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:- info@actonhistory.co.uk

Subscription: £10 per year - £15 per year (couple)

If you wish to join, send an e-mail to:- info@actonhistory.co.uk

 

Programme of meetings

We are not able to meet in person at the moment, so we will use "Zoom" for meetings until we can restart meeting again in December.

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

2021

 

Wednesday, 13th October 2021 - 7.30 p.m. (by "Zoom")

David Knights – The Boundary of Acton Parish.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021 - 7.30 p.m. (by "Zoom")

Amanda Knights - Acton Through Time - Revisited.

Wednesday, 8th December 2021 - 7.30 p.m. (St Mary’s Church Hall)

Kyria-Josephine Sewell - Quiz about Acton - "in person" event in Church Hall.

2022

            We hope that all meetings in 2022 will be held in the Church Hall

Wednesday 12th January 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 9th February 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 9th March 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.  

Wednesday 14th September 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 12th October 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 9th November 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Wednesday 14th December 2022

Event and speaker to be advised.

Walks and Visits 

Walks - Park Royal

Joanna Dudzinska of Ealing Talking and Exploring is organising a series of free walks in the area. To attend, you must book through this link - https://www.parkroyaldesigndistrict.com/talking-and-exploring

Park Royal Tour 1: Saturday 25th September 11:00-14:00

Park Royal Tour 2: Sunday 26th September 11:00-14:00

Walks - Love Ealing, Love Local Walking Tour Series

The High Street Task Force are delighted to announce the creation of the Love Ealing, Love Local Walking Tour Series, setting out to introduce 'passengers' to areas that they may not be so familiar with. These walks will bring to life the culture, heritage, arts and high streets of the vibrant Borough of Ealing.

Ealing's Silver Screen Walking Tour - Sunday 19th September - 11am, 2pm, Tuesday 21st September 11am, Wednesday 29th September 2pm

Southall Culture, History and Heritage Walking Tour - Wednesday 22nd September, 11am, Saturday 2nd October, 11am and 2pm, Wednesday 6th October, 2pm

 Perivale Past and Present Walking Tour - Tuesday 5th October, 2pm, Saturday 9th October, 2pm

Hanwell Heritage Walking Tour - Tuesday 12th October, 2pm , Saturday 16th October, 2pm

Greenford Industry, Inventions and Nature Walking Tour - Tuesday 19th October, 2pm, Saturday 23rd October, 2pm

For more details and how to book please see this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/love-ealing-love-local-walking-tour-series-tickets-170395782372?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

West London Local History Conference 2021(via Zoom on Saturday 27 November.)

Plans are already well advanced for holding this popular local history conference once again this year. The theme has already been decided: Liquid History: the Thames in South-West & West London's Past, and the event will take place via Zoom on Saturday 27 November.

We will circulate details during the course of October about speakers and their talks, and how to purchase a ticket. The price stays the same – just £15 for a day that’s bound to be packed with interest.

 

 

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.

Or through ebay.

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

 

 

 

“Tin Hats, doodle bugs and food rations”

ISBN: 978-0-9552343-0-9

Hot off the press – your chance to snaffle up a copy of this Acton History Group publication.

“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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