Heritage Open Day 19 September 2020: our Natural Heritage, the River Lambourn at

St Mary's looks forward to welcoming you to our Heritage Open Day project starting on Saturday 19 September 2020 at 2pm. This will be an online media event.

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,000 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences and it’s all FREE.

Link to Heritage Open Days Site


Our own project

The Natural History of the River Lambourn at Shaw

St. Marys Church, Newbury, Berkshire

The aim is for the Community of Shaw and Donnington to research the Flora and Fauna of the River Lambourn at Shaw, identifying the changes from 1750 to the present day and to record personal reminiscences within living memory.

The whole area along Church Road from Shaw Mill to Love Lane has been identified by Historic England as being in need ot restoration of the historic ambience to form a Conservation Area Management Plan CAMP around St Mary;'s Church and Shaw House. Together with the Churchyard and the grounds of Shaw House, The River Lambourn is the principal ecological feature of an historic area with a heritage of more than a millenium at the heart of the life and work of the Community. The features of the area have changed down the years but the constant is the River Lambourn. We are seeking as a Community to answer a simple question: How can we inform CAMP as to the optimum way to reflect the underlying beauty of this outstanding area of natural beauty for the benefit of our Community in a climate change resilient sustainable way?

We are looking for contributions based on personal reminscences of the area from childhood. school and living in the community. We are also looking for volunteers who wish to update their knowledge of nature and contribute to our understanding of how the area has changed in the past three centuries or how they believe the area can best be managed in the future.

If you have any contributions: memories, knowledge, past or present photos, or comments please email Libby on libby.goldsack@btinternet.com

or post something on our public Facebook group "Shaw-cum-Donnington Heritage"