Extra meeting (on Zoom) July 17th 2020: Rob Wallace, Chalk Caverns and Commandos

There will be an extra meeting on Friday July 17th, as very few of us are going anywhere at the moment.

The meeting will be on Zoom again.  The Zoom session will open at 2:30 pm, and the meeting will start at 3:00 pm.  Please let Catherine know (chairman@project-purley.net) if you want to join the meeting, and she will send out an email with the link to those who have registered an interest.

Rob Wallace will give a talk on Chalk Caverns and Commandos – Reading underground.

Rain or Shine performances 2021

Rain or Shine Theatre Company are planning to restart performances in the Summer.  Tickets will be available shortly from David Downs.

The dates for Purley (fingers crossed) are:

23rd July 2021:  She Stoops to Conquer

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd December 2021:  Around the World in 80 Days

Previous meetings

2020

18th December 2020, 7:30 pm  Murder Mystery Play ‘Family Fortunes’ by Shinfield Players.  This replaced the quiz previously advertised, which will be rescheduled to 2021.  Details

20th November 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Ben Viljoen: Purley Hall and the history of its landscape (on Zoom)

16th October 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Richard Marks: Bomber’s Moon (on Zoom)

18th September 2020, 3:00 pm  AGM, followed by talk by Catherine Sampson: Royal Women  (on Zoom)

17th July 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Rob Wallace: Chalk Caverns and Commandos (on Zoom)

19th June 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Mike Cooper: History of Tilehurst (on Zoom)

22nd May 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Debbie Kennett: DNA for Beginners (on Zoom)

17th April 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Catherine Sampson: Purley in Colourised Images  (on Zoom)

21st February 2020, 8:00 pm in the Barn   Talk by David Downs:  Do you know why you’re here?

17th January 2020, 8:00 pm in the Barn   Talk by Bill King:  Dad’s Underground Army

 

2019

13th December 2019, 7:30 pm
Christmas Party at the Barn

29th November 2019, 7:30 pm
Rain or Shine Theatre Company: Wind in the Willows

15th November 2019
Mike Cooper: Queues, U-Boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2

18th October 2019
Talk:
John Leighfield CBE: Putting Berkshire on the map: From Gough to Google

20th September 2019
Talk:
Clive Williams OBE: The Nabobs of Berkshire and their houses

21st June 2019
Barbeque

7th June 2019
Rain or Shine Theatre Company: As You Like It

12th April 2019
Dr David Peacock: Place names of West Berkshire

15th March 2019: AGM and Talk
7:30 pm: AGM
8:00 pm, Corry Starling: Mapledurham Mill

15th February 2019
Debbie Kennett: DNA testing for beginners

18th January 2019
Joy Pibworth: Jane Austen and the Thames Valley Austens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting dates 2021

2021 Meetings on Zoom until further notice:  Members who wish to attend should contact Catherine Sampson (chairman@project-purley.net).  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)

Murder Mystery Play 18th December 2020 7:30 pm

On Friday December 18th at 7.30pm we are delighted to invite you to a Murder Mystery Play which will take place on Zoom.   This replaces the previously announced quiz, which will now be rescheduled for next year.

In a special performance, just for Project Purley’s members, Shinfield Players will perform “Family Fortunes”.  Guests are welcome if they will be on the same computer device.

The evening will last for approximately an hour and a half and will include a short break.  Obviously there will be a murder and after the crime has been discovered and you have had a chance to ponder the clues, everyone will have the opportunity to direct a question to the cast and to then, finally, to guess the name of the murderer.  I am sure there will be an opportunity for an informal natter before and afterwards.

Shinfield Players are kindly giving their services for free and instead, we will be making a donation from funds, via them, of £100 to Blood Bikes, Shinfield Players’ chosen charity of the year.  Blood Bikes are a volunteer-run charity who support the NHS by getting blood to the place where it is needed.  They have been going for over 50 years and the money I believe will go to the local Berkshire group.  Since Covid-19 reared its head, blood bikes have been in more demand than ever, but at the same time overnight their traditional fundraising avenues all but dried up – so they are a very worthy cause.

Please do come along with a festive drink and nibbles, if you would like to.

Meeting dates 2020

Meetings on Zoom:  Members who wish to attend should contact Catherine Sampson (chairman@project-purley.net).  A link and password to the meeting will be sent out in advance.

17th January 2020, 8:00 pm in the Barn   Talk by Bill King:  Dad’s Underground Army

21st February 2020, 8:00 pm in the Barn   Talk by David Downs:  Do you know why you’re here?

20th March 2020  AGM and meeting  AGM postponed, meeting cancelled due to coronavirus

17th April 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Catherine Sampson: Purley in Colourised Images  (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

22nd May 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Debbie Kennett: DNA for Beginners (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

19th June 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Mike Cooper: History of Tilehurst (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

17th July 2020, 3:00 pm  Talk by Rob Wallace: Chalk Caverns and Commandos (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

August:  Summer break

18th September, 3:00 pm  AGM, followed by talk by Catherine Sampson: Royal Women  (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

16th October, 3:00 pm  Talk by Richard Marks: Bomber’s Moon (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

20th November, 3:00 pm  Talk by Ben Viljoen: Purley Hall and the history of its landscape (on Zoom, session opens 2:30 pm)

18th December, 7:30 pm  Murder Mystery Play ‘Family Fortunes’ by Shinfield Players.  This replaces the quiz previously advertised, which will now be rescheduled to next year.  Details

Meeting dates 2019

The meeting dates for 2019 are:-

18th January
Talk:
Joy Pibworth: Jane Austen and the Thames Valley Austens

15th February
Talk:
Debbie Kennett: DNA testing for beginners

15th March:  AGM and Talk
AGM:
7:30 pm
Talk: 8:00 pm, Corry Starling: Mapledurham Mill

12th April
Talk:
Dr David Peacock: Place names of West Berkshire

7th June
Theatre:
Rain or Shine Theatre Company: As You Like It

21st June
Social:
Barbeque

20th September
Talk:
Clive Williams OBE: The Nabobs of Berkshire and their houses

18th October
Talk:
John Leighfield CBE: Putting Berkshire on the map: From Gough to Google

15th November
Talk:
Mike Cooper: Queues, U-Boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2

29th November, starts 7:30 pm
Theatre:
Rain or Shine Theatre Company: Wind in the Willows

13th December, starts 7:30 pm
Christmas Party at the Barn

Sulgrave Manor trip – photos

A group of Project Purley members went to Sulgrave Manor on 21st May.  The Manor house was the home of George Washington’s great-grandfather.  The house is lovely, and has some beautiful features both inside the house and in the garden.

Highlights are the new tapestries in the main bedroom, created by embroiderers in the UK and the USA, and the amazing herb garden.

A few photographs from the trip:

 

 

 

 

Summer outing 1st August 2019 (date changed from 18th July)

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE TO 1st AUGUST 2019

Project Purley’s summer outing this year will be a guided tour of the Reading Abbey ruins and the Abbey Quarter, followed by a cream tea.  Our guide will be John Painter, who has been Secretary of the Friends of Reading Abbey since 2013, and who has also had a book published on the Abbey, so it is unlikely that any question will go unanswered!

The tour will take approximately 90 minutes, starting at 2:30 pm but for those who would rather not walk for so long, Forbury Gardens will be close by, with many benches available, and the tour group will return there before heading off for the cream tea.

The cost will be £10 per person – please contact Jean Chudleigh (jeanchudleigh@btinternet.com) to book your place.