Our Programme of Meetings for 2020

We have now issued our programme of meetings at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road for 2020.

We have our usual mix of local history talks from outside speakers and members, 4 of each, as well as member’s reading of local memories based on this year’s very successful exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, short local history films after the AGM and our Christmas event. This is 11 meetings running from February to December.

We meet on the second Monday of the month, except the April AGM which is on the third Monday due to the date of Easter Monday in 2020. Meetings begin at 2.00 pm and last for approximately 2 hours, it begins with a presentation, which lasts about one hour, and this is followed by refreshments and an opportunity for discussion.

As a history society we believe it is important to have a good involvement from members and we are pleased that we are able to do this.

The leaflet will be available at all our meetings and, in the New Year, outlets such as the Palace Theatre, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch Library and other locations.

It can also be viewed at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm and downloaded in pdf format from our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/programme_2020.pdf

We will now begin to look at our programme for 2021.

We aim for a mix of local history talks from outside speakers and members, ideally 4 of each, as well as a presentation where member’s read narratives from our local history, short history films after the AGM in April and our Christmas event.   If you have ideas for our programme, please feel free to contact me.

This is probably my last post for 2019, so have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

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

Our talk on September 9th ‘A walk around Eastern Redditch using a 1903 OS map’.

Many thanks to the Redditch Standard in their printed edition (on-line version at  https://redditchstandard.co.uk/editions/view/?/Redditch/2019/08/23&pages=048  (page 21)),  for their preview of our Local History talk on September 9th entitled ‘A walk around Eastern Redditch using a 1903 OS map’.

This is given by (me) Anthony Green and I gave a similar, well received, talk in 2017 which covered the Western area of the town.

The walk route is split into six sections. At the beginning of each section there is a video clip of how it looks today and this is followed by historic images of how it looked around the time of the map. The main purpose is to illustrate how, although there is a belief that ‘old Redditch has disappeared’, there is still much to see today.

Our local history meetings begin at 2.00 pm and last for approximately 2 hours; the presentation lasts about one hour and this is followed by refreshments and Society business, event and project news. Non-members are welcome to our meetings and will be charged £3 entrance which is refundable against the membership fee of £15 if joining on the day (reduced fee of .

The venue for the meetings is the Oasis Christian Centre, 4 Plymouth Road, Redditch, B974QB

For details of all our meetings please visit http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm

Monday 12th August Meeting – Story of the Royal Enfield and the men who made it

The next Meeting of the Redditch Local History Society is at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 12th August beginning at 2.00 pm.

The presentation at the meeting is entitled ‘Story of the Royal Enfield and the men who made it’ and is given by John Budgen who is the Chairman of the Midland Group of the Royal Enfield Owners Club.

In this presentation John will be using video clips and original images to tell the story of the Royal Enfield from its beginnings in Hunt End , to its heyday in its Hewell Road site and on to its existence today as a product manufactured in India but still showing its Redditch origins.

John has always been supportive of Royal Enfield activities in Redditch with events at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Church Green and Arrow Valley Visitor Centre and is heavily involved in many other activities in Redditch.

His talk is based upon the people who made the Royal Enfield and he has an enviable knowledge of the range of motorcycles produce by this iconic brand.

He will be bringing a range of printed documents for visitors to peruse.

This is a ‘must see’ talk by anyone interested in the Royal Enfield Motorcycle Company.

Non-members are welcome to our meetings and will be charged £3 entrance which is refundable against the membership fee of £15 if joining on the day. Details of our range of local history presentations and details of the location can be found at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm

Meeting on Monday 13th May

The next meeting of the Redditch Local History Society will be on Monday 13th May 2019 at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road

The presentation for the meeting is 19th Century Rogues and Murders in Worcestershire and is given by Vanessa Morgan.
Born and brought up in Worcestershire,

Vanessa has always had an interest in history and for the last twenty years worked as a professional genealogist.

She is also a local speaker and gives numerous talks which include genealogy and local murders.

Also at the meeting, during the coffee break, Lyndsey Berry from Redditch Borough Council will be seeking members views on what changes members would like to see in the Town Centre as part of a planned major regeneration programme.

Membership of the Redditch Local History Society runs for the season from the Annual General Meeting in April to the following April AGM. The current membership fee is £15, which covers entry to all meetings during the current season. Individuals joining in October, covering meetings to the following April AGM (5 meetings), pay a reduced fee of £7.50 (50%). Non-members are welcome to meetings for whom there will be a £3 entrance charge. This is refundable against the membership fee if joining the society at the meeting.

Please visit:  http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/ to follow our activities.