2017 Programme:


We meet on the first Thursday of the month at 7.00 p.m. unless otherwise stated at Worle Community Centre, Lawrence Road, Worle BS22 6TN. We inhabit the old Chapel, up the yellow steps at the front. Lawrence Rd is off the High Street, the turning next to the Lamb Inn. We are enjoying the extra space in our new room. All welcome. Members £1, visitors £2





January 5th: Our annual visit to the Century Club in Mendip Avenue, BS22 6HN. A new year get- together with talks from Raye Green on the

                     history of Preanes Green; Peter Johnson on Interesting Walls and finally Jenny Gosden's childhood in Worle. Start at 2.00 p.m. Bar

                     open for the first hour.

February 2nd: Peter Phippen, OBE, RIBA is our guest speaker. Peter's father and both of his grandfathers were local builders and responsible for

                       building much of Greenwood Road, the terrace from Mendip Avenue to Greenwood Road, Castle Road, Ranscombe Avenue and

                      some of the north side of Church Road. Peter is an architect and is full of happy memories of Worle. He was born in 'Windsor' in 

                      the High Street. Should be fascinating.

March 2nd:    Professor Ronald Hutton is to be our guest speaker. His topic will be The Great Civil War. Have a look at the BBC history pages for

                     a  preview. An annual departure from Worle.

April 6th:     We are celebrating our 100th meeting tonight. Slide show of our calendar pictures since 2010, display boards and other archive

                    material. Definitely cake!!!! An old fashioned social.

May 4th:      Meeting at St Martins School, Spring Hill, Worle. Bob Champ is our speaker. He is reminiscing about his years as a teacher, deputy

                   head and head teacher at St. Martin's Junior School. Terry Gilbert and Shiela Hanson have donated a great range of photographs.

June 1st:    100 pictures of Worle High Street through the 20th century with Raye Green. A treasure trove of memories in maps and photographs.
                   Please bring along any Worle High Street treasures of your own.

June 21st: A very special extra meeting at St. Martin's Church to discuss the interior memorials. There will be a powerpoint show to look at

                memorials of particular interest and the background of the people commemmorated. This will be followed by a change to look at

                each memorial 'in the flesh' and talk to the researchers in each case. Handouts for everyone to keep. No charge, but a bucket

                collection to divide between the Church and the History Society. 7.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m.

July 6th:   John McCreadie and Tony Richards will launch the 2018 calendar - and try to sell them to us!! They will be followed by Dave Hart,

                 who will talk us through his plans for our annual August walk, with a map, pictures and a pamphlet to add to your collection.

August 3rd: Annual village walk, led by David Hart. We meet at 6.30 p.m. from The Woolpack Pub, St. Georges.  A walk along the course of the

                   Banwell River and back to the pub for supper. £2.50 each, including pamphlet.  Supper is extra.

Sept 7th:    Annual General meeting. Hall open at 6.30 for members to renew subscriptions. Illustrated talk about our close neighbours

                  Milton - the Churches, pubs, businesses, prominent people, introduced by Dave Hart, who is a Milton boy. New members and visitors


October 5th: Last minute change when our speaker was taken ill.  Raye Green stepped in to talk about Worle High Street from Lawrence Road to
                  Ebdon Road - the second part of the High Street talk from June 2017.  Some interesting new facts and analysis with super pictures.

November 2nd: Pat Hase is returning to give us her talk about the village of Hutton - no doubt with her usual erudition and wit.

December 7th: PLEASE WATCH THIS SPEACE.  WE MAY NEED TO CHANGE THE DATE AND VENUE.  Quiz night. Silly questions and hats.
                         Refreshments. Prizes for winning team. Last year we had more raffle prizes than people!!


January 4th: 2.00 p.m. at the Century Club. Bar open until 3.00. Topics based on our research during the year.  A close look at our website,
                      and a chance to help us select pictures for the 2019 calendar.

February 1st: John Page from Axbridge Museum and the Axbridge Local History Society is coming along to talk about Axbridge Rural District

                      Council, with particular emphasis on the years when Worle came under its auspices.  We hear that John intends to put up an
                      exhibition on the topic at Axbridge Museum, so a little outing may be in order.


March 1st:     Glyn Hayes from Weston super Mare RNLI is our speaker.  He will tell us about the history of the lifeboat service on our North
                     Somerset  coast since 1882
.  http://www.westonrnli.co.uk/ See the link for further information.


April 5th:      John Crockford Hawley is our guest speaker for April.  His topic will be the Blue Plaque project headed by the Museum and   
                     Heritage sub- committee.  People or buildings who/which have made a significant contribution to the story of the area wil be
                     considered as well as people of national and international repute who have visited the town.  Be thinking of some ideas for


May 3rd:       David Wilkins has recently brought out a book entitled 'Schoolboy, Servant, GWR Apprentice'.  It is based upon the memoirs of
                    Alfred Plumley who had digs in The Scores during his GWR years.  David will be telling us about Alfred and about his own
                    experiences of researching the historical context.


June 7th:     Bristol Channel Flood 1607.  Matt Horritt BA PhD CWEM MCIWEM is our speaker for the evening.  Matt colaborated with Kevin
                    Horsburgh of the National Oceanography Centre to write an article entitled  'The Bristol Channel Floods of 1607 -
                    reconstruction and analysis'. 
Don't miss this opportunity.


July 5th:     Calendar preview for 2019 from our calendar people.  New calendars on sale.  Followed by Dave Hart's preview of our
                   August walk. 


Aug 2nd:     Annual Village Walk with Dave Hart at the helm.  Route will be announced later.


Sept 6th:    Hall open at 6.30 for annual subscriptions.  Annual General Meeting, election of committee, followed by a talk about the
                  original centre of the old Village of Worle, from Manchester Square at the top of the Scores, along Church Road to St.
                 Martin's Church, with contributions from members of our research group.


Oct 4th:    A talk from our new North Somerset Archaeologist, Cat Lodge, who will talk about local Hill Forts, including Worlebury. A great
                 chance to get to know each other and perhaps develop some chances to support Cat's research.





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