Summer Visits

Guided History Walk around Newent Thursday July 11th

Dood Pearce will lead a walk around Newent starting at 2.00 pm from the porch of St. Mary’s church. This will last about 1.5 hours and end with a tour of the church followed by tea and cakes. Numbers are limited to c. 20 due to footpath/pavement sizes.

Oakham Treasures Museum Portbury near Bristol Thursday August 8th

Paul reynolds has organised this visit to a museum with a very eclectic collection objects :- Old pumps and tractors, packaging, a chemist’s shop, saucy postcards etc. There is a restaurant for lunch.

Leave Newent car park 9.00 am. Arrive Newent 4.00 pm

Cost £15 includes travel and entry to the museum

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January Social

Over 50 members ( a full room ! ) had a very enjoyable evening with good food, wine and most importantly excellent entertainment from Dick Brice, pictured here with the chairman Dood who had to gently bring the evening to a close or Dick would have continued for longer.

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Lacock Abbey Visit

In August 42 members had a very enjoyable day out visiting the Abbey and its photography museum dedicated to William Fox-Talbot. There was time to explore the village, much of which dates from the 13th century. This included the church, cottages, shops and several places for refreshment. Thank you Lionel for organising two excellent visits this year

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SS Great Britain Visit

51 members enjoyed a very successful trip to the SS Great Britain in July. The very recently opened Dockyard Museum was a part of the visit that most of our visitors had not seen before. The visit followed on from the talk given by Ian Caskie in April.

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The >War memorial St.Mary’s Church, Newent.

             Newent War Memorial


A new book is being launched at Newent Onion Fayre on 9th September about the Newent War Memorial.  It has been written by members of Newent Local History Society and gives details about the Newent men whose names are inscribed on the memorial as well as those who should have been included. There are 110 in total.

The book is entitled “We Will Remember Them” and has taken three years to write, and is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.  Details include the families, occupations and service history of each man, as well as their burial place, and medals awarded.  The dead of both World Wars are included.

Leader of the project and Chairman of the Society, Dood Pearce, said “This has been a mammoth task and has involved research in many regimental museums and archives, newspapers, graveyards and Parish records by several society members. Help has also been given by the families, who have found photographs and letters. It will be a useful resource for local and family historians”.

The book will be on sale in St Mary’s Church, Newent, where the memorial is situated, price £12.  If you cannot get to the Onion Fayre a copy can be obtained from Dood Pearce on 01531 821398 or e-mail


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