Memories of a Burnham Boyhood

The Memory Project


Invites you to an afternoon of reminiscing in the company of

Paul Sherriff as he shares:




Audience participation is essential, so come and share your memories too.

Tea, coffee and home-made cake are part of the deal.


News from The Well – Autumn 2016

The evenings are drawing in and days are getting shorter – a perfect time to look through your photographs and memories and put them into some sort of order.

The Memory Book project, at Burnham Methodist Church Fridays from 2pm – 4pm, invites anyone to come along and share those pictures and memories with others. During October we will be sharing “What is Remembrance, and what does it mean to you” over three weeks, 14th, 21st and 28th with teens from Burnham Park Academy. Come along and share your thoughts with today’s generation, and help keep Remembrance alive into the future.

On Friday 4th November we welcome Paul Sherriff to the group to share reflections and picture of Boyhood Burnham. Many people will know Paul – he’s lived in and around Burnham for more than 50 years. The afternoon will be relaxed and informal, with an opportunity for others to join in. No need to book, just some along to Burnham Methodist Church.

Following on from that, over the next few weeks in November we are inviting people who have lived or worked in the Lent Rise area to bring photographs and memories. Can you name and possibly show, what has been in the parade of shops over the years? What was on the site of Lent Rise School? Do you know the history of your home or the building next door?

These sessions are all free to attend, and coffee or tea, and biscuits are provided. Donations are of course always welcome. There is no “membership”, just come along and join in.

We are planning to end the term with Afternoon Tea at The Pines hotel on the 16th December.

Of course, the Memory Book is not the only project running. We continue to serve bacon butties and hot chocolate to local students on a Wednesday morning. This gets more challenging as the mornings get colder, but the team who are out from 7am are always blessed to have been a blessing. We would really like to share this blessing with one or two others – do you have an hour to spare on a Wednesday between 7 and 8.30 to help set up and serve? Age is no barrier!!

And The Meeting Place goes from strength to strength. Most Wednesdays between 9.30 and 11.30 there are a group of about 30, engaged in activities from drinking coffee, eating home-made cakes, sewing, chatting, painting, in all sorts of combinations. Mostly they are all making friends and building relationships with each other. Several have been involved in making wall hangings for the Methodist Church – both painted and quilted. All are welcome to come along and see. On the first Wednesday of the month we share lunch together – there is something special about sharing food with others.

We continue to support the charity “Pants for all” – collecting knickers (new), and bras (both old and new) to support women in Africa who do not have access to these things that we take for granted. Just drop off your donations to the Methodist Church on a Wednesday morning.

Can you knit? Looking for a simple project to support? The Well knitters have so far contributed over 1000 knitted triangle to an attempt to beat the World record for the longest knitted bunting!! The target is 17,000 triangles or 3400 metres, across South Bucks, and when the record has been passed next spring, the triangles will be sewn into blankets to support AGE Concern. The pattern can be found at AGE UK Bucks website, or pop into The Meeting Place on a Wednesday or Sew, Knit and Natter at Burnham Library from 10am on a Saturday morning.

If you would like more information on any of the above PLEASE drop into the Meeting Place on a Wednesday morning, or contact us through

We’ve Been Knitting!

The craft group from Wednesday’s Meeting Place have been very busy over the last few weeks and together with Burnham Library’s Sew, Knit and Natter and Cippenham Library’s Chit Chat Club have made more than 700 hats for Innocent’s Big Knit .

Just a few of our knitters. Courtesy of Burnham Advertiser

Just a few of our knitters. Courtesy of Burnham Advertiser

Innocent’s aim is to help Age UK provide things like blankets, hot water bottles, hot meals and social gatherings for older people because as many as 24,000 people die needlessly because of the cold every winter. Many others spend the time lonely and isolated, unable to heat their homes and struggling to get out and about.

Innocent have asked some older people, and some younger people, to knit little woolly hats. They put the hats on their smoothies, and for each one sold they make a donation of 25p to Age UK. Watch out for them in shops in February 2015.

If you’d like to get involved and knit a hat stop by one of the groups mentioned above to find out more or if you can’t wait and want to get knitting here are some knitting patterns.


Please save us your used inkjet cartridges and old mobile phones and we can turn them into funds for The Well@Lent Rise

Find out more click here, complete the contact form at the bottom of our home page or drop them off at The Well@Lent Rise office in the Methodist Church, Lent Rise.

Something Wonderful

Something wonderful artwork

Pop in to The Well@Lent Rise to see more fantastic artworks from the local community

Thank youBill, one of the movers behind the project, talks to the Burnham Advertiser:

Bill Brown, from Cippenham, began attending the art sessions two years ago and said it had helped him rediscover a love for a former hobby.

“Thanks to The Well my art is revived,” said Bill. “I have found something.

“I know every morning when I wake up I have something to do.

“The Well has been vital in me rediscovering my art.

“Everybody is so supportive. This particular group of people have become very important to me.”

Burnham Bake Off 2014

Calling all cake makers…


The 3rd Great Burnham Bake Off
Takes place at the Donkey Derby on
Saturday 24th May 2014
This year we are looking for the most imaginative, tasty and well-presented component of
Afternoon Tea
Choose your own theme and get creative!
Bring your entries along to The Well@Lent Rise stall from 11.00. Entries will be judged at 12pm, and prizes will be awarded by our guest judge!
All entries will be judged and sold in aid of The Well@Lent Rise.
Please indicate whether or not your recipe contains nuts.

Full details on our website: or
Pauline Poole 07875717730 or

Please download your entry form here:

Burnham Bake Off 2014 Entry Form