Meeting held on Monday 11th March 2019

For the meeting held on Monday 11th March 2019  at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road we had an attendance of 35 members and 11visitors, giving a total of 46 attendees.

For today’s talk, Mike Butler recounted the ‘Story of the Regent Motorways Coach Company’ which was founded during the 1930s in Redditch, Worcestershire by Harry Jakeman. The business prospered for many years under the stewardship of Harry, and later his son John.

Mike’s father, Les Butler, was a driver for Regent for many years and loved the job and Mike began his research as a tribute to him, but, once started he met so many nice people who worked with his father that he  was hooked! This was a story of gentler times, when a coach trip to the “seaside” or “The Villa” was an important event in people’s lives.

Mike has a wide range of material which he had put together for the presentation and he emphasised that the Company was as much about the people who worked there as well as the coaches themselves.

He took us through the early days, on to untimely death of John Jakeman in October 1965, when the business entered other hands and eventually folded in 1980.

Mike covered a wide spread of material about the Company and much more can be found at his website dedicated to Regent Motorways.  https://sites.google.com/site/regentmotorways/

Notices….

  • Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum this year entitled ‘Redditch Memories’ will run from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 24th November. We need your stories!
  • The programme for 2020 is currently being developed. We are looking for members willing to give a presentation.
  • Members were encouraged to be involved in the RBC Consultation on Town Centre Regeneration
  • Subscriptions for 2019/2020 season are payable after the AGM on the 8th April.

 

The talk was followed by tea/coffee and biscuits in the adjoining room.

The next Meeting of the Society will take place at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road on the 8th April at 2.00 p.m. It is our Annual General Meeting, followed by some short West Midland History films.

The AGM is an important meeting and we encourage members to attend. At the meeting we elect the officers and committee, examine the finances and decide on the future of our Society.

Anthony Green – Secretary     12 March 2019

February Edition of Redditch History Matters

The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm

Remember Your Memories Exhibition: Don’t forget we want your memories for our 2019 Forge Mill exhibition. Please visit the RLHS website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm   for more details.

Newsletter Contributions: Please support the Society by writing a few words about research you have done, your history in Redditch or dig out some old photographs for us to scan and publish.

Snowdrop Weekend – St. Leonard’s Church, Beoley: On Saturday 16th. from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 it is the Snowdrop event at St. Leonard’s Church in Beoley. As well as coming to see the snowdrops there are Children’s activities, stalls and displays to entertain you. The Moons Moat Conservation Group will have a display there and Derek will bring along a few RLHS items as well. Entry is free but donations are welcome. More details at https://www.stleonardsbeoley.org.uk/

Next Meeting: Our next meeting is on Monday 11th March 2019 at 2:00pm.  At this meeting the talk will be given by Mike Butler and he will be continuing the story of “The Regent Motorway Coach Company”. For details of our meeting programme please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm

 

First meeting of the year held on the 11th February 2019

We began our 2019 season (our 10th season!) on Monday 11th February 2019  at our venue at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road with an attendace of 38 members and 4 visitors, giving a total of 42 attendees.

Today’s talk was by John Cartmell and he gave a thoughful and knowledgable overview of the relationship between Family History research and Local History research.

John examined the differences and similarities and suggested that those conducting their individual research have much to learn from each other.

To summarise John’s presentation. Family History is about the history of people and usually about the familiy of the person doing the research and, as people move around, it may concern many different areas and often not the area where the researcher lives. Local History is quite the opposite. It is about place, usually the place where the researcher lives and the history of an individual is only followed where they are important to an aspect of the history of the area. However, as the research deepens there is significant overlap of the two disciplines.

John is the leader of the Redditch U3A Familiy History Interest Group and today he gave us  a very interesting presentation which gives much food for thought.

Notices….

  • Due to the sad death of Ralph Richardson, the Bordesley Abbey presentation in October will now be given by Don Vincent.
  • The 2019 Feckenham Forrester magazine is now available – we have 10 copies for sale at £3.50 (we make £1 from each sale).
  • We have had a very nice letter from Acts of Kindness to express thanks for our donation towards their Christmas project.
  • Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum this year, entitled ‘Redditch Memories’, will run from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 24th November. We need your stories!
  • Our presentation for our June meeting is stories of old Redditch read by members. We can find the stories – we need volunteers to read them!
  • The programme for 2020 is currently being developed. Are there members who are willing to give a presentation?

The talk was followed by tea/coffee and biscuits in the adjoining room.

The next Meeting of the Society will take place at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road on the 12th March at 2.00 p.m., and the presentation will be the ‘Story of the Regent Motorways Coach Company’ by Mike Butler

Anthony Green – Secretary     12 February 2019

January Edition of Redditch History Matters

The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm

where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons.

Remember Your Memories: Don’t forget we still want your memories for our 2019 Forge Mill exhibition. Please visit the RLHS website or contact me for more details.

Newsletter Contributions: I have now run out of contributions for the Newsletter. Finding or writing new items myself is time consuming when compilation and distribution of the newsletter itself takes time each month. Please support the Society by writing a few words about research you have done, your history in Redditch or dig out some old photographs for us to scan and publish. If we can’t get a regular supply of articles to publish we will have to revert to a much simpler newsheet  or perhaps just a quarterly newsletter.

Our next meeting is on Monday 11th February 2019 at 2:00pm.  At this meeting the talk will be given by John Cartmell and he will be building upon his talk last year on Researching Your Family History

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor, Redditch Local History Society

December Edition of Redditch History Matters

The latest edition, and the final one for 2018, of our newsletter ‘Redditch History Matters’ is now available and can be found at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm

Of particular importance is our Forge Mill Exhibition for 2019 which is entitled “My Redditch Memories”.  We all have memories from our past. You may have been born and brought up in Redditch and have memories of your school days; your first job; what you did in your spare time; where you went shopping; a sport you played or a team you supported and probably many more topics.

You may have come to Redditch with your parents; to start a new job, or to move near your family or perhaps to retire here and you too have memories of Redditch.

You do not have to be a member of the Society to contribute. This is planned as a ‘living history’ exhibition of the town with collected stories about people and events in the town from a wide range of residents. We plan to make this a true snapshot of the town to create an important archive.

You can read more on how to contribute at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/exhibition.htm

In view of the interest we have found on Facebook concerning pictures which we are finding difficult to identify, Derek has decided to add a regular “Where’s This” feature to the Newsletter starting in 2019. We look forward to your support.

Christmas Social meeting on Monday 17th December 2018

We had an enjoyable Christmas Social meeting for members and friends at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road on Monday 17th December 2018 to finish our 2018 season.

We began the meeting with a slide show by Derek of pictures from the Geoff Holmes collection which was donated to the Society in 2012.

What was unusual about this sequence of pictures was that we have not been able to identify where they were and were looking for help from the members. This was very entertaining and a number of pictures were identified.

However, some were very difficult but some, such as the picture seen here, looked easy but could not be identified. So, if you have any ideas, please let us know.

We then followed the presentation with refreshments which, of course, involved a good supply of mince pies and fancy biscuits.

After the refreshments Don and Tony gave an overview of the new 2019 meetings brochure and it was distributed to members. The details of our 2019 programme are now on our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm where you can also download a pdf version. We plan that leaflets will also be available at the Palace Theatre, Redditch Library and Forge Mill Needle Museum.

Derek then gave details on next year’s Forge Mill Exhibition ‘My Redditch Memories’ and how members can be involved. The memories can be from any period and all we ask is that you write down one or more of your memories for us to include in the exhibition. They can be sent in many different formats and more details can be found at  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/exhibition.htm Production of the posters for the exhibition from the supplied material will be produced by the Society and the result will be an important archive for the history of the town.

During the meeting we had a raffle for some Redditch history books (organised by Pete, but as he was not able to be there, run by Don) which raised £35. To this was added a donation from Derek of £35 for a talk he gave to a local group which allowed us to donate £70 to the Christmas appeal of the  local charity Acts of Kindness https://aokuk.org.uk/ of which the Oasis Christian Centre is a major partner.

So that’s it for 2018. We have, as always, no meeting in January and so our next meeting is on February 11th, 2019 and is ‘Family History taking good ideas from one another’ given by John Cartmell at the Oasis Christian Centre beginning at 2.00pm.

Anthony Green – Secretary     18 December 2018

Newsletter November 2018

The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published. I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm  where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. *

Our 2018 Exhibition is still on at Forge Mill Needle Museum and is titled ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’. It is on until Sunday 25th November. So, if you have not yet been already, please support the society and make a visit before the 25th.  Opening times are given on the Forge Mill web site. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/exhibits.htm

Our next meeting is on Monday December 17th, 2018 at 2:00pm.  This is the Christmas Social meeting for Society members and their partners and, as always, it will be at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. Doors open at 1:30pm

Our first meeting for 2019, and our next public meeting, will be on Monday 11th February 2019. We will be publishing our 2019 programme of speakers after our members meeting in December. Please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm after 17th December 2018 for our on-line 2019 programme.

Derek Coombes,

Newsletter Editor

Redditch Local History Society

Meeting held on Monday 12th November 2018

For our meeting on Monday 12th November, at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 39 members and 12 visitors, giving an audience for the event of 51.

The meetings presentation was Redditch Memories – Amusing stories read by members from the book by Arthur Newbold where he recounts stories about the town and its characters. It had illustrations by Norman Neasom.

The talk was organised by Pete Harris and the stories read by members of the Society.

Six stories were selected from the book. The shorter ones were read complete, the longer ones abridged. In running order: George Russel the carter was read by Chris Jackson, the disaster of the ‘night soil’ cart on Mount Pleasant was read by John Newey, Emma’s crisis at Callow Hill was read by Dianne Martin, Eric a big chap was read by Don Vincent, Boasters, or telling tall tales, was read by Dave Spyer and the goings on at the Unicorn ‘Tap’ entitled Saturday night at the Movies read by Graham Smith.

Illustrations from the book corresponding to the different stories were shown on the display screens.

This was a presentation quite different from our normal ‘fare’ and we were not quite sure how it would go. In reality there was nothing to worry about as it was well received by the audience and brought back many memories of the town.

It was followed by tea/coffee and biscuits in the adjoining room.

The next meeting, and last meeting of the year, is on Monday December 17th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. This is our Christmas Social for members. We will have mince pies and fancy biscuits at the event and drinks will be tea and coffee. The meeting will take place in its entirety in the Reeves Room (the refreshments room). Members can bring a partner/friend.

At the meeting we have:

  • The new 2019 meetings brochure will be distributed with short presentations by those speakers who are at the meeting.
  • More details on next year’s Forge Mill Exhibition ‘Redditch Memories’ and how members who wish to contribute can be involved.
  • Films/slide show provided by Derek.

 

Anthony Green – Secretary     13 November 2018

Exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery – ‘The River Arrow flowing through Redditch History’

Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum for 2018 is ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and is running from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November.
The River Arrow came into existence at the time of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago and predating the habitation of the area. Over the following millennia, it has seen early man, the Roman invasion, the great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, the expansion of monasteries, the Industrial Revolution, the urbanisation of the population and the development of the modern ‘New Towns’.
In this exhibition, using photographs, maps, drawings and artefacts, we explore the history of this little river and its importance to the history of Redditch and the local area.
The exhibition also includes an original tapestry produced by Redditch Recorded in Art Group (RRTAG) which is entitled ‘’Remembered in Thread’.
Please see the Forge Mill Museum website for entry times and entry cost. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/

Newsletter October 2018

The latest edition of our Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, has just been published.

I hope you enjoy its contents. This edition, and all previous Redditch Heritage Matters, are available at the Redditch Local History Society web site at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm
where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons.

WW1 Centenary Commemorations
The society will be supporting the WW1 100 years Exhibition of the Fallen which also includes a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. 1918- 2018 being mounted by Phillip Jarvis. This is being held at St. Phillip’s Church, Webheath, B97 5PD from Saturday 10th November to Tuesday 13th November. See page 7 of the Newsletter for opening times and more details.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is on Monday November 12th, 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it will be at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. Doors open at 1:30pm. At the meeting we will have a selection of “Amusing stories and Redditch Memories” read by society members.

We are always looking for items for the newsletter. So, if you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch which you would like to share them with our members, please contact us. We would prefer this to be sent electronically, but if this is not convenient we can type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if necessary.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor
Redditch Local History Society