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 Chairt also manages the Thatcham War Memorial, and Remembrance events.
An initiative by the Newbury Society and supported by the Newbury District Field Club, since the Open Day in March 2010, The City Project (TCP) have met regularly to plan further activities. The City is a historic area of Newbury.
The Friends of West Berkshire Museum is an independent charitable organisation working in partnership with West Berkshire Museum. The role of the Friends is to support the Museum through fundraising, social and othera ctivties as well as promoting the Museum within the community.
The Mills Archive was established in 2002 as a permanent repository for historical and contemporary material on traditional mills and milling, and to make that material available for public inspection and use in research and learning. It has rescued over 1 million documents and images that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill site.
The Mills Archive is a centralised archive and library that allows users to store and retrieve information and records about traditional mills and milling. It was set up in response to an expressed need to preserve and where possible integrate the various threatened sources of information on the windmills and watermills of the UK and the rest of the world.
The Newbury Society is established for the public benefit for the following purposes in the area comprising the former Borough of Newbury together with the adjacent civil parishes:
- To stimulate public interest and educate the public in the geography, history, natural history and architecture of the area of benefit, and in the transport and communications serving it.
- To promote high standards of planning and architecture in or affecting the area of benefit.
- To secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area of benefit.
- To promote civic pride in the area of benefit.
The Forum is a partnership established to record, promote and protect the heritage of West Berkshire. Membership consists of heritage, history and other related groups in West Berkshire, together with all parishes.