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EW Local History Society

This society has been in existence since 1997 and has had many interesting talks about our area and its surroundings over the years as well as being involved with local research, such as the background to all the names on our war memorials.

The society meets in East Woodhay Village Hall at Heath End once a month between September and March (excluding December) as well as having a visit to a local place of interest in the spring.

The membership fee for the year is £7.50 and visitors are welcome for an entrance fee to their chosen talk of £4.

The February meeting is our AGM but business is kept to a minimum as we follow it with ten minute talks by the members who come up with very wide ranging topics.

The society also produced a very informative book on the History of East Woodhay as a Millenium Project and copies are still available, as are copies of the book on the Parish’s footpaths. Memorial books about those on our war memorials can be found in St Martin’s & St Thomas’.

We are always grateful to receive any information about East Woodhay – memories, photographs, documents etc. Again please get in touch, as we don’t want to lose valuable resources. We can always scan or copy items if you want to keep them.

If you are interested in joining us or have information about anything to do with the Parish’s history then please contact:

Chairman: Norman Powers    pollard1942@mail.com               01635 254154

Secretary: Christine Dalton  chrissie.dalton@yahoo.co.uk         07880 628 114

Research & Talks Programme: Val Pollitt     valeriepollitt@googlemail.com 01635 253550

 

East Woodhay Local History Society’s programme of talks for 2019 – 2020:

The society meets in East Woodhay Village Hall at Heath End once a month between September and March (excluding December) as well as having a visit to a local place of interest in the spring.

All meetings start at 8pm and finish around 9.30pm following light refreshments.

The membership fee for the year is £7.50 and visitors are welcome for an entrance fee to their chosen talk of £4.

Chris Dalton (Secretary): chrissie.dalton@yahoo.co.uk or 07880 628 114.

Monday 16th September 2019.  Becky Peacock: The Railway Orphanage

Becky Peacock, from the Watercross Line, will talk about the Southern Railway Orphanage which was set up in Woking in 1885. To start with it was for the care of ‘fatherless girls’ but later expanded to include boys and was eventually closed in 1988.

Monday 14th October 2019.       Jonathan Sayers: Greenham Common

Jonathan will explain the history of the Greenham Common airbase with particular reference to the Cold War years. He is an impressive fount of knowledge about the airbase and leads history walks from the Greenham control tower.

Monday 18th November 2019.   Roger Day: Motoring in the Kennet Valley

A brief history of the Automobile Association from a local perspective. Roger is a popular and engaging speaker.

Monday 20th January 2020.        Dr Hugh Pihlens: Who do you think you are?

Dr Pihlens will share the fascinating story of his ancestor who fled Latvia, then part of the Russian Empire, in 1906. His talk is a personal one but which also illustrates a turbulent period in European history.

Monday 17th February 2020.      AGM and member’s 10 minute talks.

Please put your thinking caps on and plan ahead!

Monday 16th March 2020.          Mike Robinson: The History of Farming

A loyal member of the society, Mike is also an authority on the development of agriculture. This talk is a sequel to his fascinating talk about agriculture in general and will focus this time on the local area, its estates and tenant farms.