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Programme of events in 2019

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)..

2019

JANUARY

Thursday 10th 7:30 Keysham Joint meeting with Newcomen Society at Keynsham
Celia Downie will be talking about SPAB for BIAS. Norman Rogers, chairman of BSMEE will be giving an update on the Ashton Court Miniature Railway
Thursday 24th 7:30pm Keynsham The restoration of the Fry's Sentinel
our own Eric Miles will talk about progress with restoration

FEBRUARY

Thursday 14th 7:30pm Keynsham Infrastructure engineering in the Bristol Coalfield ( drainage levels and engines) not Restoring Hemingfield Colliery - Trials, Tribulations and Triumphs
our own Steve Grudgings
Thursday 28th 7:30pm Keynsham Richard Champion and his Bristol Porcelain.
The man and his manufacture of fine hard-paste porcelain in Bristol which finished in the 1780s. Roger Angerson

MARCH

Thursday 14th 7:30pm Keynsham Charles Benjamin Redrup,
a Welsh-born aero-engine designer, was engaged in the 1930s by the Bristol Tramways and Carriage Company to build an unusual rotary bus engine, which was used for several years until the company was taken over by Thomas Tilling. William Fairney BIAS member
Thursday 28th 7:30pm Keynsham GWR Badminton Line.
which ran between Wootton Bassett and Patchway from 1903 until 1968, illustrated with photographs from the whole period and up to the present day. Alan Freke

APRIL

Saturday 6th 7:30pm Saltford Hall SWWRIAC 2019 (South Wales and West of England Conference on Industrial Heritage).
Hosted By BIAS, this event will be held in Saltford Hall complex. More details
Thursday 11th 7:30pm Keynsham Drag Act: Early Dredging in Bristol.
Andy King of Mshed
Thursday 25th 7:30pm Keynsham AGM and talk by the work at Serridge and the engine house. Steve Grudgings and David Hardwick

MAY ALL TRIPS: BOOK TO GET DISCOUNT, IDEA OF NUMBERS. MEET ON SITE

Thursday 9th Meet 10am at Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme Rd for a guided visit SAT NAV X15 3EE grid ref 062 112 lunch then 2:30 at Tone Dale House, Wellington, TA21 0EZ Meet 10. Coldharbour Mill,
once a wool spinning mill owned by Fox's, and open to the public. Has a good collection of textile machinery and stationary engines (not steaming). Exit 27 from M5. 1st exit A38, 2nd exit B3181, left onto Bridwell Av, left on Uffculme Rd on B3440. Follow Working Mill signs. Guided tour £10 group price. www.coldharbourmill.org.uk/ 60 miles Meet 2:30 Tone Dale House Wellington (Tone Mills board room). Join B3187 by turning right in Wellington. Just after crossing railway bridge turn left into private driveway opposite Wellington Timber. We meet a community interest company of local business people who want to regenerate buildings at Tonedale www.wellingtonmills.org/. Tone Mills is one of the woollen mills of the Fox's cloth manufacturing empire and largest in Somerset. Stopped production 1992. In the past 20 years speculators have bought and sold Tonedale, planning residential redevelopment. Dereliction has increased each year. Approach Mills by taking next left into Millstream Gardens after pedestrian crossing. We walk round the perimeter of this vast site. Book with Maggie
Sun 26th (working day) 12 noon. Broomy Hill Hereford HR4 0LJ Hereford waterworks Museum
houses oldest (1895) working triple-expansion steam pumping engine in UK, standing two-floors high. £6 for seniors. guided tour can be provided for minimum £1/head donation to funds, lasting between 45-60 minutes. Book with Maggie www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk/ 12-4 cafe. Steams 1pm. Follow Ross Rd/A49; Cross River Wye; At traffic lights by church turn left into Barton Rd. Left into Broomy Hill. Follow signs. 60 miles

JUNE

Thursday 13th 10 North Street, Blaenavon NP4 9RN Big pit National Coal Mining Museum
43 miles from Bristol 9.30am - 4.30pm. 50 minute Underground tours 10am - 3pm (Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets in advance so book with Maggie). Admission free. group 10% discount in shop and catering outlets. museum.wales/bigpit/ Only 1.5 miles from Blaenavon Ironworks (best preserved 18th century ironworks in the world)!
Thursday 27th 10:30 Tipton Rd, Dudley, DY1 4SQ Black country museum
need 15 for group discount £11.50. 88.5 miles from Bristol. 10.30am until 4pm. Leave M5 Jn 2. Follow A4123 northwest toward Wolverhampton/Dudley. After three miles, turn left onto the A4037 Tipton Road heading south. tar tunnel? www.bclm.co.uk/

JULY

Thursday 11th 4:30 Coronation Road Bristol BS3 1RN Thomas Ware and Sons Tannery.
Tanners and Dressers since 1840. The biggest of the 2 traditional vegetable Tanneries left in UK. Atmospheric Clift House Tannery. Approaching from west, on corner on LHS just past the Riverside Centre.
Book with Maggie Park on the site
Thursday 25th (exhibition only) 10:30 Didcot station -OX11 7NJ. Didcott Railway Centre GWT Museum and Archive
78.3 miles from Bristol 10.30am until 4pm. The entrance to Didcot Railway Centre is through the ticket hall and subway of Didcot Parkway railway station. A new 1800 car Multistorey Car Park has recently been opened in the old Foxhall Road GWR/APCOA car park area a little way from the Railway Centre, involving a long walk over the new covered bridge.

AUGUST

Thursday 1st 2pm (tba) New Mills, Wootton- Under_edge GL12 8JR Renishaw engineering company
supplies products and services in applications from jet engine manufacture to brain surgery. Leading company in additive manufacturing, or 3D metal printing, where machines print parts from metal powder. No group trips at moment so "club day" planned for special interest groups. Envisage: Refreshment on arrival with networking opportunities for the various groups; company overview from Head of Communications; Product demonstrations followed by a sandwich lunch; Possible presentations from groups/societies on chosen topic. Main headquarters building a former woollen mill built in the latter part of the 18th Century..
From M5, go East on to B4059. Turn left onto B4058 and New Mills on left hand side after roundabout with B4062. Book with Maggie

SEPTEMBER

Thurs 5 6:30pm Station Rd, Blagdon BS40 7UN Blagdon Pumping Station.
Personal visit. Limited to 10. Entrance to the visitor centre is through the iron gates at the southern end of the dam wall of Blagdon Lake 6:3-0 to 8:30.
Book with Maggie. Since trip has limited numbers you may want to go on an ordinary open day which have now restarted July to September
Sat 7th- Sun 8th 10.00 am -4.00 pm BRUNEL SWIVEL BRIDGE, CUMBERLAND BASIN, Bristol BS1 6XS BOBís 170th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
More details

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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