Programme

March to October 2022


22 June
2.50 p.m.
Meet at
Gate 1
Londonderry
Lane, B67 7DH

Special guided tour of the new
Commonwealth Game Aquatics
Centre (wait as group for
admittance). Please book
by email to:
smethwicklocalhistory@hotmail.co.uk

Chris Jones
Project Manager

6th July
2.15 p.m.
Meet at
Smethwick
Cricket
Club

Visit to Holly Lodge Schools and Smethwick Cricket Club – one of our newer members, Rebecca Richardson-Power, has kindly offered to show us round Holly Lodge Schools from 3.45 p.m. during the week of their 100th anniversary.  We had hoped to visit the new Commonwealth Games Aquatics Centre but, sadly, this will apparently not be open to the public before the start of the Games on 28th July.  However, we are hoping to be able to have a special visit on 22nd June but are awaiting confirmation.  In the meantime, we are planning to meet at Smethwick Cricket Club at The Uplands, Smethwick B67 7DH from 2.15 pm where you can get tea, coffee (or even a bacon sandwich!) and enjoy the view of the well-kept wicket from the grandstand.

Rebecca
Richardson
-Power

10 Aug
7.15 for 7.30
Meet at
park gates
in West
Park Road

A Stroll round Smethwick – This year we are going to explore the newly-restored West Smethwick Park and the memorials it contains and view the progress with our initiative to commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: the planting of seven oak trees!  Among the people we shall be encountering as we go are a young RAF wartime pilot, a Victorian engineer and philanthropist, a chief of Smethwick Fire Brigade and a famous Australian novelist.

Mary
Bodfish

14 September
7 for 7.30 pm

SLHS CHARITY LECTURE

The House where the Weather Was Made A virtual tour of Highbury, Joseph Chamberlain’s house in Moseley David & Pam Humphries will tell us about Chamberlain’s influence upon late Victorian Birmingham, which included becoming the Mayor of Birmingham and later its M.P. He also set up a new municipal gas company, spearheaded slum clearance, created the Birmingham Corporation Water Department and helped to found the University of Birmingham.  (This meeting is our annual fund-raising event to support the charity voted for by you, our members).

David
& Pam
Humphries

12 October
2 for 2.30 pm

“Clean & Decent – A History of Personal Hygiene” – The basic bathroom facilities we all take so much for granted today were certainly not always the case. Nigel Metcalfe explains the history of cleanliness (or lack of it!) from the Ancient Greeks to the introduction of the flushing toilet and the importance of a clean, safe water supply and sewage disposal.

Nigel
Metcalfe

9 Nov

2.00 for
2.30 p.m

A.G.M. followed by:
“Remember, Remember:   The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 was the first large-scale attempt by religious fanatics to visit terror on the populace and topple the establishment. It ended in a shoot-out only a few miles from here, and this talk looks at the Midland men behind it and how their failure became an event we still celebrate today. 

Mary
Bodfish

7 Dec

2.00 for
2.30p.m.

“Merrie England’s folklore calendar: through the year in custom and song” Dr Richard Churchley, a musician and historical researcher, makes welcome a return visit to entertain us with his interesting range of instruments.  This will be followed by our usual mince pie and glass of mulled wine to bring in the Christmas season.

Richard
Churchley