Earlier in the year we congratulated Alcester Rugby Football Club on a highly successful season. Now we can extend our congratulations to Warwickshire's County Cricket Club for another superb summer season, following their 1994 successes. It is not just their choice of over-seas players that has led to so many victories: the Club's leadership (Amiss, Smith, Reeve) must be the envy of many other counties.
The Society has no speaker for its December meeting but is holding a Quiz, a feature which has been very successful over the years. The date is Wednesday, 13th December but the exact format of the quiz remains to be announced. It starts at 8 p.m.
Apropos the article on researching local history, there may be readers who have no interest in writing a village history but would be willing to research a particular item: we have in mind the manor records. So far, the Society has investigated the manor rolls of Alcester, Arrow, Coughton, Haselor, Kinwarton, Oversley and Spernall. It is now, necessary to have a look at Bidford, Great Alne, Salford Priors, Studley, Sambourne, Weethley and Wixford/Exhall. Most of this work is at Warwick Record Office.
Being on the edge of the Vale of Evesham, we are well-served by garden centres and other horticultural concerns. This year saw the expansion of Hiller's at Dunnington. For years, people in our area paid them a visit to pick their own fruit and to visit their farm shop. Now thete is a garden nearby, together with a plant centre which is very well organised. Attached to it is a new tea-room for weary plant seekers. The complex is well set out, with spacious parking facilities. Hiller's was fortunate during the summer drought. for it has two private reservoirs, fed by a borehole.
1995 has been the most successful year yet for the Alcester committee which organises the town's entry in the Britain-in-bloom competition. Not only did Alcester get first place in the best kept small town category but also the prestigious overall prize for the Midlands. In 1996 the town will go forward into a national competition. Margaret Payne and her committee are to be highly congratulated.
Alcester is a place which has had a long history of pride in itself, a feeling which seems to be passed on to the many newcomers to the town as well as to families which have deep roots in this historic place.
Autumn 1995 Index