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Programme of events 2004/2005 for reference

Fri 10 September 2004

Concorde – beginning to end

An illustrated talk by Ted Talbot, former Chief Engineer at Filton

Fri 8 October 2004

Outside the Bristol City Wall

An illustrated talk by Bryan Amesbury

*Sat 16 October 2004

Visit to Weston super Mare Public Library

A look at local history items and an on-line session with Family History experts.

Fri 12 November 2004

The story of Radio Broadcasting 1922-2000 with special reference to the Bristol area

An illustrated talk by John Penny.

*Mon 22 Nov 2004

Local History project

‘Sea Britain’ event re. places adjacent to coast.

Fri 3 December 2004

“A Christmas Concatenation”

A sequence of Christmas words and music by Three Men’s Company. Followed by punch and mince pies.

Fri 14 January 2005

Fred and the Weatherly family

A talk by his great-grandson Dr Anthony Mann.

Fri 11 February 2005

Tyntesfield – a Gothic gem

An illustrated talk by Anne Bowring.

Fri 11 March 2005

Local History Group members presentations

Presentations on interesting buildings in the St Peter’s Church/Court Farm area

Fri 8 April 2005

AGM followed by an illustrated talk on Abbotts Leigh and Leigh Court

Talk by William Evans

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

Summer Events:

Mon 9 May 2005

A.L.H.A. walk around Pucklechurch.

An easy walk with local guide Les Whittock

Sat 14 May 2005

The Geology of Portishead’s coastline. Three guided walks led by Geologist Mark Howson

Walk 1 The rocks of the Devonian and Triassic Period at Kilkenny Bay. Walk 2 The Carboniferous Limestone at the Point. Walk 3 - The Carboniferous Limestone on the cliff face by the Royal Hotel.

Mon 16 May 2005

The History and Archaeology of Eastwood and Battery Point

An evening stroll to look at the history of this most northerly point of Portishead. Led by Chris Collins and Sandy Tebbutt.

Wed 18 May 2005

A conducted tour of Gatcombe Court, Flax Bourton, with Stella Clarke CBE

Thurs 19 May 2005

The Trees of Eastwood

A 1.5 hour walk with John Flannigan, Tree Officer for North Somerset Council, to look at trees in the ancient woodland of Eastwood.

Sat 4/ Sun 5 June 2005

June “Gardens Open Weekend”

Event organised by ‘Portishead in Bloom’

Tues 7 to Fri 10 June 2005

Gordano Society Sea Britain Exhibition

Foyer of Somerset Hall.

Weds 8 June 2005

Visit to Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh Assembly

Millennium Centre and Assembly tour.

Mon 13 June 2005

A.L.H.A Walk around Montpelier, Bristol

Led by local author Mary Wright. Some hills.

Thurs 30 June 2005

Visit to Acton Court, Iron Acton, South Glos.

Acton Court is an early Tudor courtier’s house and is being extensively restored.

Mon 11 July 2005

A.L.H.A. Walk around Bristol Medieval Town Walls

Led by Dr Peter Fleming, UWE.

Fri 29 / Sat 30 July 2005

Portishead Flower Show

Mon 15 Aug 2005

A.L.H.A. visit to Blaise Castle Estate with Park Ranger Terry Wait

A stroll through Blaise Castle Estate finishing up at the Castle Folly in the woods which will be specially opened up.

Earlier years' programmes are not available on-line.

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