RLHS Newsletter April 2020

Due to the Coronavirus situation we did not have a meeting in April. However, we decided that we would continue to issue our monthly newsletter to keep everyone updated and the latest edition of our newsletter is now available and can be downloaded at:http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_2_1_April_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 400 KB)

A link to the current newsletters and to an archive of the earlier version can be found at: http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm   (link to Redditch History Society Website)

The current situation regarding our monthly meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, along with our other activities, is unclear and we will give a monthly update in the newsletter.

There is good news, however, as Derek has worked hard to produce our new annual Redditch Heritage Matters Journal and you can view this at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/rhm_annual_journal.htm

Take care and stay safe.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

Mobile Version of Website

Apologies to anyone who uses a mobile phone to visit the Redditch Local History Society website  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/

I was contacted recently with a problem that the website was still showing the information for 2019 and not 2020.

I was a bit confused as I updated the site immediately after our December 2019 meeting. However, as the enquirer was interested in next year’s programme, I gave them a direct link to the leaflet http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/programme_2020.pdf which met their immediate need.

Yesterday, I suddenly realised that although I had fully updated the website for ‘large screen’ computers, i.e. tablets and above, in December, I had not updated the website for the small screen, mobile phone, version. This occurred because the software I use, although it makes it ‘easy’ to create a ‘phone version, does not do this automatically and so I, effectively, have to maintain two versions of the site.

I have now made this update and all users should see the latest information.

I am always happy to receive comments concerning the site and I am always ready to respond.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

e-mail: anthony.green@RLHS.org.uk

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

Newsletter September 2018

The September 2018 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.

On Saturday 15th September there is a Band Stand Event on Church Green from 12:00noon ‘til 4:00pm. The Society will have a stand there and we hope as many members as possible will support the event.

The Moons Moat Conservation Group are organising a Community Fun Day on Saturday 22nd September 11:00am to 3:00pm at the Moat site. We are looking for volunteers to man the RLHS stand that day. If you can help, even for just a couple of hours, please contact me.

The society will again be supporting the annual Apple Day at headless Cross on Saturday October 6th from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Help setting up and taking down would be appreciated as well as support during the event.

Our next meeting is on the 8th October 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. At this meeting David Morgan will give a talk entitled “An Eye on Needle making”.

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.

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor
Redditch Local History Society

 

Meeting held on Monday 10th September 2018

For our meeting on Monday 10th September at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, we had an attendance of 36 members and 6 visitors, giving an audience for the event of 42.

Today’s presentation was ‘The Growth of the Christian Church in Redditch in the 19th Century’ given by one of our longstanding members, Gil Barlow.


Gil began with the importance of Bordesley Abbey and St Stephens Gatehouse Chapel and how this became the principle place of worship for the residents of the local area until 1805.
He then expanded on to the phenominal increase in non-conformist, typically Methodist, churches which were typical of industrial towns in the 19th Century.
Gil gave us many fascinating details on the differing groups involved within the Methodist church and the many local figures who were involved in their development. His presentation was well illustrated by his personal photographs and archive images.
This was the first time that Gil had given a PowerPoint presentation, but that was by no means obvious, and was very informative and fascinating introduction to this aspect of our towns history. It was much appreciated by the audience and promted many questions.

The talk was followed by tea/coffee and biscuits in the adjoining room.
Present at the meeting was Terry Meinke, the Avery Needle Case enthusiast from the USA. At the coffee meeting she was able to make a request to members for information related to her current research visit to Redditch.

Notices….
• Saturday 15th September 12-4pm Redditch Bandstand – Community Festival.
• Saturday 22nd September is the Moons Moat Conservation Group Community Fun Day. Support from members to man the stand would be appreciated.
• We have been invited to attend this year’s Headless Cross Apple Day on Saturday 6th October. Again, support from members to man the stand would be appreciated.
• Our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum is ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and runs from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November.

The next meeting’s is on Monday October 8th beginning at 2.00 p.m. and is at the Oasis Christian Centre. The presentation is ‘An Eye on Needle Making’ given by David Morgan.

Anthony Green – Secretary 11th September 2018

Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September

Forge Mill Needle Museum Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9th September from 11am to 4pm.


Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers and is entirely Free. https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/forge-mill-museum

The event includes free entry to the whole site, tours of the Forge Mill Needle Museum and the Bordesley Abbey site by the Forge Mill volunteers, songs and music by Indigo Arts (The Violettes), the ever-popular display of motor cycles by the regional Royal Enfield Owners Club, a display of working model boats by the Little Radford Model Boat Club, free entry to the current exhibition, ’The Language of Flowers’ by well-known textile artists, Hilary Beattie and Jenny Rolf, and here will be children’s activities linked to the history of the area.

Redditch Local History Society will have a display based on our 2017 Archive exhibition and you will find us in the main Heritage Centre opposite the Museum Shop.

Refreshments are available at the Forge Mill volunteer run tea bar.

Newsletter August 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.

Heritage Open Day – Forge Mill
On Sunday 9th September the Friends Of Forge Mill will be hosting the annual Heritage Open Day at Forge Mill from 11:00am ‘til 4:00pm  The Society will have a display there and we hope as many members as possible will support the event.

Band Stand Event
On Saturday 15th September there is a Band Stand Event on Church Green from 12:00 ‘til 16:00 . The Society will have a stand there and we hope as many members as possible will support the event.

Moons Moat Community Fun Day
The Moons Moat Conservation Group are organising a Community Fun Day on Saturday 22nd September at the Moat site. We are looking for volunteers to man the RLHS stand that day.  If you can help, even for just a couple of hours, please contact me.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is on the 10th September 2018 at 2:00pm. As usual it’s at the Oasis Christian Centre on the corner of Bromsgrove and Plymouth Roads. At this meeting Gil Barlow will give a talk entitled “The Growth of the Christian Church in Redditch in the 19th Century”.

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.

 

Derek Coombes, Newsletter Editor, Redditch Local History Society

 

Meeting held on Monday 13th August 2018

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.

Notices….

  • 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

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.