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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

'The English Civil War' - Southcote Manor-its history and its significance - a talk by Mike Cooper (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Afternoon talks filled with history and cake.

Five fortnightly talks each quarter - many around a theme - this quarter 'The English Civil War'.

Mike has had a lifelong interest in history, especially military and local history. Following a history degree, he worked as a librarian, with both Reading University and Reading Library. In addition, he has written three books on the history of Reading and has also written and co-written booklets for Reading Libraries, including one on Southcote. Southcote Manor’s history can be traced back to at the 13th century, and its holders even further back. John Blagrave, the mathematician, occupied the manor in the late 16th and early 17th centuries, and it was his nephew, the M.P. Daniel Blagrave, who allowed the Earl of Essex to base his headquarters there during the siege of Reading in April 1643. Find out more, at what is set to be a fascinating talk.

Tickets: were £5 non-members or £4 members per talk.  This included tea or coffee and cake.  Book all five sessions in a quarter for the bargain price of four.  Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

The other four talks in this quarter are on 25th April, 9th May, 23rd May and 6th June.

Family History Advice (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Slough's new library, The Curve.

Find us on computers 17-24, on the 1st floor, at the Curve, William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY

2pm - 5pm

Library Helpdesk (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Vale of White Horse Branch will be hosting a Family History Helpdesk at Abingdon Library. Perfect for those who wish to start research or for those needing a little help.

To book a place please call the library directly on 01235 520374.

We are now happy to book 1 hour sessions.

For crying out loud... (Wed. 11 Apr, 2018 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm)

Brian Sylvester has been Newbury’s town crier since 1999,  and is chairman of the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery, past president and training officer of the Guild of Toastmasters, a Freeman of the City of London, and a Freemason. He will talk about the history of mayors and town criers with specific reference to Newbury.

Doors open from 7.15 and meetings start at 7.30 pm.

Free parking, and refreshments.

Non-members are invited to donate £3 .

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