What's On in Your Area 2020 - This page is sponsored by the Tipton & Coseley Building Society
LOCAL IDENTITIES - ARE YOU CONCERNED?
How did you feel about local identity after boroughs across the country took other towns and districts over in 1966 and 1974. Did you think these various councils recognised local identities in the same way as Dudley and Walsall councils?
Matt Mills is gathering information and also wanted to find out whether any other metropolitan boroughs in the country have taken Wolverhampton's approach. As local identity is important in the Black Country with so many towns and villages, even before Wolverhampton's city status they ignored the fact that Bilston, Wednesfield and Tettenhall were distinct towns/villages and promoted the borough as "one town" as if Bilston, Wednesfield and Tettenhall didn't exist.
Wolverhampton council also took parts of Coseley, Sedgley and Willenhall and they treated them like insignificant "suburbs" or "districts",especially the parts of Coseley and Sedgley. Just because Wolverhampton took all these places over doesn't mean they're just "districts of Wolverhampton". By contrast, Dudley and Walsall properly recognise that their boroughs have other distinct towns and villages with their own identities. Sandwell is different in many ways as it is much more of a "constructed" borough.
Get in contact with Matt Mills - e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
SANDWELL LITERARY FESTIVAL
POSTPONED UNTIL LATER IN THE YEAR!
Mary Bodfish, Geoff Broadway and Keith Hodgkins
BCS BOOKS by BC Authors and Publishers on sale
THURSDAY 26 MARCH 2020 @ 7.30pm
THOSE DAMN TIN CANS POSTPONED
The Story of the Prefab
Presented by David and Pam Humphries, of Birmingham Conservation Trust,
as part of their Birmingham Heritage Talks.
Venue: Providence Chapel Heritage Centre, Bell End, Rowley Regis. B65 9LU
Refreshments from 7 pm. Cost £5 pp.
This is an opportunity to find out how the housing crisis in Birmingham and other cities was partly solved, post WW2. Maybe an object lesson for 2020!
Prefabricated bungalows were part of the answer and, while initially not liked, came to be seen as both a good solution to a crisis and much liked by the residents. The talk will be accompanied by some of the tales told by those residents. Birmingham Conservation Trust have been involved with plans to find a future for some of the listed Phoenix Prefabs in Moseley.
No need to book for this talk but if you can indicate that you are coming the Trust would be grateful to know we have an audience! Write, ring, email or text Philip Adams at 01384 562472. Mob. 077460 52324. . Thank you and we look forward to seeing many members at this interesting talk in an interesting place.
NOTICE FOR ALL ART LOVERS
ROBERT PERRY RBSA
THE Black Country & BEYOND
VENUE: HIMLEY HALL, DUDLEY DY3 4DF
DATES: 11 APRIL - 12 JULY 2020
This exhibition of drawings and paintings demonstrates the talent and originality of one of the Black Country's most renown artists, on his travels around the area and beyond.
Paintings include a series on the Black Country night scenes, Wyre Forest, the Alps and the Lake District. The exhibition will also include paintings of the First World War battlefields.
Visit the exhibition and have a great day out with the chance to purchase a canvas or two.
Details: www.himleyhallandpark.co.uk. Robert Perry's website:
POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
BEATLES TRIBUTE BAND
Starring Stourbridge's very own Max Keen
MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR - 3 October 2020 - Stourbridge Town Hall
Max Keen is well known as a popular speaker on historic subjects to many groups, but for most of his working life he was history teacher at Amblecote Primary School. His Tribute Band will make the evening 'one to remember' with
historic footage of The Beatles through the years. Max and the band will perform hits from 'My Bonnie', 'Love Me Do’,
' Let it Be' and 'The End' when the greatest popular music writers and performers stopped recording together.
You can book tickets through committee member Sandra Newall or Dudley Borough Halls as follows:
Please contact: Sandra Newall.
Tel: 01384 832465 - 07971 257241
Please make out cheques to Amblecote History Society
Or Dudley Borough Halls Box office Tel: 01384 812812 www.boroughhalls.co.uk