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Dave Armitage waiting for the first volunteer!
On Monday 27th January Hertsmere held a Volunteering Exhibition at which all the local charities prepared stalls to advertise their organisations and try to attract new volunteers. In the rear hall of 96 Shenley Road the Museum valiantly displayed our recent activities for the last year hoping to gain a few new helpers. Unfortunately the flow-through of interested viewers was rather slow. But if you’d like to volunteer with us all please contact us anyway you can – it is good fun!
The first of this year’s regular coffee mornings, organised by Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council was held today in All Saints Church in Shenley Road. With free refreshments and an Exhibition of community organisations presenting 2019 A Year in Photographs. The Museum’s stand was right by the door and our excellent volunteers Helen And Elaine were there to greet everyone who walked in. And what a busy year we’ve had, from two Exhibitions, Families Day and History Walk, Friends Evenings and school visits. 2020 is shaping up to be busier…
Last week the Friends of the Museum held a special Evening to celebrate our current Exhibition, Holby City At 20. Joining us for a talk and questions was the chief medical adviser to the programme, Dr Shyam Kolvekar. His main ‘job’ is being the Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at St Barts Hospital, but he has been the Holby adviser since the show began, making sure that all the medical terms and scenarios are exactly correct. He has also worked on medical documentaries and wherever his expertise is called for. A fascinating evening for lovers of drama and surgery!
Yes, it’s time to send your loved ones memories of Elstree & Boreham Wood, and we have a new range of Christmas Cards for you. We’ve taken local scenes in the snow and created exclusive and unforgettable cards that will bring back memories! And we’ve made our drawing cards brighter and better. On sale in the Museum, the foyer of 96 Shenley Road for the next three Saturdays, and the Friends Evening on Wednesday, and Going Down The Village on Thursday morning.
The Lynx Lights Up
Sixties Friends Reminisce At The Bar
Saturday night saw a goodly contingent of Museum Friends joined by original Lynx Club members and Sixties music fans to celebrate the only Club from those days still standing. Tying in with our current Exhibition, Good Vibrations, this was the ideal way to pay tribute to an important part of Borehamwood’s history when many a now-famous ‘star’ was learning how to attract a crowd.
Sheila Moss was there for every Sunday show during the Sixties and can still remember dancing along to the band of the night in front of the stage. Here she is in the Post of the time watching Georgie Fame with her friends! And of course Sheila was there Saturday bopping away!
And we got a surprise visit from Sgt Pepper and his LH Band as well – here they are arriving from Abbey Road.
A great night, with requests for a repeat – who knows?
Maxwell Park Community Centre is waiting for Saturday Night and The Lynx Reunion. Enjoy a Sixties Night with music food and clothes from that famous era. We can't wait to see you!
Appealing to local musicians - did you play at The Lynx Club in the Sixties? Join us for an evening of Lynx nostalgia!
Were you a member of The Lynx Club? Join our Reunion and relive those days of youth!
Scooters and Parkas welcome!
Elstree & Borehamwood Museum and Maxwell Park Community Centre
The Lynx Reunion
Saturday 14 September 2019 at 7.30 pm
In conjunction with the current Exhibition in the Museum, Good Vibrations, we are looking back at the Sixties with an Evening Down The Lynx Club. Come back to where it all happened in the Sixties in Boreham Wood. Wear your Sixties clothes, eat Sixties food, and enjoy the Sixties Sounds. Meet old friends and relive those carefree days! The Museum will remain open later on Saturday evening so you can get in the Sixties mood first before going to Maxwell Park Centre – the original home of the Lynx Club - for a night of nostalgia.
Entrance will be £5, or free if you bring your original Links & Cha Club Membership Card, Long John Club Card, or Lynx Card.
Saturday’s Families Day was one of the hottest we could remember, so after a battle with an awkward gazebo we collapsed in the shade to await our first visitors. We did find some were keen to try the 60s game of Twister, but with the heat as it was, reluctance to dress up in 60s gear was quite understandable. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello, see you at our current Exhibition, Good Vibrations.
Organiser Matt, volunteers Mike & Betty at the start of Families Day
Gathering in Elstree
Our annual History Walk, part of the Civic Festival, was in Elstree this year. Dave Armitage, Museum Manager, has done much research on the village, and he led us around ably assisted by John Woolston, Museum Volunteer, who handled the many photos with aplomb. We learnt of murders, tragic bombs, and stray bullets in a 2 hour plus walk around the fascinating history of the area. From large houses of historic interest, via St Nicholas Church, to schools, open spaces, hidden routes through hedges, we met the local historical figures still haunting Elstree. From the murders of Martha Ray and William Weare, both buried in the churchyard, to actor William Macready and Sir Percy Everett of Boy Scout fame, and Sir Trevor Dawson with his passion for Tudor style black and white on Edgewarebury House and High Street Elstree. We ended up at the Holly Bush which is of course closed, but is probably the oldest building in Elstree after the church. Can’t wait for next year!
By the graves of Martha Ray and William Weare
Exploring Schopwick Place
As part of this year’s Civic Festival the Flower Show in All Saints is open today, Saturday, and Monday morning for coffee. The theme this year is Celebrations, and we are celebrating our Accreditation under the Arts Council scheme. Lovely flowers in abundance so make sure you pop into All Saints asap!