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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: www.bawa.biz) 19:30 for 19:45 and all are welcome.

Tuesday 11 September The Severn Beach Line Andrew Swift
Tuesday 8 October Recent Trips to The Emerald Isle Dave Winter
Tuesday 13 November Mark Warburton’s Slides of Somerset & Devon Branch Lines Gerald Nichols
Tuesday 11 December The Right Kind of Snow – 200 slides on the UK, China, North America & Ukraine 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 28 September Why are there no trains to Bushey Heath? Keith Gower
Friday 26 October Steam in the West Riding Derek Huntriss
Friday 30 November Tracks in the Mist Colin Brading
Friday 21 December Members’ Christmas Meeting & Quiz.  

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 15 September Seven Decades of Smoke & Steam Peter Triggs
Saturday 20 October An Alaskan Rail Odessey Rosemary & Colin Stone
Saturday 17 November Barry Scrapyard Story with a Bias to the GWR Roger Hardingham
Saturday 15 December Our Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain,
plus Coastal Cornwall
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 14 September Didcot, the next Fifty Years Richard Antliff
Friday 12 October Tunnel Vision: 150 Years of the Metropolitan Railway Colin Brading
Friday 9 November TBA  
Friday 14 December Christmas Meeting, including Members’ Slides  

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 17 August Members’ Present Francis Lewis
Friday 21 September Miscellany of Railways Ian Bennett
Friday 19 October Titans of the Track Terry Nicholls
Friday 2 November Decades of Smoke & Steam
at Rockwell Green Parish Church Hall, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH
Peter Triggs
Friday 16 November Steam Nostalgia Simon Foote
Friday 21 December Millennium Medley Philip Bissat

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.

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