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 "The Civil War in Bucks" by Prof Ian Beckett 28 Mar 2018 14.30 hrs (Note later time) Methodist Church, High Street, Haddenham
Anglo-Saxon Oxford, 10th and 11th century- an illustrated talk by Ruth Buckley 25 Apr 2018 14.00 hrs  Methodist Church, Haddenham 
Talk on "The Suffragists" by Jane Robinson 23 May 2018 14.00 hrs Methodist Church, High Street, Haddenham
Visit to Wallingford 27 Jun 2018 tba tba


Group Notices


Wednesday 28 March 2018 - The Civil War in Bucks

March will be a talk by Professor Ian Beckett of Kent University on the Civil War in Bucks. Ian is a leading authority on the Civil War (and on the First World War).  We are very lucky to have such an expert coming to talk to us. His recent book about the Civil War in Bucks, 'Wanton Troopers' is an excellent read. Ian's knowledge of Bucks history is  very impressive - it may have something to do with the fact that he spent his teenage years at Aylesbury Grammar School. We will be inviting Thame Museum supporters to join us. Please note that this meeting will start at 2.30, not 2pm.

Wedneday 25 April 2018 - Anglo-Saxon Oxford, 10th and 11th century- an illustrated talk by Ruth Buckley

Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Talk on "The Suffragists" by Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson of Haddenham will lead a discussion around her current best seller 'Hearts and Minds' about the Suffragists. She was featured last month on the Today Programme on Radio 4 and is speaking to the Village Society in March, so will vary her emphasis for us. She has donated a copy to the Community Library and may bring copies in May.

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Visit to Wallingford

June will be a visit to Wallingford, organised by Sue Oswell with a guided walk round the town and castle. It will  start at 2.30. However, the excellent museum is open from 9.00 and some may wish to make a day of it. I'm sourcing a possible lunch stop. I'll be asking for an indication of numbers 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