Monthly Archives: May 2022

Blitz walk with local historian Paul Browning

On 10th May a group of 20 of us joined Paul Browning for a local walking tour to hear about how the area was affected by the Blitz. We found the remains of two painted signs directing local residents to the bomb shelters. We heard that the ice house in Manor House Gardens was used as a bomb shelter and was next to another which was in the hill on the grass field in the park. Paul pointed out the houses that had been built as in fills following bombs and those that were built in the fifties but to look like the existing housing. We learnt that few children were casualties of the Blitz as they had been evacuated but as children returned to London they too became casualties as in the lists of casualties in Taunton Road. Paul has been running through the area for many years and uses his runs to identify local spots to research. You can follow his findings on his blog Running Past.

Bucks Federation WI Insight Zoom Talks 2022

 Wednesday 29th June at 7.30 pm, Becky Hayward, Governor of Grendon and Spring Hill Prisons.  Wednesday 31st August at 7.30 pm, Nicki Wheeler, Latin American Sea Turtles.  Wednesday 26th October at 2.00 pm, Tom Nancollas, Lighthouses, Ships and Seafaring. Open to members and non-members  £5 each Apply to the Science and Society committee by email: or… Continue reading

April Meeting – Places to visit in our local area – Neil Rhind MBE

For our April meeting we were joined by author and President of the Blackheath Society, Neil Rhind MBE.  Neil talked us through some of his favourite local buildings, as well as a few of his least preferred locations in the area.  He also gave us a fascinating talk about the history of the the green… Continue reading