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Feb
22
Fri
2019
7:15 pm The Sound of Music @ John O'Gaunt School
The Sound of Music @ John O'Gaunt School
Feb 22 @ 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm
The Sound of Music @ John O'Gaunt School | England | United Kingdom
The 2019 Hungerford Town Show is The Sound of Music! This classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical tells the story of Maria, a tomboyish postulant as she becomes a governess for seven children. Under her influence[...]
7:30 pm Spamalot – KATS @ Kennet School
Spamalot – KATS @ Kennet School
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Spamalot - KATS @ Kennet School | England | United Kingdom
Name of event: Spamalot Date and time: 21 – 23 February, 7.30pm (additional matinee 2.30pm on 23rd) Location: Kennet School, Stony Lane, Thatcham, RG19 4LL Cost: £12, available from http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/katsorguk or PictureIT in Thatcham KATS are[...]
Feb
23
Sat
2019
8:30 am Wantage Farmers Market @ Wantage Market Square
Wantage Farmers Market @ Wantage Market Square
Feb 23 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
Wantage Farmers Market @ Wantage Market Square | England | United Kingdom
Wantage Farmers’ Market is held in the Market Square on the last Saturday of every month from 8.30am – 1 pm. Smaller markets can be found in the same place in Wantage on Wednesdays and Saturdays.[...]
9:30 am Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall
Feb 23 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Aldworth Farmers Market @ Aldworth Village Hall | England | United Kingdom
Aldworth’s community-run Saturday Market is now in Aldworth’s beautiful, newly-built village hall (RG8 9SE).  The hall is off Bell Lane adjoining the recreation/cricket field with a children’s playground next to the hall. The Market runs[...]
10:00 am Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield L... @ Burghfield Library
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Book and DVD Sale @ Burghfield Library @ Burghfield Library | Burghfield Common | England | United Kingdom
Book and DVD sale  Monday 18 – Saturday 23 February at Burghfield Library, nothing more than £1. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35189
10:00 am Fairtrade Fortnight @ Thatcham U.R. Church
Fairtrade Fortnight @ Thatcham U.R. Church
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Fairtrade Fortnight @ Thatcham U.R. Church | England | United Kingdom
Get Ready for FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT! Don’t Feed Exploitation – Choose Fair Trade Fair Trade Coffee & Cake Morning at Thatcham U. R. Church, Church Lane, off High St. Spotlight on the crisis in the world’s cocoa[...]
10:00 am French Twinning @ Hungerford Lib... @ Hungerford Library
French Twinning @ Hungerford Lib... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
French Twinning @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February, there is a display memorabilia of the many twinning visits between Hungerford and Ligueil, at Hungerford Hub (library).  If any past present members of Hungerford Twinning Association who[...]
10:00 am Woolton Hill Village Market @ Woolton Hill Church Hall
Woolton Hill Village Market @ Woolton Hill Church Hall
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Woolton Hill Village Market @ Woolton Hill Church Hall | Woolton Hill | England | United Kingdom
Our Market has been running for over seven years, and offers fantastic produce, arts and crafts, and an opportunity for friends and neighbours to meet over a cup of tea! We boast a great selection[...]
10:15 am Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library
Feb 23 @ 10:15 am – 10:45 am
Storytime @ Theale Library @ Theale Library | Theale | England | United Kingdom
Storytime for children under 5 years Every Saturday, 10.15-10.45am at Theale Library. For more information, please contact the library: Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35195
10:30 am Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerfo... @ Hungerford Library
Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerfo... @ Hungerford Library
Feb 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Coffee and Croissants @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
Coffee, Croissants & French Conversation With the Hungerford Twinning Association Once a month on a Saturday, 10.30-12.00pm at Hungerford Library. For more information, please contact the library. Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/ http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35190

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Feb
23
Sat
2019
French Twinning @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
French Twinning @ Hungerford Library @ Hungerford Library | England | United Kingdom
On Friday 22 and Saturday 23 February, there is a display memorabilia of the many twinning visits between Hungerford and Ligueil, at Hungerford Hub (library).  If any past present members of Hungerford Twinning Association who have things tucked away in cupboards or on display at home may be happy to loan for our exhibition then items may be left with the librarians – remember to put your name on them.
The exhibition will be in the small room to the left of the library main entrance, and we plan to run the display from 10-5pm on Friday (22nd Feb)and 10-2.30pm on Saturday (23 Feb). Loaned items will be available for collection at 2.30 Saturday or during the next week.

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/35190

Feb
24
Sun
2019
Built on bones: How digging up the dead reveals the past @ Corn Exchange
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Built on bones: How digging up the dead reveals the past @ Corn Exchange | England | United Kingdom

Brenna Hassett, on Sun 24th Feb 2019, 3pm Balcony Bar, Corn Exchange. Brenna is an archaeologist who specializes in using clues from the human skeleton to understand how people lived and died in the past.

The talk explores evidence of health and growth locked into the body, and how clues from archaeological teeth and bones can tell us key parts of the human story. Building on her work across the world, including Thailand, Greece, the Pyramids in Giza, a 10,000 year old village in Anatolia, and a series of basement labs in between, the talk will be an accessible journey through our recent evolution into a majority-urban species over the last 15,000 years.

15,000 years condensed in 50 mins – that’s a good use of time!

Brenna is also one of the cofounders of Trowel Blazers, an organisation dedicated to outreach activities aimed at encouraging participation of women and underrepresented groups in archaeological, geological, and palaeontological science. https://trowelblazers.com/about/ .

As always, if you have any feedback on any of the talks or comments you’d like to make, please feel free to email (info@newburytalks.org.uk), contact us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/newburytalks/) or via the website (https://newburytalks.wordpress.com/)  or tweet (@newburytalks) us! If you’ve enjoyed the talks, then please spread to the word to other people in the area who may be interested in what we’re doing.

Also, if you like what we’re trying to do, and would like to support us, we have a Patreon page where you can sign up to giving as little as $1 per event – https://www.patreon.com/newburytalks

 

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Feb 26 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Guest Speaker: Alison Saunders, “Journey”

All welcome for Fellowship, interesting speakers & a cup of tea.

To reach the Church Hall, go through the alleyway between the Church and the shop, follow the path through the garden.

Please let us know if you need transport to be able to attend.

Feb
28
Thu
2019
Wendy Carrig Exhibition – Common People @ Greenham Common Tower
Feb 28 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wendy Carrig Exhibition - Common People @ Greenham Common Tower | England | United Kingdom

An exhibition of photographs recording life at the Greenham Common Peace Camp during the 1980s
Exhibition: 9th December 2018 – 9th March 2019

Wendy Carrig was a photography student in the mid-1980s during a time of great social disquiet in Britain. Coal miners were striking against pit closures, and peace protestors gathered at Greenham Common to demonstrate against the installation of U.S. nuclear missiles on British soil.

Common People is an exhibition of photographs recording Carrig’s time spent with women protestors at Blue Gate camp, showing how domestic life continued around the campfire. The exhibition is accompanied by Campfire’s Burning an original essay by Dr. Rebecca Johnson describing her five years as a protestor at Greenham, together with song sheets from The Blue Gate Song Book, an original artefact from the days of protest, now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.

Wendy Carrig is an established freelance photographer known for her fashion and portrait photography. She has won Best In Category for portraiture at The Association of Photographers Awards, and has had work selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery London. She has recently been nominated as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines.

All the photography on show will be available to purchase, together with postcards and an exhibition poster.

Proudly Supported by:

  • Social Investment Business
  • Greenham Trust
  • Greenham Control Tower
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

Greenham Common Control Tower
Burys Bank Road
Greenham
Berks
RG19 8BZ
01635 44145
http://www.greenhamtower.org.uk

 

 

Mar
5
Tue
2019
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Mar 5 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Guest Speaker: Rev Elaine Rawlings

All welcome for Fellowship, interesting speakers & a cup of tea.

To reach the Church Hall, go through the alleyway between the Church and the shop, follow the path through the garden.

Please let us know if you need transport to be able to attend.

Mar
7
Thu
2019
Wendy Carrig Exhibition – Common People @ Greenham Common Tower
Mar 7 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wendy Carrig Exhibition - Common People @ Greenham Common Tower | England | United Kingdom

An exhibition of photographs recording life at the Greenham Common Peace Camp during the 1980s
Exhibition: 9th December 2018 – 9th March 2019

Wendy Carrig was a photography student in the mid-1980s during a time of great social disquiet in Britain. Coal miners were striking against pit closures, and peace protestors gathered at Greenham Common to demonstrate against the installation of U.S. nuclear missiles on British soil.

Common People is an exhibition of photographs recording Carrig’s time spent with women protestors at Blue Gate camp, showing how domestic life continued around the campfire. The exhibition is accompanied by Campfire’s Burning an original essay by Dr. Rebecca Johnson describing her five years as a protestor at Greenham, together with song sheets from The Blue Gate Song Book, an original artefact from the days of protest, now lodged at the Imperial War Museum.

Wendy Carrig is an established freelance photographer known for her fashion and portrait photography. She has won Best In Category for portraiture at The Association of Photographers Awards, and has had work selected for both catalogue cover and poster campaign for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery London. She has recently been nominated as one of the Royal Photographic Society’s #HundredHeroines.

All the photography on show will be available to purchase, together with postcards and an exhibition poster.

Proudly Supported by:

  • Social Investment Business
  • Greenham Trust
  • Greenham Control Tower
  • Heritage Lottery Fund

Greenham Common Control Tower
Burys Bank Road
Greenham
Berks
RG19 8BZ
01635 44145
http://www.greenhamtower.org.uk

 

 

Mar
9
Sat
2019
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES March) @ Coronation Hall
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES March) @ Coronation Hall | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Tell Nabasha: Investigating the City of the Snake Goddess : 9 March 2019 2.00 pm : Dr Nicky Nielsen

Since 2015, the University of Liverpool has conducted investigations into the history and development of the ancient city of Imet (modern Tell Nabasha) in the northeastern Nile Delta. These investigations have included traditional excavations, archival research and remote sensing surveys. This talk will discuss the preliminary results and the future plans of the project.

Coronation Hall, Headey Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB

Tell Nabasha: Investigating the City of the Snake Goddess @ Coronation Hall
Mar 9 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tell Nabasha: Investigating the City of the Snake Goddess @ Coronation Hall | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Tell Nabasha: Investigating the City of the Snake Goddess : 9 March 2019 2.00 pm : Dr Nicky Nielsen

Since 2015, the University of Liverpool has conducted investigations into the history and development of the ancient city of Imet (modern Tell Nabasha) in the northeastern Nile Delta. These investigations have included traditional excavations, archival research and remote sensing surveys. This talk will discuss the preliminary results and the future plans of the project.

Coronation Hall, Headey Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB

Mar
10
Sun
2019
Common People in Conversation @ Greenham Common Tower
Mar 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks and cake.

The car park can be dark. We will provide lighting but please bring a torch.

 

Mar
13
Wed
2019
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall
Mar 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Wed 13th February
Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Dr Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Wed 13th March
Enos Molden

Enos Molden was the first Wiltshire policeman to be murdered. He died after being fatally wounded on 12th April 1892 near the gates of Longleat House. Judy Rous tells the story.

Wed 10th April
Rascals and villains: the Liddiard family

Some colourful characters from the Liddiard family archives, also covering briefly the Liddiard One Name Study and the Liddiard Family History Society: an update from Karen Rogers on her progress since the Liddiard family reunion that she organised in 2016.

Wed 8th May
Annual meeting and
A Grandmother’s Legacy

An insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj
Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has also published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through her family and has promised to bring some onion bhajis to hand round.

7.30 to 9.30 pm at Shaw Church Hall, RG14 2DR
All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Good company.
Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.
Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk
or see http://www.berksfhs.org.uk

Other Newbury Branch activities

Branch members provide regular help and advice sessions in Newbury and Thatcham libraries. See the calendar on http://www.berksfhs.org.uk for more details.
The branch is now working on its second transcription project.
This year’s programme also includes a summer outing and a Christmas dinner.

Mar
16
Sat
2019
Stories from Real Life – Turning Family History into Fiction @ The Wheatsheaf, Chilton Foliat
Mar 16 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Are there some great stories lurking in your family history? Would you like to write something inspired by real-life events from your own life or someone in your family? Whether you have aspirations to write fiction or biography, this workshop will provide you with the essential techniques required to turn your writing goals into reality and send you home with the outline of a new project.

 

Author of the critically acclaimed Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves, Rachel Malik brings her skills as a writer and former lecturer in English at Middlesex University to lead a full day workshop using family history or true-life events as the inspiration for a work of fiction. Miss Boston and Miss Hargreaves was inspired when Rachel Malik discovered an incredible story from her Grandmother’s past. Her novel – which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction – was partially written in Hungerford, and the surrounding area inspired parts of the novel. For this reason we thought it fitting to hold this special event in West Berkshire.

This one day workshop is suitable for all levels. Our events provide a friendly and supportive environment for experienced writers looking to make progress on their projects. At the same time, the day is designed for people who just like to have fun with words. Expect lots of short writing exercises, leading to the creation of a 100 word story inspired by a family event or a character from your life.

Mar
18
Mon
2019
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Mar 18 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue | England | United Kingdom

Lecture Programme 2018/19

Click here for full programme.

Friends and Guests are warmly invited to these lectures, held at STEAM on Mondays, starting promptly at 7.00 pm. (Cold drinks available from 6.45 pm)

Free parking is available in front of the Museum for those attending the lectures – please email friendsofswindonrailwaymuseum@gmail.com for the access code, or to find out more about the Friends.

Whilst the lecture is free, we ask for voluntary donations to The Railway Children Charity on the night. We look forward to seeing you.

2018 September 17th Swindon Works – The Collett Years 1922 – 41. Speaker: Brian Arman

Brian will cover the challenges facing the Works after the First World War, the impact of amalgamations and the Grouping, and Collett’s locomotive legacy and engineering developments.

October 15th Minor railways connected with the Great Western. Speaker: Colin Brading

Colin will describe the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway and the Wantage Tramway. Also featured will be the Swansea & Mumbles Railway which in 1807 was the first railway in the world to carry passengers.

November 19th Around the Western Region by Diesel Hydraulic. Speaker: Joe Turner

Joe will cover the interesting 20 year period from the late 50’s to late 70’s.

February 18th, 2019 Friends Annual General Meeting followed by Members slides

The Annual General Meeting is a chance to hear what your Executive Committee has been doing and discuss plans for the future, as well as receiving the accounts and other formal business. Members are invited to bring a selection of slides on railway topics for showing after the formal AGM.

March 18th The Railway Navvy: Prince of Labourers. Speaker: David Gilks

This talk will explore the origins, deployment, exploits and life of the British Navvy both here and overseas in the great age of railway building. David is a lifelong railway enthusiast with his origins deep in LMS territory. Since moving to Wiltshire some 10 years ago he has been a volunteer at Steam, largely working in the library. He has a particular interest in the social impact of railways and has written several articles for BackTrack magazine.

April 15th Railways in Burma, together with the ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand. Speaker: Brian Frank May

The Harry Roberts Memorial Lecture
Harry Roberts was captured by the Germans at Arnhem and became a Prisoner of War. Brian May’s father was a prisoner of the Japanese army and put to work on the Burma – Siam Railway. Brian is thus well placed to describe the ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand. He has visited the surviving remnant in Burma and also explored more of the present day Myanmar Railway.

Mar
19
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Mar 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library

Research your Family History

Third Tuesday of the month at Pangbourne Library.

Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research.

To book a session, please contact the library:

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

Mar
26
Tue
2019
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Mar 26 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

The Work of THRIVE – using gardening to change lives

All welcome for Fellowship, interesting speakers & a cup of tea.

To reach the Church Hall, go through the alleyway between the Church and the shop, follow the path through the garden.

Please let us know if you need transport to be able to attend.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
The Brylcreem Boys, with intro from the playwright  @ Greenham Common Tower
Mar 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Brylcreem Boys, with intro from the playwright

27th March 2019 7.30pm

Cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks and cake.

The car park can be dark. We will provide lighting but please bring a torch.

 

Apr
2
Tue
2019
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Apr 2 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Guest Speaker: Rev Nigel Sands

All welcome for Fellowship, interesting speakers & a cup of tea.

To reach the Church Hall, go through the alleyway between the Church and the shop, follow the path through the garden.

Please let us know if you need transport to be able to attend.

Apr
4
Thu
2019
The Day My Father’s Dreams Were Shattered @ Greenham Common Tower
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The Day My Father’s Dreams Were Shattered

4th April 2019 7.30pm

Cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks and cake.

The car park can be dark. We will provide lighting but please bring a torch.

 

Apr
10
Wed
2019
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall
Apr 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Wed 13th February
Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Dr Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Wed 13th March
Enos Molden

Enos Molden was the first Wiltshire policeman to be murdered. He died after being fatally wounded on 12th April 1892 near the gates of Longleat House. Judy Rous tells the story.

Wed 10th April
Rascals and villains: the Liddiard family

Some colourful characters from the Liddiard family archives, also covering briefly the Liddiard One Name Study and the Liddiard Family History Society: an update from Karen Rogers on her progress since the Liddiard family reunion that she organised in 2016.

Wed 8th May
Annual meeting and
A Grandmother’s Legacy

An insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj
Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has also published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through her family and has promised to bring some onion bhajis to hand round.

7.30 to 9.30 pm at Shaw Church Hall, RG14 2DR
All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Good company.
Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.
Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk
or see http://www.berksfhs.org.uk

Other Newbury Branch activities

Branch members provide regular help and advice sessions in Newbury and Thatcham libraries. See the calendar on http://www.berksfhs.org.uk for more details.
The branch is now working on its second transcription project.
This year’s programme also includes a summer outing and a Christmas dinner.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Birth and Rebirth: Death as a Rite of Passage in Ancient Egypt @ Coronation Hall
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Birth and Rebirth: Death as a Rite of Passage in Ancient Egypt @ Coronation Hall | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Birth and Rebirth: Death as a Rite of Passage in Ancient Egypt : 13 April 2019 2.00 pm : Lucia Gahlin

For the ancient Egyptians death heralded rebirth into an afterlife. The heavily ritualised period following death enabled the deceased to be reborn into this afterlife. In this lecture, Lucia will explore the rituals that shed light on death as a rite of passage. For the ancient Egyptians, the sequence of conception, birth and early childhood, were mirrored by death, rebirth and the initial stage of journeying into the afterlife (a period of nourishment and protection from danger).

Coronation Hall, Headey Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB

Egyptology Lecture (TVAES April) @ Coronation Hall
Apr 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES April) @ Coronation Hall | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Birth and Rebirth: Death as a Rite of Passage in Ancient Egypt : 13 April 2019 2.00 pm : Lucia Gahlin

For the ancient Egyptians death heralded rebirth into an afterlife. The heavily ritualised period following death enabled the deceased to be reborn into this afterlife. In this lecture, Lucia will explore the rituals that shed light on death as a rite of passage. For the ancient Egyptians, the sequence of conception, birth and early childhood, were mirrored by death, rebirth and the initial stage of journeying into the afterlife (a period of nourishment and protection from danger).

Coronation Hall, Headey Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JB

Apr
15
Mon
2019
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Apr 15 @ 6:45 pm – 9:15 pm
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue | England | United Kingdom

Lecture Programme 2018/19

Click here for full programme.

Friends and Guests are warmly invited to these lectures, held at STEAM on Mondays, starting promptly at 7.00 pm. (Cold drinks available from 6.45 pm)

Free parking is available in front of the Museum for those attending the lectures – please email friendsofswindonrailwaymuseum@gmail.com for the access code, or to find out more about the Friends.

Whilst the lecture is free, we ask for voluntary donations to The Railway Children Charity on the night. We look forward to seeing you.

2018 September 17th Swindon Works – The Collett Years 1922 – 41. Speaker: Brian Arman

Brian will cover the challenges facing the Works after the First World War, the impact of amalgamations and the Grouping, and Collett’s locomotive legacy and engineering developments.

October 15th Minor railways connected with the Great Western. Speaker: Colin Brading

Colin will describe the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead Railway and the Wantage Tramway. Also featured will be the Swansea & Mumbles Railway which in 1807 was the first railway in the world to carry passengers.

November 19th Around the Western Region by Diesel Hydraulic. Speaker: Joe Turner

Joe will cover the interesting 20 year period from the late 50’s to late 70’s.

February 18th, 2019 Friends Annual General Meeting followed by Members slides

The Annual General Meeting is a chance to hear what your Executive Committee has been doing and discuss plans for the future, as well as receiving the accounts and other formal business. Members are invited to bring a selection of slides on railway topics for showing after the formal AGM.

March 18th The Railway Navvy: Prince of Labourers. Speaker: David Gilks

This talk will explore the origins, deployment, exploits and life of the British Navvy both here and overseas in the great age of railway building. David is a lifelong railway enthusiast with his origins deep in LMS territory. Since moving to Wiltshire some 10 years ago he has been a volunteer at Steam, largely working in the library. He has a particular interest in the social impact of railways and has written several articles for BackTrack magazine.

April 15th Railways in Burma, together with the ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand. Speaker: Brian Frank May

The Harry Roberts Memorial Lecture
Harry Roberts was captured by the Germans at Arnhem and became a Prisoner of War. Brian May’s father was a prisoner of the Japanese army and put to work on the Burma – Siam Railway. Brian is thus well placed to describe the ‘Death Railway’ in Thailand. He has visited the surviving remnant in Burma and also explored more of the present day Myanmar Railway.

Apr
16
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Apr 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library

Research your Family History

Third Tuesday of the month at Pangbourne Library.

Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research.

To book a session, please contact the library:

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church
Apr 16 @ 2:30 pm
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church | England | United Kingdom

Easter Celebration: Holy Communion in the Church followed by Tea in the Hall

All welcome for Fellowship, interesting speakers & a cup of tea.

To reach the Church Hall, go through the alleyway between the Church and the shop, follow the path through the garden.

Please let us know if you need transport to be able to attend.

Apr
24
Wed
2019
Vera Britten, Loved And Lost @ Greenham Common Tower
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Vera Britten, Loved And Lost

24th April 2019 7.30pm

Cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks and cake.

The car park can be dark. We will provide lighting but please bring a torch.

 

May
8
Wed
2019
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall
May 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Berkshire Family History Society 2019 @ St Mary's Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Wed 13th February
Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Dr Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Wed 13th March
Enos Molden

Enos Molden was the first Wiltshire policeman to be murdered. He died after being fatally wounded on 12th April 1892 near the gates of Longleat House. Judy Rous tells the story.

Wed 10th April
Rascals and villains: the Liddiard family

Some colourful characters from the Liddiard family archives, also covering briefly the Liddiard One Name Study and the Liddiard Family History Society: an update from Karen Rogers on her progress since the Liddiard family reunion that she organised in 2016.

Wed 8th May
Annual meeting and
A Grandmother’s Legacy

An insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj
Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has also published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through her family and has promised to bring some onion bhajis to hand round.

7.30 to 9.30 pm at Shaw Church Hall, RG14 2DR
All welcome. Free parking. Refreshments. Good company.
Non-members are invited to make a £3 donation towards costs.
Enquiries to newbury@berksfhs.org.uk
or see http://www.berksfhs.org.uk

Other Newbury Branch activities

Branch members provide regular help and advice sessions in Newbury and Thatcham libraries. See the calendar on http://www.berksfhs.org.uk for more details.
The branch is now working on its second transcription project.
This year’s programme also includes a summer outing and a Christmas dinner.

May
11
Sat
2019
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES May) @ Oakwood Centre
May 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Egyptology Lecture (TVAES May) @ Oakwood Centre | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

Pharaohs & Governors of Middle Kingdom Egypt : 11 May 2019 2.00 pm : George Hart

Outstanding sculptures and paintings, exquisitely executed hieroglyphs, brilliant craftsmanship and literature of great eloquence form the background to the dynamic reigns of the Egypt’s kings in the early second millennium BC. We shall look at the political impact of these pharaohs, highlighting the vivid visual evidence of leisure pursuits and working life painted on the tomb walls of the governors of the Oryx Nome at Beni Hasan.

Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JZ

May
20
Mon
2019
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting @ West Berkshire Council Offices
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting @ West Berkshire Council Offices | England | United Kingdom

A Neighbourhood Watch Meeting is being held on Monday 20 May 2019 at 7.30 pm in West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury.

We shall be having a talk by a representative of Victims First on the help they give to victims of crime, family members and witnesses.

Crime updates from the Police and Fire Service.

Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

There is a £2 parking charge for evenings in local car parks.

 

 

May
21
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
May 21 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library

Research your Family History

Third Tuesday of the month at Pangbourne Library.

Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research.

To book a session, please contact the library:

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/

May
29
Wed
2019
D-Day: The Kennet Valley’s Role In Liberating Europe @ Greenham Common Tower
May 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

D-Day: The Kennet Valley’s Role In Liberating Europe

29th May 2019 7.30pm

Cafe will be open serving hot and cold drinks and cake.

The car park can be dark. We will provide lighting but please bring a torch.

 

Jun
18
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library

Research your Family History

Third Tuesday of the month at Pangbourne Library.

Learn to use Ancestry.com for your personal research.

To book a session, please contact the library:

http://info.westberks.gov.uk/article/30285

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WBerksLibraries

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/newburylibrary/