Wargrave Local History Society
The Object of the Society is to provide a common meeting ground for the study and discussion of, and research into, history in general, and of the local area in particular.
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The Society supports the work of the Wargrave Heritage Trust
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Reports of Recent Meetings:
Meetings take place at 8 p.m. in
The Pavilion on the Recreation Ground
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Subscriptions: Individual £9 ; Family £12 ; Concessions £8 ; Visitors are welcome - £3 per meeting
The 2016-2017 programme.
|April 12||Ann Smith||
100 Years of Reading Shopping
Ann is one of the librarians at Reading Central Library, and has made a study of shops and shopping over the past century, and told us of their history, the changes in shopping habits.
|May 10||Valerie Alasia||
Henley Workhouse - the Story of Townlands|
Valerie, a Henley local historian, told us about the history of, and life in, Henley's Workhouse.
|June 14||David Williams||The Work of the Finds Liaison Officer|
Thousands of archaeological objects are discovered by metal-detector users and members of the public every year. These finds can tell us about the past - how and where people used to live and the types of objects they made and used. The Portable Antiquities Scheme ensures these are recorded, which is the work of the Finds Liaison Officer, and David is the person responsible for East Berkshire (and Surrey), and told us of his work, and some of the items discovered.
|July 12||Local History Visit||Chawton|
This year we visited Chawton, once home of Jane Austen (Jane's aunt and uncle had lived in Wargrave and another relation was vicar of Wargrave). In the morning, we have a guided visit to Chawton House, an interesting house, housing the Chawton House Library, and then after a break for lunch, we visited the Jane Austen House Museum in the afternoon.
|September 13||Peter Delaney||
Wargravians and World War 1
|October 11||Sue Hourigan||
The Preservation of Archive Records
|November 8||Barbara Ratings|| |
My Experiences as a Vicar's Wife from Germany
|December 13||Christmas Party||Christmas Party |
|January 10||Daniel Wood||
Boats of the River Thames |
Dan - who grew up in Wargrave, and worked on the river - recounted some of his experiences of times on the river.
|February 14||Graham Jones||
The Lambourn Valley Railway |
The railway branch through this part of Berkshire was not promoted by one of the 'big companies'. It had a special kind of traffic from the start - and a different special kind of traffic at the end of its life. Graham told us about the life of railway and some of the people associated with it.
|March 14||A G M||
The Annual General