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Alcoholics Anonymous history in your area
Bristol, England


50 years of Alcoholics Anonymous in Bristol -Timeline

1953 - Dr Jim H. convenes first AA Meeting at the Full Moon

1954 - Public meeting with press coverage

1955 - Opening of the Bath Group

1956 - First English Convention, Cheltenham

1957 - Bristol’s first lady member joins Start of Calne, Wiltshire Group

1958 - Daisy celebrates one year

1959 - Travers’ sobriety date, 16.4.59 • Public meeting at the Council House • Second English Prison Group starts at Dorchester

1960 - First Wells Hospital Group at Mendip • First Bristol Group moves to Elmdale Road

1961 - Sackville of Dublin agrees to sponsor Travers

1962 - Prison sponsorship continues at Dorchester

1963 - First sponsorship to Leyhill Open Prison

1964 - Second Bristol Group opens • Formation of South West Intergroup • Horfield Prison Group opens

1965 - Bristol Prison Sponsors open Shepton Mallet

1966 - Bristol members start Dartmoor Prison Group

1967 - Bristol Prison Sponsors open Portland Bill • Barrow Hospital Group opens

1968 - Bristol Akron Group opens • Bristol Fashion first published • Keynsham Group up and running

1969 - Tower Hill Group opens • Public meeting, Montpelier

1970 - Portishead Group forms

1971 - First European Convention held • Young People’s Group started • Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Bill W. at Bristol Cathedral

1972 - Reunion in Bristol • First Annual Bristol AA Dinner held • Newcomers Group opens at 103 Queens Rd • Bristol and Dublin members receive Papal Medal on behalf of AA • SWIG Mini-Convention at Barrow Hospital

1973 - Lois W. visits Bristol • Second Reunion in Bristol • Young People’s Group becomes Fellowship Group

1974 - Withywood Group forms • First meeting of Bristol South Group • Third Reunion in Bristol • Western Service Office opens • Dr Jack Norris visits Bristol

1975 - Fourth Annual Bristol AA Dinner held

1976 - St George Discussion Group opens

1977 - Newcomers Feelings Meeting • Newcomers Step and Tradition Meeting

1978 - Gerry D., Irish Archivist, contacts Bristol

1979 - Sackville R.I.P. • Travers speaks at the Blue Bonnets

1980 - The start of Archives in Bristol

1981 - Bristol Reunion ‘Green Grows Sobriety’

1982 - Bristol Reunion ‘Adventure Magnificent’

1983 - Bristol Reunion ‘Such is the Warp and Woof...’ • Seventies Pathfinders Group becomes Salvation Army Group

1984 - Totterdown Group opens • Bristol members attend Founders Day in Akron

1985 - ‘Fifty Years with Gratitude’, Grand Hotel • Bristol Fashion presentation, International, Montreal • Nell Wing visits Reunion in Bristol

1986 - Kings Square Group opens • Bob P., General Manager of AAWS, attends Reunion

1987 - Bristol Reunion ‘A Price had to be Paid’ • Cyrenians Monday Morning meeting opens

1988 - Bristol Reunion ‘Action is the Magic Word’ • Clancy comes to Bristol • Gloucester Road Discussion Group opens

1989 - Big Book Study Seminar at Nympsfield

1990 - Bristol Reunion, First Big Book Study • First early morning meeting, Hope Chapel Hill • Travers C. R.I.P.

1991 - Second Big Book Study at the Reunion • Sunday on the Centre opens

1992 - Frank M., New York, speaks at Reunion ‘We are the Parents Now’

1993 - Bristol Reunion, Third Big Book Study

1994 - Clancy Comes Back to the Reunion

1995 - Bristol Reunion, Fourth Big Book Study

1996 - Gratitude on Founders Day • Avon Intergroups Mini-Convention

1997 - 50 Golden Years of AA in Britain • Fifth Big Book Study at the Reunion in Bristol

1998 - Clancy at Bristol ‘The Miracle of a Changed Life’

1999 - Avon Intergroups 1st Mini Convention • Big Book Thumpers • Final Big Book Study at the Reunion in Bristol

2000 - Avon Intergroups 2nd Mini Convention • A Vision For You started • John W. (Florida) speaks at Reunion Dinner

2001 - Avon Intergroups 3rd Mini Convention • Reunion with Clancy ‘The Path Continues’ • Austin C. (Arizona) speaks at Reunion Dinner

2002 - Reunion with Clancy ‘A Disease of Perception’ and Judit Santon, AA's Archivist, New York

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