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Programme of events 2007/2008 for reference

14 September 2007

Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Builder and Dreamer

Illustrated talk by Mike Dean.


Fri 12th October 2007


"Bristol and the Transatlantic Slave Trade".

An illustrated talk by Miss P.M.E. (Pip) Jones


Sat 13th October 2007


Visit to see Industrial Nailsea with Trevor Bowen of Nailsea L.H. Society.




Fri 9th November 2007

"Portishead railways".


An illustrated talk by Gerry Nichols.


Thu 15th November 2007


Court Farm

Presentation by John Rickard. Meet at Quaker Schoolroom, St Mary’s Rd.

Fri 7th December 2007


"The History of Christmas".


An illustrated talk by Prof. Ronald Hutton. Followed by punch and mince pies.

Fri 11th January 2008


"The rise and fall of the seaside".

An illustrated talk by John Crockford-Hawley

Fri 8th February 2008


"The Clifton Rocks Railway".

An illustrated talk by Peter Davey.

Thur 14th February 2008


"Industrial Portishead". The evening’s programme will include presentations on Albright & Wilson and Power Station B. Local History Group meeting.

Meet at Quaker Schoolroom, St Mary’sRd at 7.15 for 7.30 pm

Thur 14th February 2008


"Industrial Portishead". The evening’s programme will include presentations on Albright & Wilson and Power Station B.

Local History Group meeting.

Meet at Quaker Schoolroom, St Mary’sRd at 7.15 for 7.30 pm

Fri 14th March 2008


Haunted Bristol. This talk replaced the advertised one - "Recent archaeological explorations in the Bristol area" due to illness.

An illustrated talk by Miss P.M.E. (Pip) Jones.

Fri 11th April 2008


"The Museum of Bristol"


An illustrated talk on the new museum by Sarwat Siddiqui. Followed by AGM


Note: All Friday meetings were held at the Folk Hall, High Street, Portishead.

Summer Events:

Mon 12th May 2008


ALHA visit to Cumberland Basin and Underfall Yard


Leaders Roy Gallup and Ken Griffiths. A look at some of IK Brunel’s works and Bristol’s docks.

Weds 14th May 2008


Spring stroll at Weston-Super-Mare


Led by John Crockford-Hawley. From 7.00 to 9.00 pm.

Sun 1st June 2008


Visit to Hambrook


A short walk around Hambrook to hear more about its history from long-term resident Sid Marks, finishing with cream tea in the garden.

Sat 7th/Sun 8th June


Open Gardens Weekend


Portishead in Bloom


Mon 9th June 2008


ALHA walk around Fishponds


Leader John Bartlett. A chance to see where the fishponds were, and old prison and workhouse.

Sat 5th July 2008


Visit to Clevedon for picnic while listening to Bath Spa Orchestra

Hear lovely music in field next to St Andrew’s church at Poet’s Walk, Clevedon (inside church if weather unpleasant).

Mon 14th July 2008


ALHA walk around Chipping Sodbury


Leader Jim Elsworth. Find out about fascinating history of Bristol’ s largest and oldest dormitory town.

Sat 9th August 2008

Visit to Freshford between Bath and Bradford-on-Avon


Dr Alan Dodge will show us around this magnificent and historic village starting at the Parish Church.

Mon 11th August 2008


ALHA walk around Pensford Village


Leader Colin Budge. A wander around village best known for Acker Bilk, but with a long history of industry, inc coal mines and mills along River Chew.

Past events programmes for reference:

2017/2018


2016/2017


2015/2016

2014/2015

2013/2014

2012/2013

2011/2012

2010/2011

2009/2010


2008/2009

2007/2008

2006/2007

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