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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 9 September 6880 Betton Grange – Building the 81st Grange David Huntbatch
Tuesday 14 October Old Railway Stations of the Bristol Area Mike Oakley
Tuesday 11 November Swindon Works – Hawksworth to Hell Fire Brian Arman
Tuesday 9 December Martin's Miscellany Again - Incorporating the Famous Quiz Martin Baker

See the Group Web Site for more details: Great Western Society Bristol Group

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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 26 September The Cheshire Lines Committee Trevor Booth
Friday 31 October Under and Over and on Top Gwynne Parry
Friday 28 November The Five Men that Made St. Helen’s Joe Cowley

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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 26 September Memories of Working on the Western Region Alan Mills
Friday 31 October The War Office Locomotive Trust & World War I Restoration Project Kim Winter
Friday 28 November The Streamlined Trains & Mallard’s Record Run Chris Nettleton
Friday 12 December Members’ Christmas Evening & Quiz  

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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 20 September Yet More Gems of the G.W.R. Peter Rance
Saturday 18 October 8.35 am From Waterloo Simon Foote
Saturday 15 November South African Steam Finale - Sound Cine Film Terry Nicholls
Saturday 20 December Christmas Meeting – Quiz compiled by Colin & Rosemary Stone, followed by Happy Snapper - Chasing Trains Peter Triggs

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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 12 September LNWR at Oxford Laurence Waters
Friday 10 October Didcot & the GWS, Part II Richard Antliff
Friday 14 November Transport Allsorts Ken Mumford
Friday 12 December Festive Evening with Members’ Slides  

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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 19 September Yet More Gems of the GWR Peter Rance
Friday 17 October 8.35 am from Waterloo Simon Foote
Friday 31 October Railways Around Reading
(Held at Rockwell Green School, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH)
Brian Hillier
Friday 21 November Alpine Journey Peter Tickner
Friday 19 December 0-3-0 to 4-14-4 & More Michael Pollard

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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