Our Society covers the history of the north Worcestershire villages of Romsley and Hunnington. Our activities include lectures on a wide variety of subjects of local interest as well as transcribing of historical records.
We are a small and friendly group and always welcome visitors as well as potential members. Please come along to a meeting and discover for yourselves.
All meetings held at 7.30 p.m. in
St Kenelm's Church Hall, Bromsgrove Road, Romsley.
from September to May, on the fourth Tuesday of the month.
See Programme for full details.
Our meeting season for 2015-16:
• 22 September - The Battle of Evesham. Paul Harding & Helen Lee. Read the Meeting Report
• 27 October - Stolen Lives - Individual Tragedies of the Great War. Andrew Hamilton. Read the Meeting Report
• 24 November - The English Civil War in Bewdley, Kidderminster and Worcester. Max Keen. Meeting Report
• 23 February - The Restoration of the Cupola and Renewing of the Roof Coverings at Hanbury Hall, Derek Clarke. Meeting Report
• 22 March - Black Country Churches. Tim Bridges, Conservation Adviser for Birmingham & the West Midlands and the Church Buildings Support Officer for the Diocese of Hereford. Meeting Report
• 26 April - You Can't Abdicate and Eat It: Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson, Mary Bodfish. Meeting Report
• 24 May - The Society's AGM followed by Celebrating 50 Years of Romsley & Hunnington History Society. Julian Hunt and Ruth Harper. Meeting Report
• 28 June - Dayhouse Bank. Julian Hunt Meeting Report
Click the links to read reports from the 2015 AGM and other meetings during the 2014-15 season, including the special meeting in June 2015 for the school centenary, and the summer outing to Kidderminster Carpet Museum.
As part of Romsley and Hunnington History Society's 50th Anniversary celebrations, a special performance of the Ballad of St Kenelm A.D. 821 is being staged at St Kenelm's School, Romsley, at 2.00pm on Sunday, 3 July 2016.
The Ballad of St Kenelm, written by local novelist Francis Brett Young (1884-1954), tells the story of St Kenelm, the boy king of Mercia, who was murdered near Clent as part of his sister's plot to gain the throne. It is one of a collection of poems entitled The Island, first published in 1944, in which Francis Brett Young explores themes in English History in a masterly and lyrical fashion. The Francis Brett Young Society has now commissioned the local composer Andrew Downes to set The Ballad of St Kenelm to music, using a 14-piece orchestra and a cast of players to bring the story to life. The haunting music and Francis Brett Young's powerful verse make a moving combination.
The Ballad of St Kenelm will be conducted by Cynthia Downes. She will be joined by the Hagley Community Orchestra and the Central England Ensemble and her daughter Paula will sing the soprano lead. Tickets for this exciting and unique event are priced at £10.00 and are available from Paul Share, Chairman of the Romsley and Hunnington History Society, 197, Bromsgrove Road Hunnington, telephone 01562 710197.
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Some contents of this website are taken from the book Romsley and Hunnington, a Millennium History,
written by Joe Hunt and Julian Hunt and published by the Parish Councils of Romsley and Hunnington, in association with the RHHS.
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