Finchampstead Surgery

Are you a Finchampstead Surgery patient? Do you have views on how the Surgery services are delivered? – YES?

Then join the FPRG – in return for a small amount of your time your voice can be heard.

If you would like to have a say on local healthcare matters please join the Finchampstead Patients Reference Group (FPRG). FPRG members, who are all patients of the Finchampstead Surgery, provide regular input and feedback on Surgery matters by taking part in surveys which help the Surgery staff and the patients work together to improve standards and understand each other’s needs. The FPRG is run by a committee of patients and Surgery representatives called the Finchampstead Patients Forum (FPF). During 2014, the FPRG completed a Wokingham wide survey and another two Finchampstead based surveys. The results of those surveys are still being studied. For the future, to make the surveys as representative as possible, FPF needs many more people to join the FPRG. At present not enough young and middle aged people have joined to make the Group fully representative. Whilst many people may be young and fit, and may not see the relevance to themselves, at some stage in their life most probably they and their loved ones will need to use the medical services and their voice needs to be heard. Most FPRG members do the surveys online, but for those people who prefer not to use a computer, paper copies are also available and are equally relevant.

To join the Group it is very easy. Simply pick up a leaflet at the Surgery or from one of a number of local pharmacies, fill in the details and return it to the Surgery. Alternatively, simply send an email to asking to join the FPRG and giving your name and email address.

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The Big Tidy Up

Finchampstead Clean up day. Sunday March 29th from 9.30am.

Please come along and lend a hand but remember to wear gloves, strong footwear and suitable clothing. Safety vests and litter pickers will be provided.

Further details: please contact Richard on 0118 973 3509 or Andy 0n 0118 973 2364

or visit

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Sping Walk

walkerSunday, 8 March  2015
11.00 am – start The Memorial Hall

This is an additional walk to our usual schedule. We will walk around the Finchampstead area for around 4 miles. Everyone is welcome.

Meet up outside The Memorial Hall at 11am.

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Quiz Night

94842422_1385752818Friday, 20th February 2015  7.30 for 8.00 pm start The Memorial Hall

Calling all Trivia Masters If you are up for the challenge, come along as a team, or form one on the night and play for the prized Finch Quiz Cup.  A great night out – fun, laughter and tension as teams battle to wrestle the cup back from last year’s winning team. A bar together with a fish and chip supper is provided.

Members £10, Non!Members £13!(includes the year’s membership). Fish and chips supper included in ticket price. Tickets available from: Park View Motors Shop, The Village and Jats
Pharmacy, California Crossroads

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The First Britons

Prof. Stringer’s second presentation on the 16th January followed on from the previous ‘Out of Africa’, and was based on his two recent projects: ‘The Ancient Human
Occupation of Britain’ and ‘Pathways to Ancient Britain’.
Our journey began around 900,000 years ago when the earliest evidence of
human occupation in Britain was found at Happisburgh, Norfolk in ancient
coastal sediments. 500,000 years ago Homo Heidelbergensis, armed with flint
hand tools, hunted animals as large as rhinoceros in Sussex and 60,000 years ago
Mammoths and Neanderthals were occupying an area of dry land now covered
by the North Sea. By 33,000 years Neanderthals had disappeared and ‘modern’
human remains were being discovered. In total ten separate colonisations of
Britain are thought to have taken place over nearly one million years interspersed
with lengthy ice age extinctions.
Prof. Chris Stringer is a world-renowned palaeontologist, author and
Research Leader at the Natural History Museum and The Society has been
privileged to have him as a speaker. He made this amazing story accessible even
to the simple folk of Finchampstead!
The book: ‘Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story’, written by Rob
Dinnis and Chris Stringer was published in 2014.

Some links you may find interesting…

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Tribute to Joan Betts

Miss Joan Betts OBE

Born 07-06-1925 in Scunthorpe and died 28-12-2014 in Wokingham

The funeral will be held at St James Church

Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 12 midday.

My first connection with Joan Betts was through research meetings at the National Institute for Research in Dairying, Shinfield. Subsequently Joan joined the Finchampstead Society History and Heritage Group when I was running a project to investigate the use of hedge species counting to assess the comparative age of hedgerows and field boundaries throughout the parish. Joan was always one of the most enthusiastic and loyal of our members. In the 1990’s the History & Heritage Group convener was Vicky Sanderlin McLoughlin and our main project during the period was collecting material for our publication “Finchampstead in Old Pictures”. Joan was very keen on this project and put up the initial finance for its publication. When Vicky moved away in 1999 I was invited to take over as Convener and Chairman of the group and was largely persuaded by Joan who agreed to help as Archivist and minutes secretary. These jobs she took on with customary enthusiasm and further assisted our ‘manpower’ by inviting along several of her friends from the Finchampstead WI, of which she was a prominent member and treasurer. For the next 10 years or so we continued collecting old and new photos, newspaper cuttings and local information. Joan made particularly good collections of information and photographs of West Court and Westwood Farm which form an interesting part of our Archives.
She will be fondly remembered by us all.
Dallyn Salter

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The First Britons

Friday 16 January 2015              7.30 for 8.00 pm start                The Memorial Hall


Professor Chris Stringer returns to shed light on the mystery of the first Britons, a story that began nearly a million years ago! Our own species is a relative newcomer. At least four human species have lived in Britain, in differing landscapes and climates, repeatedly driven out by extreme changes to the environment. Learn about the dramatic story of pre-historic Britain … the lives of these early people, the world in which they lived, and the science behind our ideas.

Professor Chris Stringer is Research Leader in Human Origins at The Natural History Museum, director of the Ancient Human Occupation of Britain project, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has published over 200 scientific papers, and his recent books include Homo Britannicus, The Complete World of Human Evolution and The Origin of Our Species.”

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Carol Concert

UnknownIt’s that time of year again, so why not come along and join us for our annual carol concert at The Memorial Hall, The Village on Sunday 14th December.

7 for 7.30pm start.

Singing, readings and of course the famous mulled wine.

Absolutely Free.

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World War 1 – Trenches Talk

trenchesFriday 21st November

7.30 for 8pm

Memorial Hall


Steve Williams is a well known speaker, lecturer, teacher on First World War subjects, as well as being a Battlefield Guide.  As 2014 marks the centenary of the Great War, Steve will provide an insight into what it was like for the ordinary Tommy in the trenches.  To enhance his talk, he will bring along a length of trench (15‘ long and 7’ high) … and naturally, he will be dressed as a war weary Tommy.

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Plant Hunter Talk

plant hunterA fascinating talk on the adventures of a plant hunter.

Friday 19th Sept at The Memorial Hall. 7.30pm


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