Vale of the White Horse

Essential Information

From Saxon times until 1974, the Royal County of Berkshire extended to the western edge of the city of Oxford, separated from it only by the River Thames. That river marked Berkshire's northern border and it is entirely fitting that Abingdon — Berkshire's principal settlement for so many years — continues to host the most northerly of Berkshire Family History Society's six local branches.

The Vale branch meets on the third Monday evening of the month at

Long Furlong Community Centre,
Boulter Drive,
OX14 1XP

Doors open at 7.15 pm, meetings begin at 7.30 pm. There is FREE car parking adjacent to the centre.

For registered charities, provision of public benefit is a legal requirement. It follows that visitors are always welcome at Branch meetings and events. Where they can afford to do so, visitors are encouraged to donate £3 when attending a meeting. This is a suggested contribution towards costs incurred by the society in arranging local activities.

How to find Long Furlong Community Centre

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Most meetings include a talk on a topic of general interest to most family historians, and given by a speaker who is an acknowledged authority on their subject. There are news items too. The main talk is generally followed by questions, and then refreshments and general discussion. Meetings end around 9.30 pm.

Go to the Events Calendar for details of this month's meeting.

Advice Sessions

Vale of the White Horse Branch members provide advice occasionally at local events in and around Abingdon and Wantage. You can bring your family history questions to these sessions and get some fresh ideas and answers on how you can move your research forward.

From time to time, similar events are held at other locations in the area.

Check the calendar on this website to find out where and when you can next seek advice on your family history research questions


Projects are a vital part of the work of the society. They are  important in helping to preserve historic records and making information from those records accessible to a wider public. Without such project work, there would be few if any accurate indexes or transcripts accessible to for you as a family historian.

Examples of Vale of the White Horse Branch projects include the recording of memorial inscriptions in the churchyard of St Peter's Church, Drayton, near Abingdon, with the transcriptions published on a CD, available from the society.

For more information about the Vale of the White Horse Branch

Send a message to Vanessa Chappell, the branch chairman.

Page last reviewed and revised 13th November 2018



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