Archive website content September to November 2018

Children's Society Autumn Fair 2018 a great success 

Singing Angels made a welcome return to the stage at the Children's Society Autumn Fayre in All Saints' Church Hall on Saturday 13th October.

The Children's Society Autumn Fayre 2018 was held in All Saints’ Church Hall, Sedgley on Saturday 13th October 2018, from 10.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

It was very well supported and featured a great singing performance from the children of St Andrew's Singing Angels. Many congratulations to Claire Cox, her team and everyone involved in preparing the children - they are a credit to St Andrew's. 

Anne Hart says:

"I would like to thank everyone who helped to organise our Annual Autumn Fayre which took place last Saturday. Despite the dreadful weather the event was well attended and, of course, our Little Angels went down really well. The end result, which everyone always wants to know, was that we raised no less that £1,381.81 for the Society.

See a selection of pictures of the event here: 

Children's Society Autumn Fayre 2018

Vision Day

Revd Guy Hewlett led the Vision Day in All Saints' Church Hall  on 14/10/18.

On Sunday 14/10/18, after a Team Service at All Saints' at 10.30am, there was a Vision Day for the Parish held in the Hall. 

26 people attended the session, which looked at 8 'Signs of the Kingdom' to see how we currently rate in achieving them - and discussion took place on some ideas for the future.  

Thank you to all who came along - Revd Guy and Revd Catherine will let us know the next stage in the Vision for the Parish in due course. 

Pictures from our Macmillan Coffee Morning 

The Macmillan Coffee Morning held at All Saints' on Friday 28th September was a great success and raised £370. 

More pictures from the Macmillan Coffee Morning 

Church exhibits at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove 

Guesten Hall at Avoncroft Museum 

A trip to Avoncroft Museum of Buildings near Bromsgrove revealed some interesting church-related exhibits. The buildings at Avoncroft were originally in other locations, but were painstakingly dismantled brick-by-brick and reassembled at the museum. 

The roof of Guesten Hall has a long history - it was originally located by the Chapter House at Worcester Cathedral; it was later dismantled and became the roof at Holy Trinity, Worcester. 

After that church was made redundant in 1969, the roof was again dismantled and rebuilt, becoming the roof of Guesten Hall, which is now used for large functions at Avoncroft. 

Mission Church, Avoncroft

The Mission Church at Avoncroft was originally in a Worcester village but has been moved to the Museum. It bears many similarities to St Andrew's The Straits. Dated around 10 years before St Andrew's was built, it was ordered from a catalogue and called a 'Tin Mission' - arriving from the manufacturers in sections ready for assembly on site. 

Martin with a 'Dr Who'-style police phone box at Avoncroft.

One of the highlights of the attraction is a national collection of old public telephone boxes and an old telephone exchange. 

The museum is a wonderful day out and contains many buildings very relevant to the Black Country's history, including a chain shop from Brierley Hill, a nail shop and a toll house.

It's well worth a visit, signposted from Junction 5 on the M5. 

Tong Church 

Martin at Tong Church.

A little-known Midlands masterpiece is the charming St Bartholomew's Church in Tong, Shropshire. Martin and Magda visited the church recently, which includes an area that is a mausoleum containing effigies of two members of the Stanley family, whose ancestor William Stanley's intervention helped Henry Tudor win the throne from Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.

The Stanleys were closely involved with the fortunes of the kingdom during the Middle Ages and subsequently. Sir Edward Stanley, who lies in effigy at Tong, was the last of the Stanleys to own Tong Castle;  it was eventually demolished in 1954. The site is now the M54 motorway.  

A 1950s statue by Pat Austin of Saint Bartholomew holding his church, on the north east wall, greets visitors to Tong Church. 

One for the archive

The press cutting about the renewal of the East Window at All Saints', dating from around 1970.

A reminder of the installation of the new East Window at All Saints' was received by Martin this week. Along with other valuable archive material, this newspaper cutting, probably dating from around 1970, was passed to us by Christine Buckley. 

It will be entered into the Churches section (All Saints') of the Gornal and Sedgley People's Archive currently being compiled by Sedgley Archives Project. 

If you have any further information about the Window, please let Martin know:


Teresa Webb travelled over to visit us from her home in Northamptonshire at our coffee morning on 7/9/18.

She is on the trail of her great grandparents' graves - Martha Jane Jackson and John Jackson. 

Thanks to Dorothy Inett's records and a plan of Gospel End Street graveyard now kept at Dudley Archives, we were able to locate their daughter Doris's grave, which is clearly marked and bears an inscription. She died in 1940 aged 27 years. 

We think it's possible that her grandparents are buried in an adjoining plot, or at least nearby. They both died after their daughter, in 1944 (John) and 1958 (Martha). Martha's funeral was conducted by Revd Stanley Lloyd at All Saints' in 1958, according to the All Saints' parish records on microfiche at Dudley Archives. 

Teresa came over for the day to see the plot and to tidy it up - with the consent of Dudley Council who now have responsibility for the graveyard. She also laid fresh flowers on the grave. She wanted to see whether there are any traces or references to Martha and John nearby. Alas, on this occasion she couldn't find any, so the search continues.