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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 8 September The 2015 PTG Tour of New Zealand Dave Winter
Tuesday 13 October Brunel’s Bristol Chris Bigg
Tuesday 10 November In Town Tonight Peter Triggs
Tuesday 8 December An Evening with RTR DVDs Robin Jordan

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 25 September Steam Miscellaneous P. Spilsbury
Friday 30 October Cutting of the Manchester Ship Canal Mike Kenwright
Friday 27 November A Black & White Presentation – North Wales Circular 1963-66 (steam) John Hobbs

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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 25 September TBA  
Friday 30 October TBA  
Friday 27 November TBA  
Friday 11 December Christmas Evening Meeting with a Quiz. Murray Lewis

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South West Group

Chairman: Colin Stone
Secretary: Gillian Lemar-Collings

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 19 September Highlights of a Railway Videographer’s Year - Film Show David Brabner
Saturday 17 October Medley’s Medley – slides of 1970-80s Diesels John Medley
Saturday 21 November An Evening with Peter Peter Gray
Saturday 19 December Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain, plus ’50 Years Ago’ 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 11 September Bridges to Broadway Jon Sreeves
Friday 9 October A Swindon Tour Bob Townsend
Friday 13 November Didcot Developments III Richard Antliff
Friday 11 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 18 September Backtracking to Laira, Friary & the Plym Bernard Mills
Friday 16 October Restoring a Steam Sentinel Locomotive
Andy Chapman
Friday 6 November All About Transport
(Held at Rockwell Green School, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH)
Francis Lewis
Friday 20 November Medley’s Moments – The Nostalgia Continues John Medley
Friday 18 December Our Members Entertain - m/c Peter Triggs.  

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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