Artist drop in session at Gloucestershire Archives 13th and 14th February

 Lynda and Angela, (TomatoJack Arts – the mosaic artists) will be running two
drop in sessions next week, Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14, 10am – 4pm, in the temporary reception at Gloucestershire Archives.
Everyone is welcome to come and have a look at what the artists are doing, see the artwork for the community garden in progress, have
a go at making the mosaic or just have a chat.
Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, 

Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

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Bicknor Group meet Thursday 18 Jan – Local Wines …


Bicknor Group meet


Thursday 18 Jan – Local Wines …

Happy New Year to you

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Our next meeting is:
Thursday 18 January
Wines of Glo

cestershire and Herefordsh


re, a history then a taste.

With Jon Hurley
7:30pm at English Bicknor Village Hall
£2.50 for entry and wine (EBLHG members go free)


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Medieval Churches – 13 January

Happy new year!  The Society's next indoor meeting – and  the first for our 70th anniversary year –  is Saty 13 Jan at 3 pm at the West Dean Centre in Bream.
Our speaker will be Steve Blake, chair of the Gloucestershire Local History Association, and he will tell us about Medieval Churches in West Gloucestershire.
More details can be found here. Free for members, £2 for visitors.

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. "