Village News December 2009



Posted 29th December 2009

Death of Whitchurch Morris Men founding member

It is with regret that we report the death, on 15th December, of Charlie Hogston. Charlie was from Whitchurch and with his three brothers and two Alderman brothers, also from Whitchurch, was a founding member in 1948 of the Whitchurch Morris Men.

They were all members of a country dance group at Whitchurch and Princes Risborough and became interested in Morris dancing. They had no instructor, but started to teach themselves from a book and with records. The Whitchurch six as they were known in the early days were later joined by the legendary Lionel Bacon when he moved to the area. It was he who wrote the “Black Book”, a handbook of Morris Dances and Tunes.

Born on 28th September 1922 Charlie Hogston danced with many Morris Sides and helped Aldbury Morris men in their early days.

Charlie died at home, after a short illness, with his family around him. His funeral was today at Amersham and all Morris men were invited to attended in their kit including bells and later to join the family back at Charlie’s local the Plough in Tring Road. Aylesbury



Posted 3rd December 2009


Susan’s on a Roll


It has been some weeks since Whitchurch resident Susan Rollinson launched her first novel, Voices Past. By all accounts sales are going well for the book which is set in an historic village in rural Buckinghamshire.

Indeed you may have seen her signing copies of those purchased in Marks & Spencer and Waterstones’ book shop in Aylesbury in past weeks.

You may also have seen articles about her and her book in a recent edition of the Bucks Herald newspaper and the BH magazine.

Last Friday Susan did not have to travel any distance to meet more of her prospective readers, in fact only as far as St John’s Church, which is not many steps from where she lives. She took the opportunity of attending a wine tasting held in the church and organised by Richard Stevenson, a neighbour of hers. The event, in aid of church funds, attracted nearly 50 people.

During the course of the evening Susan sold a further twenty books and this enabled her to increase her donation to St John’s Church to  £120.