Magic Lantern Show Tues 14 Nov West Dean Centre, Bream

Bream Gardening Society invites everyone to join them on Tues 14 Nov​, 7.30 pm, at the West Dean Centre, Bream, for a Magic Lantern Show using original plate glass photographs shown through this old style projector. 
The theme is Christmas Past and to get everyone into the spirit a little early (although not according to the shops), mince pies, mulled wine etc will be available as well as tea and coffee. So it should be an entertaining and fun evening.
Charge for non-members is £2 at the door.

Forest tradition and heritage – with a twist

Freeminers President Rich Daniels, Commoners Association Secretary Mick Holder, Elaine Mormon – the first female freeminer – and Andy Jones of Littledean Gaol, all set the context of the heritage of the Forest past, present and future, for one of our members Maria Edey’s new play, ‘Stuff ’em an’ kip ’em safe’, (with a good sprinkling of dialect included) playing at the Lydney Town Hall on Sat 11 November at 7.30 pm.

Maria’s play, based on her book of the same name and described as a dark comedy, draws on the practical, no-nonsense attitude of Foresters when faced with a rather horrific dilemma

​Tickets £15  Booking at Lydney Town Hall tel 01594 843113/835 911

Yorkley History Group Wednesday 1st November Brass Bands with Roger Deeks

The next talk for Yorkley History Group is on Wednesday 1st November at 7.30 pm at Yorkley Community Centre when Roger Deeks will talk on Brass bands in the Forest of Dean and Yorkley Onwards.  £2 for non-members to cover hall hire and a cup of tea.

There will also be a display in the Centre from 4pm – 7pm. (See below)

Summary of Talk
Roger Deeks will talk about the emergence of Brass Bands nationally and locally, and their persistence in the Forest of Dean. The Brass Band movement formed one of the most accessible routes to music for working class people in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century. The talk will address the question of why this phenomenon and their associated band rooms became a feature of the industrial landscape and why brass bands have persisted, particularly in the Forest of Dean.
Brass Band Memorabilia – Display

Members of the The Forest Musical Landscape will be available in Yorkley Community Centre from 4pm until 7pm on Wednesday, 1st November if members of the public would like to bring band memorabilia – pictures, programmes, instruments, uniforms etc., related to Yorkley Onwards or other bands, to discuss and have photographed.

The Dean Forest Riots of the 1630s – talk on 14 September, Newent

Society member Chris Sullivan is talking to the Newent History Society at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday 14th September on "The Dean Forest Riots of the 1630s – what and why?" 
Visitors are welcome at £3 a head.
The venue, Sheppard House, is in Sheppard Way off Onslow Road in Newent, GL18 1TL. If you are approaching Newent from the Forest you are likely to come to the one set of traffic lights. Take the B4215 towards Gloucester and after a third of a mile take a sharp right turn in to Newent. After the Gulf garage take the second left into Onslow Road and then the first left into Sheppard Way. "

Heritage Open Days 2017

The appalling weather last September when the Forest of Dean Local History Society unveiled the memorial plaque at the head of shaft number 2 at the former New Fancy colliery, meant that the guided site tour of New Fancy had to be cancelled.

You now have a new opportunity to experience a guided tour of New Fancy on Thursday 7th September.  As part of the Heritage Open Day 2017 initiative, FODLHS member Pete Ralph will be leading guided walks of the New Fancy site between 12’00 and 15’00.

Also on site, explaining the Geomap, will be Liz and Dave Berry.

Further details of all the local Forest of Dean Heritage Open Day events are shown on the attached leaflet.

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New miners’ memorial Pan Tod Beacon, Ruardean Hill

A new miners' memorial is being unveiled on Saturday 2 September at 12pm, by the Society's President, Baroness Jan Royall up at Pan Tod.

The memorial has been built by ex-miner Ernie Hughes, and is made of steel and stone. There are plaques attached with the names of many miners listed on the Society's Miners Memorial CD researched by Dave Tuffley.