Meetings & Events



21st April Living through the Civil War in West Berkshire by Catherine Sampson

The countryside and its people in and around Reading was horribly affected by the Civil War, mainly because of its geographic location. For most there was no option but to stay and endure, and endure they generally did. This talk tells the story of what happened to the ordinary folk when the soldiers arrived. How one rector got trapped in town as the siege barriers went up, how others rushed to bury their precious goods, and then died before telling the secret location, and one fearless individual published scurrilous pamphlets whilst hiding on the Thames.

1st May – Our 104th Journal

Contributions should be with the Editor by 15th April

31st May Visit to Hatfield House

The Jacobean splendour of Hatfield House has been home to the Cecil family since it was built in 1611. Our visit will be by coach and will enable us to see the 1611 house, St Etheldreda’s Church, the extensive grounds, and the formal gardens including the private East Garden. See the separate sheet for full details and the cost.

9th June Rain or Shine

Time for our annual diffusion of Shakespeare with the bard’s great comedy Twelfth Night in which the shipwrecking and separation of twins Viola and Sebastian leads to a tangle of mistaken identities. Once again we will be supporting a local charity and tickets are available via David Downs as in previous years. We will let you know when they become available.

16th June Annual BBQ

A balmy summer’s evening, good company and conversation, gorgeous food and drink, and Ben and Dorothy’s exquisite gardens at Highveldt. Welcome to the annual BBQ. Members are requested to pay a small amount to cover the costs of starters and meats and to bring a dish for either the salad or dessert table to share. Arrive between 7.00 and 7.30pm and bring with you a deckchair, plate, dish, glass, cutlery and whatever you want to drink. Even if the weather is less than balmy this is always a fabulous evening.

17th July Outing to Ewelme

With its picturesque church and ornate tombs, 15th century school and almshouses, ample reminders of the once thriving watercress industry, historic buildings and a pub! – Ewelme has it all. Our trip will include a bespoke guided tour by a local historical expert and lunch in the local pub. See the sheet at a meeting for full details and the cost.

1st September – Our 105th Journal

Contributions should be with the Editor by August 15th

10th September – All Quiet on the Western Front

A new venture for Project Purley – our first overseas trip. We will be staying in Ypres (Ieper) for four nights and visiting sites on the Somme and in Flanders, especially those places where men from Purley are buried or commemorated. We finish up in Bruges.  For more details and an application form Click Here.  Travel insurance is available from the tour company; for more details Click Here.

15th September – start of new season of talks

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