October 10, Thursday – AGM

David Peacock
“Newbury in 2019”

Then 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.  He was elected the Society’s chairman in 2017.

November 14, Thursday

Tony Higgott
“Bricks and Brick-making in the Newbury area”

Brick-making was an established industry in the Newbury area for centuries.  Tony Higgott will look at brick-making from the Tudor period, with a emphasis on the period from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries.

Former Newbury District Museum curator Tony Higgott was born in Staffordshire and became acutely aware of the softer, warmer tones of bricks in southern counties when he moved to work at Portsmouth museum service in 1996.  He moved to Newbury at the end of 1978 and subsequently has been involved in surveys of local buildings in Newbury, Thatcham and Cold Ash.

Location and other information

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 our events, listed below.