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Our indoor meetings resume on 11 January at Hanley Swan Village Hall. Refreshments will be available from 10.00 and the talk entitled ' Construction of the Severn Tunnel' will be given by Geoff Fearnehough will start at 10.30.

Saturday 2 February is the date of our AGM at Powick Village Hall. This will start at 14.30 and after a refreshment break Brian Skeys will present a talk about some really interesting gardens in Belgium.

Please come and supprt the AGM and better still consider whether you may be able to help in the running of our local centre. 

The January newsletter has been sent to all members in early January. A copy of this newsletter is downloadable as a PDF file from this link. Place your cursor over the words 'from this link' and click to open the Newsletter.

Within the document you can access booking forms and print them via your web browser by using the print page function.

Eagle eyed readers have spotted that 16 July is a Tuesday rather than Wednesday as shown in the text. The excursion to Coughton Court is planned for 16 July which is a Tuesday 


Mary Bodfish is a founder member of Smethwick Local History Society, and is currently the chairman. She has taught local history research and palaeography for the University of Birmingham.

The talk is entitled  



We will be  taken through the history of Christmas in England, a story that stretches back through the Victorians, the Tudors, and the Romans and in fact all the way to our most remote pagan ancestors.

There was a good attendance for the first meeting in our  Autumn Talks series on Tuesday 9 October 2018 in Powick Parish Hall.  Tom Coombe, a professional Conservation Officer with the National Trust in Devon, talked us through the problems of damage that affect all properties, and the steps undertaken by the National Trust to conserve our heritage buildings from the ravages of nature. The five main agents of destruction are Wear and Tear, Dust and Dirt, Humidity, Insects, and, perhaps surprisingly, Light. It's difficult to get the right balance with light – enough to see properly without speeding up the deterioration of valuable paintings and delicate textiles.   UV filters are installed on most window panes but the most innovative measure is the setting of a “light budget” to reduce the amount of hours in a year when natural light is let into the building.


A reminder that our next meeting will be on FRIDAY 9th November, 10.00 for 10.30 in Hanley Swan Memorial Hall.


John Mason will be talking on ‘The Last Voyage of U-boat 234’.