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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 Story of the Piano’ – Tuesday 4th November 2014

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Our next meeting on Tuesday 4th November at 8pm sees Andrew Crabtree presenting ‘The Story of the Piano’, an evening of musical entertainment. With over 30 years experience, Andrew has performed as a soloist in most styles of music, and also accompanied a wide range of instrumentalists and vocalists.

” …. excellent performances, with superb piano playing by Andrew Crabtree. It is so supportive for soloists to have such sensitive accompaniment.” Trevor Jones, Head of Service, Coventry Performing Arts Service

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

Newsletter – September 2014

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

The wave of emotion hit me and for a moment I held back. Then I let the tears fall. “Pappa’s shoes”, I whispered.

The shoes in question were those of Sven Sømme a Norwegian agent. They were the shoes that he was wearing when the German commandant said “You’ll be shot for this, you know that don’t you” and was still wearing when he walked past the armed German guards with a friendly wave in June 1944 at the start of an epic escape through the snow and mountains of Norway.

This escape was the theme of our speaker this month, Ellie Targett, daughter of Sven, and enigmatically entitled “Another Man’s Shoes”. She described the subversive activities of her father in Norway against the Germans during the Second World War which led to his arrest and his epic and exhausting 300 mile escape to freedom in Sweden. It was during this escape that he was offered a pair of rugged mountain boots by a patriotic family to replace the unsuitable town shoes he had escaped in.

The twist to the story was that Ellie and her sister retraced the steps of their father’s escape in 2004 and had an emotional reunion with the family who had kept these shoes for 70 years and presented them to her.

Our meeting on Tuesday 4th November at 8pm sees Andrew Crabtree presenting ‘The Story of the Piano’. Visitors are most welcome at all our events – see hhfs.org.uk for details and contacts.

Car Outing to Hartlebury Castle for a Behind-the-Scenes Tour – Tuesday 21st October 2014

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

We meet at the Castle at 10.45am and drive to the nearby Collections Centre, the off-site store for Museums Worcestershire, for a tour from 11.00am to 12.30pm. Afterwards we return to the Museum Café for a savoury buffet lunch of sandwiches & rolls, homemade quiche, salads, crisps, dips & crudities, garlic bread, fruit juice, tea and coffee. Maximum 25 people.

The outing costs £16 which includes the tour, buffet lunch and tips.

Please contact us if you want to join the visit.

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 Happy Families, 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