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Winter Lectures 2015/2016

We also have a Summer Programme

Free admission to Members.  Visitors are most welcome.   We ask £1 per visitor to help with the costs.

Wednesday 7 October 2015

The Victorian Model Farm

Venue: St Philip and St James Church House, 60 Painswick Road, Cheltenham at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

At least 29 model farms were established in Gloucestershire in the Victorian period. Whitfield in Cromhall and Sezincote’s home farm survive as farms. What was the idea behind them? Who built them? What were their distinguishing features? How did they fare? We are very pleased to welcome Williams Evans from Bristol to answer these questions.

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Annual General Meeting and "Know Your Place"

Venue: Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Following the close of the formal business of the AGM we will have a presentation on the “West of England” extension to the “Know Your Place” project (or KYP) by Anne Lovejoy the Assistant Project Officer. KYP is a website that allows you to explore your neighbourhood through superimposed 'layers' of historic maps, images and linked information. It deals with learning about and sharing information on an area. The original very successful project covered only Bristol and South Gloucestershire, but Heritage Lottery funding has been obtained to extend the coverage to Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. Some GSIA members are already working on the project as volunteers. It is a very interesting project to hear about but even more interesting to participate in!

Wednesday 4 November 2015

Redler of Stroud

Venue: Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Our speaker, Keith Walker was the Marketing & Customer Service Manager at this famous Stroud engineering firm. We will hear about the beginnings of the firm and how Arnold Redler invented the unique 'Redler En-Masse Conveying and Elevating System' for the handling of dry bulk materials. Although little known to the general public we will learn how the system works and how it has had a massive influence within its field of application. Finally we will learn just how many of today's supermarket items are handled by 'The Redler System'.

Wednesday 9 December 2015

Brunel’s Broad Gauge

Venue: Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Why did Brunel introduce the Broad Gauge? What was the impact when there was a clash of gauges in Gloucester Station in 1844? These are many other questions will be answered in this illustrated talk by Michael Turner. Do come along and find out.

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Pottery and Brickmaking in Leckhampton

Venue: St Philip and St James Church House, 60 Painswick Road, Cheltenham at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

There was a huge demand for bricks during Cheltenham’s building boom in the 19th Century. Rich deposits of clay enabled entrepreneurs in Leckhampton to satisfy that need and also to manufacture ornamental and utilitarian pottery. Scarcely a trace remains of the factories that produced these goods, but thanks to trade directories, newspaper reports, advertisements, maps, census details and serendipitous encounters Eric Miller has been able to recreate a picture of some of these enterprises and the people who ran them.

Wednesday 24 February 2016

J Simmonds and Sons: Builders and Quarrymen 1861-1973

Venue: Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

Small businesses come and go, but few leave a lasting memory by creating buildings that will stand for centuries. This talk is about one such company; how it started and expanded to become a major player in the Arts & Crafts era, why it purchased one of the local quarries and how it's growth was influenced by both the local environment and the times. Our speaker, Tony Simmonds, grew up surrounded by this business, he is the son of Frank Simmonds who, with his cousin Jack, was the third generation of the family to run the firm until it was sold in the 1970s.

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Watercolour - Canals through Artist’s eyes; the story of canals and landscape painting

Venue: Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford, Gloucester at 7.30 p.m.   (Directions)

We are pleased to welcome back as our speaker, Tony Conder. Landscape painting in Britain developed at the same time as the waterway network of rivers and canals. Artists captured the new transport system and interpreted it in their own way leaving us a record in colour of the boats, activities and structures of canals at their peak. This talk combines work by some of Britain’s greatest artists with a tour of the country over 250 years.

All meetings are from 7.30 To 9.00pm.  For further details (or advice on Directions) contact: Ray Wilson (01453 860595)

Directions to Venues

Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Longford,Gloucester (GL2 9EB) SO 838200 (Map)

At the roundabout at the junction of Estcourt Road, St Oswalds Road and Tewkesbury Road (A38) take the Tewkesbury Road A38 north towards Longford. After about 400 yard turn right into Fairmile Gardens. Continue to the entrance to the Gala Club site at the end of the cul-de-sac (keeping left at the only junction).

St Philip and St James Church House, 60 Painswick Road, Cheltenham GL50 2ER.  SO 943211      (Map)

Church House is near the junction of Painswick Road and Grafton Road, alongside the Church. There is limited free on-site parking but plenty of free on-street parking.

Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West, Rodborough, Stroud GL5 3TZ,       SO 847044     (Map)

To reach the Rodborough Community Hall from Stroud (the bus station at Merrywalks on the A46 road) take the A46 south towards Nailsworth. After about a third of a mile turn left uphill immediately before the Clothiers Arms pub which lies on the left hand side of the A46. After climbing a third of a mile turn left at the crossroads into Butterow West leaving the Prince Albert pub on your right. Continue for about 150 yards and keep a sharp lookout on the left for the entrance to the Rodborough Community Hall car park (Note there is small sign at ground level). The hall has free parking on site.