Families Officer appointed

Amy_KershawAt the 2016 AGM members elected Amy Kershaw to the new post of Families Officer. Amy will be looking for ideas and support for activities that will attract younger members with their children. Some activities of our own and some taking advantages of resources and activities provided by the local NT properties.

If you would like to help, maybe just attend an ideas meeting, contact Amy through our contact page.

Last night at Oliver Bird Hall

last night at Oliver Bird HallThe 2016 AGM was our last event at the Oliver Bird Hall. From September the Tuesday evening lectures will be held at Solihull Methodist Church.

As usual they will start at 7.45 pm but on the second Tuesday of the month. The first meeting will be on the 13th of September.

dinner ladiesFor years we have been served with tea and coffee by a valiant team behind the hatch. Here we see Kathy Guard and Monica Oakes. In future they’ll have to work their magic from a much smaller kitchen.

2016 AGM

Mark Kershaw, newly elected chairman of the National Trust Solihull Centre, launched the centre’s new “At Risk Appeal” by committing to bringing the Centre’s total contribution to £300,000.

Since its launch 42 years ago the Solihull Centre has contributed £290,551.60 to a wide range of projects including the Coastline Appeal and many individual schemes at local properties Baddesley Clinton, Packwood House and Coughton Court.

At this week’s AGM (26 April) the Centre handed over cheques for restoration of the drapes on Queen Margaret’s Bed (total £3,000) and an annual contribution to the Coastline Appeal of £360.

The first subject for the new At Risk Appeal will be the Coat of Arms stained glass window in Queen Margaret’s bedroom at Packwood House. This window is in the National Trust’s “at risk” category and conservation is expected to cost £4,000.

Spinks Mayor BradnockAt the AGM, attended by Solihull Mayor Glenis Slater, David Bradnock was re-elected President and Pat Pope was re-elected Vice President. Amy Kershaw was elected the Centre’s first Families Officer.

The AGM was followed by an update from Stephen Spinks, General Manager for North Warwickshire, on re-wiring at Baddesley Clinton and projects at Packwood House and Coughton Court. Ben Shipston, National Trust Assistant Director, Operations, gave an illustrated talk on how National Trust strategy was being applied in the West Midlands.

Queen Margaret’s bed

Queen Margaret bed 1927This bedstead was used by Queen Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry VI, at Owlpen Manor Gloucestershire (then a Royal Manor) on May 3rd 1471, the night before the Battle of Tewkesbury. It was evidently re-upholstered and the pillars and canopy added in the time of Charles II. The hangings are largely of that date and the colours red and white commemorate the Battle of the Roses.

It was brought from Owlpen to Packwood by Baron Ash in 1927.

Trantor and MarkoThe back drape and valance around the top have been in store since 2013, to prevent further damage. Paddy Tranter, Conservation and Engagement Manager, Packwood, and Ksynia Marko, the National Specialist Textile Conservation Advisor for the National Trust are shown inspecting the valance in store. The photograph below shows how it will look when complete.

Queen Margaret bed restored

 

“At Risk” Appeal launched

Mark Kershaw, newly-elected chairman of the Solihull Centre, has launched the centre’s new “At Risk Appeal” by committing to fund the restoration of stained glass windows at Packwood House.

The first subject for the new At Risk Appeal will be the Coat of Arms stained glass window in Queen Margaret’s bedroom at Packwood House. This window is in the National Trust’s “at risk” category and conservation is expected to cost £4,000.

Stained glass coat of arms QMB

Queen’s Birthday Beacon

packwood beacon 1The National Trust Solihull Centre committee was invited to support the Queen’s Birthday celebrations at the Packwood beacon.

Our president David Bradnock MBE DL JP FBHI, who is a deputy Lieutenant for the West Midlands, had the honour of setting light to the beacon.

As you can see here, it made a memorable blaze. packwood beacon 2