This is the seventh year that I have been involved in the Spencers Wood Local Group and supported the Carnival. I joined the group at the Carnival eight years ago!
It was also our 20th anniversary, and the group has grown so much. Margaret wrote eloquently about the group’s achievements over the years in last month’s Loddon Reach, and if you missed it, you can find it on the Blog page on our web site – www.swlhg.co.uk.
Finally, this year was a special birthday for one of our members too: hence the orchids in the picture!
We had interest in the new book (More from Our Village of Spencers Wood) from many people, as well as information from others about where to find historical imagery of local properties (Reading Library/Records Office) and our other publications. Our children’s history box always goes down well, with coin rubbing, and Lesley telling children stories of milk being delivered by horse and cart, showing horseshoes, and cricket caps and jumpers!
There was a brilliant fairground, and Morris dancers whose bells you could hear from afar!
Launch of New Book!!
We are very pleased to announce the dates for the official launch of More from Our Village of Spencers Wood.
This will be held on the evening of Wednesday 7th December at St Michael & All Angels Church from 6pm to 8pm. The Speaker will be Professor Richard Hoyle who will give a short talk about the history of Spencers Wood, and the Reverend Marion Pyke (who grew up in the area) will be presented with the first copy of the book!
There will be a permanent display in the Church (during their opening hours) in the week of 5th December, with a member of our group selling copies of the book.
Books will be sold from Spencers Wood Library on Thursday 8th December from 10.00 am, and Friday 9th December books will be sold at the Village Hall from 11 to 1pm.
You will also be able to buy the book at all these events, or via our email and website.