The death of Marguerite Tonkin on 6th August 2012 is a great loss to her family, friends and also to the Conservation Society, of which she was a staunch friend and supporter.
Typical of her generosity of spirit was the fact that less than three weeks previously she invited thirty members of the Conservation Society into her house and garden during the Village Walkabout along Henbury Road.
Her lasting legacy is her trio of books published by Redcliffe Press featuring the history of the Henbury area:
This sub group has been active recently in promoting ideas aimed at making life for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists safer faced with traffic volumes which will steadily increase over the coming years. Within 15-20 years there will be 5000+ additional houses on Filton airfield and the direct route from there to Avonmouth comes through or around our village. The report submitted to the Neighbourhood Partnership Traffic & Transport Group for Henbury, Brentry and Southmead and which will be used as the starting point for “fleshed-out” schemes to bid into a potential £1m Government grant.
This is the Conservation Society Traffic Group report: –
Measures to improve traffic flow along Henbury Road and Hallen Road (West)
A – Henbury Village – How to accommodate ever increasing traffic volumes safely
Chris Carroll opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and expressed her gratitude on behalf of the Society to Joyce Steele, Charles Claxton, Geoffrey Jones, Sue Parfitt and Tim Parkinson and all who came who had made the July Village walk such an enjoyable and interesting evening. Tim pointed out that Chris had done a lot of research about the centre of the village herself and should also be thanked.
John Burton has been studying the area for nigh on 20 years. He has published a report which includes 119 different plant species as well as listing birds and butterflies seen in the area. The text of the report can be viewed here
After the AGM the assembled members set off on a tour of some of the interesting houses in the village.
First stop was Telephone Cottage where Joyce Steel explained how the cottage was named thus. Next was 266 Henbury road with a quick tour or both sides of the house guided by Charles Claxton. Then next door to White Lodge with a scholarly exposition of the history of the house by Geoffrey Jones. Continue reading Conservation Society Village Walkabout – 7th June 2011→
Minutes of meeting commenced at 19:30 in Henbury Village Hall
Present: Chris Carroll (Chair), Tim Parkinson (Secretary) and 21 members.
Apologies: Andrew Chugg ( Treasurer ), Lisa Parkinson and Steve Condliffe.
Welcome and Chairman’s report
Chris Carroll opened the meeting by welcoming everyone. She then summarised her report which forms the appendix to these minutes. She highlighted a wish expressed earlier by Joyce Steel that the railings in Church Lane be refurbished with help from the Society. After discussion during which included a fulsome tribute to the work by Peter Bilby to direct the work of the Payback workforce and of his own account it was agreed that HCS would help with any modest expenditure on the railings or other project.
Thus meeting was held in the Henbury Village Hall and before the illustrated talk on the Old Vicarage some announcements and notices were made.
Chris Carroll welcomed members and said she was delighted to see how well the bulbs planted near the Ford were flourishing. She said the next meeting would be on June 7th when after a brief AGM a walkabout around the features of the Village was planned. She appealed for any artist / photographer member to come forward to help with graphics for the Society. The meeting with Cellan Michael, Bristol Parks Chief, on the proposed community garden in Blaise House Kitchen Garden had been positive. In particular Cellan Michael has suggested that a plan to utilise the whole of the area instead of the partial approach we had been suggesting would be more likely to be accepted.
Sue Parffit said she would be opening the Brook End Garden on Sunday 27th March
Tim Parkinson gave a reminder of the Site Allocation proposals as they affected green spaces in Henbury. The founding meeting of the Friends of Crow Lane Green Spaces was planned for 10:00 on April 9th at the Henbury Social Club.
Chris Carroll established that members felt that it would be good to have a get together at the Village Hall on the occasion of the Royal Wedding on 29th April.
Tim Parkinson and Sue Parfitt then gave their illustrated talk of the features and people associatedwith the Old Vicarage. Additionally Lisa Parkinson read an account of the Wedding of Emily Way which included a bumper wedding breakfast for 40 Ways in the Vicarage. And Graham Parfiitt read some memories of the last vicar Way of life in the Vicarage.
By kind permission of David Lloyd, Vicar of Henbury, members assembled in St. Mary’s Church and were able to enjoy a glass of wine before David’s talk on the history and people of the Church in Henbury.
David’s fascinating talk covered the history associated with the church from the time the parish was Henbury in the Saltmarsh through to the 19th century when the designs for a spire were approved and the early 20th century when the Way dynasty of three vicars ended.