About Us

The Cotswold branch is one of the longest established branches of the OMRS. Based in Cheltenham near the M5, we serve a wide geographic area that extends as far east as Oxford, north to Birmingham, west to Hereford and Wales and south to the M4 corridor and Bristol.

As well as a regular programme of monthly meetings, we have an active programme of visits to museums and military and historical establishments that further our knowledge of medals, medal-related events. We also hold  a biannual Mini-Convention that includes members displays and a programme of speakers.

Meetings are held at Swindon Village Hall, Church Road, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, GL51 9QS and commence at 7.00pm for 7.30pm every second Thursday in the month except August. Guests are welcome, please contact us for details.

Branch Secretary

John Wright
tel : 01242 519815
email :

Programme for 2023

Date Speaker Subject
12th January Ian Binnie “The Balaklava of the Dardanelles: the tragedy of the 2nd Mounted Division at Gallipoli”
9th February All Members Own
9th March Mick Atkinson “Viva L’Empereur!”
13th April Paul Brewster something B.S.A.P. (tba)
11th May Christopher Mellor-Hill something African (tba)
8th June 3 short talks: i. Graham Pichfork (tba); ii. Dave Martin – Welsh Guards: My Scarce Groups; iii. John Wright: From Middle Earth to the Khyber Rifles
14th July The Peter Ashford Memorial Lecture: Ian Roberts Orders and Medals of the Soviet Union

note: Our branch mini convention will be at the Swindon Village Hall, Cheltenham as usual and will be open to all members of the OMRS.