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Programme of events in 2020

March 17: Due to coronavirus we have decided to postpone all the meetings and walks until the end of July 2020 - including the AGM. People have been urged to avoid "non-essential" contact. Over 70s for 12 weeks. We may be forced to postpone these sort of events regardless, if instructed by central government. In the meantime we can review the situation- in light of restrictions
Keynsham British Legion
Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
Keynsham British Legion

Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout, turn next right. Substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM
By Bus: The 38 service run by First Bus links Keynsham to Bath and Bristol and provides an hourly service that arrives at suitable times for meetings. The bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Royal British Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street.
From Bristol get off at St Johns Church. Returning to Bath or Bristol you can use either the 38 or 39 service from St Johns Church
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway, Bristol Temple Meads and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting.
The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present summer timetable)..

2020

JANUARY

Thursday 16th 7:30 Keynsham Joint Newcomen meeting Speakers Maggie Shapland 'update on cast iron lamp posts'; Dave Hardwick 'Engine House in Field Close to Railway (Category B listed building in Saltcoats, North Ayrshire)'; Bryan Lawton - 'Some Thoughts on Heat Pumps' - and Don Hillman - 'The Severn Bridge'
Thursday 30th 7:30 Keynsham PARNALLS - FROM WARPLANES TO WASHING MACHINES
The varied career of a West Country engineering company. Paul Hulburt

FEBRUARY

Thursday 13th 7:30 Keynsham The early Avon Valley brass industry - 1690 to 1740.
Tony Coverdale
Thursday 27th 7:30 Keynsham Aspects of Industrialisation and Bath.
Stuart Burroughs

MARCH

Thursday 12th 7:30 Keynsham the way pleasure gardens and industry combined in Bath
Kirsten Elliot
Thursday 26th 7:30 Keynsham Bath Abbey Footprint Project.
Given by Wessex Archaeology. Project Officer for the excavations Cai Mason. A fascinating project, nominated for the Current Archaeology Awards 2020 Rescue Project of the Year www.archaeology.co.uk/awards/rescue-project-of-the-year-2020.htm

APRIL

Thursday 9th 7:30 Keynsham Frys and Successor Businesses.
An account of the many business interests of the extended Fry family, and the new businesses that emerged from JS Fry and Sons. Alan Freke
Thursday 23th 7:30 Keynsham Excavating the ( colliery) steam engine Steve Grudgings

MAY

Thursday 14th 7:30 Keynsham Fag Ends - The Rise and Fall of Bristol's Tobacco Industry. Andy King
Thursday 28th 7:30 Keynsham AGM and talk What Bath Makes and What Makes Bath
by Stuart Burroughs our chairman

MEETING VENUES

Meetings will now be held in Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA
By Car: From Bristol, turn right at the Keynsham bypass roundabout to go to Keynsham. Straight on at Station roundabout and turn next right. Very substantial council car park on Ashton Way about 50 yards from the Legion. Free after 6PM.
By Bus: The 337/339 service run by First Bus from Bath via Saltford stops in Temple Street at the opposite end of the High Street from the Legion giving you a 5 minute walk.
Alternatively you can stay on this service and travel round Keynsham until it arrives at the other end of the High Street and get off on Charlton Road and walk down to the Legion or get off opposite St Johns Church on the High Street. The service is hourly and at present timings are reasonably convienient for meetings.
The 349 service from Bristol via Brislington is provided by Abus and First Bus (return tickets can be used on both operators). This sets down opposite St Johns Church. The service is hourly, the return times are at present not ideal unless you want to stay for a drink at the Legion.
By Rail: There are direct hourly services from Bristol Parkway and Bath at suitable times to arrive for the meeting. The return trains are also hourly but people wishing to reach Bristol Parkway would need to change at Temple Meads. (Based on present winter timetable).

'Bath' meetings are held at the Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath.

For all walks and field visits, wear stout shoes and adequate weather equipment. Bring picnic lunches as necessary


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