Redditch Talking Newspaper

11:00am Monday 13th October 2014

THERE was a collection at Morrison’s supermarket in Redditch, which raised £462.44. Thanks to Morrisons and a huge thank you to everyone who donated.

Mercian Military History Society

12:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

AT the meeting on September 3 at Plymouth Court, Headless Cross, historical events for this day were: 1651 – Battle of Worcester; Cromwell’s victory forced Charles II to flee to France. 1912 – world’s first canning factory opened in the UK to provide rations for the Royal Navy. 1939 – Second World War declared and one member described his experiences of sitting and listening to this as a boy.

Redditch Photographic Society

10:00am Saturday 11th October 2014

THE summer season evening outings have now been completed and members now look forward to an interesting and varied 2014 to 2015 season Tuesday evening programme.

Beoley WI

12:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE meeting opened with a minute’s silence while members remembered Elsie Morris, president from 1968-69, who recently passed away.

Crabbs Cross Methodist Church

3:26pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

CRABBS Cross Fellowship members were given an interesting talk by the leader of Redditch First Responders, including a practical demonstration of CPR, which could save a life until medical help arrives.

Redditch Older People's Forum

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

THE May coffee morning was full of information from various statutory bodies including councils and the NHS.

Mercian Military History Society

11:00am Thursday 12th June 2014

AT the meeting on Wednesday, May 7 at Plymouth Court, Headless Cross, one minute silence for our five latest Afghan casualties.was observed May 7 anniversaries: 878, Alfred defeated the Danes at Ethandune; 1915, the Lusitania sunk; 1945,Germany surrendered; 1954 French Indo China - Dien Bien Phu captured by the Vietminh.

Redditch Lions Club

9:48am Wednesday 11th June 2014

PLANNING for the Green Fair and Fun in the Field, organised by the Lions and Redditch Council, is now the club’s main focus.

Cookhill WI

9:42am Wednesday 11th June 2014

THE May meeting was the annual meeting together with the opportunity to consider the resolution which was discussed at the National Federation’s Annual General Meeting in Leeds.

Redditch Older People's Forum

11:00am Saturday 26th April 2014

THERE was a good turnout again, including some new faces, for the coffee morning.

Feckenham Road

1:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

AFTER the society’s annual meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at Feckenham Village Hall, members welcomed Dr Chris Upton, reader in public history at Newman University Birmingham, who gave a talk on The Lunar Society.

Beoley WI

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

AT the April meeting, members heard about retired David Wornahm’s varied career as a police officer, during which he dealt with everything from traffic control to bank robberies.

RAF Association

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PRESIDENT John Tidmarsh welcomed members and visitors to the April meeting at which items under discussion were fundraising in connection with the RAFA Wings Appeal, for Battle of Britain Day on September 15, various matters arising from headquarters and local plans for a social trip on the Severn Valley Railway in July.

The Ladies Wine Association

9:20am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE group enjoyed a delightful annual dinner at Grafton Manor in March.

Redditch Society

10:00am Friday 11th April 2014

THE penultimate talk of the season on March 21 was entitled ‘The Staffordshire Hoard’ and was given by Dr Chris Upton, senior lecturer in history at Newman College, University of Birmingham.

Redditch Probus Club

8:00am Thursday 10th April 2014

ON February 4, the club met at its usual venue, The Foxlydiate Hotel, Webheath. After our usual brief monthly meeting, followed by lunch, we were entertained by Steve and Helen Wilkes, both retired teachers from Inkberrow.

Redditch Art Circle

10:39am Wednesday 9th April 2014

AFTER announcements regarding our forthcoming exhibition, acting Chair, Judith Sullivan, introduced Carole Baker to give her presentation on Landscapes in Acrylics.

Everywomans Circle

10:38am Wednesday 9th April 2014

REUBEN Lynch, the first black UK toastmaster was born in Montserrat before his father came to Britain in 1959 as a dustman, followed by the rest of his family.

The Redditch Society

11:00am Sunday 30th March 2014

MR Brian Draper, MBE, gave a humorous and thoroughly enjoyable talk entitled The Avon from source to Severn to members and guests. We were taken on a journey following the river from its source at Naseby, through the counties of Leicestershire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Redditch Lions Club

1:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

FEBRUARY’S meeting began with a visit of two students from NEW College giving a presentation about a forthcoming trip to Ghana, Africa.

Mercian Military History Society

11:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

WE met on Wednesday, March 5 at Plymouth Court, Headless Cross, Redditch.

Macular Society Barnt Green Support Group

12:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

THE speaker on February 28 was Steve Gallagher from Optima Low Vision Services, who had travelled from Plymouth.

Redditch Photographic Society

9:21am Wednesday 26th March 2014

DANNY Green, one of the UK’s most prestigious natural history photographers, was the latest in a long line of top quality lecturers invited to speak to the society.

Webheath Digital Photographic Club

12:00pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

WEBHEATH Digital Photographic Club started the year with the AGM.

The Ladies Wine Association

11:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

PETER Travis of the Solihull Fine Wine Society made a welcome return to speak on honing our diagnostic skills.

Studley Daytime WI

9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

OUR president welcomed members and visitors to our February meeting.

Alcester WI

9:42am Wednesday 19th March 2014

PRESIDENT Angela Watson gave a warm welcome to the speaker for the evening, Francis Seeney.

Cookhill WI

9:00am Saturday 8th March 2014

ON a blowy rainy February evening it was a delight to see photographs of the beautiful African country Sierra Leone.

Ipsley WI

1:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

PRESIDENT Carol Kinsey welcomed members to the February meeting. After business was completed, members were told that the April meeting this year will be the members evening and a nearly new sale is planned following the success of last year.

Redditch Society

12:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

ON Friday, February 21, the members of the Redditch Society, who meet at the Trinity High School, Grove Street, Redditch, were treated to a colourful evening presented by Simon Gulliver, the plant collection manager for the Botanical Gardens in Bimingham.

Redditch Local History Society

10:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

OUR 2014 season began on the February 3 with a wellattended presentation, by Tony Green, on Restoring an historic Redditch-made battery for the Kempton Great Engines Trust and the story of Nickel-Cadmium Battery Manufacture in the town.

Everywomans Circle

8:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

INTREPID travellers Pauline and Graham Bishop, showed slides and souvenirs of their South American holiday.

Probus Club of Alcester

9:42am Wednesday 5th March 2014

BEHIND the scenes at the Olympic & Paralympics 2012 was the subject of our speaker Graham Heeley at our meeting on February 26.

The Ladies Wine Association

11:00am Sunday 23rd February 2014

FOR a change from wine, our subject on this occasion was Italian liqueurs.

Bromsgrove & District Flower Arrangement Society

12:00pm Saturday 22nd February 2014

IN December, we welcomed 39 members and six visitors to our AGM and Christmas demonstration.

Primrose Choir

2:00pm Friday 21st February 2014

THE end of 2013 was very busy for the choir, as usual in the runup to Christmas.

Probus Club of Alcester

11:00am Friday 21st February 2014

ON Wednesday, January 23 the club met at its usual venue the Kings Court Hotel when a record number of members and visitors attended.

Alcester Gardening Club

10:00am Thursday 20th February 2014

THE club programme started the new year with a talk by Linda Eggins entitled “Old plants, new plants – who cares?” Ms Eggins holds a national collection of aucubas (spotted laurels) which she herself admitted, is not exactly a huge draw.

Redditch Lions Club

9:25am Wednesday 19th February 2014

AT January’s meeting, members discussed the overall success of the Christmas collections held during the run-up to Christmas at the town’s supermarkets.

Older People's Forum

12:00pm Saturday 25th January 2014

THERE was a good turnout for the first meeting of the year and everyone seemed in good spirits after the festive season.

Cookhill WI

11:00am Saturday 25th January 2014

AT the first meeting of the year speaker Mr McCulagh, from British Red Cross, gave an interesting insight into the organisation’s work.

Inner Wheel Club of Droitwich Spa

2:00pm Friday 24th January 2014

MEMBERS celebrated Christmas with an evening meal at Redditch Golf Club and our November club meeting incorporated a demonstration of Christmas flower arranging.

Everywomans Circle

9:31am Wednesday 22nd January 2014

RON Gallivan recounted the part women played during the Second World War.

Kingfisher WI

10:00am Sunday 1st December 2013

ON November 11 it was only fitting we had our talk on The Victory Harvest and The Land Army.

Ladies Wine Association

9:00am Saturday 30th November 2013

AFTER the summer break, we met in September for the annual meeting, followed by a very pleasant social evening and ploughman’s-style buffet with wines.

Cookhill WI

7:00am Friday 29th November 2013

MEMBERS were privileged to hear about the television career of Diane Campbell at the November meeting.

Beoley WI

11:00am Thursday 28th November 2013

OUR November meeting and annual general meeting was attended by WI adviser Margaret Bazley, who gave an interesting talk.

Redditch Speakers Club

10:26am Wednesday 27th November 2013

THE November meeting was chaired by president Ian Stalker, who welcomed members and guests, and explained the programme.

Feckenham Forest History Society

10:23am Wednesday 27th November 2013

CHRIS Jackson gave us a stroll through Redditch illustrated by his postcards of old Redditch before the New Town was built.

Bromsgrove & District Flower Arranging Society

11:00am Saturday 23rd November 2013

LAST month, we welcomed 36 members and five visitors to our demonstration by Margaret Walker, whose demonstration was entitled My World of Colour.

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