November 2014 Newsletter

The annual event / open day was held at Harrisons Sports and Social Club on Council and a pleasurable day was fed back to us by the numerous attendees. Special thanks to Brian Mills for compiling a ‘Year in the life of the village’ video depicting the various events commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Great War. It ran in the lounge and complemented the range of artefacts and stories on display in the main room. It has been suggested that copies can be provided at economic prices. Please contact Tony Newell for further details. Pictures from the event are produced below.


An appreciative audience joined John Devey at the coffee morning. His talk on Churchbridge was thoroughly enjoyed and referenced many of the contents of his recently published book.


December coffee morning will be a social session and the speaker at the January 2015 coffee morning is scheduled to be Cas Bailey on the interesting subject of ‘If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen’.

The Society participated in a War and Peace workshop at the City of Birmingham library. A number of groups shared their Great War stories and project effort. Follow-up sessions are likely to be arranged in the coming months.

Tarmacing of the Centre car park is scheduled for early-December. It is likely that vehicle use will be restricted at the time the December coffee morning is scheduled. Members are asked to be especially carefulduring entrance and exit.

The Society has received an update on the Express and Star photo archiving project and will continue to support the efforts in the upcoming months. Members will be informed of further details upon receipt.

The Society is supporting the High School during their upcoming Great War program of activities. An outline is included at the end of this newsletter. Members are asked to check with their friends, relatives and students to support their efforts and share any findings with the Society members if, and where possible.

Community News

A reading group takes place on the first Tuesday of the month at the Community Centre. For further information, please call Gail on 01922 410563 or Diane on 01922 414417.

Great Wyrley High School has always instilled a strong love of history amongst its students and is now seeing an upsurge in interest and involvement. It has many local connections. For example, visits to the Roman site at Wall, Stafford Castle, Lichfield Cathedral, National Memorial Arboretum and Coalbrookdale.

Tammi Magee, from the History Department, is leading the schools commemoration of the First World War. She has arranged and led many events.

Towards the end of December, we will be experiencing a First World War theme week. The students will be learning some fascinating things, as well as the more serious message. If you would like to know more about the things Great Wyrley students have already taken part in, please visit the blog