Programme 2015 … so far

22 April              ‘William Smith’     Dick Irving  with Annual General Meeting

20 May               Visit to RAC and Archive.

17 June              ‘Dundas and the Somerset Coal Canal’   Tim Whealdon

18 June, afternoon              Excursion to WW2 Anti-Invasion Defences at Hog Wood, Hinton Charterhouse with excavation and talk by Bristol University. Price £5. Contact membership@combedownheritage.org.uk for further details and to book place

July/August               No meetings

All events except excursions are at the Combe Down Primary School Hall in Summer Lane.   Events start at 7.30pm.  CDHS Members £1, Visitors £3

News and Events

IMG_2232Ralph Allen CornerStone Grand Opening : 15 July 2014

The new visitor centre on Combe Road was officially opened on 15 July by a number of eminent people who were involved in the stabilisation of the stone mines. Bath Mayor, Cllr. Cherry Beath, cut the ribbon and the great and the good remembered their own part in this massive and difficult project. The near disasters and the difficulties in getting funding were all engraved on their memories. Mary Stacey who was the B&NES project leader, David Dunkerley, the chair of the Community Association and Nick Raynesford, the Government Minister who finally sanctioned the money, all recalled anxious moments. The centre was packed with former engineers and contractors as well as the architects and developers of Ralph Allen Yard. The saving of Combe Down was seen as a unique problem which was concluded successfully on time and budget and without loss of life.

The centre was too small to invite the residents on that occasion but it opened quietly the following Saturday to everybody, and will be open with free admission on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am to 4pm. The centre is run by volunteers and will develop a varied programme over the coming years. If you would like to volunteer to man the centre when it is open or if you have special skills you could offer in IT (eg website maintenance or running the Facebook and Twitter accounts), book-keeping, running a class in Tai Chi, knitting or in fact any subject of interest, please go along and have a chat. Would you like to hire the space for an exhibition, seminar, board meeting – the rates are very competitive? It is the smart place to be in Combe Down.