The F.W. Harvey Yorkley Walk

Saturday, September 3rd 2011

This guided walk around Yorkley featured many of F.W. Harvey’s best loved poems. Starting at 10.30am from the Village Hall, each participant was given a map and led over a two hour walk following mostly level ground. In addition to featuring High View, the poet’s home for thirty years, the walk will feature landmarks such as the Cut and Fry Cricket Pitch that evoke the poem The Catch and F.W. Harvey’s love of the game. Refreshments were provided afterwards at the Village Hall.

The Apple Tree Inn, Minsterworth

10th August 2011.

The Society has been commissioned to produce 20 pictures illustrating the life and work of the great Gloucestershire poet, F. W. Harvey for the Apple Tree Inn at Minsterworth. These historic pictures have now been hung in the main dining room in the popular restaurant and are there for the enjoyment and information of diners. Will Harvey spent his formative years in Minsterworth and lived across the road from the Apple Tree Inn at the Redlands, a house familiar to many Foresters passing along the A48 to Gloucester. Here in the years before the First World War the Harvey family entertained Ivor Gurney and Herbert Howells, two other great talents to emerge from this era. The building now known as the Apple Tree Inn then formed part of the estate of the Harvey household and only became a public house many years later. The Society is very appreciative of the interest shown by proprietor Marion Jayne who is keen to inform her guests about the historic connection between the Apple Tree and the Gloucestershire Laureate.

Steve Cooper, archivist and photographer who produced the pictures said:

“The Harveys were a prominent Gloucestershire family and owned a lot of property around Minsterworth and Churcham. The house at Redlands and what is now the Apple Tree Inn were part of a rural idyll where young Will Harvey grew up. Many of his poems celebrate the orchards, river and natural history of Minsterworth. I hope visitors to the Apple Tree Inn will enjoy the pictures and poems, and be inspired to find out more about will Harvey and his work.”

A visit to St Peter’s Church and Graveyard, Minsterworth

Wednesday July 20th at 7.00 pm

A visit to St Peter’s Church and Graveyard, Minsterworth, led by Steve Cooper (In conjunction with the Forest of Dean Family History Society).

The joint visit to St Peter’s Church and graveyard at Minsterworth on 20th July 2011 was blessed with excellent weather and over twenty people attended the guided tour of graves in the Churchyard. The participants were equally divided between members of the societies and local Minsterworth villagers. Steve Cooper, who led the event, highlighted a number of memorial inscriptions and the families and events that surrounded those buried in the grave yard. The church had been opened for the event and included in the tour. The original church pre-dated the Norman conquest but was rebuilt in 1870 after repeated flooding. The tour was very well received and will be repeated for members of the society and people from the village later in the year. Steve hopes to write up his research as a contribution to a forthcoming second book by Terry Moore-Scott about the history of the village.

Exploring the River Severn by John Powell

Saturday July 9th 2011 – A talk at Yorkley Village Hall: 7.30 pm

Exploring the River Severn by John Powell, Secretary of the Severn Estuary Fishermen’s Association

John discussed key aspects of the river including the construction of the Old Severn Railway Bridge that did so much to link the communities either side of the River, the history of lave net fishing and the resistance by Yorkley and Viney Hill fishermen to regulation. He showed slides, films and old recordings of life and fishing on the river.

Donations were shared equally between F.W. Harvey Society and Yorkley Village Hall.

An Exhibition of Photographs by Michael Barnes

On Sunday, July 3rd until Saturday July 9th the F.W. Harvey Society and Yorkley Village Hall presented: An Exhibition of Photographs by Michael Barnes, ‘The Visual Journey of a Gloucester Photographer, from the Mythe Bridge at Tewkesbury to the Severn Bridge at Aust’.

Included in the exhibition was the F.W. Harvey Table (a stone table inlaid with glass in the shape of the river, made by Nigel Cann), F.W. Harvey Photographs (Steve Cooper), lave nets and a putcher.

This event was free with donations shared equally between F.W. Harvey Society and Yorkley Village Hall.

The F.W. Harvey Minsterworth Walk

Saturday June 25th –

This lovely walk guided by Steve Cooper and Geoff Davis, began and ended at The Apple Tree, public house opposite Redlands, the childhood home of F.W. Harvey. It featured ten poems that are located or linked to the riverside places, orchards and meadows evoked in his poetry. The walk covered gently undulating ground and includes crossing several field styles.

The cost of the walk was £2, and participants were given a map with supplementary information.