Heritage and Local History

Found in a skip!

While we’re updating things here at Neighbourhood News Online, have a look at this lovely bit of news from the latest edition of The Gazette by The Balsall Heath Local History Society.

‘A few weeks back the society was approached by Rob Rolfe, a Lay Reader at Emmanuel Church, Wylde Green to help in finding the origin of a World War 1 memorial plaque handed in to a church after being found in a skip 5 years ago. Most of the people listed on the plaque came from Balsall Heath and many of the rest came from Moseley. This memorial has now been identified as the one from Moseley Road Congregational Church after appeals to the public on various internet sites and on the BBC. It is hoped that a new home will be found for it soon. Thanks to David Gent at Ladypool Road congregational church we now have a little more history of the plaque. This comes from B. Stokes’ history of the Moseley Road church. “Thirty members of the Moseley Road congregation and three members of the Mission had died on active service…At Moseley Road a tablet which recorded the names of the fallen on a roll of honour was purchased with funds raised through voluntary subscription”. The Mission referred to is now the Ladypool Rd church. Emmanuel Church will be holding a Remembrance exhibition between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on 10th November. They should be displaying the memorial and will have a local historian present.’

The Balsall Heath Local History Society’s next meeting is Thursday, 29th November at 7pm. St. Pauls Venture on Hertford Street.

The speaker will be Mary Harding on Local Postcards.

Visitors and new members are always welcome.



The renovation work has gone ahead full speed over the festive break and the old Art School promises an exciting new look to the Moseley Rd. We understand that a board will go up shortly outside to explain to everyone what is happening, since there’s certainly no lack of interest in the neighbourhood.
Hopefully this will be accompanied by lots more information about what the works will accomplish and what new activities the building will host when all the work is done! More next week….