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Avon Local History & Archaeology

Lists groups and events across the Avon region.

www.avonlocalhistandarch.co.uk


Barn Force

Lots of good reasons for volunteering at Winterbourne Medieval Barn:

  • Help rejuvenate a grade 2* listed landscape
  • Socialise and meet new people
  • Put your skills to good use
  • Learn new skills
  • Increase your confidence
  • Give valuable help to your community
  • Work starts 10am and aims to finish 1pm
  • Enjoy the historical rural setting
Please see our website below.

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk


Frampton Cotterell & District Local History Society

The Society meetings are held in Zion Church Hall, Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome, entrance £3 including light refreshment. For more information, please contact Mr Trevor Thompson by email below.

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Friends of Ram Hill Colliery

Volunteers are welcome to help manage the site at Broad Lane, Ram Hill, BS36 2TY. If you can spare a few hours a month on this interesting and historical project, please contact David Godden by email below for further details.

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Sodbury Vale Family History Group

Are you interested in Family History and want to find out information about your ancestors but don’t know where to start? Sodbury Vale Family History Group is a branch of the Bristol and Avon Family History Society. Meetings take place at Shireway Community Centre on the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, please contact Lynne English:

Tel: 0117 937 3130
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South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

SGMRG was set up by local people to understand, record and where appropriate preserve the remains, of what was once an extensive industry, for the present community and future generations.
SGMRG is a voluntary organisation that relies on grants and donations from local people. Our membership is made up of archaeologists, surveyors, historians, engineers, cavers and those simply interested in finding more about what lies under their feet.
We have regular meetings, walks and talks including the opportunity to get involved in exploration, archaeology and resotoration work. If you would like more information contact the Chairman Roger Gosling:

Tel: 01454 883607
www.sgmrg.co.uk
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Winterbourne Medieval Barn

In the community, part of the community, at the heart of the community.
How many medieval barns are there in the greater Bristol area, which are open to the public? There's only one we know of, and it is in Winterbourne. The barn is open every third Saturday of the month between 10am-1pm. So why not come and visit the barn? We will not charge you, it is free. But above all you will be made very welcome.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk


Yate and District Archaeology Group

We meet once a month - dates vary. All ages and abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary - be part of your very own Time Team. If you are interested in joining please contact Jenni Craft on 01454 314147 or by email below to find out the date of the next meeting.

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Yate and District Heritage Centre

The Centre aims to reflect the rich diversity of the Yate area’s cultural, historical, social and industrial past. This is achieved through a range of thought provoking and varied exhibitions, and a range of evening and day events including a regular series of quizzes, historical lectures and other one-off events.
Free admission - everyone welcome. Open Tuesday - Thursday and Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm

Click here for more information on the Heritage Centre.

Church Road, Yate, BS37 5BG
Tel: 01454 862200

www.yateheritage.co.uk
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Related events

Friday 25th April 2014
10.30am: Photographic Club Exhibition (Tue-Thu and Sat)
Yate Heritage Centre

Sodbury & Yate Photographic Club Annual Exhibition runs from 15th April-9th May, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10.30am-4.30pm.

Our leading photographic club once again demonstrate their quality and versatility. Suitable for all tastes.

For more information please contact Yate and District Heritage Centre on 01454 862200 or click below.

www.myyate.co.uk/yate/history/yat...

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Saturday 26th April 2014
10am: BarnForce
Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barnforce is a small crew of dedicated friends who enjoy improving and maintaining the physical aspects of the magnificent medieval Barn and its immediate environment.

We work as a group one Saturday morning a month (generally the 3rd Saturday of the month), rain or shine, from 10am to 1pm with a tea and coffee break somewhere in the middle. If you would like to join us in this satisfying work, please just show up between 10am and 1pm and pitch in. Everyone welcome! You do not need to commit to coming every month.

We also have a Growing Group who work the productive vegetable garden at the Barn and would always welcome anyone who would like to join in. No experience necessary, we can teach you all about seed sowing,... Read more >>

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

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10.30am: St George's Day Celebrations
Yate Heritage Centre

Yate and District Heritage Centre once again hosts one of the main community events of the year, the 2014 St George Celebrations, 10.30am-4.30pm.

The Yate St George Celebrations will be a big, lively community event with all day entertainment, numerous family activities and stalls plus refreshments from St Mary's Church and the Lawns Pub.

There will be a full itinerary of English style music and dance and a whole host of activities for families to try, including craft activities and a myriad of games and history stalls. There will be numerous refreshments served on site, (including the famous bacon butties courtesy of the Friends of YHC).

Highlights of the day include: - Rag Morris, Morris dancing, Spaniel in the Works theatre, folk... Read more >>

www.myyate.co.uk/yate/history/yat...

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Tuesday 6th May 2014
6pm: Yate Station 25th Anniversary Event meeting
Poole Court, Yate

Events are being planed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of Yate Railway Station.

A “special” train trip to be arranged on Sunday 11th May 2014 with commemorative tickets and souvenir pamphlet for passengers to be waved off by the Station Manager and the Mayor of Yate;

A tea party/commemorative event to take place on Sunday 18th May 2014 to coincide with a visit from Baroness Kramer, Minister of Transport. The event to include local railway group displays, heritage display, an “experts” tent (to identify artefacts, photographs and record memories).

This meeting is to discuss progress from the action list and updates.

www.myyate.co.uk/yate/travel/frie...

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Saturday 17th May 2014
10am: BarnForce
Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barnforce is a small crew of dedicated friends who enjoy improving and maintaining the physical aspects of the magnificent medieval Barn and its immediate environment.

We work as a group one Saturday morning a month (generally the 3rd Saturday of the month), rain or shine, from 10am to 1pm with a tea and coffee break somewhere in the middle. If you would like to join us in this satisfying work, please just show up between 10am and 1pm and pitch in. Everyone welcome! You do not need to commit to coming every month.

We also have a Growing Group who work the productive vegetable garden at the Barn and would always welcome anyone who would like to join in. No experience necessary, we can teach you all about seed sowing,... Read more >>

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

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Sunday 18th May 2014
12noon: Yate Station 25th Anniversary Event

From 12noon till 3pm there will be a special event organised by the Friends of Yate Station to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the re-opening of Yate Railway Station.

Featuring stalls, a brass band, afternoon tea, vintage and railway display, heritage tent to share artefacts and memories and a visit by Baroness Susan Kramer, Minister of State for Transport.

Click below for more information as it is confirmed.

www.yatetowncouncil.gov.uk


Monday 19th May 2014
9.30am: Avon Wildlife Trust Dry Stone Walling Course at Dyrham Park

Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 May

This is an opportunity to learn the traditional countryside craft of dry stone walling under the tuition of experienced practitioners.

The two day course costs £60 and for more information and to book a place please contact the National Trust at Dyrham Park on 01225 892374.

Please meet at the visitor centre at 9.30am on both days and Dyrham Park is 2 miles south of the M4 Junction 18 on the A46 (satnav postcode: SN14 8HY).

Organised by Southwold Local Group of Avon Wildlife Trust.

www.avonwildlifetrust.org.uk


Saturday 31st May 2014
10am: BarnForce
Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barnforce is a small crew of dedicated friends who enjoy improving and maintaining the physical aspects of the magnificent medieval Barn and its immediate environment.

We work as a group one Saturday morning a month (generally the 3rd Saturday of the month), rain or shine, from 10am to 1pm with a tea and coffee break somewhere in the middle. If you would like to join us in this satisfying work, please just show up between 10am and 1pm and pitch in. Everyone welcome! You do not need to commit to coming every month.

We also have a Growing Group who work the productive vegetable garden at the Barn and would always welcome anyone who would like to join in. No experience necessary, we can teach you all about seed sowing,... Read more >>

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

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Friday 13th June 2014
10am: BarnForce
Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barnforce is a small crew of dedicated friends who enjoy improving and maintaining the physical aspects of the magnificent medieval Barn and its immediate environment.

We work as a group one Saturday morning a month (generally the 3rd Saturday of the month), rain or shine, from 10am to 1pm with a tea and coffee break somewhere in the middle. If you would like to join us in this satisfying work, please just show up between 10am and 1pm and pitch in. Everyone welcome! You do not need to commit to coming every month.

We also have a Growing Group who work the productive vegetable garden at the Barn and would always welcome anyone who would like to join in. No experience necessary, we can teach you all about seed sowing,... Read more >>

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

More details >>


Saturday 14th June 2014
10.30am: Medieval Fayre
Winterbourne Medieval Barn

11am-4pm

Historical re-enactments from The Company of Chivalry, stalls, demonstrations, rural crafts, local food and drink, skittles, and lots more. Great for all ages.

www.winterbournebarn.org.uk

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Sunday 15th June 2014
2.30pm: Guided Walk
Chipping Sodbury Clock Tower

Meet at the Clock Tower, Chipping Sodbury.

Free of charge. Organised by the Historical Society.

www.mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/arts_...

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Monday 16th June 2014
2pm: From Quarry to Waitrose
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

2-4.30pm - Admission Free

Old quarry photos, the building of Waitrose and an aerial video. Drop in and view anytime during the stated times.

www.mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/arts_...

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7.30pm: Ever Changing Sodbury
Chipping Sodbury Town Hall

A slide show with commentary by Jim Elsworth.

Tickets £5.

Sponsor: Bluebird Care

www.mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/arts_...

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