A month or so ago I pointed out that there was an excellent new book out of Brownhills memories gathered orally by folks undertaking a project based at Knaves Court extra care facility, near Anchor Bridge in Brownhills.
I got my copy a few weeks ago and it is truly wonderful, and highly recommend it. I’m glad to see work being done with the elderly hereabouts to capture their memories while we can. Such things are the lifeblood of local history and it’s great to see them preserved.
Janet Grinnell wrote:
I wonder if you’d be able to help us spread the word about our new Brownhills book, ‘Chatting with Brownhills’? I know that local history and the community are two of your by-words and this should hopefully be of interest to you and your readers.
Over the last few months we’ve chatted to, and recorded the memories of, people from across the Brownhills area. Local churches, clubs, support groups have all taken part with us, as well as individuals (some well known to your readers, others who’ve never before been involved in anything like this). The idea was to recognise the immense value of individual memories when looking at local history, and see them as something to preserve and cherish.
The book hasn’t been set out as a history text book – from the word go it was never intended to be. Instead its focus is on the community that makes up Brownhills rather than its changing bricks and mortar. It’s been written as a conversation between all the wonderful people who agreed to take part, with the local history snippets as a brilliant bonus. Hopefully, for those who’ve never before thought about the history of their local area, this will inspire them to find out more.
I’m Janet, activities co-ordinator at Knaves Court, and I’ve edited the book on behalf of the residents there. Quite a few of them follow you regularly and it would be wonderful if you could help us get the word out and share our enthusiasm.
(The book is now available on Amazon.)
Thanks a lot for your time and help.
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Thanks to Janet for letting me know and apologies for the time delay in publishing the plug.
If you get a copy, I’d love to hear what you think: Comment here or mail me – BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com. Cheers.