Archive website content Christmas 2018

Home page content late November - December 2018 


High Flyers

High Flyers perform Christmas songs and carols at Friday's Christmas Tree Festival. 

Thank you very much to everyone at High Flyers for their wonderful Christmas Concert at the Christmas Tree Festival on Friday 7/12/18. It was a really entertaining, joyful performance - everyone who came loved meeting the singers, staff and volunteers afterwards.

High Flyers' premises in Wombourne.

From time to time High Flyers is our Charity of the Month - Martin was invited to visit their premises in Wombourne on 4th December 2018 to meet centre manager Sheila Baker as well as her staff and volunteers, to find out more about the charity - who it works with, what it does - and to take photos of their facilities:

Read about High Flyers



Claire Cox, founder of Singing Angels and Archangels, who are based at St Andrew's, The Straits. 

The Singing Angels line-up, pictured in autumn 2018. 

After the Children's Society Autumn Fair, Martin interviewed Claire Cox, who leads the Singing Angels and Archangels at St Andrew's about the group and their plans for the future, as well as the motivation that led her to create such an inspiring initiative. 

Martin interviews Claire Cox about our wonderful children's choir 'Singing Angels' - and 'Archangels'

If you'd like to find out what Singing Angels are doing now, as well as other activities in the Parish for young people, we've started a new experimental page on the website for Young Disciples:

Young disciples

As with all our pages on this website, the 'Young Disciples' page is as good as, and as up-to-date as the information we receive - so if you've got an activity please get in touch with Martin our web editor:

A History of Christianity 

If you didn't catch the recent BBC4 re-run of Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch's series on the History of Christianity, it's still available on BBC iPlayer. 

Here's a link to the last programme in the series - other episodes are also available: 

History of Christianity - Episode 6

Help us identify faces from an All Saints' archive photo!

Possibly the CEMS - Church of England Men's Society in the 1950 or 60s. 

All Saints' Church Archive latest!

Ken Slater, who has been attending All Saints' since the 1940s, has sent in some identification and info for an image we featured in our recent church archive selection. It's possibly of Church of England Men's Society, and probably from the 1950s or 1960s. 

Ken has provided some names:

Extreme left Edward Morgan (once painted a picture of the church interior); others pictured include Reg Slater, Andrew Browning, Horace Downing, Cyril Evans, Mr Davies, Mr Timmins.

Front row, right, Job Evans - Verger in the 1940s.

Can anyone else help with identification (of their fathers, grandfathers, uncles etc?).

Lesley Guy

Another image we are seeking information about for the Church Archive is this one of our former Verger, Lesley Guy, who lived in the flat above the Church Hall. 

In 2012 we put together an exhibition article about him for our Sedgley's Diamond 60 exhibition, with information supplied by his daughter who lives in Australia. 

In Lesley's case we will transfer and edit down the information from the article for his entry in the archive.   

Lesley Guy All Saints' Verger, 1960 - 1985

Our wonderful tree decorations 

Every year around twenty local groups decorate trees for our Christmas Tree Festival. 

Quite often, the fine detail of the tree decorations can be overlooked when looking at the entire tree.

so here's a detailed look at some of the great creativity displayed by our tree dressers: 

2018 Christmas Tree decorations 

All Saints' Christmas Fayre 2018

All Saints' Christmas Fayre was held on Saturday 1st December 2018 in All Saints' Church Hall. It raised: 


Many thanks to everyone who organised it, ran stalls, all who came along to raise money - and to the daredevils who got onto the roof to erect the banner!

All Saints' Christmas Fayre 2018


Clear blue skies for the opening of the festival. 

Canon Jan Humphries opens the event on Friday morning. 

Our Licensed Lay Minister Canon Jan Humphries opened our Christmas Tree Festival at All Saints' at 10.00am on Friday 30/11/18. 

The school choir from St Chad's Catholic School Sedgley perform.

We were delighted to welcome the school choirs from Woodsetton School and St Chad's Catholic School who sang a selection of Christmas carols for us. Thank you so much to their teachers who worked so hard to prepare the children. 

The theme of this year's Christmas Tree Festival is 'Hobbies'. 

The Ladies' Society chose Bee Keeping as the hobby for their tree. 

Here are some pictures of the ingenious, beautiful and thoughtfully decorated trees on show this year: 

All Saints' 2018 Christmas Tree Festival

Thank you so much to all the organisers and to every local group who decorated a tree. This is a great annual village event to be really proud of as a community- and one that many look forward to each Christmas. 


Martin with the Community Award won by Sedgley Archives Group, at the 'Forging a Future for All' Awards night at the Copthorne Hotel on 27/11/18. 

Gornal and Sedgley People's Archive Project, run by Sedgley Archives Group won the Community Award on Dudley Council/Dudley News' 'Forging a Future for All' Awards Night held on 27/11/18 at the Copthorne Hotel Merry Hill. 

It was a wonderful night where Dudley's achievements in many different areas were celebrated - it was the first time the awards have been held. 

Reminiscence Cafes interview older people in Gornal and Sedgley about numerous different aspects of life, such as shops, schools, uniformed organisations and churches at specially themed cafe gatherings. 

The Cafes use the network of churches of all denominations in the Gornal and Sedgley area. So far events have been held at St Chad's Catholic Church and St Andrew's Bilston Street. 

Local community organisations and venues such as Sedgley Library are used for the cafes. 

Last Christmas we held a celebration to share the information gathered at the cafes, about the shops in High Street, Bull Ring and Dudley Street. 

All the night's award winners on stage at the Copthorne Hotel at the 'Forging a Future for All' awards. 

Martin receives the award on stage from the Mayor of Dudley. 

Once recorded the memories are transcribed into a Gornal and Sedgley People's Archive which is based at Dudley Archives. 

Thank you to Keith Tomlinson and Cicely Thomas, our committee members, for their support throughout. 



Some of the organisers of St Peter's Christmas Fayre.

St Peter's staged a bright, exciting and very well attended Christmas Fayre on Saturday 24th November 2018 in their Church Hall. 

All the usual favourite stalls were there, and there was some great Christmas food served in the cafe too.

Well done to everyone at St Peter's for all their hard work. 

Photos of St Peter's Christmas Fayre