• Making a difference

    Making a difference

    This year, 2014, has been chaos. I will post a full review in a later post but recently I have been reminded that what I do in the community makes a difference. In 2011 I had the honour of being presented with a Gold Civic Award for my community work, namely my involvement with Thatcham Historical...


  • Newbury Then and Now

    Newbury Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book “Thatcham Then and Now” that was published in 2012 by The History Press. Well there is now another one, "Newbury Then and Now" that I have written. It should be on the shelves the week commencing the 12th August 2013.  W.H.Smith and Waterstones in Newbury...


  • Heartstart Thatcham's First Beat!

    Heartstart Thatcham

    Anyone who reads my blog, knows me or reads the local press will know I have been trying to set-up a Heartstart Scheme in Thatcham. Well that has now, after a year, happened.


  • Thatcham Then and Now Launch

    Thatcham Then and Now

    Many people now know about my book, “Thatcham Then and Now.” It is set to launch later this week at an event on 26th July 2012, 7pm at Frank Hutchings Community Hall in Thatcham. I am giving a short talk at the launch, presenting a few of the books to certain people and then Thatcham Family...


  • Family Tree Charts (part 1)

    The Mount's of Thatcham

    Family history is, and has been, a growing hobby for a long time for a great many people. For the Peter Allen Memorial Lectures this year, 2012, we decided to focus one talk on Family History, although almost every talk notes various well known locals. As such I thought rather than producing the...


  • Honoured with a Gold Civic Award

    Photograph by Paul Young

    In February/March 2011 I got a letter from Thatcham Town Council saying I was to be awarded a Gold Civic Award for my work in promoting the town. To say this came as a suprise would be an understatement. There are few things like this that I get that I feel I deserve. Anyway, it is something I am...


Opinion and Respect

I am becoming aware, both in and out of my job, of how opinionated people get. Many say thistrend is only true of younger generation, I am not so sure. I was brought up, both at home and in school to have opinions; however, these were not to be forced on to others. Indeed we were encouraged to...


Jun 2, 2008

Vista, Adaptec, Epson and Canon


I have been using Vista Ultimate 64 since January 2007, fairly happily I might add. Okay it had a few issues at first, but were soon rectified. The only major problems I have had with Vista are the lack of drivers. For the drivers that I want, this has not been Microsoft’s fault but rather the...


Apr 7, 2008

Etiquette, Courtesy and Ignorance

Etiquette, Courtesy Since releasing two ported themes for Drupal last year I have had numerous emails. Mostly positive, a few asking for additional features and a few bugs. I have no problem with this, in-fact I encourage it. Most people are polite and patient. However, as always there is usually...


Mar 24, 2008

A new record

Today, 10th March, I have broken the record of visitors for last year. In 2007, from 1st Janaury to 31st December I had a total of 3,059 visitors. This year, from 1st January to 10th March I have had a total of 3,065 visitors. So in less than 3 months I have exceeded all ofthe 2007record. A big...


Mar 10, 2008

Website design

I have covered various parts of website design before, however, I still get asked several questions about what I teach, what would I suggest to use for content management, etc. This post is a brief outline on my thoughts.


Mar 9, 2008

Turnpike Secondary School Update

I wrote in an early post about my intention to gather information including the history, photographs and stories of the school. Since then I have received a few offers of support. I have not had the time to push this, however, I am going to be pushing it more in the coming months.


Feb 10, 2008