The village of Chaddesley Corbett is an ancient settlement with a prehistoric buriel mound and traces of a Roman road. Originally known as Chaddesley the name is thought to mean "Ceadda's clearing in the wood" and is first mentioned in a Saxon Charter of 816 when the land was given to the Bishop of Worcester in return for hospitality to the King of Mercia and his men. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to a Saxon Noblewoman - and had two priests, several corn mills, a population as large as Kidderminster and two saltpans in Droitwich for it's own use. After the Norman Conquest the Manor of Chaddesley was owned by the Corbett family who added their name to it’s title. Later, church lands passed to the Earldom of Warwick and, eventually, to the Throckmortons of Coughton Court.
Wed November 20th 7.30pmFrom Christmas Past to Christmas Present with Mary BodfishThe world of the past has fascinated Mary Bodfish from her earliest memories and exploring it continues to delight her in retirement. Her working life was spent firstly in bookselling and then in university administration, but days off frequently found her rummaging happily in record offices and libraries. We can all enjoy Christmas in one way or another and relish some old customs and invent new ones, behind all the elements of this great annual festival of family, feasting and fun as we celebrate it today is a history that stretches back through the Victorians, the Tudors and the Romans all the way to our most remote pagan ancestors. A seasonal talk to get you in the Christmas spirit. You might even garner some new/old ideas to introduce to your family festivities. There are bound to be some facts you can weave into a Christmas Quiz for the family on Christmas day!All lectures are held in Chaddesley Corbett Village Hall, DY10 4QAEnquiries to Rob Blakeway01562 777679Membership is £5 per year. Admission to meetings:– Members £2.50,Non-members are always welcome £3.50 ______________________________________________________________
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - Nov. 1919
November 15th Last week Mr. Wm. Hemming received from Germany the few cherished treasures that his son Eric possessed when he died in a German War Hospital. The little collection is full of pathos: the well-worn photos of those nearest and dearest his last letter (never posted) breathing Britain Pluck and endurance in every line and breaking into the detached sentence, “I wish I were in England now” that confesses the aching void in a lonely heart. It makes me ashamed to think of my past grousing, and if ever I feel disgruntled again, I am sure I shall hear that dear lad’s prayer (chiding my lack of gratitude) “I wish I were in England now.”Our local county counsellor Mr. J. Page has been having a rough time with folk who don’t appreciate our rough roads; and he has been passing on the sinister compliments to the Country Road Surveyor. This estimable official’s reply is now exhibited in the village and it is to the effect that our present plight is due to shortage of labour, ect, ect. (loud laughter). No! it is not humorous its tragical, and if the tragedy proves fatal let us insist on the inquest being by jury and fasten the responsibility in the right place.The memorial service with its two minutes Silence was very reverently observed. There was quite a large Congregation assembled around the War Memorial, and when the school children lined up to sing the hymn it completed an impressive picture. The “Silent” two minutes were observed by all present with profound care, but it bordered on the farcical because from the very fact that sound travels slowly, we received one continuous buzz of hooters from ever-increasing distances and its non-observant specially noisy bus came ponderously up the Village right at the most impressive moment. We must arrange next year for a timber carriage to have a convenient jibber in the shafts and fix it somewhere near the police station.November 22nd The Charity dance in the Schools, on Friday, attracted a large and merry crowd which disported itself till the wee sma’ hours o’ Saturday morn. Mr. Tom Dickinson made an excellent M.C., and Miss Millward provided the band free of charge.Mrs. Sayers and her devoted band of assistants were justifiably proud and pleased with the success of their efforts and the two distressed parishioners who benefit financially from the gathering, have had a cheery lift over a difficult stile.There was a narrow escape from a serious accident on icy Stone Hill last Saturday morning Mr. W. Hemming was descending with his horse and dray- followed by a motor car driven by Mr. Collins, of Harvington. Some misunderstanding regarding the ascending traffic left our two local friends to bump; Mrs. Hemming was thrown off the dray and fell under the horse’s feet. She received a severe shaking, and some bruises, but I am glad to hear she has been able to continue her duties and is rapidly recovering. Does anyone want to join a local Serpentine Club of “All-the-Year-round” bathers? A suitable stretch of water near Harvington has been surveyed by those two well-respected aquatic authorities, Messrs. Dickin and Williams. Mr. Williams’ son tested the depth first with a magnificent header; the fact that he performed fully dressed lent additional charm to the scene; and his account of his sensations when he re-landed was glowing in the extreme- truly it glowed enough to nearly give off sparks. An unbeliever (Mr. Dickin’s son), butted in with “Was it cold?” and he was withered with a reply resembling a fortissimo chorus of K-K-K- Katey, accompanied by a boiling bubbling tea- kettle.(A selection copied from Kidderminster Shuttle by CC Local History Society)It’s an interesting game to play - spotting how many family names are still ‘alive and well’ in Chaddesley, to this day.
Chaddesley Woods in Chaddesley Corbett became a Nature Reserve in 1973 through the generosity of Mr. John Cadbury. The reserve consists of 53 hectares of native oak woodland and 47 hectares of recent plantations of young hardwoods and softwoods - which were added to show how wild life conservation can be intergrated with modern commercial management.A "Jubilee Walk" was introduced in 1977 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. The walk is marked by yellow arrows - which indicate public rights of way - and by white arrows which indicate courtesy paths. There are Voluntary Wardens for the woods and the area is managed by the Nature Conservancy Council. The Woods are a special feature of the area and attract many visitors all through the year.•Car parking by the roadside.•Guard against thefts.