‘I am Sunil Trikha from India. I visited Alcad thrice in
1980s in connection with transfer of technology for Punjab Power Pack. I have
many pleasant memories.
I still remember my friends Mr. David Way, Mr. Cummins &
Mr Tony Gray. I learnt a lot from them.
During my first visit Alcad was at its peak with Carpentry
shop, component production shop & tool room. It is great to find that you are keeping
memories of ALCAD alive.
Wishing you best of health. SUNIL TRIKHA’
I well remember visiting India in the 1980s to resolve a
battery problem in a nuclear power station and visiting important customers
such as the railways. I found the people there friendly and helpful and it has
some good memories. I still have some mementos which live in my living room to
remind me of the time.
I have also been working on a document supplied to me by
Jane Asher who is the daughter of W.S.Thomson
who worked at ‘The Batteries’ at Hunt End and Union Street from 1938 to
1972. He produced a manuscript ‘‘Nickel-Cadmium vented pocket plate storage
batteries.’ for the publisher McGraw Hill
which was never published.
Jane has supplied me with the original manuscript which I am
scanning and using OCR (Optical character recognition) to convert to a Word
file and then to a PDF. I will have to recreate the graphs, etc, into a modern
format and I will then publish this as a downloadable pdf.
This is rather a specialist area and there will be only limited
interest, but I think that it is important that technical information of this
type should not be lost and will be available for future historians.
I plan to work on this over the winter when there is less to
do in the garden and at Forge Mill Needle Museum.
Andy Green sent me a nice picture of his mother’s Snooding
Hook which is used to create the incredible range of fishing flies which were
produced in the town.
Andy told me that she used to tie the tiniest of hooks by
the gross on this, working for Taylor (Taylor Made) as ‘out work’ in the
I have seen fly tying demonstrations at Forge Mill Needle
Museum and at Redditch Local History Society from retired Redditch exponents
and it is fascinating and highly skilled.
Andy contacted me as he found my ‘Brief Introduction to the Fishhook Industry in Redditch’ presentation in my Industry page of my History of Redditch website, and, I am pleased to say, how much he enjoyed it. http://redditchhistory.com/industry.htm
It is always very gratifying to get feedback from visitors.
I had an interesting morning on Saturday 25th May with the Scour team and artist Andrew Howe exploring the historic landscape of the Bordesley Abbey site. This one of the range of workshops organised by the Scour team which can be found at http://www.forgemill.org.uk/web/events/
The participants were a nice group and it was a pleasure to
explain the history of the area during the walk. The walk is only 2 miles (3 km)
but we took about 2 hours to cover the terrain as the purpose was to thoroughly
explore the terrain and the relationship to its history. For me, it was
excellent to interact with such a motivated group.
In the afternoon they went on to make some interesting
artwork and it is planned to publish a small magazine about the walk which will
include these and some of the history.
I am involved in the one day art work and workshop at Forge
Mill on the 25th May 2019 where we explore the local landscape with
a gentle 2 hour walk with myself and artist Andrew Howe followed by a workshop.
Details can be found on the poster and from the Scour website (above)
The image was taken by the late Philip Davis, who was for
many years the Local Historian at Redditch Public Library (a post that has long
since disappeared), and a stalwart supporter of the history of our town.
This is specifically designed to support the activities of
the Forge Mill Needle Museum http://www.forgemill.org.uk/
from the point of view of the volunteers at the museum who are active in
promoting the Abbey ruins.
Next year we are planning to have a special weekend; Bordesley Weekend’, linked to the ‘Festival of Archaeology; organised by the Council for British Archaeology http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/
I have now completed the update of the walks on the www.redditchwalks.org.uk website with the five town walks. These are five walks covering a walk around the town centre and four walks starting at the centre and encompassing the areas to the North, South, East and West of the centre.
To coincide with the exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum, ‘The River Arrow – flowing through Redditch History’, I decided that I needed to update 3 history walks I created for the Arrow Valley Park at http://www.redditchwalks.org.uk/arrow.htm
I did a quick update to these walks into the new format which I have changed to but there were some problems. Particularly I created the PDF download files from a mix of A3 and A4 files. This meant that the pdf file was a bit ‘problematic’.
I have now resolved this and the download works as planned and can be printed individually as a 2-sided A4 sheet which can be folded into an A5 document. (see image)
The last exhibition for 2018 at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery is entitled ‘History that flows through the River Arrow’ and runs from Wednesday 24th October until Sunday 25th November.
This Redditch Local History Society exhibition is based on the talk I gave at the RLHS meeting in August this year concerning the history of this little river and its importance to the history of the town.
Using photographs, maps, drawings and other artefacts it describes the history of the River Arrow since it came into existence at the time of the last ice age nearly 12,000 years ago.
Over the following millennia, it has seen early man, the Roman invasion, the great Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, the Norman Conquest, the expansion of monasteries, the Industrial Revolution, the urbanisation of the population and the development of the modern ‘New Towns’.
The exhibition includes an original tapestry produced by Redditch Recorded in Art Group (RRTAG) and is entitled ‘’Remembered in Thread’.
I have also taken the opportunity to update my three Arrow Valley walks to a new format which you can find at http://www.redditchwalks.org.uk/
Details of opening times and entry costs can be found at the Forge Mill Needle Museum web site. http://www.forgemill.org.uk/