Our next meeting is on Tuesday 3rd May. It is our annual Social Evening. There will be the usual refreshments followed by a presentation by members Irene Oliver and Don Freeth entitled ‘Hagley Roads Through the Ages’.
Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors are most welcome at all our events but on this occasion tickets must be purchased (£6.50 each including refreshments) in advance. Please contact us in good time if you want to join us on the night. Annual membership £10
When you travel from Ulan Bator to Beijing via the Trans Mongolian Railway, you will encounter at least three amazing things. The first is that you will cross the Gobi desert which is a vast, barren and featureless expanse which stretches in all directions as far as the eye can see. The second is that when you reach the Chinese border the gauge of the track built by the Russians across Mongolia is different from that built by the Chinese. Instead of changing trains as you might expect, three hours are spent jacking up your train to change the wheels for your onward journey.
Finally you are presented by the stunning scenery of the lush, green mountains and valleys of China, shrouded in mist. Here you encounter a culture which has changed little over hundreds of years. This scenery and culture were exemplified by the slides of our speaker this month, Gill Nicklin. She has spent several years exploring South West China gathering examples of traditional Miau costumes, many of which have taken years to make. She brought along examples for members to examine the exquisite needlework and colour and to try on.
Our next meeting is on Tuesday 7th June. There will be a presentation by Avoncroft Museum entitled ‘The Development of a Nailer’s Cottage 1840s to 2016’. This cottage, which has been moved brick-by-brick and rebuilt at the museum, is significant because it chronicles the decline of the nail industry in Bromsgrove and rise of car manufacturing. 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.