Current Programme

Non-members are welcome to attend our meetings.                                            Advantages of, and how to become a  member

We meet either at St Laurence Church Hall (door facing the church), or The Old Town Hall (upstairs), both in The Shambles, Stroud. Nearest car park is Church Street

Meeting fees:  £2.50 members     £3.50 non-members – pay on the door.

Special meetings & visits marked * must be pre-booked and may have different fees – non-members please use the contact us form to make a booking.

For visits, we meet at the destination. Contact us if you need a lift and we will try to help.

Thursday 20th April 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm From Oil Mill to Snow Mill: Snow in April? Well it has been known. But for Stroud Local History Society's April meeting the snow is guaranteed. Some members of the Society were given a private tour of the Mill last summer. This talk will bring everyone else up to date with the story of the old mill and the very different story of what is happening there now. Ice; ash; ten different kinds of snow …. it might get messy. Once you have heard the story of Snow Business you will never again watch on-screen snow in the same way. Illustrated talk by Marion Hearfield – Stroud Local History Society
Thursday 18th May 2017afternoon visit *BOOKING ESSENTIAbroclworth-courtL by 20.4.2017 Brockworth Court: House gardens (and church next door). This is a rare opportunity to visit the house as it is only open to pre-booked groups. The manor house was the prior's house for Llathony Secunda priory from 1142 to 1540. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn visited in August 1535. There are wall paintings in the Solar room on the first floor dating from pre and Tudor times and also a priest hole. It remained with a Catholic family until approx the 1860's. The informal tapestry style garden has a fish pond with an island and adjacent is the Norman church which was renovated in Victorian times. Tim Wiltshire. The visit will be followed by tea and cake in the 15th century tithe barn.
Thursday 15th June 2017 afternoon visit *BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 18.5.2017bailey-paints Baileys paint factory – Griffin Mill Thrupp. S.G. Bailey Paints Ltd started making paint in Stroud in 1896. We will be given a guided tour round the factory then the chance to prowl around the other businesses on the mill site.
Thursday 20th July 2017 afternoon visit *BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 15.6.2017hawkwood-college-may-2016 Hawkwood College. Hear about its history as we take a tour of the house and gardens. Until the 1930s this was The Grove – owned by the Capel family since 1715 and before that by the Mayos. The Jacobean house was destroyed by fire so the current house dates from the 1840s. The Capels built up a large estate but in 1914 they sold 822 acres for development. The folly (no longer there) in Folly Lane belonged to The Grove. Alicia Carey
Thursday 14th September 2017 4.30pm visit *BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 17.8.2017malting-ps Malthouse & Salmon Springs. A guided tour around the old buildings
Thursday 19th October 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pmat-tile-trader Old Stroud Brewery with newly-added bits to her extensive research Illustrated talk by Marion Hearfield – Stroud Local History Society
Thursday 16th November 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pmholloway-ledgers AGM – followed by Recent Acquisitions. An opportunity to find out more about recent acquisitions and research by members and a second-hand book sale (donations welcomed) Illustrated talk by Marion Hearfield and Pauline Stevens – Stroud Local History Society
Thursday 7th December 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm *BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 16.11.2017 Schooldays and Christmas days in old films. The celebrated Gladys Beale of Minchinhampton (who lived to be 106) and a humorous look at the festive season – 'Consuming Christmas' by Alan Vaughan

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