History & Culture

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Welcome - join this new group if you are interested in GOC events exploring history & heritage, arts & culture.

Pleaes contact David Millar to join, and to consider our whatsapp group, enabling us to get to know each other better!

There are many events which other geographic groups host and also list under History & Culture. You can join any event anywhere - and indeed wed love you to develop your own ideas. All coordinators will be happy to help. Event ideas include gallery vists, music concerts, theatre, film nights and of course National Trust or other historic buildings. We`d love to help you devise shorter ( or longer) walks including an element of History. This can be as simple as a Church en route, ( see if its going to be open) or a canalside or other artefacts. Be imaginative!




This week is Candlemas, may I wish you all the very best for 2024 – our GOC 50th anniversary year!

Just de-rigged the GOC`s first ever GOC Xmas tree from Worcester Cathedrals Festival of 150 trees. Now back in its box, who would like to use it this December?


We had the Malvern trail in December, home town to Radclyffe Hall and birthplace, nearby, of Wilde`s downfall, Bosie. Devon group reported on their Exeter Blue Plaque tour (and a great Street Art tour of Plymouth as well!). Plus that raunchy film `Saltburn`

Last Sunday I completed the Droitwich salt trail walk (including Mesolithic AND Roman artefacts) with those lovely people in Western Midlands. On the same day Henry V`s assembly point before the Battle of Agincourt was being visited by the Solent Group, - despite storms – with a drink after at the John O` Gaunt pub (father of Henry IV)

February is LGBT History Month, I will be joining Hertfordshire Group, coming again to London, on Saturday 10th for a Queer exploration, Hyde Park corner to Tower Hill Also we have `Civil War` Oxford and Wilts, and Glos and N Somerset.`s Sunday evening at Bristol Lights Festival. Berks & Mid-Thames have a theatre visit up soon too, and I'm looking forward to the Picture of Dorian Gray, and some will have see the RSC `Cowbois`

For Canal buffs – we know you are out there - 3rd march sees Western Mids at Brinklow, Warwickshire, investigating `the tump`, a ruined church, the Fosse Way and a lovely Iron Bridge by Oxford Canal.

Can anyone help plan a walk around Newent, in Gloucestershire, home of Telstar creator record producer Joe Meek? There's a lovely little restored canal section plus Acorn Woods. Canals also feature, amongst Georgian gems and a stunning Cathedral, at Worcester- on 17th April

Ideas for the future

So, if you have ideas or know of a budding History walk guide locally, make contact! It doesn't have to be `mega`. More Theatre, Film and Music events would be good too. We'd also like to hear from NT members and volunteers

If there's no local walks or events for you nearby, any member can get help from GOC direct to create your own event. Or simply contact the nearest group coordinator. You can also book onto any walk – no need to be a member of that group. Look out for the News Item on this – including running a local social evening to meet like-minded. Remember, you can join as many groups as you like.

see GOC Guidance https://www.goc.org.uk/documents-guidelines/next-steps/

There`s a new whatsapp group to help get to know each other better – let me know if you don`t want to miss out! added!

David Millar

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