• Newbury 365 launched

    A new history book, Newbury 365, was launched at West Berkshire Museum on Saturday 14th October 2015. The book, written by Dr Nick Young, details at least one historical event that took place on each day of the year. The book covers every day events, the English Civil War, murder and much more. For...


  • 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...


Thatcham: then and now (update)

Thatcham: then and now cover (DRAFT)

I wrote a post about Thatcham: then and now a while ago. I have now (October 2011) completed the book and it is being put togehter, the layout and artwork anyway, by the publisher ready for a July 2012 release. It has been a fantastic project and has spawned several other projects. One is to...


Nov 27, 2011

Search for yourself

Dr Nick Young's website

I decided to look for myself on various search engines and although I am happy that searching for "Nick Young" on several of them brings my site, www.nickbits.co.uk, as the second or third link. I look now and then just for fun, sometimes I do find some interesting things out.


Nov 11, 2011

History in the Community

Graveyard Tour by Nick Young 2011

History in the community is something that you hear little about. I know there are groups and projects around the country promoting history, actively, into their communities. I and others want to promote the heritage in and around Thatcham. I have now been doing this for a long time and have been...


Nov 9, 2011

PSD to HTML/CSS: Part 2


Previously (see part 1) we discussed how to split the design into sections and we downloaded an outline/initial project files. This time we will code the HTML, the initial code anyway. For this we are going to completely ignore coding CSS and will come onto that in the next article. So let’s start...


Oct 2, 2011

Types of Cameras

digital SLR Camera

When people talk about types of camera, one of two things will enter their thoughts, either “Compact” or “SLR.” Both are looked at in this article. Infact there are other types as well including bridge and Compact System Camera (CSC).


Sep 15, 2011

PSD to HTML/CSS: Part 1

Website from Project Deploy by Oscar Godson

In the introduction to this series (Thatcham Historical Society Refresh Series) I gave an overview of what this was all about, documenting the redesign and coding of an existing website. In this article I will look at the initial stages, the preperation, for converting the new design, a PSD file,...


Aug 26, 2011