Our next meeting and talk, the first of the 2017/18 season, will take place on Monday 18th September 2017 in the Parlour at the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. The meeting will start at 7pm and our guest speaker will be Keith Cattell who will be giving an illustrated talk ‘On a Wing and a Prayer – the Cathedral Builders’.
All are welcome to our meetings. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments are served at the end of the meeting.
Left to right: Eliza A. Morris, Jane Morris (née Phillips), Joseph W. Morris (back row), John Morris (front row) and Mary A. Morris. Photo c1900: Tom Morris
Following the Society’s 2017 Annual General Meeting on Monday 15th May, Broadway History Society Committee Member, Geoff Sanders, will be giving an illustrated talk depicting the wealth of information, and the pitfalls that might be encountered when researching the seven decades of the Broadway Census Returns from 1841 to 1901.
The progression through the decades follows one prominent villager, John Morris1 (the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church) and his descendants, with explanations and interpretations of the vast amount of information available from the censuses. Geoff’s talk will illustrate how a census return can be littered with errors and ‘red herrings’. He will explain how published pages often reflect third-hand information with spoken names being written by the census enumerators rather than the householders which, combined with the local ‘Broddy’2 dialect, led to some interesting entries and interpretations.
The 2017 AGM and Geoff’s talk will be held in the Lifford Hall Parlour, Lower Green, Broadway, on Monday 15th May 2017 starting at 7pm. Refreshments will be served at the end of the AGM before Geoff’s talk which is expected to start around 7.30pm. All welcome. Non-members £3 on the door.
Broadway History Society
1. John Morris (1784-1864), father of Joseph Wilson Morris (see above photo), was ordained as the first resident Minister of Broadway Congregational Church (now Broadway United Reformed Church) in 1816. He resigned in 1825 to set up his grocery and drapery business.
2. ‘Asum’ grammar for Broadway.
Do you want to start tracing your family tree and don’t know where to start? Worcester Archive and Archaeology Service are hosting a two part workshop at The Hive (Worcester Library), to give help and advice about how to start tracing your ancestors.
On Monday 20th February 2017, ceramics and antiques expert Henry Sandon MBE will give a talk on ‘Worcester China’ starting at 7pm in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel, High Street, Broadway. After his talk, Henry will gladly value any porcelain or china brought along.
This event is free to Members of the Broadway History Society, non-members welcome £3 on the door.
For more information about this event or membership of Broadway History Society please telephone Mary Smith, 01386 853278.
On Monday 12th December 2016, the Society will meet in Broadway Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Broadway, for a talk on ‘The Worcestershire Regiment in World War One’ by Dennis Plant starting at 7pm. Non-members welcome (£3).
Men of the 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment marching to the trenches; Acheux-en-Amiénois, France, 27 June 1916
Over 30 men from Broadway served with the Worcestershire Regiment in the First World War which saw action on the Western Front, the Middle East and Salonika. Several men from Broadway died whilst serving or having served with the Regiment during WW1 and are commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial on the village green:
Private 25249 Josiah James Baylis
Private 34604 William Robert Billey (2nd Battalion)
Private 203259 William Bishop (10th Battalion)
Private 15373 Albert Henry Clarke (11th Battalion)
Private 30483 Bertram Clarke (2nd Battalion)
Private 47558 John Sydney Cull (Yeomanry)
Private 2414, Francis Alfred Folkes (Yeomanry)
Corporal 240841 Leonard Frank Green (1/8th Battalion)
Private 15024 Gerald Haines (2nd Battalion)
Private 241170 Charles Jackson (9th Battalion)
Private 202406 Walter Jordan (1st Battalion)
Private 27819 Charles Hubert Keyte (3rd Battalion)
Private 22994 Alfred Layton (9th Battalion)
Private 241819 Frank Rastall (1/8th Battalion)
Lance Corporal 3674 George Sandel (1/8th Battalion)
Private 21387 Wilfred George Scrivens (4th Battalion)
Private 42530 Alec Silvester Stanley (2nd Battalion)
Amongst the men who served with the Worcesters during the First World War was Wilson William Keyte. Wilson was posted to Salonika with the 11th Battalion and was awarded the Military Medalin 1917 for stretcher-bearing duties during the Battle of Doiran. Two of Wilson’s cousins, George Thomas Handy and Albert Henry Clarke (see above) were involved in the same battle. At the end of the war, Wilson Keyte was awarded the Greem Military Cross, the highest decoration awarded by the Greek Government, for meritorious service in action.
On Monday 14th November 2016, Broadway History Society will be hosting a talk by Steve Williams and Debbie Williamson on ‘The Lost Soldiers of the Somme: a Tolkien and Broadway Connection’ in Broadway Community Library, Leamington Road, Broadway WR12 7DZ, starting at 7pm.
J.R.R. Tolkien, aged 24, in 1916
Steve Williams, who writes under the name of Steve Ponty, and is the author of ‘Middle-Earth in Magic Mirror Maps… Of the Wilderland in Wales… Of the Shire in England’, has researched the part played by J.R.R. Tolkien, who served with the Lancashire Fusiliers in the Battle of the Somme during 1916, including the military details stage by stage, and will discuss the impact of Tolkien’s writing of Mordor in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Tolkien lost all four of his best friends during the First World War and remarkably a young Adolf Hitler was in the opposing trenches on the Western Front.
The loss of young lives is echoed in the experiences of Broadway, and Debbie Williamson, author of ‘Broadway Remembers‘ will talk about the lives of six men from the village who lost their lives during the Battle of the Somme.
Non-members of the Broadway History Society are welcome to attend the meeting (£3 on the door).
For information about joining the Society please telephone Mary Smith, Hon. Treasurer on 01386 853278.
Guest speaker, Jon Goldswain, a recipient of the Elgar Society Certificate of Merit, will give his second illustrated talk to members on ‘Elgar’s Women’ with excerpts, both orchestral and vocal, of Elgar’s music. Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934) was greatly influenced by the intensity of his relationships with women, and in particular four women: his mother, Ann née Greening; his wife, Caroline Alice née Roberts, whose poems Elgar set to music; Helen Weaver, a close friend and Elgar’s first fiancée who ended a nine month engagement in 1884, and his daughter, Carice who was born in 1890.
The talk starts at 7pm and will be held in the Community Room at The Court, Russell Square, Broadway. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting. Non-members welcome (£3 on the door).