Local History 2

Co-ordinator Jean Churchill-Coleman Jean Churchill-Coleman
Telephone 01280 848 971
E-mail local.history2@buckinghamu3a.org.uk
Weekday 1st Thursday of the month (except September) in mezzanine room
3rd Thursday (excluding April to September) in mezzanine room.
3rd Thursday from April to August ( outings)
Time 10.00 – 12.00
Venue Buckingham Library Mezzanine Room

About the group

Please note – this group is currently oversubscribed, why not start your own?

January 2019 sees the start of a new programme for the Local History Group 2 and a somewhat different format.  The group will continue to meet on the first Thursday of each month, with the exception of September, when we will have a talk on a topic of local history which will be given by an outside speaker.  Between the months of April to August we will continue to meet on the third Thursday of each month when we will go on visits to places of historical interest.  Hopefully this will ensure that there will be a regular meeting for those members who find the visits too difficult to undertake but will also continue to provide for those members who do want to explore the history of our locality with regular outings during the warmer months.

This year our talks will cover a range of topics, some specific to our area such as: education in Winslow, the History of Sulgrave Manor,  the Giffords of Claydon House and the Landscape of Buckinghamshire, while others are more general but still relate to life as it was lived in earlier times.  These topics include The Agricultural Workers’ Strike, A Sussex Estate, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Story of a Mental Hospital and a Mediaeval History of Science which will be a chance to hear from local author Violet Mӧller .  We will finish the year with an appropriate talk about A Georgian Christmas and hopefully experience some present day Christmas festivities.

Our visits for the coming year will include guided tours of Aynho, Winslow and Syresham as well as a visit to Piddington to see the progress they have made in unearthing the Roman Villa and the associated museum.  On these visits we can car share which can be arranged prior to the day and we will make use of the X5 bus when we visit Magdalen College, Oxford.  We welcome any suggestions of places to visit and topics for talks.  We especially welcome anyone who is willing to give the group a talk on any topic related to historical matters, whether they be members of the U3A or not.  Finding speakers is becoming increasingly difficult and is why we have reduced the meetings we have planned for the year.

Our meetings will continue to be held in the Mezzanine Room above Buckingham Library.  The meetings begin at 10am with refreshments and talks usually commence at 10.15.  This allows time for a bit of chat and getting to know one another.  One of the main reasons why we all attend the group is not just to learn about local history but to also to enjoy its friendly and welcoming atmosphere – what better way to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

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


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