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Black Country Society
Established in 1967 to Support, Record, Preserve and Celebrate the distinct
Character and Nature of the West Midlands area known since the mid nineteenth century as 'The Black Country'
WALKS & Coach trip 2017
WEDNESDAY - 17 May 2017
A Walk around Carribee Island
Leader: Simon Briercliffe
The walk follows on from the talk Simon is giving to the Society in April.
Meet at the rear entrance to Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wulfruna Street.
Parking: Street parking or nearby car parks.
WEDNESDAY - 31 May 2017
Galton Valley & Smethwick Summit
Meet at Brasshouse Lane, above canal bridge B66 1BA
It has been a long time since we visited Galton Valley, a place in which canal history can be seen in the works of three leading canal engineers, James Brindley, John Smeeton and Thomas Telford.
Unfortunately due to the cutbacks made by Sandwell Council there will be a charge made for this walk.
WEDNESDAY - 7 June 2017
Ryders Green & Swan Village
Leader: Keith Hodgkins
This is the annual walk with the Industrial Archaeological Group. For this year's walk we are m,eeting at the same place we met last year and walking in the opposite direction.
Meet: New Market car park, Market Place, Tipton (opposite Coral's), (A-Z P78, D1)
WEDNESDAY 21 June 2017
Leader: Dave Galley
A look at Churchil Forge, then following the stream to visit the Church for a guided tour and if time permits, we can walk into Blakedown for a look at the Railway Signal Box which has been save by volunteers and now used for meetings.
Meet Churchill Lane below Churchill cross roads DY10 3LX. There is a short walk along the track to the forge, but parking is available at the Church and Signal Box. The could be a walk that less mobile members would be able to attend.
SATURDAY - 24 June 2017
The World of Glass, St, Helen's
Leader: Dave Galley
Join us for a day out on a coach visit to 'The World of Glass' in St. Helen's. The coach leaves from Ednam Road (by bus stop), Dudley at 8.30am and returns back at about 5.30/6pm.
This will be an exclusive visit with our own host/guide. It includes tea/coffee on arrival and Lunch.
All for the inclusive price of just £27.00
(Cheques payable to the Black Country Society should be
sent to Mr D. Galley. 6 Southcott Avenue, Brierley Hill DY5 2SW (Tel: 01384 832517)
Black Country Society Main Programme
Unless stated otherwise meetings are held at The Dudley Canal Trust Portal DY1 4SB.
Meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.
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Industrial Archaeology Group
The IA Group hold evening lectures at the Blowers Green Pump House (Headquarters of the Dudley Canal Trust), Peartree Lane, Dudley, DY2 0XP.
Meetings held first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm.
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Walks are restricted to members only to enable participants to hear the leader's commentary and maintain safety. Sensible footwear is advised. Every effort is made to ensure that the distance can be covered within a maximum of 2 hours, but every walk is different and each leader has his/her style of walking and talking.
David Galley Walks Coordinator
Black Country Geological Society
The BCGS run a programme of monthly lectures and talks from September to April , meeting in Dudley Museum & Art Gallery, St. James's Road, Dudley, DY1 1HU, followed by a series of Field Trips to geological sites all over the Midlands. No qualifications are necessary to join - just a genuine interest. See the BCGS website for details.
Mushroom Green Chainshop
See the Industrial Heritage Stronghold website for details.
Mushroom Green Chain Shop is opened by Industrial Heritage Stronghold on the second Sunday of the month from April to October 2:30 – 5pm. Admission is free.