Past Events 2020 -2021

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Monday December 6th 2021 at 7.30 at Park Junior School Hall
Those were the days…….The Fighting Forties.
David and Virginia Adsett brought their collection of historical items from the 1940s and talked about life in those times.
followed by Christmas refreshments.

November 24th 2021 at 7.30 via Zoom
Sarah Walmsley
“She really is terrific” – A transatlantic crossing aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth
A talk based on the diary of Sarah’s grandmother Jocelyn Walmsley, written in 1950.
Jocelyn (nee Willcox) was brought up in Stonehouse and later married local historian Philip Walmsley, who was, until recently, a member of our group.

Wednesday November 10th 2021 7.30 pm at Park Junior School Hall
Martin Bryan from Stroudwater Navigation Archive Charity
Building the Stroudwater Canal (Stonehouse area) between 1774 and 1779
 Including the new Stroudwater History website

 Wednesday October 13th 2021 7.30 at Park Junior School Hall
Stuart Butler
The Radical History of Stroud and the Five Valleys
Stuart talked about the Radical History of Stroud and the Five Valleys with an emphasis upon the 18th and 19th centuries.

Wednesday September 8th 2021 7.30 pm at Park Junior School Hall
A short AGM to elect officers and committee followed by –
Kim Baker and her father Robert (Bruce) Baker

“Happy Land”


Wednesday July 14th at 7.30 pm
Rich White
From monochrome to colour: historic Stonehouse photos recoloured.
Plus Quiz

Wednesday June 9th at 7.30 pm
The history of Stroud Brewery

a presentation by Marion Hearfield  (of Stroud Local History Society)
 Marion told the story of the brewery from when it started in 1760 at Lippiatt to when it was closed in the 1960s.

 Thursday May 13th 7.30 pm
Philip Wilkinson
High Street histories

The British have long been known as ‘a nation of shopkeepers’ and the history of shops and shopping in England is long and enthralling. Drawing on the research he did for his book Turn Back Time: The High Street, Philip Wilkinson tells the colourful story of England’s high streets from the elegance of the Georgian period, via the showmanship of Victorian shopkeepers, to the beginning of the 20th century. Shops from all these periods can still be found on our high streets, and their architecture has much to tell us about the people who owned them and their customers.

Find out more about Philip Wilkinson here

April 14th 2021 at 7.30 pm
The Misses Kimmins’ School
a presentation by Pauline Stevens (of Stroud Local History Society)
Nurses at Standish VAD Hospital
a presentation by Shirley Dicker and Vicki Walker
Click here to view a recording on YouTube

 March 10th 2021 at 7.30 pm
John Peters
Six stages of separation and stories of the Cold War
John talked about the connections between well known people in history and his own family.

 February 10th 2021 at 7.30 pm
Short Talks and Quiz
Click here to view a recording of these talks on YouTube
 John Peters A Day in History (WW2 in Tetbury)
John  talked about the preparations for possible German invasion in Tetbury during World War Two and how a family photo became a unique record of wartime actions.
Jim Dickson Pillboxes along the Stroudwater canal in Stonehouse
Jim outlined the story of the pillboxes, what they were for, where they were built and what has happened to them after the war and today.
 8.20 Stonehouse Quiz

January 25th 2021 at 7.30 pm
Short talks and Quiz
Nick Peters  The First Ironworker in America
John Berkeley from Gloucestershire became one of the first ironworkers on the other side of the Atlantic. Nick gave a short history of the event, the background behind his research and his aims for the future.
Shirley Dicker Sir Henry Winston of Standish Court.
Shirley Dicker has been researching her family history for ten years. She talked about some of her ancestors who lived at Standish Court and her link to Winston Churchill.
Vicki Walker The History of the Post Office in Stonehouse
An overview of the various locations of the Post Office
Stonehouse Picture Quiz Part Two

December 14th 2020
Short Talks and Quiz

 Jim Dickson The origin of the Ocean (on the Stroudwater canal near Stonehouse Court)
 Steve Mills A strange journey from the Bristol Channel to Eastington.
The story of an industrialist and his family’s interesting journey from Somerset to Eastington via the island of Steep Holm.
 Janet Hudson Graft and Craft – Some beautiful objects crafted from wood
Picture Quiz

 November 30th 2020
Val Kirby
Landscapes of Wool and Water

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October 19th 2020
Vicki Walker
Some History of the Pubs in Stonehouse  

 We are very grateful to the Arboricultural Association for sponsoring and arranging this webinar for us.

Click here to view a recording of this talk

September 9th 2020
John Parker
The history and importance of trees in Stonehouse.

On September 9th at 7.30 pm  the Arboricultural Association hosted a free live webinar for the Stonehouse History Group. Technical Director John Parker  delivered a presentation about the trees of Stonehouse, looking at the history of the town through trees and focusing on some of the best specimens in the area.  This was a great opportunity to learn more about some of the fantastic trees – and the interesting social history – in Stonehouse.
We are very grateful to the Arboricultural Association for sponsoring and arranging this webinar for us

Watch the webinar here

A link to a recording of this webinar is also on the Arboricultural Association website