Events under 'Branch meetings'
Friday, January 18, 2019

All branch meetings are listed in this category.

Note: talks at The Centre for Heritage and Family History are not included here.

Event Name

Date

Newbury Branch - Jack of Newbury

Dr David Peacock will describe the life and importance of this charismatic Tudor clothier, who became a wealthy landowner, magistrate and MP, rebuilt Newbury’s parish church and raised troops for Henry VIII’s military campaigns. His house occupied a 96-foot frontage on Northbrook Street, and accommodated dozens of looms in workshops behind.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Computer Branch - Mysteries of Time

Gregorian/Julian calendar, missing days, feast days, regnal years, Excel dates, etc

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Reading Branch - Telling Tales: bringing the past to life by Mike Swaddling

A retired marketing communications manager living in Sandhurst, after getting his wife to sign his release papers from full time work Mike was able to follow up an idea inspired by his father's memoirs to help retired people with their reminiscences. Over 10 years, he visited retirement homes and recorded first-hand stories of lives stretching back almost 100 years. These were compiled into several published anthologies. The stories are as varied as human nature itself, and his talk brings a handful of them to life in entertaining fashion and with lots of humour. He will also share some of the techniques he learned on how to get people to talk about their past lives.

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall and his trouble with the Commonwealth

Most royalist nobility lost their estates in the Civil War, but Lord Craven of Hamstead Marshall was an exception. Manfred Brod, a historian who specialises in early-modern Berkshire, will explain how the extensive Craven land-holdings were regained.

Newbury Branch meets at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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'Town Lands - The story of Henley Workhouse' talk by Valerie Alasia

Friday, February 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Story Behind the Picture

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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The History of Reading's Cinema's by David Cliffe

David will be giving a presentation on the history of Reading's Cinemas, in an evening likely to prompt many memories of times gone by.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Enos Molden

Railway historian Judy Rouse tells the story of Sgt Enos Molden, the first Wiltshire policeman to be murdered on duty. He died after being fatally wounded on 12th April 1892 near the gates of Longleat House.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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'OSS Station Victor, Hurley's Secret War talk by Philip Williams

Friday, March 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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Filing your Family History for the Future

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Old Photographs: their identification and dating by Tom Doig

Broadcaster, writer and lecturer on aspects of social history, Tom will give us an insight into how to identify and date our old photos.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Branch General Meeting followed by Tracing your Welsh Ancestors by Gill Thomas

Although England &Wales share Common Law and primary resources for ancestral research, significant challenges are presented for family historians tracing Welsh ancestors. The biggest of these lies in so many individuals sharing so few surnames. How can we be sure that we have found a record relating to the correct ancestor? Why did your ancestors disappear from parish registers? Why and when did people from Wales emigrate to other parts of England and beyond? What Welsh-specific resources exist both on and offline to aid our research? Do you need to understand Welsh to be able to progress your research?

Be your ancestors a Thomas, a Jones, a Davies or an Evans; church-going or chapel-attending; speaker Gill Thomas will guide you through the wonderful Welsh maze, from all points north, south, east and west.

Thursday, April 25, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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A grandmother’s legacy: an insight into the lives of an English family in India during the British Raj

Jenny Mallin, formerly a BBC television producer, now writes and speaks about her family history. She has published a book of Anglo-Indian recipes handed down through five generations of her family.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Where did I find it - Finding it again - Where was it

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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What my DNA test told me

Tony Hadland took a comprehensive DNA test to prove (or disprove) a family tradition that his great-grandmother, Mildred Gill, was of Spanish descent. The test confirmed a cover-up going back several generations but also threw up fascinating information about his Oxfordshire agricultural labourer ancestors, possibly linking them to the spread of agriculture from the Fertile Crescent.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:45 pm
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Photographs and Memorabilia by members and guests

Members and visitors are invited to bring along their favourite photograph or piece of memorabilia with the story behind it for an informal night of discussion. We hope this is going to be a fun, interesting and very informative evening. There will be 10 minute slots for people to show their photo or item, and explain about it.

Maybe you have a photo or unidentified item, but no story behind it, just questions. Bring it along, you never know, help may be at hand with tips and clues to guide your way. Please let me know if you are planning on bringing a photo along.

Thursday, June 27, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Is your ancestor a railway policeman?

Steve Beamon is a committee member of the British Transport Police History Group, which aims to preserve the historical records and artefacts of the British Transport Police and all its constituent forces, wherever railway and dock police forces were operational.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Putting Berkshire on the Map by John Leighfield

Thursday, September 26, 2019 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
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The life and times of Robert Tebbot: a nineteenth-century rags-to-riches builder, and friend of kings

Dr David Lewis is treasurer of the Berkshire Local History Association, and talks regularly on the history of Windsor.

Newbury Branch meeting at Shaw Church Hall in Church Lane, Shaw RG14 2DR. Doors open from 7.10 and meetings start at 7.30 pm. Non-members invited to contribute £3 to costs. Free parking, and refreshments.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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