Lydbrook mural

Was with our Chair Mary Sullivan, and committee member/Foresters Forest Project Manager Sue Middleton at Lydbrook School this morning, talking with the students and the teachers about their local history work which has been embedded in their history curriculum the last three years. We are working on ways to encourage other schools to follow this wonderful lead. Impressive work, impressive students who are interested and engaged by understanding their roots – and for many this is literally true given their forebears are from the village. Future local historians! This is part of the mural they have created in their assembly hall with a local artist – the children did the coal mines you can see in one of the photos. Excellent.

Commemoration of 1949 Waterloo mine flooding

One of our members, Steven Carter, is holding an exhibition on Sunday June 30th, exactly seventy years to the day after the 1949 Waterloo Flooding. Steven’s grandfather was involved in the Flooding (nearly the Forest’s biggest mining disaster) and he has been collecting photos and information for about seven years.

Remembering the Waterloo Colliery
(aka the Arthur and Edward, Upper Lydbrook)
Sunday 30th June 2019

at Hopewell Colliery – a free exhibition of old photographs and maps of the Waterloo Colliery, one the Forest’s deep mines. The photographs show the colliery buildings, the Waterloo Creeper, workers, scenes from the 1949 rescue, some underground maps and a detailed site plan.

Drop by at any time from 10.30 am until 4.00 pm. Memories or old photos especially welcome.

Entrance to the exhibition is free. Refreshments available at the Hopewell Café.

For directions and amenities, see Hopewell’s website:

The sun came out for Westbury

The timing was perfect for our visit to Westbury Gardens this afternoon and a guided tour by Jerry Green, Head Gardener (and only paid member of staff) who shared his eighteen years' experience and passion for the garden with us. Many thanks to our Meetings Secretaries, Caroline Prosser and Liz Rudge for organising this. Interestingly, Dyrham Park came up – apparently the gardens are of similar vintage… how's that for planning? And did you know you can have tea and homemade cake in Westbury church over the summer months? Most pleasant.
Here's a mini-album for those who missed the reality.