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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.

  Mar   Our annual Meet & Greet and Social Night was another successful evening  Many of our photo albums and documents were available to view.  

Max Keen gave a superb presentation on Dudley Castle appearing in period costume. He also included a short history of Weoley Castle. He really engaged the audience and we would recommend him to others.



We attended St. Leonard's Church Hall, Frankley to assist Kate Green with her 'Walking the Pipeline' Project.  Lynn gave her talk on the Elan Valley and the Group had a display featuring photos of the reservoir and Frankley Water Works.


Six Primary Schools attended a Remembrance Service at St. Michael's.  We gave a short history of the district for the WW2 period and commemorated the first two men who lost their lives in 1941.


We attended the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in Romsley Road.

  Following the service we laid six poppy crosses on those graves in St Michael's churchyard that also commemorated one of the fallen during the two wars.





An thoroughly enjoyable presentation by Max Hunt on Herbert Austin and the legacy of the Longbridge plant.


Our annual ramble was to Quinton Meadows.  Thankfully there was only one small shower of rain, otherwise we had a very pleasant evening.



The Friends of Weoley Castle Library invited us to give our presentation on a Virtual of Bartley Green.


An excellent presentation by Michael Hall on Nail making through the books of Francis Brett Young.


Our Annual General Meeting was held at King Edward VI Five Ways School, followed by a presentation on The Making & The Message of the Well Dressings at Tissington, Derbyshire.


Our Annual Spring Tidy-up at the Churchyard took place this month. 


The bottom end of the churchyard still requires some T.L.C.  The first memorial has been cleared.  Unfortunately we didn't have enough time, or any shears with us.

If anyone has a spare half an hour and would like to help out by either clearing the weeds from the interior of graves or cutting the grass between the plots it would be greatly appreciated.


We were invited by the Friends of Weoley Castle Library to give a presentation on Elan Valley.


We have altered the format of our presentations for 2019.  March was our first Open Evening with a Meet & Greet and Social Night coupled with a quiz.  The feed-back has been favourable with everyone enjoying the evening.

  Dec In conjunction with the Friends of the Woodgate Valley Country Park, we had a stall in the Visitor Centre supporting the 'Meet a Pony' day hosted by the Trekking Centre.  

Our presentation evening this month was the Virtual Tour of Bartley Green.  This was followed by a slide-show of the 19 men who lost their lives during WW1.

The display used during the Armistice weekend was also available.

Unfortunately we forgot to take any photos.


Our second tidy-up of the year at St Michael & All Angels churchyard.  Our thanks to Rob for coming along to assist.


The 11th we attended the Remembrance Parade at the cenotaph.  We also laid a poppy cross for each of the 19 men who lost their lives during the two wars, plus a poppy cross for each of the six men commemorated on a relatives grave in the churchyard.

We were pleased to meet up with relatives of L. Witherford, A. Cutler and T. Perry.



On the 10th & 11th to mark the centenary of the Armistice we had a display in St Michael & All Angel's Church Hall.


On the 9th we assisted with the Primary Schools' Remembrance Service at St Michael & All Angels.


Due to unforeseen circumstances we were unable to view the slide presentation on Moor Pool.  However, the speaker gave an excellent talk using her notes.  Hopefully we can rebook at a later date.





Our annual ramble commenced at the Old Crown, down Watery Lane, across the field, back across Moor Farm Bridge, and then on to the old cart track.  The evening was completed with refreshments at the Old Crown.



This year it was decided to move our Social Night to a warmer month.  An excellent evening was held at the Bartley Sailing Club.  Our thanks to staff and members for their courtesy.

First photo courtesy of Bob Greathead.



Some of our members joined those from St Michael & All Angels to undertake the annual Rogation Sunday walk around the parish boundary.

  May Our Spring tidy-up in the churchyard.

Large fallen branches placed in hedgerows, a litter pick and several graves tidied up.  A good morning was had by all with 7 bags filled.

Thank you to those who came along to help.





We helped with the refreshments for people who came along for the 'tree planting' in memory of Head Ranger Leo at the Woodgate Valley Country Park. 


An excellent presentation given by the Lapal Canal Trust on the history of canals, specifically the Dudley No. 2, and what restoration work has been undertaken since 1990.


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