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Programme for 2018

Our monthly meetings usually take the form of a talk lasting about an hour followed by tea & coffee, then the slightly more formal business of the group, quizzes and other activities.  They start at 7pm and finish about 9pm.

GWR Factory Tours

This year we continue our popular free tour of the buildings still standing of the ex GWR Works. The tour takes in the listed Joseph Armstrong buildings of the Designer Outlet and others on the old factory site including STEAM –  Museum of the Great Western Railway, The Managers Office, the Chain Test shop and the ex Drawing and Administrative offices now Historic England’s National Monuments Records building. You are taken around the site by ex employee Ron Johnson who worked “inside” for 30 years from the age of 16. His anecdotes and stories paint an amusing and sometimes frightening account of life in the factory.

Tour dates for 2018 are:- Saturday 31st March, 5th May, 4th August, 8th September, 9th September, 1st December and 2nd December. The tours start from the Designer Outlet Reception Desk adjacent to Pizza Express at 11am. If your club or association is visiting STEAM the Museum of the Great Western Railway or the Designer Outlet we can arrange to incorporate our tour into your day so please contact us for further details.

It is essential to book a tour so please email

Please Note all dates scored through are fully booked


 31st January 7 to 8pm

The Magic & Mystery of Glen Miller
Bill King

The wartime success and the mysterious disappearance of the famous bandleader.

28th February 7 to 8pm

Men on the Mend & The Wiltshire Trail
Gordon Shaw – Secretary

Two facinating films from the Archive of the British Film Institute

28th March 7 to 8pm

John Dymond
John takes you through the rise and demise of the village of Snap



Members £1 : Guests £2
(Includes refreshments)
at Even Swindon Community Centre, Jennings Street. Click here for map.


Gordon Shaw – Secretary
For further information phone 01793 616558  or email


visits since 9 March 2009