RLHS Newsletter January 2020

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. We do not have a meeting in January, but I thought it was worthwhile to give an update on our activities.

This edition can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletters/2020_1_10_January_Newsletter.pdf  (web optimized pdf file of about 300 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)

We have also issued our programme leaflet for 2020. You can view this at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/meetings.htm  and you can also download a pdf copy from the same page.

You will also find details and a link for our 2020 exhibition at our activities page http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/activities.htm

Finally, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

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

web: www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk

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

RLHS Newsletter December 2019

The latest, and the last for 2019, edition of our newsletter is now available. This monthly newsletter contains the latest meeting report, society notices, information on the next meeting and other information related to current events.

The current edition (web optimized pdf file of about 350 KB) can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/2019_1_9_December_Newsletter.pdf

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

This was the last Meeting of 2019 and we look forward to 2020.

There is no meeting in January, although I will produce a newsletter, and our first meeting of 2020 will be on February 12th and will be, as always, at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road, beginning at 2.00pm.

The presentation at the meeting will be ‘Stories from the Archives’ using examples of sources for our local region and Redditch, given by a speaker from the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.

I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

RLHS Newsletter November 2019

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. This monthly newsletter contains the latest meeting report, society notices, information on the next meeting and other information related to current events.

The current edition (web optimized pdf file of about 350 KB) can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/2019_1_8_November_Newsletter.pdf

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

Our last Meeting of 2019 is at the Oasis Christian Centre on Monday 16th December beginning at 2.00 pm. (tea/coffee/biscuits/mince pies included)

At the meeting Graham Smith is giving a talk is called ‘The story of Christmas Traditions’ and we will be distributing our programme leaflet of speakers for our 2020 season with an overview of the different talks.

Please visit our website for all the latest information on our activities.

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

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

2019 Redditch Local History Society Exhibition, ‘My Redditch Memories’

The 2019 Redditch Local History Society Exhibition, ‘My Redditch Memories’, runs from 31st October to 24th November 2019 in the Gallery of the Forge Mill Needle Museum

This exhibition features the memories of Redditch residents past and present, many recently recorded and never displayed before. Where possible, these memories have been illustrated with documents and photographs from the society archives.

This exhibition looks at both the pre-New Town ‘old’ Redditch as well as people who came to Redditch with the New Town Development and gives a picture of life in the town over the past decades.

It charts the significant change in population, industry and housing and looks at how Redditch has continually re-created its own identity

Details can be found on the RLHS leaflet which can be downloaded from

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/2019/Exhibition_2019.pdf

For more details concerning entry times etc., please visit the Forge Mill Needle Museum Website

http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/exhibitions/

RLHS Newsletter for October 2019

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. This monthly newsletter contains the latest meeting report, society notices, information on the next meeting and other information related to current events.

The current edition (web optimized pdf file of about 300 KB) can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/2019_1_7_October_Newsletter.pdf

We welcome supporters and members to our exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum entitled ‘My Redditch Memories’ and runs from 31st October to 24th November 2019. Details can be found on our leaflet which can be downloaded from

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/2019/Exhibition_2019.pdf

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

Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 11th November beginning at 2.00 pm.

The talk is entitled ‘The Paolozzi Mosaics’ and is given by Philip Roberts.

Please visit our website for all the latest information on our activities.

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

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

RLHS Newsletter for September

The latest edition of our newsletter is now available. This monthly newsletter contains the latest meeting report, society notices, information on the next meeting and other information related to current events.

The current edition (web optimized pdf file of about 300 KB) can be downloaded at:

http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/index_htm_files/2019_1_6_September_Newsletter.pdf

This newsletter replaces Redditch History Matters, which was produced and distributed from August 2011 to April 2019.

We plan to produce an annual journal of extensive articles on Redditch History in the first quarter of each year. Please follow our news bulletins concerning this and we are happy to receive any contributions. Please contact our Archivist, Derek Coombes, at our e-mail contact@redditchhistory.org.uk.

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

Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 14th October beginning at 2.00 pm.

The presentation is entitled ‘Bordesley Abbey’ and is given by Don Vincent, who has done much research on the subject and is a volunteer guide for the Abbey ruins.

Please visit our website for all the latest information on our activities.

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

Anthony Green

Secretary, Redditch Local History Society

Explore the Past Autumn 2019 leaflet

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service have released their Autumn 2019 events leaflet, which contains our workshops, talks and events for the next few months. Their annual Worcestershire Archaeology Day which is on 26 October this year.

New this time is an intriguing workshop for reading Latin documents, in response to a request from a local group (not ours!). One of their archivists will be leading this, focusing on manorial documents. The emphasis will be on the type of documents and the use of Latin within them so they will assume a basic knowledge of Latin rather than teaching Latin.

You can download their leaflet from our website at http://www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/documents/2019/WAAS%20Events%20Autumn%202019

The events can be booked online at http://www.thehiveworcester.org/explore-the-past-events.html.

 

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

Royal Enfield Talk at August Meeting

We had a nice write up in the Redditch Standard https://redditchstandard.co.uk/ of our August meeting when John Budgen gave a talk on the history of the Royal Enfield.

His presentation was entitled ‘Story of the Royal Enfield and the men who made it’ . John , who is the Chairman of the Midland Group of the Royal Enfield Owners Club, produced this presentation specifically for our Society.

Our next Meeting at the Oasis Christian Centre is on Monday 9th September beginning at 2.00 pm. And the presentation is entitled ‘A walk around Eastern Redditch using a 1903 OS map’ and is given by our secretary Tony Green.