We concentrate so much on the past that we often forget that historic events are happening all the time around us. The Olympics, and the Torch passing through, is one event that we can't fail to notice as historic. A once in a lifetime event. As such we, Thatcham Historical Society, would like to collect as many photos, videos and story's of the Olympic Torch going though Thatcham and Newbury as possible.
Thatcham Historical Society
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.
A large audience gathered for tonight’s (30th April 2012) to hear Dr Margaret Yates talk about Reading Abbey. Dr Yates noted that there is no mention of an Abbey in the Domesday book but Thatcham church is mentioned.
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
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