West Berkshire Group will be hosting the meeting on Saturday 30th November at Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Road, Woolhampton RG7 5RE (grid ref. SU571668). Arrangements for the day are as follows:
10:00am: Hall opens for displays to be set up etc.
10:30am: A choice of 2 circular walks from the hall:
- Walk 1: 4 miles to Kiff Green and Douai Abbey (c. 100 metres of ascent/descent)
- Walk 2: 5.5 miles to Aldermaston Wharf via the Kennet & Avon Canal, returning via footpaths and the River Kennet (largley flat)
12:30pm: Lunch in the hall (bring your own picnic – tea, coffee etc. available – alternatively there are two pub within 10 minutes’ walk) and an opportunity to look at displays about the other Berkshire groups and their activities, and to chat with other members
1:30pm: Presentation by Ramblers Holidays + Q&A (they will also have a display)
2:00pm: Presentation by a Ramblers Trustee + Q&A, followed by formal AGM business
3:00pm: Talk by Dr David Peacock “The Place Names of Berkshire”
What’s in a name? Rather more than might at first be apparent if you start to look into the meaning of local place names. David will explain the origins of many of Berkshire’s names and explain the ways in which to identify where place names originate from, drawing on examples from across the county.
David researches, writes and lectures on the history of the Newbury area from the stone age to the present day. He has taught evening classes in local history for Oxford University, Newbury College and West Berkshire Museum.
Woolhampton Village Hall is on the western edge of the village on the south side of the A4 and has ample parking. The village is served by public transport connecting Reading, Theale, Thatcham and Newbury:
Hourly stopping trains call at Midgham Station (which is in Woolhampton and approx. 5 mins walk from the hall). The 09:45 service from Reading arrives at 10:03, shortly after the hall opens and in good time for the walks.
Reading Buses service 1 runs half-hourly and calls at The Angel, Woolhampton (approx. 3 mins walk from the hall)