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