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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 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
Railways of North & North East Switzerland
incorporating the Group Annual Meeting

Arthur Turner

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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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 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

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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 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

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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 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

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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 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  

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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 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
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.

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