Wooburn Green War MemorialEvery community was affected by the war. The thousands of war memorials all around the country, including many in workplaces and schools, are evidence of this. Drawing on a wide variety of documents, in record offices, libraries and online, Audrey Collins shows us how we can discover the ways in which a particular community was affected.

marlow church yard thumbnailMany of us wander around churchyards and cemeteries, tracing family members or just out of interest. This illustrated talk by Kevin Varty explores the sometimes hidden meanings of the symbols which are often carved into the headstones, revealing a lost language from the past. The talk also shows how these symbols have been used by the funeral business, especially during Victorian times.

Short Mat Bowls thumbnailGreat fun was had at our end of year celebrations with an afternoon playing skittles, hoops and target bowls.

Family Tree When someone dies without leaving a will and with no immediate kin, the value of the estate is held by Her Majesty’s Treasury Department, allowing time for the rightful heirs to make a claim.

Kirsty Gray will talk about tracing the family tree of the deceased to locate individuals who are potential beneficiaries.

20180213 CookhamDeanViewWe welcome the return of Richard Poad who will describe the life and times of the Cookham doctor in the 1920s and 1930s, which are brought vividly to life by a box full of documents donated to Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

BucksFHS 20180109 StartingYourFamilyHistory 100Using the key records for family history research and examples from his own family and research, Dave Foster builds a family tree using census, parish registers, birth, marriage and death certificates, newspapers, wills and monumental inscriptions


Salsa has come to Bourne End. Salsa D'Lite are running Salsa parties twice a month at Bourne End Community Centre. The evening starts with a fun beginners salsa class followed by social dancing 'till midnight.  

BucksFHS 20171209 HighWycombe MurraysPerhaps you have done most of your Christmas shopping online - but can you remember how it used to be?  Local historian and journalist Mike Dewey will tell us about ‘The Shopping Experience in Wycombe, 1945 to 1970’.

Forum Players Peter Pan Auditions“It’s time to fly with Forum Players’ next production – Peter Pan the Pantomime by Emma Houldershaw, Samantha Cartwright & Louise Archer which will be directed by Jill Hyde & Jill Dady. Casting starts with a read through of the script on Monday 25 September at Bourne End Community Centre at 8pm. Auditions will follow on Wednesday 27 September and Wednesday 4 October, again in the Centre from 8pm. We would love to see lots of new faces as well as existing members, whether or not you have had any stage experience before or not. Youngsters are also welcome – they will need to be 8 by the time of the performances.


20170920 ForumPlayers AgathaCrustyAngela Telfer takes on the role of Agatha Crusty (pronounced Croosty), who is a crime novelist. She's also pretty adept at solving crimes. When her sister-in-law, Alice, invites her to spend a few days with her in the village of Chortelby, it's not long before she gets caught up in a series of murders which seem directed at members of the All Saints Village Hall Committee.

BucksFHS 20171010 magic lantern WWI This is a Magic Lantern presentation by Kevin Varty which shows how the illustrations of the Great War were heavily censored as a result of the Defence of the Realm Act. All of the slides are shown in their original format. Included in the presentation is a rare selection of uncensored American slides.

 BucksFHS 20170912 NewspapersReports, reviews, articles and advertisements in newspapers and periodicals published during the past 300 years and more offer opportunities to discover otherwise unknown facts about our ancestors.  This illustrated talk by Colin Chapman describes many examples.

BucksFHS 20170613 London DocksJeremy Batch tells the story of London’s Docks (East India, West India, London, Royals, Surreys etc.) and also covers some of the other history of ‘London River’

BucksFHS MarriageRebecca Probert explores how easy (or difficult) it was to end a marriage by obtaining a divorce at different periods, the longevity of marriages, how the law dealt with disappearing spouses and the extent to which individuals resorted to bigamy.

bfhsThe enumerators first went to work on the UK census in 1841 and have performed a vital role in every one since. It hasn’t always been an easy ride: confronted by hostile householders and at the mercy of the decisions made by the census authorities.
Note the date of this talk has changed from 13th to 20th June

201705 SouthernBranch oldrailwaysDavid Turner looks at the careers and lives of early railway workers between 1825 and 1870. Why did they join the railway? From what industries did they come?

bfhs100It is a fairly sure fire thing that most of us originate from foreign blood, even if we cannot prove it until Anglo-Saxon times. Ian Waller returns and examines the roles and importance that the many immigrant communities that have arrived in Britain over time have played in both industry and civic life.

MarlowPostcard circ 1900 thumbnailTalk on March 14th 2017. The river has always been important to Marlow now-a-days it's use is almost entirely for leisure and sport. However in earlier times

WWII Female spitfire pilots thumbnailFebruary's monthly Family History talk is by Richard Poad and is a forgotten story of the courage, skill and sacrifice of WWIIs female spitfire pilots. The talk is on Tuesday 14th February 2017

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