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> TRING & DISTRICT LOCAL HISTORY & MUSEUM SOCIETY
Our speakers programme for 2014-15 kicks off with Leslie Barker’s How we got to Wing: Its Saxon Church in context on May 21.
Leslie is an architect based in Tring. The context will be the first 1,000 years of Church design, from the first church buildings in Rome to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. The talk will be preceded by the Society’s AGM.
Next on July 16 Daphne Knott will speak on Hidden histories: Hertfordshire’s connection with the slave trade and its abolition.
Daphne is the Learning and Access Officer, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies.
Hidden in the archives is the evidence of how much of the wealth of the county was based on the slave trade.
Local families owned plantations in the West Indies and kept slaves both at home and abroad.
Conversely, some of the most active and influential opponents of the trade also had Hertfordshire associations.
The programme continues with continues with Francis Hanford’s talk on Infantry training on the Halton Estate 1914-15 in September and a look at two contrasting Victorian houses in the Chilterns by Adam Smith in November, before we enter 2015.
Visit tringlocalhistorymuseum.org.uk for more information.
> REVELATION MAJORETTES TROUPE
Revelation Majorettes based in Hemel Hempstead have just got back from their fifth national championships doing a full weekend of competitions.
We had 15 girls in our nationals team this year, aged four to 20.
All girls worked really hard and were a credit to our team.
We came home with 8 first places, 4 second places and 8 third places.
The team are now working towards the summer season with the whole troupe.
We are now recruiting girls and boys from the age of three years, no experience needed.
Please contact our troupe leader Tina on 07771 536795 to book your free trial session, or visit our website for more details – freewebs.com/revelation-majorettes.
> HEMEL HEMPSTEAD LOCAL HISTORY & MUSEUM SOCIETY
The March meeting was a very interactive event.
The Society’s Secretary, Roy Wood, showed on screen some examples from his extensive collection of local postcards.
The attentive audience contributed to Roy’s commentary, so much so that they would welcome a repeat performance at a future meeting.
The April meeting will be on Wednesday, April 23, when the guest speaker, Derek Sayell, will be reminding us about the years of National Service, its benefits and problems.
The monthly meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Carey Baptist Church, Marlowes, commencing at 8pm promptly.
> DACORUM COMMUNITY CHOIR
The biennial concerts held at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this month once again illustrated the tremendous musical talents of the young people in our Hertfordshire Schools.
Two choirs, each of over 1,000 primary aged children, performed in either the afternoon or evening concert.
These choirs were supported by the Hertfordshire Schools’ Symphony Orchestra,several musical groups, dancing groups and soloists to provide a rich feast of musical entertainment for the sell-out crowds.
For the first time the Community Choirs of Dacorum and Hatfield Welwyn Garden City had been invited to share the opening and closing songs of the performances.
This was a dream come true for so many people.
To say it was a pleasure to be at the Gala Concert was absolutely true but to be a member of the choir, along with the children, was something never to be forgotten.
> SHOOT ME STUDIOS
The studio has launched a new photography club to nurture the creative spirit in Berkhamsted.
With everyone having a camera on their phone, it is easy not to appreciate photography as an art, but it is.
Capturing people, places and items, using the right techniques that engenders an emotional reaction is art.
I am often asked about how photographers can survive with the advent of technology and everyone having a camera with them all the time.
My response is often “There is a place for phoneography in everyone’s life, in the same way that there is space in everyone’s life for a microwave - but having a microwave is convenient but certainly does not make its user a chef. The same thing applies to photography”
We encourage in the group the art of being selective and considered when shooting, less about the size of lens and more about lighting, composition and passion.
In our first meeting we had a great mix of men and women, which is often rare to have women attend photography clubs - but we had mums who are considering doing photography as a career, enthusiasts, career-minded people who use photography as a creative outlet, professional photographers, retired photographers, and lots of happy snappers. Visit shootmestudios.co.uk for details.
> BERKHAMSTEAD & DISTRICT ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY
Our next meeting will be held on April 28 starting at 7.45pm. It will include the AGM and will be followed by a talk by Brian Adams, the former keeper of education, on the Verulamium Museum on Industrial Archaeology in Hertfordshire.
It will be held in the Music Room , Berkhamsted School, Mill Street, Berkhamsted.
For further information contact programme secretary Hilary on 01442 254801.