• Newbury Then and Now

    Newbury Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...

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  • Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

    Heartstart Thatcham

    Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.

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  • Thatcham Then and Now Launch

    Thatcham Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book, “Thatcham Then and Now.” It is set to launch later this week at an event on 26th July 2012, 7pm at Frank Hutchings Community Hall in Thatcham. I am giving a short talk at the launch, presenting a few of the books to certain people and then Thatcham Family...

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  • Family Tree Charts (part 1)

    The Mount's of Thatcham

    Family history is, and has been, a growing hobby for a long time for a great many people. For the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures this year, 2012, we decided to focus one talk on Family History, although almost every talk notes various well known locals. As such I thought rather than producing the...

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  • Honoured with a Gold Civic Award

    Photograph by Paul Young

    In February/March 2011 I got a letter from Thatcham Town Council saying I was to be awarded a Gold Civic Award for my work in promoting the town. To say this came as a suprise would be an understatement. There are few things like this that I get that I feel I deserve. Anyway, it is something I am...

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Shared learning: Thatcham history

Shared learning: Thatcham history

Many will know I love my local (Thatcham) history, that I run the website for Thatcham Historical Society and have several publications on local history. It still amazes me just how many queries we get from local school children (or rather the parents) when the shared learning comes around. It is...

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Nov 2, 2014

Heartstart trainees are shocked!

Trainees placing AED pads on a casualty and ensuring area is clear prior to deli

I have reported before about Heartstart Thatcham, another on of my projects. I have a fantastic team that support and run the training. We were set-up in May 2013 although the first public training session was not until August 2013. So we are reaching another milestone soon, but have already made...

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Apr 22, 2014

Thomas Barrie, pillory, death and a ghost

Guildhall, Newbury

I enjoy my history research, but have to confess at the outset I have no training or qualifications as a historian. I have published three history books, have others underway and give numerous local history talks. So it frustrates me to see others not double checking facts where possible. The story...

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Feb 14, 2014

New Year, New Arduino Project

So Chrismas has come and gone and we are entering 2014, let's hope it is better than 2013! I posted previously about Arduino projects I was/am doing. They are still ongoing and for various reasons are now on hold. Over the last few months I have wanted to keep track of my health, the walking,...

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Jan 4, 2014

First Aid Kit Comparison

For those that do not know I have been into first aid and walking for a long time, indeed I am the Scheme Co-ordinator and an instructor for Heartstart Thatcham.  I am planning on a few walks, some long ones done over several days, in 2014. I will be doing them, and other events, to raise...

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Dec 12, 2013

Newbury Then and Now

Newbury Then and Now

Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...

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Aug 10, 2013