Memories of our meeting on Thursday 29th November 2001
|Our meeting was again held in the church hall of Holy Trinity Church, Oxford Street, Bilston. Our thanks go Father Geoff Hargreaves and everyone else at the church for the renewed hospitality. It seemed a very suitable place for a meeting with a Christmas theme. The weather was against us, with light rain on and off all day. But at least it was mild and we had another good turn out of people with displays and of members||The meeting was formally opened by a Town Crier, Percy Simmonds, resplendent in full regalia, and wielding staff and bell. After the ceremonial some of our members got better acquainted with him.|
|Among them were a police road safety display and a display by Age Concern. The Wolverhampton City Archives also had a display once again.||The City's Environmental Health department was also there, issuing advice on food safety. trading standards, pollution and more.|
|The Wolverhampton Photographic Society had another fine display both from their archives section and on our Christmas theme. The newer photos were mostly digital prints, and interesting sign of the times.|| Kath Keily had a great selection of memorabilia.
Kath also made the arrangements with the church, set up the hall, decorated the Christmas trees, organised the catering and probably did a lot of other things as well.
|Kath must have needed this sit down but we don't know how she found time for it.|| Rose Speakman had an interesting display of old
newspapers and Geoff Brown showed his evocative books. But here
they are caught snacking.|
Somewhere in there are John Hughes and Reg Aston who both had magnificient displays of old photos and other memorabilia.
|Ned Williams, the famous local historian, and John Hughes, the famous conservationist, and Tessa.||
Jim Speakman's bright idea, |
in the light of the current controversy about identity cards, was to offer a free cup of tea to anyone who brought an old wartime identity card along.