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Great Opportunity for 15-18 yr olds & Football Coaches Looking For a New Team.

Are You Between 15 & 18 yrs & looking For an opening to play for a football team with great prospects?

Widmer End Football Club are taking new players of all skill levels to form a strong team. The club have coaches that have an excellent track record in motivating the players & helping to improve their game.

Run by a committee , Widmer End Football Club is focussed on building the club to the highest possible standards, both playing football and it’s environment.  Speaking to the team Manager Liam O’Rourke this week, he told me the committee has plans to improve the club facilities as financial backing is strong.  Liam is also looking for suitable coaches for this age group to join the team that is “Widmer End United Football Club”.

Liam has had a successful background in managing various age groups & as the new manager for Widmer End United, is keen to make a big success of this team too. Liam said although it would be ideal, it’s not vital that you live in the area, but if you can travel this could be a great time to get involved…as a player or as a coach.

If this is something that would interest you, please contact Liam O’Rourke on 0751 982 0273 or email:  liamoace35@gmail.com to discuss in more detail. Meanwhile, take a look at the club website www.weufc.co.uk

 

Mystery Month – The Taplow Station Haunting

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Thank you to Dave Henwood for sharing this story for the “mystery month” series, which involved one of his colleagues just a few years ago.

Dave wrote ……Taplow Railway Station is said to be haunted by a lady who manifests herself on the seldom used Platform 1, usually towards the centre and east end of the station. The last sighting that I am aware of was a few years ago and involved a senior railway man of the time.

The story as told to me, was this…

“I had been called to Taplow late one frosty winter evening, to act as hand signaller after a signal at the London end of Platform 2 had become defective. My duties on this evening would be to relay instructions from the signalman to the driver, authorising drivers to pass the signal which was being held at “Danger” with its red aspect casting a pinkish…

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Mystery Month – Recent Haunting in Wooburn Green

Look up Articles of Local Interest on the website for more local ghost stories!

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This is a very recent haunting in Wooburn, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.

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Mystery Month – Flackwell Heath Haunting

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A lady who used to live in a flat in Oakwood, Flackwell Heath during 1990 has kindly sent in this story but wishes to stay anonymous.

When the council offered me a flat in Flackwell Heath, I felt both lucky & excited. When I moved in I was full of great ideas for decorating & got stated on the kids room. My 2 little boys often cried at night & usually ended up climbing into my bed. I suppose I thought it was due to all the changes & a new bedroom that unsettled them, but this did go on for weeks. My eldest son would follow me into each room saying “don’t leave me with him” (There was no one there) & he became quite anxious. My mother would often have the boys to stay on a weekend & she told me that they were very well-behaved. They always…

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Mystery Month – Apparition Sighting in Wendover Road, Bourne End.

As we approach Halloween, why not take a look at some of our previous local ghost stories which can be found under “Articles of Local Interest”.

Mystery Month – Sighting in Wendover Road, Bourne End.

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This story of a sighting in Wendover Road, happened in 1980 –

“My family lived in the white house at the top of Wendover Road, opposite Claytons school for 40+ years before Mum & Dad moved away earlier this year.  I moved away quite a few years ago now, but it was our family home and I grew up there.

Dad worked for Thames Water and my sister and I often played in the Thames Water pumping station grounds in school holidays. 

On one occasion, whilst playing hide & seek with my sister and our friends, I saw a ghost of a man on the south west corner of the 70s pumping building. This would have been around 1980.  He was a man dressed in a blue or green parka type jacket, approx. 35/40 years old. He was a kind soul (at least he didn’t scare me!) and just walked…

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Please spread the word!

With the possibility of a new local history group, Roger needs to hear from more people who may be interested before going ahead. Please let your friends & family now & get in touch on the email address below. Thanks.

 

Fireworks & Your Pets

I wrote this last year & can confirm that Zylkene has helped… my dog is on them again this year.

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Vinnie Vinnie

I hate this time of year, purely because I hate to see my little dog suffering when the fireworks begin. My usually verbal & confident little dog turns into a nervous wreck who shakes & pants the entire evening. I do take all the usual measures of turning the television up loud, closing the curtains etc. but he can hear them long before I even realise they have started going off. His hearing is too good!

Tonight we have some hope though. I called Hall Place Vets & they suggested Zylkene capsules to take once a day for the next 10 days which will hopefully calm him down. They don’t sedate your pet, just make him feel calmer & therefore less ditressed.  If you have the same problem, please do try these pills. For Vinnie’s size (Jack Russell x Shih Tzu – yes, a Jack Shit!), Zylkene costs just £6.68…

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Still need your creepy stories!

I’m sure we didn’t cover everything last year? So, to get your minds working, here is one of last year’s tales…..

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This was a very recent haunting in Wooburn Green, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
A week later, again my daughters & I were watching TV together, we had pretty much forgotten about the previous week’s event.  We all suddenly jumped when we heard the back door slam, not once but 3 times as if someone had deliberately opened & slam it closed but faster than you could physically do it. People have said to me “oh, it’s the wind” …. I’d agree if it had slammed just once but how did the door open again to slam a total of 3 times?!
For the rest of our time there nothing else happened but when the tenancy came up for renewal a few months later, I declined & moved my girls to a house in Loudwater.”

Send your stories to me at village-journal@btinternet.com

Centre Talks – Ken Townsend “From Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge”

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Upper Thames Sailing Club

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The Thames

At Bourne End Community Centre tonight, Ken will be giving an illustrated talk on the history of the River Thames – From Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge. There will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end & if you have any items of interest, please bring them down.

Last year Ken’s talk on the history of the local pubs was hugely successful & I’m sure this will be too. So, if you would like to learn about the history of your village, this is a talk full of facts & interesting information.

 

Mystery Month – The Baby Grave

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Who was the baby?

 

Thanks to Nyall who now lives in Australia, for sending this in. I have tried to find out more about the baby but no luck so far, so if anyone can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

The family home in Grange Drive was 300 years old & steeped in history. As a child, I experienced a few strange things although I always remained a sceptic. On one occasion, I witnessed a balsa wood aeroplane glide through the room & hit the window, the window broke & I was alone in the room.

Mum was always convinced the house was haunted. One day, I was helping Mum by passing straps for the electric blanket under the mattress. We felt a heavy weight on the bed for a few minutes & Mum swore she couldn’t get out from under the mattress until the weight lifted. No-one else was home.

Mum worked at Glory Mill & during a conversation with one of her colleagues realised that a square stone in our garden was actually a grave. This linked in with the story that the previous owners had told us, that many years ago a baby was born at the house but only survived for 10 minutes. In those days if a child wasn’t christened it couldn’t buried in the church graveyard, so the child was buried in the back garden.

The previous owner also mentioned that she would hear her piano being played by a ghost, although we have never heard this ourselves.

 

 

How to Choose The Right Therapist.

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As a qualified psychotherapist & Agony Aunt for The Bucks Free Press, I had written this article a couple of years ago to help people find a suitable therapist. More clients are finding that “Talking Therapies” are just as effective as medication & unlike anti-depressants, talking can solve mental issues rather than just cover it up. If you or someone you know is having problems & willing to try out counselling, please read the following.

How to choose a private counsellor / psychotherapist

Many people at some point in their lives feel that a counsellor may be able to help them with emotional issues when they are feeling low, bereaved or experiencing a difficult situation. But how do you know you are making the right choice when you are in a vulnerable state and looking for help?

Your GP can be a good starting point and there are many charities who can offer free counselling but sometimes the waiting list is long and you are usually allocated a counsellor when you may feel you would like to choose one. It can feel like a mine field when you start to look at the options available to you. Do you choose person-centred, CBT or one of the many other therapeutic approaches.

Some counsellors may specialise in certain areas such as couple counselling, bereavement or abuse but all should provide you with a non-judgemental & empathic environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.  A few simple guidelines should prevent you from wasting too much time allowing you to get started with your recovery process.

Whether you decide on a specialist or not, you should check with the prospective counsellor that they belong to a reputable professional body with a code of conduct and a complaints procedure such as the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) or UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy). This will give you confidence that your therapist is qualified and will adhere to their code of ethics.

Both qualifications and experience are important aspects to consider. However, it is equally important that the therapeutic relationship is right for you in order to move forward and find improvement in your life. You should feel comfortable enough to trust your therapist as you “open up” and disclose your feelings. For some people only a few sessions are needed but do be prepared that you may need longer than you originally thought to work through life’s difficulties.

Other things to be considered are:

  • Do they have relevant insurance?
  • Is there a reduction for people with financial difficulties?
  • Would they agree to an initial free consultation?
  • What happens if you see your therapist while out socialising, would they be discreet? Can the therapist see you at a time of day that suits you?
  • How long and how much is each session?

Counselling can be a wonderful experience although the process may be difficult at times but with a good therapist supporting you through your journey to a happier life, it is well worth the rocky ride to get there.

by Kaye Townsend MBACP

Mystery Month – The Mystery of Vine Leigh House, Well End

Thanks to Joe, who sent in this story ….

I don’t know if this qualifies as a ghost story but it’s a mystery and true.

 When I was a lad in the sixties, I along with my grandma and my dad worked for the boss of one of High Wycombe’s furniture firms. He lived in a large house in Well End next door to the old chapel. The name of the house was Vine Leigh House but I’m not sure if it’s still called that. Dad was the gardener, grandma was the housekeeper and I cleaned the large Alvis car every Sunday morning and helped my dad with the garden.

One day when the family were on holiday my Grandma showed me around the house and pointed out the cellar under the kitchen. Halfway up the staircase was an alcove in which there was an urn and a letter. She told me that she didn’t know what was in the urn or the letter but that they should never leave the house.

I often wondered about it & a few years ago my son became friendly with a girl who lived in that house. I told him the story and he mentioned it to her dad who promptly showed him the articles. Still no explanation. They no longer live there.

There was a story that a tunnel led from the old Abbey in Abbotsbrook to the house but I don’t think it has ever been proved. The house is very old so there maybe some truth in it.

 

I wonder if the current owner of Vine Leigh House is reading this. Both Joe & I would love to know if the urn & letter are still there, along with any information about the story behind it.

Mystery Month – Recent Haunting in Wooburn Green

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The backdoor slammed 3 times

This is a very recent haunting in Wooburn, the lady who experienced this has asked me not to mention her name.

” In 2012 I was renting a house in Northcroft, Wooburn Green. I had been living there happily with my 2 teenage daughters for 6 months or so. One evening the 3 of us were sat together watching television when we noticed what appeared to be a large ball of smoke cross the room from right to left above the TV. It was touching the ceiling but seemed to be about 12 inches tall & a couple of feet wide. It moved across the ceiling quite quickly & all 3 of us saw it. My daughters were completely freaked out, screaming & running to the far side of the room.
Within seconds it just faded away but we could find no explanation for what we saw.
A week later, again my daughters & I were watching TV together, we had pretty much forgotten about the previous week’s event.  We all suddenly jumped when we heard the back door slam, not once but 3 times as if someone had deliberately opened & slam it closed but faster than you could physically do it. People have said to me “oh, it’s the wind” …. I’d agree if it had slammed just once but how did the door open again to slam a total of 3 times?!
For the rest of our time there nothing else happened but when the tenancy came up for renewal a few months later, I declined & moved my girls to a house in Loudwater.”

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Mystery Month – Cyclist in Sheepridge Lane

Hit by a truck & left by the side of the road

The story goes……
In 1967 an elderly man was knocked off his bike by a truck in Sheepridge Lane. The truck, spotted by an eye-witness was heading towards Flackwell Heath & had just passed the Crooked Billet on it’s left.
The gentleman riding his bike fell & hit his head on the ground & passed away in hospital the following day. The truck didn’t stop & the driver was never found.

Drivers have often reported seeing the back of a figure of a man on a bicycle in their headlights as darkness falls.  The figure appears to be travelling in the direction of Flackwell Heath & is usually spotted a few hundred yards past the pub. As they get closer the figure seems to vanish. In 1975 after seeing the cyclist in his headlights, a man stopped his car to look around, thinking the man had fallen into the grass verge but of course, didn’t see anyone.

I haven’t been able to find any news clippings to support this, but perhaps it just didn’t make the news.  Sheepridge Lane is still dangerous today, with as many as 10 cars crashing in the last 12 months. Perhaps some drivers think they have seen a cyclist & try to overtake?

It’s sad to think that this elderly man is still trying to get home on his bike…. Do you know who this man is?  Have you seen him? I’d love to know if you have any ideas!

Mystery Month – Ghost of Lady Hoby

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Lady Elizabeth Hoby

Bisham Abbey was built for The Knights Templar in 1260. In 1538 the monks of Bisham Priory were violently removed from the Abbey by Henry V111 & the Abbot, John Cordery placed a curse on all who resided there. In years to follow, there were many reports of family deaths as each different family came & went.

But the most famous ghost at the Abbey is Lady Elizabeth Hoby who after her death in 1609, has made many appearances making Bisham Abbey one of the most haunted houses in Britain. Read more…

October is Mystery Month

With Halloween approaching, I thought this a good time of year to reveal some of the local “weird” stories reported by residents over the years.

Many of the older stories go back years to a time before we were born but have been passed down through families & kept “alive”!

Some of you will have heard of the headless horseman who travels down Coldmoorholme lane in Bourne End, continuing straight on when he comes to the right-hand bend in the road. Some people say he is a cavalier perhaps aiming to stable his horse & down a flagon of beer at Old Thatch which was once a drinking house. Or perhaps it is Dick Turpin who is reported to have stayed there when it was an Inn & stabled his horse, Black Bess in the grounds. Read more…

Local Ghost Stories Wanted

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With Halloween approaching, I am looking for local haunted areas to research. If you have any ghost stories relating to the local area, please send them in to me at villagejournal@btinternet.com & I will look into the story behind them. Please give as much detail as possible & the more local, the better!… Thank you, Kaye.

Henley Show is a Hit!

Lovely day out at Henley Show, organised by the Henley & District Agricultural Association, a charity dedicated to promoting and improving agriculture, horticulture and the breeding and rearing of livestock.   

The weather was good & the variety of stalls were impressive with gardening stalls, crafts, agricultural machinery, clothing, food & fun fair & I even spotted stands for a local solicitor & estate agents.  At regular intervals you are able to watch displays including birds of prey, dog competitions & a sheep shearing demonstration. Read more…

Murder in Furlong Road….. in 1912

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Dora’s Place of work: Rupert Russell’s Newsagent, Furlong Road 1911

When Mr. & Mrs. Hussey decided to rent the spare room at their home, Aberford Cottages in Princes Road, Cores End, no-one could have foreseen the events that would unfold.

Philip Trueman, 35, who worked as a driver for Mr. Jackson of Jackson Mill, moved in & after a couple of months started “keeping company” with the Hussey’s youngest daughter, Dora who was just 18 yrs old. Shortly after they became engaged. Read more…