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Welcome to our new Chairman

We would like to welcome Julie Armstrong as our new chair for this year. Julie was elected at our recent Annual General Meeting in January 2017. After her election Julie said: First and foremost I and the members of the committee would like to sincerely thank Sue Ellis for her outstanding and stirling work as both Chairman and Secretary of Thatcham Historical Society. We wholeheartedly welcome Ann Dibble as our new Secretary. We have an interesting and varied programme of subjects and speakers for 2017. The programme is available on our website. The committee are always striving to provide a...Read more

Fresh new website

The Thatcham Historical Society website has had a fresh, clean make over for 2017. We have had a website since 1999 and since 2003 our Dr Nick Young has taken care of it. The site had a major rework a number of years ago but for various reasons it has suffered over the last few years. However, Nick has given it a complete refresh. The new site can be viewed on mobile devices more easily. Some of the content has been removed, it was in need of a lot of work so we have decided to clear everything out and start again. The site will have content added back in over the year and there is the...Read more

Report of Speaker Events 2016

25 th January 2016: AGM The year started well with the usual AGM and Member’s Social. Despite cold weather it was well attended. The Society’s accounts showed a small profit, and the previous year’s events were reviewed. Ray Asher, one of the Society’s longest standing members, was made an Honorary Member. 25 th February: The Boer War Pt3 – Peter Lavarack This was the third and last of Peter’s popular histories of the Boer War, told from a South African perspective. After the victories for the Boer fighters which were covered in the previous talks, this looked at the outcomes of the war (...Read more

Shared learning

We are getting a lot of requests for information from parents at Kennet School doing the shared learning. Before contacting us please note we are all volunteers and whilst we try to respond as fast as we can you may not get a reply for a week or so. Both Thatcham and Newbury Libraries have plenty of materials on the history of Thatcham.Read more

Shaw House Heritage Open Weekend

14th & 15th September 2013 11am - 4pm Get a taster of all that there is to see and do at Shaw House during these two days when admission is free. Historic rooms, exhibitions, family activities and outdoor games, the café in the old kitchen and a well stocked gift shop, you can be sure there is something here which all the family will enjoy! See attached for full details.Read more

Cold Ash Heritage Open Days

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2 – 5 pm Cold Ash will be celebrating Heritage Open Days for the first time, with five places open to the public and lots of activities for everyone. A Heritage Trail around village has been organised to highlight Cold Ash’s history, culture and spectacular views from the highest village in Berkshire. Venues open to the public include: St Mark’s Church and Fisher Room, St Gabriel’s Convent Chapel and Gardens, St Finian’s School, The Cold Ash Centre grounds and Mini-Farm. The events are free and everyone is welcome. There will be activities for children...Read more

Heritage Open Days

Thatcham Historical Society is ivolved, for the first time, with the Heritage open Days. We are taking part, via the Newbury Society and together with staff at St. Mary's Church opening the Church up. There will be tours, dependant on the weather and the Bell Tower will be open. Saturday 8th September - St Mary’s Church, Thatcham (Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN). Building and Bell Tower open 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. Sunday 9 September - St Mary’s Church, Thatcham (Church Gate, Thatcham RG19 3PN). Building and Bell Tower open 1pm-4pm. There are a lot of events going on in the area, to see a full...Read more

The Olympic Torch

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. We often find it difficult to get photos,videos and memories of the past, but as this is happening now, we ahve a chance to do something about it immediatly. Hence, firstly we would like to...Read more

Chairman’s Address

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year. I will take a brief review of events and activities we, Thatcham Historical Society, have undertaken over the past year and what we have to look forward to this year. We had out usual nine speaker meetings including the AGM. These included local topics such as Thatcham Schools by John Trigg, Archaeological Projects such as the Burgh to Borough Project by Judy Dewey and the History of Space Exploration by Richard Fleet. There are two talks that were a little different though. Our June talk, unfortunatly the speaker was taken inll at...Read more