February 2013 News

In 2014, it will have been 100 years since the outbreak of World War 1. The Society has been contacted about a number of planned and potential celebrations and, in principle, will support as many as possible that acknowledge this unique landmark. Members will be notified of actual details as soon as they are defined.

We have been asked to speak on the Professor Carl Chinn show on WM radio in April. This is held on Sunday lunchtimes. The specific dates and timings will be confirmed in March and notified to members as soon as possible thereafter.

An enquiry has been received on the web-site from the U.S.A. asking for support with findings to date that suggests their family may be linked with the origins of Great Wyrley. This is being followed up by Ray Franks who will be liaising with the enquirer on any further information that is unearthed. It is one example of others that have been received. It has been agreed that similar requests will be shared periodically with members at coffee mornings so that their knowledge and experience can be incorporated with any responses that are issued. Subject to permission being received from the enquirer, it is also planned to include any subsequent findings in the quarterly magazines that are issued to members.

Preliminary costings have been confirmed of a visit to Shugborough that may be held to coincide with our A.G.M that is scheduled in June. They will be finalised in the near future and presented to members at a coffee morning for their consideration and agreement as to their preferred next steps.

A further pleasing aspect has arisen with our book ‘Reflections Over the Years’ issued in December 2012. Versions had been issued to a number of public establishments in the local area and a further number have now been requested by the County Library Service. It means a wider spread of availability will be made for the general public using the Library service in surrounding areas.

The coffee morning was well supported. It provided a good example of how a voluntary group i.e. Landywood Voluntary Help Centre can start from an initial idea of one person thirty plus years ago and continue to the present day to be part of the activities in the community.