Talks at Monthly Meetings

The Monthly Meetings are open to all members as well as visitors. Coffee and biscuits are followed by a talk by an invited speaker. Please scroll down to see the varied programme of speakers for the next few months. This is an ideal opportunity to meet other members, the committee and many of the group convenors.

The meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month apart from August and December when there is no meeting. Doors open 9.45am. Coffee and tea served until 10.20am, the talk starts at 10.30am and the meeting finishes by noon.

The venue is upstairs in Broadmead Baptist Church at the bottom of Union Street BS1 3HY. It is behind Tesco and opposite Poundland and the nos. 3 and 4 bus stop. There is a lift in the building.

There is no charge, apart from 20p for refreshments. Please bring your membership card.

We would welcome occasional help with greeting new members.

If you need disabled parking, or for any other information, please click on the pigeon "send a message" link.

Dates for your Diary
September 2019
Tue Sep 17thMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members
The speaker is Jeff Bishop who is going to talk about Bristol Through Maps. The oldest known town map dates from 1480 and just happens to be of Bristol. Jeff will tell us about various maps throughout the centuries, as well as maps of Bristol's future. In addition there will information about artists' maps, planners' maps and even pub maps. Well, we all need one of those!
October 2019
Tue Oct 15thMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members
The speaker this month is the very popular Paul Barnett, who spoke about Purton Hulks in 2017. Today's topic will be the Severn Bridge Disaster.Can you remember the accident in 1960 when two tanker barges collided with the Severn Railway Bridge, bringing a couple of spans down on to the ships, causing the cargo of petrol to ignite? The bridge was never repaired or replaced, changing the lives of those who lived either side of the bridge forever.
November 2019
Tue Nov 19thMeetingMonthly Meeting for all members
This month we will hear Liz Newman who is a founder member of the Brigstowe Village Band. They have modelled themselves on the village bands depicted in Thomas Hardy's novels and poems. The talk, entitled Autumn to Winter, will feature English tunes, songs, dances, and stories from the Wessex of Thomas Hardy, with the Brigstowe Village Band.