For our June meeting and thereafter we have a new venue:
Tipton Green Methodist Church Hall, Park Lane West, Tipton, DY4 8LN.
Please note that there is no parking on Park Lane West. The church car park is accessed from the end of Waterloo Street.

For further information ring Keith Hodgkins on 0121 520 0080.

Tuesday 25th June. 7.30pm. 
A Church, a Chipshop and a Chemist, not forgetting the Cut.
A talk by Doug Winerbourne.
Doug grew up in the 1930s and 40s in Lower Church lane, Tipton, near to Dixons Branch Canal. He will share his memories of his childhood world dominated by the Pepperbox, the gasworks, foundries, rolling mills and the Fountain at Horseley Heath.

Tuesday 23rd July. 7.30pm.
The Man Who Mapped the Arctic. The Life and Times of Sir George Back (1996-1878)
An illusrated talk by Nigel Metcalfe.
George Back (an ancester of the speaker) was one of the first Europeans to systematically explore and map the Canadian Arctic coast. He was also a very good artist. The talk looks at his five Arctic expeditions by land and by sea and his life once his exploring days were over. The talk is illustrated with many of Back`s own drawings and paintings.

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. 
Tipton Canal and Community Festival. Old Main Line Canal, top of Owen Street, Tipton.
Visit the Tipton Civic Society stall and take part in our raffle to win a prize food hamper.

Tuesday 24th September. 7.30pm.
My Life as a Paramedic.
A talk by Dan Fletcher.

Saturday 5th October. 10am-4pm.
Dudley Archives Local History Fair. Tipton Road, Dudley, DY1 4SQ.
Visit the Tipton Civic Society stall at the Local History Fair.

Tuesday 22nd October. 7.30pm.
Between Two Oceans: The Panama Canal. 
An illustrated talk by Alan Hill.
Linking the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, across one of the most deadly regions on earth, the building of the Panama Canal was one of the wonders of the modern world. This is the story of the early history of the region, of pirates and treasure ships and of the building of the canal by the French engineer Ferdinald de Lessops.

Tuesday 26th November. 7.30pm.
Tipton`s History Through Street names.
An illustrated talk by Keith Hodgkins.
Many street names reflect important aspects of local history and the Tipton Civic Society has been keen to perpetuate local identity by suggesting names for streets in modern developments. Nearly 150 new names suggested by the Society have been accepted by Sandwell Council over the past 30 years and this talk will look into the background of some of them.

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