Gloucestershire Local History Afternoon
Saturday October 7th 2006
Every year the County Local History Committee of the Gloucestershire Rural Community Council run a local history afternoon for all the member local history groups in the County. This year the theme was sport in Gloucestershire with each of the local history groups putting on displays about various aspects of sport in their areas. The winner for the best display was Cheltenham who mounted a wonderful display of photographs and memorabilia from the worlds of cricket, racing and rugby etc. FHS was attending for the first time and had a small display about Edwin Abbey’s Cricket Week held at Morgan Hall at the turn of the 20th Century. The Bryan Jerrard Award for the best local history article went to Mr R Sermon for an article about a medieval Jew of Tewkesbury who supposedly died when he fell into a cess pit and refused to be rescued on the Sabbath.
Two talks were also given, one on traditional archery by Hugh Soar who brought an excellent display of archery paraphernalia and the other by Dr Francis Burns who spoke about the Cotswold Olympick Games which was started in the Seventeenth Century by Robert Dover on Dover’s Hill near Camden. After a break of many years these Games are still held annually.
A new competition for the best local history society website was won by the well established Camden & District Historical Society with fairfordhistory.org.uk mentioned as a close runner up, an excellent result as our website has only been up and running since May of this year.