Flackwell Local Area History Group

This local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn, in Buckinghamshire, aims to promote an interest in our history and to foster a sense of community.

Our objectives are:

  • To conduct research into aspects of the history and life in the communities of Flackwell Heath and Loudwater
  • To hold exhibitions on subjects of historical and topical interest
  • To conduct community projects on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and their environs and related subjects of local and community interest
  • To liaise with schools and other local interest groups to provide information on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and area
  • To support Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Community Library in preserving records and sources of information on the history of the locality
  • To organise talks, seminars and workshops on local history.
  • Late Spring Events 2016

    The “Trace your family history” help sessions continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A full list of dates and times are on display at the Library.
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Hosted by Friends of High Wycombe Library for Wycombe Arts Festival.

    Date: Wednesday 4th May 2016 at 2pm

    At High Wycombe Library,
    Eden Place, High Wycombe
    Entry: £3 payable on the door

    Local history member Sally Scagell will be bringing the past to life with her talk on mourning costumes and customs. Various replica mourning outfits will be modelled by members of the Flackwell Local Area History Group and Bucks Family History Society.

    What exactly did mourning dress mean? Who wore it? And how long did they wear it for?
    We will be exploring the lives and deaths of one Wycombe chair-making family by going on a time-travelling journey through 100 years (and more) of mourning fashions.

    ‘Frackle’ People and Places - from ‘olden times’ to the 1950s
    Monday May 16th, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Using pictures, poems and stories, past residents of ‘Frackle’ tell of working the farms, a shop keeper with questionable hygiene standards, neighbours who can’t seem to get past the pub, kindly landladies, ghosts and a mystery cave!

    Life revolved around scraping a living, so we hear about the ‘Fakirs’ chopping sticks and the kindly Squire. But the highlight of the year is the Chapel outing, with horse and cart, to Burnham Beeches.

    Don’t miss this entertaining evening with Jane Dunsterville

    This is a ticketed event. Tickets will be on sale at the library from Monday 4th April 2016 for £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL)

    Fact Finding Forum on ‘Summer activities of the past’
    Tuesday June 14th, from 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Do you remember the cherry orchards, or fruit picking, or helping with the harvest? Did you swim in the Thames at Bourne End? Did you go on outings by train to the seaside? Or did you have picnics at Burnham Beeches with a visit to the swimming pool and the fairground? Those were the pre-easyJet days that many of us will remember, so come along and share your stories. Fact Finding Forums are social evenings when anyone with an interest in our chosen topic is welcome to come along with information e.g. stories and/or photographs which we can copy there and then to add to our archives. Come and have a chat with fellow Fact Finders over a tea or coffee and help us with our local history research.
    FREE entry

    TELL THEM OF US part 2: Wycombe and the Somme
    Sunday July 3rd 2016

    High Wycombe Cemetery, Priory Road entrance. Times and details will be available from High Wycombe Museum later this year.

    A follow-on from the Tell Them of Us cemetery pageant delivered in 2014 to enthusiastic audiences. This time the boys of John Hampden Grammar School are joined by the girls of Wycombe Abbey, along with volunteers from the local history group, to take you back to 1916.
    Step back to a time when Wycombe families waited in trepidation for news from the battlefields of the Somme. Meet the soldiers who fought there, returned to blighty but died of their injuries. Hear the stories of the townsfolk who made the officers' uniforms, worked as VADs, helped in the munitions factories or made the aircraft in which some of these men flew.
    A highly informative event for anyone interested in the Somme and life on the Home Front in World War One.
    This is certainly a cemetery tour with a difference. Don't miss it!
    Please wear shoes suitable for wet grass
    Not suitable for children under 10 years | Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult

    If you would like to share information in advance on the topics contained in any of our talks we would love to hear from you.
    We are particularly interested in hearing from any descendants of the men on the war memorial and also from local retired chair makers who have stories of their experiences working in this once large and familiar industry: click here to contact us.

    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Previous events
    The Villages in the Great War part 1 - Flackwell Heath
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe - twice
    Stained glass making at Burleighfield
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31 - Rioters families
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater - twice
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History - four times and always a sell out!

    Women on the Home Front
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    The History of paper-making talk
    Our World at War - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    To Boldly Glow - History of glow worms in the area
    Assistance at Tell Them of Us, WW1 Cemetery Tour, High Wycombe
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    Our Villages in the Great War
    Then and Now - Fennels Wood a changing story - twice

    Fund raising Quiz Night
    The history of Windsor Chairs
    A virtual tour of the surrounding area - SWOP
    Open evening - house histories and Glory Mill
    The Times of their Lives - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    Lace Making presentation
    Walk for National Mills Weekend
    Silt Road - the Wye
    Farming in Flackwell Heath
    Our research on the Machine Riots

    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display

    The group in action:
    Costumed cemetery tour for the centenary of WW1 at Little Marlow Cemetery

    To contact the group, please click here

    To find out more about our activities please use the links below:

    For a visual history of our villages go to Flackwell folk: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Flackwellfolk/
    Loudwater lea: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Loudwaterlea/
    Both these sites are still developing and need your memories and stories to add under the Learn More buttons.

    For 'Then and Now' images of the area click here

    Listen out for:

    Lest We Forget
    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project the bell at Christchurch, Flackwell Heath, will be rung at 11am on the following days to honour the centenary of each of the following deaths:
    William Redding, Wednesday 8th June 2016
    Ernest Brooks, Friday 1st July 2016
    Edgar Lewis, Tuesday 19th July 2016
    Harry Wilks, Tuesday 19th July 2016
    William Why, Saturday 30th July 2016
    Alfred Goodacre, Tuesday 9th August 2016

    St Peter's Church, Loudwater will also ring their bell to commemorate the centenary of the death of each man named on the Loudwater War Memorial (please contact St Peter's Church in advance to confirm the time). The bell will toll to honour:
    William Watkins, Friday 1st July 2016
    Frederick Climpson, Tuesday 7th July 2016
    George Morse, Friday 5th August 2016
    Edward Gibson, Sunday 2nd October 2016

    Our Research Projects

    Members of the Local History Group have wide ranging interests, from transport to houses, and places to people. To find out more about our research projects please click below:
    Our research projects

    Local War Memorials
    The Local History Group has now published its research into the soldiers who are named on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. Their research into the Loudwater names is still continuing and will be published in due course. Our up-to-the-minute research on both these war memorials can also be found on this website tinyurl.com/warmemorials which is still a work in progress as more information becomes available.

    We are now embarking on World War Two research and hope that families are still living in the villages with memories of these men. Do click here if you have anything to offer this project.

    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet this winter
    The Local History Group wish to encourage you to get out and discover some local views and the history under our feet. Jane Dunsterville has devised three circular walks in and around Flackwell Heath that are available from the Library. Pick up your Guide Sheet and discover an old trade route, the road that is named after a local merchant and the Old Wharf at Little Marlow.
    Walks are entitled:
    Fennels Wood
    Down on the Farm
    Golf links Loop

    Jane has also created a Mills Walk (which can be done in stages) and which takes you on a journey into the past and our papermaking heritage. Maps for this walk are available from the Library.

    Talks, exhibitions and displays at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    (Remember to look at our display cabinet in the library foyer as the display inside changes periodically)

    Site last updated 2nd May 2016

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