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Aug
22
Wed
2018
Exhibition: ‘History of Commercial Dress Patterns’ by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition: 'History of Commercial Dress Patterns' by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.

Aug
23
Thu
2018
Exhibition: ‘History of Commercial Dress Patterns’ by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition: 'History of Commercial Dress Patterns' by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.

Aug
25
Sat
2018
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines
Aug 25 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines | Crofton | England | United Kingdom

Head to Crofton for a celebration of creativity and abundance over the August bank holiday weekend!

Last year, Crofton Beam Engines near Marlborough, secured National Lottery funding to renovate part of its Grade 1 listed building, to develop new visitor facilities and add exciting new exhibits. As well as the regular ‘steamings’ which see the 200 & 150 year old beam engines in action pumping water for the canal, recent events at Crofton have included story trails, First World War exhibits and a pop up museum. The National Lottery funding will enable more creative events and enjoyment of the wonderful site and engines by a range of new audiences.

This month, families and visitors are invited to join in with some ‘hands on’, have-a-go crafting. Children from pre-school age can make a wall hanging to decorate Crofton’s learning space, there will be willow flower making, bouquetmaking, charcoal drawing and printmaking. Workshops will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th 26th and 27th of August.

In addition to fun for the children, there will be flower displays from Marlborough Floral Club and a demonstration of wood turning from the Bowler Hatted Turner, as well as cake and fruit stalls.

The Engineman’s Rest Cafe will be open as usual for lunches, drinks and snacks and the Old Smithy Bar will be open for a range of local beers and ciders.

Entry to the Grounds and the event is free of charge and is open 10-30am to 4-30pm over the three day Bank Holiday. There is an admittance charge to go inside the Engine room and see the Steam engines in operation.

Crofton is just outside Marlborough, use SN8 3DW in your Sat-Nav.

For more information see

http://www.croftonbeamengines.org
http://www.thebowlerhattedturner.co.uk

Aug
26
Sun
2018
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines
Aug 26 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines | Crofton | England | United Kingdom

Head to Crofton for a celebration of creativity and abundance over the August bank holiday weekend!

Last year, Crofton Beam Engines near Marlborough, secured National Lottery funding to renovate part of its Grade 1 listed building, to develop new visitor facilities and add exciting new exhibits. As well as the regular ‘steamings’ which see the 200 & 150 year old beam engines in action pumping water for the canal, recent events at Crofton have included story trails, First World War exhibits and a pop up museum. The National Lottery funding will enable more creative events and enjoyment of the wonderful site and engines by a range of new audiences.

This month, families and visitors are invited to join in with some ‘hands on’, have-a-go crafting. Children from pre-school age can make a wall hanging to decorate Crofton’s learning space, there will be willow flower making, bouquetmaking, charcoal drawing and printmaking. Workshops will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th 26th and 27th of August.

In addition to fun for the children, there will be flower displays from Marlborough Floral Club and a demonstration of wood turning from the Bowler Hatted Turner, as well as cake and fruit stalls.

The Engineman’s Rest Cafe will be open as usual for lunches, drinks and snacks and the Old Smithy Bar will be open for a range of local beers and ciders.

Entry to the Grounds and the event is free of charge and is open 10-30am to 4-30pm over the three day Bank Holiday. There is an admittance charge to go inside the Engine room and see the Steam engines in operation.

Crofton is just outside Marlborough, use SN8 3DW in your Sat-Nav.

For more information see

http://www.croftonbeamengines.org
http://www.thebowlerhattedturner.co.uk

Aug
27
Mon
2018
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines
Aug 27 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Family Interactive Flower and Crafting weekend @ Crofton Beam Engines | Crofton | England | United Kingdom

Head to Crofton for a celebration of creativity and abundance over the August bank holiday weekend!

Last year, Crofton Beam Engines near Marlborough, secured National Lottery funding to renovate part of its Grade 1 listed building, to develop new visitor facilities and add exciting new exhibits. As well as the regular ‘steamings’ which see the 200 & 150 year old beam engines in action pumping water for the canal, recent events at Crofton have included story trails, First World War exhibits and a pop up museum. The National Lottery funding will enable more creative events and enjoyment of the wonderful site and engines by a range of new audiences.

This month, families and visitors are invited to join in with some ‘hands on’, have-a-go crafting. Children from pre-school age can make a wall hanging to decorate Crofton’s learning space, there will be willow flower making, bouquetmaking, charcoal drawing and printmaking. Workshops will be held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend, 25th 26th and 27th of August.

In addition to fun for the children, there will be flower displays from Marlborough Floral Club and a demonstration of wood turning from the Bowler Hatted Turner, as well as cake and fruit stalls.

The Engineman’s Rest Cafe will be open as usual for lunches, drinks and snacks and the Old Smithy Bar will be open for a range of local beers and ciders.

Entry to the Grounds and the event is free of charge and is open 10-30am to 4-30pm over the three day Bank Holiday. There is an admittance charge to go inside the Engine room and see the Steam engines in operation.

Crofton is just outside Marlborough, use SN8 3DW in your Sat-Nav.

For more information see

http://www.croftonbeamengines.org
http://www.thebowlerhattedturner.co.uk

Aug
28
Tue
2018
Exhibition: ‘History of Commercial Dress Patterns’ by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Aug 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition: 'History of Commercial Dress Patterns' by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.

Aug
29
Wed
2018
Animal Experience Day – An African Experience @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photo by Animal Experience

Come and meet the keepers from ‘The Animal Experience’. This week they are bring a selection of animals which will bring a taste of Africa to Thatcham! Sessions at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2pm, & 3pm

On the day you will meet Meerkats from the Kalahari desert, African Hedgehogs — found all over Africa but quite distinct from those found in this country. Gambian Pouch Rats, used for sniffing out landmines.

An African Grey Parrot: “Georgie” — the most intelligent of parrots, and with an extensive vocabulary! A Royal Python, from West Africa. A Bosc’s Monitor Lizard — found from Senegal to Eritrea. An Emperor Scorpion — one of the largest species of scorpions. Some Madagascan hissing cockroaches and an African giant millipede.

Visitors will learn all about the animals themselves, their habitat, the unique adaptations they demonstrate, and the environmental issues that threaten to impact them, and of course everyone will get to hold and interact with many of the animals.

Please note: this list may vary slightly if for example animals are carrying young.

Who is this event suitable for?
Everyone is welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult who has also booked a place.

What to bring?
A camera if you would like a record of the event.

Is there an age limit for children?

Children must be over 3+ years

Access details:The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessible.

Please note: The tickets link is to all five sessions – please scroll down the page to book the correct time.

Exhibition: ‘History of Commercial Dress Patterns’ by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition: 'History of Commercial Dress Patterns' by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.

The Kennet Valley at War @ Greenham Common Tower
Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The Kennet Valley at War @ Greenham Common Tower | England | United Kingdom

The Kennet Valley at War – Tue 29 August

 

Aug
30
Thu
2018
Exhibition: ‘History of Commercial Dress Patterns’ by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre
Aug 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Exhibition: 'History of Commercial Dress Patterns' by NNA @ The Old Chapel Textile Centre | Greenham | United Kingdom

Our Gallery 2 small exhibition gives an introduction to the development of the commercial paper pattern.

Aug
31
Fri
2018
Let’s Go Batty – Bat Walk and Talk (August) @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Let's go Batty -Bat Walk and Talk

Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle.

You will learn all about our native British bats, their flight, food and echolocation.

At dusk we’ll take bat detectors and explore the lakeside and listen for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

What to bring?
Please bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one.

What to wear?
This is an evening event so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Is there an age limit for children?
Children must be 6+ years

Access details:
The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessable,

What is the terrain/distance like (walks)?
Uneven ground around the lake.

Sep
8
Sat
2018
Gifts of the Nile: water plants in Egyptian culture @ Oakwood Centre
Sep 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Gifts of the Nile: water plants in Egyptian culture @ Oakwood Centre | Woodley | England | United Kingdom

8 Sept 2018 2.00 pm : Hilary Wilson

The ancient Egyptians put plants to a multitude of uses, for instance in building, furniture and clothing, as well as assigning symbolic value to many of them. This talk explores the importance of water plants in the everyday life and beliefs of ancient times and their continuing significance to the country’s environment and ecology.

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

Sep
12
Wed
2018
Berkshire Family History Society @ St Marys Church Hall
Sep 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

Sep
14
Fri
2018
Let’s Go Batty – Bat Walk and Talk (September) @ The Nature Discovery Centre
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Let's go Batty -Bat Walk and Talk

Dave Endacott from the Oxford bat group will be at the Nature Discovery Centre this evening. He will introduce you to his rescue bats which will include Sophie the serotine bat, Wally the noctule and Cherpy the pipistrelle.

You will learn all about our native British bats, their flight, food and echolocation.

At dusk we’ll take bat detectors and explore the lakeside and listen for bats flying and feeding over the water and surrounding areas.

What to bring?
Please bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one.

What to wear?
This is an evening event so dress for the weather and wear sturdy footwear.

Is there an age limit for children?
Children must be 6+ years

Access details:
The Nature Discovery Centre is fully accessable,

What is the terrain/distance like (walks)?
Uneven ground around the lake.

Sep
17
Mon
2018
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Sep 17 @ 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.

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

Oct
10
Wed
2018
Berkshire Family History Society @ St Marys Church Hall
Oct 10 @ 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

Oct
15
Mon
2018
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Oct 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.

Oct
16
Tue
2018
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Oct 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/

Nov
14
Wed
2018
Berkshire Family History Society @ St Marys Church Hall
Nov 14 @ 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

Nov
19
Mon
2018
Swindon Rail Museum Lectures @ Steam Museum of Swindon, Fire Fly Avenue
Nov 19 @ 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.

Nov
20
Tue
2018
Family History Sessions @ Pangbourne Library @ Pangbourne Library
Nov 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/

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)

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
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/

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/

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/