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My Great, Great Grandfather - James Saunders, married Alice Newton, both of Brill Green, in Brill on the 05 Apr 1847.  Photograph of Alice Newton with my Great, Great Grandmother - Kate Penney Saunders (nee Newman).  Does anyone recognise the Saunders and Newton family names please?!  Or indeed know about the Saunders family much further back than the 1790's?  Thank you very much indeed.  I had great help from a genealogist, who thinks they may go as far back as Tudor times in Brill, Buckinghamshire.  Any help, contacts, ideas etc., greatly appreciated.
Brilltalk - General Discussion / BPC Minutes
« Last post by bobataxpc on September 19, 2017, 12:36:27 AM »
Will the Parish Council minutes be uploaded any time soon?
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Brill Windmill Book - pre-order your copy!
« Last post by Tim Andrew on March 16, 2017, 07:51:04 PM »
If you love windmills, you surely will have visited Brill’s 17th century post mill up on Brill Common. One of the last few still standing in England. Photographer Tim Andrew has visited it hundreds of times over the last 25 years and is publishing a coffee table book full of fabulous photos captured when the light is glorious or there’s a community event that involves the Windmill.

Brill Windmill recently featured, not for the first time, in an episode of Midsomer Murders. Crime and Punishment's plot has the village's fictional name as Bleakridge, a hilltop place of intrigue and murder.

£1 from every book sold will be donated to the Brill Windmill maintenance fund.

The book is currently on, where you can pre-order it. The funding period ends on April 12th 2017, so head overd to and search for “Brill Windmill Book” there. Or better still click on this link
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Call for Community First Responders
« Last post by Tim Andrew on July 18, 2016, 06:46:41 PM »
Posted on behalf of Charlotte:

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has long subscribed to the fact that the quicker we can have a suitably trained person, with the appropriate equipment; to a member of the public during a life threatening emergency, the better the chance of survival and making a good recovery.
A few years ago, the charity division, “Community Responders”, was launched. This initiative depends on members of the community volunteering within their local area to respond to emergencies, to give lifesaving treatment, prior to the ambulance arriving.
Volunteers are given full training at one of our training Centre’s, explaining how to recognize and treat many life threatening medical emergencies. This ranges from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly down to infants, to name but a few of the situations volunteers may face.
On successful completion of the course, the newly appointed Community First Responders (CFRs) are supplied with a response kit, including an Automated External Defibrillator, breathing equipment and a mobile phone. The volunteer responders can then respond to an emergency in their local community and tend to the needs of the most vulnerable, whilst an ambulance is on route.

Due to the close proximity of the volunteer responder to the emergency, they are very often first on scene and their actions can directly affect the outcome of the patient, this will have an impact on the lives of their family and friends within your community.
Having suffered my first ever Anaphylaxis allergic reaction (having had no prior reaction to the allergen before!) in the depths of rural Wales, a rapid response was vital in treating me, and ultimately, saving my life. Having volunteers trained in the role of a Community First Responder will surely aid the recovery of many anaphylactic sufferers, like myself, due to their quick arrive at scene, and initial treatment they can provide, with the equipment they carry, until the arrival of the ambulance.
I have always greatly admired those who work on the Front Line for the Ambulance Service, and aspire to become a Paramedic myself. Volunteering for South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is such a fulfilling opportunity, and I would encourage anyone who also feels this way, to enquire about becoming a Community First Responder. SCAS are always looking for volunteers to be a part of this lifesaving scheme to help within their local community. If you would like to find out more, then visit our website
Or get in touch by email or or Telephone 07768635501
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Wispy scarf found this morning..........
« Last post by simonjrs on July 14, 2016, 03:02:16 PM »
Dropped outside No 1 The Green by a lady at 9am dropping children off at school. Contact us on 238362 - we have it!
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Re: Family History help required please
« Last post by Dawn on January 30, 2016, 07:30:57 PM »
Thank you Tim.
I do hope people may be able to help.
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Re: Family History help required please
« Last post by Tim Andrew on January 29, 2016, 11:23:38 PM »
Hi, I've posted part of your message on the Brill Facebook group, which is much more active then this message board. I'm hoping you'll get an answer. Failing that please ask to join the group and I'll approve membership  Thanks
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Family History help required please
« Last post by Dawn on January 13, 2016, 07:32:42 PM »
My name is Dawn and my grandma was a Hartwell descended from James Hartwell who married Sarah Hubbocks in Brill, daughter of Robert Hubbocks and his wife Ann Farey. The Hubbocks' seem to have been an old Brill family and I've traced Robert Hubbocks family line back to the 17th Century although I've not found any info about his wife at all other than their marriage in Grendon Underwood. James Hartwell died in 1844 in Brill . Jack Hartwell of Hartwells Barn and the Pheasant is connected as is George Hartwell who was landlord of the Swan as well as being a letter carrier/ postman. My descent is James Hartwell and Sarah Hubbocks - Thomas Hartwell and Elizabeth Colson (daughter of Henry Colson and Lucy Prior) -  Sidney Charles Hartwell and Drusilla Chell (although by then the family had moved into Staffordshire, Leicestershire and  Derbyshire more or less  following the pits). My Grandma Elsie Annie Hartwell was their daughter and she  married Albert Rayner in 1912. I live in Doncaster so it's a bit of a trek for me to get to Buckinghamshire!
What I'm hoping is that people might have old pictures that they'd be happy to share  please (for my own personal use only) of Brill and Oakley and also perhaps of the Swan, the Pheasant and Hartwells Barn . The family lived at various times on the Common and Windmill Street. Also if anyone knows anything of the Hartwells, the Colsons, the Hubbocks' and perhaps even the Fareys I'd love to hear.
I don't want my family history to be just a list of names and dates so I do hope someone can help. Thank you and sorry this is such a long post!
Brilltalk - General Discussion / Looking for any connection to Richard Crawley
« Last post by paul crowley on January 08, 2016, 12:22:46 PM »
Hi I'm looking for any info on the following people. Who married in Brill in 1827. Richard is my great great great grandfather. Doing the family tree. Happy to visit live in Herts.

Any info or clues, people listed below.

Richard Crawley
Trade: Porter Born: 1806 Brill, Bucks
Married: Brill, Bucks 16 Sep 1827 Died: 1889?

Jane Goodier Low
Born: Bucks, 1805 Died: XXXXX

Brilltalk - General Discussion / Hartwell's Barn - a local amenity
« Last post by Tim Andrew on January 08, 2016, 12:14:49 PM »
This is an ideal venue for those wishing to explore the Bernwode area. Situated just below Brill Windmill lies the Barn which used to be a livestock shelter. It is now fully refurbished and maintained by Brill Environment Group. And you can benefit from it too.

It is now available as an amenity for visitors from schools and field studies groups and it has much to offer. Set in Saunders Field, which is grazed by sheep, it has a panoramic view over Oxfordshire with access to a wide variety of natural habitats nearby including Brill Common, footpaths, hedgerows, wildflower meadows as well as Rushbeds Woods.

For further information see contact details on the photo
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