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 May, June, July 2014
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Family history sessions continue in the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    There are usually two sessions per month, one on a Tuesday at 5-7pm and one on a Thursday at 2-5pm. For dates in May, June and July please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library. A 50 minute session will cost 2. Please book your place in advance.

    Monday 12th May 2014, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    How to trace your family - an introduction

    A family history talk on how to get started and what to do next. Please book your ticket from the Flackwell Heath Community Library. 5 (3 to Friends of FHCL)

    Tuesday 20th May 2014, 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum

    These informal get-togethers, over a free cup of tea or coffee, help our research to progress. We endeavour to scan your photos, news clipping or items of interest while you wait, thus enabling us to build a village archive for the future. In May Sally will be focusing on the village families who fought in the Great War and your contributions will be welcome. It's amazing just how many families were related to one another and you can see our research so far on the Dream of Home section of our new war memorials website: tinyurl.com/warmemorials.
    Several of our Fact Finding Forum attendees have discovered, much to their surprise, just how many names on the war memorials they are actually related to! Come and join us.
    Free entry.

    Please note: There will be no Fact Finding Forum in June.

    NEW Pick up a Walks Guide Sheet this summer
    As we look forward to the summer weather and lighter evenings 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 being made available at the Library. Pick up your Guide Sheet from late May 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

    NOTE Sunday 22nd June 2014 from 2.30pm at High Wycombe Cemetery on behalf of Wycombe Museum
    Tell Them of Us, WW1 Cemetery Tour, Priory Road Entrance, High Wycombe Cemetery, Buckinghamshire HP13 6PF

    Please book your ticket in advance from Wycombe Museum to secure your place. Telephone: 01494 421895
    Cost 4 (this includes a donation to the Royal British Legion).
    Suitable for: Adults and age range 14+

    Come along to a cemetery tour with a difference. Sally Scagell and the boys of John Hampden Grammar School will tell you some of the stories of the WW1 soldiers buried in High Wycombe Cemetery - their lives before and during the Great War and, in some cases, after the armistice. These graves include Loudwater man Percy Wingrove and Flackwell Heath man Vincent Wilks.
    This one hour tour, delivered in appropriate costume, will be repeated three times during the afternoon. Places are limited per tour so do book in advance to avoid disappointment. Also find out how Wycombe residents helped with the war effort and the effects of war on the town. Tours from 2.30 pm. Please wear suitable footwear for wet and uneven ground.

    NEW Friday 11th July 2014, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    To Boldly Glow

    Village resident and local astronomer, Robin Scagell, will talk about the UK Glow Worm Survey which he established 25 years ago. Every year he receives regular updates on where glow worms have been sighted and travels far and wide to discover new populations. Although we have dwindling numbers in the immediate area there are usually still some to be seen in mid-July. Robin will explain why glow worms are in decline, how we can help protect them and where we should look for them. Join him in the Library at 7.30pm for his talk, which is expected to finish at approximately 8.30pm. Then later that evening (and weather permitting) Robin will be taking a 45 minute stroll in either Wooburn Green or Little Marlow to see if he can spot any of these intriguing little beetles and you are very welcome to join him. You will need your own transport to get to the arranged meeting place for 10 pm. Please bring warm clothing, stout shoes and a torch. Tickets from the Flackwell Heath Community Library from 1st June. 5 (3 to Friends of FHCL)

    Tuesday 15th July 2014, 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum
    (please note revised date - this has been moved forward to the 15th July from the 29th).
    Specific projects of interest still to be confirmed. Free entry

    Further Fact Finding evenings will take place after the summer break. Please see updates as they become available.

    To find out more about our research projects click below:
    Our research projects

    Previous events
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    Our Villages in the Great War
    Then and Now - Fennels Wood a changing story

    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

    Site last updated 1st April 2014

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