Branch and Local News


Chairman               Richard Slessor                                                                01242 604482

Secretary               Robert Sutton                                                                   01242 574889

Publicity Officer     Andrea Robertson           01242 575049


The 2019 AGM will take place on Monday 16 September.

We would like to emphasise again the need for succession planning; the branch officers do not (and should not!) remain in office indefinitely.

We would be delighted to hear from any member who is interested in serving on the committee; please contact the Chairman or Secretary.


Resolutions were passed at the 2015 AGM to change the official name of the branch to the
'Historical Association Gloucestershire Branch’ and to authorise the Treasurer to consolidate the two existing branch accounts into one new account. The saga surrounding the implementation of these resolutions seemed endless, but we are delighted to announce that we do now – finally! – have new banking arrangements.

Please use ‘Historical Association Gloucestershire Branch’ on all cheques you make out to the branch from now on (including associate membership renewal).


School and university students are always welcome at all our meetings, without any entry fee.

Meetings normally begin at 7.30 p.m.

Planning for the new season's programme is well advanced, and there will be details on this website soon.


We divide our meetings between Cheltenham and Gloucester. The venue for Cheltenham meetings is the Teaching Block, University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus, Cheltenham, (GPS: enter The Park, Cheltenham). Gloucester meetings are at the Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire.

Both venues are easily accessible by car (with plenty of parking), and also by bus 94U from both Cheltenham and Gloucester. Full details of how to get to the venues are on this website at

Just a reminder that if you find it physically difficult to walk to our Cheltenham meeting venue (3-4 minutes) from the main car park at the Park campus, please let either the chairman or the secretary know. Although we are unable to guarantee it, it is often possible to make use of a small car park closer to the building in which the meetings are held.


The branch Christmas lunch will be at the Star Bistro at Ullenwood again this year. The bistro enables young people with disabilities to work, train and learn alongside professional hospitality and catering teams; both service and food are excellent,and it is good to support this well-respected organisation. The food is good, the staff are welcoming, and parking is absolutely no problem.

We provisionally plan to book the bistro for lunch on Saturday 7 December. You might like to put this date in your diary or calendar with a question mark against it; firm details and a booking form will be circulated to members nearer the time.



This year's outing is to Brockworth Court on the evening of Friday July 5. You will find it just off the A417, a little east of Junction 11A on the M5.

Wikipedia tells us that the original house was granted to Llanthony Secunda Priory in the 12th Century and remained as a Prior's residence until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1540, when it was granted to the Guise family by Henry VIII. (Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn are noted as having visited in August 1535.)

Brockworth Court Tithe Barn was built in about the 13th century, with its size indicative of the wealth of Llanthony Priory at the time. The barn was almost completely destroyed by fire in 1996 and rebuilt using traditional materials and methods. The restoration work was granted an award by the CPRE.

We can also visit the gardens which are an attraction in themselves (they are open occasionally for the National Garden Scheme).


In June 2018, the branch organised its first teachers’ event for a number of years.

A member of staff from HA headquarters, MaheemaChanrai, came to talk about how the HA resources for schools can be used, and there were valuable presentations from Christian O’Connell of the University of Gloucestershire and from Cathy Feltham of Dean Close School about the future of the study of history. In addition, a number of organisations including English Heritage, Historic England, Gloucester Civic Trust and the Friends of Pittville set up stands, and were available to discuss how students, teachers and members of the public can work with them.

Before planning more events, we are doing further research to establish the best month, day of the week and time, and the most useful topic areas . If you are involved with history education in Gloucestershire, we would very much welcome your thoughts on this. Please contact Andrea Robertson at We would hope to set something up during 2020.


We are continuing our successful work on developing new publicity approaches for the branch, including focusing on specific groups of people who might enjoy attending particular meetings.

Ideas from members for additional publicity targets and outlets are always welcome; please contact Andrea at


Most of our members are now receiving branch news by e-mail, which keeps our costs down, though we recognise that not all members have computer access. If any member's situation has changed, and they can now accept material by e-mail, our secretary Robert Sutton would be pleased to hear from them.


Ideas for content, improvement or format of this website are always very welcome; please contact Richard Slessor.


Each year a local history society hosts a regional meeting in the summer where, through talks and guided walks, the history of the area is explored.

Tidenham Historical Group will host the next Summer Meeting, on Saturday 29 June 2019.

Details and a booking form are available at