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Founded 1956

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Programme of events 2006/2007 for reference

Fri 8 Sept 2006

They lived at this address - personalities of Bristol and Bath and their achievements.

An illustrated talk by Gordon Tarrant, a registered West Country Tourist Board Guide.

Tues 12 Sept 2006

Visit to Clifton Rocks Railway.

Sat 30 Sept 2006

Visit to Arnos Vale cemetery to discover some of the lives commemorated there.

Walk led by Joyce & Richard Smith. Duration - 2 hrs. 

Fri 13 October 2006

A trilogy of books on the North Somerset coast

An illustrated talk by authors Rosie & Howard Smith.

Sat 14 October 2006

A walk around historic Nailsea.

 Duration 1.5 hrs.

Fri 10 November 2006

A look back to Portishead of the 1950s with the local history research group, celebrating 50 years of the Gordano Society.


Fri 8 December 2006

The art of the magician. Followed by punch and mince pies.

An illustrated talk by Tony Griffith, a professional magician and member of the Inner Magic Circle.

Fri 12 January 2007

Passing the Point.

An illustrated talk by Bernard McCall based on his recent book on the ships which pass Battery Point.

Fri 9 February 2007

The evolution of the Gordano landscape.

An illustrated talk by James Bond, landscape archaeologist.

Fri 9 March 2007

8000 years at Avebury.

An illustrated talk by Bryan Amesbury.

Sat 24 March 2007

All day Local History Study Day - subject Migrants

UWE, Fishponds. Five speakers on various aspects. Tickets £6. Details - Sandy Tebbutt.

Weds 28 March 2007 

Oral history evening at 45 Nore Road at 7.30 pm. Local History Group meeting.

Talk from Kath Holden, Oral Historian from UWE.

Fri 13 April 2007

The restoration of Nailsea Tythe barn. Followed by AGM.

An illustrated talk by David Francis.

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

Summer Events:

Tue 8 May 2007

Full day excursion by coach to Forde Abbey

Fri 4 May to Sun 13 May 2007

North Somerset Arts Week

Please support your local artists in Portishead. Total of 117 venues in North Somerset. See www.northsomersetarts.org.uk

Mon 14 May 2007

ALHA Walk at Frenchay

A stroll around Frenchay Common including a last chance to visit the museum on its present site with local historian Alan Freke.

Sun 3 June 2007

Visit to Hambrook, near Winterbourne

A stroll around Winterbourne to hear about its history from Sid Marks then tea at his home.

Mon 11 June 2007

ALHA walk at Kingsdown and Stokes Croft

Walk led by Mary Wright.

Sat 30 June 2007

Trip to Cothay Manor, near Wellington

Walk led by local resident Harry McPhillimy to see the church which was moved stone one from Central Bristol and the John Cabot connection.

Mon 9 July 2007

ALHA walk at St Werburghs

Fri 27 & Sat 28 July 2007

Portishead Flower Show & Country Fair

Tues 31 July 2007

Visit to St Vincent Rocks Railway, Clifton

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