Events

Jun
18
Wed
Memorial inscriptions @ St. Michael and All Angels
Jun 18 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jul
16
Wed
Annual Family History in a Forest Churchyard : Tba
Jul 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Aug
20
Wed
Life of composer Herbert Howells : Maurice Bent @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Aug 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sep
17
Wed
D-Day Wrecks to Relics – Purton’s Mulberry Blueprint : Paul Barnett @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Purton’s flotilla of concrete ships

Sep
27
Sat
GFHS FOD Branch Open Day @ The Venue, C.S.M.A, Whitemead Park
Sep 27 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oct
15
Wed
The Bridges of the Lower Wye – Ross to Chepstow @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Oct 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

By : Averil Kear

Nov
19
Wed
St. Briavels Village @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Nov 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

An illustrated talk on St. Briavels, based on his walking tour of the village

By : Geoff Davis

Dec
17
Wed
Christmas Social @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Dec 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Jan
21
Wed
Arthur Bernard Clifford M.S.M. @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jan 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

By : Roger Deeks

Without giving too much away, A. B. Clifford, as he was usually referred to, was in charge of Mine Rescue in the Forest of Dean.  He is ever present in old group photos of the various rescue teams wearing their breathing apparatus, you sometimes see.  When the large, nationalised, collieries closed the local rescue service went too and with the passing of the old colliers, the memory of A. B. Clifford.

Feb
18
Wed
Slides of the Western Front @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Feb 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Another selection ..

By: Eric Nicholls

Mar
9
Mon
Mar 9 @ 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM

Launch of MI recording project at this cemetery.

Mar
18
Wed
John Powles, a well connected man’ @ Bream Community Library
Mar 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

By: Kevin George

Apr
15
Wed
Annual General Meeting @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Apr 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
May
20
Wed
The Severn Bridge Disaster – a disaster waiting to happen @ West Dean Centre, Bream
May 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

By: Paul Barnett

Jun
17
Wed
Parkend Lynch Gate Cemetery @ St Paul's Church, Parkend
Jun 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The introduction and launch of the memorial inscription recording project at this cemetery

Jul
15
Wed
Members evening @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jul 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

A Members’ “get together” meeting … a chance to hand in any completed Parkend M.I.s (I am sure many will have finished by now) and sort out any problems Members may have with the memorials allocated to them. There’ll also be opportunity to access the material in the Branch’s resources cupboards, use the databases on the Branch laptops, and Phil Morton will be able to arrange access into Bream Community Library to use the library computers to access the likes of Ancestry and other internet resources. Light refreshments will be laid on as usual, of course.

Aug
19
Wed
Graveyards I have known – the funny side @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Aug 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

with Ian Harrison.

Sep
16
Wed
Luftwaffe over the Forest – the mystery of the vanishing plane and airmen @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Sep 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Sep
26
Sat
GFHS Forest of Dean Branch Open Day @ Whitemead Park, Parkend
Sep 26 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Oct
21
Wed
Who do you think you are (The Australian version) @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Oct 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

A video shown by Kevin George

Nov
18
Wed
The life of Captain Eric Harvey M.C., the best of Company Commanders, and the best of comrades @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

with Steve Cooper.

Dec
4
Fri
Helpdesk at Cinderford @ Cinderford Library
Dec 4 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Dec
16
Wed
Christmas Social @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Dec 16 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Jan
20
Wed
The History of Coal Mining in the Forest of Dean @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jan 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

A Talk by John Belcher

Jul
20
Wed
Village Life in mid-Victorian Times @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jul 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Rose Hewlett is coming to give an illustrated talk on “Village Life in mid-Victorian Times”. West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.

Aug
17
Wed
Members’ Evening @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Aug 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Members Evening at the West Dean Centre. Come along and use the resources on the branch laptop. Look at our various local records. We will also be preparing for the Branch Open Day at Parkend.

FOUND Handwritten Family Tree  – during the recent M.I. recording at the Parkend Lychgate burial ground. We found a large handwritten family history tree starting with John Morse b. 1737 Awre West Dean Glos, d. 1797. Married Margaret Jones 3.8,1762.
It was wet but we dried it out and it is mostly still readable. If it belongs to you please let us know.

Aug
20
Sat
Bream Flower Show @ Bream Rugby Ground
Aug 20 @ 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

As in previous years, we will have our M.I. books on display at Bream Flower Show.  Branch members wishing to help are welcome – just turn up on the day.

Sep
21
Wed
Monmouth Oddities and Curiousities @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Sep 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

The Forest of Dean Branch will be given a talk by David J Harrison. David returns after his very well received talk on Monmouth Cemetery last year.

Sep
24
Sat
Forest of Dean Branch Open Day @ Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend
Sep 24 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come along to our Open Day at The Venue, Whitemead Forest Park, Parkend. The event is at the ‘Boundless’ facility (formerly C.S.M.A.)  We will bring all our local M.I.s plus access to on-line Family History resources.

Oct
7
Fri
Family History HelpDesk @ Cinderford Library
Oct 7 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Family History helpdesk at Cinderford Library, 2.00pm to 4.00pm., and the first Friday of the month, following, subject to demand.

Oct
8
Sat
Glamorgan FHS Fair @ Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre
Oct 8 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Forest of Dean branch will represent the GFHS at this event in Merthyr Tydfil.

Oct
19
Wed
Mining in the Forest of Dean @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Oct 19 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Many Foresters worked down the “pit”. Geoff’s talk looks at the coal “pits” and iron mines that many of our ancestors worked in and where they were and what is left of them. West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.

 

Nov
16
Wed
Lydney Grammar School pupils in WWI @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Nov 16 @ 7:30 PM

Branch member Steve Cooper has offered to give an illustrated talk on some of the former pupils of Lydney Grammar School who died in WW1, and whose photos were displayed in the school for many years as a memorial to them.
West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.

 

Dec
21
Wed
Christmas Social @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Dec 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Our annual Christmas social at the West Dean Centre, Bream. Bring along something to eat, drink and share.

Jan
18
Wed
The Brass Tradition in the Forest of Dean @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jan 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Roger Deeks will return to talk to us about about  The Brass Tradition in the Forest of Dean. Numerous families will have old photos of family members in local bands. Sometimes this can be the only surviving photo of their ancestor. “Brass banding” was a popular activity in the Forest and bulit upon the cameradery of the miners who worked down the local ‘pits’.

Feb
15
Wed
DVD, showing an episode of W.D.Y.T.Y.A., the U.S.A. version. @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Feb 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Eric has got hold of a DVD of the U.S.A. version of Who Do You Think You Are. We will watch an episode at the meeting.

Mar
15
Wed
The 1939 Register @ The West Dean Centre, Bream
Mar 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Eric will be telling us about the 1939 Register that can be viewed on FindMyPast web site.

Apr
19
Wed
Branch A.G.M. @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Apr 19 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Branch Annual General Meeting at the West Dean Centre, Bream.

May
17
Wed
How to get the best out of village records @ West Dean Centre, Bream
May 17 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Rose Hewlett on “How to get the best out of village records”.  West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.

Jun
21
Wed
Memorial Inscription Recording at Parkend @ Parkend Church
Jun 21 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Memorial inscription recording at Parkend (St. Paul), the new extension to the left of the Lychgate section (as you look from the road). Meet 7.00pm.

Steve and Eric have surveyed the burial ground and prepared simple plans as we used in the Lych Gate cemetery. The burials are in well defined plots and rows, and apart from a small number of early burials which are of an assortment of styles of memorial they are all headstones on plinths with the odd “cremation marker” here and there. There is also a plot of cremation memorials.

Ground conditions and, generally, the condition of the memorials are much better than in the Lych Gate section. It should be possible to photograph most memorials and transcribe the inscriptions from the images off screen at home. How the recordings are to be best presented for inputting into the database will be decided on site before we start.

There are 373 grave memorials and 104 cremation memorials.

Jul
19
Wed
Family History in a Forest Churchyard – Lydney, St Mary’s. @ St Mary's Church
Jul 19 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Our Family History in a Forest Churchyard series continues with St Mary’s, Lydney. This series was started by Steve Cooper a few years ago.

This event will be led by branch member Pat Morris. Pat will tell us about some of the more interesting memorials and people in the churchyard.

Meet at the entrance gate to St Mary’s on Church Road, Lydney at 7:00 pm.

In the event of wet/bad weather please check here before travelling.

Please note there is limited parking space available. In the event of a last minute cancellation due to severe inclement weather Phil Morton has kindly arranged for us to adjourn to Bream where we can mingle and have the opportunity to use the internet.

Aug
16
Wed
Forest of Dean branch – Members evening @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Aug 16 @ 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Bring along your research

Members are invited to do a short presentation on some aspect of their particular research, say an interesting memorial or family photo, etc., or some “brick wall” they cannot break through (we are expecting at least one of the latter).

A projector and laptop will be available if you have it on a CD or USB stick, or bring it along, as it is, and just hand it around – a photo, of course, not a memorial!

If a few members would be willing to co-operate it should make and interesting and entertaining evening.

Sep
13
Wed
John Putley gives a talk on Medieval Animals + GFHS Annual General Meeting @ Hucclecote Methodist Hall
Sep 13 @ 7:15 PM – 9:00 PM

Members and Non Members come and hear a fascinating talk by John Putley of Gloucestershire Archives on Medieval Animals.

AGM all Members are welcome to come and have their say , appoint a new committee and learn about the latest happenings with our move to be within the New Heritage Hub.

These are exciting times and give great opportunities to all our members to embark on new research avenues, as well as alternative opportunities in volunteering.

The committee need to hear you views.

Carisbrooke Road is on the No 10 bus route from both Gloucester & Cheltenham, and Stroud members can pick up the No 10 at the Cross Hands Shurdington.

Free car parking is available at the hall and surrounding area.

A FREE TEA OR COFFEE ALSO AVAILABLE

 

Sep
20
Wed
Defending the Drift – Hook V.C. of Rourkes drift @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Sep 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Paul Barnett on “Defending the Drift”, the story of Alfred Henry Hook V.C., hero of the Zulu Wars, who was buried at Churcham (St. Andrew) Churchyard. West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.

Sep
23
Sat
Forest of Dean Branch Open Day @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

New Venue this year in the centre of the village of Bream.

Oct
18
Wed
Painted Wall Advertisements in Gloucester @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Oct 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Derrick Hall on Painted Wall Advertisements in Gloucester.

Derrick is a member of G.F.H.S and gave his presentation to a meeting at Gloucester earlier this year. It comprises a selection of photographs of painted wall advertisements to be, or were to be, found in Gloucester (and one or two other places) which Derrick has collected. He has very kindly agreed to come to Bream to show us the images. As he says it is not particularly family history but it is certainly the closely allied social history.

Nov
15
Wed
Family history in a Forest churchyard – Awre (St. Andrew) – a virtual tour @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Nov 15 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Steve Cooper will present a slide show of the most interesting memorials in the churchyard of St Andrew’s church at Awre.

Dec
20
Wed
Christmas Social – 2017 @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Dec 20 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Our annual Christmas Social at the West Dean Centre, Bream.

Jan
17
Wed
Talk: From Hope to Longhope – Captain Pringle, his life and times @ West Dean Centre, Bream
Jan 17 @ 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

A talk by Jo Phelps on Captain Pringle of Longhope.

A talk about the life of Captain Henry Arthur Pringle, born 1864 in Hope, British Columbia, and died 1939 in Longhope, Gloucestershire. He became a Mining Engineer and had interests in mines around the globe, retiring to Longhope and attempting to revive iron ore mines in the Forest of Dean.

 

Feb
21
Wed
Episode of USA version of Who Do You Think You Are? @ West DEan Centre, Bream
Feb 21 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

We will have an episode of the Who Do You Think You Are? from “across the pond”.