PROBLEMS TO SOLVE

Some time ago we were asked a question by Andrew Collins by email on one particular family, the name was Hartwell, they ran a grocery shop at 179 Walsall Road and Hartwell Lane ran alongside the shop, although the writer says the shop was renamed and the Hartwell Lane was moved a hundred yards away. More information was given to the shop which ran from 1900 to around 1940’s, we have more info at the centre of this particular family.

On another matter we have been asked about Harrisons pit and how many fatalities had there been there during the time of the pits existence, we have looked at all the books on Harrison’s but fail to find an answer.

Any information from above please let us know, thank you

AT LAST THE UNVEILING

By Gary Smith

As I wrote in the spring edition to the magazine that we were going to unveil the memorial to the names on the gates that were misspelt all those years ago, well we finally achieved it on Saturday the 15th August, as we know it was VJ Day, so it brought together two poignant occasions. We invited members of the Parish Council, together the District and County to say the least there for the first time in Wyrley we had three chairpersons together, Kath Perry from Staffordshire County, Cath Williams from the district and Tony Newell from the Parish, naturally there was the Royal British Legion, FROG better known as Friends of the Garden and of course ourselves, though not least was our own historian to the Society and the village, Paul Ford, as once said he was instrumental in all of this happening, He gave a speech after unveiling the stone, we tried to keep the numbers down in accordance with government policy but I’m afraid we had seven more than the permitted number, but we all took the size of the gardens and spread out, we held two minutes silence with the Royal British Legion as they honoured the fallen at their site of the
V J memorial.

Here is the speech which Paul gave to the assembled audience; “Memorial Day, thoughts. We are here today to reflect on our community past, and celebrate our community present and future. “In the wake of the Great War communities such as ours sought to make sense of that war by reflecting on its human cost. Thanks to William Harrison, the Parish Council and our then wider community, this space was dedicated in perpetuity to that reflection while the fields behind, as a recreation area, cradled the idea of life.

“As the centenary of the war approached, the Local History Society sought to understand the effect of the war on our then community and to rediscover those men that did not return; and this poignant stone stands as part-testament to the journey taken by the community of today to respect that of yesterday. That journey highlighted, of course, that these men were never just soldiers; they lived, loved and were loved. And, thanks to the Friends of the Gardens, Parish Council, British Legion (not forgetting the sponsorship of the HLF and Tesco) and, as ever, the support of the local community-who have simply followed the ideals of those after the war-this garden, while remaining a place for reflection, is also now a place of life, colour and fragrance. This stone remembers their passing, the garden their life.

“So, if you truly want to experience community, look around you”.

Fortunately the weather was okay, though not as hot as during the week, at least part of the project has been completed, it is now up to Paul to finish the book which is greatly anticipated.

COVID 19 – VIRUS

We regret to announce that with immediate effect, due to the current Coronavirus crisis, all of the Great Wyrley History Society events & meetings, are cancelled until further notice.

The sad decision as been made by the Great Wyrley Carnival Committee to cancel Great Wyrley Carnival on 27th June due to the current situation. St George’s event 25th April also cancelled. Keep well everyone

Great Wyrley Local History Society January 2020 Newsletter

We welcomed Dr. Janis Lomas once again, and, although she had some technical difficulties, gave a very interesting talk about women in the past who defied the accepted behaviour of the day.

One such Lady was Lady Constance Lytton, (pictured opposite) dressed as plain Jane Warton, a disguise she used to avoid being recognised while fighting for the Suffragette Movement.

Once again we must put out a plea for stories for the magazine. How did you come to live on the village? Have your family always lived in this area? Thanks to those who have sent in stories.

The unveiling of the memorial stone will take place on the 8th April at 12.00 noon. At the Memorial Garden, Walsall Road.

This photograph is a real poser, it is obviously not taken in Wyrley, but where and who are they? They all look very smart; I don’t recognise anyone – can you help?

Our new book ‘History in the Making’ is now on sale price £10. A good read for these dark and dismal days.

2020

February 20th – History of Lichfield
March 19th – Dukes & Duchesses of Sutherland Steve Booth
April 16th – Nostalgic Films John Coley
May 21st – History of the Co-op Ned Williams
June 18th – AGM and John Palmer
July 16th – Food glorious food Kath Reynolds