Bicknor History Group – 19 January – it’s still Christmas there!

Our post-Christmas get together is coming up.  Do hope to see you for some historic entertainment, mulled wine and stollen and the Christmas quiz.
Best wishes – and a Happy New Year! – Claire



Victorian Christmas with Aunt Martha

Followed by
our traditional post-Christmas quiz with mulled wine and stollen

Thursday 19
January 2017

7.30pm, English
Bicknor Village Hall

Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door

Claire Scales  836191


Welcome to the first edition of the new Gloucestershire Heritage Hub newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone, and here's something new for 2017 –  the new e-newsletter from Gloucestershire Archives, now known as the Heritage Hub.
Cheryl Mayo
Membership Secretary

Winter 2016

Gloucestershire Heritage Hub

Read the full issue here

Gloucestershire Archives and Friends

We are looking forward to building works starting in the New Year. We have changed our foundation designs due to a combination of the geology and archaeology of the site. This took time to finalise and has resulted in additional costs that we hadn’t anticipated. We are thrilled to have a funding package in place, which is allowing works to start.

We plan to run a temporary research room from the Frith Centre whilst the main Archives building is adapted and extended. The current arrangements for pre-ordering documents will continue but on-site parking will be limited to those with blue badges. In case of unforeseen changes, please check the Archives’ website before visiting.

Local History

We are a small and growing group of people interested in the history of The Dowty Group and keen to share this with others.

GLHA is a voluntary organisation made up of around 50 local history groups, societies and organisations across Gloucestershire.

Family History

The Society (GFHS) promotes research into family history and house history. It concentrates on Gloucestershire and South Gloucestershire and the towns and parishes listed on the UK and Ireland Genealogical virtual reference library (GENUKI).

Diocese of Gloucester

The diocese is an Anglican (Church of England) family of God in and around Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire

The region currently known as South Gloucestershire was once part of the historic County of Gloucestershire, the area served by the newly launched Gloucestershire Heritage Hub.

South Gloucestershire Council is one of the founder members of the Hub network.

Gloucestershire Police Archives

The Constabulary is the second oldest county force in England with a proud history dating back to 1839.

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Bicknor History Group – Thursday 10 November

We hope to see you next Thursday when Donny will be continuing to tell us about Littledean Hall, but with a ghostly theme this time.  He will also have his book on sale (reprinted especially for us) at £10 (rrp.£10.99)

All the best, Claire

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Claire & Darren Scales
Symonds Yat Rock Lodge
GL16 7NY
Tel:01594 836191



Ghosts of Littledean Hall

With Don Macer-Wright

on from his talk on the Hall’s history ..

Thursday 10
November 2016

7.30pm, English
Bicknor Village Hall

Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door

Claire Scales  836191

Responses on phone boxes

Jennifer Lang sent me this after she had contacted Cinderford Town Council who directed her to their facebook page where they had posted the following:
BT have informed us of their intent to remove four Public Phone Boxes in the town due to lack of use.
Below is a list of the boxes and the number of times calls have been made from them in the last 12 months.
Church Road by the Nags Head – 55
Valley Road by the shop – 3
Edge Hills Road – 40
Steam Mills – 27
Three of these boxes are the old red boxes and we can adopt the boxes for £1 each. We are going to adopt the boxes and hopefully put them to use. In many areas they have been used to house defibrillators or put to other comunity uses.

And this from John Belcher:

Hello Cheryl,
There is a disused one at the DHC. Any ideas for use? The Berry Hill one outside the Globe is to become a 'swaps' book library.

Telephone boxes

It has come to my attention that 72 telephone boxes in the Forest of Dean are to be removed by BT in the next few months. I understand that town/parish councils can purchase these boxes for £1 each and then the community can use them for other purposes. As historic reminders of the past, I do feel that some should be retained in situ so I would like to invite everyone to write to their local councils urging them to approach BT and retain some of these iconic boxes.
Below is the list of those they intend to remove.
Averil Kear
Enquiries Officer

‘Voices of the Forest’ – can you help?

Roger Deeks, one of the Society’s members, is working on a project which is part of the
Foresters Forest Heritage project which aims to capture the experiences of people employed
in the Forest and their occupational histories. Roger is speaking to the Society about the
project next April.
To date he has spoken with two former employees from New Fancy as part of the
‘Voices from the Forest’ series being undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire.
Eventually, all the interviews will be catalogued and accessible in the Dean Heritage
Centre and researchers will be encouraged to use the collection.
One of the harder groups of people to find are those surviving from the now extinct
industries particularly:
Lydney Tin Plate Works
In domestic service (it continued as a form of employment until well after WW2)
The brick industry (Broadmoor or anywhere)
The chemical/distillations works at Cannop
Munitions in WW2
He is interested in any other, preferably land based occupations and skills that should
be recorded.
If you know of anyone who could be interviewed please let Roger know by
emailing  or calling 01594 517053.

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Banwell Bone Cave

Banwell Bone Cave is quite remarkable. The cave holds thousands and thousands of prehistoric animal bones, about 60,000 years old, washed in there when glaciers melted. 
The site also contains a number of beautifully renovated follies, originally built in the 1820s when the cave was discovered and put on display to the public. The two-and-a half hour tour (includes a short film) ends with tea and cakes with the owners.
The caves are on private land and only open to the public very infrequently. Tuesday 27 Sept will be the last time this year as greater horseshoe bats hibernate there, so they don't open again till May next year. 
If you are interested, please contact one of the owners, John Haynes