Firstly, a belated â€˜well done and congratulationsâ€™ from everyone in the Society toÂ Pauline KelseyÂ on her British Empire Medal award in Her Majesty The Queens New Years Honours List.
Non-refundable depositsÂ have been received for the visit to theÂ Houses of ParliamentÂ on May 15th.Â The coach is full. Members who subsequently wish to attend are asked to provide their details to Pam or Gary on a â€˜first come first servedâ€™ basis that will be used ifÂ attending members have to drop out at any time. Pam and Gary are finalising all details which will be conveyed to members at the earliest opportunity.
Major Ted GreenÂ provided an absorbing talk at theÂ January coffee morningon the Staffordshire Regiment and the museum therein.Â The wide-ranging address started at their origins, battles fought, regimental colours / badgesÂ and continued to the latest mission in Afghanistan.
After the talk, several members expressedÂ anÂ interestÂ toÂ visit the museum. I can personally confirm it is well worth a visit and I understand it can be even more pleasurable if combined with a visit to the nearby NationalÂ MemorialArboretum. The museum is at Whittington Barracks, Lichfield. The telephone number isÂ 01543 434394Â and the web-site for further information isÂ www.staffordshireregimentmuseum.com.
The coffee morning speakerÂ in March isÂ Harry ScarfÂ of the Pen museum talking about his time working in the Law Courts.Â
The Society annual event / open dayÂ isÂ confirmed as November 15thÂ at Harrisons Sports and Social Club, Wharwell Lane. The 2013 event was seen as â€˜a great successâ€™ and themes for the event will be developed in the coming months.
The SocietyÂ is planning to participate in theÂ St. Georges Day procession and feteÂ starting from, and being held at Harrisons Sports and Social Club, Wharwell Lane on Easter Saturday, April 19th.Â â€‹The procession starts at 12 noon. Please come and support the Society on this significant date!
April 28thÂ has been confirmed for an evening address to be given by Paul Ford onÂ â€˜Walsall during the Great Warâ€™.Â It will be held at the Senior Citizens Centre starting at 7.30 pm. Entrance is Â£1. 2014 is a significant year as it commemorates the start of the Great War and the address promises to be an interesting and informative session. Please join us.
The SocietyÂ has been pleased to receive funding support from theÂ Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)Â to undertake a project about the village prior to, during and immediately after theÂ Great War.Â Much background work is being undertaken and will be shared with members in the coming weeks. This includes asking for assistance so please be ready to contribute, if and where possible.
The Senior Citizens CentreÂ has been pleased to receive confirmation thatTesco Charity TrustÂ has awarded funding to support the on-going activities and site maintenance. It will enable new front doors to be installed and otherfacilities to be updated. Members are asked to contact the Society membersÂ (Jill Beckett and Bob Quarmby)Â on the Centre Management Committee with any discussion points that may wish to raise.
Upper Landywood FarmÂ was built in 1565 and has been uninhabited since the mid-1970â€™s. It is Grade 2 listed and is to be bought back to its former glories. Thanks toÂ Dr Paul CollinsÂ from South Staffordshire Council, we were made aware of planned changes. Gary is â€˜on the caseâ€™ with the new owner and starting to work together on the way forward. Watch this space! The picture below shows the current state of the farm and the extent of work that will be needed.
Great Wyrley Carnival CommitteeÂ is holding a â€˜Wyrleys got talentâ€™ competition at Great Wyrley Performing Arts High School on Saturday 8thMarch starting at 7 pm. Â£3 entrance feeÂ pay at door. Competition entryÂ forms can be had from Pauline Kelsey (01922 414647).
Great Wyrley CarnivalÂ is being held on Saturday June 28th. Anyone interested in a stall, please contact Pauline Kelsey (01922 414647).