Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Whitchurch and Goring Heath History Society

ON Thursday, January 19 the society is opening its doors to allcomers to hear about Sir Charles Rose, owner of Hardwick House in the early 20th century and a possible model for Mr Toad in Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows.

With his love of cars, he might seem to fit the bill but in real life Sir Charles was also a fascinating character, a sportsman, liberal politician and member of the leisure class with connections to Edward VII but with a private life shadowed by bereavement.

Michael Redley, of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education, who has researched the life of Sir Charles and the times in which he lived, will give an illustrated talk, introduced by Miriam Rose, his descendant and the current owner of Hardwick House. Mr Redley’s booklet will be available to buy at £7.

The talk will be at the village hall in Manor Road, Whitchurch, at 8pm.

On Saturday (January 14), the society will be at the Art Café in Whitchurch, serving delicious cakes and coffee. Please come and support us. Our annual meeting will take place at Whitchurch village hall on Thursday, February 16 at 8pm.

Come and hear about all our activities, and maybe join the society, and see Nick Brazil’s delightful new film, The Secret Life of Father Thames, a journey of discovery along the river.

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