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South West Region Meeting 2016!

SATURDAY 12th MARCH 2016 at STOKE GIFFORD

This year's speakers included Anne King taking us on a tour of Devizes including 'waymarker trees', Jan Scrine asking ‘What’s in Your Attic?’ with a Cornish Archives update, perennial favourite Richard Raynsford on a trip round Somerset - and Lydia Robinson inspiring us with the Pensford Fingerpost restoration initiative. .Another lively and fun meeting!

For 2017, on March 18th, we have again booked St Michael's Community Hall at STOKE GIFFORD, Bristol BS34 8PD. It's seven minutes walk from Parkway Station, thro the churchyard and across the village green, in the snazzy modern building behind the Old School Rooms. Bus No 73 from Bristol Temple Meads Station to Parkway at frequent intervals. Plenty of free roadside parking on Hatchet Lane behind the Beaufort Arms pub  in marked bays or along North Road beyond the hall.

Besides the pub, there's a Co-op supermarket and Tesco express within a few minutes walk or bring a packed lunch. Doors open 10am for a cuppa and a 10.30 start. admission £3 to cover hall hire.  We will finish by 3.30pm. Everyone welcome, please tell your local communities !!

Put the date in your diary NOW.

 

2017 South West Region Meeting, Stoke Gifford

For 2017, on March 18th, we have again booked St Michael's Community Hall at STOKE GIFFORD, Bristol BS34 8PD. It's seven minutes walk from Parkway Station, thro the churchyard and across the village green, in the snazzy modern building behind the Old School Rooms. Bus No 73 from Bristol Temple Meads Station to Parkway at frequent intervals. Plenty of free roadside parking on Hatchet Lane behind the Beaufort Arms pub  in marked bays or along North Road beyond the hall. Enjoy perennial favourite Richard Raynsford on Somerset milestones, Frank Iddiols on Benchmarking, Ian Thompson on Parish roads restorations and our Poetry Competition update - as well as a brief EGM to consider and ratify our revised Constitution to meet Charities Commission requirements.

Besides the pub, there's a Co-op supermarket and Tesco express within a few minutes walk or bring a packed lunch. Doors open 10am for a cuppa and a 10.30 start. admission £3 to cover hall hire.  We will finish by 3.30pm. Everyone welcome, please tell your local communities !!

Protect 'Bath 1'

Bath residents who live close to one of the milestones declaring that it's one mile to the Guildhall are campaigning for its safety, in the light of the building developments. To find out more or to support their campaign, see 'Bath Milestone' on facebook or twitter.

Have You Travelled The Judges' Road in Cornwall??

Look on our Articles page to find out !

A cuppa with Toll-keeper Meg in Chipping Sodbury

FESTIVAL OF BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY JULY 2013

Tuesday 23rd July
A cuppa with Toll-keeper Meg in Chipping Sodbury

Chipping Sodbury MSA recruiting drive for tollkeepers for the Bristol Trust

Tollkeeper Meg sucked thoughtfully on her baccy pipe as a dozen potential recruits to the tollhouses at Chipping Sodbury and Acton Turville assembled at the Beaufort Hunt Inn, in July 1840. They had come from as far as Wiltshire and Monmouth. They were warned about the perils of highwaymen, the Cock Road Gang and the Sisters of Rebecca, as well as having a demonstration of measuring the fellies in contact with the road surface, to calculate the tolls payable.

With 178 miles of radial roads from Bristol in their charge, the Bristol Turnpike Trustees have plenty of vacancies...