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Programme of events in 2018

Keynsham British Legion
Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
Keynsham British Legion

Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout, turn next right. Substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM
By Bus: The 38 service run by First Bus links Keynsham to Bath and Bristol and provides an hourly service that arrives at suitable times for meetings. The bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Royal British Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street.
From Bristol get off at St Johns Church. Returning to Bath or Bristol you can use either the 38 or 39 service from St Johns Church
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting.
The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present summer timetable)..

JANUARY

Thursday 18th 7:30 BAWA Joint meeting with Newcomen Society at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG.
John Penny- advertising material etc of the late nineteenth and early 20th century, Sal Allman talking about her experiences as a volunteer
Thursday 25th 7:30pm Keynsham 'A Marvel of Stone and Fire - the Abbot's Kitchen at Glastonbury'.
In 2013/14 the unique C14 stone structure of the Abbot's Kitchen was conserved and archaeologically recorded. The work and the findings have led to a significant re-interpretation of its fascinating story. Alan Thomas DipArch DipCons AABC RIBA, Conservation Architect.

FEBRUARY

Thursday 8th 7:30pm Keynsham Great Western Factory.
It is almost a Century since the last cotton worker left the Cotton Mill in 1923. Garry Atterton of the Geographical Association and geography teacher at Castle School, Thornbury will talk about its history, and its working conditions. It was the largest textile factory in the South of England
Thursday 22nd 7:30pm Keynsham Nailsea Glass
The Nailsea Glassworks, some eleven miles south-west of Bristol, was in production from 1788 to 1874. Tesco built a supermarket over part of the site and on completion commissioned Avon Archaeology Ltd to do a comprehensive study of the history, archaeology, etc of the works. Andrew Smith did the study and is currently investigating probable chemical works,

MARCH

Thursday 8th 7:30pm Keynsham John Scott Russell , victim of a bad Press.
Talk by our very own Keith Hickman
Thursday 22nd 7:30pm Keynsham Sinews of Slavery in Bristol's Industrial Past.
Primarily about the fight to ban it, it takes in the industries that took off because of it; sugar, tobacco, ship building, brass manufacture and so on over a thousand year period. Industrial history from a slightly different angle? Mark Steeds

APRIL

Thursday 12th 7:30pm Keynsham Recent archaeological discoveries that shed light on Bristol housing and industry through the ages
A talk by Simon Cox, Head of Fieldwork, Cotswold Archaeology. Cotswold Archaeology has recently undertaken a number of archaeological excavations in Redcliff, Temple, Wapping Wharf and Lockleaze. Collectively, these investigations have begun to shed further light on Bristol housing and industry, from Roman to post-medieval periods. This includes the discovery of a Roman villa, medieval and post-medieval houses of varying status, and evidence for industries including brick-making, ship-building, glass-making, distilling and clay tobacco-pipe manufacture. The talk presents brief overview and key highlights from each of these archaeological excavations.
Thursday 26th 7:30pm Keynsham AGM and talk by Hamish Orr-Ewing on Underground Bristol

MAY

Thursday 10th 2pm. Avonmouth BS11 0FJ GR ST 534 767 Avonmouth Asphalt Plant,
Unit 2 & 3 Rockingham Park, Smoke Ln, Avonmouth.
Bring own safety kit if poss. Some spare hard hats, hi vis available. Safety boots preferred, stout walking boots OK.
At A4 Portway M5 junction, first rdbt exit into Crowley Way. Follow A403 on St Andrews Way. St on at traffic lights into Smoke Lane. After Volvo dealer, turn left at rdbt by Kings Lift. Can see WW2 anti-aircraft battery from asphalt plant tower.
Book with Maggie (max 20).
Thursday 24th 12:15 Hinkley Pt Visitor Centre, Angel Place, Bridgwater TA6 3TQ GR ST 296 371. Travel to Hinkley Point 'B' TA5 1UD GR ST210 459 Hinkley Point 'B' Power Station.
3.5 hour tour. Start in Visitor Centre with 30 minute talk about Hinkley Pt B encompassing background of EDF Energy, varied sources of electricity, breakdown of working sites at Hinkley Point, including potential new nuclear build.
Spend 20 minutes in interactive exhibition area, before going to power station. Set off 1pm, arrive 1:30pm. Tour starts 2:15. Visit the control room viewing gallery, turbine hall and pilecap viewing gallery (situated 160ft above sea level looking down onto top of the two reactors). Site tour end 3:45. Back at Bridgewater 4:15. Free tour.
All visitors to wear personal protective equipment (hard hats, light eye and hearing protection, high vis jackets). Max group size 20.
Passports/ photo driving license +birth certificate required on day, no cameras or mobile phones.
Book with Maggie 6 weeks before event as company needs Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Home Address in advance.

JUNE

Thursday 14th 11am SSGB Gas Ferry Rd, Bristol BS1 6TY ST578 724 Mark Steeds boat trip.
3 hour return trip from ss GB, to the centre along the Frome, up the Avon towards Hanham; take in Feeder Canal and as many industries as possible (including creation of infrastructure: Frome Trench, Port Wall, Bristol Bridge, Castle, far end of Floating Harbour). Then countryside to St Anne's and the Bristol - Bath GWR line (from a different perspective!).
Park at SS GB car park.
Book with Maggie with full payment of 12 asap to secure place. Max group 40.
Thursday 28th 10am Midford Road, Bath BA2 5RR ST743 622 Cross Manufacturing,
visit 1. Arrive 10am. Meet in Rodney`s office and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit whilst talking about the firm and its history and progression to where we are today before going to our museum and then visiting each of the manufacturing departments.
Works tour usually concludes by 12.30/12.45 pm.
Book with Maggie.(max group size 5)

JULY

Thursday 5th 10am BA2 5RR Cross Manufacturing,
visit 2 (max 5) 10am For those who could not get on the first group
Thursday 12th 7pm Berkeley GL13 9RL. GR SO684 002+GL13 9UD SO668 023 Berkeley railway.
Meet at Berkeley station at 7.00. Take B4066 from Berkeley to Sharpness. Turn right at the rdbt into Station Road, then fork right.
Look at site for 20 minutes, then go to shed at Sharpness (GL13 9UD) easier back to the B4066 rdbt. Turn right at rdbt into Bridge Rd ignoring the private only signs. Drive along this road, over the Swing Bridge and we're located at the end of Docks Road.
Short presentation (and cup of tea etc) and then a look round the facilities there.
Thursday 26th 10am Hinkley Pt Visitor Centre, Angel Place, Bridgwater TA6 3TQ GR ST 296 371. Hinkley C construction site and Visitor Centre.
10:00 Arrive at Hinkley Point Visitor Centre at Angel Place, Bridgwater, Security Check by G4S Security Guard.
10:15 Tour Guides Presentation on Hinkley Point 'C' and Safety Briefing. 10:30 Leave Visitor Centre and travel to Hinkley Point 'C' by their bus arriving at 11:00 and receive site passes.
Tour commences at 11:05 and completes at 12:00. Arrive back at Visitor Centre at 12:30. Pay for parking when leave.
Book with Maggie 6 weeks before event as the company needs your details in advance: Full Name, Date of Birth, Nationality, Home Address. Max group size 30. Passports/ photo driving license required on day.

AUGUST

Thursday 9th 7pm Ferry Lane, Claverton, Bath Claverton Pumping Station.
Will start Engine. 5 miles south of Bath off A36, 400 yds down Ferry Lane, across the uncontrolled level crossing. BA2 7BH Or 30 mins walk from Dundas Aqueduct along canal towpath.
Book with Maggie. Fee. Min size group 10, max size 40. www.claverton.org/

MEETING VENUES

Meetings will now be held in Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
By Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout and turn next right. Very substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM.
By Bus: The 337/339 service run by First Bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off on Charlton Road and walk down to the Legion or get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street. The service is hourly and at present timings are reasonably convienient for meetings.
The 349 service from Bristol via Brislington is provided by Abus and First Bus (return tickets can be used on both operators). This sets down opposite St Johns Church. The service is hourly, the return times are at present not ideal unless you want to stay for a drink at the Legion.
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting. The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present winter timetable).

'Bath' meetings are held at the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath.

For all walks and field visits, wear stout shoes and adequate weather equipment. Bring picnic lunches as necessary


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