Smethwick Local History Society

April to July 2020

PLEASE REFER TO THE PROGRAMME FOR TIMES OF MEETINGS AS THESE MAY VARY.
WINTER: DOORS OPEN 2.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 2.30 FOLLOWED BY OUR MAIN SPEAKER AT AROUND 2.50PM
SUMMER EVENINGS: DOORS OPEN 7.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 7.30, GUEST SPEAKER 7.50PM.

8 April - 7 for 7.30 pm SORRY, MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS DIRECTIVE

13 May - 7 for 7.30 pm SORRY, MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS DIRECTIVE

10 June 7.15 for 7.30 pm SORRY, MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS DIRECTIVE

15 July - 2.00 for 2.30 p.m. SORRY, MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS DIRECTIVE

19 August - 2 for 2.30 p.m. SORRY, MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS DIRECTIVE

9 September - 2.00 for 2.30 p.m.
"Belbroughton: Scythe and Gun-making on the Belne Brook
In the 17th and 18th centuries many Midlands manufacturers, lacking access to fast-flowing watercourses, leased water mills in Belbroughton to provide the power they needed. Many sites where water mills had once been used to grind scythe blades now became furnaces and forges for the manufacture of high quality steel. Romsley born local historian Julian Hunt explains how the Belne Brook contributed to gun-making in Birmingham.

14 October - 2.00 for 2.30 p.m.
From Folk Remedies to Pharmacy
Marie Fogg takes us through the history of pharmaceuticals such as how aspirin was obtained from willow bark or heart treatment from Deadly Nightshade.

11 November - 2.00 for 2.30 p.m.
AGM followed by “Haunted Black Country” : From roadside to graveside, from council house to castles
In keeping with the Halloween season, this being the time of year for ghostly goings-on, Ian Bott will attempt to allay our fears - or perhaps exacerbate them - by taking a light-hearted look at our dark region’s spookiest places and legends.

9 December - 2.00 for 2.30 p.m.
"Christmas Songs through the Ages"
Richard will present Christmas songs through the ages from the medieval “Boar’s Head Carol” to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” setting each song in its historical context. The audience will be encouraged to join in choruses and also play percussion instruments if they wish. The emphasis is on seasonal fun accompanied by a little education! Afterwards we hope that Richard will join us for our traditional mulled wine and mince pie.

SOME IMAGES FROM RECENT EVENTS

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