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.

Friday 14th – Saturday 22nd September 2018: 10am-4pm ​(not open Sunday 16th) EXHIBITION IN ST LAURENCE PARISH CHURCH The Shambles – Free entry
The church presents a major new exhibition of the HISTORY OF THE PARISH CHURCH to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the opening of the rebuilt church in 1868 (the 14th century tower and spire remain)
Stroud Local History Society presents STROUD IN THE 1860s; we are looking at what was happening in Stroud in the 1860s – what was here and what was yet to come.
With another chance to see some of the 'STROUD IN THE 1960s' display
Thursday 20th September 2018 St Laurence Church 7.30pm Pictures of Victorian Stroud.We will be inside the church to see the work of Stroud photographer John Elliott who was active in and around Stroud 1870-1902. Only a few ofthese high-quality images have ever appeared in print. They show Stroud's streets and people in beautiful detail -then move out along the canal – up on to the commons and out along the valleys. John Elliott was a Stroud photographer whose work followed that of Edmund Gibbs and preceded Henry Comley. They had in turn all occupied the same studios – first in George Street and then in Russell Street. Comley was followed by Dennis Moss and his son-in-law Edwin Peckham – whose County Studio was familiar to Stroud residents right up to the 1980s. 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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