• WILDLIFE WALK AT DATCHET GOLF CLUB, 15 SEPTEMBER Join us for a fascinating walk around the golf course with wildlife expert, Brian Clews. Please click here for details.
  • 80th ANNIVERSARY OF THE OUTBREAK OF WWII This September marks the 80th anniversary of the outbreak of WWII. The DVS has just started researching the stories of the 30 WWII servicemen whose names were added to Datchet’s War Memorial in 1989. Read more...
  • DATCHET VILLAGE FETE Thank you to everyone who came along to support the DVS at the fete. The theme of this year's fete was Peace Celebrations: 100 years on, to mark the 100th anniversary of the peace celebrations held in the grounds of Churchmead House. The DVS had a display of photographs and newspaper cuttings from that event in 1919. For photos, click here.
  • THE ELLIS JOURNEY On 30 June, the village was full of veteran vehicles as The Ellis Journey returned to Datchet. This is a now-annual re-enactment of the first recorded journey by a motorised carriage in the UK, made on 5 July 1895 by pioneering automobilist and Datchet resident Evelyn Ellis. Click here to see photographs of the event.
  • DVS VISIT TO BROOKLANDS We recently organised a special members’ visit to Brooklands, ‘the birthplace of British Motorsport and Aviation’, to learn more about aviation pioneer Tommy Sopwith and his connections with Datchet. Click here for more details.
  • AGM: DISCOVER STONE-AGE DATCHET Thank you to everyone who came along to hear more about the fascinating archaeological remains dating from the end of the last Ice Age which have been found at Riding Court. John Powell from Wessex Archaeology told us more about this exciting once-in-a-lifetime discovery at this year's AGM. Click here for more details.
  • PROTECTING DATCHET'S MILESTONE The DVS has compiled a report about the milestone for the Parish Council. It has been proposed to move it to the village green for its own safety. Please click here for details and to read the report.
  • THE MEN MISSING FROM THE WWI MEMORIAL 11 more WWI soldiers can now be remembered on Remembrance Sunday. 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.
  • OLD PAINTINGS  Read more about two, newly-discovered paintings of Datchet, the oldest found so far. 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, Glenda Croft, Lesley Giddins Revised DVS Constitution draft
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