Events

Church Hall © D. Roberts

2022/2023

Sunday 29th May 2022 2pm on Village Green

Unveiling of Plaque commemorating Sarah Bellamy, who was transported to Australia on the First Fleet.

Brian Vaughan will be unveiling the plaque.

We will be remembering Madge Vaughan, a much loved founding member of the society, who died in 2021.

Free glass of wine or soft drink.

Everyone Welcome!

Regular Meetings

Our regular meetings are held in Belbroughton Church Hall. Non-members are welcome. There will be a £3.00 entrance charge except where indicated.

Wednesday 21st September 2022: The Sweet Life in Cadbury by Robert Booth

Wednesday 19th October 2022: The Tudor Bishops of Worcester by Philip Bowen

Wednesday 16th November 2022: Sir William Marshall – England’s Greatest Knight by Max Keen

Past events

Wednesday 15th September 2021 7.30 p.m.

The Magic of Glass by Dr Kate Round.

In ancient times glass-making was viewed as mysterious and magical, it was alchemy, and referred to as ‘The Art Feat and Mystery of Glass’. Sand subjected to high temperatures became jewel-like material that could be moulded into vessels, magic indeed! This talk looks at the colourful world of glass, how it is made and how we can change it physically and chemically to suit its use. From bottles to bridges, optical glass to architecture; oven-ware to radiation shields and frombending light to bendable glass.

Wednesday 20th October 2021 7.30 p.m.

Bess of Hardwick and Hardwick Hall by Dr Gill White.

Bess of Hardwick is one of the most fascinating women of the sixteenth century and her most famous building, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, survives as a fine example of Elizabethan creativity, magnificence and pride. This talk outlines Bess’s remarkable life and then explores the architecture and contents of Hardwick Hall, surely her lasting monument.

Wednesday 17th November 2021 7.30 p.m.

From Christmas Past to Christmas Present by Mary Bodfish.

Behind all the elements of the great annual festival of family, feasting and fun as we celebrate it today is a history that stretches back through the Victorians, the Tudors, the Romans, all the way to our most remote pagan ancestors.

Wednesday 16th February 2022 7.30 p.m.

Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story by Max Hunt.

The talk traces the life of Herbert Austin from humble beginnings to his position as one of the leading industrialists of the 20th century, controlling the largest car factory in Europe – and, if time permits, a brief look at the way his legacy was squandered.

Wednesday 16th March 2022 7.30 p.m.

The Midland Zeppelin Outrage by Ian Bott.

This true story of how the horrors of the Great War battlefields came to the industrial Midlands one January night has many unexpected twists and turns, including an innocent connection to a Hollywood icon. You could boast “as seen on TV” as Ian has made several screen appearances with what is also the subject of his 7th published book (copies available from Ian).

Future dates for your diary (more details to follow)

Wednesday 21st September 2022: The Sweet Life in Cadbury by Robert Booth

Wednesday 19th October 2022: The Tudor Bishops of Worcester by Philip Bowen

Wednesday 16th November 2022: Sir William Marshall – England’s Greatest Knight by Max Keen