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News from Berkshire Local History Association

Hello all – news from BLHA

THE WILFRED OWEN TRAIL – Monday 9th July 10.30
Join members of the Berkshire Local History Association on a walk around Dunsden to commemorate the centenary of the death of war poet Wilfred Owen and the end of the First World War.We will start at Dunsden Church, then follow the Wilfred Owen Trail to see the places where he lived and worked as a lay assistant to the vicar in 1911-13.
Optional pub lunch at The Shoulder of Mutton in Playhatch.
Length of walk 3 miles over level ground with no stiles. Please contact Ann Smith or phone 0118 978 3430 to book a place.

Some recent e-mails received by committee members which may interest you:
From Dr. Rosalind Crone, Senior Lecturer in History at the Open University, to announce the launch of a new website with information on nearly 850 penal institutions which existed in 19th-century England, including around 420 prisons and 380 lock-ups.
From Caroyln Sheircliff, about a new book, “The Escape,” by Mark Pennock Purvis.  It is an account of his experiences during the First World War in France, where he was captured and held as a prisoner-of-war before escaping.  He lived in Hungerford.  The book is available from Amazon.
From Marcus Clarke, F.R.S.A., who is interested in what may remain of the Langley Hurricane Factory, and in getting hold of material such as maps and photographs.  Please reply to Marcus if you can help.
From Rosie Whitehouse, a journalist researching the story of 30 teenage holocaust survivors who were brought to Woodcut House in Ascot in 1945 for recuperation.  Please reply to Rosie if you have information.

David Cliffe, Chairman, BLHA.

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