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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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Sir Stanley Spencer R.A. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
centreTalks June 2016 Stanley Spencer thumbnailThis is the next centreTalk. In June 2016 our speaker is Chrissy Rosenthal from the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham. Sir Stanley Spencer is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest of British artists. Born in Cookham, this year is the 125th anniversary of his birth and has become known as 'The Year of Stanley Spencer' with celebratory exhibitions being held in Britain and abroad. This talk looks at how he gained his reputation and why he called his home village 'A Holy Suburb of Heaven’.
Last Updated ( Friday, 20 May 2016 )
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Walking forwards, Looking back PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Sorry but you have missed this centreTalk In May 2016 our speaker is Dinah Latham. Dinah tells the story of a retired district nurse and midwife reflecting on her life whilst walking with her close companion Harriet, the dog. You will both laugh and cry as Dinah recounts many moving stories of patients cared for in 1960s London. The writings so patently contrast care in the community then and now that it becomes impossible not to regret the passing of a time when nursing was seen as a vocation, when nurses were proud to serve.
Last Updated ( Friday, 20 May 2016 )
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Target April 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barrie Penfold   
Target Magazine April 2016 front cover thumbnailLocal concerns about the number of empty shops on The Parade are highlighted on the front page with comments from some local traders. The good news story and picture is that the post office in Furlong Road has had a complete refurbish by a local company with the introduction of a W H Smith Local.

Smiling faces on the front page are those of the great team of correspondents who keep everyone informed of their group’s activities in each issue. Getting together for a coffee morning in the appropriately named Target Room at the Community Centre they were able to introduce themselves to editor Debra Aspinall and then pose for the picture.
Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2016 )
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From Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Bourne End Regatta 1908 - thumbnailSorry but you have missed this centreTalk Ken Townsend returns on 14th April with an illustrated talk on the history of the River Thames "from Spade Oak to Cookham Bridge". This follows on from Ken's talk last year on the local pubs which had a lot of interest. On the night we are also going to have a Q & A session and we are looking for items of local history that you may have.
Last Updated ( Friday, 29 April 2016 )
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The Sky at Night PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
centreTalks February 2016 The Sky at NightSorry but you have missed this centreTalk In February Gordon Rogers will give a talk on astronomy entitled "The Sky at Night". The title is appropriate given that Gordon's own observatory was opened by Patrick Moore and featured on the BBC TV program of the same name.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 February 2016 )
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Wine and Wine Tasting PDF Print E-mail
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wine bottles thumbnail Sorry but you have missed this centreTalk In November we have a talk about the different types of wines that are available today from around the world followed by tasting of a selection of wines.
Last Updated ( Saturday, 09 January 2016 )
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A cameraman's focus: life at the BBC PDF Print E-mail
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BBC logo thumbnailSorry but you have missed this centreTalk John Barlow a former cameraman at the Beeb will talk about life working in BBC Television




Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 November 2015 )
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How to start rearching your Family Tree PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Foster   
Who is in your Family Tree?Sorry but you have missed this centreTalk So who will be in your family tree? Are you hoping for someone famous or, better still, someone infamous. Would you prefer to be related to Captain Cook or Dick Turpin? For our September centreTalk, David Foster shows you how to start researching your family tree.
Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2015 )
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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 thumbnailSorry but you have missed this 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, 09 August 2015 )
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