Our Activities
What we get up to .....

We are a friendly group of people, mainly from Tharston but some from neighbouring villages, who meet bi-monthly on the last Wednesday of the month (January, March, May, July, September and November), currently at Picton Farm Meeting Room, when we either have a visiting speaker, one of our members speaks or we have a "bring it to the meeting" session. Normally we start at 7.15 p.m. with refreshments for a 7.30 p.m. meeting start. See the next section below for details of out next meeting.

Some of our members have projects they are working on and they usually update the meetings on how they are proceeding, as well as asking for help.

If you have any ideas about future meeting topics or would be prepared to talk on a topic you have an interest in, please Contact us.

Our next meeting

** please note the change to venue and usual date **

The next open meeting is on Wednesday, 18th July, 2018, at St. Mary's Church, Tharston, refreshments from 7.15 p.m. with the main meeting starting at 7:30 p.m.

This meeting will hopefully be the first of many where we will be joining with other local groups, this time joining with the Forncett History Group. After some initial introductions by the THS and the FHG we will have a talk by Stephen Pope - 'What life like in the workhouse and under the poor law system, and a tour of the 22 Union workhouses in Norfolk '.

Anyone interested in Tharston and the surrounding area is most welcome especially anyone from Forncett. Entrance is free. If you are interested and will be joining us please Contact us so we have some idea of numbers.

Our last meeting

The last open meeting on 30th May 2018, and looked at'Memories'. Alan Womack, who has some connections with Tharston, showed some of his own video recordings of local places and events which was well received by the small but appreciative audience - thanks, Alan.

Members projects ...

Our members are an active group and we have a separate page which gives information on the Projects that our members are currently undertaking.

Requests for help ...

If you have any information about Tharston, its history or the people who lived there, or could perhaps help us in some way please visit the Help page.

Tharston Reminiscences

Following a request from members at one of our meetings we are undertaking a project on collecting reminiscences about Tharston and the surrounding area. These could be anything from what it was like at school, the village fete, activities as a youngster or anything that is relevant to Tharston and the local area.

If you would like to help please download our questionaire, complete it as many times as you like and return to us. If you can email them to us then do so at  web@tharston-history-society.com or make Contact and we'll make the necessary arrantgements.

A copy of the questionaire is available in MS Word or PDF format for downloading.

The One Hour Challenge

Do you have ancestors who lived in Tharston or a nearby village around 1900? If so, members of the THS would like to take on the challenge of finding out as much as we can about a line of your family in one hour. This has been tried by other societies and has proved to be most informative and enjoyable for all concerned. Many families have used this as a springboard to undertake more detailed research of their own.

Should we undertake this, the results of our findings will be presented at one of our meetings and a copy given to the family. Please note that nothing will be presented at any meeting which is remotely contentious or embarrassing without the express permission of the family. Contact us if you would like us to undertake this.

Exercise the "little grey cells"

As a society, one of our aims is to provide information that will hopefully be educational. We are looking into ways in which we can make this site more interactive and get users to participate in activities that will be fun and hopefully stimulate interest in Tharston and its history.

The first of these is a general Tharston quiz (MS Word, PDF) where the answers (MS Word, PDF) to all questions can be found within the website pages. Try the quiz before looking at the answers - don't spoil the fun by cheating!

Other Tharston quizzes available:

There are also two wordsearch puzzles:

  • 1881 most common surnames (MS Word, PDF) with answers (MS Word, PDF)
  • Tharston road, place and house names (MS Word, PDF) with answers (MS Word, PDF)

If anyone has any ideas or would like to compile a quiz, puzzle or help to produce educational materials please make Contact.