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Explore our Malvern Heritage Trail!

You can find details of our Heritage Walks on our website, but if you are exploring Malvern, you can now download our new App to your Android smartphone FREE from the Google PlayStore! Do let us know what you think - Huddersfield University student Joe Fox would love to know... https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.co.joefoxdevelopment.malvernmilestones

SW SPRING MEETING 12th March 2016



This year's speakers included Anne King taking us on a tour of Devizes including 'waymarker trees', Jan Scrine asking ‘What’s in Your Attic?’ with a Cornish Archives update, perennial favourite Richard Raynsford on a trip round Somerset - and Lydia Robinson inspiring us with the Pensford Fingerpost restoration initiative. .Another lively and fun meeting!



For 2017, on 18th March,we will again be in St Michael's Community Hall at STOKE GIFFORD, Bristol BS34 8PD. It's seven minutes walk from Parkway Station, thro the churchyard and across the village green, in the snazzy modern building behind the Old School Rooms. Bus No 73 from Bristol Temple Meads Station to Parkway at frequent intervals. Plenty of free roadside parking on Hatchet Lane behind the Beaufort Arms pub  in marked bays or along North Road beyond the hall.

Besides the pub, there's a Co-op supermarket and Tesco Express within a few minutes walk or bring a packed lunch. Doors open 10am for a cuppa and a 10.30 start. Admission £3 to cover hall hire.  We will finish by 3.30pm. Everyone welcome, please tell your local communities !!

AGM and Annual Conference, 4th October 2014


Saturday started off very wet but it was a very warm welcome that awaited the 43 people who turned up for the AGM and Annual Conference at the Methodist Church Hall in Droitwich Spa - and the prospect of a tasty hot lunch ably prepared by Connie Swann and her helpers. Jan Scrine welcomed us all to the AGM and steered us efficiently through the business of the meeting. Brian Barrow noted that we had fewer members this year and that a follow up had been done. Alan Rosevear told us that finances were on the positive side of stable And Jan noted that we had a toe in the door at English Heritage with plans to put the Society's database on the Heritage Gateway. Officers and Committee were duly elected with Derek Turner taking over the position of Chairman.

Introducing the Annual Conference, David Beacham noted that it was the tercentenary of the Droitwich Turnpike Trust. He make a presentation to Chris Bowers who had arranged the installation of a plaque marking the Worcester Cross from which the miles were measured. Concluding the morning, Ray Worth told us about a series of Worcestershire conservation projects, from the first project to restore 11 stones on the Worcester to Great Witley turnpike through to present day restoration.

After lunch, Anthony Collis of the Inn Sign Society told us of a history of inn signs that dated back to the Romans and showed us images of inn signs, many with turnpike and tollhouse connections. Closing an interesting day, Connie Swann described the Worcestershire turnpikes and gave us an insight into the history of Droitwich.

Mike Hallett (Photo: David Webb)

AGM and Annual Conference, Saturday 5th October 2013

AGM and Annual Conference, Saturday 5th October 2013

The 12th AGM and Autumn Conference took place in Stafford on October 5th 2013, at Trinity Church Hall. The venue in a modern town centre church attracted almost 60 delegates, plus wives of the local Staffordshire group who organised the refreshments and gave a great welcome throughout the day. 

"From Highways Agency to Highwaymen"

at  The Jubilee Hall Brewood, Saturday 2nd November 2013

For those interested in the Society's initiatives this year, Brewood was the place to be. Alan Reade kicked off the meeting presenting his work with Amey and Highways Agency Area 9 to draft a management plan for the repair and maintenance of roadside heritage assets. Then Alan Rosevear told us how the data we have in the Society's database compares with the information on milestones in Historic Environment Records and how differences between the databases arose. He explained how our data was being prepared for presentation to HER teams, providing a link to the next presentation by Penny Ward from the Shropshire HER team and John Haynes. Penny and John related how historical paper records had been collected, how these had been loaded into the HER and how photographs are now being added.

After lunch Jan Scrine launched the A34 Historic Research project, which seeks to investigate the old road between Southampton and Salford – the modern day A34. This route had been selected for its interest to the general public and because its 225 mile route crosses counties with active Society members. As a result, several members offered to work on the project. Rounding off a lively day, Derek Turner talked with the county representatives and provided an update on matters around the country.