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July 2019
July 2019

Tue. 2 Jul, 2019

Drop In Session at the Centre (Tue. 2 Jul, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Breaking down Brick Walls with Sandra Barkwith.

FREE just turn up

Natter Group (Tue. 2 Jul, 2019 6:45 pm - 9:30 pm)

Informal discussion led by Chad Hanna and Gillian Stevens.

FREE just turn up

Wed. 3 Jul, 2019

Family History Advice (Wed. 3 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

At Cippenham Library, Elmshott Lane, Slough, SL1 5RB.

Free parking and free WiFi. 2pm-5pm

Free access to Ancestry, Findmypast and Forces War Records

Thu. 4 Jul, 2019

Visit to The National Archives at Kew (Thu. 4 Jul, 2019 9:55 am - 7:00 pm)

A group visit to the National Archives (TNA) at Kew is planned for Thursday, 4th July 2019 - this is an informal event with group support - there is no charge other than your own travel and refreshments.

If you wish to travel with Gillian Stevens, Chad Hanna and others from the Computer branch, we are planning to catch the S W train from Reading (towards London Waterloo) which leaves Reading Station at 9:55am and reaches Richmond station at 11:01. You do not have to join the train at Reading but can get on at any stop on route such as Earley at 10:01, Winnersh Triangle at 10:03, Winnersh at 10:05, Wokingham at 10:10, Bracknell at 10:16, etc. (please check train times as they may change)

Train costs from Reading to Richmond are £19.60 off peak day return or £12.95 with a railcard. No need to purchase a travelcard as there is less walking and quicker by using the bus rather than using the underground. Plus it is cheaper. (prices as at 16th June)

From Richmond station we will walk across the road and catch the R68 bus to its last stop at Kew Retail park. The bus leaves approximately every 15 minutes and the journey time is also 15 minutes. The bus costs £1.50 each way but free if you have a bus pass. Buses do not take cash but you can use a contactless card (if you do not have a contactless card don’t worry as I have one that I will take with me) or an Oyster card.

There is no set time to leave. TNA is open until 7.00pm so we are leaving it up to you as to whether you prefer travelling before or after the evening rush.

There is no cost for using TNA except for drinks, lunch (you can take your own which will be cheaper) and photocopying. However using your own camera/smartphone costs nothing. If you have a tablet or computer then I suggest taking it as you can download TNA online documents for free (also suggest doing you research first by searching https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ and ticking the ‘Available to download from The National Archives’ option).

We suggest that if you do not already have a current reader’s ticket, or your reader’s ticket needs renewing, then to save time, we recommend you start the process online at https://secure.nationalarchives.gov.uk/login/yourdetails Note: pay particular attention to the two forms of ID you need. A driving licence alone is not enough!

If you decide to travel by car (there is a car park, costs £7 for the day) or by a different train route (there is a bus from Ealing Broadway), we will have a get-together at approx 11.30 in the TNA café area. Other times can be arranged.

Once at TNA and after we have got our reader’s tickets we will have a quick walk around for anyone new to TNA or needs a refresher. We will look at both document reading rooms and the way to order and receive original documents, the computers, the library and the very useful help desks.

Chad and I will both be there to answer any questions or to provide assistance throughout the day. A suitable time will be arranged to all meet up for lunch (the cafe area allows own food or bought TNA food so we can eat together).

Please will you let us know if you want to participate in this visit. If yes, then whether you will be travelling with us and which station you will be boarding the train (so we can look out for you) or if you are planning on meeting us at TNA.

Please may we have your mobile phone number in case of any problems. We will supply a mobile contact number for the day. Thanks.

If you need to cancel your trip then we realise that life sometimes gets in the way. Illness, family crisis, etc. aren’t always known about until the morning of the outing.

If you wish to bring other members of the family or friends that is OK, we just need to know their name and where we will be meeting them.

If you have any questions, queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

Gillian Stevens and Chad Hanna

Fri. 5 Jul, 2019

Sat. 6 Jul, 2019

Cippenham Community Carnival (Sat. 6 Jul, 2019 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

The Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead branch will be attending this event at the Mercian Recreation Ground, Mercian Way, Cippenham, Slough, SL1 5LX. 12 noon - 4pm.

Tue. 9 Jul, 2019

Drop In Advice Session at Bracknell Library 2pm-5pm (Tue. 9 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Bring your questions, problems and ‘brickwalls’ … and get some new ideas and advice from members of the Berkshire Family History Society. For ALL family historians wherever your ancestors came from.
Bracknell Library, Town Square, Bracknell. RG12 1BH (2pm - 5pm)

Tour of Georgian Reading: with Joy Pibworth (Tue. 9 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

Follow in the footsteps of 18th century visitors and see what the 18th century town had to offer.

FULLY BOOKED was £5 (Member £4)

Places were limited, pre-booking was required.

Members can enjoy the saving by quoting the coupon code published in their most recent Berkshire Family Historian when booking.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Wed. 10 Jul, 2019

FREE - Family History Helpdesk - FREE (Wed. 10 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

Vale of White Horse Branch will be at ABINGDON library to help you start your Family History research or break down those brick walls you may have come to.

To book your free one-to-one session call Abingdon library on 01235 520374. We recommend asking for a one-hour session. Places are limited

Fri. 12 Jul, 2019

Sat. 13 Jul, 2019

'Shops & Businesses' 1st Talk of series (Sat. 13 Jul, 2019 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Reading's Print Industry: Paul Joyce

Commencing in 1722, Reading became the second largest ‘printing town’ per head of population, in Great Britain.  This is its fascinating and often overlooked story, richly illustrated.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting the Centre, the Research Zone computers will be open from 1pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake.

Book all five talks of the Shops and Businesses series for the special price of £20 (Member £16)  Advance booking is strongly advised. You can pay on the door if places remain available.  

Members can enjoy the saving by quoting the coupon code published in their most recent Berkshire Family Historian when booking.

More talks in this series on 25th July, 8th and 22nd August, and 5th September.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 19 Jul, 2019

Sat. 20 Jul, 2019

Tour of Northern Whiteknights Park area of the University of Reading: with The Friends of Reading University (Sat. 20 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)

This walk takes in Foxhill House, the development of the University's halls of residence, the site of the Marquis of Blandford's New Gardens and also visits the sites of Park House, Erleigh Park (now demolished) and the ice house.  The trail will finish at Whiteknights Park House.

FULLY BOOKED - was £5 Member £4

Places were limited, pre-booking was required.

Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

A similar tour is planned for Sunday, 27th October.

Contact The Booking Administrator with any queries, who will also send meeting arrangements.

Thu. 25 Jul, 2019

'Shops & Businesses' 2nd in Talk Series (Thu. 25 Jul, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Queues, U-boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2: with Mike Cooper

More people starved in the Second World War than were killed by bombs or bullets.  Britain suffered its most intensive blockade ever, yet emerged from the war healthier and with a better diet than before.  This fascinating talk looks at the choices made by the warring nations, and at food at home in Britain, and in the British Army.

For those attending who wish to do some family history research while visiting The Centre, Research Zone computers will be open from 1 pm.

TICKETS £5 (Member £4) includes tea/coffee and cake or book all five talks in the series for the discounted price of £20 (Member £16).  Advanced booking is recommended but you can pay on the door (subject to availability).

Members can obtain the saving by using the coupon code published in the current Berkshire Family Historian.

Other talks in the series are on 8th August, 22nd August and 5th September.

Contact  The Booking Administrator with any queries.

Fri. 26 Jul, 2019

Sat. 27 Jul, 2019

DNA and family history: Discussion group Facilitator: Debbie Kennett (Sat. 27 Jul, 2019 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

This is a self-help, facilitated, special interest discussion group for those wanting to get the most out of their DNA results. It follows last year’s successful DNA talks and workshops and runs quarterly.  Initial sessions benefit from the expertise of international DNA expert, Debbie Kennett.

This is the group's second meeting.

TICKETS £3 includes tea/coffee and cake.  

Just turn up, and pay on the door.

Contact  The Booking Administrator with any queries, including details of free car parking availability.

Tue. 30 Jul, 2019

A Normandy Story (Tue. 30 Jul, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

This meeting is at Eton College School Library,

Common Lane, Eton, SL4 6DW.

The story of two Old Etonians who landed in Normandy in June 1944.

by Sarah Warren and Emily Houghton.

Followed by a tour of the library.

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