Ruspidge Local History Event 1-2 October 2016

The last time the local historians of Ruspidge put on such an event, it was a great success, so they’re doing it again.

All the details are in the poster attached.
In particular, if you have anything relevant you can loan or bring along at the time, the
organisers would love to hear from you. Telephone Heather on 01594 822 678 if you can help.

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Aspects of Wood – August coach outing

Months in the researching and a couple of trial runs later the annual society coach outing was a great success on Saturday 20th August.
Although during the week leading up to it the sun had shone and it had been very warm the weather did a complete change around for the day with intermittent rain showers and wind (not the 40 mile winds that had been forecast – thank goodness) but this added to the mystery of the the day (will it or won't it rain when getting off the bus); as normal, until we arrive at a stop nobody really know where they will be exactly going or visiting or what they will learn – only hint as to what the theme the trip will follow is the title given to it.
As normal several stops & walks; a visit to Newland village & church; Charles II oaks, enclosures, lodges, wood management, WWII shadow factory, hedges, tanneries galore and much much more.
There was a stop for tea in the morning at the up and coming Swan Tearooms in Aylvington (due to open to the public end of September) and, while it poured with rain, lunch at Whitemead park – members enjoy their different stops for tea and lunch every year.
Looking forward to next years trip – already in the planning!
Cecile & Averil
Trip organisers 

The New Fancy commemorative plaque is in place

The plaque is now attached to the stone marking the site of Shaft No 2 at New Fancy Colliery site, thanks to two hours hard work by Daniel Roberts and Lee Truman of local stone masons, M E Damsells.  Plaque in place 12 Aug 2016

So we’re now ready for our ceremony on Sat 10th Sept.  Parkend Silver Band will open for us, at 10.45 am, with the actual dedication taking place at 11.15. More of the band from 11.30 to midday, and we will also have Society members available until 4 pm at the GeoMap, the Miners Memorial and the viewing point, as well as the stone itself, to explain what all these sites are about.

Do come and see us!



Printing error in the latest Newsletter (August 2015)

Notice to all members from the Newsletter Editor

Please accept my apologies for the printing error on the inside page of the rear cover of the latest newsletter.

The missing line should read:

"to find another one.
For there, down the hill past the Old Bailey Inn and opposite the shops, is"

Keith Walker

Committee Member & Newsletter Editor

Forest of Dean Local History Society

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For the Record Quarterly Newsletter Summer Edition Glos Archives

Dear Stakeholder, please find attached the ‘For the Record’ Quarterly Newsletter Summer Edition.  Includes updates on changes to the Archives.
Thank you.
Best wishes,
Kim Kenny
For the Record Project Officer
Archives Service
Gloucestershire County Council
Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL13D

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Our Beachley Outing



We picked the perfect day and time for our Beachley outing –
7 pm on the hottest day of the year, Tuesday 19 July, meeting in the Old Ferry Inn carpark to enjoy the breeze off the river and for the start
of our tour led by Tidenham History Group members, Richard and Carol Clammer.
We started at the slipway, where there has long been some sort of crossing here, with a ferry since
about 900 AD, and used by coaches until the rival crossing at Black Rocks gained the railway.



We visited the Church and the tiny school and school-house,
and explored the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery there. Most of the village is now MOD land, stemming back to
Sept 1917 when the
powers-that-be came up with a plan to build prefabricated ships at Beachley. In order to execute this plan, the whole village
was compulsorily acquired and everyone summarily booted out with two weeks’
The full story is being written up
by Richard and Carol, and when their book is published we will have them come
along to a Society meeting and tell us all about it.

Our thanks to them for a fascinating glimpse into a near,
but not very familiar, place.


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Pillowell – that’s a hill!

A dozen or so members of the Society decided not to do the ironing (in front of the television…tennis anyone? or racing? ) this afternoon and instead follow fellow members Steve Cooper and Geoff Davis on our tour of Pillowell.  Steve is also the Chairman of the FW Harvey Society, so our walk was punctuated with notes about Harvey’s favourite pub, his first married home, and even some poems. The rain showers were mercifully brief, and no-one minded anyway, given this was a part of the Forest which few of us had even seen, let alone knew much about.  Many thanks to the Methodist Church for opening up for us, and also to FWH’s daughter who kindly invited us for tea at Harvey’s old home, Highview. Full details and more pictures in the next newsletter.

Yet another green tin hut. Erected before the one which was the old Yorkley village hall and now owned by Forest of Dean Brass

Yet another green tin hut. Erected before the one which was the old Yorkley village hall and now owned by Forest of Dean Brass

The old Pillowell Police Station

The old Pillowell Police Station


Bream Silver Band, arts and crafts, history and gardening at the West Dean Centre, Bream Sat’y 11 June 2.30 PM

All the users of the Centre will be displaying their wares and offering information about their activities on Saturday afternoon 11 June.
The event opens at 2.30pm with the Bream Silver Band, and goes until 4 ish.  We will have a small stand, and I know there will be plants for sale, together with local crafts and artwork.  A good chance to see what else is on offer in the local area.

Upcoming events with Yorkley History Group

Yorkley History Group warmly invite you to the following:

On Wednesday 1st June at 7.30pm at Yorkley Community centre we shall be exploring the history of some of the special houses of the Yorkley area. £2 on the door.

On Sunday 5th June there will be a guided history walk round Oldcroft. Meeting at the Nags Head at Yorkley at 2.30 pm. This meeting is in conjunction with the Forest of Dean Walking for Health Group. No charge. 

On Wednesday 6th July at 7.30 pm at Yorkley Community Centre the Worcestershire archaeology team will be explaining their recent dig at Yorkley and telling us what they found. This dig was part of the Foresters Forest Project. All welcome, £2 on the door