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 13 September||The Severn Railway Bridge||Paul Barnett|
|Tuesday 11 October||Barrow Road Remembered||Dave Cheesley|
|Tuesday 8 November||Somewhere Around the World||Mike Tyack|
|Tuesday 13 December||Somerset & Dorset Retrospect||Gerald Nichols|
|Tuesday 10 January||GW Miscellany – Including Gems from the Soole Collection||Brian Arman|
|Tuesday 14 February||The Andrew Hook Memorial Meeting -
Group Annual Meeting, followed by a Didcot Speaker.
|Tuesday 14 March||Vintage Steam – Cine Films from the 1960s & 1970s at Home & Abroad||Terry Nicholls|
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 30 September||Steam in Black and White||Peter Spilsbury|
|Friday 28 October||Railway Personnel||Paul Shackcloth|
|Friday 25 November||GW Steam in South Wales & South West||Alf Storey|
|Friday 27 January||North of Preston||Barrie Rushton|
|Friday 24 February||Group Annual Meeting|
|Friday 31 March||TBA|
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 30 September||The Great Western & the Fairer Sex||Dr Rosa Matheson|
|Friday 28 October||Strictly Freight Only||Brian Ringer|
|Friday 25 November||The Paul Riley Collection (Part 2)||Tony Bowles|
|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|
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 17 September||Travails of a Ferroequinologist, part I||Terry McCarthy|
|Saturday 15 October||Steam in the Hills||Simon Foote|
|Saturday 19 November||Transport Video Highlights 2015||David Brabner|
|Saturday 17 December||Christmas Evening – Colin & Rosemary Stone Entertain,
plus ‘Another 50 Years Ago
|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|
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 9 September||Didcot Inspirations – a world ranging look||Richard Antliff|
|Friday 14 October||Images from the GW Trust Collection||Laurence Waters|
|Friday 11 November||Restoring Didcot’s 50 Ton Steam Breakdown Crane||Peter Jennings|
|Friday 9 December||Festive Meeting, including Members’ Slides|
|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|
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 16 September||Railways of Poole & Purbeck||Colin Stone|
|Friday 21 October||Trips, Tours & Evening Excursions
|Friday 4 November||Recent Transport Video Highlights
(Held at Rockwell Green School, Rockwell Green, nr Wellington, Somerset, TA21 9DH)
|Friday 18 November||45 Years of Railway Tales||David Hartland|
|Friday 16 December||Midland Extremities: S&D to S&C||Terry Nichols|
|Friday 20 January||Steaming in the 1960s||Alan Reeve|
|Friday 17 February||
Group Annual Meeting,
|Friday 17 March||Carrying the Goods||Quentin Hawkes|
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.