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​Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society - August 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 25, 2014

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AS MEMBERS returned to the Wesleyan Hall in Blythe Bridge for the second half of the local history season a fabulous turnout of members and guests sat down to listen to a history and development of the chimney pot given by the guest speaker Lance Bates.

The meeting began with a welcome introduction by Levison Wood, the Secretary who announced the success of the various events the society had undertaken for the centenary of the Great War.

Feedback from the public who had attended the Tree Planting at Forsbrook cemetery in a torrential downpour, the Lest We Forget book launch in the Library, the Old Time Music Hall/Proms in the Pub, at The Huntsman pub, and the combined efforts made by other organisations to enable the Flower Festival and ecumenical Church Service at St Peter's Church, Forsbrook, which included displays of work from our local schools.

All combined to make the weekend a fitting memorial and appropriate tribute to the fallen from the village.

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Mr Wood highlighted the part played by members who had worked exceedingly hard to produce the aforementioned publication offering particular appreciation to Dot Mills and Kath Barker, who spent countless hours researching the online information regarding the men who are recorded on our local war memorials.

The Secretary continued by presenting the Treasurer Gillian Crowther with a bouquet of flowers for the key contribution she has made over the past four years by collating the information and formatting relevant pages contained within the book.

He explained that the 'building blocks' of information she had put together was the key that had made the book such a tremendous success.

Lance Bates, who is the owner of the only known British chimney pot museum based in Newcastle Street, Longport, provided the society with an extremely detailed and informative talk surrounding the design and practical use of the humble pot. With a collection of over 1,500 pots the passion for his unusual hobby was clear.

With an extensive list of slides his knowledge of the subject matter was abundant and members listened attentively to his lecture.

Mr Bates was warmly rewarded with a generous round of applause. The next meeting of the Society will take place on the 2nd September at 7.30pm when the guest speaker will be author and raconteur William (Bill) Cawley, better known as Ghost Writer from Leek, whose talk centres around ' Journey to Van Diemen's Land!', a background to local criminal activity and people who suffered transportation to down under as a consequence.

£2.50 for guests. Contact 01782 388241 for details.

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