Greenham Trust marks 20th anniversary event with local history book launch: The Common Good: The Story of Greenham Common

The common Good: The Story of Greenham Common

2017 marks 20 years of ever-expanding achievement for Greenham Trust

Now restored as Berkshire’s largest heathland and returned to public ownership, Greenham Common has come full circle, and its story is now being told in a new book – The Common Good: The Story of Greenham Common – written by local Berkshire historian and author, Penelope Stokes.

The Common Good will be officially launched by Penelope at a book signing event on Friday 8th September at 1:00pm at The Cloth Hall, West Berkshire Museum, Newbury.

The book is priced £19.99 and is available for pre-order here. It is the first historical overview to span the common’s early social history, all its military phases, and its future as a restored environmental treasure.

Author Penelope Stokes said: “To many people the words ‘Greenham Common’ conjure up an image of peace women in conflict with the police, but the common has had a much longer and more varied history. The book describes many other dramas which have happened throughout history: from Redcoat musters to refugee housing, golf to glider warfare, furze-gathering to filming, bare-knuckle prize-fighting to bomb storage.

“I’d like to thank Greenham Trust for giving me the opportunity to research and write this book; West Berkshire Museum and the Newbury Weekly News for allowing me to rummage through their archives, and the many photographers who have allowed me to reproduce their work, in what I hope will be an entertaining read with stories, maps, pictures and personalities spanning the last five centuries. I am sure that readers will find it as fascinating a subject as I did.”

Ruth Howard, Curator, West Berkshire Museum remarked: “Walking on Greenham Common has become a different experience after reading The Common Good.  It pulls together the layers of activities and events that have occurred on the common including those that have had national and international importance and those that may have been forgotten. The book examines the early history of the common, which is as fascinating as more recent events for which the common is well known.”

Chris Boulton, chief executive for Greenham Trust said: “This year marks 20 years of ever-expanding achievement for Greenham Trust, and we’ve put together a fantastic programme of events celebrating the Trust’s history, including a spectacular free outdoor show, guided walks, talks, exhibitions and the book signing from Penelope.

Our work at the Trust has allowed us to put the legacy of Greenham Common’s military past to profoundly practical and beneficial use. There can be few residents of West Berkshire and North Hampshire who have not in some way enjoyed the fruits of the Trust’s work at some time, and they can also rejoice in the abundant pleasures of the restored commons.”

Spaces for the book launch are limited. To avoid disappointment, register for your free ticket here.

If you would like a sneak peek of the book, or have memories of Greenham you would like to share, visit our Facebook page The Common Good Book.

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