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Charles Dickens - Dr. Keith Hooper

Posted on October 3, 2019 at 8:00 AM

This meeting's speaker was Dr. Keith Hooper who spoke on the life of Charles Dickens.

Commended by his examiners, for his extensive knowledge of Dickens’s work, Keith Hooper was awarded a Doctorate from the University of Exeter in July 2009. Two years later, his first published article appeared in The Dickensian. 

Dr. Keith injected humour & an understanding of the personality of one of our most famous authors.

For most of us, Dickens' novels are somewhat "dry...

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The History of the Cross Manufacturing Company - Rodney Cross

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Rodney Cross was welcomed today who gave a great insight into the 'family' business.

In the Early Days of 1900s, a young Roland Cross, whilst still at school, was appointed Secretary and Treasurer of the Bath Model Aeroplane Club. On leaving school Roland secured an apprenticeship with the Arrol Johnson Motor Works in Dundee.

In the 1910s, Roland joined the British and Colonial Aeroplane Company in Bristol where he designed parts for the Bristol Fighter biplane. After the war he m...

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Route 66 and All That - David Addis

Posted on September 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Today we welcomed David Addis from Long Ashton Probus Club.

David has given a presentation to us before and again didn't disappoint.

The talk was about a trip he and his family made along the famous Route 66 in America.

Although David kept referring to it as an 'educational trip' for his children, it is certain that whole family found it 'educational!'.

The journey took 21 days with many stop off points along the way. These were elaborated on by way of a slide show and...

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Great Western Air Ambulance - Ian Cantoni

Posted on July 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Today we welcomed Ian to give a talk on the Great Western Air Ambulane charity.

Ian included slides with his talk, discussing all aspects of GWAAC.

The web site address is below which includes comprehensive details of the organisation.

It is hoped that later in the year, a visit to their new operating base will take place.

At the end of the presentation, Ian was handed a donation cheque from the Club which was the Chairmans Charity choice this year.


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Bristol Buses - John Penny

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM

We thank John for standing in at short notice today to present one of his many talks, this one about Bristol Buses.

With the use of projected film, a pottaged history of Bristol's buses was shown.

Some rare unseen footage was included along with John's sometimes 'humerous' narrative.

Hopefully John will visit us again with another of his entertaining talks.

Food To Die For - Mike Hogan

Posted on June 6, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Our past Chairman led the floor today with a very interesting talk on the subject of sea fishermen.

As a 'mariner' Mike told the story of the risks to their lives that the fishermen take just to provide us with this food type.

A slide show accompanied the talk which was interspersed with some fascinating facts.

What we take for granted will put a whole new view on the fish on our table.

An excellent talk, thank you Mike.

Andrew Cross and the Mite that Shocked the World - Brian Wright

Posted on May 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM

 Taunton author and historian Brian Wright has written a biography of Andrew Crosse, who was born in 1784 and grew up to be a pioneering scientist, eccentric, republican landowner and poet.

Today we welcomed Brian to give his account of Andrew Crosse.

An eccentric scientist who scared the locals with the bangs and flashes from his experiments reckoned he accidentally created a life form.

Andrew Crosse installed 3,000ft of copper wire from poles and trees at Fyne Court, ...

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The Seige of Bristol - Ian Faulker

Posted on May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Aided by slides, we welcomed Ian to give a talk on The Seige of Bristol.

The second siege of Bristol of the English Civil War lasted from 23 August 1645 until 10 September 1645, when the Royalist commander Prince Rupert surrendered the city he had captured from the Parliamentarians on 26 July 1643 to Lord Fairfax the commander of Parliament's New Model Army.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bristol_(1645)

Childrens' Hospice Southwest - Emma Parker (Ladies Invited)

Posted on April 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Today, a warm welcome was extended to the ladies who joined us.

The presentation was given by Emma Parker on behalf of Childrens' Hospice Southwest.

For more than 25 years Children's Hospice South West has been caring for children with life-threatening conditions by providing children's hospice and professional family support services. They are dedicated to making the most of short and precious lives through the provision of the best possible hospice care for children and young pe...

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A Tale of Three Villages - Alan Bateman

Posted on April 4, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Colnbrook, Harmondsworth and Longford were the three villages in todays talk.

Alan Bateman, Secretary of the Club gave the talk assisted by slides.

Three small villages slowly being eroded by Heathrow Airport and it's planned expansion, hold some interesting historical facts.

Alan's family owned farmland before and after the airport appeared. Some slides showed Alan as a young lad on the farm and tractor driving.

Alan picked out certain properties and buildings and the...

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