Notices & Recent events

3 August 2020. We have just had a request for information about the Kidderminster French Society from the Granddaughter of Sir George Eddy. She has recently been given a cup


 engraved:

Kidderminster French Society
Tennis Final 1931
E.G. Eddy   M.J. Eddy
11-9   3-6   6-6   

E.G Eddy would have been Sir George and M.J Eddy his daughter.

If you know anything about the French Society please use our 'Contact Us' page to get in touch.


SPECIAL NOTICE about the cover-19 crisis: 

A message from the Society Chairman.

Hello everyone,
I hope you're coping with these strange times reasonably well and that you and yours have managed to stay clear the dreaded virus.
After e-mails and telephone conversations between committee members we have decided to restart our meetings on the afternoon of Thursday 28th January 2021.
As we still aim to have a full season of 18 meetings in our usual pattern, it means the last one will be on the evening of Wednesday 30th June 2021.
Of course, this will be subject to the lifting of restrictions on meetings such as ours - but everything is moving in the right direction at the moment. I'm optimistic.
Catherine is now getting underway with our programme, so if you have any suggestions for speakers please let us know.
I hope you're all able to make good use of this glorious weather and I look forward to seeing everyone again on 28th January.

Best wishes,
Sally 
Dickson, Chairman




The 8th May 1945 was designated VE-Day to mark the end of WW2 in Europe. This year is the 75th anniversary of that event but planned commemorations have had to be put on hold because of the Cover-18 situation.

However, you can read all about how the day was celebrated locally in our book 'Kidderminster & District in WW2'. If you do not already have a copy of this publication you can obtain one for £10 (+ £1.50 for delivery) by using the 'contact us' page to get further details.




At the 'Worcester Remembers' event at the guildhall in Worcester on Saturday 4th August 2018 the society ran a display table as shown above. Our contribution was manned by Sally Dickson, Sue and Bill Wood and Catherine Guest.

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Videos of Stourport

Have you seen the excellent videos produced by Albert Mogg exploring a variety of aspects of Stourport over the years.  If not then you can view them by clicking the following link:

Videos of Stourport


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Our latest historical article related to Kidderminster is about the Victory Tea Company formed, owned and run by local man Ernest (Ernie) Hill from 1931 until 1965. Created from a collection of business documents held by this society, the story will be added to the website in instalments for each year. Beginning with 1931 we have now reached 1938.  Access the instalments by clicking the link below:

The Victory Tea Company 


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This recent addition to our collection of historical articles is an account describing the 'School Festival' held by St George's Parish Church on Whit Monday in 1875.

To view this article click: School Festival


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A transcription of this delightful book by the Kidderminster draper and amateur geologist George Edward Roberts has just been made available (March 2018) as a free download on our website.

Go to Valley of Habberley etc.


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Two newly added Town Guides


'Kidderminster Shuttle Industrial Issue 1903'

This guide focuses on a wide variety of businesses operating in the town in 1903.

This copy is Courtesy of Roger Watkins.



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Mates Illustrated Guide to Kidderminster 1908

This  is a general  guide to the town with many pictures and advertisements.

This copy is Courtesy of Roger Watkins.



To view these guide go to 'Trade Directories & Town Guides' page


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Short Brothers in Kidderminster during WW2

Jeff James has asked if anyone has any memories of the aircraft manufacturer Short Brothers' stay in Kidderminster during WW2. They were located in the offices of Victoria Carpets in Green St.


Short Bros designed and made the Sunderland flying boat and the RAF's first four-engine bomber the Stirling, before the Lancaster and Halifax came into service. Short Bros were located in Belfast and Rochester, Kent, but due to heavy bombing, they relocated drawing office staff to Kidderminster during the latter part of 1940 and stayed for over two years. 

No Stirling aircraft exists. However, 'The Stirling Project' charity is building from scratch a forward fuselage section as a fitting memorial to this under-rated and over-shadowed aircraft. The Stirling aircraft was converted to glider-towing and played a major role in Operation Market Garden and the attempt to capture Arnhem bridge.

If you can help with this query please use the 'Contact Form'.


Visit by Karen Sharman a member of the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society (New York State) 1st September 2016.



The story of Kidderminster born Walter William Law, and his involvement in the founding of the village of Briarcliff Manor some 40 miles north of New York on the river Hudson, can be accessed in the side menu. For some time we have been in correspondence with the Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society much to our mutual benefit in establishing the historical details of this interesting and successful man who numbered among his friends the famous philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

We felt privileged that Karen Sharman of Briarcliff was able to make a 'flying' visit to Kidderminster in September and that we were able to provide a short guided tour of places that Walter would have know as a young man including the Town Hall Music Room and St Mary's Church (courtesy Theo Mayfield).  Additionally, we were kindly shown around Baxter Church by Rev. Andrew Mann-Way.  Baxter Church was not built when Law emigrated to New York in 1860 but he and some of his siblings were baptised in its predecessor the Old Meeting Church and had been members of the congregation.  When this latter church was demolished Walter Law purchased the panelling extracted from the building and installed it in his house in Briarcliff Manor. Karen had earlier supplied us with beautiful photographs of stained glass windows related to Walter Law installed in the Congregational church in Briarcliff Manor. These fascinating windows may be seen in our story of 'Walter William Law'.

We all had an excellent and interesting time and Karen was able to go away with a new connection between Kidderminster and USA: the Whittall family.

Below is shown Karen, her friend Beryl from Cornwall and members of our society.  

Photograph - L to R: Beryl, Karen and KDAHSoc members Veronica Bradley and Chairman Sally Dickson. 


Latest edition of an earlier publication


One of our earlier publications: 'Caldwall Hall' by Don Gilbert and Richard Warner (1999) has been 'out of print' for some time. It is now available as a digital download on the website of the Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy & Heraldry. 



  



New addition to our historical documents

The latest addition to our collection of documented memorabilia is a transcription of the Botanical notebook of George Edward Roberts. Two pages from this 1850s notebook are given below.


Botanical Notes


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