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 are again to be held on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 8pm at the Old Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Wargrave.
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The committee have been keeping the possibilities for our meetings under regular review.
The meeting room at the Old Pavilion has now become available for us to use again, and so we think that it is now appropriate that we try and resume our normal meeting arrangements.
However, at this stage, we think it is prudent to limit the numbers attending, so that the chairs can be spaced further apart than we have done in the past.
We would ask that anyone who plans to come to the meeting on October 12th to please request a place
(on a first come, first served basis) no later than Tuesday, October 5th,
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
which will give time to let you know if there will be sufficient room for all those who wish to attend.
On this occasion, therefore, we will not be making the meeting available to non-members.
Subscriptions: Family £14 ; Individual £10 ;Concessions
Visitors are welcome - £3
meeting The 2021-2022
The Hidden History of Wargrave Hall
Reading in World War 1; The Home Front 1914-18 WLHS 40th Anniversary The Annual General
Those members who had paid their subscription during the 2020-2021 Society year
will have their membership period extended automatically to cover the 2021-2022 year.
Prospect Park Mansion
Reading Libraries' local studies specialist, Katie, revealed the history of this grade 2 listed 18th century Regency style mansion house, its owners and occupiers, and its estate, on the west side of Reading.
Catherine's talk to us this year explored 1000 years of royal marriages revealing reluctant brides and bridegrooms, disastrous unions and delightful attendants.
Keith Le Page
The artist Stanley Spencer was born and lived much of his life in Cookham. Keith, from the Gallery there that celebrates his work, will tell us about the man and the collection.
Upper Thames Patrol
Set up during WW II, members received special instructions on boat handling and water-borne operations in addition to standard Home Guard training, to protect the River Thames betwen Teddington and Lechlade.
Local History Visit
15 members took a guided tour of the ruins of Reading Abbey about which John Painter had given a talk last year.
Wargrave Hall resident Terry has researched the 2½ century history of the house, its owners and occupiers, and a range of events that took place there, and shared what he found with us.
Dr Margaret Simons
Margaret, a renowned local historian who has made a special study of the effect of the war on the local area, shared some of her discoveries with us.
The inaugural meeting of the Society was held in November 1981, and we will reflect on the developments and changes over the past 40 years
History of the Reading Hospitals
Lionel is a trustee of the Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre, and will recount the history of Reading's hospitals, including the Royal Berkshire where the trust has its medical museum.
My life of Crime: reflections of a former Crown Prosecutor
Village resident Torie will tell us about her work with the Crown Prosecution Service and her time in Wargrave over the last 40 years.
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The 2021-2022 programme.
The Hidden History of Wargrave Hall
Reading in World War 1; The Home Front 1914-18
WLHS 40th Anniversary
The Annual General