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Bourne End photo Burnend (first recorded 1236) "End of the Stream" is where the Wye flows into the Thames. Nestling in the Chilterns alongside the river, the village has been the home of papermakers, lacemakers and brickmakers. Today Bourne End is a thriving village close to London and even closer to the open countryside of the Chiltern Hills in central southern England.


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The History of Codes: from Caesar to the Enigma PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
An Enigma machine thumbnailThis is the next centreTalk. How did they crack the Enigma at Bletchley Park? What was the Enigma and why was it considered uncrackable?
In our July centreTalk, Gdylg Jloehuw wdnhv xv wkurxjk wkh klvwrub ri frghv dqg fubswrjudskb. Wklv klvwrub vwduwv zlwk Mxolxv Fdhvdu dqg wkh frgh kh xvhg wr nhhs klv phvvdjhv vhfuhw. Wklv frgh pdb qrz vhhp vlpsoh wr xv exw lw zdv wkh edvlv ri fubswrjudskb iru kxqguhgv ri bhduv. Read more to see what this code says.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 )
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Target June 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barrie Penfold   
Target June 2015 front cover thumbnailTarget celebrates summer with two ‘good news’ business stories on the front page. Then there’s honours pictures on page two as local people receive their awards at special ceremonies. Lloyds Bank staff have been aiming to find central locations for defibrillators and on page 12 you can see how children from Claytons got involved. One of the defibrillators is just outside the school building an easily accessible.
Last Updated ( Friday, 12 June 2015 )
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Bourne End Video Makers @ 50 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Bourne End Cine Club logo from 1970sThe Bourne End Video Makers Club is 50 years young this year. They are celebrating at the Community Centre on 31st May 2015, click for details. Below are some of my personal reminiscences from when I was a member in the 1970s.

My first awareness of the Bourne End Cine Club (as it was then called) takes me back to the annual Bourne End Carnivals of the 1960s and 70s. As a child I can recall the carnival days on Jacksons playing fields including me riding in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang... or can I?
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 May 2015 )
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Behind the Scenes of "Who Do You Think You Are"? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Sorry but you have missed this centreTalk. Have you ever wondered why genealogy on television seems so much easier than in real life? Nick Barratt will explain why, as well as share some inside stories from the making of the hit TV show.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2015 )
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Air Traffic Control PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Airport thumbnailSorry but you have missed this centreTalk. How do they manage aircraft take offs and landings? How do they prevent planes from colliding when they taxi around busy airports? We often ponder these questions when travelling on our holidays. For our centreTalk in May, Peter Marks will have the answers to these and many other questions
Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 )
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The Magic Circle PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
centreTalks April 2015 - Jean Purdy thumbnail portraitSorry but you have missed this centreTalk. April's centreTalk has an air of mystery as we have an evening of colour laughter and mystery for all ages with Jean Purdy. Hear the history of The Magic Circle, the most revered magical society in the world. See examples of all aspects of magic including productions, vanishing, transportation, anti-gravity, destruction and restoration and Jean's favourite magical art….. Mental magic.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 April 2015 )
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The Auctioneer's Lot PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Auctioneer's Gavel
Sorry but you have missed this centreTalk. As our talk for March we are please to announce that Simon Brown will be talking on "The Auctioneer's Lot". Simon will also take a look at items brought along on the evening. This will be on Thursday 12th March at the Community Centre.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 March 2015 )
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The Secrets of the Art of the Limited Edition Chair PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Waterloo Chair - thumbnailSorry but you have missed this centreTalk. As our talk for February, using high value actual examples Stewart Linford takes us through his lifelong passion for creating chairs that capture the spirit of British heroes From Churchill to Catherine of Aragon and Admiral Nelson to the Duke of Wellington. Historic pieces made using timber from Magna Carta island to 4,000 year old bog oak.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 February 2015 )
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Ken (and the pubs) packs them in PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Ken Townsend Talk - photo of the Red Lion Pub - thumbnailJanuary's centreTalk was Ken Townsend on “The Vanishing Pubs of Bourne End and Wooburn”. Heralded as a talk about disappearing local pubs it proved to be a whistle-stop tour of local villages, their pubs and a huge amount of local history thrown in for good measure. When Ken Townsend talks you know you’ll get the facts and this time it was daughter Karen who helped Ken with the research.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 25 January 2015 )
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