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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 14 We'll Keep a Welcome in the Hillsides - Part 1 South Wales Chris Youett
Tuesday October 12 Best of Great Western Steam Peter Triggs
Tuesday November 9 More Island Treasure - Railways of the Isle of Man Colin Brading
Tuesday December 14 Great Western Road Motors & Successors Colin Billington
Tuesday January 11

A Broad Gauge Journey - Part 3 Exeter to Penzance

Brian Arman
Tuesday February 8 The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting

With a Didcot Speaker
(incorporating the Group Annual Meeting)

Tuesday March 8 More Photographing Britain's Railways Jack Boskett
Tuesday April 12 Peter Gray Part 2 - Digitalised Amyas Crump
Tuesday May 10 The Didcot, Newbury & Southampton's Abandoned Route into Southampton Howard Sprenger

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

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South West Group

Chairman: Colin Stone
Secretary: Gillian Lemar-Collings
Events Officer: Joan Lemar E-Mail>> Tel: 01803326329

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.

Sorry, but we are not holding any meetings at present

In the meantime you can download our 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.

We hope to be able to recommence our meetings in August 2021, but this does depend on the virus restrictions at the time.

Friday August 20 Members Present compiled by Francis Lewis
Friday September 17 Echoes of Steam Simon Foote
Friday October 15 Exploits of a Retired Anorak Ashley Thorne
Friday November 5

Railway Video Highlights

Held at Rockwell Green Parish Church Hall, TA21 9DH

David Brabner
Friday November 19

Bridgwater to Blue Anchor

Peter Triggs
Friday December 17

My Kind of Wales

Francis Lewis

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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