• My History Talks

    Always being asked to give talks on either CPR and defibrillators, see Heartstart Thatcham, or more generally my history. Here is a list of some of the talks I have given over the last 10 years or so: Thatcham


  • 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...


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...


Jul 12, 2011

Thatcham: then and now

Thatcham: then and now

A new look at the history of Thatcham is being written by local author Dr Nick Young, who is the current Chair of Thatcham Historical Society, has already been signed up with a publisher. It is hoped that the publication will be completed later this year and that it may be printed in time for...


Mar 1, 2011

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