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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 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.




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'



We attended Remembrance Sunday, with Vic laying a wreath on our behalf.





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.










We attended the centenary commemoration of the six men of the district who lost their lives during WW1.

Several descendants were in attendance.


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!!

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