Friday afternoon talks

Friday afternoon talks are held at the Methodist Church Hall, Station Approach, Solihull starting at 2.00pm. Admission is £3.50 for Solihull Centre Members and £5.00 for visitors or guests of members. Tea, coffee and biscuits available at the interval, cost 50p.

Parking is limited at the hall but three hours free at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, BUT NOTE TICKETS FROM THE MACHINE MUST BE DISPLAYED (be warned wardens do patrol.)


Friday 29 September
Canal History and Heritage

Roger Butler

Every year more than ten million of us visit Britain’s waterways to fish, walk the towpath, observe wildlife or go boating and enjoy the sheer splendour of our canals and navigable rivers. It may seem hard to believe that just a few years ago these exceptional places of peace and relaxation were nearly lost for ever.

This promises to be a colourful presentation covering all aspects of the waterways (as recommended by the National Trust, Sutton Coldfield Group, who said “The vibrancy and colour in your slides really came across.”)

Friday 27 October
The Greswolde and Mermaid Arms

Elaine Warner

The Greswolde Arms has played a pivotal role in the village of Knowle for centuries. Originally called ‘The Mermaid Inn,’ the premises were acquired by the wealthy Greswolde family of Malvern Hall in the early 1700s and remained with them for over 200 years. The name changed to The Greswolde Arms took place under the stewardship of Henry Greswolde Lewis.

The Greswolde hosted licensing sessions, ecclesiastical and magistrates’ courts, and provided accommodation for shooting parties of nobility and gentry. Even Lady Byron, the estranged wife of Lord Byron, stayed at The Greswolde in 1843 after a visit to Solihull.

Friday 24 November
Back to back living

Mollie Murray

No doubt our members will recall the last visit of Mollie when she both entertained and amused us as she introduced us to her experiences with her ‘Little Black Dress’.

This afternoon, in her own unique style and based on her own experience, she will introduce us to the “pleasures” of life in the backs to backs in Birmingham.

Friday 26 January
Alison Evans of Bedworth

John Barton

This afternoon John is making a return visit to following his very popular talk on George Eliot. This time his subject is Alison Evans. She was George Eliot’s great niece and the daughter of Canon Evans, the rector at Bedworth for 50 years.

Alison kept journals from 1904 until 1918 and they provide an interesting adolescent insight into Edwardian Bedworth. They are similar in vein to the popular ‘Diary of an Edwardian Lady’

John says ‘Alison is brought to life by her journals and it gives me great pleasure to present them to local people who perhaps in their own lifetime, have listened to stories about events during the early part of the 1900s.

“She is sensitive, humorous and illuminating in her written word and anyone watching the show will leave with an inner warmth from this unique insight.”