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Bitton Families


Genealogy site, focussed on Bitton but covering the surrounding area, with a database of transcriptions and extractions.

www.bittonfamilies.com





Alveston Local History Society


Alveston Local History Society arranges talks by experts on local places, historic figures and issues. There is also a social programme of events and trips throughout the year.

Talks are held at 7:30pm on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Alveston Methodist Church. There are no meetings during June, July, August and December. Annual subscription is £12, and visitors are welcome to attend - there is a charge of £2.50.

Alveston Methodist Church, Wolfridge Ride, Alveston BS35 3RA
Tel: 01454 416290
Tel: 01454 417048
www.alhs.org.uk


Avon Local History & Archaeology


ALHA is the umbrella group for local history and archaeology societies in Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset.

alha.org.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


We are a group of local people who are interested in history; we hold meetings and go on visits and aim to preserve and record local history. We host talks from September to April, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.
Talks are free for members and guests are always welcome - just pay on the door.
Click here to visit our Facebook page.

Zion Church Hall, Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2HY
sarahcleaver.wixsite.com/fcdlhs/e...
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Friends of Ram Hill Colliery


Ram Hill Colliery is an open site owned by South Gloucestershire Council, managed by the Friends in conjunction with the Council and English Heritage.
Mining took place roughly between 1830-1860 with clear evidence of the horse gin, engine house and connection to the Dramway.
The Friends work on the site between April and October usually on Wednesdays, and are happy to give visitors a guided tour. We have regular open days, including the Heritage Open Day in October.
Volunteers are welcome to help manage the site - please contact David Godden by email below for further details.

Broad Lane, Ram Hill BS36 2TY
www.ramhillcolliery.org.uk
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Friends of Thornbury & District Museum


The Friends raise funds for Thornbury & District Museum by organising events and also help generally in the running of the Museum. They also have trips to other museums and similar places of interest. For more information, email below.

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Horton and Little Sodbury Local History Group


Talks held at Horton and Little Sodbury Village Hall, Horton, Horton BS37 6QN
Tel: 01454 314436


Olveston Parish Historical Society


The Society promotes interest in the history of Olveston and surrounding areas and collects and preserves documentary and photographic records.
We meet at the Methodist Church on the first Wednesday of each month from October to April with guest speakers on topics as diverse as The Severn Channel during the Ice Age and Concorde. In Summer we usually have two or three field trips, often following up talks given during the previous winter. Visitors are always welcomed and, more often than not, recruited.

www.olvestonandaust.com/index.php...


Sodbury and District Historical Society


The Society's objective is to increase awareness of the heritage of the area and to foster an interest in a wide range of local history.
Monthly lecture meetings are held on the second Friday of each month between September and May and, during the summer months, outside visits to areas of interest are organized. For more information please contact Kate Cox using the details below.

Tel: 01454 601535
www.mysodbury.co.uk/sodbury/sodbu...
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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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The Arts Society (Severn Valley)


We are a welcoming society for people who enjoy learning about all aspects of Decorative and Fine Arts. Meetings are held generally on the third Monday in the month from October to June. Each lecture, which lasts approximately one hour, is given in the morning and afternoon. Non-members wishing to attend a lecture may be able to do so as a Guest.
In addition we arrange visits to places of historic and cultural interest and hold days of special interest. We have volunteers engaged on conservation and preservation projects and others involved in Church Recording.

Chipping Sodbury Town Hall, 57-59 Broad Street, Chipping Sodbury BS37 6AD
tassv.org.uk/


Thornbury Local History and Archaeology Society


We meet monthly to hear speakers deliver talks covering a range of historical and archaeological topics. The meetings are relaxed, we even have refreshments to enjoy during an interval! The talks, accompanied by PowerPoint slides and the occasional film, cover a very wide range of topics of historical interest.

The speakers are very knowledgeable about their subjects, we often have lecturers from UWE and Bristol University and others who have spent many hours researching their topic. Whoever the speaker is they know what they are talking about!

Our meetings take place on the second Tuesday of the month starting at 7.30pm, and we meet from October through to May. Guests welcome £2.50, or annual membership £10.

For more information visit our feature page or click below for our new website.

St Mary's Church Hall, Eastbury Road, Thornbury BS35 1DR
thornburyhistory.org.uk
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Thornbury New Parke Archaeology Group


A group for people interested in the Archaeology and History of Thornbury, and in particular the area that became the Duke of Buckingham's New Parke. Initially it will be centered around work at the Sheiling School where there is more than enough work to keep the group going for some time. Click below to find out more...

archaeology.ning.com/group/camphi...
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Tytherington Local History Group


A glimpse into the past of the parish of Tytherington

Visitors and new members are very welcome to come along to our monthly Friday meetings at 7.30pm. For further details ring Roger Howell on 01454 415035 or Valerie Niblett on 01454 417982.

Baptist Church School Room, 2 Itchington Road, Tytherington GL12 8QE
www.tytheringtonroots.co.uk/tythe...
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Winterbourne Medieval Barn


Winterbourne Medieval Barn, built in 1342, is an extraordinary survivor of our medieval past. Major building works have recently been completed with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and many other generous donors, to revitalise the whole Barn complex into a community heritage site promoting the knowledge of medieval history, its architecture, agricultural landscape and people. This project also created four workshops, now occupied by small artisan businesses including The Pottery Shed and Three Engineers Brewery.

The Barn is managed by a charitable Trust (WMBT) as a multipurpose venue for a wide range of community activities, including music and theatre performances, craft and skills workshops, talks, and big events like the Medieval Fayre, Orchard Harvest Day, and Carols in the Barn. Check the website or Facebook page for details.

The Barn is open on the first Thursday afternoon of each month at 2pm for tours. Booking advised. Otherwise, it is only open for specific events (see website). Contact the Trust to arrange private group visits or hires.

WMBT is made up almost entirely of volunteers, and new people are warmly welcomed. If you would like to volunteer on an occasional or more regular basis, please contact them for more information. WMBT Registered Charity number 1112908.

Church Lane, Winterbourne BS36 1SE
Tel: 0117 403 1536 - PT
www.winterbournebarn.org.uk/
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Yate and District Archaeology Group


The basic role of YADAG is to record the archaeological heritage of the Yate area in its many forms.
Our part of South Gloucestershire is blessed with a myriad of unrecorded and sometimes threatened historic sites ranging from Roman bath houses to coal mining remains.
All ages and abilities welcome, no previous experience necessary - be part of your very own Time Team.

Based at Yate & District Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate BS37 5BG
Tel: 01454 314174
www.facebook.com/YateArchaeology/
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Yate 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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