Alcester Street Sandwich Bar?

 David Hatcher contacted us asking...... For many years from 1984 onwards, I worked at Redditch Police Station. At lunchtimes many of us would stroll up to the parade of shops opposite what is now the library. I do not know the name of the original road. It is of course…

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Smallwood Health Centre

Does anyone have any photographs or other details of the Smallwood Health Centre?  The modern building that was behind Smallwood Hospital which was demolished. Simon Parkinson of the St Stephens Surgery is looking for them to add to a history of the practice he's compiling.   Derek

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Local Event – The Lost Children

The Lost Children. We will be telling the story of c.6,000 children emigrated to Canada between 1873-1948 through Birmingham's Middlemore Homes. Saturday 14th September to Sunday 22nd September at the Birmingham & Midland Institute - 10 am to 4pm daily We hope to see you there! Regards, Balsall Heath Local…

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Redditch and the Kingfisher

Liam Basford writes...... Dear Redditch Local History Society, I wonder if you could help me with some research that I am undertaking about the Redditch town crest. I’m particularly interested in the reasoning behind the town’s affinity to the Kingfisher bird. I understand that originally, a Swift sat upon the…

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Norman Neasom’s Work

We were recently asked about the availability of the Norman Neasom Map depicting Redditch in the 1700s. After some investigation we received this reply from his daughter,  Jeannie Brown, at Neasom Fine Art. Dad was keen on local history and the chances are that you have seen some of his…

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Band of Hope – Bates Hill Chapel

Donated by Philip Bladon..... While sorting through old family stuff I've come across several  bright and colourful examination certificates for the Birmingham & Midland Band of Hope Union.   They were awarded to my grandmother when she was a teenager and attended BATES HILL Wesleyan Chapel.  The contents are briefly:-…

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German Screwdrivers?

Frank  Fazzolari writes from Sydney, Australia.... Dear sir/madam, I hope this email finds you well, I am a small private stamp collector in Sydney Australia and recently came across this little beauty, my foreign post card sent from Redditch to Frankfurt and thought you would love to see it as…

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