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Welcome new members!

posted 6 Jul 2015, 08:09 by Newbury Society
We are pleased to be able to advise you that the Society's Executive Committee has been joined by two additional volunteers, Yolande Fothergill and Tony Vickers, and will not now be proposing the dissolution of the Society at the AGM in October; however it is important that the Society adapts to changing times so that the Committee does not feel it necessary to come back with a proposal to dissolve it in another year or two - your input will be a key factor in achieving this

We'd also like to advise you that there's an opportunity to participate in a "Community Planning Event" next weekend which will look at options for the redevelopment of the area between Newbury Railway Station and Market Street.  It takes place on Friday & Saturday 10th & 11th July in and around the West Berkshire Council Offices - full details includng a downloadable flyer are at 
The following Thursday, 16th July, there is to be a presentation of the outcomes at St Nicolas Church (or the Church Hall?) at 7:00pm - we understand that there will be the opportunity to make comments via the Project website after this.   

As already advised, some talks that may be of interest are being held at West Berkshire Museum during July.  The remaining ones are as follows (admission to each is £2.50):
Wed 8 July 1pm-2pm: Thomas Dolman, Tudor Cloth, and Shaw 
A talk by Dr David Peacock centering on Thomas Dolman who, in the Tudor period, made a fortune from producing dyed woollen cloths for export. These cloths were processed at water-powered fulling mills at Greenham and Colthrop. Details of his dyehouse in central Newbury provide evidence of large-scale production. He bought the manors of Shaw, Speen and Colthrop, with more land further from Newbury. He died in the 1570s, and it was with the proceeds of the cloth trade that his son, also called Thomas Dolman, built the Elizabethan mansion Shaw House.
Wed 15July 1pm-2pm: Victoria Park Newbury: An Early Mesolithic Playground. (Part of the 2015 Festival of British Archaeology)
Predictive mapping of the early prehistoric landscape in the Middle Kennet Valley by the University of Reading and Wessex Archaeology in partnership with West Berkshire Council and funded by Historic England has led to the recent discovery of a new and pristine Early Mesolithic site in Victoria Park. Dr Catherine Barnett will present the initial findings of a research excavation carried out there summer 2014 and will outline new data gained under the wider project on chronology, changes in environment and human activity around Newbury and Thatcham area in the centuries immediately following the end of the last ice age. 
Wed 22July 1pm-2pm: From Cold Climes to the Cold War: The Archaeology of West Berkshire. (Part of the 2015 Festival of British Archaeology)
West Berkshire has a rich and varied past, dating from the Palaeolithic (-500,000 BC) right up to the Present. This is illustrated by a fascinating range of sites, finds and landscapes which can be explored and realised through archaeology. This talk by the West Berkshire Council’s Archaeological Officer will give an overview of West Berkshire’s archaeological resource, along with a discussion of recent discoveries that have contributed to our understanding of our past.

The next Society meeting (at the Church Room at St John's Church, St John's Road) will be on 10th September, when Linda Connell will give us a talk about The National Needlework Archive.  The AGM, at which the future direction of the Society will be reviewed, will be o8th October and we will also have a talk from Mark Cole of West Berkshire Council about its Traffic Services.