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Local Great Western Society 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: 19:30 for 19:45 and all are welcome.

Tuesday 10 September The Past, Present and Future of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway Mike Parsons
Tuesday 8 October 50 Years of Railway Tales David Hartland
Tuesday 12 November Midland Extremities - From the S & D to the S & C Terry Nicholls
Tuesday 10 December The Best Way Part II - Temple Meads to Gloucester Chris Youett

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 27 September Heritage Railway Architecture John Sreeves
Friday 25 October Broadway -Trials of a Rebuild Jo Roesen
Friday 29 November An Eighth Colour Rail Journey Paul Chancellor
Friday 20 December Branch Christmas Meeting  

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 21 September Journey to a World Class Museum Richard Antliff
Saturday 19 October An Evening of British Steam Nostalgia Simon Foote
Saturday 16 November Great Western Road Motors & Successors Colin Billingham
Saturday 21 December Christmas Meeting: Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain,
plus ‘20th Century Transport (All Vehicles)
 Peter Triggs

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 13 September Steaming Ahead Pete Jennings
Friday 11 October Swindon to Saigon & Beyond John Sreeves
Friday 8 November Remembering  Dennis Goacher Joe Turner
Friday 13 December A Festive Evening of Members’ Slides.   

Taunton Group

Chairman: Stuart Trott E-Mail>>
Secretary: David Hartland - Tel. 07711 229071
Speaker Secretary, PR and Programme Officer: Peter Triggs - Tel. 01823 334188

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 21 June Great Western Route – Taunton-Barnstaple Freddie Huxtable
Friday 19 July The Best of Great Western Steam David Oldham
Friday 16 August Fifteen Minutes Each m/c Francis Lewis
Friday 20 September Railways in Pakistan & Germany Peter Tickner
Friday 18 October Our Railways – The last 40 Years Peter Triggs
Friday 1 November More of Peter Gray’s West Country
at Rockwell Green Parish Church Hall, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH
Amyas Crump
Friday 15 November The End of Steam in Mid Glamorgan Brin Lewis
Friday 20 December The Marches to Holyhead John Sparkes

In addition to monthly meetings Taunton Group arranges a programme of social events and trips to places of railway, transport and industrial heritage as well as producing an annual magazine for members.

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