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 10 January||GW Miscellany – Including Gems from the Soole Collection||Brian Arman|
|Tuesday 14 February||Transport Video Highlights of 2015||David Brabner|
|Tuesday 14 March||Vintage Steam – Cine Films from the 1960s & 1970s at Home & Abroad||Terry Nicholls|
|Tuesday 11 April||Restoring Sentinel 7109 & all you were afraid to ask about Sentinel Locos||Andy Chapman|
|Tuesday 9 May||Final Journeys: Funeral Trains & the untold story of the transport of coffins by train||Nicholas Wheatley|
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 27 January||North of Preston||Barrie Rushton|
|Friday 24 February||Group Annual Meeting|
|Friday 31 March||TBA|
|Friday 28 April||The L&Y in BR days||Noel Coates|
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 16 December||Members’ Christmas Quiz & Slides Evening|
|Friday 27 January||Colonel Stephens - The Man and his Railways||David Powell|
|Friday 24 February||Group Annual Meeting followed by ‘Industrial Railways Scene 1969’||John Hubbard|
|Friday 31 March||Restoring Sentinel 7107||Andy Chapman|
|Friday 28 April||Chiltern Railways||Dave Penney (Chiltern MD)|
|Friday 27 May||TBA|
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 21 January||A journey along the South Devon Coast||John Risdon|
|Saturday 18 February||Group Annual Meeting
followed by Didcot Inspirations – A World Ranging Look
|Saturday 18 March||An Evening with the GWS Chairman||Richard Croucher|
|Saturday 22 April||Europe at the Millennium||Philip Bissat|
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 13 January||The Withered Arm - Cab Ride presentation||Pete Tough & Trevor Young|
|Friday 10 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by the Legendary Swindon Quiz||Joe Turner|
|Friday 10 March||Restoring Didcot's 50 ton Steam Breakdown Crane||Peter Jennings|
|Friday 7 April||Buses & Trains Galore||Ken Mumford|
|Friday 12 May||Classic Railway Films, presented by Peter Tough|
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 20 January||Steaming in the 1960s||Alan Reeve|
|Friday 17 February||
Group Annual Meeting,
|Friday 17 March||Carrying the Goods||Quentin Hawkes|
|Friday 21 April||Railway Ramblings with a “Cornishman”||David Letcher|
|Friday 19 May||The Weymouth Harbour Tramway||Brian Jackson|
|Friday 16 June||Happy Snappers Chasing Trains||Peter Triggs|
|Friday 21 July||The Robert Whitfield Collection – U.K. Steam 1948-1958||Peter Berry|
|Friday 18 August||Members’ Slides, m/c Francis Lewis.|
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.