Gordano Civic Society

Founded 1956

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Programme of events 2023/2024

Previous years' programmes >>

All Monday meetings are held at the Somerset Hall, The Precinct, Portishead, BS20 6AH at 7.30 pm.

Car parking immediately behind hall in Wyndham Way car park. Visitors welcome – cost £5 inc refreshments.

Monday 11 Sept 2023

Scams (Venue changed to Methodist Church)

Lin Griffin, Age UK

Monday 16 Oct 2023

Urban Legends

Eugene Byrne

Monday 13 Nov 2023

Bristol Blue Plaques

Gordon Young

Monday 11 Dec 2023

Communicating Christmas

Clive Burlton

Monday 8 Jan 2024

Clifton Suspension Bridge, 'My first love, my darling'

Mike Rowland

Monday 12 Feb 2024

The experience of travel by ship in the Bristol Channel before the age of steam ... ripping yarns! (change in programme)

Philip Ashford

Monday 11 Mar 2024

Backwell Bricks

Roy Ackrill

Monday 8 April 2024

An Auctioneer’s Lot    

Andrew Stowe, ASFAV

+ short AGM

Summer 2024 events:

For ALHA walks – no need to pre-book. Pay on the day £3 cash.

Please contact Catherine Dixon to enquire.

Saturday 11 May 2024

Guided tour of Arno's Vale cemetary. Cost £10.

Meet at the Folk Hall Car Park at 9.30 for car sharing

Sunday 14 July 2024

ALHA walk: Bristol Harbourside history

From Pero’s bridge, past M Shed and Bathurst Basin and on to Mud Dock via Queen Square, encompassing some of Bristol’s best-recognised attractions.

Led by Ed Hall, longtime ferry boat captain. Meet at Arnolfini side of Pero's bridge at 1.45 pm.

Sat 27 / Sun 28 July 2024


Portishead Summer Show

Visit our stand. Join or renew membership


Sat 17 August 2024

ALHA walk: The old French Prison at Stapleton.

Completed in 1779, the Blackberry Hill site was used as a prison and hospital during the American Revolutionary War. Greatly expanded during the war against France towards the end of the 19th century. Get a feeling of what it was like to endure life within its walls.

Led by Mike Robinson.

Meet at  Glenside Hospital Car Park (free parking), BS16 1DD at 1.45 pm.


Or meet at Folk Hall car park for shared lifts. Time tba

First meeting of the next season: Monday 9 September 2024