Yorkley Star Cricket Club – help keep the history going

Most local people will be aware that Yorkley Cricket Club's future is under threat because of extensive and recurring boar damage on Cut and Fry Green.
The Club has been in existence since the 1880s and matches were played throughout both world wars.
To save the grand tradition of this historic club, it has been decided that a fence will be built to protect the green, after which the damage can be repaired. The total cost is estimated at around £15,000.

West Dean Parish Council started the funding with a cheque for £2,000 and now the Club has been
awarded funds from the highly competitive Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help Initiative’.

In order to determine the amount given by Tesco, the community is asked to vote for the project.

So, this is where you come in!

Please visit your local Tesco (Lydney or Coleford, although I believe any Tesco can take your vote) and cast a vote for the Club during the period 27th Feb to 6th March.

Could you also please print off the poster attached and put it anywhere you can think of – your car, your window, a willing shop etc.

And if you use Facebook or other social media, the attached document can be used to explain what is happening and ask others to help also.

Thank you for all your efforts! We'll post the outcome on this blog when all is decided.

doc icon Yorkley-Star-CC-Poster-for-voting.doc

Built Heritage Project – your chance to have a say…

At the Society's indoor meeting on 16 Jan, Justin Hughes introduced us to the 'Built Heritage' project, part of the Foresters' Forest Heritage Landscape Programme.
The aim of 'Built Heritage' is to produce a photographic record of historic features that are important to the people who live in, and visit, the Forest of Dean.
The Programme is therefore asking residents of, and visitors to, the Forest of Dean to take photographs of any historic features (buildings, ruins etc) which are special to, or known to them. These could be industrial structures, forest lodges, houses, or just the remains of unusual historic buildings or structures in the forest that you happen to value or be fascinated by.
After receiving all the photos – the deadline is 4 March 2016 – the project will
assess the sites people have photographed to create a list of works in priority order.
The full details and accompanying form can be found below. Any questions should be directed to the Programme at

pdf icon Built-Heritage-Method-sheet-and-record-Final.pdf

Next indoor meeting Sat’y 13 Feb: The Tradition, Culture and Persistence of Brass Bands in the Forest of Dean.

The Society's next indoor meeting will take place this coming Saturday 13 February at the West Dean Centre, Bream, commencing at 3 pm.
Roger Deeks, a member of the Society,  will speak on the topic:
The Tradition, Culture and Persistence of Brass Bands in the Forest of Dean.
More details about the talk can be found on our events page, just follow this link