Local History Group



The Local History Group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 2pm. The venue will vary depending on the nature of the meeting

The objective of the group is to learn about the local history of Haddenham and its surrounds by means of talks, videos, guided walks, visits and research.

The group will maintain a rolling programme of future meetings, and a list of places to visit and people who may be able to give talks.

Information will be gathered from the past programmes of other local history groups and U3A groups (eg Cuddington, Thame, Chinnor and Stone).

Local history research will be encouraged into such topics as: the world wars, oral histories, manorial records, burial grounds, shops and businesses, the industrial estate, familiy histories, and the histories of houses and buildings, clubs and societies.

Members conducting research will be given the opportunity to share their findings at meetings of the group. 



Any incidental costs incurred by the group will be met by donations from members. Charges will vary according to the cost of the events. 


 Next Events 


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Group Notices


Wednesday 26 September 2018 - Visit to Berkhamsted Castle

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 26 September -  a visit to Berkhamsted Castle, with a guided tour and introduction to the history set out in the visitors' room. The organiser is Jenny Sherwood, their archivist.
The castle was built soon after the Norman invasion as Berkhamsted was a strategic point on a main route to London from the north. Later personalities associated with the castle included The Black Prince, Queen Isabella and Geoffrey Chaucer (who was much more than a poet!).
Please put the date in your diary. I'll send more details nearer the time.

Planning for 2018

Plans for the New Year / Spring include talks by Julian Hunt on Buckinghamshire Diarists and Professor Ian Beckett on the Civil War in Buckinghamshire and a visit to Wallingford organised by Sue Oswell.
We also hope to have reports from group members on the book of Haddenham history provided by members of the Ricketts family in Australia - watch this space. Do please give your suggestions for further meetings.

Car Sharing

If you wish to share a car for one of our events, please put your name and contact number in one of the available seats on the slips provided at the U3A General Meetings.  Otherwise, please telephone 290579 and leave a message


Joining the Group 

 If you wish to join us, please contact: 

Steve Sharp on 01844 290579 or stephsharp@aol.com