Tharston History Society
Exploring the story of our village

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The Tharston History Society is commemorating the end of WW1 at 7pm on 11th November. Below is a copy of the flyer.

Tharston History Society are part of Battle's Over - a Worldwide event commemorating 100 years since the end of WWI November 11th 2018

Tharston History Society is playing its part in Battle's Over, an international commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War I.

Organised by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Battle's Over takes place on Sunday November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations overseas, including New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States and Germany, to name but a few.

The short commemoration will be held at St.Marys Church - Tharston. It will commence at 6.45pm with the reading of a "Tribute to the Millions" followed by reading the names of those residents of Tharston who lost their lives during the war.

At 6.55pm buglers will sound the Last Post. This is being duplicated at more than 1,000 locations around the UK.

At 7pm a beacon will be lit in a tribute called Beacons of Light, signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

At 7.05pm we are hoping that the church bells will ring as part of Ringing Out for Peace organised in association with the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers, which represents 65 societies of ringers from the British Isles and overseas.

The History Society then invites those attending for tea/coffee, inside the church.

More information on Battle's Over can be found at

A list of the Tharston WW1 soldiers can be found on the T.H.S. website at If anyone has further information on any of these soldiers, please contact THS.

Who we are

On 27th March 2013 a group of interested individuals met to look into undertaking research into the history of the village of Tharston in Norfolk. The instigator was Peter Hubbard who has a fantastic knowledge of the area and was looking to bring together other people with an interest in Tharston and its history. The initial meeting was attended by over 20 people. From this we have started with a small committee of Trustees who will manage the group and try to keep everyone on the path to achieving a superb resource. So Tharston History Society was born and this website was established to be the hub for the information gathered.

The people we are targeting are all individuals, groups and education establishments who would like to find out more about the history of Tharston and its people. Through the interest shown we hope that the resource will grow as others become involved by providing information which can be added to this site. Anyone who accesses this site and has any reminiscences of times past or present of life in and around Tharston please make Contact - and we extend a special warm welcome to visitors from across the world.

Our activities

For a small village we are quite an active group with a core of very committed and interested members. See Our Activities page for more details including the "Tharston Reminiscences" recording.

Where we hold our meetings

Next Meeting

The next open meeting is on Wednesday, 28th November, 2018. Details here.

Tharston history

We have tried to collect together information on our village and the people who lived there. Over time we expect to have information available for people to download rather than view on screen as looking for information, for instance people's names, on large web pages is less friendly than giving a file for people to investigate for themselves at their leisure. Visit the History section to see what is currently available about the Village, its Buildings and the Tharston People. Nowhere is in total isolation from its neighbours so the is a Nearby section which contains information on parishes close by and subjects of interest locally.

Contact us

We would like to hear from you. Please visit our Contact page.


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Page last updated: 14 November 2018