• 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...


Upgrading to Drupal 7

So it is no secret that Drupal 7 is out, and has been worth the wait. The only snag is now I have to upgrade my themes to Drupal 7! I did start this process a while ago, but that was at a time when the API was still changing. Anyway, Now we ahve a final release and a stable API I have started to...


Jan 21, 2011


Okay so 2011 is getting closer and still many of the projects I wanted to do this year have yet to be finished, or started in some cases. A few I have just given up on and put the domain names up for sale on sedo. I thought it would be good to plan out what I plan to get done before 2011 and what I...


Nov 22, 2010


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