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Local Groups

The Great Western Society has local groups which organise meetings and events in the Bristol, North West (Warrington), 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 14 January Swindon Works – The Collett Years Brian Arman
Tuesday 11 February The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
The Great Western Society - recreating the Golden Age of the Great Western Railway
Incorporates the Group Annual Meeting
Jon Trott
Tuesday 11 March South African Steam Finale Terry Nicholls
Tuesday 8 April 8mm Railway Memories Paul Dibbens
Tuesday 13 May Vintage Colour Slides Phil Lovell

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.

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North Western Group

Chairman: David Burns
Secretary: Peter Hanson

Group Events:

North West Group Meetings are held on Friday at, St. Hilda’s Clubroom, Slater St., Latchford, Warrington at 19:30 and all are welcome.

Friday 31 January The Cowley Hill Colliery to The Unicorn Gap Railway Joe Cowley
Friday 28 February Group Annual Meeting followed by Members’ slides
Friday 28 March Birth of the Llangollen Railway David Burns
Friday 25 April TBA  

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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 31 January Landmarks in the Development of Railways Graham Carpenter
Friday 28 February Group Annual Meeting followed by Guest Speaker
Friday 28 March GCR, Past, Present & Future Tom Ingall
Friday 25 April The Abingdon Branch Ivan Cadge
Friday 30 May Living with Lizzie (6201) Clive Majonnier

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South West Group

Chairman: Colin Stone

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 18 January Burma & Sri Lanka Les Folkard
Saturday 15 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘Something a Little Different’ Colin Stone
Saturday 15 March A Return Visit from Richard Antliff
Saturday 12 April Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Revisited - ‘The Way to the Future’ David Barrie

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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 10 January Steam Around the World, Parts I & II Trevor Young & Peter Tough
Friday 14 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘The Quiz’.
Friday 14 March Kemble to Cirencester Branchline Nigel Bray
Friday 11 April Early Days of Cycling Bob Townsend
Friday 9th May Two Cab Rides – DMU 142 Swindon to Gloucester & D1015 Fowey to Goonbarrow

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Taunton Group

Chairman: Stuart Trott E-Mail>>
Secretary: David Hartland - Tel. 01823 336262

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 January Steam in the West Country - Vintage cine film presentation Terry Nicholls
Friday 21 February Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘Restoring Steam the Easy Way' Tony Whitby
Friday 21 March Western Steam in Wales Alan Sainty
Friday 18 April An Evening with the Chairman Richard Croucher
Friday 16 May 40 Years of Railway Activity David Hartland
Friday 20 June Steam South of the Zambezi Peter Watson
Friday 18 July Yeovil – 160 Years of Railways Brian Jackson

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.

We also operate a restored Pump Trolley on various railways and this has in the past raised funds for the Group, the Society and other charities.

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