MESSAGE from the BCS Committee



Ref: Black Country Society COVID19

Dear Member, 

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 2020 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 Society AGM has now taken place through 'Zoom' on 9 June 2021.

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 has been postponed

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 a future edition of The Blackcountryman magazine, 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 of the changes that have been imposed on the Society and its linked organisations due to the pandemic.

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

Until we meet again keep safe, relax and perhaps if you have any spare time, research a subject and submit it for publication to the Black Country Society.


Best regards,


John Woodall

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