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History society to lift the lid on Cadbury's at next talk in Redditch

Redditch Editorial 30th Apr, 2022

ENJOY a tasty bite of the history of Cadburys at the next meeting of Redditch History Society.

It’s on Monday, May 9 and Bob Booth, chair of the Bournville Trust will be giving a talk on ‘The Sweet Life in Bournville: the Cadbury and Bournville story from 1878’.

Cadbury was established in Birmingham in 1824, by John Cadbury, a Quaker who sold tea, coffee and drinking chocolate.

John developed the business with his brother Benjamin with his sons Richard and George later joining the business.

George developed the Bournville estate, a model village designed to give the company’s workers improved living conditions.

Dairy Milk chocolate, introduced in 1905 and still available today, was so called because it used a higher proportion of milk within the recipe compared with rival products.

By 1914, the chocolate was the company’s best-selling product and is still a top seller.

Cadbury, alongside Rowntree’s and Fry’s, were the big three British confectionery manufacturers throughout much of the 19th and 20th Centuries.

In the 1950s and 60s, it was a real treat for children to go on a school trip to visit the factory, to sample the products and be presented a bag of Cadbury chocolate at the end of the day.

Bob Booth is a seasoned speaker and the author of Bournville Through Time published by Amberley Publishing and The Sweet Life in Bournville: 100 years of the Bournville Works Housing Society.

Pictures from many personal collections will be used in his presentation and aspects of the Cadbury legacy, the village architecture, the community, and some of the lesser-known facts about Bournville will be revealed.

The meeting will be at the Oasis Christian Centre, Plymouth Road on Monday, May 9, and starts at 2pm.

Non-members are very welcome with a small charge of £3.

For more on Redditch History Society see their latest newsletter at www.redditchhistorysociety.org.uk/newsletter.htm

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