MONTHLY TALKS

 

Talks Programme – Gala Club

 

The Civic Trust talks programme provides interesting insights into local history.

These talks are free and are open to all but there is a retiring collection.

The talks are held at the Gala Club, Fairmile Gardens, Tewkesbury Road, Gloucester GL2 9EB at 7.30 pm.

 

 
Wednesday February 16th

Anzacs over the Cotswolds. A talk by Ian Hollingsbee. The story of Australian and New Zealand airmen who came to the UK during World War One. They were volunteers, many of whom never lived to return to their homelands.

Wednesday March 16th

A meeting to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first public meeting which led to the formation of the Gloucester Civic Trust. There will be an archive film, a short talk and a glass of wine and refreshments.

Wednesday April 20th

Annual General Meeting presided over by our Life President Robin Morris. There will be a film from the Gloucester Film Makers who have been delving into their archives to come up with films of Gloucester around the late 60s and early 70s.

 

 

Talks Programme – St John’s

 

The Civic Trust talks programme provides interesting insights into local history.

These talks are free and are open to all but there is a retiring collection.

The talks are held at St John’s Methodist Church in Northgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2AN at 7.30 pm

 

 
Wednesday May 25th 

Royal Gloucester. A talk by chris Moore. For over 1000 years Gloucester’s history has been shaped by the interest, patronage and occasional displeasure of the reigning monarch. Kings and Queens of England have come to Gloucester to hold parliament, equip armies, grant charters, go hunting, be crowned and be buried.

Thursday June 23rd

Trams of Gloucester. A talk by Paul Drinkwater. an illustrated talk on the history  of transport and the advent and demise of the trams in Gloucester from 1875 to 1933.

Wednesday June 29th

Sir Thomas Rich. A talk by Paul Drinkwater. Gloucester born Thomas Rich was baptised in St John’s Church but was educated in London and Oxford and spent much of his life in Sonning, near Reading, where there was a Bluecoat School which he supported. When de died he left money for the establishment of a similar Bluecoat School in Gloucester. Today it is situated in Longlevens and is called Sir Thomas Rich’s School.

Wednesday July 13th

Gloucester Co-operative from 1860. A talk by Minette Lane. A story of determination, passion and sheer hard graft. In 1860 a group of like-minded people started a local Co-operative Store, the forerunner to the many local Co-Op shops in the area to this day. People like Joseph Clay, whose plaque is in Brunswick Road – Parkers Row – near to the first store that was established in 1867.

Wednesday July 20th

Ups and Downs of the River. A talk by Tony Conder. The River Severn is Gloucester’s western boundary. The flow of the river is disrupted twice a day by the tides and from time to time by floods coming down the river. This talk looks at the bore and its spectators, boating on the tide, floods on the river and ends at the Gloucester Riviera.