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Local Great Western Society Groups

The Great Western Society has local groups which organise meetings and events in the Bristol, South West (Torbay), 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.

Our scheduled meetings remain subject to change should government guidance be revised.

Tuesday September 13 Alan Jarvis: South Wales Main Line in teh 1960s Gerry Nicholls
Tuesday October 11 Transport Video Highlights of 2018 David Brabner
Tuesday November 8 A Broad Gauge Journey - Part 3 Exeter to Penzance Brian Armen
Tuesday December 13 The Severn Bridge Railway Alan Price
Tuesday January 10 The Vale of Berkeley Railway Howard Parker
Tuesday February 14 The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
with a Didcot Speaker
(incorporating the Group Annual Meeting)
Tuesday March 14 Swiss Mountain Railways - Part 1 - Interlaken and Lake Brienz Robert Heron
Tuesday April 11 In Search of the Red Dragon Colin Brading
Tuesday May 9 Great Train Robbery 1963 Ian Boskett

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

The Great Western Society is not responsible for the content of external web sites.

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.

Meeting details for 2022 awaited.

Group Christmas 2020 Newsletter (428kb .pdfdocument)

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.

Our scheduled meetings remain subject to change should government guidance be revised.

Friday May 20

A Quick Look at Slow Trains

David Peel
Friday June 17

Aberdeen to Adelaide

Philip Bisatt
Friday July 15

The Great Train Robbery

Ian Boskett
Friday August 19

Yet More Railway Tales

David Hartland
Friday September 16

Railways in the 1950s/60s

Ian Bennett
Friday October 21

Fifty Years of Railway Photography

Alan Randle
Friday November 4

West Country Delight

(held at Rockwell Green Parish Church Hall, Wellington, TA21 9DH)

Peter Triggs
Friday November 18

Steam in the 1960s

Alan Reeve
Friday December 16

A Negative View of Railways

Amyas Crump

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.

A downloadable version of our meetings programme and information about the group (185k .pdf document) is available.

Recent Backnumbers of 83B, The Taunton Group Journal, can be viewed online

2020 Edition

2018 Edition

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