June 2014 Newsletter

Thanks to the support of Dave Dunham and Ron Mattison, members were able to enjoy a visit to the Chase Great War training huts on June 12th. It provided a good insight with the many examples therein.CHASE-HUTS-VISIT


Gary gave a talk supported by photos and articles on Landywood Farm and the Snape family at the June coffee morning. The entertaining address demonstrated the rich history seam that is being unearthed.
A man of the village, Derek France, will be speaking of his life and career in the thrilling ‘world of speedway racing’ at the July coffee morning with Jo Dyke speaking of ‘Life in the Fifties’ at the August coffee morning.
The A.G.M. was held at the June coffee morning. Management Committee members gave synopses of activities over the last year with the on-going activities and the Treasurer summarised the financial status. It was confirmed that membership fees remain unchanged from those already in place.
At conclusion of the A.G.M., Gary outlined the Society profile since start-up five years ago and the target steps for the upcoming year. Members unanimously agreed that the Management Committee was re-elected for the upcoming year.

We participated in an enjoyable day at the Annual Carnival on June 28th. Thanks to everyone who manned our stand and the many visitors throughout the day.
The 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War is looming. Commemorative events are being scheduled. A summary of the events will be distributed at the July coffee morning for members consideration and possible participation, if desired. Please send an e-mail if an electronic version is wanted, as and when prepared.
We supported an application by the Express and Star to the Heritage Lottery Fund to digitise their vast back photo library. It would then be available to the general public and groups such as our Society. The application was multi- layered and notification has been received that the first part of the application has been successful.
Enquiries for Family History information has been received from the Hitch and Hassall families and feedback has been sent, as available and researched.
As previously mentioned, the Society is promoting an event on behalf of the Royal British Legion and SSAFA for the poppy appeal. On 9th August, a big band concert is being held at Great Wyrley Sports and Social Club. It starts at 8 pm. Advance tickets cost £4 from Gary or £5 payable at the door. The music is provided by the Miller Tones with vocal support from a male and female singer. It promises to be a great night of Glenn Miller tunes and swing music of that era.