• WILDLIFE OF THE JUBILEE RIVER Many thanks to everyone who joined us for a talk by wildlife expert Brian Clews on 15 November. Click here for details
  • THE MEN MISSING FROM THE WWI MEMORIAL This year, 11 more WWI soldiers were remembered on 11 November, the centenary of the end of WWI Click here to find out more.

  • DATCHET WOMEN IN WWI We're currently researching Datchet Women in WWI. Do you have any female ancestors who served in the Red Cross, in Voluntary Aid Detachments or War Hospital Supply Depots during WWI? If so, please get in touch.

  • LATEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDS AT SOUTHLEA 11 October. See photographs from our latest visit

  • OLD PAINTINGS  Read more about two, newly-discovered paintings of Datchet, the oldest found so far. Click here for details.

  • NEOLITHIC CAUSEWAYED ENCLOSURE A major 5,500-year-old ceremonial gathering place has been partially uncovered at Riding Court Farm. Click here for details.

  • DATCHET'S RIVERSIDE New photographs of the refurbished riverside. Plus, read more about the history of the riverside and factors affecting development. Click here for details.

  • RECENT DVS EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS Photos of all our recent events are in the Gallery section of this website.

What does the DVS do?

In 1995, the Datchet Village Society was formed to help preserve the special character of Datchet and to encourage interest in its history and environment. Over the years it has grown in size and there are now 140 members. In 2016 the DVS celebrated its 21st anniversary. It is chaired by local historian, Janet Kennish.

The focus is primarily on Datchet but also includes its locality and historical connections. The DVS organises talks, exhibitions, guided walks and visits to places of interest for members, and publishes Datchet-related books, leaflets, and cards. We are involved with local projects, such as the archaeological excavations at Southlea, and have some exciting research underway about Datchet in WWI.  We're the first port of call for anyone wanting to know more about their family history in Datchet, or about the history of the village generally. The Society also monitors local planning policy, conservation and development issues, and is contributing to Datchet's Neighbourhood Plan. Regular updates about our work and events are posted on this website and a members' newsletter is published two or three times a year.

New members are always welcome. Join us here.

Village history

If you’d like to learn more about local history, visit datchethistory.org.uk, a website compiled by Janet Kennish, chair of the DVS, where you’ll also find details of Janet’s published books.

DVS Committee Members 2018-19

Chairman: Janet Kennish
Honorary Treasurer: Adrian Needham
Honorary Secretary: Marjorie Clasper
Membership Secretary: Sandra Needham
Photography & Archive: Adrian Giddins
PR & Marketing: Alison Crampin
Committee Members: Pamela Barnes-Taylor, Paul Bonnici-Waddingham, Glenda Croft, Lesley Giddins


Please browse through these pages, tell your friends about this website, and let us know what you think. Your comments are very welcome; whether as contributions or corrections to current pages, suggestions for topics, or queries about any aspect of the village society and its activities.

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