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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.

Send us your views

Do you support or oppose any new buildings proposed for Newbury, or alterations to existing buildings? If you have strong views on any current planning applications, please send your views to the Newbury Society via chairman@newburysociety.org

The Newbury Society has a role in commenting on planning applications in Newbury and adjacent parishes. The more views we receive from local residents, the better we can do this.

Hello, welcome to The Newbury Society website. Let us tell you a little about The Society…

The Society was established in 1973 with the aim of ensuring that Newbury remains a pleasant town for all who live in, work in or visit it.

A prime objective is to build pride in the town so that all will share in the wish to protect and improve all that is good in and around it:

  • The “market town” atmosphere with a town centre increasingly endowed with architecture of character and merit.
  • The waterways heritage and the unique canal and river landscape.
  • The green spaces in and near the town centre.

The Society:

  • Is a member of Civic Voice (the national coordinating body for civic societies), West Berkshire Heritage Forum and Newbury Town Council’s Town Trail Steering Group, and has been a member of the Cinema and other campaign groups and the Newbury Town Centre Partnership.
  • Reviews all relevant planning applications, draft local plans, briefs for major developments etc, and comments when necessary.
  • Is involved with a variety of local historical projects and publications and has published a Heritage Map and a Town Walks booklet.
  • Arranged the restoration and installation of the crane that now stands on Newbury Wharf.
  • Arranges the opening of local properties as part of the national Heritage Open Days weekend each September.
  • Publishes a members’ newsletter and organises regular meetings and social events.

The Society’s charitable objects are, for public benefit in the former borough of Newbury and the adjacent civil parishes, to:

  • Stimulate public interest and educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area, and in the transport and communications serving it.
  • Promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area.
  • Secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area.
  • Promote civic pride in the area.