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Programme of events 2017/2018 for reference

Please note: Meetings now held on Mondays

Note: All Monday meetings are held at the Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead at 7.30 pm

Car parking immediately behind hall in Wyndham Way car park. Visitors welcome - cost £3 inc refreshments.

Monday 25 Sept  2017

Windmills and Windmillers of Somerset

An illustrated talk by Sarah Harris

Sunday 22 Oct 2017

WC&P Railway Anniversary Exhibition

Leisure Centre, Portishead  Details >>

Monday 23 Oct 2017

Richard III: The King under the Car Park

An illustrated talk by Matthew Morris, MA, ACIfA

Sunday 29 Oct 2017

A guided tour with Tina McLachlan (Estate Guide) to view Tyntesfield’s formal and informal gardens.


Meet at the Folk Hall car park for shared lifts at 10.30. The terrain is flat but good footwear is advised. National Trust members free. Booking is essential as our party will be limited to 20 people.

Monday 27 Nov 2017

JS Fry – a family business: The story of how the famous chocolate business passed down the generations.   

An illustrated talk by Alan Freke of Frenchay Museum.

Monday 11 Dec 2017

Bristol Industrial and Fine Arts Exhibition 1893. Talk followed by a visit of The Owls of Pill choir, a raffle, drinks, refreshments, mince pies and a quiz.

An illustrated talk by Mike Hooper

(change to programme)

Monday 22 Jan 2018

Bedminster’s Tobacco Women   

An illustrated talk by Helen Thomas

Monday 12 Feb 2018

How to use the Internet to investigate family history.   

An illustrated talk by Bob Lawrence

Sunday 18 Feb 2018

Tour by mini-bus of Avonmouth and Royal Portbury docks

Leaving at 10.00 from car park behind Somerset Hall, cost £6.

Monday 26 March 2018

Rout on the Riviera: The story of the Slapton Sands disaster in preparation for the Normandy Landings.

An illustrated talk by Paul Barnett

Monday 9 April 2018

Kings Weston: The fascinating history of one of Bristol’s most overlooked historic sites.

An illustrated talk by David Martyn of the Kings Weston Action Group.

Note: All Monday 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.

Monday 14 May 2018

ALHA walk: Keynsham. A look at the mills and old village often overlooked by visitors to the High Street

Led by Richard Dyson  - local historian and resident. Meet at Folk Hall Car Park at 5.45 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2. Or meet at 6.45 pm at Car Park SOUTH, Bath Hill.

Saturday 19 / Sunday 20 May 2018

Coach trip to Nene Valley and Great Central Railways, with overnight hotel stay and 1½ hour stop at Stratford-upon-Avon on return.

Organised by WC&P Railway Group. All are welcome.

11 June 2018

ALHA walk: St. Werburgh's. A look at the nooks and crannies of this rarely visited suburb, including the church that was moved from central Bristol and rebuilt stone by stone, the City Farm, Boiling Wells and some unique modernistic self build housing.

Led by Harry McPhillimy, Local historian.

Meet at Folk Hall Car Park at 6.00 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2. Or meet at 6.45 pm at St.Werburghs Church on Mina Road.

Sunday 8 July 2018

ALHA walk: Underfall Yard, Bristol Docks. An in depth look at recent renovation to this up-and-coming & important part of Bristol docks, including newly restored and working machinery

Led by Steve Hallam - Long time volunteer for the works at the yard. Meet at Folk Hall Car Park at 1.15 pm for shared lifts. Cost £2. Or meet at 1.45 pm at the Underfall Yard visitors centre, Cumberland Basin behind Avon Crescent.  

Sat 28/ Sun 29 July 2018

Portishead Flower Show

Visit our stand and join or renew your membership.

Sunday 12 Aug 2018

ALHA walk: Around old Portishead

Led by Sandy Tebbutt. Meet at St Peter's Church at 1.45 for 2pm start.

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