BCS NEWS ARCHIVE
27 July 2017 - Christchurch, Coseley - Thomas Barratt V.C. Memorial Service
Family, Friends, Dignitary's and Members of the 7th Batt. South Staffordshire Regiment met at Christchurch, Coseley to unveil the laying of a new stone to commemorate the bravery of Thomas Barratt who was Awarded the Victoria Cross for his Devotion to Duty and Glorious Deeds of Personal Valour in the 1st World War. He was killed in battle on 27 July 1917 at the age of 22.
6 July 2017 - Black Country Museum - BCS 50th Anniversary Celebration
Having been one of the main instigators for the establishment of the Black Country Museum over forty years ago it seemed entirely appropriate that the Society's latest celebration to mark 50 years should be held there. Over one hundred members enjoyed discovering the delights of the Museum and listening to the 'Black Country Brass Band'. An evening event followed when the much acclaimed dancing grannies 'The Fizzogs' made an appearance as did local raconteur John Sparry. Keith Hodgkins this year's President gave his take on the Society-fifty years on and the Chief Executive of the Black Country Living Museum, Andrew Lovett congratulated the Society on its achievements. During the buffet, Barry Smith provided music with his accordion.
The Society now looks forward to the future and will continue 'To Foster an Interest in the Past, Present and Future of the Black Country'
1 June 2017 - Himley Hall
4 Lord Mayors and 100 Society Members met in the beautiful surroundings of Himley Hall on Thurday 1 June for a special afternoon tea and Flanders & Swan style entertainment to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Country Society.
BCS Chairman, James Morgan introduced the event and provided a brief history of the society and anecdotes including a special society related find at a car boot sale. Other contributors included Ned Williams and Robin Pearson. The occasion was also marked by the Society presenting a cheque for £10,087.28 to Mary Stevens Hospice. The donation to the Hospice was made from the sales of the book - The Tommy Mundon Story, written by Angela Daniels and published by the society this year. The hospice had taken care of Tommy during his illness. By all accounts the event was a great success!
Sunday 9th April 2017
Mary Stevens Park.
A Service and stone with plaque commemoration in honour of Thomas Bryan who was born in Lye and won the VC at the Battle of Arras in April 1917.
23 March 2017
Black Country Society AGM
The Officers and Members of the Black Country Society came together on the evening of the 23 March 2017 for the Society's AGM at their new Dudley venue. The Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary and plans a number of events during the year to specifically identify with the value of its contribution in keeping alive the history of this unique area where the Industrial Revolution began.
1st March 2017
Noahs Ark pub, Tipton
Over 50 members of the Black Country Society met at the Noahs Ark public house in Tipton to unviel a Blue Plaque celebrating 50yrs since the first meeting at the pub to inaugurate the Society.
The unvielling of the Blue Plaque was performed by Doreen Brimble and Pauline Fletcher, wives of the Founders Dr. John Fletcher and Mr John Brimble.
The excellent support from the membership included Chairman Mr James Morgan, 4 past Presidents and some 'life' members from the 1960's. This is the first Blue Plaque to be sited in the Midlands. It celebrates the longevity of the Society and demonstrates its growing membership as the second largest regional historic society in the UK.