Our “Evening with the War Poets” on 26 May was great success, with a near capacity audience at Norden Farm’s Studio. War poems were read – and sung – by Great Dixon, Edward Dixon and David Hazeldine, with our chairman Richard Poad acting as master of ceremonies. A replica of the uniform of Julian Grenfell DSO, Maidenhead and Taplow’s own soldier poet, was kindly loaned by SGI-UK at Taplow court. The uniform was lit dramatically, standing in a circle of red poppies in honour of Julian Grenfell, who died of wounds exactly 100 years ago on 26 May 1915.
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.
A selection of pictures taken on the day follows this news item If you wish to see the full set of pictures please click here.
23 veterans of ATA and other guests assembled in Maidenhead on October 19th to hear Prince Michael of Kent open the Grandma Flew Spitfires! exhibition and archive. Pilots, flight engineers, air cadets, fitters and parachute packers were represented. AVM Stephen Hillier RAF paid tribute to ATA, and Peter Garrod (Commodore of the ATA association) described the life of an ATA pilot before the Prince declared the exhibition open. Then he toured the exhibition and flew the Spitfire simulator, executing a perfect barrel roll!
After the opening ceremony Prince Michael and the ATA veterans moved on to White Waltham airfield (home of ATA’s HQ during World War II), where they enjoyed a private lunch at the West London Aero Club.
Chairman Richard Poad greets Air Vice Marshal Stephen Hillier of the RAF.
Chairman Richard Poad greets Prince Michael of Kent.
ATA Veterans Don Hoare and Peter George.
The ATA Veterans wait for the speeches to begin.
VIP’s, Prince Michael of Kent, Councillor Asghar Majeed (Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead), Peter Garrod (Commodore of the ATA Association), Minnie Churchill (daughter of Gerard d’Erlanger, Commodore of the ATA) and Air Vice Marshal Stephen Hillier.
Prince Michael with the assembled ATA Veterans.
Prince Michael and the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Prince Michael declares the Grandma Flew Spitfires! Exhibition and Archive open.
A row of photographs of ATA members catches the attention of Prince Michael.
Richard Poad explains the ATA Time line to Prince Michael.
Prince Michael flies the Spitfire Simulator.
Prince Michael chats to representatives of the Spitfire Society, Steve Williams, Chris Brice and David Evans.
Prince Michael examines Peter George’s ATA Log book with Martin Nicholson, John Cochrane and Edna Taylor.
Prince Michael chats to ATA Veterans, Wyn Roper, Molly Rose, Mary Cuningham, Joy Lofthouse and Jaye Edwards.
Prince Michael chats to some more of the ATA Veterans, Primrose Ratcliffe, Larry Lambourne and Mary Ellis.
Prince Michael signs the Visitor’s Book.