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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 Transport Video Highlights of 2017 David Brabner
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


Tuesday February 8 The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
The Early Days of the GWS
(incorporating the Group Annual Meeting)
 Alan Price
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

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.

With regret, we have decided, given the current situation, to cancel meetings for December and January. A decision on future meetings will be made in due course. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused, but wish our members well for 2022.

Saturday October 16 A mixed bag - past, present & future Amyas Crump
Saturday November 20 TBA  
Saturday December 18 Cancelled Peter Triggs

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 January 21 CANCELLED  
Friday February 18 CANCELLED  
Friday March 18

Group Annual Meeting plus Didcot Update

Richard Antliff
Friday April 15

Best of Steam in Wales

Peter Triggs
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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