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 April 17th 7.30pmHidden Biographies.Ned WilliamsSeven well-known midlands’ entertainers from the past who were not who they seemed.This talk unveils seven biographies of local people who were involved in “show business”, including the man who built the Dudley Hippodrome, the man who opened the Black Country’s first cinema, the girl from Wolverhampton who became a famous aerial circus star, and Dudley’s greatest actress!It’s a tale of family history research complicated by the fact that all seven people used "false" names, i.e. stage names or pen names. They weren't quite who they said they were!Enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 firstname.lastname@example.orgMembership is £5 per year paid in a tri-yearly cycle.Admission to meeting – Members £2.50, Non-members welcome @ £3.50_______________________________________________________________
Chaddesley - One Hundred Years Ago - April 1919
April 5thSo the cricketers have decided to remain on the old spot, and I think they are wise. After all, the sentiment is a large factor in the promotion of any sport. As soon as the fence is repaired, the Ground Committee hope to have the pitch ready for practice, and then we shall be able to forget some of our war troubles in a merrier contest.The non-arrival of our lads expected home from Egypt has caused much disappointment here. The rebellion is no doubt the cause of the delay, and if General Allenby gives the word “Up and at em”, some of our rebels will be quite as anxious to see our boys come home as we are to receive them.The Spring Rent Day for Village and Dorhall Allotments was fixed as usual, for April 2nd, at the Talbot Hotel. There was an excellent attendance and as much sociability as was possible considering that disagreeable Dora still stalks her musty mildewed skirts around. Mr E A Millward attended as agent for landlord and reports once more a clean sheet as regards arrears. I think this year ranks as a record for the least amount of work being done on the allotments previous to April. The awful weather has effectually prevented gardening operations.April 12thThe bishop of Worcester has arranged to take a Confirmation Service at Chaddesley on Monday next, at 6pm. This will be the first opportunity we have of making the acquaintance of the new Bishop, and consequently a crowded congregation is expected.Several Parish Councillors are moving in the matter of arranging for a real welcome to be given to our returning soldiers and sailors. It is certainly the feeling of the majority that if the whole parish is to express its gratitude and appreciation of the services and sacrifices rendered by our soldiers and sailors, The Parish Council is the proper body to give the lead. I am glad to notice by certain public announcements that the dance in aid of the necessary fund is really fixed for “Easter Friday”, which (for bogglers and hagglers), may be explained as Friday April 25th,1919.April 19thThe collection of eggs for the wounded soldiers has now ceased. Miss Agnes Meredith gave over three years’ zealous labour and attention to the work in this parish and was ably assisted by a devoted band of workers. During the period they collected 17,258 eggs and £41 11s 1p in cash. All the workers have received a copy of Sir Douglas Haig’s letter of thanks on behalf of the wounded.Much interest was shown last week in the sale of Tanwood House and Farm, and there was considerable diversity of opinion as to the probable price it would fetch. It was fully expected that the purchaser would be a local resident, and many were disappointed when these expectations proved wrong. However, history may repeat itself. Mr Horton came among us an absolute stranger, and soon found a hearty welcome and became deservedly popular; we hope for a repetition of these conditions. I was glad to hear that Mr Lambert secured the property he occupies at Astwood Hill. He has made many friendships in Chaddesley and we should be sorry to lose him.A general meeting of the Talbot Bowling Club was convened for Friday last. Unfortunately, the attendance was poor; probably because the club has been more or less defunct for two years and many old members thought they had lost their membership. The accounts were presented and showed that there was a substantial balance in hand. It was decided to adjourn the meeting till Saturday evening, April 19th, and to hold a bowling contest that evening, all former members being cordially invited. Messrs E A Perrins and E A Millward were requested to audit the accounts in the meantime.April 26th The Parish Council have appointed a Committee to arrange a supper and entertainment for all the returned soldiers and sailors of the parish. It is estimated at least 100 must be catered for as a first instalment, and the Committee ask for an immediate £30 to be subscribed on account of the debt we owe to the brave lads who saved us. Mr E A Millward is undertaking the secretarial duties, and the Parish Councillors assisted by the Vicar, Mr Duff and Mr Sayers are collecting subscriptions.Fred Turbutt has undergone an operation. The operation was carried out at the Kidderminster Infirmary, where Mr Turbutt still remains an in-patient.(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 prevalent 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.