Meeting Report – 12th March 2018

For our Meeting held on Monday 12th March 2018  at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 39 members and 11 visitors, giving an adudience for the event of 50.

We began our meeting with our ‘History Society Notices’ which included the next exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum which is by the Redditch Model Railway Club celebrating their 50th anniversary. It begins on Thursday 15th March and runs until Sunday 22nd April. The club will have working layouts and models running on weekends over Easter. See the clubs website for details – http://www.redditch-mrc.com/Forge%20Mill%20Exhibition%20-%20Intoduction.htm. Also , we have a request from St David’s House that several of the tenants are interested in having some reminiscence groups. We are looking for volunteers to support this?

Today’s talk was ‘The Redditch Area in Domesday’ by celebrated local historian Ralph Richardson. Ralph, using his extensive local knowledge gave us a fascinating and entertaining introduction to the famous Domesday Book as it applied to the local area.

Ralph gave us an insight into the importance of this survey to William I (the Conquerer), how it was conducted, the information requested and how quickly and efficiently it was conducted. An interesting aspect of the survey was that Norman scribes were writing, in latin, names and details spoken by Anglo-Saxon villagers. This goes a long way to explaining how many modern names have changed so much from the original ‘old english’ names. Ralph concluded his talk by providing the meeting with copies of the Domesday reference to the Anglo-Saxon village of Ipsley and supporting those present in translating this into modern english. Using information from the Domesday record for Ipsley and Tardebigge, it would appear that the area which is now Redditch (the town did not exist before 1066) had a total population of about 300 people.

This was a fascinating talk which was much appreciated by the audience. Ralph had examples of Domesday for the area, and other information, and spent significant time discussing this after the 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 9th April at 2.00 p.m. and is the Annual General Meeting.           The AGM will be followed by a talk on the Paolozzi Mosaics by Philip Roberts and Mike Butler will be showing and commentating on a film of old Redditch.

Anthony Green – Secretary     13 March 2018

Newsletter February 2018

The latest edition of our monthly Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, is now available.

This latest edition, and all earlier editions, are available to read on-line or download in pdf format at our web site at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.html

Our editor, Derek Coombes, would really like to have your contributions to the newsletter and there are two areas where input would be welcome:

First:  Do you have photos, memories or stories about old Redditch that we could publish. New input, however short or informal is most welcome.

Second: Do you have any artefacts to donate to our archives?  Please get in touch if you can contribute to the society.

Our next meeting is on Monday 12th March and begins at 2.00 pm, lasting for approximately 2 hours. The meeting begins with Society notices followed by the March presentation ‘The Redditch Area in Domesday’ by well-known local historian Ralph Richardson. This is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news.

The venue for our meetings is the Oasis Christian Centre, 4 Plymouth Road, Redditch, B974QB (on the corner of Plymouth Road/Bromsgrove Ro

Meeting Report 12 February 2018

We had a good attendance at our first meeting of the year on Monday 13th February 2018 at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, with 44 members and 11 visitors attending, making  a total of 55.

We began our meeting with our ‘History Society Notices’ which included the availability of the latest Feckenham Forrester magazine, the excellent exhibition on the British Needle Company currently in the gallery at Forge Mill Needle Museum and advance news of this year’s WLHF photographic competition ‘‘Worcestershire’s Transport Heritage’ and annual award for projects to promote the history of Worcestershire.

Today’s talk was by John Cartmell and was a fascinating and entertaining introduction to researching your family history. John used his own extensive research into his family to illustrate the pitfalls that can occur due to erroneous documentation, stressing that you should not believe anything until it had been verified by another source.

The big attraction of family history is not just looking at the direct line but also sisters, brothers, cousins etc and remembering that this is not just history but your history. Local history is about place, and the people who lived there, family history is about people, and the links may take you all over the country and perhaps the world. John had a word of warning that if you carry out a wide search of your family you will almost certainly find criminals, bigamists and perhaps worse, so beware!

This subject is of interest to many people and the presentation was widely appreciated by the audience.  John spent his time afterwards both in the hall and during tea answering specific questions for individuals. John runs courses on family history research and we are planning to have him back next year to continue this fascinating subject.

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 Redditch Area in Domesday’ by Ralph Richardson.

 

Anthony Green – Secretary     13 February 2018

Newsletter – January 2018

The first edition for 2018 of our monthly Newsletter, Redditch Heritage Matters, is now available.

This latest edition, and all earlier editions, are available to read on-line or download in pdf format at our web site at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.html

Our editor, Derek Coombes, would really like to have your contributions to the newsletter and there are two areas where input would be welcome:

First:  Do you have photos, memories or stories about old Redditch that we could publish. New input, however short or informal is most welcome.

Second: Do you have any artefacts to donate to our archives?  Please get in touch if you can contribute to the society.

Our meetings restart on 12th February 2018. They begin at 2.00 pm and last for approximately 2 hours; the presentation ‘Tracing Your Family History’ will be given by John Cartmell and this is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news.

The venue for 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 currently costs only £15 per year per member (£7.50 if joining after October) and that covers entry to all our monthly meetings, including the December members only Christmas Social. Membership runs from the April AGM to the end of March.

For more details please visit our website http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/

Anthony Green, Secretary, Redditch Local History Society.