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Nov
26
Mon
2018
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting @ West Berkshire Council Offices
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Neighbourhood Watch Meeting @ West Berkshire Council Offices | England | United Kingdom

The Neighbourhood Watch Meeting is being held on Monday 26 November 2018 at 7.30 pm in West Berkshire Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury.  There will be a talk by Toby Green of Trading Standards.

Representatives from the Police and Fire Service will also be attending to give crime updates and both will be available to answer any questions. Just a reminder that there is parking close by and the evening charge is £2. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

HANDOUT FROM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MEETING (NOVEMBER 2017)

Nov
27
Tue
2018
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Nov 27 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

“Getting To Know You” Speaker: Karen Frost

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

Nov
28
Wed
2018
Kinderlandverschickung Talk @ Greenham Common Tower
Nov 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Internal Evacuation Of German Children In WW2

Kinderlandverschickung had a greater political bias than in Britain and was influenced greatly by the philosophy of the Hitler Youth. This talk will provide an insight into its planning and eventual demise and look at the effect it had not only on the children, but also on the parents. This is a topic which is rarely, if ever, taught in UK schools.

Presented by Prof Martin Parsons, who is a Research Fellow and Honorary Life Fellow at the University of Reading, where he previously led the Research Centre for Evacuee and War Child Studies.

Doors open at 7pm and the 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.

Nov
29
Thu
2018
Hungerford Town & Manor Open Forum Evening @ The Town Hall
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Hungerford Town & Manor Open Forum Evening @ The Town Hall | England | United Kingdom

The ancient charity of the Town & Manor of Hungerford is holding its first ever Open Forum evening at the Town Hall from 7 to 9pm on Thursday 29 November.

The forum will give residents of Hungerford the opportunity to find out about the activities that the Trustees of the Town & Manor undertakes on behalf of the Commoners. The evening will consist of short presentations about the Common, the Town Hall and the fishery, along with the history of Hocktide and the role of the Town & Manor in Hungerford.

The Constable of the Town & Manor, Ellie Dickins said, “As the first of its kind, this will be an historic meeting. The purpose is to inform the residents of Hungerford exactly what it is that the Town & Manor does and to answer questions regarding their work for the town. I warmly invite everyone in the town to come and join me, for what I hope will be an informative and interesting evening.”

Dec
4
Tue
2018
Tuesday Fellowship @ Hungerford Methodist Church Hall
Dec 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Christmas Celebration, led by Rev Peter Bennett

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

Dec
8
Sat
2018
The First Egyptologists @ Coronation Hall
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The First Egyptologists @ Coronation Hall | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

8 Dec 2018 2.00 pm : Professor Alan Lloyd

Egyptology starts with the Ancient Egyptians, the best-known example being Khaemwese, a son of Ramesses II. A particularly interesting case is Horapollo who wrote at the time when Pharaonic culture was almost dead. This lecture will explore aspects of ancient Egyptology to determine what these writers thought they were doing and how well, or badly, they did it.

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

Dec
11
Tue
2018
The Day My Father’s Dreams Were Shattered @ Greenham Common Tower
Dec 11 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Pragna Hay who arrived at the base as a refugee at in 1972 and Kim Hodges who oversaw the operation to welcome the Ugandan Asians.

11th December 2018
7.30pm 8.30pm
£5 (plus booking fee)

 

Dec
12
Wed
2018
Berkshire Family History Society @ St Marys Church Hall
Dec 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Berkshire Family History Society @ St Marys Church Hall | England | United Kingdom

Berkshire Family History Society
Newbury Branch
Programme September to December 2018

Wed 12th September

Royal shenanigans and courtesans

Mike Rendell writes, speaks and blogs on all things Georgian, and here he lifts the lid on murder, rape, incest and false imprisonment in the context of the Prince Regent and his dissolute family. The leading sex workers of Georgian times enjoyed a celebrity status which is nowadays hard to credit. Prepare to be scandalised.

Wed 10th October

Ancestors in uniform

This will be an open evening on a military theme, at which all members and guests will be encouraged to take part. Bring your stories, photos, memorabilia and questions relating to your ancestors in wartime.

Wed 14th November

Was your ancestor a criminal?

Dr Colin Chapman will describe the offences that were regarded as crimes in the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain, and the severe punishments that followed conviction. He will then ask: “Was your ancestor a criminal?” Dr Chapman has published and lectured extensively, founded five county family history societies, is a vice-president of the Society of Genealogists and is a life vice-president of the Federation of Family History Societies.

Wed 12th December

Christmas party and Nick’s quiz

Good food, fruit punch (non-alcoholic), Secret Santa – and questions to answer.

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 www.berksfhs.org.uk for more details.
The branch is about to embark on its second transcription project.
This year’s programme also includes a summer outing and a Christmas dinner.

BerksFHS Newbury prog Sep-Dec18

Dec
18
Tue
2018
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Dec 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/

Jan
12
Sat
2019
The emergence of the Egyptian State @ Oakwood Centre
Jan 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The emergence of the Egyptian State @ Oakwood Centre | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

The emergence of the Egyptian State – links with the landscape evolution of the Nile Delta
12 Jan 2019 2.00 pm : Dr Ben Pennington

Around 3100 BC, early upstream centres of culture were transformed into a larger territory encompassing all Egypt. Recent work shows the deltaic landscapes downstream to have been highly dynamic. A new model suggests that this landscape remodelling may have allowed, or even stimulated, a variety of important socioeconomic changes in this region which could have impacted upon the emergence of Dynastic Egypt.
Oakwood Centre, Headey Road, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JZ

Jan
15
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Jan 15 @ 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/

Jan
16
Wed
2019
From Greenham to the Nobel Peace Prize @ Greenham Common Tower
Jan 16 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Dr Rebecca Johnson, who protested at Greenham Common, about the effect that it has had on the rest of her life.

 

Jan
30
Wed
2019
Newbury & Thatcham In the Cold War Era @ Greenham Common Tower
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Historian Dr Nick Young reflects on the Cold War and its impact locally.

This talk includes Cold War Cake & Tea in the admission price.

30th January 2019
2.00pm —4.00pm
£8 (plus booking fee)

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.

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Feb
18
Mon
2019
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Feb 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.

Feb
19
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 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/

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Bringing the Common Back To Life @ Greenham Common Tower
Feb 20 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Ed Cooper returns to give a detailed account of the work he directed to convert the land from Base to Common in the late nineties.

20th February 2019
7.30pm 8.30pm
£5 (plus booking fee)

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

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
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/

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/

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/

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/

Jul
16
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Jul 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/

Aug
20
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Aug 20 @ 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/

Sep
17
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Sep 17 @ 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/

Oct
15
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Oct 15 @ 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/

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Nov 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/

Dec
17
Tue
2019
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Dec 17 @ 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/

Jan
21
Tue
2020
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Jan 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/

Feb
18
Tue
2020
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Feb 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/