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 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
Sunday 18th Feb 2018 Old Town Hall 2.30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 26/1/18 Gala afternoon and tea party. The Stars and Songs of the Old Time Music Hall. ‘Back in the Day’ music hall was THE unstoppable craze! From early Victorian times its heady concoction of skills comedy and songs captivated the nation from working class to aristocracy. Huge theatres seating thousands were built specially. Its stars were household names. Ladies and gentlemen for your delectation and delight we have sought out the catchiest songs and most famous personalities from its hey-day to tell the story of the uniquely British music hall. With our extravagantly illustrated talk we invite you to see and even hear the stars to brush up your memories and to sing along with such favourites as ‘Hold your hand out you naughty boy!’ and ‘My old man said follow the van’. Diana and Fred with Diana Humphrey and Fred Ward.
Thursday 15th March 2018 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm Rodney Shepheard – Stroud photographer. An evening of unpublished 1940s photographs taken in and around the Stroud district. In 2016 Stroud Local History Society was given access to a collection of negatives taken in the 1940s by engineer inventor and amateur photographer Rodney Shepheard. He took his camera along the canal around his home at Brimscombe – into the Bullock Parsons foundry where he worked during WW2 around and about the district and into his own home. SLHS has digitised 250 images from the collection of over 4000 negatives and many of them will be shown for the first time illustrated talk by Marion Hearfield
Thursday 19th April 2018 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm John Canton – a Blue Plaque in the Shambles. 2018 is the 300th Anniversary of John Canton's birth so we should remember this eminent scientist who was born in Stroud and his diverse achievements. a talk by Barry Harrison
Thursday 17th May 2018 2 pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL Visit Wick Court Arlingham peninsula.Last time SLHS visited it needed a lot of renovation; now it is a Farm for City Children. We will visit the farm then see what the children are doing in the Woodland are;and have a tour of the 17th century manor house. After tea and cake we can join the children for storytelling in the roundhouse Limited numbers so book early
Thursday 14th June 2018 2.30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL Cam Mills – Talk and guided visit. Winterbotham Strachan and Payne's cloth-making mills at Cam Lodgemore (Stroud) and Longfords (Minchinhampton) survived into the 1990s when they were taken over by Milliken (a US company). The Longford site was closed down at that point. Our first visit will be to the Cam mill where fabric is produced before being finished at Lodgemore. Our guided tours will describe the companies that used these sites – and the many fires! – with stories from the past four centuries. (photograph © Ben Ashworth courtesy of Dursley Glos Web) Limited numbers so book early
Thursday 19th July 2018 2.30pm BOOKING ESSENTIAL 1951 advert WSP Textiles. Talk and guided visit – the second of our summer visits to our surviving cloth factory. Still making coverings for tennis balls and snooker and pool tables the founders were Winterbotham Strachan and Playne. Lodgemore mills was bought by the Strachan family in 1865 and is still the HQ. It was destroyed by fire in 1871 and rebuilt in 1875 in red blue and yellow brick. The grand 18th century mill owners house is now offices.Limited numbers so book early
Thursday 20th September 2018 St Laurence Church 7.30pm Pictures of Victorian Stroud. As St Laurence Church is commemorating its rebuild in 1868 (apart from the 14th century tower and spire) we will be inside the church and see pictures of buildings that were in Stroud at that time. illustrated talk by Howard Beard
Thursday 18th October 2018 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm House History– tips on how to trace the history of your house. What clues can you glean from looking at the building? illustrated talk by Rose Hewlett
Thursday 15th November 2018 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm AGM – followed by TH & J Daniels Ltd. Engineers Stroud . A family firm for over 120 years; it used to be one of the largest employers in the area. Their name can still be found on girders and drain covers around Stroud. The products diversified over the years and culminated in making presses and injection-moulding machines for the plastics and rubber industry world-wide illustrated talk by Ray Wilson
Sunday 9th December 2018 2.30pm St Laurence Church Hall BOOKING ESSENTIAL by 16.11.2018 Poetry to amuse inform and entertain. You may have heard Peter on Radio Gloucestershire's Mark Cummings show as he is the 'Breakfast Show Bard'. He is an experienced performance poet and his poems include history and places in Gloucestershire. We heard a poem about George Holloway when the Holloway Whistle sounded in Stroud with Peter Wyton

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