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 16th March 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm
||Edwardian transport in the Stroud area. From Howard's extensive collection we will see all forms of vehicles; including rail and horse-drawn and from prams to lorries.
||Illustrated talk by Howard Beard – Stroud Local History Society
|Thursday 20th April 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm
||From Oil Mill to Snow Mill. If you missed the wonderful visit to Snow Business you can hear about it and see photos.
|| Illustrated talk by Marion Hearfield – Stroud Local History Society
|Thursday 18th May 2017afternoon visit *BOOKING ESSENTIAL 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 18.5.2017
||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 15.6.2017
||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 17.8.2017
||Malthouse & Salmon Springs. A guided tour around the old buildings
|Thursday 19th October 2017 St Laurence Church Hall 7.30pm
||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 7.30pm
||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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