In the English County of Berkshire

Welcome to Chaddleworth Parish

The parish of Chaddleworth lies below the southern slopes of the Berkshire Downs, just east of the A338 road, which runs between Hungerford and Wantage to form the western parish boundary. The south-east corner of the village is called Nodmore and the hamlet of Southend sits only a mile to the north-east. In the north of the parish is Woolley and in the south is Poughley, both barely hamlets now. Woolley Down rises above the former. The parish mostly consists of farmland, with some scattered woodland such as Nine Acre Wood, Spray Wood, Down Copse, Rooksnest Copse and Bassdown Copse. The West Berkshire Golf Course, on Buckham Hill, and the northern edge of RAF Welford are in Poughley.

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‘D’ Day Landings

‘D’ Day Landings,
a Chaddleworth News ‘History Bit’ Feature

As some of you know, if not all, back on March 23rd 1944, a huge military exercise involving the 101st Airborne was held on land adjacent to RAF Welford, belonging to the Baylis family at Court Oak Farm.

The air drop was by the 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 506th PIR, from Ramsbury and Aldbourne, and also the 377th PFAB from Benham Valence near Newbury.

Along with these, the 1st Bn. of the 506th and further units of the Regiment stood in line for inspection.

Sir Winston Churchill, Eisenhower and all the top brass were there to witness it all, as shown in the first photo. Welford would be around to the left of the photographer in this shot, so they are all looking East here. Boxford would be along to the right.

The big air drop in March 1944, watched by Churchill, Eisenhower and the top brass of the military looking East from the Welford base side of the Boxford Road

The second photo is from the museum, hence the caption. The third photo shows Churchill shaking hands with Brigadier General Don. F. Pratt. He was the first top brass man to be killed when his Waco glider crashed on landing in Normandy. He was sitting upright in a jeep at the time.

Winston Churchill shakes hands with Brigadier General Don F. Pratt, 23rd March 1944. General Eisenhower and Major-General Maxwell D. Taylor commanding 101st Airborne in background.

Churchill and Major-General Maxwell D.Taylor, C.O of the 101st Airborne Div., the General Eisenhower, Brigadier Don F. Pratt assistant Divisional Commander of the 101st Airborne Division and British Naval Commander who was Churchill’s Aide.

Anyway, the Baylis family visited our museum yesterday and there are big plans afoot to put up display boards on and around the drop zone, giving the details of that historic day’s exercise, in preparation for D-Day. Alan Baylis was an 8-year-old at the time and he and his family were invited to watch it all, by standing in a hedge alongside the drop zone. Jenny Smith, nee Baylis is co-ordinating everything so, on June 2nd, there will be conducted guide tours around the drop zone, and of course, on June 6th, things will be in full flow. This all happens on both sides of the Hangman’s Stone Lane that runs past RAF Welford to Boxford, just past Bradleywood Farm on the right, or between the Leckhampstead turning and the M4 motorway bridge. As I’ve previously mentioned, the USAF at Welford have no plans of their own to stage anything there on June 6th, but along with our museum, will be joining forces with Greenham Control Tower group to stage a big spectacular there on June 6th.

Glenn Miller

C-47 pulling two Waco gliders taking off from RAF Welford 1944

With my thanks and recognition, this article is written by my friend and colleague Mick Dowdeswell. Thank you so much for it.

Grahame Murphy

The RAF Welford Historical Society site is

Downland Volunteer Group (DVG) Handy Bus Service

The Downland Volunteer Group runs a 12-seater mini-bus service supporting the Downland villages. It offers a door to door service for shopping trips and other club events with regular trips each week that are delivered by popular demand. If you know of anyone who may benefit from using the service then please pass on the details and we will be glad to try and accommodate them.

If passengers require help with shopping on and off of the bus the driver will be happy to oblige.

The details are as follows:

Route: Leckhampstead to Chaddleworth to Wantage return
When:  every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (starting 14th March 2023)
Where: pick up from your house
Time: First pick up in Leckhampstead at 10:00am, then Chaddleworth at 10:20(ish), returning 2:00pm
Destination: Sainsburys in Wantage (1 hour approx. to shop)
Cost:  The Round trip fare is £4 (but it is free in March 2023)
Booking: Call Rollo on 07785 221040 or email

The volunteer group is always looking for new volunteer drivers for the Handy Bus as well. If you or somebody you know could spare a few hours occasionally to drive one of the regular routes then please contact Rollo Duckworth whose details are listed above.

Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation

The three named benefactors set up the Trust to offer financial help to further the educational needs of the children and students (up to the age of 25) of the Parish of Chaddleworth. The Trustees meet four times a year to consider applications including any relating to the additional cost of home-schooling and remote study for students.  Previous contributions have been made towards the cost of school uniforms, books for university courses, specific equipment and kit for courses, and residential courses. If you wish to apply for funds please contact the Foundation’s Clerk, Heather Murphy, Tower Hill Cottage, Botmoor Way, Chaddleworth RG20 7EU or email for an application form. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence.  Any applications received after scheduled meetings will still be considered for awards by the Trustees but there may be a delay before awards are made.

Heather Murphy

Clerk, Saunders Wynn and Coventry Educational Foundation

01488 638628

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