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!
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.
Also spotted and both in use, were two phone boxes in Dudbridge
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’.
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.
AREA 8 – THE STORY OF STROUD DISTRICT IN WORLD WAR TWO
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
The Little Chapel
Tickets £10.00, £ 7.00
Available from Stroud Tourist Information or phone 01453 760900 or online at www.spanielworks.co.uk
The March edition of Rodborough Tabernacle News includes an article on Hungarian refugees at Rodborough Fort in 1956, noting their gratitude for kindness received.
Do you have any memories of this time?
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’
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.