All shipshape and Bristol fashion:
Enjoy a weekend in Bristol next year for the OGA AGM January, 2020!
Following a decision at the OGA AGM this year, a proposal from the South West, supported by Bristol Channel, was accepted for a trial to hold the AGM 2020 in Bristol, hosted by the two local areas. Bristol has a strong maritime heritage and is fortunate to have Brunel’s floating harbour right in the vibrant city centre. There are numerous places of interest located around the harbourside.
The AGM and Dinner will be held at the Novotel, Victoria Street close to Temple Meads Railway Station which is also the terminus for airport coaches, the Connubia real ale pub near the Hotel may be of interest to some members! From Temple Meads ferries operate a service throughout the city’s waterways to most of the maritime attractions.
As usual the plan is for the Association AGM to start late afternoon which will enable those attending to visit SS Great Britain or other venues of choice before the meeting. After the meeting there will then be a break while the room is reconfigured for our evening dinner - an opportunity to perhaps visit the Connubia for a pint!
On the Sunday morning a visit will be made to the Underfall Yard, an operating yard generally working on traditional vessels. The Yard has some of the pumps and associated machinery used to operate the floating harbour and associated locks. Following the Yard visit a suitable nearby pub will be recommended for lunch.
Further details and final arrangements will be published in the November 2019 Gaffers Log and here on the website.
If this weekend is a success, there is a probability that future AGMs will be rotated around the country, visiting places with significant maritime heritage and good communications.