Annual General Meeting Sat’y 3 October

The Society's AGM at the West Dean Centre was well attended by members and several visitors.
The Chairman's Report on activities over the year is attached to this item.
The Scott Garrett prize for best talk in 2015 was awarded by Vice-President Ian Pope to Dr Cherry Lewis for her talk on 'Mushet & his Contribution to “The Map That Changed The World”'. Congratulations to Cherry.
The Cyril Hart prize for best article in New Regard (29) was awarded to Ben Lennon for his article  'The distribution and origin of meends in the Forest of Dean'.  Congratulations also to Ben.
The Society re-elected Simon Moore as Chair and Cecile Hunt as Treasurer, and elected David Edwards as Secretary.
More details of the AGM will be included in the Society's November newsletter.
The formal meeting was followed by Cecile Hunt and Averil Kear's journey through Ironworks in the Forest of Dean over the centuries. A summary of the talk will be available in the November newsletter.

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New Regard No. 30

The latest edition of the Society's highly respected journal is now available, with a wealth of fascinating and well researched articles.
Over the next few weeks the journal will appear in local shops in and around the Forest of Dean, and it can also be purchased online – go to Publications and click on New Regard to see further details.
Members can obtain a 15% discount by entering the code given in the most recent newsletter.

Selecting the right stone

The Society has been in discussion with the Forestry Commission regarding a permanent marker at the site of the New Fancy colliery, where they have unearthed some very large machinery remnants.
Recently, some of the committee members clambered through a forest quarry with the kind permission of the owner, in search of a suitable rock.  Here is our Chair, Simon, taking measurements so that we could let the Deputy Gaveller know just how big we wanted this marker – quite big really!  Former Chairman Ron Beard, myself, and the dog, are seen 'helping'.
The owner has very kindly donated a stone, which is now waiting outside the quarry gates for us to get it in place at New Fancy. And the Deputy Gaveller is quite happy with the size.
Meanwhile, Keith Walker is organising a suitable plaque. Once all is done, we will be inviting everyone to a ceremony to mark the unveiling. Look out for this!
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

The Foresters’ Forest- an HLF programme benefitting the Forest of Dean

Justin Hughes from Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service will talk about the Foresters' Forest Archaeology project on BBC Radio Gloucestershire this Sunday. The interview will be on Kate Clark’s Show, at about 10.10 am and 11.45am.

The Archaeology project is one of a number of projects included in the HLF programme. More information about the programme overall can be found at their facebook page

Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

Behind the Scenes at the Archives this Friday 11 Sept

An event at the Archives Friday afternoon as part of ‘Heritage Open Days’.
Gloucestershire Archives are running behind the scenes tours at 2pm and 3pm for visitors to see how they are conserving and digitising tithe maps for the Know Your Place West of England project.


Places are limited to 20 per tour and pre-booking is essential via Gloucester Tourist Information Centre (tel 01452 396572 or email, Event ref E45)

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Bicknor History Group – Thursday 10 September

From: “Rock Lodge” <>
Date: 3 September 2015 14:28:11 BST
Subject: Bicknor History Group – next Thursday

Dear all – we have Eric and Anne talking on the history of our school and its pupils next Thursday, do hope to see you there, Claire

Bicknor School Logbooks

A talk by Eric Warden-Heggie and Ann Butcher

Tales of illness, adventure and child labour.


 Thursday 10 September 2015

7.30pm, English Bicknor Village Hall

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

Contact: Claire Scales 83619

Eric Warden-Heggie  860868