Open Invitation to Workshop on Past, Present and Future Flood Risk on the River Chew

Date and Time: Saturday, 30th September 2023 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Pensford Memorial Hall, 10 Publow Lane, Pensford, BS39 4HW

The University of Bath, in collaboration with the Pensford Local History Group, would like to invite all members of the local community to this event to discuss the past, present and future flood risk of the River Chew, focusing primarily on the July 1968 flood.

The workshop will comprise a combination of talks from academics at the University of Bath and the University of Greenwich on the nature of the 1968 flood, followed by round table discussions facilitated by both academics and local residents. It will also be an opportunity for you to share your memories, knowledge and photos of past flooding events to help improve our shared understanding of flood risk.

The event is scheduled for Saturday 30th September in the Memorial Hall in Pensford. We plan to have two identical sessions, morning and early afternoon, hoping that everyone interested can find a time that will be most suited.

In addition to talks by academics, there will be an interactive exhibition on water and flooding aimed at a younger audience and an opportunity to ask questions of experts in water science.

Morning session:

10:00: Welcome by University of Bath

10:05: The 1968 flood on the River Chew, and why we are interested

10:30: Round table discussions (including refreshments)

11:30: Archives from Pensford Local History Group

12:00: Closing remarks

Afternoon session:

14:00: Welcome by University of Bath

14:05: The 1968 flood on the River Chew, and why we are interested

14:30: Round table discussions (including refreshments)

15:30: Archives from Pensford Local History Group

16:00: Closing remarks