All welcome to attend the meeting. Non-members £3 on the door. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.
‘Spelling bees’ or spelling contests are a great American tradition, however, as early as 1876 there were newspaper reports of ‘spelling bees’ across towns and villages in the United Kingdom.
In the 1890s regular ‘spelling bee’ competitions were held in the village of Broadway in Worcestershire. One such competition took place on Saturday 12th January 1892 during a meeting of the village’s Congregational Guild. Held in the British Schoolroom, Reverend S. Clarke, conducted the ‘spelling bee’ and members of the Guild were divided in to two classes. In class 1, eleven entered the competition and they were given 20 words that had appeared in a recent copy of the ‘The Daily News’1. Miss Ida Morris spelled the most words correctly and was awarded first prize. In class 2, there were five competitors and the words were selected from the opening chapter of ‘Genesis’. The prize for that class was awarded to the winner, Mr Arthur William Folkes2.
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- The Daily News, founded in 1846, is famous for its founding editor, Charles Dickens, who remained in the post for only 20 days but continued to write occasional columns for the paper.
- Arthur William Folkes (1871-1905) was born in Broadway, son of William Smith Folkes and Alice Folkes (nee Parker). He married Rosina Ellen Frances in 1897 and died. aged 33, in 1905. His brother died in the First World War and is commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial (see Broadway Remembers).
The next meeting of the Broadway History Society and the first of the 2018/19 Programme of Events, will take place on Monday 17th September with an illustrated talk by Richard Johnson from the GWSR. Richard will be updating us on Broadway Station which reopened in March.
The meeting will start promptly at 7pmand will take place in main hall in the Lifford Memorial Hall, Lower Green, Broadway. Refreshments will be served at the end of the meeting.
During the meeting Hon.Treasurer Mary Smith will be collecting subs for the 2018/19 year, £10 for individual membership and £15 for a couple (cheques payable to ‘Broadway History Society’).
The World Chain of Light is conducted annually by Toc H members worldwide. It takes place on the 11th – 12th December to commemorate the first opening of Talbot House in Poperinghe, Belgium, and the birthday of Toc H Founder Padre Tubby Clayton.
The first Chain of Light was started in 1929 in Perth, Western Australia. In 1961 the Chain was started at Dor Knap (which had been acquired by the movement in 1959) on the edge of the Cotswold Hills above Broadway.
At 9pm local time on the 11th December the host Lamp at Dor Knap was lit and a vigil held for 24 hours. The chain then moved westwards around the world with branches all lighting their lamps at 9pm local time until the chain of light was completed at 9pm on the 12th December. A short service was prepared by the members of the host Broadway Toc H Branch which included a message that was circulated worldwide for use during the observance.
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.
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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.
Clothing tells a multitude of human stories with each embroidered stitch contributing to the tale. The Embroidered Bodies: Textile Exhibition at Broadway Museum & Art Gallery will include a selection of garments drawn from the Eastern and Western textile collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Works will include a diverse range of garments from hats to shoes, stomachers to collars, dating from as far back as the 1400s right up to the 20th century.
Broadway Museum & Art Gallery, Tudor House, 65 High Street, Broadway WR12 7DP, tel. 01386 859047, is open daily Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Admission costs £5 with child and family tickets at a reduced cost. For more information about the Museum and the exhibition visit www.broadwaymuseum.org.uk.