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Local Groups

The Great Western Society has local groups which organise meetings and events in the Bristol, Oxford, South West (Torbay), Swindon and Taunton areas. The groups also support the Society by undertaking practical work at Didcot or locally and through the vital elements of fundraising and local publicity.

Bristol Group

Chairman: Robert Heron
Secretary: Robin Jordan E-Mail>>

Group Events:

Bristol Group Meetings are held on Tuesday at, BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, BRISTOL, BS34 7RG (Phone: 0117 987 3244, Web: www.bawa.biz) 19:30 for 19:45 and all are welcome.

Tuesday 12 September The Didcot Railway Cranes Peter Jennings
Tuesday 10 October Vale of Berkeley Railway Howard Parker
Tuesday 14 November Photographing Britain’s Railways Jack Boskett
Tuesday 12 December Transport Video Highlights of 2016 David Brabner
Tuesday 9 January Branch Lines around Swindon & the M.S.W.J. Brian Arman
Tuesday 13 February The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
A Didcot Speaker
Incorporating Group Annual Meeting
Tuesday 13 March The Great Way Round – Paddington to Penzance via Bristol & Plymouth Millbay Terry Nicholls

See the Group Web Site for more details: Great Western Society Bristol Group

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Oxford Group

Chairman: Ken Bampton
Secretary: Margaret Pargeter

Group Events:

Oxford Group Meetings are held on Friday at, Pauling Human Sciences Centre, 58 Banbury Rd., Oxford at 19:30 and all are welcome.

Friday 29 September The Great Western & the Fairer Sex Dr. Rosa Matheson
Friday 27 October Preservation ‘Western’-style Locomotives D1013 & D1062 Henry Coates
Friday 24 November Island Treasures Colin Brading
Friday 8 December Members’ Christmas Meeting & Quiz.
Friday 26 January The 125 Group & HST Preservation John Zabernik
Friday 23 February Group Annual Meeting
Friday 23 March TBA

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South West Group

Chairman: Colin Stone
Secretary: Gillian Lemar-Collings

Group Events:

South West Group Meetings are held on Saturday at, The Parish Centre, Church End Road, Kingskerswell, Torbay at 18:30 and all are welcome.

Saturday 16 September South Wales Steam in the 60s - Alan Jarvis’ Slides Gerry Nichols
Saturday 21 October A Cornishman on Tour David Letcher
Saturday 18 November Steam in the 1960s around Britain Alan Reeve
Saturday 16 December Our Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain, plus ‘Escape from Torbay’ Peter Triggs.
Saturday 20 January Peter Grey’s Slides presented by Amyas Crump
Saturday 17 February Group Annual Meeting followed by members’ Slides
Saturday 17 March A Trip to Alaska Rosemary & Colin Stone

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Swindon Group

Chairman: Rodney Bagshaw
Secretary: Candy Castle

Group Events:

Swindon Group Meetings are held on Friday at, Lawn Community Centre, Guildford Ave., Off Windsor Rd., Lawn, Swindon, SN3 1JE at 19:30 and all are welcome.

Friday 8 September GWR Projects & Pictures Phil Deaves
Friday 13 October The End of the Line – S & D Mike Beale
Friday 10 November Tracks in the Mist Colin Brading
Friday 8 December Members’ Slides – A Christmas Selection.
Friday 12 January Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh – a steam Journey Peter Tough
Friday 9 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by our renowned Quiz Master - Joe Turner
Friday 9 March Seven Dams & the Elan Valley Railway Ken Mumford

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Taunton Group

Chairman: Stuart Trott E-Mail>>
Secretary: David Hartland - Tel. 07711 229071

Group Events:

Group meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, throughout the year, at Stoke St Mary Village Hall, near Taunton. TA3 5BY (unless otherwise indicated) commencing at 19.30, and all are welcome.

Friday 15 September Railway of the Isle of Wight Colin Brading
Friday 20 October An Anorak’s Grand Tour Ashley Thorne
Friday 3 November Steam around Taunton, 1935-1960
At Rockwell Green Parish Church Hall, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH
Peter Darke
Friday 17 November Cymru am Byth Chris Penny
Friday 15 December Steam in the Landscape Mike Tyack
Friday 19 January Further Tales from Railway Work Past & Present David Hartland
Friday 16 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘Talyllyn 150’ David Brabner
Friday 16 March Railways Around Sidmouth & Tiverton Richard Giles

The Group also arranges a programme of events almost monthly which include an Annual Dinner, day trips to locations of railway interest, a weekend trip and an occasional longer holiday which in the past has included Ireland, the Isle of Man, and Switzerland - details of all these events can be obtained from by e-mailing Carl Honnor.

We also operate a restored Pump Trolley on various railways and this has in the past raised funds for the Group, the Society and other charities.

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