Smethwick Local History Society

May to December 2018

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.

2019

10 July - 7 for 7.30pm
"The Moorpool Estate" (meeting at Bearwood Baptist Church)
How many people pass by on Lordswood Road without knowing this estate is here? Master-minded in 1907 by John Sutton Nettlefold, this is an example of the 'garden suburb' Arts & Crafts style of building where attractive, low-density housing was built around green spaces and a community hall. It remains largely unchanged to this day and Rachel West will give us an illustrated talk about this hidden gem of urban planning.

07 August - 7 for 7.30pm outside The Old Chapel
"A Stroll through Smethwick - Round by The Boggies" - Mary Bodfish tells us that there is a surprising amount of history to be found by exploring the route
of the Thimblemill Brook from the Old Church to the Thimblemill Library and back again. This walk was scheduled to take place in June but was rained off so
let's hope for better weather this evening.

14 August - 10 for 10.15am
A Visit to the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Temple on Smethwick High Street
Our members indicated that they would like to make a visit to this, the first and largest Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) in the United Kingdom.
Please note the 10 for 10.15 am start and meet outside the temple. Please also note that shoes have to be removed at the entrance and head cocvering must be
worn. Caps/hoods/hats are not allowed but headscarves can be borrowed there. Arms and legs must also be covered. The whole visit should take about 2 hours,
after which a taster of Indian food is provided for which there is no charge, although donations to the Temple are welcome.

11 September - 7 for 7.30pm ANNUAL CHARITY LECTURE

"The Black Country Iron Industry in the 19th Century" - Keith Robinson has written a book on the subject of the rise and fall in the 19th century of the Rose family who were ironmasters with concerns in Wednesbury, Darlaston, Moxley, Wolverhampton, Bilston and Old Hill. This illustrated talk will also feature a sample of the 150 case studies of the fate of their 500-strong workforce that he has researched. All proceeds raised at the meeting will go to the charity voted for
by SLHS members.

9 October - 2 for 2.30pm
“The Knights Templar" - for me this conjures up romantic images of knights on horseback wearing while tabards bearing a red cross but how much is true?
Jon Harcourt will give us a brief history of these medieval fighting monks.

13 November - 2 for 2.30pm ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

followed by "A Most Extraordinary Man - the Life and Legacy of James Watt, 1736-1819" - This being the 200th anniversary of his death, Museums
& Heritage Consultant Chris Rice explores Watt's life, his family and his social/intellectual circle which included members of the Lunar Society. He will also
consider Watt's achievements and in particular how his son James Junior helped to create a mythology around his father's legacy.

4 December - 2.00 for 2.30pm
"Tudor Christmas Revels"- Appropriately for the season, Gloriana Living History will give an informative and lively presentation of late medieval to Stuart dance and music in full costume. Afterwards we hope they, and you, will join us for our traditional mulled wine and mince pie.

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