On Monday 11th February 2013, Peter Lavarack, who lived in South Africa as a boy, gave an excellent talk on the Zulu Wars of 1879, providing us with a good insight into the causes and effects of the conflict. He included some fascinating information about the Zulu’s way of life with few roads, no towns, telephones or horsepower, everything needed being carried by manpower. The British, however, were well served with more than 2,500 mules and 27,000 oxen.
Thatcham Historical Society
Nick Young, Thatcham Historical Society, on the 23rd February 2013 at the Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham, will hold a oral history coffee morning. Doors will open at 10.20am for a 10.30am start and finishing at 11.45am.
A few photographs of Thatcham will be shown, for example the Broadway. Then over coffee visitors are asked to recall their memories of the location shown. For example what shops do you remember, are there any characters that you recall?
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be supplied!
Thatcham Historical Society will be starting a research group for our members on the 16th February 2013 at the Old Bluecoat School, Thatcham. Doors will open at 10.15am for a 10.25am start. The meeting will last about 1 hour. We will discuss possible research projects and then decide which projects people wish to undertake. It is hoped that from the research we will be able to create new publications such as “Inscriptions of St. Mary’s Church”, a transcription of tithe records or details about Commonwealth War graves in the area.