Brendan Hawthorne – a Black Country poet – will facilitate a workshop for Civic Society members and others (visitors welcome) on Monday 21st February at 5.30pm. There is a change to our normal venue and we will meet at ARTS SPACE, MILL STREET, BRIERLEY HILL .
We are exceedingly lucky in that Suzanne Carter from English Heritage has laid on the special event for us as part of its ‘Brierley Hillness’ project.
Brendan Hawthorne – a Black Country poet – will facilitate a workshop.
The workshop will involve working with the group to look at what is special and distinctive about BH – what are the buildings, spaces and places that make BH the town that it is. The end product may be a collective poem, short piece of writing or just a brain storming session culminating in lots of ideas and words.
Brendan has asked that members do a tiny bit of preparation to get the session started and bring with them one of the following to share with the group:
A photo of a place in Brierley Hill that is special
A newspaper cutting about something which sums up the town
A photo of themselves standing outside their favourite building or place in Brierley Hill
A memory or story (max 2 mins) about what makes Brierley Hill special or unique
A description of the town (max 2 mins) using visual images, colours, smells and sounds
Or finish the sentence. “Brierley Hillness is…”
Hopefully this will be a terrific event and really enjoyable.
Please pass on the invitation to anyone you think may be interested.
Local historian and publisher Ned Williams will give a talk and presentation entitled “Brierley Hill in Old Pictures” to Brierley Hill Civic Society on 18th October 2010 at St Michael’s Church Brierley Hill commencing at 5.30pm.
Entrance to the event is FREE and ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND.
Given Ned’s track record of talking and presenting this should be a terrific event. Look forward to seeing you there!
Witches, fairies, thunder, lighting, folklore, food and science. If you missed the Brierley Hill Botanical walk, lead by Pam Smith of www.sited.org you missed a treat. Now you have a chance to catch up by listening to our podcast of the event.
Update: To get the best effect it is best to download and listen using a player which recognises Chapters, such as itunes or on an ipod. This enables you to move around the podcast to the track which you are most interested in.
Stourbridge College has revealed the plans for its new £11 million state of the art Creative Industries Centre in Brierley Hill. At a presentation to Brierley Hill Civic Society, Vice Principal Andy Sylvester told the meeting that the Centre, due to open in September 2011 will bring 600 full time students to the heart of the town. Courses offered will include: fine art, weaving, fashion design, sculpture, graphic design and 3D design. Continue reading See the new plans for Brierley Hill Campus
Anyone interested in preserving and promoting the heritage of Brierley Hill Town Centre is welcome to attend the launch of the new Civic Society for the town on Monday, 15th February, 2010 at St Michaels Brierley Hill. The event starts at 5.30pm.
As well as agreeing a constitution for the Society, the meeting will elect officers and will hear speakers from Dudley Archives Service, the National Youth Theatre and the Ponies 2010 project.
Steering group meetings have set a target end time of 7.30 for meetings and it is hoped that we everyone will find the meeting interesting and worthwhile.
The Civic Society visited Moor Street Glass Centre on Monday 16th November. The building was opened in 1904 and funded by Andrew Carnegie. For many years it provided the town with its library, technical institue and glass museum.
The future of the building is now uncertain. Dudley College no longer needs to use the building as is looking at disposal of its asset to fund improvements to its estate elsewhere.
Following its visit the Civic Society felt that it would rather see the building used than left to stand and deteriorate and would like a future use to preserve the strong internal features – it therefore resolved to write to Dudley College to ask them to take this into account in its future plans.
The building is in the new Brierley Hill Conservation area and the Society will also be asking its local councillors to adopt a watching brief on proposals that come forward for the future use of the building.
Photographs of the interior can be viewed using this link: