Past events

Newbury Racecourse 1905

The History of Newbury Racecourse

David Wickens has delved into the history of Newbury racecourse and will join us on May 21st to tell us more.
21 May 2024
14:00 - 15:30
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP

The History of Camp Hopson

Johnathan Hopson will give an illustrated talk on the history of Camp Hopson, the iconic store on Newbury Northbroook Street.
16 Apr 2024
14:00 - 15:30
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP

The Cope Hall Colony

Our guest speaker this month is Carol Brindley who has complied this talk especially for us. “The Cope Hall Colony” – For 26 months during WW1 Cope Hall was used as a Women’s Training Colony, setting out to “rescue” women who might otherwise have found themselves in prison.   The project was led by Dr Helen […]
19 Mar 2024
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
This photo has been provided by our next speaker, Alan Bovingdon-Cox. It is an aerial view of RAF Welford. The photograph depicts RAF Welford as it was in 1943.

A history of RAF Welford

On Tuesday 20th February guest speaker Alan Bovingdon-Cox will talk to us about the history of RAF Welford. RAF Welford was originally constructed for the RAF with a typical three runway layout. The longest runway was about 6,00ft long running from East to West. Tea/coffee from 1.45pm, talks start at 2.15pm. Visitors £3, members free.
20 Feb 2024
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP

History of Shaw House

On Tuesday 16th January guest speaker Sarah Somerville will talk to us about the history of Shaw House. Tea/coffee from 1.45pm, talks start at 2.15pm. Visitors £3, members free.
16 Jan 2024
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash

Christmas Quiz & Party 2023

Members free, non-members £3. A chance to socialise with your fellow members while enjoying a light-hearted quiz and a few nibbles. Ros & David Clow will provide the questions and keep track of the scores.
19 Dec 2023
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
The 1921 census.

After the War – Lessons from the 1921 Census

Members free, non-members £3. The 1921 Census forms were withheld from public view for 100 years, until 2022. Obviously they are very useful for those reserching their family history, but they also provide a picture of a country just beginning to recover from the trauma and loss of the most devastating war ever fought by […]
21 Nov 2023
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
A photograph of George Sanger.

History Day: Newbury Notables

Our history day this year consists of a day of talks with a common theme – people who have contributed to life in Newbury. The series of illustrated talks will include: circus impressario ‘Lord’ George Sanger who achieved international renown from humble beginnings in Newbury (above); Newbury’s most famous son, Jack of Newbury, the Tudor […]
21 Oct 2023
10:00 - 16:30
St Nicolas' Church Hall
St Nicolas' Church Hall, West Mills, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5HG
Stamps showing The History of the British Postbox.

Annual General Meeting & The History of the British Postbox

Members free, non-members £3. The iconic British post box can be seen everywhere, 98% of the population should live within half-a-mile of one. How did they come about? How many different types are there and why? How can you date them? Where is the oldest box in West Berkshire? And what will happen in the […]
17 Oct 2023
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
The title slide for Nick Young's talk, Forgotten Newbury.

Forgotten Newbury

Our first meeting on 19th September will be a talk from Dr Nick Young about Forgotten Newbury. Tea/coffee from 1.45pm, talks start at 2.15pm. Visitors £3, members free.
19 Sep 2023
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
Photo by King's Church International on Unsplash

Visit to Thames Valley Police Museum

Members free, non-members £3. The Thames Valley Police Museum in Sulhampstead is a local gem. We will not be supplying transport; nearer the time we will be asking if members intending to drive who have spare space for a member without their own transport could let us know so we can ensure no-one is left […]
20 Jun 2023
14:15 - 15:15
Thames Valley Police Museum
Thames Valley Police Museum, Thames Valley Police Training Centre, 3 North Drive, Sulhamstead, RG7 4DX
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

The ARK (Action for the River Kennet) Project

Members free, non-members £3. The ARK (Action for the River Kennet) Project is a group of people who care about the Rivers Kennet and Pang and their tributaries. It is a membership organisation whose members include local people who enjoy having a healthy river as part of their living environment; tourists and visitors who enjoy […]
16 May 2023
14:15 - 15:15
St Joseph's Church Hall
St Joseph's Church Hall, London Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 1JP
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