Lots of new photos

Here at remembering Rodborough we are very excited to have received a large shoebox full of negatives from the Dursley Gazette office. We will be working our way through these, so that we can display them at our forthcoming events. We are going to need help in identifying names, places and dates for many of them!

Can you date this photo?

Sharing our history

Despite the pouring rain, we had a great turn out at the Coffee Pot yesterday. We are always thrilled at the little gems of information gleaned. It feels like adding extra pieces to the jigsaw of Rodborough.

Who new that this milestone sits on Dudbridge Road? I, for one, have never noticed it.

Rodborough – a vibrant community

We are very grateful to Rodborough Parish Council for a generous donation that has enabled us to set up this website.

The grant awards evening was an uplifting experience; Rodborough has so many active community groups, among them the Butterrow Book Group, who have adopted the redundant phone box on Rodborough Lane (It has been bought by the Parish Council) and will be converted to a book share kiosk. It dates from somewhere between 1936 and 1952. Does anyone know?

It’s interesting to reflect that photographing what we think of as ordinary may have huge historical value.

This photo was taken in 2012 as a modern day comparison to …..
…this photo of Butterrow Pike pre-phone box.

Also spotted and both in use, were two phone boxes in Dudbridge

Dudbridge Hill. The Police car registration dates from 1987. Note the man on the roof and the apparent lack of any safety precautions!
Dudbridge, opposite Redlers 1990

Another successful exhibition

On Sunday 26th March Rodborough’s Community hall was filled with lovely people, lots of buzz and chatter and interesting exchanges of information. Thanks to everyone for their support and to those who have offered to help – ‘Welcome’.

Photo – thanks to Rodborough Parish Council

If you missed the event, we will be at The Coffee Pot, Community Cafe, The Old Endowed School, Walkley Hill on Weds May 17th from 10-12 with our vast archive of photos, which you may browse at leisure and enjoy good company and delicious refreshments.

Home Sweet Home – Exhibition – Sunday 26th March 1-3pm – Rodborough Community Hall

This house at Rodborough Pike was demolished for road widening at the entrance to Butterrow West.
We would like to invite you to our Spring cafe and exhibition.

Rodborough Community Hall, Butterrow West, GL5 3TZ
Sunday 26th March 1-3 pm

followed by AGM at 3.30

We are taking the theme ‘Home Sweet Home’ and will be displaying pictures of houses and buildings that are (or were) lived in in Rodborough Parish. If you know more about the history of your house, we’d be very interested too.

As usual we will have our vast archive of photos and maps to view.

As this is also Mothers day we are offering free tea & cake to mothers.

We look forward to seeing you.

Area 8 – The Story of the Stroud District in WW2 – Rodborough Tabernacle – 31st March

Written and performed by John Bassett

Based on the book written by Captain P R Symonds, Area 8 is a lively, funny, poignant performance looking at the experiences of the Civil Defence Services and A.R. P. in Stroud and Nailsworth.
The performance takes in all aspects of life during wartime from rationing and nursing to what to do in an emergency and what the cry “Rallyho!” means

Friday March 31st 2017, 8.00 p.m.
The Little Chapel
Tabernacle Walk,

Tickets £10.00, £ 7.00
Available from Stroud Tourist Information or phone 01453 760900 or
 online at www.spanielworks.co.uk

Book now available at discounted price of £10 from Remembering Rodborough

We are delighted to announce the launch of our book. It has chapters on Eugene Paul Bennett V.C. of Rodborough and a chapter on  Rodborough dealing with how the whole community coped during the First World War


This welcome new addition to the library of books dealing with the local history of the Stroud area is meticulously researched, informative and often – perhaps surprisingly – quite amusing. It summarises the investigations of groups and individuals involved in studying the story of the First World War in Stroud, Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Woodchester, Stonehouse, Brimscombe, Chalford, France Lynch and Bussage. In addition, it is enhanced by introductory and concluding chapters from distinguished journalist Peter Evans, born locally and former leader writer for The Times.

Some contributions to the book deal in detail with the history of individual combatants in the First World War, others record more about how the conflict affected local people. Fund-raising events, the work of volunteer groups and the use of women to fill employment gaps caused by the conscription of so many men, are just a few of the subjects covered.

Four chapters concern single topics: Paul Bennett’s VC, Minchinhampton Aerodrome, Woodchester Wayside Cross and the Cole brothers of Brimscombe. Other sections tell of the impact – and unintended consequences – the war had on parishes and individuals. Stories included describe Stroud’s intriguingly named ‘1917 Patriotic Economy Exhibition’, Rodborough’s unique ‘fruit evaporator’, Minchinhampton’s tragic double suicide, the mirror and Bible that saved the life of a Chalford soldier, a Woodchester hen that laid a 6 ounce egg with three yolks and how a Stonehouse soldier survived a torpedo attack.

All this, and a great deal more, makes ‘The Stroud Valleys in the Great War’ a compulsive read for all those interested in how local communities endured and survived the ‘War to end wars’

Exhibition at Wallbridge

Previously unseen Stroud sketches 1840 – 1880

Worth a look is the  exhibition of drawings by the late Revd Augustus Turner currently on display at the Canal Trust Visitor Centre until Easter.

This previously unseen collection of pen and ink drawings features views around the Stroud area including Chalford, Rodborough, Minchinhampton, Amberley, Nailsworth, Horsley and Woodchester. The drawings use some artistic licence and include features that couldn’t be see together in reality. They are accompanied by old photographs from Howard beard’s collection.

The Dudbridge Blackbirds

The Stroud News carried several pieces about a family of blackbirds who achieved acclaim in 1911. House painter, Samuel Haden of Bay Tree House, Dudbridge, kept a tame female blackbird, who was allowed to fly freely within his house. Feeling so much at home, the bird constructed a nest on the mantel shelf in the living room and laid four eggs. Accounts vary as to whether a ‘Mr Blackbird’ was involved; it has been suggested that Mr Haden substituted fertile eggs from the wild. However, four baby blackbirds hatched, thrived and eventually flew away. Stroud News readers were invited to view the chicks and Mr Haden proudly wrote to the new King, George V and his mother, sending photos and received a royal response.
Such was the notoriety of the birds that at Stroud Carnival, in June 1911, a float was paraded with a nest made of hay and little boys in black clothes, with blackened faces sat inside bobbing up and down.
The original nest can be seen at the Museum in the Park. It sits on the mantelpiece in Gallery 7, alongside a changing display of old old local scenes from the Wilf Merrett postcard collection.