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/
    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 ring to honour the centenary of each of the following deaths:
    Thomas Durrant who died on the 6th August 1915
    William Mayo and Albert Sarney who both died on the 12th August 1915
    Frederick Beale who died on the 26th September 1915
    William Collins who died on the 3rd November 1915
    Joseph Langston who died on the 4th November 1915

    St Peters Church, Loudwater will also ring their bell to commemorate the centenary of the death of each man named on the Loudwater War Memorial. The bell will toll to honour:
    John Woodbridge, 25th Sept 1915

    Forthcoming Events

    Events Schedule for Autumn 2015
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Monday September 7th, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    There was so much interest in the “Over 100 Years of Local Railways” talk that it has been scheduled for a third run.
    Tickets for this event will be available at the beginning of August from the Flackwell Heath Community Library £5 (£3 to Friends of the FHCL) (Please note this is a ticket only event and tickets will not be available at the door)

    Tuesday 15th September, from 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum on the topic of Local Sports and Pastimes.
    Fact Finding Forums are social evenings when anyone with an interest in our chosen topic is welcome to come along with information and/or photographs which we can copy there and then and add to our archives. Football, cricket, cycle speedway, tennis and bowls have all taken place in the local villages and there will be photos of some of the past teams on display. Pastimes include dancing (ballet, ballroom, folk), music (choirs, orchestras, bands), art and craft groups, plus many other group activities. What did we spend our times doing before the computer and the internet age? FREE entry

    Monday Oct 19th, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    A talk on the making of stained glass by John Dunsterville and friends

    John has worked on stained glass projects, produced locally at Burleighfield House, for prestigious UK buildings. A wide range of skills were in use to meet the exacting requirements of designer and architect.
    Tickets for this event will be available in September from the Flackwell Heath Community Library £5 (£3 to Friends of the FHCL)
    (Please note this is a ticket only event and tickets will not be available at the door)

    Monday November 23rd, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Wycombe's Chair Making Heritage by Stewart Linford

    Stewart started making Windsor chairs in High Wycombe over 35 years ago when there were still 40 other businesses employing over a thousand makers. Whilst the trade declined drastically in the face of cheap imports Stewart built a world wide reputation and his limited editions included the Shakespeare range, Churchill range, Nelson range, Battle of Britain range and Sir Steve Redgrave’s sporting achievements.
    Tickets for this event will be available in October from the Flackwell Heath Community Library £5 (£3 to Friends of the FHCL)
    (Please note this is a ticket only event and tickets will not be available at the door)

    If you would like to share information in advance of any of our talks we would love to hear from you. We are particulalrly interested in hearing from any local retired chair makers who have stories of their experiences working in this once large and familiar industry: click here to contact us.

    The “Trace your family history” help sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A full list of dates and times are on display at the Library.

    Previous events
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31 - Rioters families
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater - twice
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History - twice

    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

    To contact the group, please click here

    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 a collaborative project with students from the Flackwell Heath campus of Amersham and Wycombe College who are also investigating the names on the Flackwell Heath memorial. This continuing work will complement the memorial research in several ways: by studying the war diaries of the regiments in which the soldiers served and by the collection of memories and memorabilia from descendants of the soldiers. 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

    Site last updated 1st August 2015

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