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.
- 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