You may remember our member Ron Sims gave us a talk in 2002 about his work on the restoration of the Waverley. Ron tells me that there is a special cruise by the Balmoral on 8th April. Balmoral will leave Princes Wharf (opposite Arnolfini Gallery) at 2 pm, sail through the City Docks and down the river beyond Avonmouth before returning up the river to the locks at the entrance to the City Docks at 5 pm. While in the locks an illustrated talk on Brunel will be given, shore based events will be taking place, and Victorian Suppers will be served in the Dining Saloon. At 9 pm passengers will have a grandstand view of the Suspension Bridge illumination and fireworks from the ship.
Fully inclusive price Cruise and Supper - £35
Cruise only - £19.95
Bookings can be made by phone to: 0845 130 4647
or online to www.waverleyexcursions.co.uk
Procession of Veteran Cars
Another of our members Tony Wring has been busy organising a grand procession of 40 veteran cars from the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain on Saturday 8th July. The cars will leave Clevedon Court, the home of the Elton family, at 11.30 am to drive through the lower part of the town and on to the seafront (closed to other traffic). The procession will be headed by a car built by RJ Stevens in 1899 at his works in The Triangle in Clevedon. Tony has been collaborating with Julia Elton in this venture. Julia who is well known for her interest in engineering and her stewardship of Brunel’s papers, gave us a talk about the great man some 5 years ago.
The club has been collaborating with @Bristol to create this walk, which will celebrate the life and achievements of some of the many other great engineers and scientists who have lived or worked locally. It is proposed to have an inauguration in early summer by walking over the route from St Augustine’s Reach to Explore @Bristol. This event will be restricted to RPEC members plus some guest speakers. There will be light refreshments in one of the @Bristol rooms at the end of the walk and tickets will be available later for a small charge.
ps Some of the events in the Brunel 200 celebrations are being mentioned in the press and on TV. A fuller listing can be seen on the web site brunel200.com. Click on Events and Competitions and buried way down in the text you can click again for a summary of events.