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Programme for 2019-2020
Click to read the Moseley Society Programme Card for 2019-20 .
The next event in the Programme will be an afternoon meeting at 2.00pm on Thursday 6th February. The Moseley History Group will give a talk on WW1 entitled “So close, but so far away”. This will feature the latest research by the Group on four local men, of whom two died just days before the Armistice and two survived the war, one never to return to these shores and the other who did, only to die a week later from the Spanish flu.
As usual, refreshments will be served after the meeting and members are invited to bring guests. Donations toward costs will be welcomed.
Recent Additions to the website
New – A full and comprehensive account has been added of the life of John Avins , a successful Birmingham businessman and notable philanthropist who lived at Highfield House, Church Road and made a significant contribution to Moseley life.
New – Memories of growing up in Moseley 70 or more years ago, with references to Moseley C. of E. School, the Carnegie Boys Club and the Kingsway Cinema among other places, are described in two new articles on the Moseley Life and Memories page by Colin Precious and Robert Hitchman. There is also a new article by Jenny Hodder describing her memories of working as a midwife at Sorrento Maternity Hospital and another by Ann Flynn giving us her recollections of life as an orderly at Sorrento .
New – The collection of articles about men killed in WW1 who are commemorated on the St Mary’s War Memorial is now complete with an addition of a final article on Air Mechanic 1st Class Arthur Perry RFC who survived the war but not the peace. A mechanic in the motor cycle division of the RFC, he died on 1st March 1919 from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-19. There is also an article on Captain Arnold Hardy-Smith, who after serving in France was posted to Salonika in December 1917 where he died of Enteric B fever on 16th May 1919.
New – An article was recently added on Able Seaman Leonard Gwynne Coslett , who served aboard the HMS Cornwallis during the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 and was killed supporting troops landing on S Beach and there is an updated article on Private Harry Bunce with copies of letters which he wrote home to his wife Rose during his military service. A report on the service at St Mary’s on 17 October 2019 commemorating those who died at Gallipoli and other stories can be read on the World War 1 Project page.
New – Copies of all the articles from Some Moseley Personalities Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available to read on the Moseley People page.
New – The type and variety of shops in Moseley village has changed dramatically over the past century. Lists of shops in Moseley Village Centre in 1907, 1981 and 2017 enable comparisons to be drawn on a building by building basis. See the Shops and Businesses section of the Buildings and Businesses web page
The Moseley Society – Caring for an historic area of Birmingham
Moseley is a diverse, vibrant suburb three miles south of central Birmingham, with fine Victorian and Edwardian housing, attractive green spaces and historic buildings. It is continually under pressure for further development, not always in keeping with the character of the area. The Moseley Society was formed to conserve and enhance the environment of Moseley and respond to development issues in collaboration with voluntary organisations and public bodies, increase understanding of Moseley’s heritage and encourage community participation.
Read the newly updated Moseley Society Chronological Summary 1979-2019 for a full chronology of all the events influenced or instigated by or influencing the Moseley Society over the past 40 years (click to view) and to find out more about the Society, click here.
We continually monitor and respond to local development proposals and planning applications (click to view), with the aim of encouraging the enhancement of the Moseley environment, both built and natural. Everyone can play a part in keeping Moseley looking good by reporting problems to the Council via their website (click here to see how).
We also maintain the historic Dovecote and Icehouse on the former Moseley Hall estate, which the Society was instrumental in preserving (click to read more). We have created an attractive award-winning 18th century style garden around the Dovecote and are keen to enlist the support of knowledgeable gardeners to help with its maintenance and further development.
The Society plays an active part in local events such as the Moseley Festival and has an enthusiastic Local History group which welcomes new members (click to read more).
Birmingham Heritage Forum
The Moseley Society is a member of Birmingham Heritage Forum – click here to visit their website for information and news about visitor attractions and heritage sites in Birmingham. You can also view their latest updated 2019 brochure advertising the various heritage sites in the city.
Boundary Commission’s Proposals for changes to parliamentary constituency boundaries
The Boundary Commission’s Stage 2 proposals for the reorganisation of Westminster Parliamentary boundaries can be viewed at https://www.bce2018.org.uk / . If you put in your postcode you’ll come up with a map that shows that the current Moseley and Kings Heath Ward is all within the new Birmingham Brandwood constituency. The document also includes proposals for the rest of Birmingham and the West Midlands. There is reason to doubt as to whether these proposals will ever receive parliamentary approval.
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