Smethwick Local History Society

May to December 2018

PLEASE REFER TO THE PROGRAMME FOR TIMES OF MEETINGS AS THESE MAY VARY.
WINTER: DOORS OPEN 2.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 2.30 FOLLOWED BY OUR MAIN SPEAKER AT AROUND 2.50PM
SUMMER EVENINGS: DOORS OPEN 7.00PM, SOCIETY BUSINESS 7.30, GUEST SPEAKER 7.50PM.

2018

10 October 2 for 2.30
"Murderers, Rogues, Villains and Thieves" - Now that the Halloween season is upon us and the nights are drawing in, it is the perfect time to hear about local miscreants and their heinous deeds in the 19th century Midlands, as told by Vanessa Morgan.

14 November - 2 for 2.30pm
Annual General Meeting followed by "How to Survive the Great War" - Charles Brecknell has been researching the war service of his great uncle, S.N. Menzies, who served from 1914 to 1919 as dispatch rider and pilot in the RFC/RAF. From family photographs, Mr Brecknell has been able to piece together S.N. Menzies’ time spent training in England and then on the Western Front, Salonika and Egypt.

05 December 2 for 2.30pm
Christmas Social followed by "Pantomime Time" by Ned Williams
A welcome return to Ned Williams who will regale us with an illustrated look at the pantomimes once presented by Black Country Theatres. Afterwards, we hope Society members will join us in celebrating the start of the Christmas season in customary fashion with a mince pie and glass of mulled wine.

2019

09 January - 2 for 2.30pm
"Smethwick's Proudest Day" - in 1899 there were celebrations on a grand scale when Smethwick was officially granted the dignity of becoming an incorporated town. Looking at its development, and at some of the people whose decisions shaped it, we see how it was that a mere scattered hamlet became a proudly independant county borough. Mary Bodfish takes us through this momentous time.

13 February - 2 for 2.30pm
"The Man who was Shakespeare" - Over the centuries questions have circulated around the man born in Stratford-on-Avon who became the world's most famous playwright. Frieda Barker assures us that you don't even need to have read any of his works to enjoy this talk: in fact, she prefers there to be some mystery as she will offer some intriguing suprises and revelations.

13 March - 2 for 2.30pm
"The Shoe must go on!" - They say you can tell a man from the state of his shoes (and presumably a woman also). Paulette Burkill will tell us about the history of shoe styles through the ages and is bringing along her fascinating collection of miniature shoes to illustrate this. She says that "if you thought platform shoes started in the 1970's, think again!".

10 April - 7 for 7.30pm
“Joeys, Joshers and James - a Birmingham Canals Miscellany". An illustrated talk by Phil Clayton about the people who worked on the canals and also the beginnings, growth, working years, decline and revival of the Birmingham Canal Navigations Society and its work today.

08 May - 7 for 7.30pm
“Christabel Pankhurst” – David Hallam’s new book on this subject will soon be published, telliing how one member of this illustrious family stood to become MP for Smethwick in the 1918 election in Smethwick.

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