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War Era Activities Evening

Yesterday evening we had a fantastic time at the Netherend Unitarian Chapel hall on Park Lane, Cradley with the Cradley Then and Now group.

The evening consisted of a mix of war era displays, jeeps, a replica motorcycle, memorabilia, photographs, historians, replica guns and more. The turn out of around fifty plus people of all ages was very encouraging.

The event was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, they helped fund the advertising needed to publicise the event. The poster by local artist Wozart was printed in the local papers including The Express and Star and both the Halesowen and Stourbridge News. It was also put in local libraries, shops and clubs.

Attendees were treated to ample supplies of bread pudding, biscuits, tea and coffee free of charge.

A local author attended the event to capture memories from the public towards the production of a new book about local history during WW2, also member of Stourbridge War Gamers was present to pass on his knowledge and answer any questions. He also volunteered to assist with the recording of memories.

Two large boxes of artifacts were brought along and handed into safe keeping of Cradley Then and Now who plan to hold a future evening to explore the contents more thoroughly.

Above is a video showing a taster of the event filmed and edited by volunteers

Midland Film and Art


Midland Film and Art is a membership club where people can enjoy screenings of films or view artwork and crafts that would otherwise not be shown in mainstream cinemas or exhibitions, or be available locally. These shows usually have an educational aim, introducing new audiences to different audiovisual works through screening and display, encouraging participation in arts and crafts. A common feature that may characterize a Midland Film and Art meeting is that they either begin with an introduction to the audience and/or end with the promotion of a discussion about the film/art, where assistants, organizers and sometimes the filmmakers/artists themselves, exchange their views.

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