Autumn Festival of Interests 

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The aim of the Festival is to share and celebrate the interests in the community and to keep all of us in touch. Most of the events will be virtual – talks or web displays, although some will be real! Forthcoming events will be listed here and in the What's On pages of the web site.

Events that have been held will be displayed here, either as videos or links to virtual displays.

Next talk 2:30, Saturday 12th December – Stephen Tanno: Buildings and other interests

Stephen will give a talk covering some of his foreign travel for work and the engineering he has seen on his travels. This will be a Zoom call and on Facebook.

The Zoom call will start at 2:15 for us to chat before the talk. If you’d like to join the call, contact David on 868 237 or send him an email here. You can watch the talk on the Church Facebook page from 7:30.

Art Week is live and we're keeping it live for another week!

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Local artists have submitted some of their works to display. You can see these by clicking on the picture or here.

We are also asking you to send us a picture of a work of art (not created by you, although it could be) that has meant something to you, together with a description of why it is important to you. If you'd like to send us something, contact David Harris on 01494 868 237or send him an email here.


Future Events

We have a number of events in the plan. Keep an eye on this page and the weekly Newssheet for more details and when these will happen.

Christmas Tree Festival

We can’t decorate trees in Church this year so we’ll try to have a virtual display of pictures of trees and decorations. Again, this will be a virtual display on this web site with links from Facebook.

Past talks

Fifth talk - Val Withams: "2020 – A Musician’s Response"

Music symbol 150 rewAs the UK locked down on 24th March, live music in concerts, rehearsals, stage shows and Church and Cathedral services dropped out of both amateur and professional performers’ diaries. Val described the actions by various music groups and how they are feeling about their difficulties.

Val’s talk took place on Zoom and Facebook. The talk can be seen here.

Llinks to the YouTube videos from which Val played the music

Five Days that Changed the World: IV. Friday 28 September 1928: The Discovery of Penicillin by Bob Chilcott. YouTube link.

And So It Goes - Stay At Home Choir with The King's Singers, Billy Joel arranged by Bob Chilcott. YouTube link.

Shenandoah with the London Forest Choir, arranged by Jonathan Rathbone. YouTube link.

Fourth talk - Rob Liddle: "BBC in Lockdown: Informing, Educating and Entertaining during the Covid crisis"

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BBC News manager Rob Liddle explained how the UK’s national broadcaster faced the virus challenge and adapted to keep the service on air for the UK and the rest of the world.

Rob's talk took place on Zoom and Facebook. The talk can be seen here.


Third talk - Paula Kitching: "Remembrance 1920 - 2020 Creating the Remembrance that we now know"

Poppy 150In 1920 the unknown soldier was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey, the poppy had not yet been adopted and stone War memorials not yet erected. Who took the decision to have the unknown soldier, to wear a poppy and how important are these things to how we practice Remembrance? 

Paula explains the history of some of our Remembrance traditions and explore how important they are to us remembering the sacrifice that our Armed Forces make. Paula is an historian, working in Public History with charities and NGOs. She lives locally in Great Missenden. 

Paula's talk took place on Zoom and Facebook. The talk can be seen here.

Second Talk - Keith Ray: "The Beekeeper and the Bees"

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Keith has been keeping bees for some time and he described his experiences and how beekeeping works. 

Keith's talk took place on Zoom and Facebook. The talk can be seen here.



First Talk - Mike O'Farrell on the actions of young sports people to Covid-19

Mike's Talk:  “Covid-19: A major challenge…especially when you are young…an insight into how professional sportsmen and women responded”. 

Mike is Chairman of the Board Middlesex Cricket. Their home ground is Lords, owned by the MCC. The role of the board includes development of the game at entry level from age 11 to professional level.

Mike’s talk took place on Zoom and was live streamed on Facebook. The talk can be seen here.