Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Local History Group

This newly formed local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath and Loudwater, 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.
  • 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/
    Look for the new dot along Heath End Road on the New Heathens map - it was high time we had a photo of the annual half marathon.

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

    Forthcoming events

    Events Schedule for September, October and November 2014
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    The “Trace your family history” help sessions will start again on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning 11th Sept, 2014.
    A full list of dates and times will be on display at the Library.

    Our World at War - a cemetery tour with a difference
    Sunday 14th September 2014 from 2.30pm
    Little Marlow Cemetery, Fern Lane, Little Marlow

    Tickets available from the Flackwell Heath Community Library. £5 (£3 to Friends of FHCL)

    Our costumed tour guides will relate the war torn stories of the men and women buried in Little Marlow Cemetery, or who are remembered on the family graves, during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Discover the major battles in which the men took part, where they lived and the families they left behind. Find out about life on the Home Front through two world wars and the effect on the surrounding villages. Informative and moving.
    Numbers are limited per tour so booking is essential. However, tickets are still available so book yours now.
    Note these tours are not suitable for wheelchairs. Parking is limited at the cemetery itself, and priority will be given to blue badge holders, so car sharing is advisable but additional parking will be provided at Pigeon House Farm for those who would enjoy a 10 minute walk via the footpath through the field to the cemetery (many thanks to the Smith family).

    See our War Memorials website for information on the Flackwell Heath and Loudwater men who lost their lives in World War One: tinyurl.com/warmemorials.

    Fact Finding Forum at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    The planned meeting for Tuesday evening, 16th September, has had to be postponed. Our apologies to all those who hoped to attend. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 21st October 2014 at 7.15pm and the focus will be on transport. See details further down this page.
    To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects

    The History of Paper-making, with special reference to Buckinghamshire
    Monday 29th Sept 2014, 7.30pm in the Flackwell Heath Community Library

    Tickets (available from the Library) £5 (£3 to Friends of FHCL)

    Trevor Dean’s lively demonstration of hand paper-making reflects his life’s experience of the industry, both in Glory Mill and up to the present day. He will also be covering the history of paper, the advent of the Fourdrinier machine and the 44 Buckinghamshire paper mills.

    Glory Mill Then and Now – a popular guided walk
    Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October

    To book call 01628 521112

    A second opportunity to join Jane Dunsterville, on a level and paved walk along the river Wye to the remarkable Glory Mill site. Meeting former employees, they look at its past, present and future.
    Starting at 11am the walk takes 60 – 90 minutes finishing in time for lunch at the Falcon, Old Watery Lane, if you wish.

    Fact Finding Forum
    Tuesday 21st October 2014, 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library

    These regular & informal evenings (over a free cup of tea or coffee) are opportunities to discover more about the history of village life. We hope to focus on different topics at each meeting, ones which we can all contribute to. This month we will focus on transport. Did you use the Bourne End to Wycombe railway service? Were your family the first in your street to have a motorcar? Do you have information on Hedsor Wharf?
    To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects
    Free entry.

    Women on the Home Front
    Thursday 30th October 2014

    A talk by Edward Dixon - tickets for this event will be available in the autumn.

    Fact Finding Forum
    Tuesday 18th November 2014, 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library

    The meeting this month will focus on maps of the village - can you mark the spot where a WW2 searchlight was positioned? or where the doctor in Sedgmoor held his surgery? or where the Co-op was? Do come along and help us put our dots in the right place. To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects
    Free entry.

    General Knowledge Quiz Night
    21st November 2014 Flackwell Heath Royal British Legion

    Following on from the success of last year's quiz night come along to another evening of general knowledge questions and a buffet supper - tickets for this event will be available in the autumn.

    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet this autumn
    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

    Previous events
    2014
    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

    2013
    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

    2012
    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display


    To contact the group, please click here


    Site last updated 4th August 2014

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