North Waltham, Steventon, Ashe and Deane History Society

Programme for 2012 - 2013

20th September 2012 Debbie Charlton, Jane Austenís Birthplace
After surveying the site of the old Steventon Rectory, Debbie led the team excavating the front of the house in Nov 2011 and presents her report.
18th October 2012 Barbara Large, Basingstoke Workhouse Ė Early Daysí
Be surprised to learn from Barbaraís ongoing research what a massive organisation this became and how it affected the inmates and the area
15th November 2012 Alan Purkiss, A real Tommy from WWI
This is the story of Hollis Thomas Wells, Alanís great uncle, who served in the RASC right through WWI.
17th January 2013 Bob Clarke, Grub Street to Fleet Street
Bob returns to tell us some of the salacious stories encapsulated in his book about the development of the press.
21st February 2013 Richard Waldram, Regency Overton
Another local author, Richard will tell us about this period of rapid growth in our neighbouring village.
21st March 2013 Tony Cross, Romance of the Letterbox
After Tonyís talk, no-one will regard this everyday piece of furniture as mundane.
18th April 2013 Neville Cunningham, The Royal Observer Corps
Neville will show us the Eyes and Ears of the RAF with particular reference to local activities in WWII.
23rd May 2013 Visit to Newnham with Nigel Bell
Long-term resident, Nigel, is researching this ancient village for VCH with Stan Waight who hopes to be present.
20th June 2013 Bill Rathbone OBE, North Waltham Farm in the 1950s
Bill lived here from 1946-53 when his father owned most of North Waltham and will explain the vital changes in farming that occurred here after WWII, some of which he recounts on the DVD, Voices of North Waltham. This is a special occasion as it marks the Diamond Jubilee of the gift of Cuckoo Meadow to the village.
18th July 2013 Visit to South Litchfield. fwhere we hope to see some old farm machinery working and enjoy our usual convival AGM in a Grade II* barn.

We meet in North Waltham School Hall at 8pm on the third Thursday of most months. Annual membership is £7 per person. Visitors are welcome for a £2 donation. Students are free. Come and learn more about local history!