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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.

 
   
   
 
 
  2017            
  Aug  

 
   

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.

 
   
 
  June

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.

 

 
  May

 

 

 

 

 
   
 
  Apr  

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.

 
   
 
  Apr

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 !!

 

 
   
 
  Feb  

 
   

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.

 
  2016
 
  Nov

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.

 

 
   
 
  Nov  

We attended Remembrance Sunday.

 
   
 
  Oct

'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.  
   
 
  Sep

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.

     
   
 
  Aug  

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!!

         
   
 
  July

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. 

     
   
 
  July  

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

   
   
 
  June

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. 

 
   
 
  June

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.

 
   
 
  May

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.

 
   
 
  May  

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.

 
   
 
  Apr

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

     
   
 
  Mar

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.

 

 
   
 
  Feb  

We began the year with our 'Meet & Greet' evening where all the records and photos collected during the preceding twelve months were available to view, together with a selection of our other archives.

   
  2015
 
  Oct

This was our annual 'autumn' tidy-up at the churchyard.  The site is much improved from when we first started several years ago.  

     
   
 
  Oct  

An excellent presentation by one of the teachers at King Edward VI Five Ways School based around the Old Boys of Five Ways and WW1.

   
   
 
  Sept

The Bartley Green Gt War Committee, of which the History Group are members, arranged a commemoration for the centenary

of the death of the first man from Bartley Green to lose his life - Alfred Cutler.  Photos are numerous - follow link below.

 
   

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  Sept      
     

10-17 September was Birmingham's Heritage Week.  In conjunction with the Rangers at the Woodgate Valley Country Park a display and exhibits pertaining to the land and industrial past was sited in the Visitor Centre.  A 'historic walk' was taken through the Country Park across to Weoley Castle Ruins.  A brief talk on the history of the site was given before a tour of the grounds.  A thoroughly enjoyable day.

   
   
 
  Sept  

We supported Newman University's Community Day

with a display in the Atrium.

 
   
 
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