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Welcome to Hagley Historical and Field Society website. On these pages you will discover something of the history of Hagley and details of our activities. You will find a warm welcome at our meetings which are generally held on the first Tuesday of each month. We enjoy a wide variety of speakers talking on a range of topics relating to the history of Worcestershire, the West Midlands and beyond. Visitors are also welcome to join the full programme of walks and visits. Whilst the majority of our members are happy to enjoy the meetings and other activities, a small group is engaged in active local research; some of their publications may be viewed on this site.


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Latest News and Updates

Meeting – ‘The Boys on the Board: Chaddesley Corbett and World War One’ – Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Our next meeting on Tuesday 2nd December at 8pm sees Sylvia Beardshaw presenting ‘The Boys on the Board: Chaddesley Corbett and World War One’. St. Cassian’s Church in Chaddesley Corbett has a board which records not only those members of the parish who perished in the Great War but also those who thankfully survived and returned home. Over 200 men with a Chaddesley Corbett connection who fought in WWI have been identified. This illustrated talk is about them and the impact of this war on life in Chaddesley Corbett.

Commences 8pm at St Saviour’s Church Hall, DY9 0NS. Visitors £2, including refreshments. Annual membership £10

Newsletter – October 2014

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

You are a Grenadier Guard immaculately dressed in your scarlet tunic and bearskin with the sun gleaming on your toecaps. You are about to take up sentry duty at Buckingham Palace. The eyes of the world and maybe those of the Monarch are on you and you must not make the slightest mistake. Your commanding Officer gives your squad the command “By the Right, Quick March”. Which foot do you start off with, the left or the right?

In fact, how would anyone know that you were a Grenadier Guard as you wear a uniform identical to that of the Coldstream, Scots, Welsh and Irish Guards? This would be no problem to those attending our October meeting when our speaker, Gerald Lesinski, a former Grenadier Guards’ officer and now Master of Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick gave us an insight into the life of a Guard and many amusing anecdotes of his time in the service.

Which foot to start off with? Always the left foot. The left/right in the command refers to the left or right marker to take the dressing from. The identification of the regiments is down to the grouping of the tunic buttons and collar emblems. Pay attention there!

Our meeting on Tuesday 2nd December at 8pm sees Sylvia Beardshaw presenting ‘The Boys on the Board: Chaddesley Corbett and World War One’. Members will remember her previous visit in 2012 and as the guide for our historically themed walks around Chaddesley Corbett last year. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.

Hagley: A Village at War 1914 – 1918

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

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.

Click on book to view first few pages