Exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery – ‘The River Arrow flowing through Redditch History’

Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum for 2018 is ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and is running from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November.
The River Arrow came into existence at the time of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago and predating the habitation of the area. Over the following millennia, it has seen early man, the Roman invasion, the great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, the expansion of monasteries, the Industrial Revolution, the urbanisation of the population and the development of the modern ‘New Towns’.
In this exhibition, using photographs, maps, drawings and artefacts, we explore the history of this little river and its importance to the history of Redditch and the local area.
The exhibition also includes an original tapestry produced by Redditch Recorded in Art Group (RRTAG) which is entitled ‘’Remembered in Thread’.
Please see the Forge Mill Museum website for entry times and entry cost. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/

Newsletter October 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 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.

WW1 Centenary Commemorations
The society will be supporting the WW1 100 years Exhibition of the Fallen which also includes a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. 1918- 2018 being mounted by Phillip Jarvis. This is being held at St. Phillip’s Church, Webheath, B97 5PD from Saturday 10th November to Tuesday 13th November. See page 7 of the Newsletter for opening times and more details.

Next Meeting
Our next meeting is on Monday November 12th, 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it will be at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. Doors open at 1:30pm. At the meeting we will have a selection of “Amusing stories and Redditch Memories” read by society members.

We are always looking for items for the newsletter. So, if you have research material, photographs or memories of old Redditch which you would like to share them with our members, please contact us. We would prefer this to be sent electronically, but if this is not convenient we can type up handwritten documents and scan photographs if necessary.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor
Redditch Local History Society

Meeting held on Monday 8th October 2018

For our meeting on Monday 8th October, at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 41 members and 12 visitors, giving an audience for the event of 53.

Today’s presentation is ‘‘An Eye on Needle Making’ given by David Morgan…
David began the presentation .with an introduction into the wide range of applications which require needles both in the past and today.
It was then followed by an explanation of how needles are made. Here David used pictures he had taken during school trips he had organised to Redditch factories when he was a teacher at ‘The Leys’ High School and compared these to images from the early industry in the town.
He then completed the talk with images of the wide range of needles which were made in the town and provided examples for people to see during the refreshment period.
The talk generated many questions and was well appreciated by the audience.

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

Notices….
• The society will be supporting the WW1 100 years Exhibition of the Fallen which also includes a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force. 1918- 2018. This exhibition is being mounted by Phillip Jarvis and will be held at St. Phillip’s Church, Webheath B97 5 PD. The Opening times are: 10th, 12th and 13th November 10.30 – 5pm and Sunday 11th November 12.30 – 5pm. Admission: Adults £2.00, children £1.00 which includes refreshments.
• Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum for 2018 is ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and runs from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November. Please see the Forge Mill Museum website for entry times and entry cost. The exhibition will include an original tapestry produced by Redditch Recorded in Art Group (RRTAG) and is entitled ‘’Remembered in Thread’.

The next meeting is on Monday November 12th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. The presentation is Redditch Memories – Amusing stories read by members and is a ‘bit’ different from our normal style of presentation. It is based on the book by Arthur Newbold where he recounts stories about the town and its characters. It has illustrations by Norman Neasom.
The talk is organised by Pete Harris and the stories are read by members of the Society. The illustrations will be shown on the display screens.

Anthony Green – Secretary 11th October 2018