Our next meeting on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 8pm sees Julian Hunt presenting ‘Worcestershire Turnpikes‘. Some of the Turnpikes in Worcestershire date back 300 years. The tolls levied along them paid for the maintenance of the main roads between the city and its surrounding towns. Prior to the Turnpikes the state of the roads made them impassable for much of the year and dangerous when passable.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10
If you were asked to name a museum in Birmingham I expect the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery would be the first one to come to mind. However, there are at least eight others including Aston Hall, Soho House and the Think Tank. One thing that these eight have in common is that they are supported by The ‘Friends of Birmingham Museums’. Our speaker this month, Deborah De Haas, Chairman of the Friends, explained what she and her fellow members did to support the museums through social and fundraising events. The Trust has been in existence for 85 years and currently has over 1000 members. In recent years it has been able to raise up to £25,000 per year to help acquire works of art of all descriptions to enhance the museums’ collections.
On Tuesday 21st April the society will be visiting Eastnor Castle. Details are available on our website or through the Society’s Village News contact
Our meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 8pm in St. Saviour’s Church Hall sees Dr Sue Jennings presenting ‘Elizabeth Garrett Anderson: First Female Physician’. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a feminist who was the first Englishwoman to qualify as a physician and surgeon in Britain. She was a formidable woman in her time as she was also a co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first female doctor in France and as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.
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Our coach leaves Webbs Garden Centre at 9.30am and picks up at the village car park at 9.35am.
On arrival we shall have a 1½ hour guided tour of the Castle which will be opened especially for us.
Afterwards there will be a light lunch served in the Castle. This will include a selection of sandwiches, a slice of homemade cake and a pot of tea or coffee. The gift shop will be open for our visit.
In the afternoon there will be free time in Ledbury to sample the many attractions which include the Market House, Heritage Centre, Butcher Row House Museum, Painted Room, St Katherine’s Hospital Site and the church. We return to Hagley for about 5.00pm.
The cost is £31 which includes coach, entrance, lunch and tips. Car parking has been arranged at Webbs Garden Centre at a cost of £1 per car, to be collected on the day. Please contact us if you want to join the visit.
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.