The latest documents given to us we have, as is our custom, deposited at the County Record Office at Warwick They are:
We have also been allowed to look at and copy several sets of house deeds; - we are grateful to their owners.
In the last couple of years three of Alcester's religious bodies have turned to publishing guides to their churches. Firstly, the Roman Catholics brought out 'Our Lady & St. Joseph, Alcester and SS. Peter & Paul & St. Elizabeth, Coughton', a description of the two churches and of some of the events and personalities connected with them.
Secondly, the Baptists published 'The Alcester Baptist Story', tracing the history of the sect from the 17th century to the present day, again with some of the personalities connected with the Church Street chapel.
Thirdly, the Editor has recently re-written the church guide to St. Nicholas parish church, at the invitation of the P.C.C. This is chiefly a description of the building, aimed mainly at out-of-town visitors. It may be published during 1990.
September 22nd this year (1990) is being kept as 'Archaeology Day? throughout the country and our society has been invited to do something We have various ideas and will almost certainly organise an event; this will be detailed in the Autumn 'Local Past? -- in the meantime, why not mark Sept. 22nd, a Saturday, in your diary as a date to keep free.
Edgehill Battle Museum
This is a suggestion for the summer holidays. The Museum is to the east of Stratford Upon Avon, near Famborough and somewhat to the east of Edgehill Battlefield (16~?); it is on the Warks/Oxon border. The museum is open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons and is part of Famborough Hall. The countryside is most attractive and refreshments may be obtained at the museum.
How to get 'Local Past' by post
Some people would prefer to have 'L.P.' sent to them each quarter rather than find it sold out in one of the local shops we are glad to accommodate them. £1-6O, plus 96p postage (£2.56) will guarantee your copies for the next four quarters If you decide to do this, please indicate on which quarter you wish to start and send cheque to the Editor Society members get theirs a little cheaper, viz. £1-2O plus 96p (£2.16)
(N.B. these arrangement no longer apply - contact the society for current details F.M. 1999)
Family History Centre
The Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) has done a good turn to local historians and family history seekers It has opened a centre at 321, Evesham Road, Crabbs Cross, Redditch, open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9.30 am to 12.45 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (N.B. these are the 1990 opening times)
The Centre holds the latest edition of the I.G.I. for the whole world, including, of course every English county It also has microfilm copies of registration indexes for England and Wales at St. Catherine's House, London, as well as 1841-188l census indexes.
Summer 1990 Index
© Alcester & District Local History Society 1991