Meeting held on Monday 13th August 2018

For our meeting held on Monday 13th August 2018, at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 39 members (including 2 who joined on the day) and 6 visitors, giving an audience for the event of 45.

Today’s presentation was ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History’ and was given by, yours truly, Anthony Green, and, in this presentation, I looked at the River Arrow in terms of its importance to Redditch and how it has a story throughout the history of Britain.

Using a mixture of my own photographs and videos, aerial images and maps from Ordnance Survey, Bing and Google, and information, images and videos from numerous sources, I followed the history of the river.

Beginning 12,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, when the Arrow Valley was formed, we passed through the early pre-Roman period, the importance of the Roman Road, Icknield Street, the Anglo-Saxon period, the Norman invasion and the expansion of monasteries in England and the monastic landscape at Bordesley Abbey, the early industrial revolution and the rise of Redditch as the centre of the needle industry based on the water mills on the Arrow, and, finally, modern development and the establishment of the Arrow Valley Park as a ‘green space’ for Redditch residents.

Each of these topics are worth a presentation in their own right, so it was very much a descriptive overview of each aspect. However, it was well received by the audience and I was very pleased with the response.

Since the presentation was very visual, the new overhead LCD screens, which have replaced the projector at the Oasis Christian Centre, gave an excellent visual experience and were much appreciated.

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

Notices….

  • Sunday 9th September Free Entry Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill Needle Museum. The History Society will have an exhibition.
  • Saturday 15th September 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – Community Festival.
  • Saturday 22nd September is the Moons Moat Conservation Group Community Fun Day. Are any members up for running a History Society stand?
  • We have been invited to attend this year’s Headless Cross Apple Day on Saturday 6th October. This can only happen if we have support from members.

The next meeting’s is on Monday September 10th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. The presentation is ‘The Growth of the Christian Church in Redditch in the 19th Century’ given by Gil Barlow.

Anthony Green – Secretary     14th August 2018

Newsletter July 2018

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

Forthcoming events are…

Saturday 11th August 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – ‘free family fun’

Sunday 9th September Free Entry Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill Needle Museum. The History Society will have an exhibition.

Saturday 22nd September is the Moons Moat Conservation Group Community Fun Day. Are any members up for running a History Society stand?

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on Monday August 13th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at our venue, the Oasis Christian Centre. The illustrated talk by Anthony Green is entitled. ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch 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.

 

Meeting held on Monday 9th July 2018

For our meeting held on Monday 9th July 2018, at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 34 members and 13 visitors, giving an audience for the event of 47.

Today’s presentation was a selection of film of Old Redditch which was given by Derek Coombes.

Derek, who as well as Chairman, is also the Society’s archivist, gave us four films of assorted lengths related to the history of the town. These films having been digitised are now held in the society’s archives.

First was a 1 minute clip of the famous High Duty Alloys ‘Big Hammer’ at work in 1941. The thump of the hammer was well membered by anyone who lived within a few miles and it appeared that no-one worried about ‘health and safety’ at that time!

Next up was a 4 minute film which showed a craftsman making Green-heart rods at the fishing tackle manufacturer A. E. Partridge.

The third film was a 7 minute publicity film made by Redditch Development Corporation which used the ‘Reddibus’ to tour Redditch and promote the many advantages of the ‘New Town’.

The final film lasted 40 minutes and was commercially developed from old photographs and postcards   showing a wide-ranging miscellany of buildings, people, marches, fetes, events and other images dating back to the early 20th Century.

This look back at old Redditch on film was much appreciated by the audience.

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

Notices….

  • Saturday 14th July 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – ‘local choirs and dancers along with stalls and activities’.
  • Saturday 11th August 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – ‘free family fun’
  • Sunday 9th September Free Entry Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill Needle Museum. The History Society will have an exhibition.
  • Saturday 22nd September is the Moons Moat Conservation Group Community Fun Day. Are any members up for running a History Society stand?

The next meeting is on Monday August 13th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. The illustrated talk by Anthony Green is entitled. ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History.

Anthony Green – Secretary     11th July 2018

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.