Monthly Talks 2018/2019

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 5th September – A City Fit for Heroes.

A new talk from Tony Condor entitled A City Fit for Heroes. The horrors of the first world war took an enormous toll. So what sort of world would the survivors of the war be coming home to?
Expectations were high. PM Lloyd George had promised a country fit for heroes. Tony has researched how Gloucester faced up to this ambitious goal.

Wednesday 17th October – “Queen Mary did not approve”

A newcomer to our speakers is local actress Lorraine Parsloe who has been in Only Fools and Horses and Casualty. Tonight, she will tell us about male impersonator and musical hall star Vesta Tilley who spent many formative years in Gloucester. Her talk “Queen Mary did not approve” – tells how King George V’s wife Mary held a fan in front of her face rather then watch Vesta perform.

Wednesday 21st November – Gloucestershire stories and folk songs

Tonight’s speaker Robin Burton will entertain us with some of the 1,500 Gloucestershire stories and folk songs he has collected since retiring. As usual our pre-Christmas talk will be followed by wine and mince pies.

Wednesday 20th February – Gloucester’s garden suburb

Do you know where Gloucester’s garden suburb was built and when? Building council homes for heroes after World War 1 was far from easy and straightforward as you will discover when Dr Toby Thacker, a senior history lecturer from Cardiff University looks at the challenges facing the City council.

Wednesday 20th March – “Barnwood Court (and Abbot Parker)”

Brian McBurnie and Richard Auckland have brought us several fascinating stories on Barnwood and tonight we are debuting their latest talk about “Barnwood Court (and Abbot Parker)”.
Parker the last abbot of St Peters Abbey (now the Cathedral) built his own tomb at the cathedral but he’s not buried there. In fact, no-one knows where he was laid to rest, but Barnwood Church has a good claim.

Wednesday 17th April – AGM followed by Archive footage of Gloucester

Following the Trust’s annual meeting we try to put on something light hearted.
Tonight, that spot will be filled by our chairman Robin Morris who will present some of his own films including one about 50 years old which shows the archaeological work undertaken during that period between old and familiar landmarks disappearing and newer buildings arriving/.

Monthly Talks 2018/2019

The following talks are open to all Gloucester Civic Trust members and are held at St John’s Church, Northgate Street, Gloucester.

Talks start at 7.30pm. Admission is free, with a retiring collection to support Gloucester Civic Trust and St John’s Church


Wednesday 3rd April – Ivor Gurney with Tony Condor

 The Chosen Trio
Ivor Gurney, Will Harvey and Herbert Howells, poets and musicians were all Gloucestershire born, three years before the first Dymock poet arrived they were walking the county’s roads, writing music and verse and setting out on what should have been star studded artistic careers. Chosen Hill at Churchdown was a central location for their relaxation, Framilode an outlet for their exercise…this is the story of their friendship and what happened to their undoubted talents


Wednesday 1st May – Royal Gloucester with Chris Moore

 For over 1000 years Gloucester’s history has been shaped in no small part by the interest, patronage and occasional displeasure of the reigning monarch. Down the centuries, kings and queens of England have come to Gloucester to hold parliament, equip armies, grant charters, go hunting, be crowned, and be buried. This talk will look at some of buildings and places in Gloucester at the heart of this extraordinary history and reveal some of the fascinating royal stories connected with them.


Wednesday 5th June – Dr Walter Robert Hadwen with Paul Drinkwater

 Dr Hadwen was a very remarkable man with strong convictions.

He was invited to Gloucester at the time of the great smallpox epidemic of 1896 to set up a medical practice. He involved himself in many community issues as a local councillor and JP He was an anti vaccinationist, an anti vivisectionist and a vegetarian. Popular with his patients he was viewed with some suspicion by the medical profession which led to his trial and acquittal for the manslaughter of a child under his care.

His legacy includes the Evangelical Church in Southgate Street and the Hadwen Medical Centre in Abbeymead.

The talk will be given by City Guide Paul Drinkwater and will last about 45 mins to an hour.

Wednesday July 10th – Georgian Gardens of Gloucester with Dr Jan Broadway.

By the 1740s a nursery had been established at the Chapel House Garden in St Catherine Street, and keen gardeners were meeting annually at an inn in the city for a florists’ feast. This talk explores the nurseryman and gardeners of Georgian Gloucester their gardens, nurseries and flower shows where they displayed their harvest.


Watch this space to find out the exciting programme of talks open to all members.
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