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Programme of events in 2020 (Updated 5 September 2020 )

March 17: Due to coronavirus we postponed all the meetings and walks until the end of September 2020 - including the AGM. People have been urged to avoid "non-essential" contact. Over 70s for 12 weeks. We may be forced to postpone these sort of events regardless, if instructed by central government. In the meantime we can review the situation- in light of restrictions.
9 July: The Keynsham British Legion is now open but with conditions.

Meetings from 8 October must be booked 2 weeks in advance to Maggie Shapland. The maximum that can be booked is 30 . Priority to BIAS members.

The maximum that can be booked is 30 set by Government. Priority to BIAS members. Booking details must include name, date and time of talk, contact details including email. These will also be checked on entry, and given to the Legion for their contact and trace record.

  • Sanitiser will be provided by the Legion at the door.
  • Own Masks must be worn.
  • Toilets are available.
  • The RBL bar is open they do not want guests with masks in bar, but you can get refreshments at the bar so please bear this in mind
  • There will be 1 metre plus spacing. STAY SAFE
  • Meetings from 8 October must be booked 2 weeks in advance to Maggie Shapland. The maximum that can be booked is 30 . Priority to BIAS members. If you do not book, do not come.

    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)..

    2020

    JANUARY

    Thursday 16th 7:30 Keynsham Joint Newcomen meeting Speakers Maggie Shapland 'update on cast iron lamp posts'; Dave Hardwick 'Engine House in Field Close to Railway (Category B listed building in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire)'; Bryan Lawton - 'Some Thoughts on Heat Pumps' - and Don Hillman - 'The Severn Bridge'
    Thursday 30th 7:30 Keynsham PARNALLS - FROM WARPLANES TO WASHING MACHINES
    The varied career of a West Country engineering company. Paul Hulburt

    FEBRUARY

    Thursday 13th 7:30 Keynsham The early Avon Valley brass industry - 1690 to 1740.
    Tony Coverdale
    Thursday 27th 7:30 Keynsham Aspects of Industrialisation and Bath.
    Stuart Burroughs

    MARCH

    Thursday 12th 7:30 Keynsham the way pleasure gardens and industry combined in Bath
    Kirsten Elliot

    OCTOBER

    Thursday 8th 7:30 Keynsham Bristol and WW1 at Sea
    Eugene Byrne
    Thursday 22nd 7:30 Keynsham William Smith and Nailsea coalfields Peter Wigley. Peter has worked extensively with The Geological Society. As part of their bicentenary celebration in 2007 he helped build a spatial index of their maps. He has received Distinguished Service Awards from The Geological Society and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He has a long -standing interest in William Smith's maps. This will start promptly at 7:30

    NOVEMBER

    Thursday 12th 7:30 Keynsham Excavating the ( colliery) steam engine
    Steve Grudgings
    Thursday 26th 7:30 Keynsham Short AGM 2020 and talk What Bath Makes and What Makes Bath
    by Stuart Burroughs our chairman

    DECEMBER

    Thursday 10th 7:30 Keynsham Xmas party.
    Bring food and books for sale. Stuart will show a film

    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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