Chinnor & District


The Government has placed us in Tier 4 so no walks are possible just now.
We will let you know when they are on the programme again but you will know from the loud, very relieved and excited cheers coming from the walks organisers
as they echo around the District.

Dates for your Diary
Thu Feb 4th Virtual Outing to Kensington and free to you all
Thursday 4th February at 2.30 pm.
Please join a Zoom virtual Tour of Kensington spending some time in the ancient village, its secret little lanes and cobbled mews. We will also see Kensington Palace, Millionaires Row, Kensington Gardens, the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Square. We will range across 1200 years of History; Royal, Social, Literary, Military and Economic History all will be revealed on this virtual tour
The presenter is David Tucker who will lead the tour. He helped found London Walks - now the oldest Walking Tour company in London and has become the expert on Kensington and Hampstead, writing books, lecturing and of course leading walks there.
The presentation takes 60 -75 mins maximum with an open forum for questions at the end.
This extra event has been organised for our members by our own Outings Group and paid for from their resources. Please gather round your desk top, lap top or i-pad, click on the Zoom link, and join in the illustrated walk without getting wet, muddy or cold!
Joining instructions are being circulated tomorrow MOnday 18th.
Thu Feb 18th February 18 Speaker: Tony Long
Subject: "Midsommer Murders"
Tony has lived near Thame since 1982 and has been a member of Thame Players throughout that time, acting as Chairman for 12 years and currently is Treasurer. He has acted in almost 100 different productions and directed a dozen more. He has played the Dame in every Thame Players pantomime since 1984 - 28 in all. Always a fan of Midsomer Murders Tony was approached 4 years ago by Thame town council's David Dodds to organise regular walking tours of Thame town centre which had frequently been used for filming in the series. Accordingly a route was established, a script written and honed and Tony and 5 other members of Thame Players agreed to act as guides. It soon became clear that not only the town was frequently used for filming but many nearby villages, including Chinnor, Bledlow, Sydenham, Crowell and Lewknor had also been used and many people were keen to explore these locations. Tony therefore put together a tour of these villages as well as the town. In addition a joint package was arranged between Thame's Midsomer walking tour and Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway's steam trip and cream tea. Coach companies made day trips to Thame and even weekend packages were organised by Motts travel. 2020 has, of course, been disastrous for the tours, virtually all being cancelled, but it is hoped to start again in earnest after Easter this year. All the guides are volunteers and two thirds of the income from the tours is donated to charity - the rest being used for administration, flyers and the like. This talk gives the history of the show, the actors involved and many of the locations used.
Thu Feb 25th


Alex Hetherington 'Try to do the right thing'

Dr Alex Hetherington is the Circular Economy Practice Lead at Oxfordshire based, Sustainability Consultancy, 3Keel LLP. As a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Environmentalist, Alex combines her practical insight and experience of processing with sustainability expertise and a passion for whole-life thinking. Having started her career as a production engineer manufacturing plastics, 30 years on plastics play a significant role in her day to day life again; advising clients on material choices, sustainable packing and the reality of recyclability. Alex is well versed in helping others navigate the complexities of environmental and sustainability topics. In addition to advising a diverse range of clients with 3Keel, she was a visiting lecturer at The University of Bath for 12 years, and enjoys sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm to promote a more sustainable future.

Packaging and plastics have become hot topics again over the last couple of years with increasing numbers of pledges from companies to reduce packaging use and adapt their ranges to use more “sustainable” materials. We all want to do the right thing, but what does that mean when we are faced with a complex recycling landscape with different materials collected by different local authorities and a multitude of claims of what is ‘recyclable’ and ‘sustainable’.

Having advised organisations including retailers, manufacturers and brands on actions to improve the sustainability of their packaging, Alex will aim to provide insight into the realities of recyclability and sustainable packaging as it impacts all of us in our daily lives:
• Why is recycling collection so variable across the country?
• What happens to my recycling? How does it get recycled?
• What do we mean by terms like ‘recyclable’, ‘compostable’, ‘recycled’
• Is there such a thing as ‘sustainable packaging’ and why do we need it anyway?
• What are the watch-outs if you’re trying to do the right thing?

Thu Mar 18th March Speaker on Zoom
Speaker: to be confirmed
Subject: Thames Valley Air Amnbulance
Thu Apr 15th April 15 Speaker: Jeff Rozzelar
Subject: Bagels and Bacon Part 2
Jeff is a BA Hons History Graduate with over 50 years experience as a teacher from private schools to "prison" schools.

Since the publication of his book "Bagels and Bacon" by the History Press in 2011 he has developed a career as a speaker for the U3A, WI and various other organisations around the Home Counties.

Jeff has written many books, his latest being a play about Benjamin Disraeli - Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister. A one man play he presents himself . It was performed at The Old Court Theatre , Windsor and other performances are planned for 2020 and 2021.

He has directed over 100 plays and musicals and still takes leading roles on stage. In the professional world he currently works as a film extra or background artiste. In 1984 he part produced a film entitled "Our Railway and Social History" for British Rail education.

Jeff was an active sportsman and was once offered a trial for a professional football team. In 1997 he represented GB in the first indoor European Veterans athletic championship.