MESSAGE from the BCS Committee




Dear BCS Member,

Please join us for the 2021 AGM on 9 June 2021 at 7pm.

The meeting will be held online using the ZOOM format. Please register your interest to attend with the BCS Secretary, Andrew Homer, who will send you an Invitation to join the meeting on the day.


Dear Member,


Black Country Society COVID19

It will come as no surprise, I am sure, that the Committee of the Society has decided to postpone the Annual General Meeting and lecture scheduled for the 25th March and to cancel the speaker meeting scheduled for 22nd April. After the summer break speaker meetings will resume on 23rd September when we all hope the present health crisis will have abated. Keith Hodgson, Chairman of the Industrial Archaeology Group, will advise you of decisions about its programme which is scheduled to start this year’s programme on 6th May. Likewise, Dave Galley will advise you concerning the walks programme which is also due to start in May. The new date for the AGM will be announced when circumstances permit.

The Committee has agreed that Malcolm DIck should take over as Chairman on the date of the scheduled AGM, 25thMarch, and that other officers will continue in office until confirmed at the reconvened AGM.

The unveiling of the plaque at the Mushroom Green Chainshop in recognition of the life and work of Ron Moss is taking place at 12.00 noon on Saturday 28th March.

One of the unfortunate consequences of this decision is that we will not be able to formally introduce David Owen who has graciously agreed to become the Society’s first Patron with effect from the previously scheduled date of the AGM. In the next edition of The Blackcountryman Malcolm Dick will be writing about the life and career of this true Black Country man whose energy, industry, integrity and humanity is a credit to our area, and now to the Society.


Would all members please inform others, whether members or not, that the AGM and next two speaker meetings have been postponed.

We have also been informed that the Society’s partner, the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, has decided to postpone all member events until the autumn. The forthcoming evening talk about prefabs “Those Damn Tin Cans!” has been postponed until Thursday 15th October 2020 at the same venue -the Providence Chapel, Rowley Regis at 7.30pm.

The Society will keep you all informed via the website, Facebook, the Blackcountryman and press announcements.

Until we meet again keep safe, relax and think of the Black Country.


Best regards,


John Woodall

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