February 2015 Newsletter

We are pleased to confirm that Bob Quarmby has joined the Society Management Committee.

Andy Parsons has confirmed the County Museum has started to plan the cataloguing of Uncle Tom artefacts as stated in an earlier newsletter. Details of future Museum exhibitions and opening times will be confirmed to members upon receipt.

Clearance at The Star prior to its formal re-opening has unearthed a small number of documents. They are in the order of one hundred years old and have been given to the Society for inclusion in our library.

The Society has supported the Express & Star efforts in its on-going efforts to digitise its extensive library of old photos. We have received an invite to attend a briefing session in a few weeks time.

Alan Preston, a former employee of Crabtrees in Walsall gave a thoroughly interesting talk about the factory at the coffee morning. It was complemented by a film about the factory produced by the BBC which was also enjoyed by the 60 odd attendees.

Speakers at the upcoming coffee morning are Alan Rose in March on ‘pub signs’ and Mac Joseph in April on ‘back to back houses’.
The Society will be participating in the St Georges Day celebration, as organised by the Carnival Committee. Specific details will be included in the March newsletter.

Re-constituting the photo library with new database capabilities is continuing apace and is planned for completion in the March / April timeframe.

Members may be interested in the exhibition displayed below. Details of the follow-up dates are being sought and will be confirmed to Society members, if and when received.

Wyrley Wesley Chapel is holding a Mini-Market on Saturday 21st March from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

A Friday Lunch Club is held monthly at the Community Centre. It includes a 3 course lunch and entertainment for £5 per person. To book, please pop in to the Parish Office in the Community Centre, Landywood Lane. Bookings taken up to 12.30 on the Wednesday before the lunch date. Future dates are March 20th, April 24th, May 15th, June 26th, no luncheons July and August, Sep 25th, Oct 23rd and Nov 20th. For further information, please ring the Parish Council office on 414768.

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