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 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|
|Tuesday 13 January||Steam Recollections – Steam in the Landscape||Don Bishop|
|Tuesday 10 February||
The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting
|Tuesday 10th March||The Unknown Warrior – A Patriot Reborn||Richard Sant|
|Tuesday 14 April||Trains in B&W||Peter Skelton|
|Tuesday 12 May||The 4709 Project||Richard Croucher|
|Sunday 26 -
Wednesday 29 July
|Roadmotor Outing - 'Great West Highland Outing’|
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 October||Under and Over and on Top||Gwynne Parry|
|Friday 28 November||The Five Men that Made St. Helen’s||Joe Cowley|
|Friday 30 January||50 Years of Railway Photography||Colin Ellis|
|Friday 27 February||Group Annual Meeting followed by Members’ slides|
|Friday 27 March||Liverpool’s Disused Tunnels||Paul Wright|
|Friday 24 April||Standard Gauge Railways of France & Germany||Barry Rushton|
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 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|
|Friday 30 January||Trains of Route 66||Murray Lewis|
|Friday 27 February||Group Annual Meeting followed by ‘Learning to drive Freight Trains in the 21st Century’||“A Driver”|
|Friday 27 March||Railway Poster Art||Richard Furness|
|Friday 24 April||The Medway Queen||Mark Bathurst|
|Friday 29 May||Didcot Developments III||Richard Antliff|
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 October||8.35am 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|
|Saturday 17 January||Railways of Pakistan||Paul Sylvestri|
|Saturday 21 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘Steam – a Bit of Serendipity from Wales to the West Country’||Rod Holcombe|
|Saturday 21 March||Digitised Cine – Star – Archive Films||Paul Dibben|
|Saturday 18 April||Steam in Action in Wales||Alan Sainty|
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 October||Didcot & the GWS, Part II||Richard Antliff|
|Friday 14 November||Transport Allsorts||Ken Mumford|
|Friday 12 December||Festive Evening with Members’ Slides|
|Friday 9 January||Gloucestershire Byways||Trevor Young & Peter Tough|
|Friday 13 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by Swindon Quiz.||Joe Turner|
|Friday 13 March||Digital Didcot & All That||Joe Turner & Phil Harper|
|Friday 10 April||GWR Scenes Over the Years & The Broadway Bridges||Bernard Pearce & John Sreeves.|
|Friday 8 May||TBA|
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 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)
|Friday 21 November||Alpine Journey||Peter Tickner|
|Friday 19 December||0-3-0 to 4-14-4 & More||Michael Pollard|
|Friday 16 January||More Steam in the Sixties||Alan Reeve|
|Friday 20 February||Group Annual Meeting, followed by ‘The Rev. Hilary Dunn Collection’||Peter Triggs|
|Friday 20 March||Railways Around the Garden of England||Amyas Crump|
|Friday 17 April||Steam Action in Wales||Alan Sainty|
|Friday 15 May||Military Railways||Mike Walshaw|
|Friday 19 June||Roaming Northern Rails||Chris Ralls|
|Friday 17 July||Post-War Years in the St. Pancras District||Arthur Turner|
|Friday 21 August||Steam, Steam and More Steam||Peter Gray|
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.