What else our members do…

Glyn Ford, a member of the Society since 2014, is Director of the NGO Track2Asia, an elected Constituency Representative on Labour’s National Policy Forum and a member of the Labour Party’s International Committee. He is regarded as one of the top European experts on the Korean Peninsula, with 50 visits under his belt. Glyn has recently published a new book entitled Talking to North Korea Ending the Nuclear Standoff. 

Read more about Glyn’s book in the poster attached.  Ford Flyer

Tradition, Reformation and Reaction in the Forest of Dean, 1450-1603

This new book by local historian and author Joyce Moss looks at the impact of the Reformation in this Gloucestershire Deanery. Available from Lightmoor Press, follow this link.

Joyce will talk to the history society on this topic at our next meeting, Sat 19th January, 3 pm at the West Dean Centre Bream. More details here.  All welcome,  non-members £2.



Christmas 1948

Well, that was fun!  Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Society ended its 70th birthday year with a 1948-style Christmas, including handmade decorations,  an exhibition of period toys, some beautiful Christmas lights and tree decorations and a ration-based afternoon tea. Apparently, some of these morsels were considered tasty enough for the recipes to be asked for, so here they are (click on the Festive ration recipes link below), together with some photos of the exhibits.

Members gave generously to the Forest food bank in memory of rationing and post war food parcels.



IMG_1437IMG_1439IMG_1443Festive ration recipes

‘Christmas 1948’ Sat 8 Dec 3 pm West Dean Centre

The Society’s last meeting of the year goes back to Christmas 1948, as the last in our series of 70th birthday celebrations. Exhibits of toys and decorations, a tree, display and reminisces … all welcome £2 non-members.

To commemorate the days of rationing, and in memory of WW2 CARE packages and food parcels from the colonies generally, we are asking for non-perishable festive fare to go under the tree, which will be donated to a local food bank. Be generous as others were to the British!

A CARE assistant for England and Wales delivers a package to a family in 1948 Photo CARE