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Annual Cheese and Wine

posted 8 Jan 2017, 10:08 by Newbury Society

A Note For Your Diary: The Newbury Society Annual Cheese and Wine will be
held on Saturday evening 21st January at St. Nicolas Church Hall See newsletter for full details.

Queries to Claire Struthers-Semple

There will be a slide show with a local architectural theme by Yolande Fothergill

Talk Thursday, 8th December cancelled

posted 3 Dec 2016, 10:51 by Newbury Society

We apologise that we need to advise you of the cancellation of the talk planned for this Thursday, 8th December - we did have a speaker on an architectural topic lined up but she cannot manage this month and will be coming early in the New Year.  We are sure that you will have plenty to be doing in the run up to Christmas anyway!
 
We hope you have an enjoyable festive season and wish you a healthy and prosperous new year.

AGM and Talk 7:30pm Thursday 13th October

posted 10 Oct 2016, 11:37 by Newbury Society

AGM and Talk 7:30pm Thursday 13th October in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that the Annual General Meeting this Thursday is your opportunity to find out what the Society has been doing in your name and to have your say in determining its future direction and priorities. The agenda was included in the circulation of the Autumn newsletter.
 
 
We hope to keep the formal business of the AGM fairly brief.  Following it Dr Tony Vickers will give a talk Tax and the Built Environment.
The Government's taxation policy can have a significant effect on the way the property industry behaves. Tony will be using examples from the Newbury area in discussing this.
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for Society members, £2.50 for visitors, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
Further dates to note in your diary are those of talks on 10th November and 8th December (the details for these are not yet available), and of the annual Cheese & Wine Evening on Saturday 21st January.

 
 
Other talks that you might be interested in (full details of Museum talks at http://www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on/categories/west-berkshire-museum, of Newbury District Field Club talks at http://www.ndfc.org.uk/)
  • Friday 14th October, 2:30pm: The Art of Angels - a talk by Jane Burrell for Newbury District Field Club, being held in the Church Room at St John's Church (admission fee applies).
  • Wednesday 19th October, 7pm-8pm: Late Victorian Newbury -
  • a talk by local historian Dr David Peacock, being held at West Berkshire Museum (tickets are £5, obtainable at the Museum or online). 
    The later 19th century was a time of considerable change for the town of Newbury, with a new hospital, additional railway lines, new roads, a new St. Bartholomew’s School, and a new Town Hall.  Cycling became popular and the first motor cars appeared.  Many Newbury personalities made a mark which still echoes over a century later.
  • Tuesday 25th October, 7:30pm: Portable Antiquities and Treasure in and around West Berkshire - a talk by Anni Byard for Newbury District Field Club, being held in the Church Room at St John's Church (admission fee applies).
  • Wednesday 16th November, 7pm-8pm: The Second Battle of Newbury, 1644 - a talk by military historian Dr Christopher L Scottfrom the Battlefields Trust, being held at West Berkshire Museum (tickets are £5, obtainable at the Museum or online). 
    Thwarted in his attempt to relieve the siege of Basing House, King Charles I quartered his royalist army in Newbury. Three parliamentarian generals, Essex, Waller and Manchester aided by their subordinate Oliver Cromwell combined their forces at Basingstoke and marched to meet him. The ensuing desperate battle ended in a tactical stalemate but a strategic victory for Parliament and more importantly, a complete overhaul of how they fought the rest of the war.
  • Tuesday 22nd November, 7:30pm: Newbury 1916 - a talk by Phil Wood for Newbury District Field Club, being held in the Church Room at St John's Church (admission fee applies). 

North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

posted 6 Sep 2016, 13:47 by Newbury Society

Talk 7:30pm - Thursday 8th September in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that our talk next Thursday, the first of the new season, will be about the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  There is a change to the previously advertised speaker and the talk will now be given by Rose Somerset, the communications officer from the North Wessex Downs AONB Partnership.
The North Wessex Downs is an amazing yet often overlooked landscape. Its story begins more than 150 million years ago when tiny algae were deposited on the beds of warm seas creating the layers of chalk we now see in the characteristic rolling hills. Over the last six thousand years man has lived, farmed, fought, hunted and prospered here and there is evidence everywhere of the way people have used and shaped the land.  For wildlife, the North Wessex Downs offers a rich variety of special habitats for many unusual and rare species.
It’s not surprising that this area has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty protected by law to ensure that its special qualities are conserved and enhanced - but what does that mean for the people who live and work here and the visitors who come to explore the area every year?
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for Society members, £2.50 for visitors, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
The next Society talk will follow the formal business of the AGM on 13th October, when Tony Vickers will be speaking about Tax and the Built Environment. He will be discussing how the tax system influences the property industry, focusing on examples in Newbury.
 
Further dates to note in your diary are those of talks on 10th November and 8th December, and of the annual Cheese & Wine Evening on Saturday 21st January.

Parkway

posted 11 May 2016, 11:53 by Newbury Society

Afternoon visit to Parkway, 2:00pm Thursday 12th May
 
We’d like to advise you that we have arranged a tour this coming Thursday for members to see some of the areas of the Parkway development that are not normally accessible to the general public. We will be shown round by Jim Nicholson, the Estate Manager of the Parkway Apartments.
 
This development has won a National award for design of dwellings and commercial premises successfully combined. On reflection it can be appreciated that this was the ‘traditional’ architectural way of village & town centre development for centuries past - both in England and on the continent.
 
Some of the advantages of this kind of development are:
  • The combination of 9-5 commercial hours function - with domestic dwellings included for overnight & the remaining 24 hours:
    • Results in the composition being “self-policing”.
    • With 24/7 hrs likely occupation in this scale of development – it transpires that there is less crime.
  • Less parking/traffic movement occurs as residents can walk to the shops.
    • Which most gentlemen know provides convenient access for us ladies to the great pleasure of a social, coffee and shopping.
    • Gentlemen, you nonetheless – have a short saunter to refreshment beyond ladies’ shop opening times.
  • Architecturally you will also see how the materials used, and the articulation of form in elevations, provides individuality & distinction to each property.
  • ‘Commercially’ this intimate combination of residential accommodation with shops and offices has proved very profitable commercially for the shops and trades. A walk in Victoria Park for a resident family can easily include an unintended stop at a shop or for liquid refreshment.
 
Numbers are limited so please let me know either by email or by phone if you wish to come - we expect to be able to arrange a second visit if this one is oversubscribed. The meeting point is the Baily apartment block entrance opposite Victoria Park.
 
Please note that the visit is instead of the talk originally planned for that evening - we apologise for the late notice.  The next Society talk will be in September.
 

Garden Party, 3pm to 5pm Sunday 19th June at Mill Hall (Greenham Lodge)
 
The next Society event, the Garden Party, will be on the afternoon of Sunday 19th June. This year it is to be held at Mill Hall (Greenham Lodge, Pigeons Farm Road RG19 8XA).
 
Greenham Lodge was designed by the architect Richard Norman Shaw and completed in 1881. It is Grade 2* listed. From 1954 to 1992 it was the USAF Officers’ Mess for RAF Greenham Common – it is now used as a school and as a venue for weddings and other events. A few of you may already have had an opportunity to view it when it has been open for Heritage Open Days, or when attending an event held there.
 
Further details and a booking slip will be in the next newsletter, due with you at around the end of this month. 

The Mayors of Newbury and the Newbury Mayoralty 1596-2016

posted 10 Apr 2016, 07:41 by Newbury Society

Talk 7:30pm Thursday 14th April in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that our talk next Thursday will be The Mayors of Newbury and the Newbury Mayoralty 1596-2016. Our speaker, Anthony Pick, was Mayor of Newbury 2013-14 and is a member of the Newbury Society's committee.
This illustrated talk is the outcome of mostly original research that the speaker has carried out on the 312 or so people (all men until 1932) who have occupied the office of Mayor since the granting of Newbury’s Charter in 1596 – who they were, what they did, how many were related to other Mayors, whether they were honest men or rogues, etc.  A few had interesting national connections, or were prominent local businessmen, or were talented at something, or lived in an interesting building, or read the Riot Act, or campaigned against drink, or went bankrupt.  The nature of the job has completely changed since the 16th century – originally a magistrate, then chief executive, then chief citizen.  The Chief Executive role saw Newbury through its various stages of improvement from a small Georgian canal and coaching centre to a modern town.
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for Society members, £2.50 for visitors, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
The next Society talk will be on 12th May - the details of this have not yet been finalised and will be advised to you nearer the time. 

 
 
Other talks and events that you might be interested in (full details at http://www.westberkshireheritage.org/whats-on/categories/west-berkshire-museum)
  • Talking Ancient Buildings - a series of talks by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings being held at West Berkshire Museum.  They take place on Thursdays at 12:30pm - tickets are £5 for each talk and may be obtained at the Museum, at the Corn Exchange Box Office, or online. The first two talks have already taken place but those still to come are:
    • 14th April - Old houses for the future: adapting historic homes for energy efficiency
    • 28th April - Understanding old buildings: how they’re constructed and how they work
  • Local Heritage Roadshow - a free drop-in event at West Berkshire Museum open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 16th April and arranged in conjunction with West Berkshire Heritage Forum.  The event showcases the activities of a range of groups involved in local history and archaeology.  Heritage staff will also be on hand to advise on a range of matters.

Quality with Heritage in Design

posted 7 Mar 2016, 13:29 by Newbury Society

Talk 7:30pm Thursday 10th March in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that our talk this Thursday will be Quality with Heritage in Design.  It will be given by Yolande Fothergill, a local architect and a member of the Newbury Society's committee.
Yolande’s practice is in East Woodhay. She specialises in heritage and unusual design projects and has clients in and around Newbury. Her talk will give insights into how and why certain materials have been used locally in architecture and will be illustrated by slides and ‘hands on’ samples.
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for members, £2.50 for non-members, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
The next Society talk will be on 14th April - the details of this have not yet been finalised and will be advised to you nearer the time. 

'The Michaelmas Fair and the Showmen’s Guild'

posted 31 Dec 2015, 04:32 by Newbury Society

Talk Thursday 11th February, 7:30pm in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY

'The Michaelmas Fair and the Showmen’s Guild'
Newbury’s Michaelmas Fair has a long history spanning more than 400 years. Charles Mayne, a past President of the London & Home Counties Branch of the Guild, has a long personal association with the Fair – his talk will cover its history and the way of life of those who have been responsible for organising it over many generations.

Admission to talks is £1.00 for members or £2.50
for non-members to include tea or coffee and biscuits. Visitors are most welcome.

West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau

posted 3 Dec 2015, 12:04 by Newbury Society

Talk 7:30pm Thursday 10th December in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that our talk on Thursday next week will be about West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau.  It will be given by Jan Rothwell, the Chief Executive of the CAB.
The CAB is a registered charity which gives free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information to the public on subjects such as benefits, consumer matters, debt, employment, legal, housing and family problems and issues.  Last year, it helped 4000 people to gain a financial advantage of £560,000.  It is served by 60 volunteers who last year gave 25,000 hours of unpaid service.  It is supported by both West Berkshire Council and Newbury Town Council.  It was founded in West Berkshire in 1963, and Jan will talk about its history and its present work and achievements.
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for members, £2.50 for non-members, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
The annual Cheese & Wine Party will be on Saturday 23rd January and the next talk will be on 11th February. Full details will be in the next newsletter which is due out at the end the month.
 
 
[Note that there is an error in the current issue of the 'Round & About' circular - it has reprinted the details of the talk held at this time last year.]

Thatcham: A Brief History of an Historic Town.

posted 8 Nov 2015, 10:33 by Newbury Society

Talk 7:30pm Thursday 12th November in the Church Room, St John's Church, St John's Road, Newbury RG14 7PY
 
We would like to remind you that our talk on Thursday next week will be Thatcham: A Brief History of an Historic Town.  It will be given by Sue Ellis, the Chairman of Thatcham Historical Society.
Is Thatcham the oldest continuously settled place in the country? Which Saint is commemorated in the town’s Grade I listed chapel? It may be St Mary’s Church now, but which saint gave his name to Thatcham’s church before, and what did the workmen find in the Belfry? Which family became known as the Squires of Thatcham? Where would you have found Duck street, the Workhouse, and the woodyard, and what happened to the Guinness tanker? Thatcham is a small town with a huge history. Come along and learn more about the town and its fascinating past.
 
Admission to meetings is £1 for members, £2.50 for non-members, to include tea or coffee and biscuits.
 
The next Society talk will be on 10th December. Jan Rothwell, the Chief Executive of West Berkshire Citizens' Advice Bureau, will tell us about the work of this Newbury charity.  The annual Cheese & Wine Party will be on Saturday 23rd January.
 

December Newsletter
 
Do you have stories to tell or old photographs to share? How about penning something for the next newsletter? It is due to be published at the end of the year and Garry Poulson (garrypoulson@hotmail.co.uk) would welcome your contributions, no later than 1st December please.

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