During the spring and summer, the RHS takes advantage of the better weather to visit sites of historic interest.  During the winter months, the RHS meets on the first Monday of the month (except for January, when it is the second) at the Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Hill Ridware.

When Ridware History Society was established in 1990, it met at the Chadwick Arms, Hill Ridware. Meetings then moved to the Bull & Spectacles in Blithbury, before going to the Coach & Horses in Abbots Bromley. It seems appropriate that we are now returning to Ridware, for this new phase in our history.

Below is a list of events planned.  This schedule is, of course, subject to change at any time, so check for updates. 


Winter Programme 2017/18

2nd October 2017


'Excavations at Mavesyn Ridware and Alrewas: Neolithic Enclosures and Communities in the Trent Valley'

A talk by Paul Garwood
Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Prehistory at Birmingham University.  In 2014 the causewayed enclosure at Mavesyn Ridware was excavated by a team from Birmingham University and later that year Paul Garwood and Henry Chapman spoke to the Society on their findings.  Last year, the team returned to excavate another section of the Mavesyn enclosure and also one at Alrewas.  Paul will report on what they discovered.

6th November 2017

'Hednesford's Horse Racing History'

A talk by Anthony Hunt
The training of racehorses took place from the late 18th Century in Hednesford, mainly by Lord Paget and the Earl of Uxbridge.  The first formal race meeting took place in 1835 and racing continued, sometimes sporadically, until 1871.
Anthony is a retired teacher, local historian and writer. He is the author of A History of Hednesford and Surrounding Villages and Hednesford's Horse Racing History.

11th December 2017

(NB Please note this is the second Monday in December)

'Tales of a Town Crier'

Ken Knowles and Marilyn Masters
Ken became the town crier and sword bearer for the City of Lichfield in 2009, and has won many town crier competitions nationally and internationally.  He is also a well known local actor.  The talk promises to be a very entertaining one.

The talk will be followed by our traditional Christmas Buffet, the cost of which is £9 per person.   A booking form for the buffet must be sent to David Smith by 15th November 2017.

8th January 2018

Annual General Meeting

followed by

'Tales of the Pubs of Armitage and Ridware'
by Roy Fallows
Our member Roy Fallows has been researching the history of local pubs and will entertain us with the stories he has discovered.  He has previously researched the history of the First World War soldiers of Armitage.

5th February 2018

'Cheesemaking in Staffordshire and Derbyshire'
by Alan Salt  
Alan Salt began work at the Hartington cheese factory after leaving school and later worked for Dairy Crest.  He is now an independent cheese consultant and one of the principal people involved in the revival of cheesemaking in Hartington at the Hartington Creamery. 

5th March 2018



A talk by Andrew Watkins
During its coaching heyday, Coleshill was an important staging post with over 20 inns.  However, its roots are much more ancient.  Andrew Watkins is a Research Fellow at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester and former Head of the Sixth Form at Lichfield cathedral School.

We hope to follow this talk with a visit to Coleshill in the summer, led by Andrew


 The winter meetings, between October and March, all commence at 8 p.m.

(doors open at 7.30 p.m.) They are held at Hill Ridware Village Hall, Uttoxeter Road, Hill Ridware

Visitors are always welcome










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