On Sunday 18 November, the Society was part of a big event at Cheltenham Racecourse to commemorate the WW1 Armistice.
Our display, with a number of images taken from the Society’s book, The Forest at War, was one of many interesting exhibits showing different aspects of wartime Gloucestershire – including a half scale model of a Sopwith Camel. Sue Middleton, Mary Sullivan, Cecile Hunt and Cheryl Mayo represented the Society.
The idea was that of Dame Janet Trotter, who spoke at our 70th anniversary dinner in June and who has recently retired as Lord Lieutenant of the County. The Society’s Vice Chair Roger Deeks was one of the primary organisers. Our display attracted a great deal of attention with a number of people telling us about their connections to the Forest. Jo Durrant, a BBC Glos radio broadcaster, interviewed authors of WW1 themed books, including Cecile Hunt, the Society’s Treasurer and main driver behind The Forest at War. Princess Ann visited the exhibition and chatted to us about the Forest and the war, and Chair Mary Sullivan presented her with a copy of the book.
If you haven’t yet bought your copy of The Forest at War, there was an order form in the latest newsletter (if you are a member) or go here to purchase online. Don’t forget to use the password in the newsletter to get your member discount. Great Christmas present!
Vice President Ian Standing talks on the topic: Words from the Past : the Forest observed 1200 AD to 2012 AD
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