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 St Mary the Virgin 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.
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 at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (excluding July and August) in the Cloth Hall at West Berkshire Musuem (accessible via lift). The Club also holds an annual History Day, usually on a Saturday in October.
The Club is currently (2019) planning a survey of war memorials in West Berkshire.
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.
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.
The society exists to promote an interest, not only in the local history of Thatcham and district, but also in historical matters in general. A regular series of talks by invited speakers takes place throughout the year. We have a wide range of subject matter in the talks by interpreting "historical" relevance very freely. Past talks have covered reports of visits to the ancient civilisations of the Middle East and South America, aspects of industrial, transport and agricultural history, as well as aspects of the local history of Thatcham and District. The latter where possible are given by speakers who are involved in local research.
A Charity set up in 1945 to commemorate the Great War and Second World War by provision of a memorial hall and playing fields. The Charity also manages the Thatcham War Memorial, and Remembrance events.