The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general.

Trades in Thatcham

Speaker(s): 
Barney Bardsley
Speaker(s): 
Dr Nick Young
Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2012 - 10:30am

The Peter Allen Memorial Lectures (PAML) kicked off today, 5th May 2012, with local MP, Mr Richard Benyon, kindly giving an overview of the event, a background to the late Peter Allen and then introducing the talks. The event, now in its third year started with two talks on “Trades” with over 50 people attending.

Reception & History of religion in Thatcham

Speaker(s): 
Bill Butler
Date: 
Saturday, May 26, 2012 - 6:30pm

A reception with local civic dignitaries, where people can share their memories of Peter and of Thatcham’s past. After the reception, local historian Bill Butler will present a talk on the history of religion in Thatcham.

  • 26th May 2012,
  • 6.30pm (Reception)
  • 7.15pm (Talk)
  • St. Mary’s Church, Church Gate Thatcham, RG19 3PN

Political Thatcham

Speaker(s): 
Lee Dillon
Speaker(s): 
John Trigg
Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 10:30am

Thatcham Town Mayor, Lee Dillon, will talk about the history that councillors have played in our past. Some of the more notable members will be discussed in detail. The second talk, presented by local historian John Trigg, looks at the Mount family and their progression from Thatcham to Downing Street.

  • 19th May 2012, 10.30am - 12.40pm
  • Memorial Hall, Brownsfield Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AG

Genealogy tips and tricks

Speaker(s): 
Sue Broughton
Speaker(s): 
Martin Farr
Speaker(s): 
Alf Wheeler
Date: 
Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:30am

Two talks are presented, one in which family historian Sue Broughton will present “Researching your Military Family History.” Sue will include several local families in the talk. In addition family historian Martin Farr will present “The Honeybun’s of Dorset.” Martin will describe this family tree, but also the pitfalls and hurdles that can occur. Alf Wheeler will also have family trees of various local families on display around the venue.

  • 12th May 2012, 10.30am - 12.40pm
  • Memorial Hall, Brownsfield Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AG

St Mary's Aldworth - a historical seminar

Speaker(s): 
Brian Kemp
Speaker(s): 
Ben Wild
Speaker(s): 
Dr Geoffrey Tyack
Date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 7:00pm

9th May 2012

St Mary's Aldworth - a historical seminar

Come and see what we have done in St Mary’s Church and listen to three eminent speakers explain the significance of this small village church and its contents – the Aldworth Giants.

We are delighted and extremely fortunate to be able to welcome three eminent speakers who will look at the history of Berkshire Downland churches, the history of St Mary's Aldworth and a presentation of what we have been doing over the last few months in the restoration of the "Aldworth Giants".