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'There are currently 22 Societies including South Wales, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, Bristol and Malmesbury, further details of which can be found in the Societies section.'

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'Its 5 branches cover Bath and Bristol and their surrounding districts and the local authority area of N. Somerset. This area was the extent of the old Avon County when it was created in the 1980s, mainly from the northern districts of Somerset. Since then the county boundaries have changed again and Avon County no longer exists, but the branches within ABKA carry on under the Avon banner, as an appropriate description of the catchment area.'

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Occasional talks plus a list of related events in the neighbourhood.

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'Avon Wildlife Trust is the largest local charity working to protect wildlife in the Avon area. With the support of over 16,000 members we look after 35 nature reserves, campaign on issues which threaten wildlife and encourage everyone to be more concerned about our natural environment.'

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Monthly meetings, usually Saturday afternoons: 'We pride ourselves upon the quality of our speakers, and the variety of topics which they cover. With plant sales, raffles, garden visits etc. there is plenty of opportunity to meet other keen gardeners, and to share ideas and information, in a convivial atmosphere.'

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'An active group of IMechE members organising an annual programme of visits and lectures. We welcome non-members to virtually all our events.'

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'Bath and Bristol are rich in Jane Austen associations, both biographical and fictional. She visited Bath twice in the 1790s and was resident there from 1801 to 1806. The City is mentioned in each of her six novels and forms the setting for a large part of both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Jane Austen stayed in Bristol at least once, in 1806. It features in the Juvenilia (Lesley Castle), which may indicate an earlier visit. In Northanger Abbey, some of the characters set off to visit Blaise Castle, in Bristol. Mrs Elton in Emma comes from Bristol. Jane Austen's parents married in Bath at Old St Swithin's (not the present church), and her father was also buried there. There is a plaque on 4 Sydney Place, the Austens' home for the first three years of their Bath life, and many streets and buildings familiar from the novels may still be seen.'

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