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.
Chairman: Robert Heron
Secretary: Robin Jordan E-Mail>>
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 13 October||Brunel’s Bristol||Chris Bigg|
|Tuesday 10 November||In Town Tonight||Peter Triggs|
|Tuesday 8 December||An Evening with RTR DVDs||Robin Jordan|
|Tuesday 12 January||Mainly Narrow Gauge - Sound Cine||Terry Nicholls|
|Tuesday 9 February||
The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
|Tuesday 8 March||Ashchurch for Tewkesbury||Ian & Jack Boskett|
|Tuesday 12 April||Western Region - Signal Boxes and Diesels from the 70s onwards||Phil Bidwell|
|Tuesday 10 May||Western Memories around Nationalisation||Arthur Turner|
See the Group Web Site for more details: Great Western Society Bristol Group
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Chairman: David Burns
Secretary: Peter Hanson
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 30 October||Cutting of the Manchester Ship Canal||Mike Kenwright|
|Friday 27 November||A Black & White Presentation – North Wales Circular 1963-66 (steam)||John Hobbs|
|Friday 29 January||The West Somerset Railway – A Personal View||W.J. Denning|
|Friday 26 February||Group Annual Meeting followed by Members’ slides|
|Friday 18 March||Railway Images – Thirty Miles around Warrington||Barrie Rushton|
|Friday 29 April||A Tribute to Tom Lewis – Railway Cameraman 1947-1970||Paul Shackcloth|
Chairman: Ken Bampton
Secretary: Margaret Pargeter
Oxford Group Meetings are held on Friday at, Pauling Human Sciences Centre, 58 Banbury Rd., Oxford at 19:30 and all are welcome.
|Friday 30 October||Strictly Freight Only – Part I||Brian Ringer|
|Friday 27 November||The Paul Riley Collection – Part I||Tony Bowles|
|Friday 11 December||Members’ Christmas Quiz & Slides Evening||Murray Lewis|
|Friday 29 January||The Railways of Japan||Richard Tremaine|
|Friday 26 February||Group Annual Meeting followed by ‘TBC’.|
|Friday 18 March||Gems from the Great Western Trust Collection||Peter Rance|
|Friday 29 April||Oakwood Press – The First 80 Years||Andrew Kennedy|
|Friday 27 May||BR Steam – The Final Years||Derek Huntriss|
Chairman: Colin Stone
Secretary: Gillian Lemar-Collings
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 17 October||Medley’s Medley – slides of 1970-80s Diesels||John Medley|
|Saturday 21 November||An Evening with Peter||Peter Gray|
|Saturday 19 December||Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain, plus ’50 Years Ago’||Peter Triggs|
|Saturday 16 January||50 Years of Photographing Trains||John Crownshaw|
|Saturday 20 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by Members’ Slides|
|Saturday 19 March||Railways in Art||Eric Bottomley|
|Saturday 16 April||Backtracking to Friary, Laira & the Plym||Bernard Mills|
Chairman: Rodney Bagshaw
Secretary: Candy Castle
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 9 October||A Swindon Tour||Bob Townsend|
|Friday 13 November||Didcot Developments III||Richard Antliff|
|Friday 11 December||Festive Evening with Members’ Slides|
|Friday 8 January||The Withered Arm||Peter Tough & Trevor Young|
|Friday 12 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by Joe Turner’s Quiz|
|Friday 11 March||Gems from the GW Trust Collection||Peter Rance|
|Friday 8 April||Summer Reflections, 2015||Joe Turner|
|Friday 13 May||Images from the GW Trust Collection||Laurence Waters|
Chairman: Stuart Trott E-Mail>>
Secretary: David Hartland - Tel. 01823 336262
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 16 October||Restoring a Steam Sentinel Locomotive
|Friday 6 November||All About Transport
(Held at Rockwell Green School, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH)
|Friday 20 November||Medley’s Moments – The Nostalgia Continues||John Medley|
|Friday 18 December||Our Members Entertain - m/c Peter Triggs.|
|Friday 15 January||Southern Region in the 1960s||Ian Bennett|
|Friday 19 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘The Bluebell Railway’||Roger Webb|
|Friday 18 March||50 Years Ago||Peter Triggs|
|Friday 15 April||Cornwall: Par to Penzance||Alan Wild|
|Friday 20 May||Members’ Evening|
|Friday 17 June||Slides & Stories||Peter Lugg|
|Friday 15 July||Steam in Somerset & Devon||Gerry Nichols|
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.