'Local Past', and, indeed, many other people in Alcester, have lost good friends in Mr,& Mrs.Glyn Matthews, who have sold their house in King's Coughton and invested in a place at Windermere, where they intend to run a private hotel. Glyn wrote the odd article for us and one of our Ocassional Papers ('The Dillen and the Alces ter Connection?) His efforts were always accompanied by the most meticulous research. Well, as they say, our loss is Winder mere's gain. We wish them both the happiest of futures in the Lake District.
A 'HISTORY OF ALCESTER'
The Society has decided to go ahead with its intention of producing a history of Alcester. This will take the form of a 240 page, hard-back book, inclusive of photographs and maps. It will have a dust cover. The intention is to. bring out the book before Christmas 1985 and we believe that it will make an admirable seasonal present.
The exact price of the publication cannot be stated but we expect it to sell at about £11.50 or £12, The history will attempt to cover ali aspects of Alcester life down the centuries.
Readers will appreciate that the Society is putting all its funds into this venture and it will only be successful if local people rally round and buy the book. We are therefore asking readers to become subscribers, that is, to commit themselves to taking a copy when the book is published. Subscribers'names will be printed.
The £9 or £10 does not, of course, include postage for those who live outside the area;those who do so live in the area will have their copies delivered!'
A TOAST in the 'White Lion' at Radford Semele, Warwickshire.
May those that love us, love us; And those that don't love us, May God turn their hearts; And if He don't turn their hearts
May He turn their ankles, So we shall know 'em by their limping.
The April meeting of the Society took the form of an illustrated talk by Mr.Rogers of Broom Court on the history of the English Fireplace, which has gone full circle: before the ornate fire places of the 17th and 18th cents. they were strictly utilitarian and in modern times they have boo ome so again.
The March meeting heard a talk by our Chairman on the manor housea of our area; one wonders which examples of modern architecture will likewise be still standing in 300 years time!
The latest publication by the Society is 'KINWARTON, A Pint-Pot Parish Brimful of History' 28 A4 pages, price 75p. By post,A meeting to mark in your diary
Mr.Woodiwiss, an archaeologist in Droitwich, gives an illustra-. ted talk on Droitwich and the Salt trade: Wednesday, August 17th 1985 8 pm Grieg Hall Alcester
Alcester & District Local History Society
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