Kingswood History Society September 2018

September 03 2018

OUR August topic was ‘Ration books to Rock ‘n Roll’. Terry Merrett-Smith took us on a journey from the late 1930s to the late 1950s illustrated with pictures and film clips from those times including Chamberlain, Churchill, Glen Miller, dance bands, weekly food rations, VE Day, the Queen’s Coronation, Alma Cogan, Bill Haley and the Comets through to Elvis Presley.

 We reminisced as we saw and remembered how we had lived, the domestic appliances we had used, the films we had watched and sang along to our favourite songs from this memorable era.

On July 21 we made a visit to Hestercombe historic house and gardens. The original house dates back to 1280 and the gardens were established from the 18th century under the guidance of Coplestone Warre-Bampfylde, Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll and the Portman family. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out!

On September 4 in ‘Images of Change from the 1930s’ we shall see how changes in domestic social life have been recorded from the 30s and how these affected our way of life. It’s a walk down memory lane on how we used to live. Surely unmissable!

Kingswood History Society meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm, in the Park Centre, Kingswood High Street, (opposite the Civic Centre, BS15 9TR, parking in Hollow Road, opposite the Civic Centre). 

Anyone interested in joining us should visit our website or just come along to our meetings. Cost is £2.50 per visit including refreshments. Annual subscription is only £20.


Paul Hanmore