Gordano Civic Society

Founded 1956

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Programme of events 2017/2018

Past events programmes for reference:















Please note: Meetings now held on Mondays

Note: All Monday meetings are held at the Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead at 7.30 pm

Car parking immediately behind hall in Wyndham Way car park. Visitors welcome - cost £3 inc refreshments.

Monday 25 Sept  2017

Windmills and Windmillers of Somerset

An illustrated talk by Sarah Harris

Sunday 22 Oct 2017

WC&P Railway Anniversary Exhibition

Leisure Centre, Portishead  Details >>

Monday 23 Oct 2017

Richard III: The King under the Car Park - Poster >>

An illustrated talk by Matthew Morris, MA, ACIfA

Sunday 29 Oct 2017

A guided tour with Tina McLachlan (Estate Guide) to view Tyntesfield’s formal and informal gardens.


Meet at the Folk Hall car park for shared lifts at 10.30. The terrain is flat but good footwear is advised. National Trust members free. Booking is essential as our party will be limited to 20 people.

Monday 27 Nov 2017

JS Fry – a family business: The story of how the famous chocolate business passed down the generations.   

An illustrated talk by Alan Freke of Frenchay Museum.

Monday 11 Dec 2017

Bristol Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition 1893. Talk followed by a visit of The Owls of Pill choir, a raffle, drinks, refreshments, mince pies and a quiz.

An illustrated talk by Mike Hooper

(change to programme)

Monday 22 Jan 2018

Bedminster’s Tobacco Women   

An illustrated talk by Helen Thomas

Monday 12 Feb 2018

How to use the Internet to investigate family history.   

An illustrated talk by Bob Lawrence

Sunday 18 Feb 2018

Tour by mini-bus of Avonmouth and Royal Portbury docks

Leaving at 10.00 from car park behind Somerset Hall, cost £6.

Contact Mike Johnston to book

Monday 26 March 2018

Rout on the Riviera: The story of the Slapton Sands disaster in preparation for the Normandy Landings.

An illustrated talk by Paul Barnett

Monday 9 April 2018

Kings Weston: The fascinating history of one of Bristol’s most overlooked historic sites.

An illustrated talk by David Martyn of the Kings Weston Action Group.

Note: All Monday meetings are held at the Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead at 7.30 pm