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The Samaritans

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Todays talk was given by two members of the Samaritans.

A very interesting insight to this very worthwhile charity was explained.

This prompted a lively Q & A session.

Many thanks to these persons who will remain anonymous as is all the calls and conversations that take place.

Further details can be found on their website:

WSM Sewerage - The Dark Side - Paul Oaten

Posted on February 20, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Our Member, Paul Oaten gave the presentation talk talk today.

With a career of many years with a local regional Sewerage Company, Paul was able to give a first hand account of this 'Dark Side' of the water industry, especially in Weston Super Mare.

Aided with slides Paul delivered the presentation with facts accompanied with humour.

Travelling back in time to the days when all sewerage was literally 'dumped' in the nearest water course, right up to modern day pipelines and p...

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The Lost Railways of Somerset - John Montacute

Posted on February 6, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Our speaker for the morning was John Montacute who gave a talk on The Lost Railways of Somerset.


John (who is passionate about this subject) then proceeded to give a thoroughly detailed and interesting talk, accompanied by countless slides of the old railways, their engines and stations, going way back to the 1880's.


He thentook us on a fictional day's journey on the railway, covering numerous stations - way out to the extremities of Somerset and ending b...

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Three Talks Meeting

Posted on January 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Our first meeting of 2020 had the benefit of three short talks.

Talk One

Anne, from AMS Electrical gave an insight into the family business which is part of a North Somerset initiative called, 'Handyperson Services'.

AMS Electrical help anyone over 60 years old or has a disability and needs help with small repairs or odd jobs around the house.

The service costs only £15.60 an hour.

Full details can be found here: ht...

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Catching Rogues and Dips at Thiefrow - Andy Lucker

Posted on November 21, 2019 at 8:00 AM

The final meeting of the year today, was celebrated for being number 800.

Our speaker was Andy Lucker, who before retiring, headed up an undercover team at Heathrow Airport to police the area for 'bag snatchers', 'pickpockets', etc.

The presentation started with a BBC documentary film about this team and included some real 'live' arrests.

Andy then took questions from the members and also told a few more interesting tales.

A really interesting and enjoyable talk to end...

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150 Years of History at Clevedon Pier - Abbie Edbrooke (Ladies Invited)

Posted on November 7, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Today we welcomed the ladies to join us for our meeting.

Abbie Edbrooke gave an enthusiastic talk on Clevedon Pier illustrated with slides, video and sound. She covered the history of the pier from how it came to be built to serve the steamer trade, with Brunel’s redundant broad gauge wrought iron rail section, to being described by poet Betjeman as “the most beautiful pier in England”.

There had been many technical and financial challenges involving false start...

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Audio Visual Sequences - Brian Fish

Posted on October 17, 2019 at 8:00 AM

Our Speaker today was one of our own members, Brian Fish.

Brian has given presentations to us before, using photographs and images on a range of topics.

Today was no exception, with sets including, East Brent Harvest Home, Weston Sand Sculptures and Flowers.

As always, the quality of the photographs were exceptional and Brian's commentary entertaining.

Thank you Brian.

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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