North Bucks Carers
We celebrated National Carers Week with a splendid lunch. Our thanks to all our volunteer helpers who worked so hard to make this a special meeting. We were entertained by William French with his ‘Memories of a Royal Butler’.
He was resplendent in his immaculate butler’s black and white, and set up a magnificent display of photographs and newspaper cuttings from his many years in the Queen’s household, which included several voyages on the Brittania.
After years of service to the Queen and Prince Phillip, Charles and Diana, he worked for Lord Rothmere and most recently the actress, Nicole Kidman.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, June 22, guest speaker Kathy Houghton will be speaking on ‘Direct Payments’.
Maids Moreton Women’s Institute
As usual our June meeting was held in Maids Moreton Village Hall. Plans are underway for our entry to the competition, ‘Our County’ at the County Show on September 1.
Our quiz team has done well to reach the finals of the Inter-County quiz. This will be held at the community centre on June 22 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Anna gave a lively talk entitled, ‘stained glass not just for churches’. Anna’s interest in glass began when, aged 11, she began collecting old bottles. Later she studied art in Wolverhampton before transferring to Chelsea College of Art to specialise in stained glass design. Her first commission was for Richard Branson.
Presently Anna designs traditional and contemporary windows, screens and panels. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, July 13.
Winslow Women’s Institute
Our open meeting saw speaker Ruth Humphries reveal how 669 Jewish children were brought to safety immediatley before the outbreak of World War Two by Nicholas Winton. Ruth, then aged 10 and her younger sister Hannah were put on a train to Prague for Nuremberg and Holland.
In Holland, they received aid from the Red Cross and were put on a boat for England. Mr Winton, who was later knighted, was waiting for the children at Liverpool Street Station. Surprisingly the sisters were not kept together. Ruth went to a family in King’s Heath, Birmingham, and Hannah was placed some distance away but they did meet sometimes.
There is a statue of Sir Nicholas at Prague railway station and another at Liverpool Street Station. When he was 100, Ruth and other survivors met him at the Czech Embassy to thank him, but he was still haunted by the train load of children which, on declaration of war, was stopped at the border and directed to Auschwitz. Plans are already in hand for the Bucks County show this year and our 90th anniversary next year. The Chase Group outing to the Bank of England next is fully booked. The competition for an unusual button was won by Valerie Alsford. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, July 6 at Furze Down School when we shall hear Mrs Watt’s tips on keeping active. The competition is for something blue.
Buckingham Choral Society
Tickets are now on sale for Buckingham Choral Society’s Summer Concert when the choir will be performing one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular operettas, H.M.S. Pinafore, which always proves to be a firm favourite with audiences.
This is also the opening concert of the Buckingham Summer Festival.
Keeping the crew in order will be guest narrator, John Bercow, MP and Speaker of the House of Commons. The concert will also feature young talented soloists from the Royal Academy of Music, as well as a professional orchestral ensemble.
It will take place on Saturday, July 2 at 8pm in Buckingham Parish Church. Tickets, priced £10 and £5 for under 18s, are available from The Duke’s Music, Market Hill, Buckingham, and The Old Gaol, Buckingham.
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Winslow & District Community Bus
Everyone is eligible to come on the bus. We pick up near to your home.
Outings are mostly on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Regular shopping trips to Buckingham, Aylesbury (Fridays and Saturdays), Westcroft in Milton Keynes and Winslow market day (Wednesdays) are free to bus pass holders.
Winslow Market day bus picks up on Wednesday mornings in the Horwoods and Claydons to come into Winslow for shopping. Return is around mid-day.
There is a flat fare of £2 for pick up in the villages around Winslow to drop you off at the monthly Winslow Farmers’ Market on the first Sunday of the month. Voluntary, caring and charitable groups can hire the bus and driver at a minimal cost. There is room for up to 16 passengers. Please have a look at our website www.winslowbus for full details.
Last week’s excursion was to Wakehurst Place near Hayward’s Heath, a good two hour drive from Winslow. This meant an early start for some passengers. However, it is a popular venue, the coach was almost full and everyone was is a good mood. The hope was that the rain from the night before and the forecast for the day would stay away. We were not disappointed and seemed to take the sun with us. WDCB had pre-purchased free entry, even for non NT members.
The well laid out gardens cater for all ages and abilities and there was a wide range of presentations and activities.
Trips coming up during the rest of June include Coton Manor House (fully booked) boat trips from Marlow to Henley, (also fully booked) Ryton Organic Gardens on Tuesday, June 28 (three seats left), Lunch’n Drive through the Chilterns and two theatre trips to Milton Keynes of which three tickets are left for Jekyll & Hyde on Wednesday, June 29.
For queries phone Renata on 01296 712568.
Gawcott and Hillsden Senior Residents
We had a pleasant visit to the Wyevale Centre in Bicester this month and after some shopping enjoyed a cuppa in the Garden Centre. We also held a very successful Coffee Morning at the home of one of our members. This was supported by members and friends and those who donated raffle prizes and cakes. As a result we were able to make a donation to the British Diabetic Association. Next month we are holding our annual Garden Afternoon Tea in the home of another member.
We meet on the first Wednesday of each month – except January and August – at 2.30pm in the Village Hall. For more call 01280 813643 or 01280 815699.
Buckingham Acoustic Club
Thank you to everyone involved in making the Music in The Market Event such a great success this year. The town council, which sponsored the event, the performers, Richard Watkins and his team who did a great job providing PA and stage, in fact everyone who worked so hard, before, during and after the event.
It was business as usual on Thursday at our open mic session at The Woolpack. Marian kicked off the evening with a selection of covers from Neil Young to Razorlight and closed her set with one of her own songs called ‘Endless’.
It is always a pleasure to welcome a fresh performer, and we heard a great set of original material from Steve Winch. Expertly delivered songs included ‘ CV of despair’ and ‘Unrequited Everything’.
Multi instrumentalist Matt Morton took us down the ‘folk’ road with a selection of songs including the poignant self-penned ‘Holding On Again’. Steve (aka Beno) has become a popular performer. Despite a few technical glitches, and sporting a new Takamine guitar Steve carried on like a true professional and put his great voice to fine use on songs including Kenny Chesney’s ‘Somewhere With You’. Simon Grove was on form this week with a selection of covers such as ‘Family of Man’ and a solid unaccompanied rendition of ‘Daddy Was a Bank Robber’ by The Clash.
For our final act of the evening Mike Moyse joined forces with Marian, providing some clever guitar work as Marian sang ‘Someone LIke You’ by Adele. Mike continued with songs from Marl Knopfler to Tom Petty.
We will be here again next week from 8.30pm. Why not enjoy some real live music from local performers. For more information visit www.buckinghamacousticclub.co.uk
Twyford and Charndon Women’s Institute
At our June 8 meeting, members met outside the village hall for a history walk round Twyford. Raymond Hodges, who has lived in the village most of his life, provided a fascinating glimpse of Twyford in years gone by. There were many shops in the village which have now gone, and here and there could be seen original cottages which had not changed much over the years. We were most interested to see in the church porch grooves where archers had sharpened their arrows ready to go to war.
Stephanie Magson, standing in for President Yve Robinson, chaired the meeting and final plans were made for the ramble on June 25. The competition for a bygone item was won by Eileen Trimble. The next meeting will be on July 13 at the village hall when Lesley Steptoe will give demonstration on spinning wool.
Winslow Bridge Club
In the club duplicate competition held before the Bank Holiday on May 16, Hanne and Peter came first North/South with Wendy and Pat first East/West. In the duplicate competition held on June 6, Cathy and Jean came first North/South with Tracey and Mike first East/West. More results can be found on our website; just search for ‘Winslow Bridge Club’. We play both Duplicate and Free Play usually on alternate Mondays. Visitors will be made welcome at £2.50 per evening. For Free Play, which starts at 7.30pm, you don’t need a pre-arranged partner. Call Liz Mostyn, on 01296 670419 to give us a try.
Winslow and District Arts Society
The next major event for WADAS will be participating in Bucks Open Studios which opens on Saturday, June 18 and continues until Sunday, July 3. Eight WADAS members will be exhibiting recent paintings and pottery in the Garden Studio at West Bourn, Main Street, Padbury from 11am to 5pm weekday and 6pm at weekends. Come and see a great selection of new paintings in a variety of mediums and subject matter in watercolour, acrylic and oil.
On Friday, July 22 we plan a days outing to Art In Action held at Waterperry Gardens. A wonderful opportunity to see professional artists painting, drawing, printmaking, calligraphy, glass making, carving in wood and stone, etc. WADAS welcomes artists of all abilities, we offer inspiring demonstrations by professional artists, plus the opportunity to meet other artists. Our monthly meetings are held at the Winslow Centre on a Thursday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. To learn more about WADAS call the secretary on 01280 813733.
Royal British Legion Women’s Section
Our May meeting was a celebration to mark our 56th birthday as a branch in Winslow. Members gathered in the RBL Hall, in Winslow, to enjoy food, wine and great entertainment. We were delighted to have Paul come and sing to us. Echoes of Frank Sinatra, Benny Hill and many others resounded through the hall.
June 5 saw some of our members running a stall at Winslow Farmers’ Market. Battling against strong winds we decorated the stall with flags and balloons. The ladies were on hand to explain the aims of the Royal British Legion, Women’s Section. Yes, we have parties, interesting speakers and hold coffee mornings but how many know what we do with the money we raise? I’m sure that there are quite a few people who are wiser after talking to us at the market.
On Tuesday, June 21 at 7.30pm in RBL Hall, Winslow, holocaust survivor Ruth Humphreys will be talking about her past.
A most enjoyable weekend was had at the beginning of the month when a group of fellow Rotarians from Builth Wells in Wales travelled to join us for the weekend. Annually we meet up with each other by staying with them one year which is reciprocated the following year. On the Friday evening we met for an informal evening with a meal at the White Hart Hotel and despite leaving around midnight we were still able to meet the following day for a narrow boat canal trip from Stoke Bruerne. The Saturday evening was the Presidents Night in the Old Town Hall. Sunday was the day of departure for our visitors but not before sending them off with a barbeque for over 30 people.
Why not join us by contacting the secretary Steve Heywood on 01280 824404 and visit www.buckinghamrotary.co.uk We meet once a week in the Tanlaw Mill at lunchtime on Mondays.
After the Anniversaries week we are back down to earth, determined to live and grow out of our present trough. We met to review and plan. Over the last year we sent £916.36 to HQ. For many years ahead the cherry tree we planted next to the Franciscan building in London Road will draw admirers of its Spring blossom and Autumn blaze. They will read the plaque which states that it was planted by John Bercow MP on May 28, 2011 to mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Amnesty International and Buckingham Group’s 35th.
The BBC film, “Amnesty! When They Are All Free” gave a balanced view of our organisation, but no film could convey the dramas and thrills we have shared. Yes, the regular work can be unrewarded at times, but imagine opening a letter from a British prisoner in Egypt, describing his experiences: “I was stripped naked, they beat me, they put me naked in WC water, they threatened me with sexual abuse. They tortured me with electricity three times a day, multiple times. I was deprived of sleep. I was given electric shocks to my hands and my legs, my teeth, in my mouth and my arms and my private parts, over my body in sessions lasting 30 to 40 minutes three times a day from December 13-25, 1995.”
The man was blindfolded and handcuffed throughout.. Now imagine going to London to see his desperate wife and family, and finding out his little daughter and a son witnessed their father’s arrest. The girl was only eight at the time, and was so traumatised she could not speak about it for ten years. The ‘Egypt three’ met the man when they were in the same prison. They all became friends, but the ‘Three’ had to leave the man behind. The campaign for him intensified, involving embarrassment for the Egyptian, American and British governments. Our representative went to Heathrow in October 2006 to meet him.
His suffering over nearly 11 years means he can never work again. He was referred to The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture. Imagine having that man visit one of our group meetings.
Buckingham Amnesty Action Group has seen amazing rewards for our involvement in the human rights work Amnesty International undertakes. During our first years, Bert Whitehead bought about the releases of a Turkish man and a Malawian. Do contact John Cornwall on 01280 812254 and help us to a bright future.
Buckingham Twinning Association
Things are hotting up in preparation for the Civic Visit on the weekend of July 1-3. This means it is the turn of Buckingham to receive friends old and new from our twinned town of Mouvaux. An itinerary is in hand which will include showing off Buckingham and its environs, and also a visit to nearby Oxford, not forgetting a Civic Reception in the Community Centre.
May was a busy month for twinning activities. Members from BAFA (Buckingham Art for All) attended the Salon des Artistes event at the beginning of May. The opening night was ‘heaving’ and pictures ranged, according to our experts, ‘from the surreal to the naïve’. You may have already read about the success of the Tea Dance group heading across the water to attend the 50 year celebration Jeanne d’Arc Dance evening, which by all accounts was a roaring success. The committee are finalising arrangements for the Boules Evening on July 14 and the Cheese and Wine evening on August 5.
The next French film is ‘Les Micmacs’ and will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at the Sunley Theatre of the University. Doors open 7.30pm with the film starting at 8pm. This is a Members only event, but you can always join on the night.
Finally, look out for the Buckingham Twinning Association members at the Summer Solstice Folk Evening on Tuesday, June 21 which is being organised by the Buckingham Town Council. If you want to know more about the Twinning Association, visit www.buckinghamtwinning.org.uk
The Old Gaolers Drama Group
From Dad’s Army to All Gas and Gaiters. In similar vein to the well-received library soirées ‘Tears of Laughter’, ‘Hearts and Darts’, and the World Book Day presentation ‘Reading: the Guided Tour’ during the past year, the Gaolers now turn their attention to a variety of church-related matters with an amusing and thoughtful evening of short sketches, readings and song entitled ‘All Gas and Gaiters’.
This will take place at Gawcott’s ‘Holy Trinity’ parish church on Friday, July 8 at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 and can be booked through Susanne Winterbottom on 01280 821079, or paid on the door.