• 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...



So the last few months have been chaos, both work wise and with personal projects.  Mid October I was heavily involved with Thatcham Festival of Arts and Leisure, I have been working hard with my two teams to organise the programmes for 2011 for Thatcham Historical Society and the Peter Allen...


Oct 27, 2010


Recently I visited the Apple store in Basingstoke and had a play with the iPad. Whilst there I heard various comments about the iPad and iPhone from staff and customers. The primary one was the lack of support for flash. I tend to ignore comments like this, then over the last few weeks I have heard...


Oct 3, 2010

Ultimate Community Site Guide

Ultimate Community Site Guide

I was sent a PDF copy of “Ultimate Community Site Guide - 2nd Edition” by Dorien Herreman from drupalfun.com to review. This is the third Drupal book I have had the opportunity to review for an author/publisher. First impressions are good; the book looks good and has a nice and easy to follow tone...


Sep 23, 2010

New website and a voucher

Thatcham Festival Website

A few bits of news for you. For those that know me you will know that I have been involved with Thatcham Historical Society since 1999 and am currently the Chair. You will also know I have been involved with Thatcham Vision for 3 years or so and with Thatcham Festival for 4 or 5 years. Well the...


Sep 13, 2010

Referencing: Vancouver (Part 3)

This is the third and final part of the referencing psots. In part 1 I discussed what referencing is and why it is needed, then in part 2 I introduced one way of referencing, the Harvard method. In this part I introduce the second referencing method, Vancouver.


Aug 22, 2010

Referencing: Harvard (Part 2)

Int the previous referencing post, I gave a short overview of what referencing is and why it is needed. This time we will take a look at how to reference using the Harvard method.


Aug 7, 2010