I am penning this prior to the November talk at the Gala Club when we end our talk with wine and mince pies……………so I’m anticipating a good turnout.

Both of the earlier autumn talks were well supported. The September event which was well publicised as part of the History Festival attracted between 120-130 when Tony Conder spoke about the state of Gloucester at the end of World War One.

This was followed by a lively talk in October by local thespian Lorraine Parsloe who hit the right note with a talk on Musical Hall artist Vesta Tilley. There was another musical offering in November when Robin Burton talked about Gloucestershire Folk songs.

Looking towards 2019 our February talk (on the 20th) by Cardiff University don Dr Toby Thacker will tell us about Gloucester’s first garden suburb…. where it was built and when.

Then in March (also on the 20th) our two friends from Barnwood, Brian McBurnie and Richard Auckland, will be trying to unravel the mystery of the last resting place of Abbot Parker. His tomb is in the Cathedral (then St Peter’s Abbey) but he’s not in it…. could it be that he’s buried in Barnwood.  Sleuths Brian and Richard will be providing us with all the evidence.

After our AGM on April 17th, our speaker will also be our chairman Robin Morris. He has old cine footage of digs and other events in Gloucester which will throw a new light on the events which surrounded the advent of the Civic Trust. Look out for a young Phil Moss who was an ardent amateur archaeologist in those far off days.

Please support our Gala Club talks – and bring a friend.

For more information check our Events page –https://www.gloucestercivictrust.org/events/

By John Lovell