Welcome to Salt Hill Society

Instituted 1783

For the protection of Persons and Property from Felons & Thieves

A Brief history of the Society

Without much ado, the Salt Hill Society was founded at the Three Tuns Inn, Salt Hill, Slough, one Tuesday in April 1783.

Since that day, members have convened every year - with the exception only of two World Wars. The society can claim to be older than Republican France - and almost as old as the United States of America. To further place things into context: Mozart was just 27 years old; Napoleon, Wordsworth and Wellington were mere teenagers; London had just 900,000 inhabitants and the cost of the society’s first dinner, which included food and wine for 40 members, totalled £5.

The society can also claim to have royal ties. Salt Hill, from which the club takes its name, was the place where Eton boys waylaid travellers to collect 'salt money' - an annual ancient ceremony known as 'Montem', which traces its roots all the way back to the 1400s. As a patron of Eton College, King George III was an enthusiastic supporter of the Montem ceremony, although an excess of unruly behaviour brought the tradition into disrepute and it was abandoned in 1844.

Originally functioning as a personal service to its members - the very first words on the first page of the first minute book read “for protection of persons and property from thieves, vagabonds and footpads.” - the society had support of many local gentry.

Despite this, the Society has served the local community for more than seven generations. Although the earliest members will have greatly relished the fellowship as a means of renewing acquaintanceships, which poor communications may have otherwise rendered lost, it is perhaps even more important in today’s world, where time is increasingly precious and hard to come by.

Rules

The Society has been running since 1783. It retained some interesting, if somewhat arcane, rules, such as:-

"THAT the Money so raised shall form a Fund, to be applied and disposed of towards paying the several REWARDS hereinafter mentioned; and defraying all such reasonable Costs, Charges, and Expenses… in advertising, taking, and prosecuting such Person or Persons as shall be (or be strongly suspected to have been) guilty of the Crimes hereinafter specified."

The various rewards that were available also make interesting reading e.g.

 £sd
For a Burglary, Highway, or Footpad Robbery, a Reward not exceeding10100
Stealing or wilfully killing or wounding any Horse, Mare, or Gelding15150
Stealing or wilfully killing or wounding any Cow, Calf, Sheep, or Lamb10100
Stealing or maliciously killing Hogs, Pigs, or Poultry220
Burning or wilfully setting Fire to any Building, Hay, Corn, Straw10100
Robbing any Orchard, Garden, or Nursery Ground110
Robbing Fish Pond or breaking open Fish Boats, and stealing Fish therefrom110

A copy of the complete rules from 1908, showing the membership of the time, can be seen here:

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Committee

Ian Anderson (Treasurer)
Philip Astles (Secretary)
The Lord Burnham (President)
Jo Davis
John Frost
Andrew Hillier
Clive Lidstone MBE
Don Lidstone (Honorary Life Member)
Robert Lidstone
Nigel Pausey
Paul Sherriff (Chairman of the Committee)
Mark Thomas


Honorary Life Members

John Barker
Don Lidstone
Robert Farr

The committee are always looking for members to join them. If this is of interest, please contact the Secretary Philip Astles.

Joining the society

We are always pleased to welcome new members. There are no particular qualification required, other than an interest in the local community. Membership entitles you to attend the AGM, book your own tickets for dinners and obtain them at a cheaper rate than non-members. If you would like to apply for membership of the Salt Hill Society, please download and complete the forms below and return them to the Secretary - Philip Astles. The annual subscription is £10. Please note that your application requires a Proposer and a Seconder. If you do not already know a member of the Salt Hill Society, please contact the Secretary – Philip Astles, who will be happy to help arrange a meeting for you with members of the Committee.

Application For Membership Standing Order Mandate

Our 'Next Merry Meeting'

The 236th annual dinner will be held on Thursday 7th March 2019 at the Marriott Hotel, Langley, SL3 8PT (Junction 5 of M4). At 6:45 for 7:15pm. Bookings may be made online below.

Speakers

Roger Parkin - ex-Interim Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council

Roger Parkin - ex-Interim Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council Roger Parkin is a local to Slough living in the Town with his family. In his time as Interim Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council (June 16 - Jan 18), Roger became instrumental in putting Slough at the centre of a development boom sufficient before long to see the Town become a City. Easing the planning burden on investors and reaching out to European and North American companies and persuading them to invest in Slough are among Roger's successes in his time at the helm.

Jesse Elzinga - Headmaster of Blue Coat School, Reading

Jesse Elzinga - Headmaster of Blue Coat School, Reading Mr Jesse Elzinga joined Blue Coat as Headmaster in September 2016. Jesse grew up in Detroit, Michigan, USA, where he attended a large local state school, and is the only student in the school’s history to go to Harvard. Whilst at Harvard, he captained Varsity Lightweight Rowing, twice winning the national championship in the eight. Mr Elzinga is both a British and an American citizen.

Bob Mills

Bob Mills Bob Mills was born in Chester and attended Chester City Grammar School. After a very short spell of training for the Merchant Navy, he quit and worked as a valet in King's Cross, London and as a Hoffman dry cleaning presser operator, driver and delivery man. After seeing Kevin Day and Eddie Zibbin (Pat Condell) at the Market Tavern in Islington in 1983, he decided to become a comedian and has been a mainstay of the British 'stand-up' circuit ever since and is well known for his many TV appearances; including Doctor Who; Win, Lose or Draw; Bob Martin; The Show and In Bed with MeDinner.

Booking for this year's annual dinner

Tickets can be booked by members of the Salt Hill Society only, using the form below.

We only need to know the guests' names so we can track regular attendees & ask if they wish to join the society

 

Please confirm your intention to book by pressing the proceed button, which will send an order to the secretary and treasurer. Proceed to book

Contact Us

SECRETARY:
Philip Astles
392 Edinburgh Avenue
Slough  SL1 4UF
T: 01753 532541
E: PAstles@kiddrapinet.co.uk