Cheddington History Society
Welcome to the Cheddington History Society pages!
To contact the Society, or to get details of our excellent 2010 book "Voices of an English Village - Cheddington" with memories of the Second World War, you can email the Chairman John T Smith at:
johntsmith followed by @ followed by btinternet.com
(many of you will know why I put the address in this form). Please include CHS somewhere in the subject line.
Meetings in 2014 and 2015
You are welcome to attend meetings of the Society, which are normally held at 8 p.m. on the third Monday of the month, at the Methodist Church Room facing the Village Green. We welcome members at a fee of only £10 per person for a year, and we have a reduced rate for young people in education. A visitor's fee of £3 is made for a single talk.
We have three events this autumn commemorating the centenary of the Great War:
Monday September 15th CHS meeting: Previously, John T Smith has given two talks on those whose names are on our War Memorial at the Green. After our short AGM he will talk about some of those who served in the war but who returned to the village.
Sunday November 9th during the day: The village’s Remembrance Service will be at St Giles Church, followed by the Remembrance at the War Memorial at 11 a.m. We will have a Great War Exhibition open afterwards and for the rest of the day in the Methodist Church.
Sunday November 9th in the evening: At 7.45 p.m., also in the Methodist Church, we will be showing a film of 1916 “The Battle of the Somme”. This was an official documentary and for some people would have been the first moving picture they had ever seen. It is reported that over twenty million tickets were snapped up within two months of its release! “The sheer wealth of imagery conveys the reality of the Great War like no other historical document. Real scenes of wounded men and dead bodies caused controversy at the time and highlight the bold vision of this remarkable primary source film.”
Monday November 17th CHS meeting: “Tracing a Stretcher-Bearer in the RAMC in the Great War”. This is the personal story of John T Smith’s father who volunteered to serve in a capacity which did not involve taking up arms. He saw service in most of the well-known battles after the main Somme offensive until he was wounded three weeks before the armistice in 1918 and evacuated to “Blighty”. John has a memoir which his Dad wrote for him when he (Dad!) was around eighty years of age, and he has transcribed the whole of the Regimental Diary of the 101st Field Ambulance Unit.
In between we have the October 20th CHS meeting when John Morris, Director of The Woodland project, will talk on “The History and Archaeology of Chiltern Woods”.
CHEDDINGTON HISTORY SOCIETY SPEAKERS in 2015
We have the dates arranged but some of the details are not yet finalised. Dates (for when you get your new diaries, and they are all Mondays at 8 p.m. at the Methodist Church Schoolroom): January 19th, February 16th, March 16th, April 20th, May 18th, September 21st (AGM), October 19th and November 16th.
The programme is likely to include the work of the Boxmoor Trust, Chiltern Hill Forts (we have one in Cheddington on Southend Hill), the Shuttleworth Collection of airplanes, the History of Woburn and its buildings, the Leighton Buzzard Sand Industry. We expect to follow two of the talks with summer visits.
John T Smith, Cheddington History Society