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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 December The Right Kind of Snow – 200 slides on the UK, China, North America & Ukraine Terry Nicholls
Tuesday 8 January Paddington to Bristol before 1892 Brian Armen
Tuesday 12 February The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
The Great Western Society Today
incorporating the Group Annual Meeting
Richard Antliff
Tuesday 12 March Island Treasures (Isle of Wight) Colin Brading
Tuesday 9 April More Photographing Britain's Railways Jack Boskett
Tuesday 14 May Railways in the West Country Peter Triggs

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 21 December Members’ Christmas Meeting & Quiz  
Friday 25 January The LNWR in Oxford Laurence Waters
Friday 22 February Group Annual Meeting  
Friday 29 March The Final Years of Western Region Steam Ralph Ward
Friday 26 April The LMS Patriot (Unknown Warrior) Project David Bradshaw
Friday 31 May TBC  

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 December Our Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain,
plus Coastal Cornwall
Peter Triggs
Saturday 19 January More of Peter Gray's Wonderful Slides Amyas Crump
Saturday 16 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by
Railways of Pakistan
Peter Tickner
Saturday 16 March The Great Western Trust Collection Peter Rance
Saturday 13 April More Steam in the Sixties Alan Reeve

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 December Christmas Meeting, including Members’ Slides  
Friday 11 January Steam on Shed Peter Tough
Friday 8 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by
our renowned Quiz Master
Joe Turner
Friday 8 March Fast and slow on the Great Western - A look at some key infrastructure projects Phil Deaves
Friday 12 April Steam Finale around Bristol  Mike Beale

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 21 December Millennium Medley Philip Bissat
Friday 18 January Trips, Tours & Evening Excursions (We do fish on Sunday) Trevor Whitfield
Friday 15 February Group Annual Meeting, folllowed by
The Great Western Society Today
Richard Antliff
Friday 15 March East of Penzance Roger Marsh
Friday 19 April Railways to Royalty Jack Boskett
Friday 17 May Steam in the 1950/1960s from the Arthur Dodd Collection Mike Dodd
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

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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