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 


Talk on "Brill - an unusual village in the Bernewood Forest" by Mike Farley 24 Oct 2018 14.00 hrs Haddenham Methodist Church
Haddenham Museum's 20th Anniversary events 24/25 Nov 2018   see below


Group Notices


Wednesday 24 October 2018 - "Brill - an unusual village in the Bernewood Forest" by Mike Farley

Now confirmed. 24 October, 2pm, Methodist Church, Mike Farley former County Archaeologist, 'Brill - an unusual village in the Bernewood Forest'.

24/25 November 2018 - Haddenham Museum's 20th Anniversary Celebrations

There will be no Wednesday meeting but a spectacular weekend on the 24th/25th to celebrate the Museum's 20th anniversary in the Museum and Methodist Church.

The draft programme  features

  • the launch of Chronicles 16 by Bruce Alexander,
  • the Haddenham Mummers performing,
  • Julian Hunt on how the railways came to Buckinghamshire,
  • Alan Rose on Amy Johnson,
  • Peter Gulland on Haddenham stations,
  • Michael Whitney slide show,
  • lace making demonstration,
  • Haddenham Handbell Ringers,
  • exhibitions and film shows,
  • closing service at 4pm on Sunday.

24 November is St Catherine's Eve and there will be traditional 'Cattern cake' with refreshments from 10 each morning.

The Museum will be open 10-4 each day. I'll circulate the final programme in due course, but please put this unmissable event in your diary


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