• MERRY CHRISTMAS! Have you taken any photographs of Datchet's Christmas tree and lights, or the village in the snow? We'd welcome the offer of images taken by local residents which might be suitable for a DVS Christmas card next year. (We would of course credit the photographer, but no prize is offered, only the kudos of having your photo sent across the country and around the world!) If you have any photos to offer, please use the 'Get in Touch' button at the top of the page. Many thanks!
  • CHRISTMAS FAYRES Thank you to everyone who came along to the DVS stand at St Mary's Academy Christmas Fayre on Friday 1 December and the St Nicholas Fayre in St Mary's Church on Saturday 2 December. You can see photographs from these events in the gallery section of this website, please click here
  • THE MEN MISSING FROM DATCHET'S WWI MEMORIAL
    The DVS's WWI research has led to the discovery of a number of men with Datchet connections who died in WWI and who are not remembered on the village's War Memorial or on the War Roll. Click here to find out more.
  • ARCHAEOLOGY AT SOUTHLEA We recently revisited the sites of the prehistoric settlement at Southlea which are in the path of the new River Thames Scheme. Click here for more information and photos.
  • WWI PASSCHENDAELE 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele, 31 July - 10 November 1917. A number of Datchet soldiers remembered on the village war memorial fought at Passchendaele. To read their stories, please click here. Their names have been marked with an asterisk.
  • 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.
  • NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN You may have seen information about Datchet's Neighbourhood Plan at the DVS AGM. Here's the link to the DNP website: www.datchetneighbourhoodplan.org
  • RECENT DVS EVENTS & EXHIBITIONS Photos of all our recent events are in the Gallery section of this website. Click on the following links for spectacular views from the Church steeple and recent exhibitions: WWI Soldiers at Datchet Cemetery; Datchet's Conservation Area; and Datchet's Royal Connections.
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 2017-18

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

Feedback

Please browse through these pages, tell your friends about this new 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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