February Edition of Redditch History Matters

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

Remember Your Memories Exhibition: Don’t forget we want your memories for our 2019 Forge Mill exhibition. Please visit the RLHS website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm   for more details.

Newsletter Contributions: Please support the Society by writing a few words about research you have done, your history in Redditch or dig out some old photographs for us to scan and publish.

Snowdrop Weekend – St. Leonard’s Church, Beoley: On Saturday 16th. from 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 it is the Snowdrop event at St. Leonard’s Church in Beoley. As well as coming to see the snowdrops there are Children’s activities, stalls and displays to entertain you. The Moons Moat Conservation Group will have a display there and Derek will bring along a few RLHS items as well. Entry is free but donations are welcome. More details at https://www.stleonardsbeoley.org.uk/

Next Meeting: Our next meeting is on Monday 11th March 2019 at 2:00pm.  At this meeting the talk will be given by Mike Butler and he will be continuing the story of “The Regent Motorway Coach Company”. For details of our meeting programme please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm


First meeting of the year held on the 11th February 2019

We began our 2019 season (our 10th season!) on Monday 11th February 2019  at our venue at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road with an attendace of 38 members and 4 visitors, giving a total of 42 attendees.

Today’s talk was by John Cartmell and he gave a thoughful and knowledgable overview of the relationship between Family History research and Local History research.

John examined the differences and similarities and suggested that those conducting their individual research have much to learn from each other.

To summarise John’s presentation. Family History is about the history of people and usually about the familiy of the person doing the research and, as people move around, it may concern many different areas and often not the area where the researcher lives. Local History is quite the opposite. It is about place, usually the place where the researcher lives and the history of an individual is only followed where they are important to an aspect of the history of the area. However, as the research deepens there is significant overlap of the two disciplines.

John is the leader of the Redditch U3A Familiy History Interest Group and today he gave us  a very interesting presentation which gives much food for thought.


  • Due to the sad death of Ralph Richardson, the Bordesley Abbey presentation in October will now be given by Don Vincent.
  • The 2019 Feckenham Forrester magazine is now available – we have 10 copies for sale at £3.50 (we make £1 from each sale).
  • We have had a very nice letter from Acts of Kindness to express thanks for our donation towards their Christmas project.
  • Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum this year, entitled ‘Redditch Memories’, will run from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 24th November. We need your stories!
  • Our presentation for our June meeting is stories of old Redditch read by members. We can find the stories – we need volunteers to read them!
  • The programme for 2020 is currently being developed. Are there members who are willing to give a 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 12th March at 2.00 p.m., and the presentation will be the ‘Story of the Regent Motorways Coach Company’ by Mike Butler

Anthony Green – Secretary     12 February 2019