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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.


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.

Look on our Articles page to find out !


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...

Council’s memento for bus stop lovers- 1 October 2013 1.46pm.

A couple have been handed a lasting memento of the place they fell in love - a council bus stop.

Aly Hussein, 41, admired future wife Michala, 40, each day as she waited for a bus home at the stop in Gloucester Road, Bristol. He eventually plucked up the courage to say hello and the pair chatted daily, before Mr Hussein asked her out.The couple married three years ago and always remember the spot where they fell in love, close to Mr Hussein's business, the Blue Lagoon bar.

Their friend, Tat Mersy, contacted Bristol City Council after hearing that the bus stop, Zetland Road Junction, was to be replaced.The council agreed to her request for a part of the stop to be handed over to the couple because of its significance to them.

Today, representatives from the council and bus shelter supplier Clear Channel UK presented the pair with the bus stop flag and seat."Every day I used to see her at the same time in the same place and really wanted to get to know her so one day I took the opportunity to say hello," Mr Hussein said. "Our daily chats led to me asking her out properly. We've now been married for three years but I'll never forget how we met and it's wonderful that we can keep a little bit of our history forever."