COVID-19 – we’re back!
Due to the current situation the committee of the Society had to cancel our meetings scheduled for 9 April, 14 May and 11 June. But we can now recommence – on-line only at the moment – and virtual meetings will start in September. The schedule is now on the Programme 2020/20201 tab. Members will be invited automatically – non-members can ask to be invited through the Contact Us form (or of course can ask to join, even better).
After Christmas, and depending on government advice and regulations nearer the time, we hope to be able to return to Cloisters Hall – but we won’t know for a while.
But it may be of interest that one of our members is now researching Pest Houses and Pandemics, following a strand of public health management from medieval times to the present…. Watch out for a book and a talk (or two) of unexpected relevance!
In any case our writing and researching has continued, and Issue 22 of the Rickmansworth Historical Review has just been issued to members. It has (among other things) articles on local medieval wills by Heather Falvey, the long walk by Brian Thomson ‘in the steps of Herbert Tompkins’, a article by the late Godfrey Cornwall on Shepherd’s Farm, and an outline of future research around the changing urban landscape of Rickmansworth. Members will enjoy it – and so will non-members when they join (see below)!
The Society AGM
The 2020 AGM, which would have been held prior to the meeting on 11 June, was also postponed – but only to 14th October, when we were able to met on-line with about 20 members. Issue 21 of the Rickmansworth Historical Review came out in June as planned, distributed in digital form, or by hand or post, and with it came the accounts and annual reports – about our Research, Talks and other programme items, including this updated website – for 2019. These were accepted: and we also heard about the effect of COVID on our current operations, and of our expectations for next year.
Sadly, we lost two long-standing Committee members. Alison Wall has found her time too squeezed by other interests, and has stood down while remaining a member: and Pat Hamilton, who has organised our talks programme for some years, has also relinquished her role. So we have vacancies. We’d normally have canvassed hard at meetings for fellow-members to step forward – but of course we can’t, so please take this as an invitation to get involved in your local Historical Society!
We’ll keep members informed of developments in the usual way, and the public through this website.
And the Three Rivers Museum is also back!
We were happy to hear that our colleagues at the Museum planned to re-open, on Saturdays only for now, from Saturday 5th September, 10am to 2pm. They’ve had to put in place various measures, of course, most of which will now be very familiar – and the numbers they can have inside at once are severely limited. But they’ll be there, and ready to show off Rickmansworth and Three Rivers history!
So Welcome to our website!
The Rickmansworth Historical Society was founded in 1954 on the initiative of Godfrey Cornwall, its first Chairman.
We’re still taking part in the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 – you can see the official launch video here!
Our interests embrace the history of the “old parish area” of Rickmansworth which includes Chorleywood, West Hyde, Mill End, Croxley Green, Loudwater, Batchworth and Eastbury as well as the town of Rickmansworth.
We publish the Rickmansworth Historical Review three times a year, and welcome articles on topics of both local and wider interest.
We usually meet at 8pm on the second Thursday of the month from September to June inclusive in the Cloisters Hall, The Cloisters, WD3 1HL, opposite St Joan of Arc School in Rickmansworth High Street, and we have a number of events during the year. We welcome visitors to our talks and meetings – the fee to visitors is £3, payable at the door, with no need to book!
The Committee meets about four times a year to conduct business and plan the programme.
WHAT’S ON THIS WEBSITE?
The website promotes the Society’s meetings, activities and publications, and the ongoing research of members or local people even if not members (although we hope you’ll all join). It will also promote other local history publications, and the work of relevant societies and organisations not necessarily local to us.
So we intend an increasing number of articles and items about the story of Rickmansworth. We will also be developing our Blog, which will allow short items to be posted. You can contribute by ‘commenting’ on a ‘post’ or a page, or by submitting an article for publication, after appropriate review.
We don’t intend an extensive gallery of images and photographs, although articles will often be illustrated. Those will be found on the Three Rivers Museum website, and on the Social Media posts of a number of local residents.
Mrs Barbara Owen MBE. We were greatly saddened by the death late last year of Barbara Owen, whose many roles in Rickmansworth included being Chairman of the Three Rivers Museum Trust for many years. Our member Alison Wall has prepared a tribute to her – see the recent Post on our blog.