Our events are held at St Johns Church, (RG14 7PY) in the Church Room.

The Church Room at St John’s Church faces Newtown Road and is on the north (town centre) side of the Church building. There is limited parking in the Church car park and on-street parking (free in the evenings) is available on Newtown Road. (Please see below for a map)

The events start at 7.30pm. There is a small charge to cover the cost, which includes coffee and biscuits. Members £FREE / Non-Members £2.50.

All are welcome at the meetings.

Newbury v Thatcham: The History Duel !

January 20, Saturday, 7.00 p.m.

Social event at St Nicolas Church Hall, with light-hearted history challenge between the “two doctors,” local historians Dr. Nick Young from Thatcham and Dr. David Peacock from Newbury.

This event is a change from usual “cheese and wine” social events in recent years. Tickets available £7 contact grahamv.smith@btinternet.com for information

Policing West Berkshire, now and into the Future

February 8, Thursday 7.30pm

Superintendent Jim Weems, local police commander, talks about modern policing in the Newbury area, recent changes, and prospects for the future.

Over the past ten years, demands on policing have changed significantly. Whether financial, political, societal or technological, changes and advances have demanded new approaches to policing and a shared approach to community safety.

Superintendent Jim Weems is the Local Police Area (LPA) Commander for West Berkshire, and started with Thames Valley Police in 1993. Prior to taking up his command in West Berkshire, he worked within the Joint Operations Unit (JOU), involved in wider collaboration with Hampshire Constabulary. He spent two years developing Neighbourhood Policing strategies to improve Thames Valley Police’s policing of the night-time economy and rural crime.

Newbury – planning the next 20 years

March 8, Thursday 7.30pm

Newbury councillor and former Mayor Anthony Pick discusses issues around the development of Newbury over the next 20 years.

Anthony Pick is a Newbury Town Councillor and West Berkshire Councillor for St John’s Ward. His main interests as a councillor are planning and heritage. He is chairman of Newbury Town Council’s Planning & Highways Committee, and the Heritage Working Group. With the support of colleagues, he helped to initiate the town’s programme of blue plaques (supported by the Newbury Society) and the tree-ring dating of historic buildings. He served as Mayor of Newbury 2013-14, and is a former Vice Chairman of the Newbury Society.

Making A Difference in our community - Volunteering in West Berkshire

April 12, Thursday 7.30pm

Garry Poulson has been Director of the Volunteer Centre for 20 years. He was the 400th Anniversary Town Mayor in 1996. Garry will be giving a bright illustrated talk on community participation in Newbury and West Berkshire and describing the vast range of organisations that contribute to the vibrant society that we have from community radio to community transport, heritage volunteering, social care, conservation and more.

The restoration of the Kennet & Avon - Was it worth it?

May 10, Thursday 7.30pm.

Rob Dean, chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, talks about the consequences of restoring the canal.

Rob Dean was elected chairman of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust in 2012, taking over at the beginning of the following year. He had previously been active as treasurer and then chairman of the Newbury branch of the Trust, and a leading figure in the Newbury Waterways Festival. Following experience in the diplomatic service, he was created a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) in 2012

Historic Information at your fingertips: Newbury and the West Berks Historic Environment Record

September 13, Thursday 7.30pm

Sarah Orr from West Berkshire Council explains how to use and enhance the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record.

This is a database of all known archaeological and historical sites, monuments, buildings and landscapes in the unitary authority area, as well as archaeological investigations and sources. It is a public record, for public benefit. HERs are used in decision-making for planning, land-use changes and management. Information is being continually updated but its accuracy and completeness can only be as good as the data received – local knowledge and feedback is particularly welcome.

Sarah Orr has been part of the archaeology service at West Berkshire Council since 2000, providing both information and advice about the area’s historic environment. She was born in Berkshire albeit at the eastern end, and has lived in the vicinity of Newbury for many years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists but has also worked in museums and education.

Historic Information at your fingertips: Newbury and the West Berks Historic Environment Record

September 13, Thursday 7.30pm

Sarah Orr from West Berkshire Council explains how to use and enhance the West Berkshire Historic Environment Record.

This is a database of all known archaeological and historical sites, monuments, buildings and landscapes in the unitary authority area, as well as archaeological investigations and sources. It is a public record, for public benefit. HERs are used in decision-making for planning, land-use changes and management. Information is being continually updated but its accuracy and completeness can only be as good as the data received – local knowledge and feedback is particularly welcome.

Sarah Orr has been part of the archaeology service at West Berkshire Council since 2000, providing both information and advice about the area’s historic environment. She was born in Berkshire albeit at the eastern end, and has lived in the vicinity of Newbury for many years. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists but has also worked in museums and education.

AGM. Newbury in 2018

October 11, Thursday 7.30pm Annual general meeting.

The Newbury Society chairman David Peacock reviews the past year; talking about Newbury today, some of its attractions, and the range of challenges it faces.

David Peacock researches, writes and talks on the history of the Newbury area from the Stone Age to the present day. He has written for local newspapers and given talks to a range of clubs and societies. Over many years he has taught evening classes in local history at Newbury College and the University of Reading. His Ph.D. for the University of Reading (2004) investigated Jack of Newbury and the Tudor cloth industry. He was elected the Society’s chairman in 2017.

Newbury’s Parish Church - St Nicolas today

November 8, Thursday 7.30pm

Will Hunter Smart, Rector of St Nicolas Church, will speak on the role of the church in the local community today and its vision for the future.

St Nicolas Church has been at the centre of Newbury for over 900 years. Through the centuries it has undergone many changes. It continues to be an active and outward-looking congregation, which sees itself as having a significant and positive impact in the town.

Will Hunter Smart became team rector for St Nics in 2011, taking over from the Rev. David Stone. Previously he was associate vicar of St. James’ Church, Muswell Hill, in London.