Kingswood Heritage Museum
Kingswood Heritage Museum is again privileged to host the annual Douglas Motorcycle Rally and Cavalcade. It takes place on Sunday 27 May, with the Rally commencing at 11.00 am, and the Cavalcade - including a run along one of the former bike testing circuits via the Chew Valley - beginning at noon.
There is a special significance this year - the owners' club that organises the event is celebrating its 90th birthday!
The world famous Douglas motorbikes were built in Kingswood from 1907 to 1957. Some 25000 were constructed for military use in the First World War. Kingswood Heritage Museum has a major exhibition featuring the marque, including one of the machines designed for war time despatch riders. The bikes were regular winners of the Isle of Man TT races.
Anybody who thinks that these highpowered machines were solely the preserve of men would be wrong. Before World War II the firm had a women's competition team, lead by Irene and Rosina Douglas, and their cousin Margaret. The team won the International Vase in 1927 against men's teams from all over Europe!
Also on 27 May, the volunteers from Tools for Self Reliance will be setting out their stall on the Museum forecourt, selling carpentry, gardening and other sorts of tools to raise funds for its charitable work. And both the women's and men's D-I-Y groups will be looking for new recruits!