Jones VC Trophy 2017 Award

Richard and Sarah Owen win the Jones VC Trophy 2017 Award

Richard and Sarah Owen receiving their award from Ian Hossack Chairman – pictured left – of the the Finchampstead Society.

Richard and Sarah have been members of Good Neighbours, which involves driving the elderly and sick in the Community to doctor’s and hospital appointments. They visit the sick at home or hospital and look after the elderly in the community, i.e Sarah drives 2 to 3 visually impaired people to their blind club every month.

Richard is Chairman of the Churchyard trust and has been a churchwarden.  Sarah is chairman of the Mother’s Union. Sarah has done the teas at the Mothers and Toddlers Group for many years and provided food at their Christmas Parties.  She helped with Churches together in Crowthorne summer activities on a Friday during the summer holidays for the youth.

They have been involved with the food bank, recycling and litter picking in the local area. They are always ready to help and one youth worker in Finchampstead I spoke too told me that they are so reliable and always ready to produce food and serve it when required at Youth Meetings.

I am sure I have missed many things but they are the sort of couple who just get on and work with the community with no fuss. Tony Barnes

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New Environment Report available

Download the Environment Report for 2016/2017

Environment Report 2016-17 (PDF)

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Ancient Egypt Talk

egypt 2We are privileged to have Anne Roberts give us a talk on Ancient Egypt and The Story of Kha and Merit, a couple found buried together in an undisturbed tomb.

Friday 20th May

7 for 7.30pm

Memorial Hall

Free for members, non-members £2 donation.

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Litter Pick Sunday

The seventh annual village spring clean is on Sunday 20th March for a maximum of a one and a half hours. Each year we have had more local volunteers turn up to help with the litter pick. Bags and litter pickers are provided, just wear appropriate clothing and some gloves. We meet in the Greyhound pub car park at 10.00 and aim to all have set off suitably equipped shortly after 10.00. Afterwards, the Greyhound will kindly be providing free tea/coffee/toast for all the volunteers.

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Quiz Night

94842422_1385752818Yes, it’s back again this year – The best Quiz Night in Berkshire (possibly the world)

Your chance to win the prized Finchampstead Trophy, come as a team (of 8) or just join one on the evening.

This year we have arranged for a meal of Lasagne to replace all those carbs you burn up with the mental stress!

Saturday 20th Feb. 2016

7.30 for 8pm The Memorial Hall

Tickets are just £12, it is open to everyone so please encourage your friends to come along for a great night out. Tickets available now from the village post office/shop and Jat’s Pharmacy – hurry we are expecting another sellout this year.

A full Bar is available (please don’t bring your own drinks) – also free parking.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

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St James Church fundraising Event

St James church are holding 2 social and fundraising events, please see below for further information…

Saturday 13th February in St. James Church Finchampstead, an Evening of Opera and Sacred Music performed by Opera at Bearwood and St. James’ Church Choir. For tickets, which are £10 and include a finger buffet, please call 0118 973 0133. Everyone welcome.

Saturday 27th February in St. James Church Centre. Quiz and Supper Evening. Come and have fun, test your knowledge and enjoy a two course meal (with musical interludes) all for the cost of just £12. Make up a team of 6, or come along and join others to make up a team on the night. Please call 0118 973 0133 to book your tickets. Everyone welcome.

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Jones Trophy Nomination

IMG_6788Every year our society awards the Jones VC Trophy to an individual (or family) who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the community of Finchampstead. Over the years there have been many awards for people who have left a lasting legacy on our community, indeed the silver-gilt bowl has their names engraved on it.

For new members this year or as a memory jog recall that the bowl was given to The Finchampstead Society by Mrs Ruth de Courcey-Ireland in 1984 and had been presented by Finchampstead villagers to Col and Mrs Jones in 1913 on the occasion of their golden wedding.

Since 1984 it has been presented on 29 occasions.
The committee of the Finchampstead Society will make arrangements for choosing to whom the 2016 award will be made. The decision will be announced at the Society’s annual general meeting on 18 March 2016. Nominations should reach the secretary of the Society no later than Friday, 26 February 2016.

The only request is that we exclude serving members of the Finchampstead committee.

Participation is important so please give this some thought, if you would believe someone merits this award for their contribution to the Finchampstead community, please send your nomination by email to:

Julian Le Patourel,

Secretary, The Finchampstead Society

Email: jlepat@btinternet.com

 

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Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society

egyptThe TVAES has a number of lectures coming up which may be of interest to you. Please see the detail below.

 

 

Coming lectures :
09 Jan 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
Not only with the dead? Banqueting in ancient Egypt
Professor John Baines
Despite the presence of vast numbers of scenes of food, drink and preparations for eating and drinking on ancient Egyptian monuments, images of people partaking in them are rare. This lecture highlights features of conviviality and elite settings, including structures where banquets could be held. The ubiquity of death was seen as a reason to eat and particularly to drink before it is too late.
Members free, visitors welcome, a £3 donation invited.

27 Feb 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
Ancient Egyptian stories brought to life – Helen Stewart
An Introduction to the stories and myths of Ancient Egypt, brought to life through the oral tradition of Performance Storytelling. The stories have been silent for hundreds of years, now they are told again, out loud, as they were in the time of the pharaohs.
Members free, visitors welcome, a £3 donation invited.

12 Mar 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Coronation Hall, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JB
Foreign connections: Egypt and the outside world before the New Kingdom – Dr Garry Shaw
Recent evidence gives new insights into warfare, trade, and diplomacy in the Predynastic Period, and the Old and Middle Kingdoms. The talk will explore how this changes our
understanding of early interconnections in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world, including Egyptians living in foreign lands and foreigners living in Egypt.
Members free, visitors welcome, a £3 donation invited.

09 April 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
Ancient Egypt in the Pitt Rivers Museum – Beth Asbury
Though Oxford’s Pitt Rivers museum is not well-known for Egyptology, it actually includes some gems – e.g. the ‘Oxford Bowl’ and one of the rare letters to the dead. This lecture will explore General Pitt Rivers’ own interest in Egypt, his pioneering research into palaeolithic flints, and will look at some of the ancient Egyptian objects on display.
Members free, visitors welcome, a £3 donation invited.

07 May 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
Local worlds in Middle Egypt: Fresh fieldwork at Zawyet Sultan – Dr. Richard Bussmann
Egypt’s history has often been written using grand narratives, royal monuments, and objects of the elite. By using the minute details of the miniature amulets, trade routes, production zones, and cultural influences can be reconstructed, particularly during the Second Intermediate Period, and used create another dimension to the history of ancient Egypt.

04 June 2016 2.00 pm : Thames Valley Ancient Egypt Society Lecture
Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, Woodley RG5 4JZ
The Iconography and Ideology of Nefertiti and the Amarna royal women – Lucia Gahlin
The iconography and ideology of Akhenaten’s queen, Nefertiti, were like no other. Exploring Amarna art and the latest archaeological evidence, Lucia will trace the development of Nefertiti’s image, and her political and cultic status, within the context of the significance of women in Akhenaten’s court and religion.
Members free, visitors welcome, a £3 donation invited.

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January Talk

We have a talk by David Tinker: The Many Lives of California Country Park.

Friday 15th January

Memorial Hall, 7.30 for 8pm

Free.

David Tinker, former Chairman and President of the Wokingham Society, will provide an illustrated talk about the history of California Country Park, Finchampstead, from early times, through its establishment in 1931as an amusement park and zoo, to its current uses for recreation and camping.

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New Year Day Walk

walkerCome along to our family New Year Day walk.

Meet outside the Memorial Hall Finchampstead (Opposite Park View Motors) at 11am.

Absolutely free, children and dogs on leads welcome.

The walk is usually about 2 hours around local footpaths.

A great chance to clear the head and catch up with friends.

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