The origins of the Society date back to 1958 when the Historic Commercial Vehicle Club (as it was then) was formed by a small group of enthusiasts who between them owned less than a dozen preserved commercial vehicles. Today the Society has over 3,000 members who between them own more than 7,500 vehicles such has been the growth of interest in the preservation of commercial road vehicles. Between them these portray a living history of the commercial transport scene and show the developments which have taken place since the turn of the century.
Established in 1979, the HHA is one of the best supported groups in the town, and has about 170 members. Meetings are normally held on the 4th Wednesday of the month in the Corn Exchange, Hungerford, starting at 7.30pm. The Annual Membership Fee is £13.00 per person. This entitles free admission to all meetings. (Outings are individually charged).
On the 11th August 1951 the Kennet and Avon Canal Association was formed, which became the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust on 6th June 1962, thus enabling charitable status. Together with the British Waterways Trust and the Riparian Councils, the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust aims to 'Protect, Enhance and Promote' the canal. Today the canal is usd by all from walkers to cyclists to boat enthusiasts.
The Guild meets monthly at Greenham church hall on the first Saturday of the month at 10:30am, and regularly runs workshops and training days for anyone who wishes to learn how to spin or weave.
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Newbury Crafters was formed 4 years ago as a drop in centre for people interested in crafts related to textiles. It meets at Speen Parish Hall, Speen Lane, Newbury on the third Saturday of the month from 2pm-5pm.There is no membership fee, but attendance costs £2.50 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits. The Crafters demonstrate at local events such as The Royal Berkshire Show, Thatcham Craft Festival etc.
Founded in 1870 the Field Club is Newbury's local history society with additional interests in all aspects of the Newbury district's natural history, geology etc.
The Club meets on afternoons (2nd Friday of the month) between October and April with Summer excursions to places of interest.
An additional programme of evening meetings (Newbury History Group) is held on the 4th Tuesday of the month, opening up the Club to prospective members who are unable to attend afternoon meetings and to promote interest in the history of the area.
The Newbury Geological Study Group arranges trips to sites of Geological interest. Trips are normally day trips within 100 miles or two hours driving time from Newbury. We also have weekend trips to sites which can not be visited in day. For most trips Dr. Les James of the University of Reading provides the geological expertise. Membership is open to all and it is not necessary to have any knowledge of the subject or to live in the Newbury area.
Researching and promoting Pangbourne's heritage.
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Project Purley is the local history society for Purley on Thames in the Royal County of Berkshire.
Project Purley was founded in 1982 by merging three groups, Transcribing Parish Registers, Natural History and Archaeology at the Church. We have a regular programme of talks on the 3rd Friday of each month from September to April and outings and visits in May, June and July. Our main social activities are a BBQ in July and a Christmas Party in December. Each year we sponsor performances by the Rain or Shine Theatre Company which raise money for local good causes.
The aim of the historical society is to research, preserve and make available archives, artefacts and information relating to Stockcross and the surrounding area, and to encourage active participation and interest in our local history. Visit the website to see our latest publications and new research.