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

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

    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? FREE entry.
    To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects

    Women on the Home Front - a talk by Edward Dixon
    Thursday 30th October 2014, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library

    A hundred years ago a social revolution took place during the Great War that significantly improved the role and status of women in Great Britain. Edward Dixon will talk about the hard work, skill, cheerfulness, bravery and a dedication made by British women, and their invaluable contribution which helped the allies win the First World War.
    Tickets £5 (£3 for Friends of Flackwell Heath Community library) available from the Flackwell Heath Community Library.

    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
    Tuesday 18th November 2014, 7.15pm

    The focus of this month’s evening will be “the village in living memory”. Come and share your recollections and possibly discover something new. 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 on the village map. Everyone is welcome. FREE entry.
    To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects

    General Knowledge Quiz Night
    Friday 21st November 7.30pm, Flackwell Heath Royal British Legion

    After the huge success of last year's quiz we have decided to repeat the event this year. So, do come along for a fun evening of general knowledge at Flackwell Heath Royal British Legion.
    John Gurney will once again be the quiz master so bring your team of 6, or join with others when you arrive, and enjoy stretching your little grey cells.
    Prizes will be on offer and a raffle will be held during the evening.
    Tickets are available at the Flackwell Heath library priced at £8 (£6 for Friends of the Library) and this price includes a buffet supper.
    Closing date for tickets is 14th November.

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

    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
    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

    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 17th October 2014

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