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Registered Charity No: 263374  -  Founded in 1970

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The History and Work of the RNLI’

Simon Hannaford

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.

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Police and Crime Commissioner

Sue Mountstevens

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.

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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

Sally Smalley

Guy Liardet

The Submarine Cold War

Guy Liardet left the Navy in 1989 in the rank of Rear Admiral having served in 14 ships in most parts of the world – seven times through the Suez Canal! He is an anti submarine and mine warfare specialist and has held several weapon development and trials posts. His last two tours were as a sea-going Rear-Admiral, mainly operating with the Americans and finally, Commandant of the Joint Services Defence College at Greenwich, running educative courses for officers at half-colonel rank in all three services.

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Life and death in two Bristol Victorian workhouses

Dr Roger Ball and Rosemary Caldicott



This talk is about the history Bedminster Workhouse where paupers from Clevedon would be sent.

In addition the scandalous burials at Eastville Workhouse, '100 Fishponds Road'.

Bedminster photograph © Peter Higginbotham


Eastville Workhouse