January Newsletter Update

At the beginning of our meetings, we normally have a few notices which we feel will be of interest to members. Obviously, this is currently not possible, so I have produced a ‘quick’ newsletter with current information, questions etc.

You will find it at

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2021_2_6_January_Newsletter.pdf

This is a pdf file, which due to the images (even though they are reduced in size) of about 1.5 MB but should not be a problem if you are viewing it with the pdf reader in your web browser.

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm   (link to Redditch History Society Website)

We are planning to produce a more extensive Newsletter towards the end of February and, hopefully, it will be a little clearer on how 2021 is progressing.

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@rhs2020.org.uk

 

Christmas 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our Christmas Newsletter.

This is a special 16-page edition which we have produced at this difficult time and we hope that you will find it interesting. You will find it at

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_5_Christmas_Newsletter.pdf

This is a pdf file, which due to the images (even though they are reduced in size) of about 3 MB but should not be a problem if you are viewing it with the pdf reader in your web browser.

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at:

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

We are planning to resume our meetings in 2021 but now, although things are looking promising. They are still not clear.

We will be producing a few more ‘lockdown’ Newsletters before we resume our regular meetings.

We plan to have our next newsletter in February and, hopefully, we will then be able to give more details on our plans for 2021.

We send out an email to members and other interested individuals when a new edition of the Newsletter is released with a link to the Newsletter. If you wish to be added to this list, then send an e-mail to the secretary

secretary@redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

with your name and e-mail address with a request to be included on the mailing list. Your details will only be used for this purpose and you can leave the list at any time.

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch History Society

November Newsletter

When we were unable to have our Annual General Meeting in April due to the lockdown, we assumed that we would have it later in the year.

Soon, it became clear that we would not be meeting again in 2020 and we would not be able to have our annual AGM.

However, our constitution demands that ‘The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society must be held every year, with at least 14 days’ notice given to all members’.

In addition, Derek Coombes has advanced with   archive storage and has established the Redditch Local History Museum (RLHM) to campaign for, create and operate a museum in the town.

We, the Executive Committee, therefore decided to have an AGM for 2020 which would allow us to conform to our requirement for an annual AGM.

This has taken the form of an online Proxy survey, similar to those which are used by organisations such as Building Societies, Charities and Professional Bodies, where members are unable to attend the AGM.

Members who were not on internet were supplied with a postal vote.

All the results, plus more, can be found in this special issue of the Newsletter which you can download at……

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_4_November_Newsletter%208%20page.pdf

(this is a web optimized pdf file of about 800 KB)

And a link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm (link to Redditch History Society Website)

Anthony Green, Secretary, Redditch History Society

e-mail: ag@redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre Heritage Open Day

In the late Summer newsletter I reported that at the local Redditch museum, Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, it has been decided that with social distancing, even at 1 metre, it is not viable to open the museum and this will continue for some time, probably until the end of the year.

The volunteers would therefore be unable to have the annual Heritage Open Day, which is part of the national Heritage Open Days. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

This is true of many historic properties and so the Heritage Open Days organisation has proposed that, for this year, those who are able to do so could produce a virtual event.

The volunteers have done this, and the ‘virtual’ event website is now online at

http://www.hod2020.redditchmuseum.org.uk

This site is intended to be live during the duration of the Heritage Open Days Festival which is from the 11th to 20th September 2020.

However, it will continue to be available after that time at the Volunteers website www.redditchmuseum.org.uk

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society, and Forge Mill Museum Volunteer.

Late Summer edition of Newsletter

Welcome to our late summer Newsletter.

You will notice that I have, due to the current situation, upgraded the newsletter to 6 pages with more general content.

I hope that you find this interesting and I plan to have a new quarterly issue in the Autumn, the Winter, and the Spring, prior to our AGM,

You can download this Newsletter at……

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_3_late_summer_Newsletter.pdf

(this is a web optimized pdf file of about 800 KB)

And a link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at:

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

(link to Redditch History Society Website)

The situation regarding our future meetings is becoming clearer and we are hoping that in April 2021 we can recommence our monthly programme of monthly talks.

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

 

Summer edition of our newsletter

When we originally cancelled our April 2020 AGM meeting, I had planned to produce a monthly newsletter.

However, the situation became much more serious than we imagined at the time, and it has not been possible to give clarity regarding our next move.

The Executive Committee has now agreed that we will resume our meetings at the Annual General Meeting in April 2021.

I have therefore produced a Summer edition of our newsletter and it is now available and can be downloaded at:

Newsletter Summer 2020  (web optimized pdf file of less than 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: RLHS Newsletter  (link to Redditch History Society Website)

The current situation regarding our monthly meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, along with our other activities, is unclear and I will give a further update in a newsletter in the Autumn.

Anthony Green, Society Secretary.

 

The BALH Local History News free to access

The  Redditch Local History Society is a member of the British Association for Local History and they publish quarterly journals  ‘The Local Historian’ and ‘Local History News’.

We make current and past issues of these journals available at our meetings.

I am pleased to announce that for the duration of the pandemic crisis, BALH have taken the decision to make all issues of The Local History News free to access (usually only for issues older than three years). All past issues of Local History News are currently available free to access

While it is not possible to visit libraries and archives, they hope this will help individuals continue their research, or simply find a fascinating article to read to pass an hour with a cup of tea!

This is a temporary measure and the current issue of Local History News is usually only available with membership.

To view these journals, please  visit

https://www.balh.org.uk/localhistorynews

RLHS Newsletter April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus situation we did not have a meeting in April. However, we decided that we would continue to issue our monthly newsletter to keep everyone updated and the latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_1_April_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm   (link to Redditch History Society Website)

The current situation regarding our monthly meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, along with our other activities, is unclear and we will give a monthly update in the newsletter.

There is good news, however, as Derek has worked hard to produce our new annual Redditch Heritage Matters Journal and you can view this at:

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

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

Meetings Programme Update 17th March 2030

In view of the current Coronavirus situation and minimising risks to members and visitors, we are amending our current programme for this year, 2020.

The meetings on April 20th and May 11th are cancelled.

The situation beyond that is unclear. We believe that having an AGM is important, so, at the moment our programme will be:

  • June 8th AGM
  • July 13th Nick Houghton – The Where Next Association
  • August 10th Pete Harris – Tracing my Family History

From September the programme is as our published programme and the website has been updated accordingly.

Please accept that we are working against current information and it is quite possible that this may be amended. However, we think that it is important that the first meeting after the closure should be the AGM.

Please be assured that our priority is our members and we will not be resuming our programme until the situation is secure.

We will keep everyone updated of all changes.

All updates are posted on our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/update.htm   and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RedditchHistorySociety/

Kind Regards

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

 

Coronavirus and our Meetings

The current situation with regard to the Coronavirus situation is not clear.

This could have implications with regard to our future meetings and, in particular, our Annual General Meeting on Monday April 20th.

Please be assured that we will keep you fully updated via our website http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/update.htm and via e-mail concerning any changes.

For those not on e-mail we will send a letter prior to our next meeting if there are any changes.

Regards

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk