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Founded 1956

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Programme of events 2005/2006 for reference

Friday 9 Sept 2005

A varied evening of slides and reminiscences to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the National Nautical School, Portishead

The first meeting of the new season at the Folk Hall.

Sat 24 September 2005

Visit to Clapton in Gordano

A walk led by Chris Richards, North Somerset Museum, to look at the remains of the coal industry and to see Clapton church.

Fri 14 October 2005

Welcome to Arno's Vale Cemetery

An illustrated talk by Joyce and Richard Smith.

Sat 5 November 2005

Follow up visit to Arno’s Vale Cemetery

Fri 11 November 2005

Introduction to Vernacular Houses in Somerset

An illustrated talk by Chris Sidaway, Arts Officer for Sedgemoor.

Tue 15 November 2005

Local History Group meeting

Meeting to research life and events, particularly in 1950s Portishead, to celebrate the founding of the Gordano Society in 1956.

Fri 9 December 2005

Piloting in the Bristol Channel

An illustrated talk by Capt. Nairn Lawson. Followed by punch and mince pies

Fri 13 January 2006

The shadow of the Workhouse

An illustrated talk by Pat Hase, WsM Family History Society

Mon 16 January 2006

Local History Group meeting

More research on Portishead in the 1950s

Fri 10 February 2006

A Dutch Experience: Dyrham Park and the Netherlands

An illustrated talk by Anne Bowring

Fri 10 March 2006

Outside the Bristol City Wall - Part 2

An illustrated talk by Bryan Amesbury.

Mon 13 March 2006

Local History Group meeting

More research on Portishead in the 1950s. At Wesley Centre High St. 7:30 pm

Fri 7 April 2006

AGM followed by Rough Justice in a Muddy Field - Crime, Protest & Rick-firing in 1829

An illustrated talk by Dr Steve Poole of UWE

Thurs 27 April 2006

Artwork at Port Marine

A look at the artwork at Port Marine with Tean Kirby.

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

Summer Events:

Sat 20 May 2006

Visit to Yatton Church

A guided tour of this unique church by a member of the congregation.

Sun 11 June/ Sun 25 June 2006

Avon Wildlife Trust visit to Tickenham Reserve

Led by Keith Giles.

Mon 12 June 2006

A.L.H.A. visit to Compton Martin

A look at Compton Martin (between Chew Valley and Blagdon Lake) which is shown on a rare Tudor map which has been researched by the Local History Society.

Mon 10 July 2006

A.L.H.A. visit to Glenside Hospital Museum, Bristol

An opportunity to see the equipment used on patients before the advent of the NHS.

Fri 28 July / Sat 29 July 2006

Portishead Flower Show

Sun 13 August 2006

Visit to Acton Court

Another visit to Acton Court, this time to meet Lady Joan Poyntz who will give us a candlelit tour and light refreshments.

Mon 14 August 2006

A.L.H.A. visit to Clifton Rocks Railway

An opportunity to see this unique railway in its early stages of restoration. The walk back up the tunnel may be arduous for some but will be taken at an easy pace.

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