2016 Meetings Programme

Dates for your Diary

All indoor meetings are held on the second Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm

at the

Lehr Theatre

in the

Ruskin Glasshouse Arts Centre, Wollaston Road, Amblecote, Stourbridge DY8 4HE

Outdoor meetings are shewn in RED .

Non members are always welcome - 2.00 Admission.

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January 13th       A.G.M.      

After the business of the evening, we will be entertained by Keith Hodgkins, who will tell us about some of the forgotten 'Beers and Breweries of the Black Country'.

February 10th       Max Keen        Anglo - Zulu War.

Want to know the truth behind the defeat at the Battle of Isandhlwana, or the heroics at Rorke's Drift? This talk sets the record straight with the latest research. Also what about two local heroes? One from Brierley Hill, the other from Kingswinford...both winners of the Victoria Cross; just what did they do to be awarded this most coveted of honours?        (Poster)

Max dresses as a colour sergeant of the 24th Regiment of Foot (South Wales Borderers).

Saturday March 5th       Tour of Hagley Hall.

Meet at the Hall at 10.30am for tea/coffee & biscuits. Tour starts at 11.00am and will last for just over an hour. Cost 12.50.

March 9th       Ian Bott        'Zeppelin' - Night of Terror.

Ian tells of a night (31 January 1916) when Zeppelins of the Imperial German Navy, on a mission to bomb Liverpool, got lost and bombed the Black Country by mistake.     (Poster)

April 13th       Andrew Lound looks at the 21st century.

How will future historians see the 21st century? This unique presentation sets the scene in which the audience forms the student assembly in a 24th century classroom. Andrew will give the 'accepted' interpretation of life in the 21st century. There are many humorous jibes at the way in which artefacts are interpreted as well as a possible history of 21st century events. A great piece of satire that will leave you wondering about life today and how it will be viewed in the future.

Saturday April 23rd       Guided Tour of Hartlebury Castle.

A chance to see this wonderful building, and to see the glass Madonna and Child made for the Bishop of Worcester in the 1960's at the Webb Corbett glasshouse in Amblecote. The tour lasts about 2 hours and costs 6.00. Meet at the Castle car park at 1.15pm for a 1.30pm start.

May 11th       Ian Dury        The 'Madonna and Child'.

The story of the making of the glass Madonna and Child in the 1960's, it's loss, and it's re-discovery, tucked away in a corner of Hartleberry Castle. Designed by Valerie Mole at Webb Corbett, daughter of Amblecote man George Davies, who was a cutting shop manager at Webb Corbett.

Saturday June  11th      Cheshire with Brian Draper M.B.E.

This guided tour takes in the parts of Cheshire that Brian likes to refer to as "Salt and Silk ". The Silk area of the county takes us through the Cheshire countryside, and also part of the Peak National Park, via Congleton to Macclesfield where we will stop for lunch. We then proceed across more of the Silk country to the town of Knutsford, and then into Salt country to see the old salt towns of Northwich, Winsford and Nantwich. More details will be given later. Cost will be 22. Booking form.

Wednesday 13th July - Guided walk along part of the River Stour lead by Mike Perkins and Geoff Longmore.

Looking at points of interest in the railway Viaduct area of Amblecote/Stambermill.. Meet at the Birmingham Street car park 6.20pm for a6.30pm start.


September 14th       Chris Dyche        'A View of our Local Canals'.

Chris is a Director of both the Stourbridge Navigation Trust and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Society, and will talk to us about our local canals.

October 12th       John Hodges gives us 'The Life of John Corbett'.

We have had a talk on John Corbett before, but John will give us a new perspective on the life and times of this Delph born, self-made salt master, and benifactor to Amblecote and the surrounding area.

November 9th       Stephen Moore        Gallipoli.

This talk looks at the horrors of the campaign in Gallipoli where some 86,000 Turkish, 29,500 British and Irish, 12,000 French and 11,000 Australian and New Zealand ('Anzac') troops died during eight months of fighting in modern-day Turkey.

December 14th       Christmas Party.

How good are you at simultaneously eating mince pies and answering questions ??

Come along and find out !!

Visitors are welcome to this event- £3 cover charge.


INDOOR MEETINGS;    contact Mike Perkins - 01384 824894


OUTDOOR MEETINGS;    contact Helen Cook - 01384 395034



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