We hope that you find that the programme we have put together for the coming year has something of interest and tempts you to join us!

Sunday 22nd April  –  We have organised a Gloucester Civic Trust City tour for this date.  A few years back they led our group on a historical tour of Gloucester Docks….fascinating!  The guided tour this time will include Robert Raikes house, the Dominican Priory, the Parliament Rooms amongst other areas of interest in the City.  The tour will start at 1.30pm and last 90 minutes, finishing at Gloucester Cathedral for much needed refreshments.

Summer Outing  –  We are planning a trip to Little Malvern Court and its gardens that nestle in the Malvern Hills;  a 14th century Prior’s Hall, once attached to the 12th century former Benedictine Priory.  There are  magnificent views to be enjoyed over the Severn Valley.   We also plan to visit the nearby church of St Walston’s, the last resting place of Sir Edward Elgar. Further details on this trip will be added shortly.

The following are talks held at Randwick Village Hall, at 7.30pm except the Annual General Meeting which starts at 7pm followed by the speaker.  

Thursday 27th September  –  David Harrison will give his talk on ‘William Morris, a Life for our Time’.

Thursday 25th October  –  Cherry Hubbard will talk on the ‘World War 1 Home Front’.

Thursday 22nd November  –  Di Wall of Minchinhampton will give her talk that covers the whole history of Aston Down ‘Kangaroos to K types’  (Australian planes in 1918 to gliders used in 1990’s training).

Thursday 24th January 2019  –  Allan Smith will give an illustrated talk;  subject yet to be confirmed.

Thursday 21st February  –  Malcolm Watkins will give his talk ‘Boil a mouse in Urine’.

Thursday 14th March  –  This will commence with a short AGM at 7pm followed by a talk by Fiona Mead ‘What can Victorian School Logbooks tell us about social history’ (including Randwick’s).



Late April  –  A walk in Randwick woods with Allan Smith to look at archaelogical sites of interest.  Date to be confirmed.

15th June  –  A guided walk with John Dixon on ‘Hidden Tewkesbury’ followed by the option of lunch at Gupshill Manor.  For more information see below.

28th September – A talk by John Heathcott on the ‘Ancient Woodland of Gloucestershire’

25th October – Barry Harrison will give a talk on ‘The man who took Stroud’s Temperatures’.

23rd November –  Ray Wilson will talk about ‘Stroud Industries in the First World War’.

January  –  A talk by Allan Smith, date and subject to be confirmed.

22nd February  –  Paul Barnett will be giving a talk on ‘The Severn & Wye Railway Bridge – disaster waiting.

20th March –  AGM followed by Annie Blick showing Peckham’s old photographs of Stroud and district.


We have arranged a Guided Tour that will explore the ‘Hidden History of Tewkesbury’.  It will include something of the history of the Abbey but so much more including the town’s Quakers & Methodists fight against the slave trade, the 19th century housing crisis with (famous) alleys – definitely unplanned – and cholera.

The group fee for the tour is £50 so individual cost will be dependent on numbers.  We will be meeting John Dixon who is President of the Tewkesbury History Society at 10.30 a.m. with the tour lasting up to one and three quarter hours.  We will travel to Tewkesbury in cars so if you require a lift, please let us know as this can be arranged.

There is also the option of Lunch at Gupshill Manor …..it’s on the Gloucester Road just outside Tewkesbury and comes recommended as being reasonably priced with good food!      

If you would like to join us on this visit please phone Chris Eva (750039) or Di Giles (766782) by Wednesday 31st May.  The extensive lunch menu can be found on the Gupshill Manor website, please let us have your menu choice by that date.