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Saturday 4th October

6.00 pm

Eric Freeman’s At Home

Society stalwart Eric Freeman, a gentleman Farmer who has received national wards for the preservation of rare breeds is extending a warm welcome to Society Members to his ‘At home’ at Byford farm. This event is attended by all those who love the farming traditions of Gloucestershire and features Morris dancing, cider tasting and music. This year Eric is planning to include a performance from our very own Jan and Doug presenting their FW Harvey songs.  

Byfords Farm, 

Newent Lane, 


Gloucester GL19 3HH  

No charge

Guests are invited to bring an apple pie, raffle prizes or similar.

Saturday 18th October


Cider Making in Awre

The Society has been invited to Nick Bull’s cider press, famous for Severn Cider, in Awre for an afternoon tour and demonstration of Cider making. Severnsiders have been making cider for generations, passing down knowledge that has helped establish the local cider industry as an important part of the Dean’s economy. Cider makers were a joy to F.W. Harvey as reflected in his ode to John Helps.

Severn Cider

The Old Vicarage

Awre  GL14 1EL

£12.50 to  include tasting and a bread and cheese lunch

Places need to be booked in advance – please contact Marie Fraser Griffiths 01594 843107 or email:

Further details will be available closer to the event.

Thursday 30th

7.30 pm

F.W. Harvey Soldier, Solicitor and Broadcaster – The Fourth Melville Watts Memorial Lecture

F.W. Harvey, is well remembered as a poet but his career as a soldier, solicitor and broadcaster are less well known. On the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War the talk will give an overview of his very unique wartime experiences. Returning from the war he resumed his legal career. F.W. Harvey is often portrayed as the ‘reluctant’ lawyer but in those parts he enjoyed: The defence of the poor and court room oratory he excelled. Contemporary descriptions of court cases led one associate to remark that had he lived in London the power of his speech and argument would have led him to the bar. The multi-faceted Harvey used his fame and oratory to embark on a new career as a broadcaster with the BBC where he pioneered drama about everyday farming folk and extolled the beauty of Gloucestershire and the Forest of Dean. Teresa Davies, Steve Cooper and Roger Deeks will each give a brief insight into these little appreciated facets of ’The Poet’.  

The Annexe Venue

47-49 Newerne Street

Lydney GL15 5RA  



F W Harvey Society Members £3

Non members £5

Payable at the door.


Events in 2014 of interest to members









Saturday 3rd May




FWH Society are delighted to Sponsor

 ‘For the Fallen’

A tribute to those who fought and those who kept the home fires burning 1914 – 1918.

For the centenary of WWI, "For the Fallen” a concert to celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit with the words of Gloucestershire war poets Ivor Gurney and FW Harvey, in a performance of Richard Shephard’s ‘There Was Such Beauty’. The Society is sponsoring the production of this performance based on FW Harvey poems selected by Anthony Boden, commissioned by The King’s School Gloucester and performed in Gloucester Cathedral on 21st March 1991.

There will also be the soaring delights of Vaughan Williams’ Lark Ascending, and the solemnity of For The Fallen from Elgar’s majestic Spirit of England

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra.  Adrian Partington - conductor  

Gloucester Cathedral

12 College Green



Tickets: £25, £20, £15, £10, £7.50

Visit Gloucester Choral Society website for more details and how to buy tickets


Thursday 15th May 7.30 pm

8.30 pm

Gloucester Music Society - 'FW Harvey - a Musical Life'

The AGM of the Society will be followed at 8.30 by a talk given by FW Harvey Society Chair Roger Deeks.  This will be a general look at Harvey's life, with particular reference to his love of singing, plus reading a few poems.

The Society was founded in 1929 by Herbert Sumsion when he was Gloucester Cathedral organist. 


St Mary de Lode Church, Gloucester

(not a public event)

  Anyone interested in attending who is not a member of Gloucester Music Society should contact the secretary

Weds 21st May until 25th May


Maisemore History Society - WW1 Centenary exhibition


 FWH display stands will be present.

On Sunday 25 May evening they are having a debate; Does War bring Peace?


St Giles Church

Church Road, Maisemore, Gloucestershire, GL2 8EY


For more details see their website

or ring the secretary, Rosealeen Lane

01452 527341

Saturday 31st May


 – 4pm

Gloucestershire Family History Society Open Day

 Lots of exhibitors including F W Harvey Society  

Gloucester Rugby Club.

Kingsholm Stadium, Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3AX

Details to follow

For more details see the Gloucester Family History Society Website


Saturday 14th June



F.W. Harvey: Life and Works

Oakleaves ‘Summer Soiree’

Littledean Hall


Glos GL14 3NR



 2nd/3rd August


The Dean Heritage Centre, First World War Commemoration

Exhibition and events to include poetry readings

Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire GL14 2UB

Tel: 01594 822170


See Website for details    


Monday 10th November



F.W. Harvey; Poems and Comrades; by Roger Deeks

Nailsworth Local History Group  programme

Mortimer Room adjacent to the public library in Nailsworth.

Nailsworth Local History Group members £1.  Non members £3.

For more details see their website