Purton’s flotilla of concrete ships
By : Averil Kear
An illustrated talk on St. Briavels, based on his walking tour of the village
By : Geoff Davis
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.
Another selection ..
By: Eric Nicholls
Launch of MI recording project at this cemetery.
By: Kevin George
By: Paul Barnett
The introduction and launch of the memorial inscription recording project at this cemetery
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.
with Ian Harrison.
A video shown by Kevin George
with Steve Cooper.
A Talk by John Belcher
Rose Hewlett is coming to give an illustrated talk on “Village Life in mid-Victorian Times”. West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family History helpdesk at Cinderford Library, 2.00pm to 4.00pm., and the first Friday of the month, following, subject to demand.
The Forest of Dean branch will represent the GFHS at this event in Merthyr Tydfil.
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.
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.
Our annual Christmas social at the West Dean Centre, Bream. Bring along something to eat, drink and share.
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’.
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.
Eric will be telling us about the 1939 Register that can be viewed on FindMyPast web site.
Branch Annual General Meeting at the West Dean Centre, Bream.
Rose Hewlett on “How to get the best out of village records”. West Dean Centre, Bream, 7.30pm.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
New Venue this year in the centre of the village of Bream.
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.
Steve Cooper will present a slide show of the most interesting memorials in the churchyard of St Andrew’s church at Awre.
Our annual Christmas Social at the West Dean Centre, Bream.
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.
We will have an episode of the Who Do You Think You Are? from “across the pond”.