Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st March when we will have a presentation by ‘Ben Nock’ entitled ‘Clandestine Communications in WW2’. Ben is a curator at the Military Wireless Museum in Kidderminster. He will describe electronic spy equipment used in wartime. A visit to his museum is planned for the end of March and tickets will be available at the next meeting.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10
Did you read a newspaper this morning? Did you happen to notice whether it had be ironed or did you iron it yourself? If the later then you are likely to be working ‘Downstairs’. If the former or you assume it always comes like that, then you are either very lucky or living ‘Upstairs’. This contrast between life ‘Upstairs’ and ‘Downstairs’ portrayed in such television series as ‘Downton Abbey’ and others seems to have captivated people wherever they are shown in the world.
Whether the portrayal is entirely accurate or not, it represents a life that did exist for some. This was the topic for our speaker this month, Patrica Boyd who kindly stepped in as a replacement at short notice. She explained that for many large and desperately poor families in rural areas, to have a child accepted into the hard drudgery of service ‘Downstairs’ was a blessed alternative to starvation. In contrast, those ‘Upstairs’ faced the problem of having to eat twelve course dinners and for the ladies at least, to maintain an 18” waist, the fashion of the time. The secret apparently is to have small courses and spend three hours eating them. So simple really!
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 1st March when we will have a presentation by Ben Nock entitled ‘Clandestine Communications in WW2′. Ben is a curator at the Military Wireless Museum in Kidderminster. He will describe electronic spy equipment used in wartime. A visit to his museum is planned for early Spring. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details and contacts
The book “Hagley Miscellanea” by John-Homery Folkes, the architect of St.Saviour’s Hall, was first published in 1974. It was for private circulation and only 25 copies were printed. Forty years later it is considered sufficiently interesting to merit this reprint. The author (born 1906) has gathered a wide range of reminiscences that together give a picture of Hagley’s inhabitants, houses, industries, celebrations and entertainments in the century and more before the explosion of house-building in the 1960s.
The book includes: the early days of the railway station; the building of St. Saviour’s church and planning the cemetery; houses large and small; an attempt at encroachment in Church Street; the Rifle Corps and the Range; the nursemaid question!; Hagley celebrities; the Sunday postal delivery and church attendance and an eyewitness account of the fire at Hagley Hall on Christmas Eve 1925. The “Illustrations” section includes the programme for the Coronation Celebration of June 1911.
The book is priced at £5 and can be purchased from Happy Families or can be ordered online from Hagley History and Field Society.
The Society has now launched a new book entitled ‘Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918’, researched and written by local author and member, Pat Dunn. It is based on the ‘Hagley Parish Magazines’ of the period and describes how the people of Hagley dealt with the problems presented by the Great War on the Home Front. The people and places featured on the front cover of June’s issue of the Hagley Village News feature in the book along with many others.
The book is priced at £4 and can be purchased at the Hagley Library or ordered online. Click on the book cover below to view the first few pages.