A large audience gathered tonight, 28th March 2011, to hear Judy Dewey presenting “Wallingford: Burgh to Borough Project.” Judy started with a little background about the town itself, noting that Wallingford, apart from originally being part of Berkshire, is an Anglo-Saxon settlement and has, or rather had, a Castle with a motte and bailey.
The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general.
The Hungerford Historical Association were this month given a fascinating talk by local man, George Styles, entitled ‘Antique to Contemporary Silverware’. George runs Styles Silver on Bridge Street in Hungerford, having learned the trade from his parents.
The Peter Allen Memorial Lectures (PAML) first took place in 2010 to as a tribute to the late Peter Allen, to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (in memory of Peter) and as part of National History Month. The event was going to be a one of, however, during the planning and more so during the event, it became apparent that it may well become an annual event. During the event, many visitors and the Mayor said "this is going to be an annual event, isn't it?"
A new look at the history of Thatcham is being written by local author Dr Nick Young, who is the current Chair of Thatcham Historical Society, has already been signed up with a publisher. It is hoped that the publication will be completed later this year and that it may be printed in time for Christmas! The publication will look at a series of photographs of how Thatcham, and surrounding areas, used to look like. Alongside the old views will be photographs from today (2011). Each comparison will be documented with a description of the history and changes made over time.
"From Newbury with Love" is the new play from the award winning RedCape Theatre.
“affecting physical theatre” The Times
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