Back to school, nights starting to draw in, digging out of jumpers, and the leaves on the trees starting to turn colour. Time to celebrate the season as we transition into mellow, fruitful Autumn.
We’re running our usual wide range of events and activities. All are FREE though you do need to book for some. And, if you’ve ever fancied lending a hand, we’d really welcome hearing from you as we could use some event volunteers.
Want to help run a range of events in your local area? Interested in helping others learn more about your community’s natural or cultural heritage? Like the idea of learning how to hold your own events? Then come join our team of event volunteers. Learn useful skills you can use to run your own events!
If you’re interested or have any questions please contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01454 864265
Autumn events Severnside Food Festival!
Throughout October we’ll be running a series of food events to draw attention to the fantastic local produce available in the Lower Severn Vale Levels. Discover what you can forage with our wild food walks, (re)create some historic recipes in a cooking workshop, try out a local menu in a pub or café and celebrate apples with our apple days and cider training workshop! We’re lining up an amazing programme of events; keep checking our website for the latest listings.
Roving Art Group
Friday 1 September, 2-4, Severn Beach Village Hall
Are you familiar with Severn Beach or the Lower Severn Vale Levels? Do you have a favourite spot? Would you like to be part of a mini art project, contributing to a public artwork? Join us for an easy, sociable workshop. Everybody welcome. No experience necessary! To book email email@example.com
Doors Open Day in Shirehampton
Saturday 9 September, 11-3, Shirehampton Public Hall, Station Rd, Bristol BS11 9TX
Join us at Shirehampton Public Hall - a fascinating Grade II listed building. Hear a live performance of ‘A Lark Ascending’ where it was first perfomed! Echoing the Doors Open Day themes of heritage and placemaking, artist (and AFL volunteer) Jennifer Gathercoal invites you to express your connection to the landscape and place through print based activities. No experience needed, just come along with your connection to Shirehampton area and enjoy the fun and revelatory experience of print! The workshop will be upstairs at the Hall. Free - just drop in.
Tuesday Talks - new series!
Our new Tuesday Talk series will be held at St Peter’s Church, Cross Hands Rd, Pilning BS35 4JB. All talks start at 7:30 and run for about an hour. FREE but you MUST book a place via our website.
Tuesday Talk 1 - The Anatomy of a Village. Tuesday 5 September 2017
Many villages in the UK have long and sometimes surprising histories, not always evident to the casual visitor. Using Littleton on Severn as an example, Lyn Carnaby will illustrate how landscape, architecture, village design, field names and trees can all used to help uncover social history, in a pattern that can be used on other sites. In the case of Littleton this will include smuggling!
Tuesday Talk 2 - Traditional salmon fishing on the River Severn Tuesday 3 October 2017
Over generations, local people evolved a range of unique methods for harvesting the resources of the River Severn. Lave net fishing is a traditional method that has been practiced for hundreds if not thousands of years. Almost exclusive to the Severn Estuary in Wales and England, lave nets are used to catch salmon. This fascinating talk by Martin Morgan includes a demonstration of how the lave net is made and used. It will also look at examples of fishing baskets once used on the Severn and will include a short film.
Tuesday Talk 3 - Digging the Toot: results from the community excavation at Oldbury-on-Severn Tuesday 7 November 2017,
How old is Oldbury Camp? It’s a question that’s been hanging over the ancient monument in Oldbury-on-Severn (locally known as ‘The Toot’) for decades. Trying to answer this question has been the main driver behind A Forgotten Landscape’s archaeology projects. Over two weeks of excavation in June, a team of volunteers recovered archaeological finds, recorded features and took scientific samples. In this talk, Manda Forster of DigVentures, the company that led the excavation, will look through the evidence we recovered during the dig and talk about how the hillfort was built, how old we think it is and what we found out about Oldbury-on-Severn along the way.