History of the Amersham Area

Entertainment

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Doreen Benning

DB_PlayhouseDoreen grew up in Plantation Road and both her parents worked locally. At age 14, Doreen began to work at Brazil’s, the sausage factory in the old town. She then moved on to work in a curtain factory in Copperkins Lane. She recalls happy memories at the Pheasant pub, recently demolished.

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Ron Haddock

RH_PlayhouseRon Haddock lived and worked around Amersham all his life. He was a dispenser at Kennards Chemists shop before opening his own photography business. Latterly he owned and ran local film company, Chess Valley Films.

The Playhouse Theatre Ron Haddock February 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Spater

PS_CinemaPam Spater grew up in Chesham Bois and Amersham-on-the-Hill. Her father opened the Pavilion silent film cinema on Station Parade (which later became the Playhouse theatre and is now Amersham Auction Rooms). He later co-owned and established the Regent Cinema on Sycamore Road. At this time Pam lived on Sycamore Road with her family. She lives in Chesham Bois.

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Sylvia Dollemore

SD_RegentA resident of Chesham Bois since 1948, Sylvia attended Dr Challoners school when it was co-ed. She recalls cycling everywhere and it not being a problem as it can be today. Sylvia remembers Chesham Bois when it had more shops and there was not always the need to go into Amersham-on-the-Hill.

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