Buckinghamshire’s ‘Summer of Stories’ is well and truly underway – but there’s still time for you to get involved.
This summer, Buckinghamshire Culture and Buckinghamshire Council have been working together to create a Summer of Stories, focusing on a theme of ‘stories of happiness’. The ‘Story Stall’ is part of this multi-stranded project aiming to engage people across Buckinghamshire with stories and creativity. Inspired by our strong literary heritage this project will result in animation of town centres, activity supporting wellbeing, enhancing quality of life and maintaining connection as part of wider Covid recovery. Residents of Buckinghamshire have been invited to share and celebrate their personal stories, and those of the county itself, through conversations with artists, or via ‘Story Postcards’ at artist-led pop-up stalls across the county in markets and local high streets and at various cultural and library locations.
It’s not too late to get involved with the Summer of Stories. If you would like to get involved and share a story of happiness, or a story of Buckinghamshire, you can find the final few pop-up stalls in the following locations:
Winslow Market on 25 August, 8:30am-2pm
Live in the Park, Aqua Vale Park, Aylesbury on 28 August, 9am-5:30pm
Black Park, Wexham on 29 August, 10am-4pm
Beaconsfield Country Fair, Beaconsfield on 30 August, 9:30am-5pm
This is important for everybody, not just because these are political appointments, but because it shows who has lead responsibility for specific portfolios in Bucks Council. So you know who to badger!
The HVRA is an affiliated organisation to the High Wycombe Society; their next event sounds very interesting indeed. You and your neighbours are welcome to join, via zoom, a talk on Friday May 28th. at 7.30pm by Dr Wendy Morrison of Chilterns AONB “Beacons of the Past”.
The link to the talk is given below and is open from 7.15pm.
Archaeologist Dr Wendy Morrison’s research areas are Prehistoric European Archaeology and Landscape Archaeology. Closer to home, Wendy leads the Chilterns ‘Beacons of the Past’ project. Her work seeks to engage and inspire communities to discover, conserve, and enjoy what is around us and the unique Iron Age hillforts and their prehistoric chalk landscapes. The Chilterns has one of the largest collections of hillforts in the UK, yet many are poorly preserved, and little is known about them. Luckily, several of these hillforts are accessible from the Ridgeway. A key part of Wendy’s project is the largest LiDAR survey ever flown for archaeology in this country, and one of the largest in the world! Images are captured with a laser scanner mounted on a small plane that captures information about the ground below; revealing intriguing ‘lumps and bumps’, such as hillforts, that are hidden by tree cover and other vegetation. Wendy is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.
Would you please pass this message on to as many residents as possible in your road in case they wish to zoom in.
If the link does not work, open or download the Zoom application (it’s free) and enter Meeting ID: 721 150 5280 (no passcode required)
For those with limited technical facilities it will be possible to hear the proceedings by phone: 0203 051 2874 – enter the meeting ID on your keypad followed by # as instructed.
The session opens at 7.15pm to allow time for people to join and resolve any little niggling technical issues, and people can stick around for a chat after the talk and questions if they so wish. Sorry, but everyone will have to provide their own tea/coffee and biscuits!
Ever wondered what the connection is between the Coombe Hill monument, Cold War missile and rocket testing at Westcott, West Wycombe Park and the remains of Ludgershall medieval village?
Well, their fascinating histories have been documented, alongside some 35,000 other records, and are now available on Buckinghamshire’s brand new online Heritage Portal.
As well as information about traditional archaeological sites, earthworks and artefacts, the portal also contains details about historic buildings and local landscapes, covering periods from the earliest human settlements to the end of the Cold War and beyond.
(The message below was sent recently to the Head Teacher of Great Kinghill school:)
I write as a resident of Cryers Hill.
I would like to draw to your attention the preponderance of vehicles parked at school drop off/collection times which keep their engines running for considerable periods while stationary. This occurs mostly in the car park of the White Lion pub, but also on the grass verges in the vicinity.
The parents involved may not be aware that this now an offence, but they are surely familiar with the dangers of increased air pollution, which impacts directly on children’s health as well as that of the residents in the area. The contribution to greenhouse gases/climate change is also well documented. The RAC article, to which I supply a link below, describes this particularly well.
I wonder if you and your staff could find time to bring this to the attention of both parents and children, and ask them to switch off their engines when parked for more than a few seconds. I hope it will not be necessary to ask the overstretched police to take action.