Well Summer is here and The Heritage Trust is moving along with new projects for you to watch out for.
BLUE PLAQUES are at last coming. On July 8th in partnership with the Reliant Motor Club we unveiled the first on the house where T.L. Williams and E.S.Thompson built the first Reliant van.
The house is called ‘Bro-Dawel’ and is in Kettlebrook. Members of both clubs attended, some of the Reliant Club members arriving in their preserved cars ie,5/6 Reliant Scimitars and a MKIII Reliant Robin. The ceremony itself was performed by Chairman Margaret and Mrs Charlotte Oliver granddaughter of E.S.Thompson.
Barrie Wills, President of the Reliant Motor Club, who also used to be a director of the company gave a brief but informative speech on the history of the company. After the ceremony we viewed the “shed” where the first van was created, and chatted with the family who now own the house. They are very proud of its history and have promised to restore and preserve the shed for prosperity.
Moving forward, with the aid of a large donation we plan to fit 3 more Blue Plaques on buildings around the town commemorating people of note. So keep a sharp eye open and see if you can locate them before the next newsletter. We are open to any suggestions for future locations but feel that we should avoid the obvious buildings i.e. Town Hall, the Assembly Rooms etc; this way we can create a trail of historic but lesser known buildings.
The Heritage Hub is still attracting visitors, and donations for display are still arriving, so come on in, there is usually something new to explore. The collection of models created by Mr Parkes alone is worth seeing.
Margaret & Greg recently visited the walled garden at Whittington. This three and half acre garden along with a small farm is a CIC project with surrounding villagers participating, and has not only fruit and veg but pigs cattle and poultry. Fresh produce can be purchased from the farm shop or consumed in the cafe – we can definitely recommend a visit, and in fact we may even organise a club visit if there is any interest so let us know.
Our friend Kristiian De Vlamyk from Bruges, Belgium visited England and once again came to Tamworth. this time he brought with him a Peel nursery plate he found at a local flea market and he generously donated this to the Peel Society. The plate can be viewed in the Hub for a short while before it joins the Peel Collection at Middleton Hall.+
On September 12th the Heritage Trust is holding its Annual General Meeting commencing at 7.15 pm. This will take place in the upstairs function room of the Moathouse one of our most historic buildings, and the room itself has a lovely ornate ceiling.
It would be nice to see you there and even nicer if you would join the committee new blood is always needed.
Tamworth Heritage Trust