FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Because of the closure of St Martin’s and St Paul’s church our regular monthly meetings are now being held in the Joe Drew Room at St Paul’s Community Centre, Brick Kiln Street, Tipton, DY4 9PB. There is limited parking at the Centre but ample parking a short walk away in Albion Street.

For further information ring Keith Hodgkins on 0121 520 0080.

Tuesday 19th February. 7pm.
Tree of Light Charity Presentation Evening.
Tipton Green Methodist Church, Park Lane West, Tipton, DY4 8LN.
A celebratory social evening, featuring musical entertainment from Mario Castillo, to present the money raised from the Christmas Tree of Light Appeal to our chosen charities whose representatives will talk about how the money will be used to further their good causes.

Saturday 23rd February. 10.30am to 1.30pm.
James Watt`s Bloomfield Engine.
A Local History day at Glebefields Library, St Marks Road, Tipton, DY4 0SZ.
2019 marks the bicentenary of James Watt`s death and a number of commemorative events, co-ordinated by the University of Birmingham, are taking place during the year. Tipton`s contribution to the bicentenary is this Local History Day plus the Society`s commemorative plaque to be unveiled on 13th March at the Angle Ring. (See below) The Bloomfield Engine of 1776 was Boulton and Watt`s first commercial engine which made it a milestone of the industrial revolution. The library event will feature an exhibition and illustrated talk on Watt`s Tipton engines by Keith Hodgkins.

Tuesday 26th February. 7.30pm.
Bees and Their Importance to the Environment.
A talk by Alison Wakeman.
Bees are a wonder of evolution and indispensable to the survival of many other life forms. With the aid of a beehive (minus the bees) beekeeper Alison will describe the lifestyle and lifecycle of the bee community.

Wednesday 13th March. 1pm.
Unveiling of the James Watt Commemorative Plaque.
The Angle Ring Company, Bloomfield Road, Tipton, DY4 9EH.
Watt`s Bloomfield Engine, also known as the Parliament Engine, was put to work pumping water from Bloomfield Colliery in March 1776. The site is now occupied by the Angle Ring Company, which has genorously sponsored the plaque.

Tuesday 26th March. 7.30pm.
Society Annual General Meeting followed by
The Work of Tipton Litterwatch.
A video presentation by Alicia Wingfield.
Litter Watch is a community led charity commissioned by Sandwell Council and Serco. It was established in 1997 to help Tipton residents to tackle thier environmental concerns and provide information and support on litter problems.

Tuesday 23rd April. 7.30pm.
1939: The Home Front.
A talk by John Mobberley.
The outbreak of World War 2 in 1939 brought about the notion of the Home Front for the defence of Britain. Peoples` lives underwent dramatic change in coping with ARP, rationing, evacuation and mobilisation for the conflict.

Tuesday 28th May. 7.30pm.
The Story of Dudley Top Church.
An illustrated talk by Craig Denston.
The 175 foot tall spire of St Thomas`s church is a major Black Country landmark. Although founded in the 12th century the present structure dates from 1818 and the early use of cast iron technology in its construction has justified a grade II* listing. Craig has researched the complete history.

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, Dudley Port Rolling Mills and the Fountain at Horseley Heath


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