I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a belated happy and prosperous 2005. I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Many of our members were infected by the flu virus, so severe was the germ that a few had to spend time in hospital. Anyway I hope that you have all made a full recovery and I look forward to seeing you at this year's meetings. There are some terrific talks booked, please take a look on page 14 and put the dates in your diary. Also I have arranged the society's first outing, which takes place on Saturday 9th April. A trip to Hellens House at Much Marcle, the day includes a tour and guide to the house and lunch at The Royal Oak. The coach leaves at 9.30am and the price per person is £23. The coach only has 48 seats, so it is first come first served.
The Christmas meal was a tremendous night with 70 attending. Sadly the New Year concert was poorly supported. I had thought about not arranging one in 2005 but felt that it would be a loss to those who did attend and enjoyed the evening. I will try something different, it will still be a concert at the Parish Hall but the evening will have a cabaret feel with tables around the outside of the hall leaving a small dance area in the middle. The food will change from fish'n'chips to a cold buffet. I can assure you all that the hall was warm and comfortable this year so please think about supporting the event this year.
I have enclosed a separate leaflet with your Oracle; a member would like your help with research on his family tree. If anyone else would like help, then perhaps it could be a quarterly item. Please help if you can!
Hot off the press! I think that we are all aware of the 60th anniversary of 'D-day';' VE Day'' etc and that there are many celebrations happening all over Britain, with Sunday July 10th as the designated day for celebrations in Birmingham. A few members asked me if the society is doing anything to commemorate the anniversary. I gave it some thought and decided that Quinton LHS would have its own celebrations on Saturday 9th July. During the day we will stage an exhibition and display "Quinton at War", at the Parish Hall. The day will be completed with a themed concert in the Parish Hall. The artists and show will be styled in the 1940s and those attending can dress up, if they wish. Let's make this a day/night to remember. If you would like to get involved then I would be delighted to welcome you on board.
Bye for nowBernard Taylor
© QLHS 2005
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