STOURPORT CIVIC SOCIETY: John Wilson gave a talk on his life working in the carpet industry. Leaving school with few qualifications he started work as a tea boy in the drawing office of Gilt Edge Carpets in 1963. Often in trouble he received five warnings in the next three years. Despite these warnings he managed to persuade his bosses to pay for him to go college and eventually to get a diploma in management in 1969. He helped to form the first trade union for Loom Turners. Made redundant in 1984 he then worked for several firms in the capacity of personal manager, and gained a masters degree in business administration aged 48. After this he worked as a self employed adviser in personal matters. After 52 years of working life he retired and now is a volunteer at the Carpet Museum.

There is to be an outing to Witney Church on May 25, cost £3. Pauline reminded members that the committee is in need of extra volunteers to help run the Society, at present only five of the nine positions are filled.

At next months meeting on March 9 Heather Flack will give a talk about Medieval Bewdley.

Meetings are held at the Elizabeth Mills Centre, New Street, Stourport, starting at 7.30pm. admission £1.50 members £3 non members.