investigated the circumstances of the collision and it re-opened by midnight.

Investigating officer PC Dean Verges, from the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Amersham, said: “I would like to speak to anyone who saw this fatal collision or saw the vehicles traveling prior to the collision.

“If you have any information which could assist the investigation please contact police.”

Anyone with any information about the collision should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting URN 1217 11/10.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Appeal for Witnesses After fatal Collision Amersham Road – Coleshill

Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision – Coleshill

Thames Valley Police is appealing for information after a fatal collision on the A355 Amersham Road, near to Coleshill.

The collision happened at 6.36pm Monday 25 August on the A355 about half a mile from Magpie Lane and involved a blue Peugeot 307, a silver VW Golf and a black Mercedes SLK.

A 29-year-old woman driver died at the scene. A man driving a second vehicle was injured and was air lifted to the Royal London Hospital where he remains in a stable but serious condition.  The driver of a third vehicle was not injured.

Sgt Fraser Chamberlain from Roads Policing at Milton Keynes Police Station said: “Thames Valley Police would like to speak to anyone who witnessed this collision, or may have seen the vehicles shortly before.  Please contact the Serious Collision investigation team on 101.”

If you have any information about the incident please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1099 25/8.

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.