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Wokingham is once again taking part in Heritage Open Days and throwing open its doors to celebrate its heritage, community and history.

The theme this year is Extraordinary Women
It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE
There will be things to do from Thursday 6 September to Sunday 16 September 2018.

Wokingham Town Hall (Market Place, Wokingham, RG40 1AS)

Friday September 7th​ between ​4pm to 5pm

We are pleased to share that ​in conjunction with Wokingham library we have made arrangements for former Holt pupil, Bonita Norris​, ​to ​visit Wokingham.

Bonita will be ​giv​ing a ​free ​motivational talk called 'The Girl who Climbed Everest.' ​

Bonita Norris will be telling the story of how she went from novice mountaineer to the top of the world.

Bonita is a highly experienced and professional speaker with over 8 years experience delivering conference key notes, after dinner speeches and awards presentations to clients in the U.K and internationally.

Her inspiring story of going from novice climber to standing on top of Mt Everest in only two years speaks to the hearts and minds of every audience member.

For more information, see http://www.bonita-norris.com/

​The talk will be on ​Friday September 7th​ between ​4pm to 5pm ​upstairs inside Wokingham Town Hall​ and there are limited places.

Here is the link to book places:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bonita

Bonita’s inspiration book will be available to buy following the talk.

Saturday 15th September 11.00am – 4.00pm

Open Day at Wokingham Town Hall
Do come and join us at the Town Hall, in the heart of our historic Wokingham to discover the following ...
Opening at 11.00am with Deputy Town Mayor and Mini-Mayor
We will be bringing to life some of Wokingham’s Extraordinary Women with some life size displays.

Your suggestions of Extraordinary Women may feature on our Wall of Women!

Learn about the Town Hall history
See the town silver
Enjoy some refreshments
Local historians on hand to help answer your questions
Children's activities including competitions with great prizes
Facepainting for all and a balloon modeller will be making some fantastic creations!

Wokingham Library (Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2BB)
All the library events below are free, no need to book - just drop-in.

Between Thursday September 6th and Saturday September 15th, there will be a display in the library (in normal working hours) on the theme of suffragettes and their links to the local area.

Take part in a quiz on the theme of Suffragettes and win a great prize!

Thursday September 6th 10.30am to 12noon

Reminiscence Club

The theme for discussion will be Extraordinary Women and local links to the Suffragette movement.

Saturday September 8th 9.30am to 12noon

Fantastically Great Women Activity Day

Fun facts for children on display about some amazing women with activity sheets to try out.

Thursday September 6th 6pm to 7pm

First Thursday Book Group

Join our Thursday evening book group as a guest when we will be discussing  the Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Please bring in any other titles by great women writers that you would like to recommend.

All Saints Bell Tower

Sunday 9th September from 1:30 with last admission at 5:00

Tours of the Bell Tower

Let the tour guides show you the ropes and indulge your thirst for history. Plus, get to see one of the finest views over Wokingham and the surrounding Countryside.

All Saints Church (Wiltshire Road, Wokingham)

6th-8th September and 13th-15th September, 9am to 5pm

Static exhibition of some exceptional women

The Church will display a static exhibition of some exceptional women.

View detailed plans of proposed changes to the church building and a pictorial time line of changes that have been made to the church over 800 plus years.

Sundays 9th and 16th September, 2-5pm

The following Church Treasures are being added to the exhibition:

The Royal Coat of arms of Elizabeth 1st

A colour sketch of the interior of the church before the changes made by Woodyer in 1824

​A lead embossed topping out plate taken from the top of the tower

​A couple of colourful clergy vestments with a biography of their woman designer

A signposted trail to the Cornerstone building that contains a modern piece of Stained Glass which was also designed by a female artist, and directions to some significant marked graves of women that have been associated with All Saints Church.

For more information on Heritage Open Days and other places to visit, see www.heritageopendays.org.uk