Members of Kingswood History Society boarded their coach at 8.00am for a visit to Bucklers Hard, via Winchester.
Bucklers Hard is a unique 18th century village where warships for Lord Nelson’s navy were built. On site were the cottages that the workers lived in, a couple were open for viewing, giving an insight as to how people lived in the seventeen hundreds, also, for us to look at was a museum which told the story of the warships built there.
We were also able to take a boat trip on the river Beaulieu, the only private river in the country, combined with a commentary on the history of the area and the abundance of wildlife that can been seen on its banks. We left at approx 5.30pm, arriving back home at 8.00pm.
The Society would like to thank Stephen and Sally Trinder of Grassroots Fund, also the Quartet Community Foundation for making this outing possible. Finally, thank you to Ian of Chauffeur Hire Coaches and Mark our driver for helping to make our day out a memorable experience.
Members of Kingswood History Society boarded their Coach to Stratford upon Avon . We left Kingswood Park a few minutes past 8.30am, arriving approx 10.20am. We were expecting rain, but the weather there was fine and sunny, although it did turn to rain later in the day. Members had nearly five hours to have some lunch and take advantage all that Stratford could offer. We had a boat trip booked for 3pm, by the time we boarded, it was raining fairly hard.
The boat company, Bancroft Cruisers, were quite brilliant and the running commentary by a member of their staff was very amusing and entertaining . We left at 5pm and enjoyed a pleasant trip home arriving just after 6.30pm.
The Society would like to thank the following for making this trip possible. Chauffeur Hire Coaches of Chipping Sodbury with Paul, our driver, who we know quite well. Stephen and Sally Trinder of Grassroots Fund and Quartet Community Foundation who adminster the fund. Our thanks go to all of you.
Here follows a selection of images from our day, which we hope you will enjoy!
Society long weekend to York, Whitby, Richmond and Barnard Castle.
Thursday 27th April 2017, Twenty five members set off for a long weekend break. We travelled with Chauffeurhire Coaches of Chipping Sodbury to the Queens Hotel York. We arrived at 3.30pm, after stopping for lunch at Planters Garden Centre in Tamworth. This gave us time to have a wander around the centre of York before evening meal at 6.30pm. Early Friday morning we set off to Pickering to board the 9.25am Train to Whitby, arriving at approx 11.09am.
Members spent the whole day in Whitby, lots to see and the bonus was to view a stage of the Tour de Yorkshire as they rode through the town centre towards the finish in Scarborough.
Saturday morning we left the Hotel at 9.00am to visit Richmond. With two museums, a medieval Castle , gardens and a market, plenty to keep ones interest. We also had booked a tour of the Georgian Theatre, which was really enjoyed by the members, perhaps the highlight of the break. Sunday morning, after breakfast, we left for the return journey home, stopping, as before, at Planters Garden Centre for Lunch. The Hotel was first Class in every respect rooms/food/staff were all excellent. We must also mention our Coach Driver,Paul,who helped make the trip most enjoyable.
On the 23rd of July 2016 members of the Kingswood History Society , boarded their coach for an outing to Exmouth , then on to Tiverton for a two and a half hour trip on the horse drawn barge on the canal. The weather was very kind to us with glorious sunshine all day. We reached Exmouth at eleven o’clock where we had three hours to look around, take lunch or a snack before we left for Tiverton.
Once on board the barge, we enjoyed a very peaceful trip on the canal. With every one commenting what a great day it had been, we left at six o’clock for the return trip back to Kingswood. Our thanks to the coach firm Chauffeur Hire of Chipping Sodbury for providing such a quality coach and very nice driver which all helped make for an enjoyable day out.
Our society trip to Winchester and Beaulieu – Saturday June 25th 2016.
We left Hollow Rd, Kingswood ,Bristol at 8.15 am arriving in Winchester at 10am Members then had three hours to look at the town , visit the Cathedral and various Museums that Winchester is known for.
We left at 1.00pm for our second stop of the day , Beaulieu . There we found a wonderful old house , full of history , artefacts, paintings etc. Of course Beaulieu is also well known for its wonderful collection of Cars and Motor Cycles, which seemed to bring back lots of memories to quite a few of our members .
We left there at 6.00 pm arriving back in Kingswood at 8.10pm , with everybody remarking what a great day out it had been. The Kingswood History Society wishes to thank Sport Relief Community Cash for funding this outing . Thanks also to Quartet Community Foundation for administering this Grant.
We have posted a series of photos from our trip, please feel free to tag yourself or indeed to post any photos you may like to share.
A new heritage board with highlights of Kingswood’s history was officially unveiled in the park on January 9th 2016 by the Chair of South Glos Council, Councillor Erica Williams.
The Kingswood History Society installed the Board with the help of the Friends of Kingswood Park, Sovereign Housing, the Southwest Foundation and South Glos. Council. Our thanks go to each of them.
The Artwork on the board, in the form of cartoon characters, was drawn by the Bristol illustrator Sam Church.
Featured on the board are the Town’s boot and shoe trade, the infamous Cock Road Gang, the Whitfield Tabernacle, Douglas Motorcycles and Professor Colin Pillinger, the planetary scientist, who was born and educated in Kingswood. His widow Judith and sister Doreen Lindegaard were guests at the unveiling. Other invited guests included Bill Douglas, great grandson of the founder of the world known motorcycle firm, local councillors, and members of the Friends and History Society. After the ceremony, everyone retired to the Club pavilion where a first class buffet was provided by the members of the Bowls Club .
Outing To Cardiff Castle and Waterfront – Saturday 18th July 2015
We left Kingswood at 8.30am and arrived at the Castle approx 9.45am.
Our party was split into two groups of twenty-three , the first group were on the ten past ten tour which was lead by a Guide, with the second group starting their guided tour at twenty past ten . Both groups really enjoyed the Castle with so many beautiful wall designs and paintings all created by William Burgess, which continued the theme in Knightshayes Court, our previous outing.
A buffet lunch was taken at 12.00pm in the cafe, with members remarking on the quality of the food. Our boat trip to the waterfront left at 2.30pm with a commentary by a member of the crew which was enjoyed by all . The rest of the day members visited various places of interest but unfortunately the Norwegian Church was closed for a private function. Finally I would like to thank staff at the castle and on the boat trip for helping with some of our elderly members on the various awkward stairs in the castle and on the boat.
With the weather being fine, our time at the waterfront was really enjoyable, being such a popular place with the citizens of Cardiff. Arriving home every member remarked what a great day out it had been. As chairman, on behalf of the Kingswood History Society, I must thank Quartet Community Foundation for making this outing possible.
On Saturday 30th May 2015 the Kingswood History Society visited Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton Devon.
We arrived at approx 11am the weather was very good with just a small amount of cloud. Unfortunately two elderly members had to back out because of illness, we were then able to ask one of our newer, younger members to come along and to bring her little daughter with her. Everybody without exception had a wonderful time, the house and gardens are exceptional as is the food in the cafe, although most of us thought it a bit expensive.
Our trip to Anglesey from March 31st to April 2nd 2015 was enjoyed by twenty two members sharing a coach with another group. We had two steam train rides booked first on the Blaenau Ffestiniog from Porthmadog, followed by a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog, with a day in between for sightseeing .
The railway trips were enjoyed by all the members but unfortunately the weather turned against us on the middle day of the three and we were unable to visit all that had been planned.
The hotel at Beaumaris, The Bulkeley was up to our expectations, a first class hotel serving really good food.
A Society Trip To The Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
On Saturday 5th July 2014 42 members and friends enjoyed their annual outing to the Milestones Museum on the outskirts of Basingstoke, Hampshire. We arrived at 11am and were not disappointed with what we found, a very well laid out and interesting museum.
After lunch, taken in the museum we then boarded our coach for a visit to the Watercress Railway. This ran from Alton to Alresford a distance of 10 miles with some beautiful views over the Hampshire countryside.
Upon reaching our destination we had time to have a look around the town centre take in a coffee or beer before returning home.