SOLIHULL LOCAL HISTORY CIRCLE www.solh.org.uk
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We are glad that on your surfing trip you took a moment to glance at our Local History Circle. We invite you to ride the information waves with us. We assure you that we will share our talents and treasures open heartedly.
SLHC is an active group with a current membership of about 60, founded in 1987 to foster and promote knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the local history of Solihull. We liaise with other similar groups in the Solihull Borough through the Solihull Heritage Forum organised by Solihull Council.
We endeavour to do this by:-
Our parent Organisation, Solihull Society of Arts was founded in 1944.
In 1987 Mrs. Sue Bates, the then Local Studies Librarian at Solihull Library, approached Charles Lines who raised the suggestion of a new Society of Arts group at an Executive meeting. An inaugural meeting was held in the Exhibition Hall at the Library when over 200 people attended and 70 members joined the new Local History Circle section. That evening. Mrs. Joy Woodall, well known author and local historian, was elected Chairperson and Sue Bates, Secretary. After business of the evening was concluded, Charles Lines gave his popular illustrated talk "When Solihull was a Village".
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A Note on the Solihull Society of Arts.
The Solihull Society of Arts (founded in 1944), of which we are a part, currently contains four other Sections – Art, Drama, The Operatic Society (with its vibrant youth section, SOSage Factory) and Recorded Music. Each Section is entitled to send two representatives to the Executive Committee which usually meets four times a year. Our representatives are Adam and myself, who are also the SSA’s Treasurer and Secretary respectively. We are also the Trustees of the Society, which currently has no Chairman.
When I took office I was inclined to think that we should leave the SSA as we derived little benefit from it. I no longer hold that view as, over the last two years, much has changed to benefit Sections. Expenditure on publicity and equipment is now paid by the SSA, whilst its Capitation Fee has been reduced from £5 per member to £3. Under the SSA’s charitable status, each Section can claim back tax on Gift Aid. But the compelling reason for remaining within the SSA is that all money, even that in ‘our’ bank account, legally belongs to the Charity. The Charity Commissioners expressly forbid it being passed to members in the event of a dissolution.
The SSA signed an Agreement with Alderbrook School in December 2002 whereby it loaned the School £270k over 10 years (with no interest) in return for being able to use the School’s facilities, subject only to paying ‘the additional costs’ of heating lighting and security.
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We meet once a month. Talks are arranged on a variety of Local History and related subjects, profusely illustrated with slides and displays. Day visits to places of historical interest in the UK are arranged, and have been extremely popular. We maintain close links with Solihull MBC
Our group is a member of the British Association of Local History (BALH) and each quarter we receive their journal "The Local Historian". This publication and several others are on display and are available for loan at our meetings. We also have the group membership of the Warwickshire Local History Society, and any member can attend their talks without payment.
Solihull Society Of Arts is a registered charity, No.260027
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Visitors are always welcome and pay £3 at the door.
If you think you would like to be a member of the group and come to our excursions, study tours or social events, contact our Membership Secretary
Mrs. Helen Pearce
103 Richmond Road, Olton, Solihull, B92 7RR
Tel: 0121 706 2345
Yearly Subscription £14
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