Our next event...

The Newbury Society, AGM

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.

Our next event...
The Newbury Society, AGM

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.

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.