Commemoration events

Communities along the Chew Valley and Keynsham are busy planning events to remember the Great Flood of 1968. Please put these dates in your diary and come along. Please also get in touch if you have a date to publicise or can contribute any material or help in any other way: ruth@wern.org.uk

Also… ‘I was there’
Were you in or around Keynsham and the Chew Valley the night the Great Flood washed away the Old County Bridge and devastated the Memorial Park and the Dapps Hill area 50 years ago? May we record your memories on ‘tape’ to contribute to this event and help to build the Great Flood archive?  If so, please contact librarian June Wentland: 01225 477073, June_Wentland@bathnes.gov.uk

30 June (Sat), 5pm
Bridge over the Flood – a revival of the Keynsham Flood commemoration musical with singers, musicians and a spectacular display. Free public event with donation collection, followed by Keynsham Orchestra’s Gala concert – 7.00pm and folk music performance stage till 10.30pm): info@keynshamfest.co.uk
www.keynshammusicfestival.co.uk
Bandstand, Memorial Park, Keynsham

Throughout July – Compton Dando
The village of Compton Dando will commemorate the Great Flood with a small exhibition at St Mary’s Church, which will be open to visitors every day. On Sundays 2-5pm, tea and homemade cakes will also be served.

5 July, 3.00 – 7.30, Chew Magna remembers the Great Flood
Photographic display, audio reminiscences. Free event.
Upper Hall, Chew Magna Old School Room
7.30 – 8.30, The Mills & Industrial Heritage of the Chew Valley & Keynsham
Illustrated story of how harnessing the River Chew’s power contributed to the industrial development of the area with Tony Coverdale, Chair of Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society and Saltford Brass Mill. £3.50
Upper Hall, Chew Magna Old School Room

7 July (Sat) 10.30am – 5.00pm – Woollard Remembers 1968
A day of film, walks, teas and testimonies of the Great Flood that damaged Woollard Bridge beyond repair. Free event.
Around the village
woollardinfo@gmail.com
Tel: 01761 492916

8 July (Sun) 2.00pm – Pensford Tea Party
Pensford Tea Party – Church Room , Churchyard with music in and around the Tower – and a few surprises! Remembrance Service on old Bridge with guests who were part of the Rescue & Assistance to the Community. Also launch of new Heritage Trails from the village Memorial hall with exhibitions, photos, film and more…..
Free event but donations to Flood Memorial welcomed.
Tel: 01761 490234
Around the village (parking in Memorial Hall playing field)

For Heritage Trail information contact: Chris James, 01761490392 / Charlie Bishop, 07989 705395

Sun 8 July, 9.45 a.m. for a 10.00 a.m. start – Commemoration Walk
Walkers Are Welcome Walk to commemorate the 1968 flood. Will follow the River Chew through Chewton Keynsham to Compton Dando and back (approximately 5 miles) with a break at the Compton Inn for refreshments.  Along the way, we will meet people that were affected and can recall events from the flood.
Meet at the Keynsham Memorial Park café 

Tuesday 10 July, 2.00pm – Unveiling the County Stone, Keynsham
Cllr Karen Walker (Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Council) will unveil the County Stone to commemorate the Great Flood of 1968. Music by Bristol Veterans Band. All welcome.
Keynsham Memorial Park

18 July, 1.00-2.30 pm – ‘I Was There’
Come and hear personal memories of local people alongside a photographic exhibition of the aftermath of the flood in Keynsham.
The Community Space, Keynsham Library

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