Charles Lines Lecture

mark_kershawThis Annual Lecture is in memory of Charles Lines, a well-known and respected local historian, speaker and author who helped launch the National Trust Solihull Centre 33 years ago. It is the main fundraising event arranged and run by the Evening Meetings team. All profits go to selected National Trust projects. In 2014 we made £368 profit of which £71 came from the raffle.

Unfortunately the advertised speaker, Bernard Pumfrey, has had to pull out because of health problems. However, we are pleased to announce that our new chairman, Mark Kershaw, will speak on “The BBC Proms, their History and how they are Broadcast”.

Tickets at £7 per head will be available at the entrance to the Oliver Bird Hall.

Can you help us?

talks_postcardThe committee is asking for your help. Demaris Hess, who has organised the Tuesday evening lectures so successfully for ten years, has decided it is time to hand over to someone new. She resigned from the post at the AGM in April and this will take effect at the end of December. Speakers have been booked until March 2016.

Who do you know who might be interested in taking over this most important role?
The job involves finding six speakers a year and introducing them on the night. Demaris will help the new organiser while they learn the ropes and they will be supported by a wonderful team of helpers at Oliver Bird Hall.

Whoever is appointed will become a member of the National Trust Solihull Centre which usually meets eight or nine times a year at the Shirley Community Centre.

The Tuesday evening meetings play a major role in our programme and raise significant funds for National Trust projects, mainly at our local properties.

If you can suggest anyone, or would yourself be interested in taking over please email Demaris at or phone her on 01564 777099.

The next lecture is on Tuesday 27 October, when Robert Eye will talk about the work of the Warwickshire County Record Office. why not come along and find out more about what is involved.

2015 donations

At the AGM in April our president David Bradnock handed over cheques for the following causes:

Neptune Coastline Appeal: £500

Baddesley Clinton – two iPads for visitor use: £500

Baddesley Clinton – New children’s trail in the house around stories of the Tudor inhabitants: £800

Coughton Court – New children’s trail in the house focusing on the story of the Gunpowder Plot: £800

Powis Castle – towards renovation: £100

Stourhead – towards renovation: 100

This represents a total of £2,800.

The retiring collection was £155 and the committee has decided to make this up out of funds to £300. The chosen cause for this year’s AGM was moorland in the Yorkshire Dales and this contribution will be handed over at the next AGM.

Carol service at Baddesley Clinton

st_michael_baddesley_postcardChristmas Carol Service Tuesday 15th December 2015

It is several years since we have held a carol service so we have arranged one this year at St Michael’s Church, Baddesley Clinton.

The service will be followed by mince pies etc. in the restaurant at Baddesley Clinton.

Tickets £9 from Mrs Pat Pope, 21 Thorneyfields Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 3HP. (Please enclose a 10 X 4 s.a.e.)

Can you help?

The committee is particularly keen to expand activities for members but unfortunately this is not possible without help, particularly in assisting on sub committees. There are a lot of unsung heroes who help whose names never appear in print or on committees but their assistance is invaluable, why not join this band of stalwarts? Contact Pat Pope on 0121 744 4124.

Please note you do not need to commit a lot of time but rather to be prepared to help with one-off type events.

A Reminder to members

pound_coins_postcardFrom January 2015 the subscription was increased to £7.00 per person or £10 for two persons living at the same address. Could members please check that action has been taken to amend their Standing Orders. For those of you who may have forgotten how they pay, Mrs Kathy Jephcott is happy to take telephone calls or use our contact form to find out more. You may also contact Mrs Pat Pope.

New chairman

mark_kershawFollowing his recent appeals, our president, David Bradnock, is pleased to announce that Mark Kershaw has agreed to become Chairman of the National Trust Solihull Centre. He will be co-opted on to the committee (subject to the approval of the committee) at the September meeting and take on the role of acting Chairman until formally elected at the Annual General Meeting in April 2016.

Mark and his family are long standing members of the National Trust. Mark recently retired from the broadcasting industry, spending many years with the BBC producing programmes such as ”Gardeners World” and coverage of the “Chelsea Flower Show”; latterly as a freelancer he has directed some of the Proms Concerts for television. Mark is a JP and is currently Deputy Chairman of the Solihull and Birmingham Bench.