May 9, Thursday

Iain Wolloff
“Newbury College – the first 70 years and the next 10”

The talk will provide a brief overview of the 70-year history of Newbury College, from its origins in 1948 to its current work on the 40-acre site in Monks Lane. There will then be a summary of the College’s plans and an opportunity to discuss how the College can best meet the needs of its community in future.

Iain Wolloff took over as principal of Newbury College in 2018.  He is originally from Leicester and began his teaching career in East London, before taking up a senior role as dean of faculty at Bromley College.  He then joined the senior team at Farnborough College, becoming the deputy principal in 2010.  Mr Wolloff believes that establishing a university centre at Newbury College – similar to the centre he developed at Farnborough – would grow the College’s reputation within the local and regional communities.

September 12, Thursday

Estate Agents – Downer and Co
“The Housing Market in the Newbury Area”

Newbury estate agents Downer and Co. talk about the housing market in the Newbury area, both buying and letting.

Director Richard Bailey will speak on housing sales; and Director Lee Fenn-Tripp will talk about residential lettings.  

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.