Gordano Civic Society

Founded 1956

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Programme of events 2016/2017 for reference

Thurs 15 Sept 2016

'A Local Man’s Time with Portishead’s Lifeboats'

An illustrated talk by Dave Herbert

Sun 16 October 2016

A visit to Clapton in Gordano to see the village, the ancient church and remnants of coal mining.

Meet 2pm, Folk Hall car park for shared lifts. Walk with David Hounsell, about 2 miles – good footwear needed.

Tues 18 October 2016

ALHA AGM at Marshfield, New Community Centre  

Thurs 20 October 2016

The Restoration of Saltford Brass Mills, a Grade 2 Listed Building and Ancient Monument.    

An illustrated talk by Tony Coverdale

Thurs 10 Nov 2016

'The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard'

An illustrated talk by Shaun McCormack

Thurs 22 Dec 2016

'The Grand Houses of Gordano Part 2'

An illustrated talk by Sandy Tebbutt

Thurs 19 January 2017

'Around Bristol by Tram'       

An illustrated talk by Peter Davey

Thurs 16 February 2017

'Harrods in Edwardian Times'   

An illustrated talk by Yvonne Bell

Sun 19 February 2017

Avonmouth/Portbury Docks coach tour

Contact Mike Johnston to book

Thurs 16 March 2017

'Fetes and Frolics at Clevedon Court'

An illustrated talk by Julia Elton

Thurs 13 April 2017

'The History of the Weston, Clevedon & Portishead  Light Railway'

An illustrated talk by Paul Gregory

Including AGM

Note: All Thursday meetings were held at the Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead at 7.30 pm

Summer events: For ALHA walks meet at Folk Hall, Portishead at times shown. No need to pre-book. Pay on the day and a contribution towards travelling expenses for the driver.

Mon 8 May 2017


A look around what was once one of Somerset's prettiest villages.

Led by Jonathan Rowe - local historian and Brislington resident.

Meet at 6 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2

Sat 13/Sun 14 May 2017

Weekend trip to two railways in Cornwall and Devon

Organised by WC&P Railway Group

Sat 20 May 2017

Day trip to Mells and Frome by coach. Guided tour of village of Mells and after lunch a guided walk around Frome.

Full details here >>

Mon 12 June 2017


Although Clifton is mainly known for its Georgian terraces, Peter will show us that the Victorian development is equally as interesting.

Led by Professor Peter Malpass- a return for this popular speaker, continuing his exploration of another Bristol suburb.

Meet at 6.15 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2

09 July 2017


A walk around a typical small Gloucestershire village but definitely not to be confused with Alveston.

Led by Eric Garrett - local village resident and keen amateur historian.

Meet at 1.00 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2

Tues 11 July 2017

"Skeletons: our buried bones" show at M Shed.  Arranged by the Wellcome Trust in conjunction with the Bristol Museum.

Tour at 2.00 pm.

Sat 29 / Sun 30 July 2017

Portishead Flower Show

Visit our stand. Join or renew membership.

13 August 2017


A short wander through the seaside resort's history, from medieval West End to Victorian pier.

Led by Jane Lilly - historian and local resident.

Meet at 1.15 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2

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