Alcad History News

Two things concerning my Alcad History site

I had this nice e-mail from India….

‘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.

Tony Green

Snooding Hook

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 Sixties.

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.

It is always very gratifying to get feedback from visitors.

Walk around Bordesley Abbey site with Scour

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

An overview of the Scour project can be found at

We had a 2-hour gentle walk which followed generally my Arrow Valley North walk which can be found at

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.

There is a range of workshops organised at Forge Mill by the Scour team. Bookings can be made at

Scour Arts Project

The Scour Arts Project is back in Redditch for 2019 with Scour II at Forge Mill Museum and the Arrow Valley Country Park!

This was previewed in the Redditch Standard at and the Redditch Advertiser at

Details can be found at

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)

Tony Green 13th April 2019

Town Centre Walk

Grace Troth, at Redditch Library, coordinates a Walking Group . which explores the centre of the town and has plans to extend further.

There is a walk every other Friday 2pm-3pm (the next walk being tomorrow 15th February).

It starts at the library and lasts either 30 or 60 minutes, with everyone staying for hot drinks and biscuits in the library afterwards.

More details can be found on the poster or by contacting Redditch Library.

Redditch History Society Exhibition

The Redditch Local History Society exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum for 2019 is entitled ‘My Redditch Memories’, and runs from Thursday 31st October to Sunday 24th November 2019.

For this ‘living history’ exhibition, the Redditch Local History Society are collecting together stories about people and events in the town from a wide range of residents.

The Redditch Advertiser has a write up at

And more details can be found at the History Society website at

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.

Bordesley Abbey

I have added a new site I have created to my group of Redditch History Sites.

This is specifically designed to support the activities of the Forge Mill Needle Museum 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

I am currently working on links to Wikipedia at but this is my first attempt at adding to this famous Wiki.

Redditch Town Walks Update

I have now completed the update of the walks on the 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.

These can be found at and follow the new format which I used for the three Arrow Valley walks which can be found at

This completes my update to the Redditch Walks website for 2018 as part of my upgrade to my Explore Redditch suite of websites.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any problems and/or comments on the Redditch Walks website at

Redditch Walks Update

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

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 exhibition runs until Sunday 25th November. For details of opening times etc please visit

I am currently working on the 5 town walks which I plan to have available by the end of November.

If you find problems, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Exhibition at Forge Mill Needle Museum Gallery – ‘The River Arrow flowing through Redditch History’

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
Details of opening times and entry costs can be found at the Forge Mill Needle Museum web site.