On Monday 28th September 2020 Thatcham Historical Society made history of its own by holding their first online speaker meeting. With recent additional restrictions the society decided to suspend all face-to-face meetings until 2021 and as such have gone online. The chair, Dr Nick Young, gave a talk on the history of the Thatcham pubs.
The talk looked at many of the pubs, both past and present including Cross Keys, Pig and Whistle, The Angel, The Queen’s Head, The Bull, The Bell, The George, The White Hart, The New Inn, The Black Horse, The Plough and many more. Some of the families such as the Fromonts were discussed along with the coaching trade and a discussion on the meaning and origin of some names.
Nick noted “we did hope to restart meetings but it wasn’t to be. This first online talk, a first for the society too, is now the way forward and will be for some months. We had a great turn out for this talk and are already preparing for the next one. We are looking to make more content available via our website and are looking at additional resources via other media too, audio and video for example.”
The society is involved with Thatcham Festival and will be presenting “A brief history of Thatcham“. Additional talks are already planned and will be listed on our events page and more are to be added.
All face-to-face / in-person speaker meetings are postponed until further notice. We have already been adding articles to the website and sending out newsletters.