February 2014 Newsletter

Final details have been received for the visit to the Houses of Parliament on May 13th. For example, the scheduled tour times and the length of the tour. Gary and Pam will confirm the details at upcoming coffee mornings.
Further storage facilities have been installed at the Centre. Photographic contents have already been transferred and arrangements are being made to bring other contents, such as the Great War artefacts, to the Centre in the upcoming months.
Ron Mattison and David Dunham provided an interesting coffee morning. Ron’s memorabilia and David’s recollections of the huts on Cannock Chase during the War build-up were enjoyed. David’s comments on the heating arrangements between the officers and the lower ranks were duly noted!DSCN1890smlDSCN1892sml

Speakers at upcoming coffee mornings are Harry Scarf in March and Sue Plant in April. Harry will be talking of his time working in the Law Courts and Sue will be speaking of the life and times of her dad, Jack Plant.
Parts of the Quiliano collection of artefacts will be transferred from the Community Centre to the Society facilities in the near future. The schedule will be decided as agreed with Landywood School and the Parish Council.
A number of early Royal British Legion (RBL) records and memorabilia are being loaned to the Society. At the same time, we are starting to work with RBL on their early profile in the village. Tony Newell will be providing periodic updates, as appropriate.
Gary is continuing to work with the owner of Landywood Farm to enable heritage objects to be steadily transferred to the Society. A number have already been transferred and are being sorted and catalogued. It is anticipated that more will be forthcoming as the site development activities are further planned.
The riddle of the Unknown Soldier has been solved. Thanks primarily to Diane and Tony for their perseverance ascertaining the details. The original and two subsequent pictures are displayed below.

The actual details were printed in the Chronicle dated 27th February. Diane hopes to have copies of the article available for the March coffee morning and I’m sure Tony or Diane will also give a brief verbal update at the time.
A ‘community event’ has been agreed as part of the Great War project. It is called the Peace Games and will be held on the actual day that the war started 100 years ago. It is being held in conjunction with other Groups and Organisations with final details currently being pulled together. It is hoped to provide further details in the coming weeks.

Great Wyrley Wesley’s next Mini-Market takes place on Saturday, 15th March 10.30 am – 12 noon. Everyone welcome – especially to enjoy the famous ‘bacon butties’.
A number of informal comments have been raised at coffee mornings about visiting the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas.This is especially relevant in the year commemorating the start of the Great War 100 years ago.
I’m pleased to confirm that District Councillors who sit on the Parish Council have arranged a number of visits. They depart at 9.30 am from the Co-op car park and will cost £3for residents and £6 for non-residents. Tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis from the Community Centre. Please speak with Debbie or Sian on 414768 for further information at any time.
The dates currently confirmed are Wednesday, 26th March, Wednesday30th July, Tuesday 5th August, Wednesday 6th August and Wednesday, 12th November.