Since 2009 we have embarked on many walks and visits
Annual Village Walks, now led by Dave Hart, take place on the first Thursday in August. A selection of pictures below. Pamphlets for the annual walks are available from 2011 onwards. They give you points of interest and a map.
Visits are often local but sometimes we spread our wings a little.
Mostly walking distance from the centre of Worle, or a short car ride.
We have been fortunate enough to be invited to this lovely old farm by Bob and Liz Parsons on two occasions. Bob's father farmed this land before him. During the last few years the Environment Agency have busily worked on coastal flood defences, contructing banks and small resevoirs to collect excess water and hopefully become a natural nature reserve. One of the new ponds is just visible in the background of the photograph
NB This land is privately owned and only accessible by invitation, but the coastal path between Worle and Clevedon is well worth a Sunday stroll! See the link below.
The Priory, with its connections to Thomas a Becket stands in a dip in the land north of Worle, protected from the winds and tides of the Bristol Channel by a gentle rise. Probably built around 1210, it can be reached on foot, or by car, taking the road north, Collum Lane, which runs from the Queensway, adjacent to the Old Manor Inn for a couple of miles towards the coast. Look out for open days. We visited on a weekend in May 2013.
It is owned by the Landmark Trust and some of the accommodation is let out to visitors. The link below will wet your appetite.
We have made several mini-trips to our Museum in Burlington Street, Weston-super-Mare, to attend meetings, admire the exhibits and put on our own exhibition. The picture, left, shows the museum before it shut for a complete refurbishment. It is expected to reopen in August 2017, when we shall no doubt make another sortie to check it out.
Taunton, London were destinations, and a Bristol School visits Worle.
We went in several different cars to Taunton Museum for a day and loved every minute. The tree in foyer, shown in the picture, left was a great welcome. Probably our favourite room was that devoted to the Monmouth rebellion which was engrossing.
Entry was free and the food in the little restaurant was tasty and catered for all. I have been back twice, which is always a good sign.
Several of us took a coach trip to the National Archive collections at Kew. Well worth a visit if you are researching a particular topic, or your family background. We went to investigate some military records, and for Peter Johnson to photograph the 1839 tithe map of Worle to assist with his project to redraw the map.
Link to the website below.
We have close ties with most of our local schools, and often attend organised days about local history or themed topics. This was World War 2 evacuees. A Bristol school visited Worle by train and went to see an Anderson Shelter which still survives in a Worle garden.
Several of our members dressed for the occasion and spent the day with the children, answering questions. Suits them, I think!