Tag Archives: Wooburn

Bourne End Community Centre 50th Anniversary 1967-2017

This is taken from the Target…  if you’d like to know more, pop in to the Community Centre & pick up your copy of the Target! Also don’t forget the celebrations on 21st October where you can enjoy afternoon tea for £3 starting at 2.30pm & at 7.30pm an evening with 1960’s music from The Keynotes, £6

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Help needed to Find a Mrs. Turner.

This message came today on behalf of Ken Allen who is searching for a Mrs. Turner.

Hi Kaye, not sure if you may be able to help once again. A friend of mine, Ken Allen, is trying to find out anything he can about a Mrs Turner who he believes was a teacher/mistress at one of the Wooburn Green schools, I would guess about the 1950’s. Anything you may be able to find out, he would be grateful for. Thanks. John.

Do you think you may be able to help Mr. Allen?  Any information could be of great help. If so, please get in touch.

Thanks, Kaye.

 

An Appeal to Help Find Relatives of Two Wooburn Green Soldiers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is appealing for relatives of two Wooburn Green soldiers who will soon be commemorated by the organisation.
Sapper Charles Alexander John East and Private Frederick William Godfrey, both died in the UK due to illness or injuries sustained during their active service in the First World War. However, the CWGC were never informed of their deaths and were therefore not commemorated as war dead.
Sapper East, of the Royal Engineers, was 40 years old when he died on November 27, 1918. His was married to Eliza East of Ferry Lane, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. He was the son of William and Eliza Ann East.
Private Godfrey, of the Hampshire Regiment, was 39 years old when he died on November 24, 1918. He was married to Florence Henrietta Godfrey and they lived in Wooburn Green.
The CWGC would like to find their relatives as they may wish to know they are to be commemorated and will receive a CWGC headstone in their honour.
Samantha Daynes, Media Manager for UK Operations at the CWGC, said: “Both men died whilst serving their country and whilst we weren’t alerted to their death at the time, we now recognise them as war dead.
“Whether our men and women who served during both World Wars died on the battlefields far from home, or back on British soil, they must all be remembered.
“We would love to be able to find the family of these two soldiers.”


If you are a direct relative of either Charles or Frederick, please contact the CWGC by emailing enquiries@cwgc.org , with your name and details of relationship. or if
 you prefer you may contact us instead at jkgurney@tiscali.co.uk

Why & Who is Deliberately Letting the Horses out?

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This week has had numerous reports of the horses in Slate Meadow, escaping & wandering around parts of Wooburn Green & Bourne End.

Several times, local residents have reported the fence posts have been lifted & wire has been cut, which leads to the assumption that this has been a deliberate action. Coincidentally, a few days previously, a notice was put on the gate asking for the horses to be removed within 5 days or they would be destroyed.

While local residents & the police have done their best to catch the horses & tape off open areas of the fence, it appears that someone is still cutting the fence to let the horses out. Some believe that perhaps the horses are being given the chance to escape rather than be destroyed but this action is only putting both motorists & the horses in danger.

Whether the person behind this is trying to help the horses or get rid of them, don’t underestimate the local community where the importance of both Slate Meadow & the horses are concerned!

If you would like more information on “Save Slate Meadow” please go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/SaveSlateMeadow/ 

or for “Keep Bourne End Green” please go to https://www.facebook.com/keep bourne end green

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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

Your Local Spooky Stories Needed!

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After the success of last year’s ghost story series leading up to Halloween, I would be grateful if you would send in any stories / tales / spooky history that you have heard or even seen for yourself, but It does need to be related to our local area. You can email me at villagejournal@btinternet.com

If you would like to take a look at last years stories, please go to “Articles of Local Interest” & then click on “Local Hauntings”.

Look forward to hearing from you….

Newly published local book, “Up Narkover” by Karen Savage

Wooburn Narkovians Cricket Club celebrate their 80th Anniversary this year, so to mark this occasion Karen Savage has written a book entitled “Up Narkover”.

The story of cricket in Wooburn starts with the Gilbey family who lived in Wooburn House and the formation of Wooburn Narkovians Cricket Club in 1936. Find out how the Narkovians got their unusual name & other interesting facts about your local cricket club.

The book containing over 200 full colour pages, contains 8 decades of history as well as facts and figures along with many interesting photos.

The book is an ideal read for cricket lovers and locals alike & is priced at £15, with all profits going to WNCC.

To obtain your copy contact the author Karen Savage on 01628 529216 or email:  savage.karen@btinternet.com

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A Visit to Bourne End Regatta with Dave Henwood

Dave Henwood has kindly sent in this article on his visit to Bourne End during Bourne End Week.

As many of you will already know, Dave travels back here from Wiltshire on a regular basis & often shares his stunning, local photos with the Facebook community. He has a huge catalogue of pictures capturing the beauty & change that creeps in with time.  Those of you who follow his trips will be aware that the railways are his passion & I was very lucky recently, to receive a sneak preview of his book, “Life On The Railway”. As soon as I hear that the book is on sale, I will let you all know.

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Bourne End Week – (Colour and Confidence make the Bourne End Regatta)

The first question must be, what was I doing in Bourne End on a day when the Train to get me there wasn’t running? A fair question easily answered. It had been just over a week since my last visit to the area that I called home for so many years, Thursday May 19th providing an all too rare opportunity for a weekday visit with the camera, unhindered to a point, with my only commitment on that date being to meet someone at Paddington Station, London later that evening. A very enjoyable walk from Marlow to Bourne End saw me spend almost an hour sat on the river bank between the hourly trips of the Marlow Donkey, which I was attempting to photograph whenever the intermittent sun coincided with its passing.
All in all that was a great day but there was something missing. Being a weekday, the River was quiet with just the odd pleasure craft out and about but of course this is not always the case. Summer weekends can bring a significant increase in water borne traffic and one week in particular will add an array of additional colour and excitement to that. I refer of course to Bourne End Week, the annual celebration of sailing on this part of the River.
It’s true, Bourne End’s Regatta is not in the same league as that of Henley but it is equally enjoyable albeit less well known. My return visit on Sunday May 29th was a combination of wanting to re-visit my former Buckinghamshire home village at some point, and my daughter wanting dad to take her out for the day which gave me the idea of combining the two, and we are so glad we did. Living in Wiltshire, it would have been a 90 minute drive up the M4 and associated A roads but using the train is always more relaxing and just as easy.
Today, though, the Marlow Donkey itself was taking a well earned break, with some fairly odd ball work taking place at Maidenhead Station causing the branch line to be closed. A comfortable mini-coach was supplied by the railway in lieu to transport passengers quickly between the branch line stations.
My daughter, who had accompanied me on a previous visit to the area somehow managed to remember that Ice Cream was available at Spade Oak Wharf. Other strange memories arose from her memory banks such as, Dad, we need to go to the Co-Op near the loos to get a Kinder Egg!
Well, who was I to argue, she seemed to have the day all mapped out and had already cottoned onto the fact that Dad had just been paid. We arrived on the coach from Maidenhead and made the Co-Op in Wakeman Road our first port of call, if you discount the loo of course. Suitably refreshed we walked through the village and down Oakfield Road to the River, pausing at the UTSC just as the afternoon session was kicking off. We moved onto Spade Oak for the aforementioned Ice Cream and found a nice spot to sit and watch the activity unfold.
In the couple of hours we were there, a few photographs were taken illustrating the busy nature of the River and the sterling job being undertaken by UTSC members in the Safety Boats – guiding the larger craft safely through what was at times a maze of sails and multi-coloured wind propelled craft.
Soon it was time to head back but time was available for us to walk up to Vineyards foot crossing over the railway, alongside the Spade Oak nature reserve and back via Upper Thames Way to the Marina where I had a quick catch up with Peter Osborne and Charlotte got to meet Rocky the Marina watch dog!
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Thank you to Dave for sending in his beautiful photos of Bourne End Regatta.

Hugely successful series of stories!

Thank you!

Mystery Month on The Village Journal – A hugely popular series !

I would just like to say a big “thank you” to all the contributors of the wonderful ghost stories. The were greatly received by so many people, resulting in a huge increase in visitors to the website. I think each story had a bigger impact, knowing these events happened in a house or road near by. So, thanks to all who sent them in & all who took the time to read them…  🙂  Kaye.

Mystery Month – The Baby Grave

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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.

 

 

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…

Drum roll please!…… The Winner of the Pooch Photo Competition!

Here is the winning face of the Village Journal, Pooch Photo Competition… Hiccup, who wins a superb spa & pamper package donated by Claire’s Comfy Canines.   IMG_1582

Congratulations to little Hiccup who will know doubt enjoy the treats & the pamper coming her way!

Thank you to everyone who entered, the response was overwhelming with so many cute faces & lovely stories. I wish I could send gifts to all of you but I think this will be a regular competition, so watch out for the next announcement.

Meanwhile, if you would like to contact Claire to book a grooming session, her details are below.

Thank you once again, you all have beautiful dogs that are obviously very precious to you….Kaye.

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Sandra Stanton Memorial Fund

After the sad passing of Sandra,  a memorial fund has been set up to acquire a lasting tribute in Sandra’s memory. Many of us remember Sandra as the friendly face that delivered the post but as described below, she was a big part of our community.

The local residents 11745727_10207381296430440_7583869689206251638_nwill make the final decision on what this tribute will be. You can make a donation in various places as listed below, & for more details please contact Mike Judge on 01628 524108 or email Kath Acres at Kath.acres@spadeoakfarm.com.

Thank you.

Too many strange people watching our homes…

I’ve noticed that there has been ever increasing reports, posts & warnings regarding strange people checking out our homes. Today it has been reported that 5 dogs went missing last night from a farm in Marlow & a black car has been parked up & watching people & their homes in Stratford drive.

I just wanted to make you all aware that these things really are going on in our neighNWbourhood. If you notice anything odd then please report it to the police &  keep your homes, children & pets safe.

Although many cars park outside my house to go to the park, I will still be checking people out to see why they are there… so, if you notice me looking at you when you pull up, I’m not being awkward or nosey, just careful & I urge you all to do the same.

Thanks Kaye, x

Enid’s House For Sale

Some of you may have already read the article I wrote about Enid Blyton & Old Thatch, well now according to the Daily Mail, Old Thatch is up for sale with a price tag of £1.85 million. I hope the new owners love the house as much as the present owners Jacky & David Hawthorn.

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And there’s more….

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If you are still looking for things to do this weekend, take a look at the events calendar….  There is a concert at St. Nicholas’ Church this evening, Donkey Derby in Beaconsfield, Garden Glastonbury at The Falcon public house, Rock & Roll Night at the British Legion in Loudwater,  Claytons School Fair on until 4pm, Karaoke at The Happy Union & much more.

1 Month In…

As we approach the end of the first month since the launch of the website, feedback has suggested that this has been a welcomed addition to the on-line community. It has been quite an exciting month & the support of all who have seen the website has been wonderful. Thank you to all have sent in events for the calendar, photos, personal profiles & articles. I hope you continue to enjoy the site & look forward to receiving those profiles from people who agreed to introduce themselves to the community on “Meet the Locals”! logo jack 4 Please don’t forget that you can send in any news, events (happy or sad) or photos.

Thank you once again, you are all fab!

Kaye, x