Amersham Evening TG
THE meeting this month was our AGM, a time to reflect on the things we have done, seen and heard over the last 12 months.
It has been a very busy year with lots of outings, theatre visits as well as our usual group activities, some of which exercise the body, like the Out & About and badminton sections, and others the mind, as the Mah Jong, Book Club, and social studies groups. The Knit Stitch and Natter group exercise both their hands and minds we believe.
Anne Barnard will continue as Chairman for one more year, and the committee stayed the same with the addition of Beryl Cockerill to help us.
The Social Studies members enjoyed a visit from Hannah Asquith from the Chiltern Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Wendover. We were all impressed by her enthusiasm for her job as main fundraiser for the centre which offers therapies and physio as well as access to two oxygen tanks which seem to help the patients relax a great deal.
The Out & About group enjoyed an excellent walk led by member Carol Ellis, through Regents Park, with a couple of stops for coffee and cake to sustain us as it was a bright, cold day, but the spring flowers were lovely.
Our main speaker of the evening was Emily Toettcher, curator of Amersham Museum in Old Amersham.
With the help of slides, Emily explained how the museum had started in 1991 staffed by volunteers and Friends of the Museum. As it was housed in a small 15th century cottage, it was soon overflowing with a collection of fossils, ancient local archaeological finds and many photos and items relating to the life of Amersham, including the town’s industries such as straw plaiting, lace making and chair making.
Having grown in interest and having too many artefacts to deal with a paid curator was appointed in 2005, who continues to this day, and is of course the very enthusiastic and hardworking Emily.
The future of the museum looks very bright as they have been able to purchase the house next door, No 51, so they can now expand into a much bigger area.
The idea is to retain the cottage as it is and build a large room for exhibitions and school visits to use, as well as other areas of the extension to house all their photos and items in specially made storage.
They have exciting plans such as a possible 60s recording booth, screenings of people’s memories from the 50s and 60s all to raise the profile of our lovely town of Amersham, it’s past, present and continuing into the future.
Emily’s enthusiasm has made our guild determined to raise some funds to support their work, as it is our chosen charity for 2016. We have already made a start with a coffee morning, and hope to hold a silent auction in May.
The next main meeting will be will be on Tuesday April 19, at 8pm in the Royal British Legion Hall, Amersham, when the speaker will be Alan Copeland with his talk “Eccentric London”.
New members are welcome to come along and join us.