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Studley Parish Centre unveils commemorative bench for King Charles

Redditch Editorial 30th Sep, 2023   0

A COMMEMORATIVE bench was unveiled outside Studley Parish Centre to mark the coronation of King Charles.

The event was organised by Studley In Bloom and a blessing of the bench was given by Rev Kate Miers from the Arden Marches Churches.

A time capsule was also buried which followed on from a week of free workshops and activities in February organised by Auntie Jen Productions.

That – centred on ‘Our Studley Story’ – was funded by the Government’s Welcome Back scheme to get people to start activities again after the pandemic.

Children from the village learned about the history of Studley, including about Mary Allenm an apprentice in the 1700s who was murdered. The young people created a story and song about her.

They also found out about the history of needle-making in Studley and wrote a song about an incident where the factory burnt down.

Older people also spoke to younger villagers about what life was like when they were growing up, recalling memories of apple scrumping and a prisoner of war camp sited in the village which housed Italians captured in the war.

After seeing old photographs of Studley from times gone by, children recreated some of those images and made a documentary about the village’s history.

And young people were given a tour of Mountbatten House, getting to see the servants’ quarters and hearing aout the ‘ghost in the attic’.

For the time capsule, a book was created with each of the children writing a page about who they were and their aspirations for the future.

Needles made in Studley also made it into the time capsule, along with tools used in the village’s famous trade, along with photographs, pictures drawn by children and currency.

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