For the meeting held on Monday 11th March 2019 at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road we had an attendance of 35 members and 11visitors, giving a total of 46 attendees.
For today’s talk, Mike Butler recounted the ‘Story of the Regent Motorways Coach Company’ which was founded during the 1930s in Redditch, Worcestershire by Harry Jakeman. The business prospered for many years under the stewardship of Harry, and later his son John.
Mike’s father, Les Butler, was a driver for Regent for many years and loved the job and Mike began his research as a tribute to him, but, once started he met so many nice people who worked with his father that he was hooked! This was a story of gentler times, when a coach trip to the “seaside” or “The Villa” was an important event in people’s lives.
Mike has a wide range of material which he had put together for the presentation and he emphasised that the Company was as much about the people who worked there as well as the coaches themselves.
He took us through the early days, on to untimely death of John Jakeman in October 1965, when the business entered other hands and eventually folded in 1980.
Mike covered a wide spread of material about the Company and much more can be found at his website dedicated to Regent Motorways. https://sites.google.com/site/regentmotorways/
- 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!
- The programme for 2020 is currently being developed. We are looking for members willing to give a presentation.
- Members were encouraged to be involved in the RBC Consultation on Town Centre Regeneration
- Subscriptions for 2019/2020 season are payable after the AGM on the 8th April.
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 8th April at 2.00 p.m. It is our Annual General Meeting, followed by some short West Midland History films.
The AGM is an important meeting and we encourage members to attend. At the meeting we elect the officers and committee, examine the finances and decide on the future of our Society.
Anthony Green – Secretary 12 March 2019