The story of nail making as a cottage industry contrasts with the lives we lead today and yet will surprise you with the role of women and early industrial unrest as mechanisation developed after 700 years.

The names of our own houses and cottages often betray a home that doubled up as a work place.

I wonder how many houses of the future will be named after the employment currently carried out. Do our living spaces betray the work once plied within their walls or have recent renovations ironed out the industry once crucial to the survival and pride of the family as it provided for itself?

Back as a popular speaker is Mark Clifford who is the Nailer’s Cottage Project Officer at Avoncroft Museum.

Please visit this cottage and many other exhibits at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove for details.

You are most welcome to attend this meeting.

All enquiries to Rob Blakeway 01562 777679.

As this is the year of the WW1 centenary and having learnt from the talk in March about the issues that started the war, we look back on the characters locally for whom it had the most impact.

Chaddesley is most fortunate in being ready to publish this history with the book entitled; ‘The Boys on the Board, Chaddesley Corbett. The Impact of World War One on a Worcestershire Parish.’ The book is available to buy from the Village Butcher, the Flower Room and the Post Office, Alternatively contact Rob Blakeway 01562 777679 (robandjoyblakeway@ or Sylvia Beardshaw 01562 777955 (, price £5.

A donation will be made to The Royal British Legion for each copy sold.