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This walk took place on the perfect Summer evening of July 22nd and started at the War Memorial (see photo above) where Tim Parkinson outlined a brief history of the Village Hall, pointed out the fine original(?) chimney and referred to two former inhabitants of Close House. The group then walked to the centre of the village where Chris Carroll summarised the history of the buildings around and including Blaise Inn. Then a short walk, dodging the through traffic up to 226 Henbury Road where Charles Claxton explained the features and history of his lovingly maintained Georgian house.
Then once safely across the traffic into Blaise park Chris talked about the Cottrell Seat and the avenue of limes. We then progressed through the Dairy Garden with brief reference to the Dairy itself (but where was the cowshed?) into the Community Garden where Chris showed us what had been achieved in just over twelve months volunteer effort. And it was possible to walk around the greenhouses despite the exceptionally vigorous tomatos and ,particularly, squash plants.
The final short leg of the walk was to Castle Close where Ted Moss gave us an interesting account of how the close estate came to be built before inviting us into 8 Castle Close where he and Kitty had prepared light refreshments. These wer greatly appreciated by all.
Due to the fact that we had invited members of Bristol Civic Society to join this walk on 9th July only HCS members who has not walked before were encouraged to join the walk, particularly as we were largely repeating previous walks.
Approx 17 BCS members and a handful of HCS set out from the Village Hall to inspect Close House, Sextons Cottage, Amelia Blandford’s memorial,( Chris Carroll guide) Woodstock School (Tim Parkinson), Elms Cottages ( Alan Roberts) and The Elms House ( Angela Brice). Then we walked back via the Royalls to The Old Vicarage where light refreshements were served.
Our second annual walk started from the Village Hall and reached Westmoreland Farm with one group going along Henbury Road and the other through the Wilderness. Marguerite Tonkin welcomed us into her home and garden for what turned out to be a final visit as she died three weeks later. But she did enjoy us all being with her.
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.