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.
Wednesday October 16th 7.30pmTHE SWINGING SIXTIESOur speaker this October is Worcestershire man Ray Sturdy, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Fellowship is granted by the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and is open to those who can demonstrate enough involvement in geography through publications, research or professional experience to gain recognition by their peers. His knowledge covers a wide range of topics with the majority featuring travel or social development.For most of us the Sixties are a distant memory jogged and blurred by television programmes and fading photographs. Britain in this era was dominated by a post war youth boom. New cars and technological developments were racing away from old established habits.The motorway network was growing to accommodate freedom of travel. New housing and petrol at 5/- per gallon (that’s 5 shillings to post decimalisation individuals, the shilling was a coin worth one twentieth of a pound sterling, or twelve pence). Pop music was bursting onto the scene with The Beatles and others, youth was embracing fashions promoted by Twiggy and Mary Quant.Can you remember the scandals that rocked society? Which Royals got married? Was the era defined by the moon walk? How close did we come to all out nuclear war? Come and find out and be part of the discussion.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 - Oct. 1919
October 4th At the Parish Council Meeting on September 25th it was decided to ask the parishioners to join in the National Campaign for the extermination of rats. A special week is fixed this month for warfare on the destructive rodent; but the warfare will be ineffectual unless everybody does their duty and keeps their own premises free from rats.The meeting was adjourned till Monday, when Mr Duff attended and explained the terms under which the Rev. W.Wykes Finch proposes to hand over the Institute building to the parish. The Council was invited to nominate three trustees of the Institute and the selection was: Mr Edward Corbett: Mr John Page: and Dr Dennis Fitch. Before separating the Councillors took the opportunity to congratulate their Chairman, Mr E Corbett, on having purchased his residence, “Pleremore House” at the recent auction sale. It would have been a thousand pities if Mr Corbett had left “Pleremore”, the house in which he was born and in the vicinity of which his whole useful life had been spent. Miss Olliff of Swindon, has been appointed assistant mistress at the Endowed Schools. She had some very inconvenient experiences in her endeavours to reach Chaddesley in time for October 1st. The railway journey alone occupied two days.The Talbot Bowling Club held their final meeting and prize distribution on Thursday evening of last week. After the business was over a smoking concert was held and it was one of the most successful ever held in this neighbourhood. Owing to the kindness of Mr J Bean and Mr Freeman of Farmfold House-and the employees there were sufficient funds provided to make the concert practically “Free”. Mr Tandy made a capital Chairman and at the decisive moment, sent round a plate for the Infirmary Box, with the result that about £3 was raised for the deserving Kidderminster InfirmaryThe railway strike prevented the clock repairer reaching Chaddesley this week, so we are still without the other “strike”. Towards the funds we have received handsome donations from Miss Purrott (Beauty Bank) and Mr A D Chambers.October 11thThe Harvest Festival Services were popular this year and unusually well attended. On Thursday evening the special preacher was the Rev. Tron, rector of Rushock. The choir was augmented by several members of the Farmfold Male Voice Choir and this added considerably to the musical effectiveness of the service.I regret that announcing the contributions to the clock fund I did not mention last week Mrs Perrins, The Malthouse, and Mr and Mrs Perrins of the CTC. House. Subscribers this week include Mr T Watson’s family and Miss Blakeway of Beauty Bank.A lecture on Father Wall and Harvington Hall was given on Thursday evening in the Banqueting Hall of the old Harvington Hall. The lecturer was Mr J Humphries F S A who is known widely as a great authority on Worcestershire History and particularly its ancient buildings. The lecture was attended by about 200 people and was illustrated by lantern slides which were some of the clearest and most beautiful pictures one could possibly imagine. The school children are enjoying two weeks holiday now, as they missed their Whit week holiday and also the Kings “Peace” request. The majority of them seem to be commemorating peace by “tatur” picking.October 18thon Friday morning last week there was considerable excitement at the top of Larchford Hill where the 7.45 bus was in full blaze. For some reason not explained the petrol tank suddenly burst into flames, the driver, conductor, and the one passenger just managed to extricate themselves in the nick of time. Nothing could be done to save the bus, it burned furiously for an hour or two, scorching the hedges and effectively blocking traffic. The coming week is Rat week when we are all requested to poison, ferret or chivvy every rat on our premises.(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.