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Society Events 2014








Weds 30th July until Saturday 2nd August

Matinee on 2nd August 

7.45 pm.


2.00 pm.

                                                            Will Harvey’s War’

As the opening event in the Gloucestershire Centenary Commemoration of the outbreak of the First World War the Everyman Theatre will stage a production of WILL HARVEY’S WAR an adaptation of a long lost semi-autobiographical novel.A world premiere!

The Everyman’s professional company of actors will appear alongside local performers and musicians to create this epic tale of Gloucestershire, the battle of the Somme and a final attempt at escape through the countryside of Westphalia.

This production marks the official launch of “Gloucestershire Remembers World War 1” – a programme of work presented by the Everyman Theatre, The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, The History Press, Gloucestershire Archives and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum.

“Will Harvey’s War” is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.  

poster for play

The Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre

Regent Street Cheltenham

GL50 1HQ

Contact  box office

Please note that bookings for the play can be made by phoning box office on 01242 572573 or via the Everyman website

NB Coach and best ticket package available for Saturday matinee 2nd August.  Contact Carole Warren 103 Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5SW or telephone 01452 548139

.Friday 1st August





Will Harvey’s Real War: A Pre-Performance Talk

The F.W. Harvey Society will present a talk and discussion about F.W. Harvey’s real War. The Chair of the Society, Roger Deeks will give an overview of the War experienced by F.W. Harvey and introduce Grant Repshire F.W. Harvey Researcher from the University of Exeter and Gloucestershire Archives who will discuss the differences between the semi-autobiographical novel dramatized by Paul Milton for the Everyman Theatre and the lived experience of the soldier poet. Grant will offer some explanations as to why F.W. Harvey reconstructed certain events in the story and how these related to the trauma of war he had experienced and was dealing with, in the aftermath. There will be a short discussion and opportunities for questions before closing. Refreshments will be available.

he Langtry Room

The Gloucestershire Everyman Theatre

Regent Street Cheltenham GL50 1HQ  

No charge

Everyman Theatre box office

  01242 572573



Saturday 9th August



Yorkley, F.W.Harvey and the Great War; a Walk of Remembrance

When F.W. Harvey came to Yorkley in 1926 he became the leading figure in the village commemorations of the Great War; a conflict that had taken a terrible toll on him and the community. He composed a great and memorable poem, A Forest Offering at the Yorkley cenotaph, where he was to pay tribute to his fallen comrades each November. He fought for a ‘New England’, a better place with a fair and just society, a dream that was frustrated in the depression that followed the War. Steve Cooper and Geoff Davis will lead a tour that reflects on the impact of the Great War on the families of Yorkley, including the Harvey home, ‘Highview’ and other landmarks. Averil Kear will explain how the memorial to the fallen was built and local villagers chose to commemorate the dead with a recreation ground built next to the ‘Institute’, a soon to be replaced iron building that has served the community for over one hundred years. The tour will be illustrated with poems and words by F.W. Harvey.  

Meet at the Nag's Head Yorkley at 2.30 pm


To book a place please contact Marie Fraser Griffiths 01594 843107

or email:



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 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