Monthly Talks 2017/2018

The following talks are open to all Gloucester Civic Trust members and are held at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Gloucester. GL2 9EB

Talks start at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection to help cover costs.

Wednesday 6 September – Fielding and Platt, Tony Conder

Tony Conder will talk about one of the city’s greatest engineering firms.

Fielding and Platt, which closed in the 1990s, is remembered with pride by thousands of people who worked there.

Although known principally for their hydraulic products, they also made a wide range of items noted for excellent quality and long life.

Wednesday 18 October – Samuel Bowly, Antony Barlow

Samuel Bowly was  a true Christian gent.

Not only was he a revered local businessman and leader of a temperance movement, but he was also, along with William Wilbeforce, one of the prime movers in the abolition of slavery in the 19th century.

One of his descendants, Antony Barlow, tells Sam’s story.

Wednesday 15 November – John Rowden’s Gloucester, presented by Phil Moss

Last year Phil Moss showed us photos originally taken during the late 1950s and early 1960s by Hempsted man, John Rowden.

John, who is no longer with us, made his collection available to Phil Moss, who will present another visual tour of yesteryear for us.

Wine and mince pies will be served after Phil’s presentation.

Wednesday 21 February – Henry Hooke, Paul Barnett

Those who saw the film Zulu will probably remember Henry Hooke, the hospital orderly who received the Victoria Cross following the 1879 battle at Rorke’s Drift.

Unfortunately, the film’s depiction of Hooke was inaccurate.

Tonight, Paul Barnett will give us the true story of Hooke, who was born and buried in Churcham.

Wednesday 21 March – Discover Historic Hempsted, Richard Trelfa

Maps will be available to help you walk the talk and Debbie Hotchkins, Hempsted’s premier historical reasearcher, will show her static display (Heritage Lottery Funded) of life in the Village in World War One.

Richard Trelfa is our speaker.

Wednesday 18 April – AGM followed by a presentation from Gloucester Film Makers

Some time ago we enjoyed archive footage shown by the Gloucester Cine and Video Club.

The club’s name has now changed to the Gloucester Film Makers and tonight, following our AGM, they will show us some more footage from 2007 to the present day.