Well the year is flying past, the nights are closing in and before long we will be preparing for Christmas!

The Heritage Hub is still thriving although the Friends of Tamworth Castle & Museum have pulled out which has left us short handed and having to cover their day so once again we ask if any of you can spare an hour or two to help cover the shop. You would find the time both rewarding and informative.  We are still getting donations coming though the door to such an extent that with the help of a large anonymous donation we purchased a new and bigger display cabinet. Apart from more bottles we received a pot manufactured by Skey for Cross & Blackwell once filled with pickles and exported to Belgium. This was returned to Tamworth from Ghent courtesy of Kristian De Vlamynck seen here presenting the pot to chairman Margaret. Kristian has been conversing with the trust for the last few years and presented 4 pots in 2014 but at that time we had no were to display them so they were given to the castle.


A family turned up one Saturday with a model of Tamworth Castle made by their 5 year old son as part of a school project. This lightened our day and the lad’s face was a picture when he saw us put it in the window. The Tamworth Herald published a nice article on this item which not only praised the boy but gave us some welcome publicity.


We also received a large Gibbs & Canning urn dated 1854 presented by 1 of our members.


A local historian has supplied us with 2 booklets on Gibbs & Canning depicting the fabulous stonework that decorates many famous buildings worldwide. These are held in the Hub for people to view. Pop into the Hub to see these and other items in our expanding collection. Checking on twitter the other evening I came across a very nice accolade for the Hub, this really made our day and makes the time spent well worth it.


On Heritage Sunday this year as well as our usual stand in the Town Hall we opened the Hub and attracted 81 visitors. The hub was manned all day by Chairman Margaret helped by Greg in the afternoon. The stand itself also attracted a lot of interest not least for the Olympic torch carried by Father Michael White (this led to many photos of children holding the torch).   We must give a big thank you to Father Michael for the loan and to Mo Tonks orginally arranging this, Mo also helped Greg with the setting up of the display and manned the stall through out the day along with Greg in the morning, and the afternoon by Michael & Kay Green. Thank are also due to Steve Greenhall for the loan of some of the photos.

This year we are once again putting the Trust forward to enter the Christmas Tree display in St Editha’s Church.  The event will be from 18th to the 25th so why not pop in and see if you can find our tree.

As the year comes to an end it is time to renew your member ship and a renewal form is enclosed.

Talking of membership we now have our first corporate member in the form of the Reliant motor club. We welcome them and hope to be able to have joint projects to the benefit of both groups in the near future.

With the last news letter we enclosed a ticket for a talk to be held at the hub. This went well but attendance was disappointing. We intend to have more talks when the lighter nights return. A list of talks and venues will be published soon. Any suggestions for this project will be welcome.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our readers.

From Margaret & Greg Clarke & the rest of the committee

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