Here are just some of our past events.

 

Society Year 2018 - 2019

Sat 8 Sep 2018   11:30am
   Visit to Penn House
The Home of Earl and Countess Howe.  This is a unique opportunity to visit with guided tour by the owners.
Booking essential as names and contact details must be given to Penn House prior to visit.
Max 15 people.  Self-drive.

 

Thu 18 Oct 2018   7:00 for 7:30pm
  Annual Dinner
This will be set in the Fountain Room, Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG.
Guest of honour: Mark Bradshaw, National Trust General Manager of the Cliveden Estate.
3 course dinner with glass of wine followed by tea or coffee.
Cash bar before and after the dinner.  There will also be a raffle.

 

Sun  4 Nov 2018   10:00am - 3:00pm
  Maintenance Day around Gray's Monument
Church Lane, Stoke Poges.
Please come along at any time during this period and stay for as long as you like to help maintain the area around Gray's Monument and adjoining Gray's Field which is owned by the National Trust.  A National Trust Ranger will be leading the activity and supplying the majority of the tools.  If anyone wishes to bring their own tools then that's fine with the Ranger.  Tasks will include pulling the brambles, cutting some growth from trees and litter pick.  The Stoke Poges Society is supporting this event.

Soft drinks and snacks available.  Members of the Society will be on site.
For further information call -
Josh Turner - Ranger for the National Trust on 01628 605069 or
Harvey Whittam - Chairman of The Stoke Poges Society on 01753 642873

Tue  4 Dec 2018   7:30pm
  Christmas event:  Vesta Tilley
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN.
Talk on Vesta Tilley who lived in Sefton Park in the 1920's, with photographs, musical entertainment and anecdotes.  Appropriate fancy dress optional.
Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, plus Raffle with proceeds going to our 10th anniversary event in 2019.
Members: Free;   Visitors: £5.

 

Tue 12 Feb 2019   7:30pm     
  Talk on "The Ladies of the Manor" by Diana Le Clercq
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN.
Diana’s talk will cover the lives of four independent women from the 17th and 18th centuries including the tempestuous times of Elizabeth Cecil and her daughter Frances Coke and their battles with James I's Favourite, George Villiers and show how each of them came to be The Ladies of the Manor.

 

Tue 19 Mar 2019   2:30pm     
  The Queen's Walkway, Windsor
Self-guided walk with an afternoon tea.  This walking route (in place since September 2015 to mark the occasion of The Queen becoming Britain's longest reigning monarch) was opened by The Queen on her 90th birthday, 21 April 2016. The information panel she unveiled is located at the foot of Castle Hill.  The Queen's Walkway is a symbolic 6.373km long for the 63 years, 7 months and 3 days (one day more than Queen Victoria's reign) and links 63 of Windsor's best attractions, features and views.
At 2:30pm we will meet at the Queen Victoria Statue outside the castle.  We will then follow a shortened version of the walk visiting about 20 of the listed places in the central Windsor area, ending at the River Street Car Park.  There is then the option of an afternoon tea at a local venue.

 

Thu 25 Apr 2019   7:30pm     
  Talk on "Hall Barn" by Julian Hunt
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN.
Built in the 1600s by the poet and MP Edmund Waller, Hall Barn is an impressive and extensive estate in Beaconsfield.  Nowadays, it is most likely to be seen during its summer open-air Shakespeare season, or as a location in various films and Midsomer Murders.

 

Thu 16 May 2019   2:30pm     
  Visit to Hall Barn Gardens
Hall Barn Estate, Beaconsfield, HP9 2SG.
Guided tour of gardens by Rt Hon Jenefer Farncombe.  Tour of ground floor of house if weather inclement.
Teas provided.  Max 15 persons.  Self-drive.  THIS EVENT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.

 

Tue 25 Jun 2019   7:30pm     
  AGM, and Talk on "The Howard-Vyse family of Stoke Place"
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN.
Our Chairman Harvey Whittam delivers the results of his researches on this interesting family.

Society Year 2019 - 2020

Thu 1 Aug 2019   7:00pm
  Our 10th Anniversary Celebration
The Ballroom, Stoke Place - Stoke Green, Stoke Poges SL2 4HT
Celebrating our 10th Anniversary at the venue where we held our inaugural event.  Prosecco and anniversary cake.  Members and New Members only.
Booking essential.

 

Thu 29 Aug 2019   2:30pm     
  Dorney Court visit
Dorney, Bucks, SL4 6QP
Dorney Court is a grade I listed early Tudor manor house, dating from around 1440. Located in the village of Dorney it is owned and lived in by the Palmer family.  We will have a group tour of one of England’s loveliest houses, with little changed in 600 years.
Visitors also have free access to the ancient Norman church of St James the Less and are welcome to explore the Gardens, woodland and Park.  The cafe at the garden centre next door is available for lunch or tea, coffee and cakes.  Meet for lunch first before our tour starts promptly at 2:30pm.
£9.00 for adults, £8.50 for concessions
plus Tour Guide cost £1 or £2, Non-Members welcome: £2 extra
Self Drive.  Booking essential.

 

Tue 24 Sep 2019   9:30am
  Visit to Frogmore Paper Mill
Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 9RY
The world's oldest mechanised paper mill and birthplace of paper's industrial revolution.  Will include lunch and a boat trip.
Coach departs from the Village Centre at 09.40 and leaves Frogmore Mill at 16.00
11.00 tour - Tea and coffee on arrival, presentation, tour of the mill, interactive paper making session, lunch and canal boat trip on River Gade up to Grand Union Canal and return.
Lunch must be pre-booked by 8th September:  Choose between:  Fish and chips, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Steak & Kidney Pie, Beef & Onion Pie, Cornish Pasty, Burgers, Sausages with batter or without, and Saveloys, all with chips.
Price: £40 members, £42 non-members
Price includes coach, tea/coffee on arrival, tour etc. lunch and canal trip.

 

Thu 17 Oct 2019   7:00 for 7:30pm     
  Annual Dinner at Stoke Park
Fountain Room - Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG
Guest of honour: Dick Smith, who celebrates 50 years as the Beaconsfield Town Crier.
We will again be having a three-course dinner followed by tea or coffee.  The price of £37 for Members and £42 for Non-Members includes a glass of wine and represents very good value at this beautiful venue.  There will be a cash bar and raffle.      Dress code: Jacket and Tie / Cocktail.

 

Tue 10 Dec 2019   7:30pm
  Christmas event - Magic Lantern Show
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
Before the invention of cinema, Magic Lantern shows were a popular form of community entertainment.  We will have a presentation of this format using many original slides.  Mulled Wine, Mince Pies etc.
Members: Free;   Visitors: £5.

 

Tue 11 Feb 2020   7:30pm
  Talk about Stoke Common and Burnham Beeches
The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
Dr Helen Read, Conservation Officer, Burnham Beeches SAC & Stoke Common will give us a talk on our local Stoke Common as well as Burnham Beeches.
Members: Free;   Visitors: £2.

Sun 22 Mar 2020   2:30pm-5:00pm
  Visit to:   Eton College Natural History Museum
       and:   Museum of Eton Life

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Sun 25 Apr 2021.

The Natural History Museum is in South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW
More than 16,000 specimens and displays are housed at the Natural History Museum, exploring themes including Thames Valley wildlife, biodiversity, evolution, and ecology.
The Museum of Eton Life brings alive various aspects of the Eton experience across six centuries. It is housed in an undercroft below College Hall, a space that was used to store beer for the scholarship boys until the early 20th century.
Self drive.  Booking essential

 

Sat 25 Apr 2020   2:00pm-4:00pm
  Trip down memory lane

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Thu 22 Apr 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Costa Coffee, Bells Hill, Stoke Poges, SL2 4BY
Tell your story of village memories.
Open to all

 

Tue 12 May 2020   7:30pm
  Talk on Baylis House and Baylis Park

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Thu 6 May 2021, 7:30pm, at Wexham Park Golf Centre.

The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
This talk will be given by Elias Kupferman - a noted authority on the history of Slough.

Sun 24 May 2020   11:00am
  Visit to the History on Wheels Museum

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for May 2021.

Common Road, Eton Wick, SL4 6QY
This small but packed museum has a fascinating collection of vehicles, both military and civilian, as well as other artefacts of 20th Century British history. There is also a NAAFI Cafe.
Self Drive,  Booking essential.

Thu 4 Jun 2020   2:00pm
  Guided visit to Baylis House and Baylis Park

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Thu 10 Jun 2021.

Baylis House is near the junction of Stoke Poges Lane and Oatlands Drive.
This visit will be guided by Elias Kupferman following up his talk to us in May.
Self Drive.   Booking essential

 

Tue 23 Jun 2020   7:30pm
  A.G.M and a Talk

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled.  Next AGM scheduled for Tue 22 Jun 2021.

The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
A talk featuring local historical interest will be followed by our AGM.

 

Sat 18 Jul 2020   4:00pm
  Visit to the Windsor and Eton Brewery

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Sat 17 Jul 2021.

Unit 1, Vansittart Estate, Duke Street, Windsor SL4 1SE
Discover how beer is made - one of Britain’s oldest traditions.
Self Drive.   Booking essential.

Society Year 2020 - 2021

Tue 18 Aug 2020   2:00pm-4:00pm
  Trip down memory lane

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Thu 19 Aug 2021, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Prop House Café, Pinewood Nurseries, Wexham, SL3 6NB
Tell your story of village memories.
Open to all.

 

Tue 8 Sep 2020   1:30pm
  Private tour of Stoke Park

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Tue 7 Sep 2021.

Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG
Private Tour of this sumptuous Hotel followed by refreshments.
Members only - no guests.  Booking essential. 

 

Thu 15 Oct 2020   7:00pm
  Annual Dinner at Stoke Park

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Thu 21 Oct 2021.

Fountain Room - Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG
Our Guest of Honour is The Countess Howe SSStJ DL.
Three course dinner with a glass of wine followed by tea/coffee.  There will be a cash bar and raffle.  Cost to be announced.  Booking essential.

 

Tue 24 Nov 2020   7:30pm
  Talk on Fulmer Research Institute

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Wed 21 Jul 2021.

The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
This talk will be given by Mike Dewey. 

 

Wed 9 Dec 2020   7:30pm
  Christmas Event - Music & Song

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled and re-scheduled for Wed 15 Dec 2021.

The Youth Hall, St. Andrew’s Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, SL2 4LN
We will have an evening of Music & Song featuring Jennifer Harper-Jones.
Seasonal refreshments
Non-Members £5
Booking essential.

 

Thu 18 Mar 2021  7:00pm for 7:30pm
  A talk on Zoom: Cyber Security

Are you Cyber Aware? Are you and your finances safe when you are online?
This talk covers how to stay secure online and explains the most common types of cyber threats and attacks - phishing, data fraud and the real threats perpetrated online to unsuspecting users. Advice to help you to avoid being scammed and how to take steps to protect yourself, your finances and your devices from hacking and fraud.
We are very fortunate to have a member of Thames Valley Police:
Mark Godsland, CISMP, Police Cyber Security Advisor for: Cyber Protect, Prepare, Cyber Crime Team, Specialist Operations
The talk is for Stoke Poges Society members only.

 

Thu 22 Apr 2021   10:30am - 12:30pm

  Trip down Memory Lane

Due to the Coronavirus, this event was cancelled.

Costa Coffee, Bells Hill, Stoke Poges

Tell your stories of village memories.  Open to all - Free

 

Sun 25 Apr 2021   2:30pm - 5:00pm
  Visit to Eton College Natural History Museum and Museum of Eton Life

Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been postponed until autumn 2021.

South Meadow Lane, Eton, SL4 6EW

Self Drive. Free entry.  Booking Essential.

 

Thu 6 May 2021   7:30pm
  Talk: "We are CWGC" (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

On Zoom

This talk will be given by Will Reid of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  The presentation provides an overview of the organisation from past to present with reference to the sites they care for.
It will begin by discussing the conception of the CWGC by the founder and the principles put into place at that time that continues to define what they do and how they do it.  To illustrate this, he will then show the sites cared for in the UK and around the world and what to look for when visiting them.
A discussion of the challenges they face and the work they do today will then follow.
The presentation is rounded off with a personal story tailored to the local area.

Details of how to access the Zoom talk with the web-link will be sent out to Members.

Note: The talk on Baylis House planned for this date has been postponed until 2022.

 

Thu 10 Jun 2021   2:00pm
  Guided visit to Baylis House and Park

Due to the Coronavirus, this event has been postponed until 2022.

Baylis House is near the junction of Stoke Poges Lane and Oatlands Drive.

This visit will be guided by Elias Kupfermann following up his talk to us on Thursday 6 May.
Self Drive.   Booking essential.