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Newbury District Field Club




*********** CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 ***********


Update, 7 October 2020:


It will come as little surprise that, in light of the worsening coronavirus situation, we have decided to cancel the remainder of the 2020 programme of events.  These are the lecture meetings on 21 October (Tony Higgott on local brickmaking); 18 November (David Peacock on Newbury's Georgian architecture); and 16 December (Christmas Quiz) - as well as the History Day (31 October).


We would normally hold our AGM in January and hope that this will be possible, but it is hard to be optimistic.




Update, 12 September 2020:


The meeting on 16 September (Simon Barnett on the work of the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust) has fallen victim to the new 'rule of six'. It becomes increasingly likely that the remainder of the 2020 programme will also be cancelled. Happily Simon has agreed to give the talk at a future date (TBD).

Update, 11 May 2020:

The ongoing situation means that the Museum is unlikely to open before July, so we have cancelled Paul Lacey's talk on Newbury & District Motor Services on 16 June.  Paul is keen to reschedule as and when we have confidence in the viability of a lecture programme.



16 March 2020:

Following the Government' advice to avoid non-essential social contact, the Field Club lecture programme will be suspended until June.  The March. April and May meetings have been cancelled and will be re-scheduled in 2021.


Further cancellations may follow - dependent upon the progress of the epidemic and Government advice. Such action will be publicised on this webpage.


Members will be emailed with news as and when it is available.


Updates will also be posted on the Club's Facebook page.



Founded in 1870 the Field Club is Newbury's local history society with additional interests in all aspects of the Newbury district's natural history, geology etc. newbury local history



150 Years and Counting

On 10 February 1870 a meeting in the Council Chamber at Newbury Town Hall resolved to create a new club to promote the study of many aspects of Newbury and its surrounding district.


2020 sees the Field Club's 150th Anniversary or Sesquicentennial. Through the year there will be a number of events marking the anniversary.  The first is the Club's meeting on 8 January when, after a short Annual General Meeting, the Club's current President, Phil Wood, will talk about his illustrious predecessors. Over the decades the Club has been led by nationally renowned historians and naturalists as well as two MPs and a future bishop.



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