Author Archives: Cheryl Mayo

A Fortunate Man – the Photographs of Jean Mohr

Reading the Forest were delighted to launch the Exhibition, ‘A Fortunate Man – the Photographs of Jean Mohr’ at the Hardwick Gallery in Cheltenham (Monday 11th to Thursday 28th March). The photographs that illustrate the John Berger and Jean Mohr classic study in words and photographs of a 1960s St Briavels GP have been loaned by the University of the Musee L’elysee in Lausanne, who keep the collection of unique images, some of which appear in the book. Jean Mohr died in November 2018 and is well known for his humanist photography. The loan and a project involving staff and students from the Schools of Art and Design at the University photographing the working lives of people in the Forest of Dean today, has been funded by the Janet Trotter Trust. With the support of St Briavels Parish Council, the exhibition will transfer to the village Assembly Room on 30th and 31st March 2019, making this collection accessible to the public and people who feature in the pictures and made the unique Jean Mohr and John Berger collaboration possible. Members of the Local History Society are warmly welcomed to visit this exhibition which will include the recent work of undergraduate students in the Forest of Dean.  
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Bicknor Local History Group, 14 March

ENGLISH BICKNOR LOCAL
HISTORY GROUP

Band of Brothers: Medieval Soldiers in Gloucestershire

With John Putley – in full costume





















Thursday 14
March

7.30pm, English
Bicknor Village Hall

Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door

Contact:
Claire Scales  info@rocklodge.co.uk

 836191

Claire & Darren Scales
Symonds Yat Rock Lodge
Hillersland
Coleford
Glos
GL16 7NY
Tel:01594 836191


Forthcoming Talk at Westbury on Severn – Henry II and his courtiers…

Please see the email below about this talk by Nicholas Orme. Nicholas is always an excellent and scholarly speaker and the topic sounds fascinating.
———- Forwarded message ———
From: Alison Stafford <alisonj.stafford@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, Jan 27, 2019 at 10:29 AM
Subject: Forthcoming Talk at Westbury on Severn
To: <secretary@forestofdeanhistory.org.uk>
Dear Secretary,

I write with information about the next event to be organised by Westbury on Severn PCC, which may be of interest to your members in the Forest of Dean Local History Society. Nicholas Orme, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Exeter, is coming to our Parish Hall on 22nd March to give a talk about Walter Map, the first known rector of Westbury. Walter Map, born in the early 1130s, was a scholar, a cleric, a member of Henry II’s court, a humorist and and author of ‘The Trifles of Courtiers’, a delightful collection of stories, anecdotes, and personal reminiscences that deserves to be better known.  Professor Orme has also carried out research on the importance of Westbury Church as an early minster.
Tickets are available from me and I can supply further information if needed. I also attach a flyer with full details. We would be extremely grateful if you could publicise the talk to your members. 

Thank you,

Alison Edginton

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Our Shared Forest – a strategy for the Forest of Dean for future generations

Over the past several months here in the Dean, the Forestry Commission has been working with various stakeholder groups on a project aimed at setting a new direction for the way in which our Forest is managed. This is an exciting initiative, which has partly arisen from the Heritage funded Foresters' Forest project but is being undertaken by our local Forestry Commission as a separate but very much related initiative.
A draft strategy for consultation is now available and your input is being sought to help shape the next step. The Society's committee will write formally to the Commission to comment on the draft from the history society's perspective, but everyone has this opportunity to have a say in what our Forest will look like and how it will be managed to the benefit of all for generations to come. Please respond!
The draft strategy is attached below
Then this link to complete the survey
This link takes you to the overall FC site about this initiative, for further information.

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Nicholas Orme on Walter Map’s ‘The Trifles of Courtiers’

 At Westbury on Severn Parish Hall on 22nd March 7.30 pm
Nicholas Orme, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Exeter, will talk about Walter Map, the first known rector of Westbury. Walter Map, born in the early 1130s, was a scholar, a cleric, a member of Henry II’s court, a humorist and and author of ‘The Trifles of Courtiers’, a delightful collection of stories, anecdotes, and personal reminiscences that deserves to be better known.  Professor Orme has also carried out research on the importance of Westbury Church as an early minster.
Tickets are available from Alison Edginton  alisonj.stafford@gmail.com and Alison can supply further information if needed. 
See the attached flyer for full details. 

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Childhood Memories of a Journey through the Soudley Valley by James A Bevan

How much has changed, and how little! In this book, James
Bevan of the Bevan Coaches family takes the reader – by bus of course – on a
memorable journey from his maternal grandparents’ village of Blakeney, up the
Cinderford Road past Brains Green to his own village of Soudley, overlooking
Ayleford and Two Bridges along the way, then on through Ruspidge and finally
into his local town, Cinderford. James’s memories span the early post war years
to about 1960 and every stop is packed with James’s own stories and those of
his parents and grandparents of the families who lived in the houses and ran
the shops, of the annual carnivals, of the churches and youth clubs and the
ways in which people earned their livings in the first half of the twentieth
century. Today, the ‘bus wars’ of the pre-war period are over, there are few
shops, many of the churches and all the chapels have closed, and the days when
a train brought the Soudley school teacher from Newnham are well past. But the
places remain highly and delightfully recognisable. To anybody with any
familiarity with the Soudley Valley, this book is a ‘must read’, but anyone
knowing the Forest will feel instantly at home with it also.

The book will be launched on Saturday Feb 9th (12.00
noon -2.00pm) at the Dean Heritage Centre in Soudley where it will be on sale.
It is also available direct: Tel 01594 842859 or
at James Bevan, Unit 1 Mead Lane Industrial Estate Lydney GL15 5DA.

All profits go to Marie Curie    

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Two events of interest

Information below about English Bicknor history group's next meeting on 17th January, which will be an entertaining talk on Lydney Park Estate followed by their annual festive quiz with mulled wine and stolen.
In addition (unfortunately on the same night), for those with a literary historical bent, see the poster attached for an event at Newnham Library with Doug McLean, former owner of The Forest Bookshop, talking about his various encounters with past literary greats from the Forest of Dean. 
And happy new year!
Regards
Cheryl
Cheryl Mayo
Membership Secretary

ENGLISH BICKNOR LOCAL HISTORY GROUP



















Lydney Park Estate – Working for 3 Viscounts

A
humorous history of 40 years working at Lydney Park from Sally James

 

 

Followed
by our traditional quiz with mulled wine and stolen.

 

Thursday 17 January 2019

7.30pm,
English Bicknor Village Hall

Entry: £2.50, FREE for EBLHG members
– join on the door

Contact: Claire Scales 01594 836191  info@rocklodge.co.uk

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.