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Welcome to 2018

Thatcham Historical Society held their Annual General Meeting on the evening of the 29th January 2018. The acting chair, Alf Wheeler, started the evening welcoming all those present and recalling the events of 2017.

Alf noted that “we started the year with a depleted committee, but luckily were able to enroll Julie Armstrong as Chair and Ann Dibble as Secretary. A variety of speaker meetings were held, ranging from canal history to prehistoric history in Wessex.  The society has helped in community engagements such as assisting St Mary’s Church by providing a written commentary and photographs for their Flower Festival exhibits from June 16th-19th 2017.

For personal reasons Julie stepped down as Chair and Alf took over as acting chair. Alf presented Tony Higgot with a framed print of the Thatched Cottages in appreciation of his two decades of service on the committee. Tony has a wide interest in local history, dating from his time as curator of Newbury  District Museum.


Acting Chair Alf Wheeler (right) presents retiring committee member Tony Higgott with a photograph for his two decades of service.

Dr Nick Young was voted in as chair for the ensuing year. He thanked the committee for their hard work over the past year and welcomed current and new committee members onboard. The society was formed in 1967 but held their first meetings in 1968 and so the evening ended with a 50th anniversary cake being cut by Julie, Alf and Nick.


From left to right, Peter Lavarack, Tony Higgott (stepped down), Ann Dibble, Dr Nick Young (behind), Kathryn Brock, Alf Wheeler, Julie Armstrong, Sue Ellis. Photo by Kathryn Brock.

All enjoyed a social evening after the main AGM and Nick welcomed many new members.

Details of our evens can be found on our events page.