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Below are some of the events we have undertaken.

To save on space we will only show a rolling 2 years.



Our annual Meet & Greet to view old and new documents & photos.  One of our members also gave a small presentation on the service conducted in Belgium to commemorate the centenary of her grandfather's death in WW1.

Refreshments and a 'natter'




Remembrance Service for Primary Schools.  We spoke of the 6 men that were KIA in 1917.


Our second tidy-up this year at St Michael & All Angels Churchyard.  The site is looking so much better.


An excellent presentation was given by Keith Clenton on Lost Industries and Businesses of Birmingham. (camera person was on holiday)



We delayed our 20th Anniversary celebration to coincide with Birmingham Heritage Week.  The foyer was filled with photos relevant to the Country Park (still on display) and the E. Kestle Theatre was used over two weekends for our main display and all our photo albums and transcribed documents.


Preparing the displays.

  Helpers and visitors    


The Bartley Green Social Club held events over a number of days around Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

The History Group provided a display and had several of St Michael's old Parish Magazines available to view.



The annual ramble commencing at the Old Crown, down Lye Close Lane (the parish boundary and beautiful scenery on our doorstep), culminating in crossing the bridge over the motorway and back along the rear of Pinewoods.


An excellent presentation by Gill Ellis on Selly Manor and its connections with Cadburys and Bournville.  Thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.


    Always having the welfare of those attending in mind, our very own Health & Safety man made sure no-one slipped on the accidental 'spill' whilst another cleaned up.


We were grateful to those that turned up to help with the Spring tidy-up at the churchyard.  Although few in number we managed to clear all the litter on site and also tidy-up many of the graves at the lower end of the churchyard.  Thankfully the rain held off until we were just getting ready to leave.

Our thanks to Lynn for providing refreshments.








Our Open Evening in April was a presentation by Pam and David Humphries on 'A Visual Tour of the Outer Circle'.  This was well received and brought back memories for several of those attending.


Due to bad weather in March, the 'Gt British Clean Up' took place in Broadhidley Woods on the 2nd April. Members of the History Group helped local residents in clearing the rubbish, although the 'find' of a dead cat in an ASDA bag isn't something we would like to have repeated !!




A very successful Meet & Greet evening when we welcomed many 'guests' with several becoming members at the end of the evening.

Members of the Lapal Canal Trust also attended and brought along a selection of their photos.


On the morning of the 16th we joined the Rangers and members of the For-Wards Project recording sounds, etc. throughout the park to which music will be added.  Photos:  BSurman, BGreathead, F-wards.



We attended Remembrance Sunday.


'Murders, Mysteries & Terrifying Women' was the title of the presentation given by one of our members. The talk centred on early history of the district and its surroundings.

  A break for refreshments and a quick chat.  

In conjunction with the Rangers we helped to mark 'Birmingham's Heritage Week'.  A display of Bartley Green's past industrial heritage was put up in the Visitor Centre and we also accompanied a Rambling Group from Solihull around the park.


We undertook our annual 'historic' ramble, taking in Bartley Green Reservoir, Bromwich Woods, St Leonards and Frankley Water Treatment Works.


We had to make a detour as not all were willing to cross the 'right of way' with a field full of bullocks!!


Members of the History Group joined in the annual 'Beating of the Bounds' (or Rogation Sunday).  This was put back to later in the year to form part of St Michael's 50th birthday celebrations. 


At the beginning of the month we undertook a trip to the Imperial War Museum.  A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all.


St Michael & All Angels held their Annual Flower Festival to coincide with the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations and the upcoming 50th anniversary of the church opening.  The History Group provided a display for the occasion and attended the event. 


Darren Share gave a excellent presentation on the History of Birmingham Parks.  We also supplied a display relevant to the theme of the evening.  Refreshments as usual were taken halfway through the evening so that people could have a natter.


Our first tidy-up this year in the churchyard took place in sunny weather.  We had followed behind the Maintenance people who had cut the grass and hedges therefore we concentrated on the interior of the graves.


The memorial stone that was erected for the centenary of becoming part of Birmingham was in a sorry state, hopefully the grass will grow around it again and flowers re-appear.


We are grateful to those who regularly help out.

In all 11 bags were filled.  Our thanks to those who remove these for us (you know who you are).


Most of the graves fronting Field Lane have been cleared of weeds and also the area beneath the cedar tree in the corner.


We were pleased to see many of our members attending this year's Annual General Meeting.


Following the meeting refreshments were served and a general discussion took place.


Bob Booth, a member of the Bournville Society gave an excellent presentation on the History of Cadburys and Bournville Village.


As members of the Bartley Green

Centenary Committee, we took part in the commemoration of the centenary of the death of two men from the district who lost their lives during WW1.


We were able to trace descendants of Harvey Blundell of Woodgate.  Unfortunately this was not the case for Joseph Hodgetts of Stonehouse Lane.

Pupils from Bartley Green Technology College and King Edward VI Five Ways School were in attendance.


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