Upcoming Events

Date: Monday, 30 September 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

Carol Dixon-Smith looks at Salisbury Cathedral, its history and architecture.

Members free, Visitors £2. Membership for the year is £10. Refreshments after the talk. All welcome.

The Sixth Form Block where the Common Room is located is at the rear of the school buildings.

www.thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - 2:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

A look at the treasure found in 1939 in the ship burial at Sutton Hoo, compared with the rich and mysterious Staffordshire Hoard treasures. Sue Ellis, the speaker, is a local historian with a deep interest in the lives of the Anglo Saxons.

Non members £3, refreshments. The meeting takes place in the upstairs room of the 17th century cloth hall, and there is a lift for anyone who needs it.

http://www.ndfc.org.uk/info.php?link=1910a

Date: Wednesday, 9 October 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Dr David Lewis is treasurer of the Berkshire Local History Association, and his subject is the lowly nineteenth century builder who became mayor of Windsor and the friend of kings.

All welcome, free parking. Refreshments, and good company. Non-members are invited to make a donation of £3 towards costs.

www.berksfhs.org.uk

Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk 

Date: Thursday, 10 October 2019 - 7:30pm

Organiser: The Newbury Society

Newbury Society Chairman David Peacock reviews the past year; talking about Newbury today, some of its attractions, and the range of challenges it faces.

David Peacock researches, writes and talks on the history of the Newbury area form the Stone Age to the present day. He has written for local newspapers and given talks to a range of clubs and societes. Over many years he has taught evening classes in local history at Newbury College and the University of Reading. He was elected the Society's Chairman in 2017.

Date: Monday, 21 October 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust's archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury, talks about the discoveries at the Durrington Walls site, part of the larger Stonehenge landscape.

Members free, Visitors £2. Membership for the year is £10. Refreshments after the talk. All welcome.

The Sixth Form Block where the Common room is located is at the rear of the school buildings.

www.thatchamhistoricalsociety.org.uk

Date: Saturday, 9 November 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Organiser: Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery

Eighty years on from the beginning of World War Two, Newtown Road Cemetery remembers. Tours of the Commonwealth War Graves and the Fins-a-Grave Service.

For more information: http://www.fnrcnewbury.org.uk

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 2:00pm

Organiser: Newbury District Field Club (NDFC)

Today Donnington Grove is a hotel and golf course, but how did it come to be there, who created this masterpiece of 18th century architecture, how did it evolve, and who were the owners and the famous faces who came to stay? Dr David Peacocok, a noted local historian will look at the history of this impressive property.

Non-members £3, refreshments. The meeting takes place in the upstairs room of the 17th centiry cloth hall, and there is a lift for anyone who needs it.

 

Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Organiser: Berkshire Family History Society (BFHS)

Penny Stokes considers your chances of surviving a healthcare crisis in eighteenth century Newbury! Not for the squeamish?

All welcome, free parking. Refreshments and good company. Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs. 

www.berksfhs.org.uk

Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk

Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 7:30pm

Organiser: The Newbury Society

Brick-making was an established industry in the Newbury area for centuries. Tony HIggott will look at brick-making from the Tudor period, with an emphasis on the period from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Former Newbury District Museum curator Tony Higgott was born in Staffordshire and became acutely aware of the softer, warmer tone of bricks in southern counties when he moved to work at Portsmouth museum service in 1966. He moved to Newbury at the end of 1978 and subsequently has been involved in surveys of local buildings in Newbury, Thatcham and Cold Ash.

Date: Monday, 25 November 2019 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Organiser: Thatcham Historical Society

Nick Baxter explains that King John spent much time at Marlborough castle and hunting in Savernake Forest. He granted the town a charter in 1204, which enabled the town to hold twice weekly markets still held today. John is featured on a carved door in the High Street, a visual reminder of the king who made Marlborough a medieval new town. But in 1216, John was on the run and the French occupied the castle. What kind of king was John?

Members free, Visitors £2. Membership for the year is £10. Refreshments after the talk. All welcome.