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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
Tuesday 14 January A Broad Gauge Journey - Part II Brian Arman
Tuesday 11 February The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
Incorporating the Group Annual Meeting
A Didcot Speaker
Tuesday 10 March A Lot of Then and Some of Now Wayne Finch
Tuesday 14 April 55 Years of Railway Photography Les Nixon
Tueasday 12 May Peter Gray Part 2 - Digitalised Amyas Crump

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  
Friday 31 January  T.B.A.  
Friday 28 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by a Cotswold Line Promotion Group presentation 
Friday 27 March Confessions of a Narrow Minded Enthusiast Colin Brading
Friday 24 April Peter Gray’s West Country Railways Amyas Crump
Friday 29 May The North Staffordshire Railway Part 2 Tommy Tomalin with Brian Sullivan

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
Saturday 18 January Rhatische Bahn – 3 Decades of Change Jonathan Collinge
Saturday 15 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by My Life in Transport Graham Hooper
Saturday 21 March T.B.A. Philip Bisset
Saturday 16 April A Dip into a Vintage Film Collection Amyas Crump

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.   
Friday 10 January Classic Vintage Railway Films  Peter Tough
Friday 7 February Group Annual Meeting  
Friday ?? March T.B.A.  
Friday ?? April T.B.A.  
Friday ?? May T.B.A.  

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
Railways – The Last Forty Years
Peter Triggs
Friday 20 December The Marches to Holyhead John Sparkes
Friday 17 January End of Steam in Mid Glamorgan Brian Lewis
Friday 21 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by Transport of the Cold War Era Chris Penny
Friday 20 March Yet more Railway Tales David Hartland
Friday 17 April Railway Video Highlights David Brabner
Friday 15 May Travels with a Cornishman David Lecher
Friday 19 June The Great Train Robbery Ian Boskett
Friday 17 July Both Sides Now Graham Bean
Friday 21 August Members Present M/C 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.

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