Newsletter June 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  Newsletter link on the Redditch History Society website where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons.

Band Stand Event

On Saturday 16th June there is a Victorian Themed Band Stand Event on Church Green from 12:00 ‘til 16:00. Lots of activities going on including a Brass Band, Singers and a Circus Themed display. The Society does not have a stand there, but we hope as many members as possible will support the event.

Beoley Fete, St. Leonard’s Church

On Saturday July 7th it is the Beoley Fete at St. Leonard’s Church from 1.30 – 4:30. You can park at the Village Hall and there is a free minibus back and for to the Church. Tony will be there promoting the RLHS there and I’ll be there with details of the Moons Moat restoration project. Again, please support these local events.

Subscriptions & Data Protection

The new GDPR data protection legislation means we must be stricter about managing your personal data.  Therefore, if you do not re-join the society by the meeting on the 9th July this will be the last Newsletter notification you receive, and your details will be deleted from this mailing list. But all is not lost, you can re-join at any time and be added on again.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on the 9th July 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. At this meeting we will be showing a film about Redditch Local History.

Contributions to The Newsletter

The contributions barrel for the Newsletter is once again looking very dry.  If you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch we would like to share them with our members. Please send electronically if you can but we will type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if needed.

 

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor, Redditch Local History Society

Meeting held on Monday 11th June 2018

For our meeting held on Monday 11th June 2018  at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Roadmeeting we had an attendance of 44 members and 2 visitors, giving an adudience for the event of 46.

Today’s talk was ‘‘The Home Guard in Redditch’ and was given by Ron Gallivan, Chairman of the Redditch Military History Society who gave a very well researched overview of this important period in out history.

He began by describing the period leading up to WW2, particularly the use of ‘Blitzkrieg’ in Spain and how, contrary to the general view, the UK was actually preparing for WW2  from 1937.

In Blitzkrieg, the German Stuka bombers of the Luftwaffa began the attack and this was followed by the Panzer tank divisions storming through the countryside. This was used successfully throughout Europe at the beginning of WW2 and led to the evacuation of British troups at Dunkirk. During this period we lost many aircraft, soldiers and weapons.

As we were then isolated and had to be prepared for invasion it was necessary to create a civilian army and in May 1940 the LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) was formed. This was made up of volunteers aged 17 to 65 who were too young or too old to join the services, or those in reserved occupations. In 24 hours 250,000 joined, in 1 week half a million and finally 1.5 million. In June 1940 Winston Churchill changed the name to the Home Guard.

As time went by the Home Guard became more organised and better armed and a strategic defence system was created for the UK. The Home Guard were there to defend their own area and were not deployed elsewhere. They supported regular troups in many activities such as manning anti-aircraft guns and were an important part in our war effort.

There was much more covered in this fascinating talk and it was much appreciated by the audience.

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

  • Saturday 7th July is the Beoley Church Fete – Tony will have a presentation promoting the Society and Derek will have a display representing Moons Moat and the new work being done. This is always a well-attended event and, of course, we will be very pleased to see visitors!
  • We need to start thinking about what we should do regarding an exhibition at Forge Mill in 2019. Members were asked to give some thought to this.

The next meeting is on Monday July 9th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. The presentation is a Redditch Area Film Show which will be given by Derek Coombes.

Anthony Green – Secretary

Newsletter May 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 on this website by clicking on the ‘Newsletter’ tab, where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. (features available varies on browser used)
May Fayre
I did not have space in the Newsletter to thank those who helped put up and run the RLHS stand at the recent May Fayre on Headless Cross Green, so thank you all. Thanks also to the members who visited the stand during the day and to those who did not make it, sorry you missed a great event. Hopefully we will see you at the Apple Day in October.
Subscriptions & Data Protection
2018-2019 subscriptions are now due. As we have mentioned, new GDPR data protection legislation means we must be stricter about managing your personal data. Therefore, if you have not re-joined the society by the meeting on the 9th July your details will be deleted from this mailing list. But all is not lost, you can re-join at any time and be added on again.
Next Meeting
Our next meeting on the 11th June at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. The talk will be given by Ron Galivan and is entitled. “The Home Guard in Redditch”.
Contributions to The Newsletter
As always, can I ask for your input to the Newsletter. If you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch we would like to share them with our members. Please send electronically if you can but we will type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if needed.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor

Meeting held on Monday 14th May 2018

For our Meeting held on Monday 14th May 2018 at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 37 members and 4 visitors, giving an adudience for the event of 41.
Today’s talk was ‘English and Local Coinage’ and was given by Phil Griffiths. In this fascinating talk, Phil, using his extensive knowledge of the subject, gave us a wide-ranging overview of the history of coinage.
The first appearance of coins (or tokens) was around 3,000 years ago when the Greeks found that they needed something better than a barter system for trading across the Mediterranean.The first coins used in Britain were imported from the Celtic tribes in Northern France and by about 55 B.C. various tribes of Britons were producing gold and silver Staters. The Romans arrival in 43 A.D. brought Roman coinage to Britain which took over from the Celtic staters.
The longest lived coin in England was the Silver Penny introduced by Offa (757-796) which was cut in halves and quarters for smaller values. The first gold coin was the Noble introduced by Henry VI. However, over the following centuries the quantity of gold and silver decreased and the quality of production varied significantly.
Until the 19th Century coins were hand made using simple tools and presses but a major breakthrough was when Boulton and Watt developed a steam powered press and in 1816 coin production was centraslised at the new Royal Mint at Tower Hill. This was the beginning of modern coinage as we know it. In 1968 the Royal Mint moved to Llantrisant in Wales and, today, all coins are made from plated steel and contain no precious metals.
This was a fascinating talk which was much appreciated by the audience.
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 Monday June 11th at 2.00 pm and the talk at the meeting will be ‘The Home Guard in Redditch’ and is given by Ron Gallivan.

Anthony Green – Secretary 16 May 2018

Next Meeting May 14th….

Our next meeting is on Monday May 14th and begins at 2.00 pm, lasting for approximately 2 hours. The meeting begins with Society notices followed by the May presentation ‘English and Local Coinage’ by Phil Griffiths. This is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news.
The venue for all our meetings is the Oasis Christian Centre, 4 Plymouth Road, Redditch, B974QB (on the corner of Plymouth Road/Bromsgrove Road).
Our 2018 speaker programme is available for download from the website and a printed version is available at our meetings and various outlets.
Non-members are welcome to our meetings and will be charged £3 entrance which is refundable against the membership fee if joining on the day.
Membership is only £15 per year per member (£7.50 if joining after October) and that covers entry to all our monthly meetings, including the December Christmas Social.
Membership runs from the April AGM to the end of March.

Newsletter April 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 via the tab ‘Newsletter’ where you can read it on-line or download it as a pdf by clicking the appropriate icons. (features available varies on browser used)

Next Meeting
Our next meeting on the 14th May 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. The talk will be given by Phil Griffiths and in entitled. “English and Local Coinage”.

Contributions to The Newsletter
As always, can I ask for your input to the Newsletter. If you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch we would like to share them with our members. Please send electronically if you can but we will type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if needed.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor

RLHS Meeting Report AGM April 9th 2018

Our Annual General Meeting on 9th April 2018 ad good support with 39 members and 9 visitors, of which 2 became members at the end of the meeting.
Following the welcome to the meeting and apologies for absence, the minutes of the April 2017 AGM meeting (which were printed on the back of the agenda) were agreed and approved.

The Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer gave their reports and the overall view was that Society had continued to expand on its original aims set out at its formation over 8 years ago. The relocation at the OCC has been very successful and a level of membership had continued to rise and is now over 70. This year we again had a wide range of locally themed history talks, we were present at many events and we had an excellent exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum based on our archive collection. Our newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, continues to enjoy a wide circulation, and our archives continue to steadily increase.
The Treasurer presented the Statement of Accounts showing our finances are healthy with a positive balance of £805.76. The statement of Accounts, which had been examined independently, were approved by the meeting.
Our website has been completely redesigned from the bottom up. It has around 600 visitors per month of which around a third view the newsletter. Our Facebook page has 987 followers and posts average about 400-500 views. We have 914 Twitter followers. Our web presence is important to spread our activities beyond those who can come to the meetings or live locally.

Data Protection
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018 and enhances individual’s rights on how personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. To cover this, we have added extra wording on our membership renewal forms and application forms.

Election of Officers:
Executive Posts
• Chairman – Richard Daw was stepping down from this role and, although he would have preferred a ‘new face’ in the role, Derek Coombes agreed to stand and was elected unopposed.
• Secretary – Anthony Green elected unopposed
• Treasurer – Graham Smith elected unopposed
Non-executive posts:
• Newsletter Editor – Derek Coombes elected unopposed
• Society Archivist – Derek Coombes elected unopposed
• Speakers Organiser – Pete Harris was stepping down and Don Vincent was elected unopposed Website Administrator – Anthony Green elected unopposed

Management Committee
The Management Committee consists of the 3 executive members, Chairman Derek Coombes, Secretary Tony Green and Treasurer Graham Smith, non-executive members (Don Vincent), and member representatives. Elizabeth Simpson, David Spyer and Pete Harris were elected as member representatives.
Accounts Examiner:
Margaret Daw agreed to take on this role as Chris Jackson was stepping down. This was unanimously agreed by the members.

Newsletter Postal Distribution Costs.
Our preferred method for distributing the Monthly Newsletter was by e-mail, as this is virtually zero cost to the Society. However, some members require printed copies and the committee have decided that this could be continued if those requiring this service supplied a book of 12 2nd class stamps to cover postage.

Event Day – May Fayre.
There was a call to members for support at the Headless Cross May Fayre Monday May 7th, 2018

Presentations
Directly after the AGM there were two presentations.
The first of these was the Paolozzi Mosaics by Philip Roberts. In this fascinating presentation Philip gave us, with the short time available, an introduction to the life of Eduardo Paolozzi and his major artwork in Redditch Kingfisher Centre. We will be having Philip back next year where he will be able to expand on this and give us new information on research he is carrying out on the construction and installation of the mosaics.
This was then followed by Mike Butler who showed a short film of Redditch in the 1960s and then, using images from his extensive range of pictures of Regent Motor coaches and drivers, gave a ‘taster’ of the talk which he is giving next year on Regent Motorways.

The presentation was followed by a break with Tea and biscuits available (50p donation appreciated) to allow collection of membership subscriptions for 2018/19.

Our next meeting is on the 14th May at 2.00 p.m. at the Oasis Christian Centre. The talk is by Phil Griffiths and is entitled ‘English and Local Coinage’.

Anthony Green – Secretary 12th April 2018

Redditch Local History Society Website Redesign

I have completely redesigned the Redditch Local History Society website from the bottom up.

The major changes are:

The major functions of the site can be found on the top menu.

There is a new update tab which mirrors the posts which are on Facebook.

The site is designed both for standard and small screens, so that, when using a smartphone, the site automatically changes to a version suitable for small screens.

The site gives direct links to our newsletter, archives, meetings programme, updates and more.

The style is designed to be clean and easy to read.

Please let me know if you have any problems.

Anthony Green, Secretary, anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

Latest edition of the Alcester and District History Society newsletter

The latest edition of the Alcester and District newsletter is now available. It is a pdf file which can be downloaded at http://www.alcesterhistory.org.uk/FEB18NL.pdf

The Alcester and District Local History Society strives to discover and record the rich and varied past of Alcester and meets every month with a guest speaker giving a presentation of  local or national historical interest.