Free Company Aquitaine demonstrating Medieval Warbow – Chiltern Open Air Museum – 31 Aug to 1 Sept

Come and see the Free Company Aquitaine demonstrating the
art and skill of the medieval warbow. Watch
demonstrations of archery, see and learn about the arming
of the knight and talk to the blacksmith/armourer,
bowyer, spinster and surgeon about the medieval way of

From the Welsh wars of Edward I to the Battle of
Agincourt, the longbow has been pivotal to the military
prowess of England s medieval armies, but how much do you
really know about the bow and the men who used it with
such deadly proficiency? Have you ever wondered at what
age they were given their first bow; how they trained,
how they fought or what they were paid? Perhaps you fancy
testing your strength at drawing the bowstring to your
ear, or wish to see how far they could shoot a bodkin-
tipped arrow? Well now you can and more, The Free Company
of Aquitaine are coming to Chiltern Open Air Museum on
Saturday 31st August   Sunday 1st September 2019!

Within their 14th century camp you can meet the members
of The Free Company as they go about their business as a
band of mercenaries, operating in the south of France
during the Hundred Year s War. You ll be able to chat to
the archers as they prepare for battle and watch their
Great Warbows in action as they shoot volleys of arrows
into maille and plate armour targets on Skippings Field.
Learn about the armour of the knight as his squire
dresses him for combat and discover the tools of the
barber surgeon as she readies her table for the injuries
that always follow battle. Behind the scenes there is
plenty of activity as the bowyer crafts bows out of
staves of yew, the smith forges arrowheads and the
womenfolk spin wool for their clothing while watching the
next meal bubble away on the open fire. It promises to be
a great day out in history!

Please note that all activities are subject to change and

Standard admission prices apply. Free entry for Annual
Pass holders.

date: 31.08./01.09.2019

time: 10:00

venue: Chiltern Open Air Museum, Newland Park, Gorelands Lane,
Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4AB

cost: 6,50

event email:

event web:

event tel nos: 01494 871117


Terrific Tuesdays – Summer holiday activities for the family – Chiltern open Air Museum

Terrific Tuesdays – Summer holiday activities for the

It can be tough finding activities to keep the children
entertained throughout the school summer holidays. So the
Museum s Education team have created special themed
family activities, games and crafts all for the standard
admission price!

If you d like to attend multiple Terrific Tuesdays (there
will be 9 during the 2019 season), and Museum events then
you can purchase an Annual Pass which costs £30 per
adult, £18 per child and family pass prices start from

This year each Terrific Tuesday date in the summer is one
of the four elements:
30th July   Earth
6th August   Air
13th August   Fire
20th August   Water
27th August   Element of surprise (a collection of
activities from the previous weeks)

– Every Tuesday in Bucks school holidays is a Terrific
– Enjoy themed family crafts and activities
– Activities run from 11am   3.30pm
– Tea Room with drinks, light lunches, cakes and ice
– Plenty of space for picnics
– Baby changing facilities
– Adventure playground
– Small working farm
– Ample free car parking
Additional information
Activities for each date are still to be confirmed and
are subject to change. Standard admission prices apply.
Free entry for Annual Pass holders.
We recommend that you bring a carrier bag with you so
that you can take home all the wonderful crafts and
creations that you have made.

date: 30th of July till 27th of August

time: 11:00-15:30

venue: Chiltern Open Air Museum
Newland Park
Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St Giles

event email:

event web:

event tel nos: 01494 871117

Chiltern Name Change For Local Charity  

Chiltern Name Change For Local Charity


A major local charity has started 2019 with a brand-new name.

The South Bucks Branch of the national Motor Neurone Disease Association* ( will now officially be known as the Chiltern Branch. The Chiltern branch helps local people living with Motor Neurone Disease and their families with grant support and advice.

Motor Neurone Disease is an extremely debilitating, terminal condition which affects the brain and nerves. The MND Association offers accurate, professional, accessible information and practical day-to-day support to enable people with MND to live with their diagnosis and achieve the best quality of life possible.

Graham Read, Chair of the Chiltern Branch, said: “Our previous name South Bucks did not totally relate to the area we cover. We needed a name which was more synonymous with our local area. We are officially launching the new branch on January 21st at Cedar Barn, Barn Lane, Hazlemere, HP15 7BQ at 12.30pm. We will be looking to enlist the support of local organisations/companies in our quest to improve the lives of local people living with this awful disease. We already receive significant support from Tesco at Loudwater.”

*The MND Association actively campaigns to ensure everyone has access to the best possible care, no matter where they live.

  • By working in partnership with the NHS and statutory services we help improve standards of care for people with MND.
  • The MND Association regularly holds events to continue to educate health and social care professionals (HSCPs) to enable them to achieve excellence in care for people living with MND.
  • With a network of MND Care Centres, our branch and group volunteers and dedication to improving standards of care, people with MND can achieve the highest quality of life possible.
  • The MND Association will continue to fund and promote ground-breaking research around the world to identify treatments and find the cure for the disease.
  • Only through collaboration will a cure for MND be discovered. Therefore, the MND Association will promote international research collaboration and organise the world’s largest conference for MND researchers and clinicians.



For more information contact either or

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

Old Murder Mystery in Amersham – Can Anyone Help?

I have received an email asking if I can help with a possible old mystery about a murder in Amersham many years ago.  The writer tells me “I recall that a popular woman GP was murdered in the woods above Old Amersham, her name might have been Davison.  On the widely held belief that a murderer always returns to the scene of the crime, my father was allocated the night watch, which he spent up in a tree, my guess quite high.  Probably to his intense relief the murderer did not appear and I believe was never caught.”

Can anyone remember this case and what the outcome was?  A Google search has not revealed anything, but it was probably reported locally.

Mystery Amersham Craters – Anyone Know What they Are?

I have recently been sent the attached picture and map.  The picture shows 3 indentations in a field, which are in a line and look unnatural. I am wondering if anyone knows what they might be?

I don’t think they would be bomb craters from WW2, perhaps they are where clay was dug out ages ago.  They do seem to be a mystery, so if anyone knows, please let me know.

They are marked on the map, (they are across the valley from the A&W college).


fields1 map1