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



National Heritage Day – Lydney events

The attached gives details of the National Heritage Day Exhibition being held at the Lydney Community Centre in Naas Lane on Saturday September 12th  from 10am – 4pm.
The full calendar of National Heritage events can be found at
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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A day of learning – Lancaut, Tidenham and Beachley

The leaflet attached gives details of a day school on 17 Oct,  which is being arranged by the Tidenham Historical Group and the Dean Buildings Preservation Trust and will explore the history of the Tidenham, Lancaut and Beachley areas through talks and field trips.
Full programme details and how to book (essential) are contained in the leaflet.
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

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The ‘Forester’s Forest’

Over the weekend, members of the Society's committee worked alongside other community and interest groups at the launch of the 'Forester's Forest', at the Magna Carta event on Speech House field.
You may recall that the 'Foresters’ Forest' is a Heritage Lottery Funded Landscape Partnership Programme to raise awareness of what makes the Forest of Dean special in terms of its built, natural and cultural heritage. The launch aimed to make people more aware of the programme and also to offer opportunities to volunteer with some of the many and varied activities which will take place through the various projects currently under development.
There will be a website soon, but in the meantime, go to the facebook link below to learn more. We also plan to have people involved in the project come along to some of our meetings to talk about various aspects, so keep an eye out for that in the Society's website news pages.
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

Dr Nicholas Orme’s talk to the Society at Newland Church June 2015

Dr Orme very kindly gave Averil Kear permission to publish his talk and she has done so on the Church’s website.
The talk was fascinating, focusing on Joan Greyndour as the founder of the Newland School in the 1400s.  Here is the link for those who weren’t present, or for those who were and wish to refresh their memories.
Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society

A rare opportunity – a service at Lancaut Church

An open air service will  be held on Sunday 13th September at 3pm, at St James’ Church at Lancaut. (NGR SO 536964.) All are welcome to attend this event which is being held to celebrate extensive conservation repairs of the ruin which have just been completed by the Forest of Dean Buildings Preservation Trust.

The Church stands close to the river on the highly scenic Lancaut peninsula and it is thought to have an early Celtic origin. For centuries it was a parish in its own right and owned the rare and spectacular lead font that is now in Gloucester Cathedral. 

Access and parking: Lancaut Lane starts at  (NGR ST 544965), a turn off the B4228 just before the north end of Wintour ‘s  Leap. There is a small amount of parking after 200 yards, and more at the far end of the lane. There are two paths to the Church, but please be aware that both are uneven and steep in places.  The steepest descends from a point about 500yds along the lane, by an information board. The second, more accessible route, is from the end of the lane, diagonally down a field, passing a huge oak. There will likely be signs.

Cheryl Mayo
Secretary, Forest of Dean Local History Society