CLUBS, SOCIETIES & COMMUNITY LISTINGS
AMERSHAM EVENING TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD
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.
CHESHAM ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP WORK PARTY
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.cheshamenvironmentalgroup.org.uk, or phone 01494 783691.
FRIENDS OF LOWNDES PARK
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
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 www.bucksvoice.net/ 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.
MIDSUMMER MUSIC FUNDRAISING CONCERT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.