A great occasion

Gloucester Cathedral was filled with more than 500 people who had come to support their candidate for the new Forest of Dean Verderer or just to watch and take in the pomp and ceremony. The High Sheriff, Lady Bathurst, resplendent in her ostrich feather traditional hat and black gown, and preceded down the long aisle by a scarlet-gowned gentleman bearing  a sword on a cushion, did a great job.

Rich Daniels was elected by a clear majority, so congratulations to Rich!


Forest of Dean Verderer election Wed 15 Feb 2017 11 am Gloucester Cathedral

Nominations recently closed for the vacant Verderer position. 
The Court has been in existence for over 800 years. The role is still an influential one and it is important we have active and committed persons as our Verderers.
I understand there are three candidates: information on each will be posted to our website as and when received. The attachment here provides information regarding one candidate, Rich Daniels, including details of free coach transport if required.
The election is on Wed 15 Feb at Gloucester Cathedral at 11 am. You need to be a freeholder of the county of Gloucestershire (except for Gloucester itself) and voting is only in person. Please allow enough time to register your name and address when you arrive. 

pdf icon Rich-Daniels-Verderer-leaflet.pdf

Yorkley History Group – Wed 1st Feb

The next meeting of Yorkley History Group is on Wednesday 1st February at 7.30 pm at Yorkley Community Centre when Barrie Mills will give a talk on 'Birds of the Forest of Dean'.

The Group's meeting on Wednesday 1st March will give us the chance to hear Steve Cooper talking about 'Family and Social History in a Forest Churchyard'.

Everyone welcome – just £2 each on the door to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Gloucestershire Local History Association Day 18th March 2017

This annual event is being held in Churchdown this year – see the poster below for details. 
The gardening theme should be enchanting and, hopefully, will be in good time to inspire us all to get back into the garden after the long winter.
The FoD LHS will have a stand as normal, so do come along and support us and the other county history groups. 

pdf icon GLHA-Day-2017.pdf

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
info@rocklodge.co.uk  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.

Visit our website at forestofdeanhistory.org.uk

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
info@rocklodge.co.uk  836191