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Looking Back at The Royal Ordnance Factory

(ROF37 )

To remember ROF Bridgwater, Sedgemoor District Council (SDC) and the South West Heritage Trust (SWHT) invited the public to share their memories and  help to create a community archive.

On November 9 and November 13, the public was invited to the 37Club for tea and cake and to share their stories.

ROF Bridgwater played an essential part in the manufacturing of defence materials during the Second World War. The project aims to gather as much information as possible to create a historical record of what life was like for those who lived and worked in this important local industry.

Sedgemoor District Council and the South West Heritage Trust invited residents to drop-in and share recollections, photographs and memorabilia at events to be held at the 37 Sports and Social Club at Puriton, near Bridgwater.

There were incredible turnouts across the two events, with BBC Somerset interviewing attendees and our Programme Director, Paul Lowndes. The success of theses events will come to fruition with the production of a memory book which will capture over 60 years of history of the site. 

The ROF Bridgwater is being transformed by its new owner’s Gravity, into the next generation of innovation campuses with a strong community ethos, continuing the legacy of ROF37.

Bob Croft – Head of Historic Environment, South West Heritage Trust. “We want to hear from anyone who worked at ROF Bridgwater or whose family were connected with this local industry. We would welcome stories, photographs, or other memorabilia that helps to tells the story of this significant site of historical interest.”

Cllr Gill Slocombe, Deputy Leader, Sedgemoor district councilROF Bridgwater was a hub of activity in its day as both an employer but also as a community. We are excited that the legacy will live on in the shape of Gravity, where ROF Bridgwater once stood. I would like to encourage anyone with an interest in ROF Bridgwater to attend one of our informative events on the place.”

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