You are invited to the next meeting of the Community First Brierley Hill Panel which will take place on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at St Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill. The meeting will commence at 7pm. The agenda for the meeting is: Apologies Minutes of the previous meeting Matters Arising 4 Correspondence Applications for funding grant […]
You are cordially invited to the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which will take place on Monday, 15th September 2014, at 5.30pm at St Michael’s Church. The Brierley Hill SNOW group – has organised a public meeting for 7.30pm at Hawbush School – so the agenda for this meeting will comprise of business […]
The new Flames of Bengal restaurant in Brierley Hill. Behind the frontage is a clean and well laid out restaurant A new restaurant Flames of Bengal opened in Brierley Hill on 12th August. It is located at the south end of the High Street near to the Catholic Church and occupying the former premises of […]
Despite dire predictions, Brierley Hill in Bloom is still looking good. How about some support for our sponsors – the more who support Bloom, the more we can do.
Good news that Wordsley School are interested in helping to raise funds to restore Brierley Hill war memorial. But this raises questions about what conservation actually is and who should decide on the route to take.
A visit to the Bull and Bladder in Brierley Hill for a pint of Bathams triggered a line of enquiry which revealed some fantastic Brierley Hill artwork and the story of the remarkable Gibbons family and their contribution to the town.
High summer temperatures; a feeling of injustice; heavy handed policing; insensitive politicians. Classic ingredients for public unrest. In August 1914, in Quarry Bank, hard pressed workers were outraged when shopkeepers increased food prices upon the outbreak of war. Even more so when two of the shop-keepers were local councillors. Cue the Quarry Bank Riots!
On the day war broke out the men of the Brierley Hill Territorial force were summoned by bugle to the Drill Hall in Pearson Street. Now ASDA car park. Crowds gathered at Five Ways and at the corner of Pearson Street and High Street – singing patriotic songs. This blog posting describes the events and contains the Country Express article from 1914. I found the section headed “The Departure” incredibly moving.
The second of the historic Great War documents discovered during renovation work at St Michael’s last week was the Delph Roll of Honour.
During the Great War the Delph was a very strong community in its own right. It had its own brickworks, mines, scouts, pubs (of course) and, importantly, church.
It was at the Mission Church that, on Sunday 15th June 1919, the congregation stayed behind after the evening service to consider how to commemorate Delph men who had served in the war.
An email from Rev David Hoskin last Friday asked if it would be possible to pop up to St Michael’s. The church is undergoing some restoration work thanks to local benefactor Tony Whittaker. During the work Tony’s son had come across some old documents – relating to the Great War – lying under a pile of ‘junk’ on the church balcony. The press had been called and could I go up in case my recent research on the war memorial was helpful.
It was enormously exciting to see this terrific find.