We have no meeting in August.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 6th September. There will be a presentation by Simon Buteux, Director, Birmingham Conservation Trust entitled ‘The Coffin Works – Birmingham’s Newest Museum’. It is hoped we can also visit The Coffin Works later in the year.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see Home page for details. Annual membership £10
The May meeting was our annual social night and 65 members enjoyed a variety of wines, cheeses, patés and salads. This was followed by a presentation by Vice-Chairman, Irene Oliver entitled ‘Hagley Roads Through the Ages’ accompanied by photographs compiled by Don Freeth. We worry about the potholes in our roads today but in medieval times roads such as Brake Lane would only be passable in Summer and not at all in Winter.
About now, the media will be reminding us that it is 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916. It was the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. Charles Tudor Bennett of Oldfields was a Hagley son who was killed on day 22 of this atrocious 141 day battle. There were a further 24 Hagley casualties in all other theatres of the War and the passing of time makes us forget what it must have been like for their families to deal with the loss of one and in four cases two family members.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 5th July. There will be a presentation by Tim Bridges entitled ‘Victorian Buildings of Birmingham and the Black Country’. Tim is an advsor to ‘The Victorian Society’ specialising in Secular and Church Buildings in the West Midlands. Tim is an expert in his field and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his eclectic interests. Visitors are most welcome at all our events –i 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.