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.

Inspiring Buildings

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Here’s the next entry in our Festival activity: buildings that have meant something to a member of the Church. Stephen Tanno has chosen the Basildon Bell Tower. Click here to see this and other entries.

If you’d like to participate, contact David on 868 237 or david.m.harris@btinternet.com


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.

Past talks

Eleventh talk - Paul Withams: "Wycombe Wanderers in the community”

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Paul is the Delivery Officer for Education at the Wycombe Wanderers Sports and Education Trust. He told us about the effect of the lockdown on grassroots sport and how the Wycombe Wanderers helping in the community.  The talk can be seen again here.


Tenth talk - Audrey Hyland: “Pandemic Opera”

Opera 200Audrey, who is the Deputy Head of Vocal & Opera at the Royal College of Music, told us about navigating young, talented opera singers through their studies at Royal College of Music during the pandemic. They performed selected opera scenes on the theme of Separation and Reconciliation last Autumn. The talk can be seen again here.


Nineth talk - Jo Withers: "From 70 degrees north to 36 degrees south or Tromso to Auckland"

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Jo sailed from Tromso in Norway to Auckland. She told us about what she saw on the way, focussing on wildlife and lighthouses.

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


Eighth talk - Jennifer Moss: "Buckinghamshire Churches"

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Jennifer took us on a guided tour around some 30 of the 400 churches and chapels of Bucks, based on her experience as a Trustee of the Bucks Historic Churches Trust of visiting churches all round the county.

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

Seventh talk - Paula Kitching: "Holocaust Memorial Day"

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Paula helped to create Holocaust Memorial Day in this country and still writes and lectures on that subject. Memorial Day is on Wednesday 27th January.

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

Sixth talk - Stephen Tanno: "Buildings and Other Interests"

Buildings 300Stephen took a fond look back at some of the projects that he’s been involved with from around the world and explain – in simple terms - some of the engineering behind these projects. His talk also combined some travel adventures that we hope will bring some rays of sunshine via Zoom and into your living rooms.

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


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.

Links 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.