Gloucester Orchard Trust meeting and two excellent speakers … Tues 16th October Gorsley

Gorsley Baptist Church Hall 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm

7.00 pm Jim Chapman on Fruit Trees and the contribution of squatters and smallholders to overall fruit production in the 17th/18th centuries.

8.00 pm Dr Nicholas Herbert (former editor of Victoria County Histories)17th/18th century squatters and their role in shaping the landscape of West Gloucestershire 

Society for Clay Pipe Research Conference, 29th-30th September 2018 Cardiff

29th-30thSeptember 2018


Society for Clay Pipe
Research conference


School of History, Archaeology and Religion, John Percival Building, University of


The 34th annual SCPR conference will be held this
year at the School of History, Archaeology and Religion, John Percival
Building, University of Cardiff, Colum Drive, Cardiff CF10 3EG. Setting up time
for our conference will be from 09:00 on the Saturday and the theme of the
morning talks will be pipes from Wales and the afternoon will consider wider
areas and themes. This will be complemented by displays. In the evening there
will be a three courses Conference Dinner (optional) at a local restaurant (£20
per person).


There will be a small charge to cover the cost of
the meeting (£18 per person, including tea and coffee and a buffet lunch). On
Sunday there will be a visit and guided tour of the China works at Nantgarw and
a chance to view a reconstructed pipe kiln (£12 per person which includes
morning tea/coffee and a cold buffet lunch). Non-members of the Society will be
very welcome to attend on either day but are asked to contact the conference
organiser in advance to book a place.


Further information is available on the Society
website ( or from the conference
organiser: Susie White, 3 Clarendon Road, Wallasey, Merseyside CH44 8EH. Email: Susie can also be contacted should you be interested in
bringing tobacco pipes or other pipe clay objects for display at the conference.




Archives open day

Gloucestershire Archives is celebrating the opening of the new Heritage Hub

and warmly invites you to join them 


Guided tours     Illustrated talks       Information stalls     Archives display     Treasure hunt      Exhibitions    
Folk music       Quiz    Demonstrations     Meet the highwayman    Family tree drop-in session     Artwork   
Heritage Hub trail      tea, coffee, cake.
Gloucestershire Archives, Clarence Row, Alvin Street, Gloucester, GL1 3DW

History at Newnham Community Library

Newnham Community Library is hosting three history-related talks between now and October – all at 7.30 pm at Dean Armoury Hall. Free admission. Bar.
Thursday 23rd August,  Alex Brown, The Tribal History of the Forest of Dean
Thursday 27th September, John Powell, Disasters on the Severn
Thursday 18th October, Nigel Haig, The Houses in Newnham High Street


– follow this link to their website for the details



Events coming up in September from other organisations …

1-16 Sept – a very full Gloucester History Festival Programme
2 Sept – Gloucestershire Heritage Hub Open Day – with tea!  Free event
14 Sept – a talk by Paul Barnett on Rorkes Drift and Henry Hook at Huntley Village Hall
22 Sept – a fund raising event by Dean Forest Railway with train ride commentary and subsequent talk by FoD LHS Vice President Ian Pope.



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A packed event at Clearwell Caves

Over 100 members and guests filled the big cavern at Clearwell Caves last night for Di Standing's talk on Underground Dean which literally took us on a tour of the cave systems beneath our feet, including some most beautiful ones with pools and stalactites, and on ancient and Victorian mine workings, many now flooded. Many thanks to Di and the caving team who helped out and fed us miner' 'bait' of bread and cheese, and to Therese Powell and her helpers for the welcome hot tea and coffee. And of course special thanks to Jonathon Wright of Clearwell Caves for letting us use the big cavern and for the atmospheric candles…

East Dean Grammar School Alumni event 20 and 21 July

The Oak Leaves Association has members from all over the country who once attended East Dean Grammar School. The school had an astonishing record of achievement in its existence and alumni regularly support the association through meetings, talks and a Journal. It is 50 years since EDGS closed its doors and it is remarkable that the Association still has about 300 former pupils and staff that keep in touch. On 20th July (11.00am until 4.00pm) and 21st July (11.00am until 2.30pm) the Association is mounting an exhibition of photographs and information about the old Grammar School at Cinderford Baptist Church, 9 Commercial St, Cinderford GL14 2RP. The public are welcome on both days and old pupils are particularly welcome on Saturday.
Alumni are welcome to bring any pictures or memorabilia to the event.