English Bicknor Local History Group – 16 Jan 2020

The group’s first meeting of the year includes the traditional Christmas Quiz with mulled wine and stolen.



Morris: folk songs and dancing

With Gwilym and Carol Davies

mulled wine, stollen

and our
annual quiz

Thursday 16 January

English Bicknor Village Hall

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

Claire Scales   
info@rocklodge.co.uk   01600 773220

Claire & Darren Scales
Tel:01600 773220

Waterloo exhibition at Dean Heritage Centre

The Waterloo exhibition now on at Dean Heritage Centre – poster attached – is well worth seeing. It runs until the end of December and has been created by Steven Carter. He grew up in the Forest and became interested in his grandfather’s role in the 1949 flooding. Steve has carried out considerable research and produced a fantastic exhibition, covering the beginnings, the name, the flooding and the closure. It offers new insights and pays tribute to the hard working miners of the Forest.


If anyone has memories to share or more information to offer, please contact Collections Officer Nicola Wynn   nicola@deanheritagecentre.com


Friends of Gloucestershire Archives – forthcoming events

Dear FoGA members –
Attached is information about events being planned for next month and into next year. Here too is the booking form for the next occasion – the visit ‘aloft’ in Gloucester Cathedral on Tuesday 12 November

Please kindly be aware that numbers for this are limited because of the space available in the Library and Archives and the Organ Loft; members of FoGA therefore have priority booking.

There are already a couple of firm dates for your 2020 diaries:

Wednesday 4 March – an afternoon visit to the Museum in the Park
in Stroud

Sunday 14 June – another of John Chandler’s much enjoyed Mystery Tours 

Please contact me if you have any queries: tuneone@waitrose.com.

Cherry Ann Knott

FoGA events programme organiser

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Three Wise Men and the Severn Bore

The science of the Severn Bore? In the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, how and where the bore arose was a subject exercising the minds of some of the country’s best known scientists. Their thoughts, reasonings and differences, which centred largely on the Severn near Newnham, will be the subject of a talk by John Powell on Thursday 10 October at Armoury Hall, 7.30 pm. John’s findings will also appear in an article in the latest Forest of Dean Local History Society’s journal the New Regard, and copies of the journal will be on sale at the meeting (no member discounts available that evening). 

John’s talks are always popular, so wise to get your (free) ticket from Newnham Post Office in advance or risk being turned away!

Heritage Open Days 2019

Coleford Area Partnership have reminded us that the next Heritage Open Day programme runs from the 13th to the 22nd September in the Forest of Dean.


This is the 25th year of Heritage Open Days and this year there will be 49 events.


The full programme can be found on the national Heritage Open
Days website under Forest of Dean District:




There is also a Facebook page:




Especially note the talk at 2.00pm on Friday 20th September at the Main Place, Coleford on “Protest and free-mining in the 17thCentury” which is being delivered by Simon Sandall of Winchester University.


Also you can view fantastic video footage recorded by John Belcher of the late Robin Morgan at work underground at Hopewell Colliery. This will take place on Tuesday 17th September at 11.00am – also at The
Main Place.