Local History 2

Co-ordinator Jean Churchill-Coleman Jean Churchill-Coleman
Telephone 01280 848 971
E-mail local.history2@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday 1st and 3rd Thursdays
Time 10.00 – 12.00
Venue Buckingham Centre

About the group

Local History Group 2 meets on the first and third Thursday mornings of each month, with the exception of September. At 10.00am, when the doors to Buckingham Library open, the group members make their eager way to the Mezzanine Room, making a cup of coffee or tea and grabbing a biscuit on the way.  After a somewhat noisy chat they then settle down for the next hour or so to an interesting, and often invigorating, talk based loosely, often very loosely, on Buckingham’s history.  In fact, if we can find a speaker who is prepared to give us a talk and it has some kind of connection to history, we are happy to sit and listen.

This forthcoming year will see the group listening to talks on The Kit-Kat club (nothing to do with the chocolate bar), The Buckingham Chantry Chapel, Gardening at Stowe, Housekeeping at Woburn and a follow-up talk on Waddesdon Manor. Other talks, which still have relevance to life in Buckingham, will include ’34 years of Firefighting, Clothes of Yesteryear, the History of the Co-op and The Home Guard.  We will also welcome back some local historians; Dr David Noy and Ed Grimsdale.  While we usually rely on outside speakers we do have a few sessions where members of the group contribute to topics related to local and social history – a bit of reminiscence therapy which we can all get involved in.

While we usually have a full room for out talks we usually have fewer numbers attending our outside visits which, this year, will include guided visits to Tingewick, Syresham, Waddesdon Manor to see some of the treasures we have been told about, and the New Discovery Centre at Stowe.  We are also due to take a guided walk around Buckingham to see the sights mentioned in The Buckingham Stowe Times.

I think the whole group would like to express their thanks to the brilliant speakers, many of whom are members of the U3A, who have brightened up our Thursday mornings and would like to invite anyone who has an interest in a topic of local history to come along and share their knowledge with us.

Contact the Group coordinator for further information – details shown above.


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