Local History

Chairman:  Pat Sory                            galhistory@btinternet.com
Secretary:  Caroline Meller                 cmbmeller@gmail.com
Treasurer:  Ken Ascroft                       ken@yewtreehouse.me.uk

Committee members:

David Aldred        dhaldred@btinternet.com

Jill Collins              jillcollins674@btinternet.com

Philip Watson     pkwatson1@aol.com

In existence since 1982, the Society promotes interest in local history (Gotherington, Bishop’s Cleeve, Oxenton, Woolstone, Dixton and Prescott) by arranging speakers at monthly meetings, maintaining a lending library of books and pamphlets of local interest, sponsoring classes, and researching and publishing articles and booklets on local history.
Meetings are from September to May on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except December) at 7.30pm at Gotherington Village Hall, GL52 9ER.  Later this year there will also be an afternoon talk, to be held at 2.30pm.  Please note that in 2021 we will be holding two morning talks instead (the autumn event to be confirmed nearer the time).  Dues are £12 per year.  Non-members are welcome for a visitor’s fee of £3.  All meetings are followed by coffee, biscuits and the opportunity to browse through the Society’s wealth of local history books.

If you would like to become a member please contact Ken, our treasurer.

Like us on Facebook, Gotherington & Area Local History and follow us on Twitter, @GotheringtonLHS

LHS Privacy Policy

PROGRAMME DETAILS 2020 – 2021

NB. Hard copy of the programme, including a membership form, is always available at the village shop.

2020

Tuesday 24th March Poppies amongst the Daffodils: the Lives & Works of the Dymock Poets – Andy Meller CANCELLED

Tuesday 28th April A.G.M. (postponed until September) followed by Hailes Abbey: Holy Monks & Holy Blood? – David Aldred CANCELLED

Tuesday 26th May Three bitesize talks by members: The Arrival & Role of the Americans in the Local Area during WW2 by Ruben Spicer, The Water Project by Ken Ascroft, and Not Fake News (local newspaper articles) by Caroline Meller.  CANCELLED

During the summer recess there is usually an opportunity to join our outings to a variety of historic sites.  Regretfully, this year it’s a case of wait and see depending upon what impact the Coronavirus is still having on all our lives.  Please keep a regular eye on this web page plus our social media platforms for further updates.

Tuesday 22nd September A.G.M. (postponed from April) followed by The Great Train Robbery – Ian Boskett

Tuesday 27th October A Gloucester Odyssey – History & Traditions – Tony Conder

Tuesday 24th November The Gloucestershire & Berkeley Plantation of Virginia, Philip Ashford

Tuesday 15th December Christmas Ghosts: the Tradition of Winter Tales in Gloucestershire & Beyond – Kirsty Hartsiotis

2021

Tuesday 26th January Making a Living on the River Severn – Simon Draper

Tuesday 23rd February Funerary Monuments: Hidden Gems of World-Class Sculpture in Gloucestershire Churches – John Reid

Tuesday 23rd March Militant Women of Gloucestershire: their Fight for the Vote – Dr. Sue Jones

Tuesday 27th April A.G.M. followed by The Cotswold Way: 100 miles of History – Dr. Steven Blake

Tuesday 25th May Three Bitesize Talks by members (subjects to be confirmed nearer the time)

In addition to these evening talks there will be the occasional daytime talk (time & venue listed with each talk).  Admission: £3 non-members.  Refreshments included.

Friday 9th October 2020, 2.30pm Secret Worcestershire – Steve Burrows, at Gotherington Village Hall

Wednesday 10th March 2021, 10.30am Ethelfleda, Lady of the Mercians – Tim Porter, at The Old Chapel

Village events that you might be interested in attending:-

JUST MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING – Saturday 2nd May 2020 CANCELLED
Traditionally, we provide cakes from different periods of history.  What about Savoy Cake (19th cen.), Victoria Sandwich (19th cen.), Lemon Cake (19th cen.), Rich Seed Cake (18th cen.), Beetroot Pancakes (18th cen.), Gingerbread (17th cen.), Spice Cake (17th cen.), Shropshire Cake (17th cen.), Marzipan Bacon (17th cen.) …..?

(But maybe give King Alfred’s offering a miss!)

Please contact Caroline if you can offer any other recipes or would like information about those mentioned on the list above.

This year, the L.H.S. will be selling surplus books from our library at our May meeting, subject to health restrictions.  This will be an opportunity to buy books currently out of print that give a fascinating insight into our local history.

SUMMER OUTINGS 2020

Please contact the secretary if you can recommend an outing.  Depending upon the health restrictions at the time, it is hoped that at least one outing can be organised.

USEFUL LINKS

Gloucestershire Local History Association

Gloucestershire Archives

The Friends of Gloucestershire Archives

Victoria County History

Gloucestershire Family History Society

30th Anniversary 2012

To celebrate this anniversary we compiled a collection of old photographs taken around the villages of Gotherington, Woolstone and Oxenton. Take a look at our Picture Past page and discover more about how our area used to be.

RE-VISIT PAST OUTINGS:

2011 – 12: Civil war sites, Nailsworth mills , Roman Saturnalia Festival, Industrial archaeology of the Forest of Dean, Exploring medieval life at Gloucester Abbey.

2012 – 13: Our 30th anniversary celebrations, Romanesque architecture in Herefordshire: (Shobdon, Eardisley, Castle Frome), Exploring Cirencester, the Battle of Tewkesbury field walk, Marcher castles and churches (Grosmont and Skenfrith).

2014: Berkeley Castle, Medieval Bristol

2015: Prescott Hill Climb Deerhurst Lichfield Cathedral National Memorial Arboretum Cheltenham’s Ornamental Ironwork

2016: Selsley Church

TWITTER @GotheringtonLHS

Why not follow us?  We will be sending ‘On this day in local history’ tweets throughout the year as well as news of local history events.

PUBLICATIONS

There are several local publications which focus on the history of our area.
Local publications can be viewed by visiting Courtyard Books .

Research in progress (offers of photographs, newspaper cuttings, or memories gratefully received):

Memories of village cricket by Rob Sharp. Email: rob_sharp100@hotmail.com

Transcription of deeds by Caroline Meller. Email: cmbmeller@gmail.com

World War Two – Please send any local information to Caroline.

Why not undertake an investigation of your own?

Currently, members of the Society are researching the history of water in the area.  There are always many different aspects of local history which could be researched, for example:

– the history of your house (we have notes on all the houses in Gotherington)
– a particular club/society eg. the Tritons?
– Gotherington Cross Garage?
– Longfurlong Mobile Home Park?