Who designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Fact or Fiction?
The Clifton Suspension Bridge has become the most visible symbol of Bristol, City of Brunel and its design is now credited to Brunel alone. In fact, the Bridge is the achievement of Sir John Hawkshaw and WH Barlow and was built in 1864, after Brunel’s death. Its story is closely bound up with advancing knowledge about the behaviour of this most unstable type of bridge, knowledge which Hawkshaw and Barlow took full advantage of in their design.
Abbie Edbrooke was to show us around the new visitors centre on the Pier earlier this year but due to delays in its opening this has been re-scheduled to March 2017. We shall meet at the Pier at 6.30pm, please note an hour earlier than normal!
NOTE: Meet at the Pier at 6.30pm
NOTE: This is a ‘members only’ meeting.
The History and Work of the RNLI’
This talk begins with a brief history of the RNLI from its inception in 1824 through the years to the present day. It will focus on the vessels which are currently in operation today, including the new all-weather boat, The Shannon.
Police and Crime Commissioner
Now in her second term of office, Sue will speak about her role as PCC, her achievements thus far in the role and her aspirations for the coming years.
Early aviation in the Bristol area
Arthur Spencer DFC
All meetings are held at
St Andrew’s Church Centre, Clevedon at 7.30pm
All are welcome, visitors £3
Grandma Bryant + Summer Supper
The Submarine Cold War
Having served in the Royal Navy for 37 years, Rear Admiral Guy Liardet, a friend of our Chairman Jim Foulds, is more than qualified to talk about the submarine cold war. Amongst his many naval appointments were; Executive Officer HMS Bristol, Flag Officer of the Second Flotilla, Commandant of the Joint Service Defence College and Naval obituarist to the Times.
Bedminster Union Workhouse
Rosemary Caldicott writes:
Last year I had published a well researched account of the life and death of a Walton in Gordano woman in 1855. The talk also brings into mention, by his kind actions, Sir Ambrose Elton, lately of Clevedon Court.
This talk is about the history of Bedminster Union Workhouse which was the workhouse where paupers from Clevedon would have been sent.