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From asthmatic child to semi professional footballer and national gymnastics coach


Bob was born and brought up in The Lake District, but now lives in Buckinghamshire.

Always a keen and talented sportsman he made the most of sport in the army and then trained as a PE teacher. This led to his forming a highly successful gymnastics club, with several of his team reaching the national squad.

1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1980s, 1990s, Army, Coaching, Football, Gymnastics, Teaching, Work

The lock keeper who also manages a theatre



Cliff has spent 30 years as a lock keeper on the River Thames and pursued a parallel career in stage management and theatre management.

He has been a keen boater all his life.

1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, Boats, Lock Keeping, Management, Thames, Theatre, Work

Early Days on the River in Skiffs

The Round House and Hardy Family.jpg

This picture would, at first glance appear to have little connection to our kind of boating, but in truth it has a very great deal to do with a life long affair with skiffs and "the river" The photograph was taken in July 1941 on the steps of the Round house at Inglesham, just by the entrance of The Thames and Severn canal above Lechlade, during the second family trip we had on the river that year. The first had been in June in a double camping gig that leaked from Stevens' yard on Abingdon Bridge, up to Inglesham and back in a week. I can still remember that first night under canvas in a boat, camped just below Godstow Bridge, hearing the bombers taking off from the various airfields in the area on their nightly journeys.

1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Boats, Engineering, Merchant Navy, River Thames, Skiff, Teaching, Thames, TTBS, Wartime Evacuation

One of the last cavalrymen


jim_randall95 year old Jim Randall died peacefully at his home in Chesham on 22nd September 2011.

So ended a life that was lived to the full as a soldier, teacher, rugby player and horseman.

At his militiary funeral on 5th October, his regiment, The Royal Scots Greys, said goodbye to one of their own- a man who had served with them as a cavalry trooper in Palestine 72 years ago. One of the last to go to war on a horse, with The Royal Scots Greys, Jim then fought his way in tanks from the desert to Salerno, then Normandy through Europe.

 A schoolteacher, Jim was still riding competitively at age 85.

(Ps. A DVD entitled "The Life and Times of Jim Randall"is currently on sale at The Chesham Museum, price £14.95> All proceeds from sales go to The Museum)

1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, Cavalry, Riding, Tanks, Teaching, World War 2

David Worley


The River Misbourne, a beautiful Buckinhmamshire chalk stream has throughout history dried up just before a major disaster. Now it has dried up through over abstraction of water, then damage to the river bed through diversion around a rubbish tip.

Campaigners, led by The Chiltern Society, are , with th support of the Environment Agency, working hard to obtain funds to line the leaking part of the river: a matter of a few hundred metres, which should give flow for at least a further 7 KM from Amersham, through Chalfont St Giles and St Peter. Sadly, a lottery funding bid has recently been turned down.

David Worley has memories of the river going back to his early childhood and tells us about life by the river in its better days.


Memories from other residents will follow.



1940s, 1950s, Boats