Acton History

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Acton History Group

Meetings

The Acton History Group meets at 7.30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month from September until March in St Mary's Church Hall in Acton. (Opposite Morrisons - Entrance to the right of the tower)

Visitors welcome at all meetings. Admission £2.00

 

 

Join Acton History Group

For more information on Acton History Group and confirmation of meetings please send an e-mail to: actonhistorygroup@hotmail.com

Subscription: £10 per year - £15 per year (couple) If you wish to join, send an e-mail to: actonhistorygroup@hotmail.com

 

Programme of meetings

We meet at St Mary’s Church Hall, The Mount, Acton (opposite Morrison’s) at 7.30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted). Meetings are free for members, and £2 for non-members.

2024

Wednesday 14th February 2024

Talk on Thames Tideway by representatives from Tideway West, which is the new sewer starting at the former Acton Council works, then passing eastwards under the river Thames.

Wednesday 13th March 2024

Talk by Hal Sosabowski on General Sosabowski, who lead Polish Toops in exile during WW 2, and afterwards worked at CAV in Acton.

Wednesday 12th June 2024

AGM and talk by "Pasmore Edwards" and David Knights on the old Acton Library.

Wednesday 11th September 2024

Talk being planned.

Wednesday 9th October 2024

Talk being planned.

Wednesday 13th November 2024

Talk being planned.

Wednesday 11th December 2024

Talk being planned.

Walks and Visits 

Being planned!

Ealing Talking & Exploring Group

This group also organises occasional walks of local interest. Details here.

43rd West London Local History Conference - Saturday 13 April 2024

“By Hand & Eye: Arts and Crafts in South & West London” at Duke Street Church, Richmond. Tickets £15 - more details nearer the time.

 

 

Acton History Group Publications

 

"CELEBRATING THE LIGHT" THE STORY OF A GARDEN SUBURB - MILL HILL PARK, LONDON W3

The new book by NIGEL MIDDLEMISS

ISBN: 978-1-5272-5868-6

Now available price £7 including delivery in UK.

If you would like to buy a copy, please send a cheque payable to “Acton History Group” to:

Acton History Group, 30, Highlands Avenue, Acton London, W3 6EU.

Now available at the Pitshanger Bookshop. (https://www.pitshangerbooks.co.uk/)

 

 

“Tin Hats, doodle bugs and food rations”

ISBN: 978-0-9552343-0-9

“Tin Hats, doodle bugs and food rations” tells the story of Acton and Acton people throughout World War 2. It’s packed full of photos, many never published before, and anecdotes, as well as well-researched historical facts. Covers the build up to war, through the blackout, bombing, evacuation, rationing, wartime production to the Victory celebrations in 1945.

Copies available by post - contact the Acton History Group, at bayscolledge@talktalk.net

 

“Waitrose - Seeking to Attain Perfection”

ISBN: 978-0-9552343-1-6

by Janet Appleyard-Hobbs

Acton History Group have been researching the different aspects of Acton’s history for many years. This booklet on Waitrose follows a very successful evening the Acton History Group organised in February 2005, featuring a talk by Janet Hobbs’s on ‘Mr Waite, Mr Rose and Mr Taylor in Acton’ and the unveiling of the plaque to mark the site of the first Waitrose shop. 'Seeking to Attain Perfection' was the motto or slogan used by the first Waitrose shop in its advertisements at Christmas 1908.

Shopping was an important part of life in Acton in 1904. It was a time of great change along the High Street. The Fire Station had not long been opened, the new Woodlands Park and Crown Street had recently been created and the group of buildings rising up Acton Hill, just opposite today’s police Station, had only just been built. So the new shop in this parade was all set to be an asset in this area of town. It was not long before more Waitrose outlets appeared in Acton, now Waitrose is a household name across the country.

Copies available by post - contact the Acton History Group, at bayscolledge@talktalk.net

Acton cards

Local artist Colin Bays has created a set of four cards featuring various architectural highlights of Acton. Two of them show gems of Churchfield Road: the Almshouses and The Churchfield pub. Notes about the building's history are also included on each card. Further details: blank interior, A5 folded, envelopes included. If you would like to buy these cards, contact the Acton History Group, at bayscolledge@talktalk.net

 

The Almshouses East Churchfield Road

 

The Churchfield (now The Station House), Churchfield Road

 


Old Acton Fire Station, Acton High Street

 

Acton Library, Acton High Street

 

actonhistory.co.uk has created a pair of large glossy postcards each featuring four Acton scenes in about 1905 and a similar view in 2012. Notes about the scenes are included on each card. Further details: blank back, A5 sized, envelopes included. If you would like to buy these cards, contact the Acton History Group, at bayscolledge@talktalk.net

Acton 1905

Acton 2012

 

Ealing Libraries Local History Events  

The Local History Library holds many local history talks throughout the year on various topics of local interest. for details see:

Ealing Local History Centre

 

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