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Programme for 2017

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. The tours start from the Designer Outlet Reception Desk adjacent to Pizza Express at 2pm.

To book a tour please email


 27th September 7 to 8pm

Two Shades of Blue & a Trilby
Len Curtis

Len takes us through his journey from Rodbourne to the Navy and finally to a police detective in his talk. Based on his book of the same title it should be an amusing and rewarding talk.

25th October 7 to 8pm

The Poppy
Bill King

In this year of the anniversary of Passchendaele Bill describes the significance of the poppy as a symbol of the sacrifice of so many lives and how it became linked with remembrance.

29th November 7 to 8pm

“Where is that” Quiz
David Lewis & Gordon Shaw
David and Gordon act as quizmasters for a PowerPoint picture quiz of locations in Rodbourne and other areas of Swindon. Quirky and hopefully amusing this will culminate in the winning team getting a prize.



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