CHURCHILL AND BLAKEDOWN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Forthcoming guest speakers’ evenings – normally held on the third Monday of every other month in the Norman Dawson Sports Pavilion at 7.30pm, except marked * which are the 2nd Monday.
10th July 2017* “Herbert Austin and the Longbridge Story”. With vintage vehicles on display! See separate page for full details.
18th September 2017 “From Hartlebury to Heaven”. The story of the Bishops of Worcester by Mary Arden-Davis from the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust.
20th November 2017 “Great Uncle Jack and his Gallipoli Campaign”. World War I story by military historian Ron Gallivan.
Other events for your diary:
Members’ research evenings 2017 – everyone welcome, meeting on the other third Mondays, 19th June, 21st August and 16th October, subject to review. Do you have a local history project, or would you like to hear about and contribute to those started by others? Current project: Watercourses and mills in the Blakedown valleys.
Friends of Blakedown Signal Box – 17th June steam train with 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland” passes through Blakedown leaving Stourbridge at 8.50am. Come early and watch, then stop for a coffee! Historical Society Members free, Non-members suggested donation £2 to view (proceeds to Churchill and Blakedown Villages Trust).
Society Membership is just £10 a year, renews 1st April. Members meeting entry currently £2. Includes refreshments and prize draw. If you want to see what it’s like before joining, non-members are welcome at the speakers’ evenings for just £4 on the door. For more information contact Jim Long on 01562 701168 or Dave Bridgwater 07594 400484.
BOOKING THE SIGNAL BOX
The Signal Box in Mill Lane is now available for meetings and small private functions. Full disabled access including lift. Various seating plans are available and there will be one to suit your needs at just £10 per hour – proceeds to the Churchill and Blakedown Villages Trust. There is a booking diary on the Historical Society website – see if your preferred date is free! Contact Gordon Stevens on 01562 701495 for further details and to confirm your booking.
Churchill and Blakedown Signal Box
Saturday the 25th March 2017 was the first opportunity that the Churchill and Blakedown Historical Society had to open the Signal Box to the members and the public; it was open from 9am until 2pm.
The day was a beautiful warm sunny spring day and members of the society along with local residents and people passing were invited inside to view the Signal Box and to enjoy some refreshment.
There were various visitors some most unexpected train enthusiasts who had come from as far as Coventry. All were very impressed with the achievement of saving the Signal Box for future generations. The visitors were also generous with their donations which will go to the Villages Trust towards the maintenance and running costs of this new village facility.
Photo of ‘The Earl of Mount Edgecumbe’ by courtesy of David Chandler
All present were very surprised and excited by an unexpected steam train going through the station. The engine was number 5043 namely ‘The Earl of Mount Edgecumbe’ and it was pulling a number of very full dining carriages. Again to the surprise of all about 30 mins later a large old diesel engine came through namely ‘The Northern Belle’ also pulling a large number of dining carriages. The view of these trains was excellent both from inside the Box and also from the balcony at the top of the steps.
A very pleasant day was spent by all, helpers and visitors alike and will be repeated again in the near future. Please watch out in the Broadcast and on posters around the village for the dates and times when the Signal Box will be open for everyone to come and have a look round and enjoy some refreshments.
Irene Pitt – Secretary of the Churchill and Blakedown Historical Society
The signal box will be open to visitors from 9.00am until 2.00pm.
Teas & coffees will be available.
Come and have a look around.
We have got some initial displays up for you to see.
Committee meeting at the signal box commencing 7.30pm