The Peter Allen Memorial Lectures for 2011 launched earlier today (7th May). Thatcham Town Mayor, Lee Dillon, launched the event with a short speech:
Thatcham Historical Society
Due to various events in April, Thatcham Historical Society was unable to hold their normal Monday evening speaker meeting. Instead we held a special Civil War event on Saturday 16th April.
The first of the two part event saw author Chris Scott present "The First Battle of Newbury." Chris noted that Newbury was the crossroads of Southern England. It is know that the royalists were camped in Victoria Park, however the town supported the Parliamentarians and did not want the Royalists camped nearby.
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.
A two part talk presented by Dr Nick Young and Tony Higgott. The first part will give an overview of Thatcham’s past in old photographs and postcards. This will be followed with a talk doing the same with Newbury.
Location: Thatcham Memorial Hall, Brownsfield Road, Thatcham, RG18 3AG
One of the locations we use for the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures.
Location: Catholic Hall, 7 Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG