The Oak Leaves Association has members from all over the country who once attended East Dean Grammar School. The school had an astonishing record of achievement in its existence and alumni regularly support the association through meetings, talks and a Journal. It is 50 years since EDGS closed its doors and it is remarkable that the Association still has about 300 former pupils and staff that keep in touch. On 20th July (11.00am until 4.00pm) and 21st July (11.00am until 2.30pm) the Association is mounting an exhibition of photographs and information about the old Grammar School at Cinderford Baptist Church, 9 Commercial St, Cinderford GL14 2RP. The public are welcome on both days and old pupils are particularly welcome on Saturday.Alumni are welcome to bring any pictures or memorabilia to the event.
On Wed 4 July, Chair Mary Sullivan presented prizes to the Year 7 and 8 winners of the Society’s sponsored competition to write about an aspect of the history of the Forest of Dean. It was lovely to be with these enthusiastic young people and to share the platform with author Sarah Franklin who talked to the students about her WW2 novel set in the Forest, Shelter. Sarah was there as part of the Coleford Festival of Words happening in and around the Forest this week.
Many thanks to Wyedean and especially Lucy McManus for organising it all, and to the library for hosting the event. We look forward to further collaboration.
BICKNOR LOCAL HISTORY GROUP
The Flooding of
A unique opportunity to hear the
recording of Harry Toomer BEM relating his heroic role in the disaster
Presented by Eric Warden-Heggie
Bicknor Village Hall
Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door
Pete Wilson's Radio Gloucestershire programme
in a programme called 'From Silver Spoon to lead balloon", which was based on the article
wrote for New Regard No 32.