Meeting dates 2021

Meetings back in the Barn from November 2021.  If we have to go back to Zoom, members who wish to attend should contact Catherine Sampson (  A link and password to the meeting will be sent out in advance.

Friday 22nd January, 4:00 pm.   Dan Allen: The Battle of Maiwand.  Note earlier time than usual.  (On Zoom, session opens 3:30 pm)

Friday 19th February, 3:00 pm.  Dr John Evans: Caversham Court and its History.  (On Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

Friday 19th March, 3:00 pm.  Christine Wootton: It started with a letter from Colditz.  (On Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

Friday 16th April, 7:30 pm.  Simon Wenham: More than 3 men in a boat – the rise and fall of pleasure boating on the Thames.  (On Zoom, session opens 7:00 pm)

Friday 14th May (2nd Friday), 7:30 pm.  Bill King: The home front in World War Two. (On Zoom, session opens 7:00 pm)

Friday 11th June, 7:30 pm.  AGM, followed by a talk by Dan Allen: Women in the Victorian Army at 8:00 pm.  (On Zoom, session opens 7:00 pm)

Friday 23rd July, 7:30 pm.  Rain or Shine Theatre Company: She Stoops to Conquer.  In the Barn, tickets from Rain or Shine website or 0330 660 0541

Friday 17th September, 8:00 pm.  Joy Pibworth:  Reading in the time of Jane Austen’s school days. 

Friday 22nd October, 8:00 pm.  West Berkshire Museum Collections 

Friday 19th November, 7:30 pm.  David Downs: History of Reading Football Club (In the Barn!)

Friday 17th December, 7:30 pm.  Project Purley Christmas Party.   This year the usual bring-a-dish buffet is bring replaced with a curry night, with a choice of curries, naan bread, vegetable dishes and rice, with desserts or mince pies to follow. Members should still bring their own plates, cutlery, glasses and drinks.

Postponed until February 2022. Rain or Shine Theatre Company: Around the World in 80 days