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Programme of events 2012/2013 for reference

Fri 14 September 2012

“Lydney’s Lost Fleet”. A journey through Lydney’s history as a working dock in the 1930s to its decline in the 1960s and revival as a tourist attraction on the Severn.

An illustrated talk by Paul Barnett.

Fri 12 October 2012

“Pirates!”. The making of an animated feature film by Aardman Animations.

An illustrated talk by Richard Beek.

Fri 9 November 2012

“Ashton Court - Past, Present & Future”.

An illustrated talk by Peter Weeks.

Fri 7 December 2012

“Festive music interludes” + mince pies & raffle.

With Bristol Harmony.

Fri 11 January 2013

“Suffragettes of Bristol and Bath re-thinking militancy”.

An illustrated talk by June Hannam, University of the West of England.

Fri 8 February 2013

“Still passing the Point - all the ships you ever wanted to see passing Battery Point”.

An illustrated talk by Bernard McCall.

Fri 8 March 2013

“Every boy should join the Navy”. The story of BTS Formidable.

An illustrated talk by Shirley Hodgson.

Fri 12 April 2013

“Bristol’s Floating Harbour”

An illustrated talk by Peter Malpass.

Followed by AGM.

Fri 24 May 2013

Coach trip to Bletchley Park

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

Summer events:

Mon 13 May 2013

Summer walk at Oldwood Pit, Rangeworthy

Visit to this disused colliery and tour of mine office, drift mine and vertical shaft. Led by members of South Glos. Mines Group.

Mon 10 June 2013

Summer walk at Bath Abbey and environs

Short walk around the abbey area and to see some of Bath’s history. Led by Dan Evans.

Sun 16 June 2013

Trip by mini-bus to the Gloucestershire-Warwickshire Railway. Steam train ride plus Classic Car Show. Trip organised by WC&P Railway Group. Gordano Society members welcome.

Departs from Portishead.

Mon 8 July 2013

Summer walk at Redland.

A stroll around an area of Bristol, looking at growth and development of the 18th and 19th centuries. Led by Peter Malpass.

Sun 21 July 2013

Guided mini-bus tour along the route of the former Weston Clevedon & Portishead Light Railway. Trip organised by WC&P Railway Group Gordano Society members welcome.

Departs from Portishead.

Sat 27-Sun 28 July 2013

Portishead Flower Show

150th Anniversary of Portishead & District Horticultural Society.

Mon 12 August 2013

Summer walk at Kings Weston Estate

See grounds and park of estate and hear about plans for its restoration by Kings Weston Action Group. Led by David Martin. Meet at Folk Hall Car Park at 6.15 p.m.

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