Great Wyrley Local History Society June 2019 Newsletter

The AGM was as short as in previous years, the committee were willing to stand for another year, so it was proposed by Kath Caddick that we be re-elected en masse. This was agreed by the members. We then had an excellent quiz, organised by Peter Holmes for which we thank him. The winners were “The Kemps & Co”.

The centre is open every fourth Thursday, when anyone can come and look at the photographs, maps, documents etc. or just come for a coffee and a natter.

Another fantastic Carnival! The weather was very hot, and we had a lot of visitors to our stall. The tithe map caused quite a bit of interest. Photograph of Martin Whitby choosing his position on the map.
The winner of the “Hoard” was Aaron Bradley.
The winners of the best float was Moat Hall Primary School, second was Thomas More School. The best decorated stall was won by the Townswomen’s Guild.

A great time was had by all at the trip to Warwick castle. Once again the weather was very kind. Our thanks go to Pam for organising a super trip.

I am starting to book speakers for next year. (I know it seems a long way off!) If you hear a good speaker, preferably with an historical theme, could you collect details and pass them on to me. Thanks. Di

Future Speakers and other events
August 15th – Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th – Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th – The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 16th – Annual Event at Harrison’s
November 21st – Coins P. Griffiths
December 19th – Christmas Social
2020
January 16th – Scandalous women Janis Lomas
February 20th – History of Lichfield
March 19th – Dukes & Duchesses of Sutherland Steve Booth

Great Wyrley Local History Society May 2019 Newsletter

Duke of Sutherland

We had a very enjoyable morning with Steve Booth, his talk about the Duke of Sutherland was very enlightening, I had heard of “the clearances” in Scotland, but didn’t realise the impact they had on the ordinary people. I hope to arrange for Steve to come again in the New Year.



The mill stone has been moved from Eric Pritchard’s house to the Scout and Guide building. The larger of the stones weighed more than two tons.

The centre is open every fourth Thursday, when anyone can come and look at the photographs, maps, documents etc. or just come for a coffee and a natter.

This photograph is of Walsall Road School 1947, the teachers are Mr. Hollins and Mr Lowe – no other names, can you help?

We have two books in the pipeline, Paul Ford’s is about the men who served in WW1, and whose names are on the gates. This is hoped to be finished by Spring 2020. The society’s, we hope, will be published in time for sale at the Annual Event in November.

Future Speakers and other events
June 20th AGM and (Ten Year) Birthday Bash
June 27th Trip to Warwick Castle
June 29th Carnival
July 18th Old Trades Sue Bray
August 15th Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 21st Coins P. Griffiths
December 19th Christmas Social

April 2019 Newsletter

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It was great to see Ian Bott again. He entertained us with various tales of murder and evil goings on. Sorry no photograph, Gary and me, between us have lost the camera.


Gary’s granddaughter, Stacy, was on hand however at the St. George’s Day celebrations a\nd took some great pictures. We had a very good day, the weather was kind and there was a good crowd of people considering it was also Easter Saturday.

Here are a few more posers for you, I must thank members for giving me names and dates in the past. They are all being recorded on the computer.

Here are a few more posters for you, I must thank members for giving me names and dates in the past. They are all being recorded on the computer.

Futures Speakers and other events
May 16th – The Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland
June 20th – AGM and (Ten Year) Birthday Bash
June 27th – Trip to Warwick Castle
June 29th – Carnival
July 18th – Old Trades Sue Bray
August 15th – Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th – Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th – The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 21st – Cosind P. Griffiths
December 19th – Christmas Social

Futures Speakers and other events
May 16th – The Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland
June 20th – AGM and (Ten Year) Birthday Bash
June 27th – Trip to Warwick Castle
June 29th – Carnival
July 18th – Old Trades Sue Bray
August 15th – Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th – Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th – The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 21st – Coins P.Griffiths
December 19th – Christmas Social

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March 2019 Newsletter

David Kemp chatting to Jo Carter

What a very entertaining and informative morning with Jo Carter. She told us of the ways people tried to make themselves attractive in the Tudor times.
Some were quite unpleasant, others as we know now to be very dangerous to health.


Mill Stone

We are still trying to get the Mill stone moved from Eric Pritchard’s former home to the Scout building. Gary is on the case!

At the last “Fourth Thursday” we had a visit from Ann Pine an Australian whose ancestors came from this part of the world. She was researching  the names Sayer, Bill, Talbot, Brook(e)s. She found a lot of information especially from our burial records.

Sue Challenger has kindly donated DVD’s of the Staffordshire Census from 1841 to 1891. We thank her very much.

This one is recorded as people from Long Lane. Do you recognise anyone?
Was it taken in the Twenties or Thirties?

I have been informed that the photographs in last months newsletter, of Cyril Fletcher,  were from a Cheslyn Hay Carnival.

Future Speakers and other events

May 16th – The Dukes and Duchesses of Sutherland
June 20th – AGM and (Ten Year) Birthday Bash
June 27th – Trip to Warwick Castle
June 29th – Carnival
July 18th – Old Trades Sue Bray
August 15th – Old Hall Tableware Nigel Wiggin
September 19th – Slip of the Pen Michael Taylor
October 17th – The King’s Loosebox Mary Bodfish
November 21st – Coins P. Griffiths
December 19th – Christmas Social