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.

DATE/TIME/VENUE SUBJECT SPEAKER/VISIT
Thursday 14th June 2018 2.30pm SOLD OUT 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)
Monday 16th to Sunday 29th July 2018 St Laurence Parish Church The Shambles Stroud Stroud Local History Society Summer Exhibition This year we will be in the parish church and displays will include: Stroud in the 1960s/ Stratford Park/William Adams photographer/Between The Wars/ That house in… Picture from 200 years of brewing in the west country
Thursday 19th July 2018 2.30pm SOLD OUT 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. 1951 advert
Friday 20th July 2018 Lansdown Hall Stroud 8pm Sixties Night with the Boogie Bop Boys – Music of the 60s and Pictures of Stroud in the 1960s – Dance/sing/dress up – all optional – prize for the best 60s outfit! Tickets from SLHS – email: [email protected] or phone 01453 759641 – Early bird tickets £8 until 15th June 2018 – Advance tickets £9 from 16th June 2018 – On the door £10 (cash only)
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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