RAF Greenham Common & beyond

24 May 2024

Control Tower at the former RAF Greenham Common. Photograph by Dr Nick Young.

The Society had a good start to 2024 with a well attended AGM in January,and followed this in February with an excellent talk by Jonathan Sayers onRAF Greenham Common. This explored the use of the site as an airbase prior to, and during, WW2 – when the gliders used for the Normandy Landings on D-Day, …

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The 2023 Royal Time Capsule Project

8 June 2023

Time capsule project.

The Heritage Working Party, at Thatcham Town Council, team are working on a time capsule project and would like your involvement. What are they aiming for? The main aims of the project are to: What can you do? We are seeking materials to help us fulfil these aims. Space is limited (items may need to …

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Langford Way

8 June 2023

left to right, Dr Nick Young, Carole Langford, Eddie Langford, Thatcham Mayor Mark Lillycrop.

A new road in Thatcham was named after Malcolm Langford in March 2022, a well known and respected member of the community. The idea to distribute informational leaflets to the residents, explaining the significance of the road’s name, was proposed by Malcolm’s longtime friend, Bob Dewey. On Saturday, May 27th, 2023, the Mayor, accompanied by …

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Coronation Exhibition 2023

19 May 2023

Some of the exhibition materials shown.

During the day on the Sunday 7th May and Monday 8th May, Thatcham Historical Society held an exhibition on local history, specifically focusing on the monarchy, with various items of memorabilia and photographs from over the years on display. The exhibition went well, the team greeted a constant flow of visitors over the two days. …

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Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart

28 October 2022

Blue plaque for Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart.

On the 23rd October 2022 the Heritage Working Party of Thatcham Town Council unveiled their fifth blue plaque. This latest plaque was to commemorate Lieutenant Colonel Vernon Watkins Urquhart. Born in 1877 in West Bengal, India to parents Alexander Shaw Urquhart and Louisa Jane Urquhart (née Watkins), Vernon grew up in a large family and …

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