Selecting the right stone

The Society has been in discussion with the Forestry Commission regarding a permanent marker at the site of the New Fancy colliery, where they have unearthed some very large machinery remnants.
Recently, some of the committee members clambered through a forest quarry with the kind permission of the owner, in search of a suitable rock.  Here is our Chair, Simon, taking measurements so that we could let the Deputy Gaveller know just how big we wanted this marker – quite big really!  Former Chairman Ron Beard, myself, and the dog, are seen 'helping'.
The owner has very kindly donated a stone, which is now waiting outside the quarry gates for us to get it in place at New Fancy. And the Deputy Gaveller is quite happy with the size.
Meanwhile, Keith Walker is organising a suitable plaque. Once all is done, we will be inviting everyone to a ceremony to mark the unveiling. Look out for this!
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

The Foresters’ Forest- an HLF programme benefitting the Forest of Dean

Justin Hughes from Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service will talk about the Foresters' Forest Archaeology project on BBC Radio Gloucestershire this Sunday. The interview will be on Kate Clark’s Show, at about 10.10 am and 11.45am.

The Archaeology project is one of a number of projects included in the HLF programme. More information about the programme overall can be found at their facebook page

Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

Behind the Scenes at the Archives this Friday 11 Sept

An event at the Archives Friday afternoon as part of ‘Heritage Open Days’.
Gloucestershire Archives are running behind the scenes tours at 2pm and 3pm for visitors to see how they are conserving and digitising tithe maps for the Know Your Place West of England project.


Places are limited to 20 per tour and pre-booking is essential via Gloucester Tourist Information Centre (tel 01452 396572 or email, Event ref E45)

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Bicknor History Group – Thursday 10 September

From: “Rock Lodge” <>
Date: 3 September 2015 14:28:11 BST
Subject: Bicknor History Group – next Thursday

Dear all – we have Eric and Anne talking on the history of our school and its pupils next Thursday, do hope to see you there, Claire

Bicknor School Logbooks

A talk by Eric Warden-Heggie and Ann Butcher

Tales of illness, adventure and child labour.


 Thursday 10 September 2015

7.30pm, English Bicknor Village Hall

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

Contact: Claire Scales 83619

Eric Warden-Heggie  860868



National Heritage Day – Lydney events

The attached gives details of the National Heritage Day Exhibition being held at the Lydney Community Centre in Naas Lane on Saturday September 12th  from 10am – 4pm.
The full calendar of National Heritage events can be found at
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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A day of learning – Lancaut, Tidenham and Beachley

The leaflet attached gives details of a day school on 17 Oct,  which is being arranged by the Tidenham Historical Group and the Dean Buildings Preservation Trust and will explore the history of the Tidenham, Lancaut and Beachley areas through talks and field trips.
Full programme details and how to book (essential) are contained in the leaflet.
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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