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THE Chair­man com­mented on the Christ­mas din­ner that had taken place in De­cem­ber, and said what a pleas­ant even­ing it had been, helped by some lovely food and a re­laxed at­mos­phere.

So­cial Stud­ies had en­joyed a talk from lo­cal au­thor Diana Latham about her life as a reg­is­tered nurse, and even­tu­ally de­cid­ing to be­come a district nurse. Work­ing with var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties she had dealt with mid­wifery by cy­cling around with her equip­ment to the pa­tients, sim­i­lar to “Call The Mid­wife” In her re­tire­ment she started walk­ing many miles with her trusty dog Har­riet, and by writ­ing down her thoughts on these ex­pe­di­tions, found she had enough ma­te­rial to write a book, “Walk­ing For­ward, Look­ing Back­wards” which she had pub­lished and which had suc­cess­ful sales for her.

Anne Barnard, our chair­man then pre­sented a cheque to Gary Gotch from Amer­sham mu­seum in the sum of £1,670. which mem­bers had col­lected from var­i­ous fund rais­ing events over the last year to help the mu­seum with its re- de­vel­op­ment.

The speaker for the even­ing was Tony Ea­ton whose talk was en­ti­tled “Failed to Re­turn”. It cov­ered the dis­ap­pear­ance of two ma­jor fig­ures in tragic cir­cum­stances dur­ing wartime.

Amy John­son our only woman fly­ing ace of the time, who earned her wings in 1928 at the London Aero club. She also qual­i­fied as a me­chanic and in 1929 was the first woman to qual­ify as a ground engi­neer.

In May 1930 she flew solo to Aus­tralia in a Gipsy Moth called “Ja­son” after her fa­ther’s busi­ness. Her at­tempt to break the record time failed but she at­tracted lots of me­dia at­ten­tion and she flew many record break­ing flights some with her hus­band Jim Mol­li­son. One flight they both took to the USA in a plane named “Sea­farer” which had huge fuel tans fit­ted to try and com­plete the flight with­out stop­ping. They came within 55 miles of their des­ti­na­tion and crash landed, in­jur­ing them­selves. A ticker tape re­cep­tion was given to them in New York and they lunched with Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt. With the out­break of war, Amy joined the Air Trans­port de­liv­ery ser­vice fly­ing men and ma­chines to where they were needed.

In Jan­uary 1941 Amy was drowned in a tragic ac­ci­dent when she was fly­ing in very dense cloud cover and found her­self over the Thames es­tu­ary and was sucked un­der a ship.

The sec­ond tragedy in­volves a fa­mous film star of the time Les­lie Howard who was born in London of part Ger­man part Hun­gar­ian Jewish fam­i­lies. He served in World War 1 but later be­came a fa­mous ac­tor mak­ing movies from 1914 and a sound movie in 1930 called Out­ward Bound. He epit­o­mised the per­fect English gen­tle­man in most of his films as he was tall, in­tel­lec­tual and sen­si­tive and starred op­po­site many fa­mous ac­tresses of the time. When the Sec­ond World War broke out he de­voted all his en­ergy to pro­pa­ganda on be­half

of Bri­tain and made many broad­casts and wrote lots of ar­ti­cles much to the an­noy­ance of the Ger­man gov­ern­ment.

In 1943, the KLM air­craft he was aboard was shot down by Ger­man fight­ers over the Bay of Bis­cay and all crew and pas­sen­gers were lost. The the­ory was that the Ger­man Mil­i­tary thought that Win­ston Churchill was aboard this par­tic­u­lar flight which was why it had been tar­geted.

The next guild meet­ing will be on Fe­bru­ary 21 at the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion Hall at 8pm. New mem­bers al­ways wel­come.


ON Wed­nes­day 1 Fe­bru­ary we will be clear­ing Cap­tain’s Wood of all the rub­bish we can find. Lit­ter picks and black bags will be pro­vided, please wear gloves. Meet at 10am at the park­ing area in front of the shops in Green­way.

More in­for­ma­tion on www.che­shamen­vi­ron­men­tal­, or phone 01494 783691.


THE Friends of Lowndes Park are in need of vol­un­teers to help with gar­den­ing in the Park.

There are two work­ing par­ties: a weekly one on a Mon­day af­ter­noon 2-4pm in the Band­stand and Fra­grant Gar­dens, and one on the sec­ond Sun­day in the month in the Archena Gar­den from 10-11.

Our next work party on a Sun­day will be Fe­bru­ary 12 - meet at Archena Gar­den at the cor­ner of the Park, just off Church Street. Any help would be wel­come – you don’t need to be a gar­dener. If you can help please con­tact Joan Clark 01494 783035 or Phil Folly 01494 783691.


CHE­SHAM & District Nat­u­ral His­tory So­ci­ety will be host­ing a talk about “The Work of the Chiltern Rangers” on Mon­day Fr­buary 13 at 7.30pm at the Church Rooms of St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Che­sham, HP5 1HY. Vis­i­tors £3.

More in­for­ma­tion on cdnhs, or 01494 774945.


BEA­CONS­FIELD Li­brary is host­ing a talk to­day (Thurs­day)at 2.30pm en­ti­tled Chiltern Cu­riosi­ties of Town and Vil­lage.

Come along to this il­lus­trated talk by Alan Power and en­joy a fur­ther se­lec­tion of the Chiltern’s odd­i­ties.

The li­brary also has a va­ri­ety of events go­ing on through­out Fe­bru­ary.

Learn My Way is a free in­tro­duc­tion to on­line com­puter ba­sics. Reg­u­lar ses­sions are held on Tues­days be­tween 2.30pm and 4.30pm and Thurs­day from 10.30am -12.30pm (book­ing es­sen­tial).

On Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4 from 10am to noon the li­brary is hold­ing Crafty Satur­day for chil­dren un­der 10. The event is a free drop-in ses­sion.

On Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 16 from 2.30pm-3.30pm a ‘Space Mis­sion’ - Creative writ­ing ses­sion with Ex­plore Learn­ing will be held for chil­dren aged six to 10. The ses­sion is free of charge but book­ing is es­sen­tial.

Fri­day Fen­ruary 17 from 2pm to 3pm is a Rocks & Min­er­als ses­sion with Barry Tay­lor,.

This free in­ter­ac­tive, in­for­ma­tive and fun ses­sion is for chil­dren 7-11, and again book­ing es­sen­tial.

On Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 28 from 10am to 10.30am there will be a Sto­ry­time with craft ac­tiv­ity ses­sion for chil­dren un­der five that is a free drop-in ses­sion.


THIS an­nual con­cert is put on to help raise funds for Mid­sum­mer Mu­sic’s main fes­ti­val to be held in June.

Join star pi­anist, Paul Lewis and his wife, cel­list Bjørg Lewis to­gether with mu­si­cians from The Nash Ensem­ble - clar­inetist, Richard Hos­ford and pi­anist Ian Brown - for an en­joy­able even­ing in Che­sham on Satyr­day Fe­bru­ary 4 at St Mary’s Church, Che­sham.

The event will start at 7pm with drinks fol­lowed by an hour of mu­sic. Fol­low­ing the con­cert, con­cert­go­ers can en­joy drinks with the mu­si­cians.

This is a fundrais­ing con­cert and vol­un­tary do­na­tions are re­quested (re­fresh­ments in­cluded).

Do­na­tions can be gif­taided and a gift-aid form will be sent on re­quest. Young peo­ple aged be­tween 10 and 18 years can at­tend free of charge.

Email info@mid­sum­mer­mu­ or call 01494 783643 for reser­va­tions and in­for­ma­tion about do­nat­ing.

Tick­ets will not be sent out but a guest list will be held on the door.

Paul Lewis

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