September 2023 – Newsletter

Rob Elliott gave an interesting talk about the British Army in the 18th century. Men who wished to become officers had to purchase their Commission, this was often seen as a “proof of  gentlemanly status”. as commissions were expensive and only the wealthy could afford them. Rob looked very dashing in his uniform, but said it was very hot, and quite uncomfortable.

We are holding our Annual Open Day on the 21st October at the Senior Citizens Centre. We will be showing photographs, maps, and the burial records. Admission free. Refreshments.

If you have any photo’s we can copy them and return them, or you can send them to or

Pam is looking for pictures of old weddings, local or not, your parents or other relations.

Great Wyrley Local History Society Magazine – Autumn / September 2023 edition. Now available, speak to one of the committee to get your copy. Full of old stories and photos.

Future  Events
September 21st  Trevor Bevan Dickens of a Tale
October 14th Cheslyn Hay open day
October 19th Val Campbell Victorian Food
October 21st Our Annual Event
November 16th Alan Pugh Battle of the Alamo
December 21st Social

January 18th Ned Williams Prefabs
February 15th Penny Wheat  From behind bars
March 21st Ray Sturdy The Real Dad’s Army
April 18th Andy French Morecombe and Wise

Have you heard an interesting speaker recently? We are always interested in different speakers, or is there a topic you are interested in? We will try to find a speaker on that topic. Please see Diane if you have any ideas.

I thought this was appropriate as we had Rob in uniform. It is from number of photo’s kindly donated by Derek Saunders, it is of the Carnival in 1980.