Some tickets are still available for our special 80th anniversary talk on the history of White Waltham Airfield next Friday, October 30th, at 8pm at Cox Green Community Centre in Highfield Lane, Maidenhead, less than a mile from the airfield itself. Tickets are £10 in aid of Heritage Centre funds and are available from the Heritage Centre in Park Street. Click here for more details White Waltham talk
25 children came to our free Family Craft Day on Tuesday, making masks based on river wildlife and learning more about the River Thames at Maidenhead. All but one of the families were coming to the Heritage Centre for the first time. This week’s Maidenhead Advertiser has a great photo of our learning officer Virginia Jenner with one of the youngsters.
The next free Family Craft Day will be in May half term, on Tuesday May 26th from 10am to 4pm
This fine terra-cotta bust of John Kinghorn Cooper, founder of the Pinkneys Green Brick and Tile Works, has just one on display alongside some of his brick and terracotta products. The bust was sculpted in around 1877 bu Mr Cooper’s son Walter, and erected on Queen Anne House at the bottom of Castle Hill. Salvaged when the house was demolished in 1972, the bust has suffered some damage during 40 years of storage. Thanks to a grant from the AIM Conservation Scheme, it has been restored by specialist conservator Sarah Peek of Brighton.
The decorative roof tiles and finials from Pinkneys Green can be seen on rooftops all over Maidenhead, especially in the Furze Platt conservation area.
Do come in and see this wonderful relic of Maidenhead’s past.
Long serving volunteer Trevor
Jones leaves Maidenhead
Richard Poad (Chairman of the Heritage Centre) is seen here presenting Trevor Jones with a picture and something in a bottle! Trevor moved back to his native Wales on July 15th. Trevor was one of the early people to help get the Heritage Centre off the ground 20 years ago. Thanks for all you have done Trevor. And we wish Trevor all the best back in Wales.
The people are left to right, Richard Poad (Chairman Maidenhead Heritage Trust), The Right Honourable Theresa May MP, Colin Rayner (Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead), Samantha Rayner (Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead), Peter Murcott (Trustee, the Advertiser Trust), Graham Barker (Trustee, Maidenhead Heritage Trust)
On Friday May 10th 2013 supporters of Maidenhead Heritage Centre gathered at Hall Place, Burchetts Green for a 20thAnniversary Celebration Dinner. Attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of Windsor and Maidenhead and by The Right Honourable Theresa May MP.
Proposing a toast to Maidenhead Heritage Centre, Mrs May congratulated all its volunteers on turning what began as a 6 month experiment in 1993 into a valued part of Maidenhead’s cultural scene. Confirming that for her “heritage matters”, she praised the temporary exhibitions staged at the Park Street venue for helping to inspire Maidonians of all generations about the history of their town.
Maidenhead has its own golden postbox to celebrate the 3 Gold medals won by 24 yr old Sophie Christiansen in the Paralympic equestrian events at Greenwich Park. Sophie, who was born in Ascot and lives in Maidenhead, takes her place alongside rower Katherine Gainger MBE, who won the Women’s Double Sculls Olympic rowing event at Dorney on 3 August along with her rowing partner Anna Watkins.
<p”>All at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre pass on our congratulations and good wishes to Sophie and Katherine, and to all the other local athletes who took part in London 2012. They all become part of Maidenhead’s sporting heritage, taking their place alongside Bert Bushnell, Richard Burnell, Sir Stirling Moss and many more.
Photos below show the golden postbox at the junction of High Street and Park Street- within sight of Maidenhead Heritage Centre!
Next is Sophie Christiansen celebrating her third gold medal at Greenwich Park (photo EPA)
Third are Katherine Grainger and her partner Anna Watkins proudly showing off their gold medals at Eton Dorney on August 3rd.