The Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society was founded by the late Mr John Finch in 1977 to develop interest and research in the local history of Twyford, Ruscombe and surrounding areas.
The now has more than 100 members and continues actively to pursue its original aims and objectives. These include publishing twice a year an interesting, informative and well-researched Journal on a wide variety of topics of interest.
The articles mainly have a local theme and cover subjects such as local families, businesses and prominent individuals; the history of the railways and other industries in the area; and historical events of note.
Over the years the society has also produced several publications in addition to the Journal recording the results of detailed researches by members into subjects of particular local interest.
Throughout its existence the society has also provided a programme of talks by entertaining and well-informed speakers on historical subjects both local and further afield.
These take place on the second Monday of the month, eight months a year, and are well attended and enjoyable occasions with guests always welcome (£3).
Meetings are held in the library of the Piggott School in Wargrave starting at 7.30pm. There are no talks in March, July, August or December.
The society also organises enjoyable visits for members, usually in the Spring and Autumn, to interesting historic locations in the south. Anyone interested in local history is welcome to join: annual membership rates are £18 for an individual and £23 for a couple.