The science of the Severn Bore? In the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, how and where the bore arose was a subject exercising the minds of some of the country’s best known scientists. Their thoughts, reasonings and differences, which centred largely on the Severn near Newnham, will be the subject of a talk by John Powell on Thursday 10 October at Armoury Hall, 7.30 pm. John’s findings will also appear in an article in the latest Forest of Dean Local History Society’s journal the New Regard, and copies of the journal will be on sale at the meeting (no member discounts available that evening).
John’s talks are always popular, so wise to get your (free) ticket from Newnham Post Office in advance or risk being turned away!
This link will take you to a recently completed series of photographs by Nick Hodgson, done as an adjunct to his project on freemining in the Forest of Dean where he has been helped by member Ron Beard.
As per the earlier post, Harry Beddington’s one act farce was performed at Jolter’s Press yesterday as the finale to the Mitcheldean Poetry Festival. As it did in Cinderford in 1948, it made the packed audience laugh out loud. If you missed it, it will be repeated in Bream later in the year by the Oh Crumbs team – come back to this post nearer the time.
Yesterday was a perfect day for a walk in the woods around Bream and some 20 of our members (and three dogs) made the most of this, guided by the extremely knowledgeable Geoff Davis. We didn’t do the whole walk (some 6 miles) but rambled for about 2 miles looking at old mine workings and some very large and interesting holes in the ground.
One thing Geoff mentioned was that he’s pretty sure the white cottage you can see in the picture below is the one referred to by John Bellows in his original 1880 A Week’s Holiday in the Forest of Dean. For those of you who haven’t read this charming and often amusing book, you can buy the replica edition with an Introduction by Vice President Ian Standing on Amazon.