Christmas 1948

Well, that was fun!  Thanks to the efforts of many people, the Society ended its 70th birthday year with a 1948-style Christmas, including handmade decorations,  an exhibition of period toys, some beautiful Christmas lights and tree decorations and a ration-based afternoon tea. Apparently, some of these morsels were considered tasty enough for the recipes to be asked for, so here they are (click on the Festive ration recipes link below), together with some photos of the exhibits.

Members gave generously to the Forest food bank in memory of rationing and post war food parcels.



IMG_1437IMG_1439IMG_1443Festive ration recipes

‘Christmas 1948’ Sat 8 Dec 3 pm West Dean Centre

The Society’s last meeting of the year goes back to Christmas 1948, as the last in our series of 70th birthday celebrations. Exhibits of toys and decorations, a tree, display and reminisces … all welcome £2 non-members.

To commemorate the days of rationing, and in memory of WW2 CARE packages and food parcels from the colonies generally, we are asking for non-perishable festive fare to go under the tree, which will be donated to a local food bank. Be generous as others were to the British!

A CARE assistant for England and Wales delivers a package to a family in 1948 Photo CARE

A day at the races!

IMG_4174On Sunday 18 November, the Society was part of a big event at Cheltenham Racecourse to commemorate the WW1 Armistice.
Our display, with a number of images taken from the Society’s book, The Forest at War, was one of many interesting exhibits showing different aspects of wartime Gloucestershire – including a half scale model of a Sopwith Camel. Sue Middleton, Mary Sullivan, Cecile Hunt and Cheryl Mayo represented the Society.
The idea was that of Dame Janet Trotter, who spoke at our 70th anniversary dinner in June and who has recently retired as Lord Lieutenant of the County. The Society’s Vice Chair Roger Deeks was one of the primary organisers. Our display attracted a great deal of attention with a number of people telling us about their connections to the Forest. Jo Durrant, a BBC Glos radio broadcaster, interviewed authors of WW1 themed books, including Cecile Hunt, the Society’s Treasurer and main driver behind The Forest at War.  Princess Ann visited the exhibition and chatted to us about the Forest and the war, and Chair Mary Sullivan presented her with a copy of the book.IMG_0599
If you haven’t yet bought your copy of The Forest at War, there was an order form in the latest newsletter (if you are a member) or go here to purchase online. Don’t forget to use the password in the newsletter to get your member discount. Great Christmas present!

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