Amer­sham Evening TG

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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.

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