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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.

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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What's Happening at Worlebury Hillfort - William Fraher

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

William Fraher, Chairman of  The Worlebury Hill Fort Group, said the monument is of international importance and must be preserved for future generations

Worlebury Hill fort, which is thought to have been created as a form of defence 700 years before the Romans arrived on British shores, is described as an ‘outstanding’ example of its type.

However, vandals moved parts of the structure, which is in Weston Woods, and Historic English re-registered it from bein...

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The Bloodhound Project - Martin Evans

Posted on March 8, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Our Members were delighted to be able to welcome Bloodhound SSC Ambassador – Martin Evans

Martin covered the whole range of topics that make up the exciting history of the World Land Speed Record. We learnt that the land speed record (LSR) is the speed over a course of a measured mile, averaged over two runs. Two runs are required in opposite directions within one hour, and a new record must exceed the previous one by at least one percent to be validated

Martin explained th...

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Scam Workshop - Mike Keig

Posted on February 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

A slightly different presentation today regarding subject matter, but nontheless very appropriate in this day and age of the 'internet'.

Mike Keig gave an enlightening talk and although many members were aware of scams, it was great to have the consequencies reinforced.

The talk included slides and video clips and with the ability to ask questions along the way, this provided a very much 'workshop' feel.

Some members offered first hand experiences as well.

Being remind...

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