On Wed 21st Feburary, we will be holding our first talk of 2024, entitled The George Bayntun bookshop and bindery.
Many of you will know the antiquarian bookshop “Geo. Bayntun” on Manvers Street. We are delighted to welcome the owner of this venerable bookshop and bindery, Edward Bayntun-Coward, great-grandson of the founder and a longstanding member of the Heritage Society. Edward will take us behind the windows of the bookshop to the Bayntun-Rivière bindery, the last of the great Victorian traditional binderies still in family ownership and which has been hand-crafting books in Bath since 1829.
The talk will take place as usual in the Combe Down Primary School Hall in Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. The talk itself starts at 7.30pm, and the doors are open from 7.00pm. CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.
We will be conducting a guided walk to see the WW2 Anti-Invasion Defences at Hog Wood, Hinton Charterhouse. This will take place on 9 August.
In 1940, construction of massive defensive works was initiated across the country to hinder the anticipated Nazi attack. Hog Wood has one of the most complete sections of anti-tank ditch, slit trenches and pillbox remains still existing.
The walk is flat over about 2 miles and will take about 2 hours. Wear footwear suitable for rough footpaths, and wear or bring clothing according to the weather forecast.
We will meet on Wednesday 9th August at 2pm at Freshford Football Club, opposite the entrance to Homewood Hotel on Abbey Lane, Freshford BA2 7TB. No pre-booking required – just turn up (and bring a friend if you wish!). Parking available in the Club car park. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need a lift.
On Wednesday the 9th November, we have the next in our regular talk series: Pyronaut and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. This depiction of the historic boats in Bristol Harbour will be given by Clive Brain of the M Shed, Bristol.
The talk will be in Combe Down Primary School hall as usual, whose entrance is on Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. The talk starts at 7.30pm; doors open at 7pm. CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.
All talks are held at the Combe Down Primary School Hall in Summer Lane, BA2 5JX. Events start at 7.30pm.
CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3. All tickets on the door.
PLEASE WATCH FOR ANY CHANGES DUE TO COVID PANDEMIC
All talks are cancelled until further notice
Annual General Meeting 2020
The rescheduled date for our AGM was to have been 22nd May 2020 but in view of the continuing uncertainty about when public gatherings of any sort will be possible the Committee has taken the decision to postpone until life returns to normal. Obviously we all hope this will be as soon as possible.
We will be contacting our members again shortly with copies of the annual accounts and the Chair’s report for last year so that we can answer any questions you may have before the year under review becomes too distant.
Meanwhile do let me know if you have any thoughts on what we could or should be doing before normal service resumes.
Many of us remember the commemorative plates that were commissioned to mark the completion of the stabilisation of the Stone Mines. Each of the 691 householders living over the mines was given a ceramic plate – one small part of a map – representing not only their individual house but the mine world beneath and the creatures to be found there.
Of the single print run that was made for exhibition, there are a number of duplicates remaining and these are available for sale to Combe Down residents.
Prices are from £5 to £10 depending on the image and detail depicted, with further price reductions available on request.
Contact: Jen Morgan at email@example.com or phone 01225 837439. (N.B. The email address in the image below is wrong.)