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 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
|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
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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 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|
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 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||TBA|
|Friday 30 May||Living with Lizzie (6201)||Clive Majonnier|
Chairman: Colin Stone
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|
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 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|
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 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.