Lamp Tavern Live – Tickets – Triple J Trio – Friday 11th September 2020

Our second September gig sees us welcome to the Lamp Triple J Trio featuring Jeff Rich of Status Quo fame. Tickets £8.00 Your tickets will be available for collection on the door on the night of the gig. If you … Continued

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History of Holy Trinity Parish Church Old Hill 1876-2018 – Edward Chitham and Jackie Kendall
Holy Trinity Church is the Parish Church of Old Hill, the Black Country township which lies at the foot of the hill up to Netherton. This new history, lovingly told, tell the story of this Parish Church portraying its roll in a thriving community from its founding in 1876 to the present day. Includes many colour photographs.
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A Music Box of Tranklements
To date the Kates Hill Press has published over 50 books by 30 different authors. The project to provide a platform for West Midlands writers continues with this new book Music Box of Tranklements. It came about after a suggestion by S.G Grey one night that the Kates Hill Press should produce an anthology of works by its authors. In 2014 Barry Harper sent in a piece about the music scene in London in the 1960s. Greg Stokes thought of one of his own old stories and of his conversation with Steve Grey. He asked the Kates Hill Press authors for pieces about music, musicians or youth culture. Encouraged by the response, Music Box of Tranklements has been the result. The collection introduces three new authors; Barry Harper, Neil Morris, and Joanne Webster. This collection includes stories, poems, songs and plays taking the reader across the music scenes of London, Liverpool and the West Midlands as well as glimpsing life on the road. Music Box of Tranklements is testimony to the depth and range of talent among West Midlands authors. More books in the Tranklements series will follow, and more new writers.
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Metallum Martis – Dud Dudley
First published in 1665, Mettallum Martis sets down the trials and tribulations of Dud Dudley, favourite son of Lord Dudley by his concubine, Elizabeth Tomlinson.  Dud Dudley had discovered the secret of smelting iron using coal at a time timber stocks for charcoal burning were in decline.  In his lifetime he was to be thwarted in his efforts by lawsuits, flood, and riotous mob.  In Mettallum Martis, he puts his side of the story.
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Memories and Thoughts – Tossie Patrick
"There comes a thrush around each day To sing to us his merry lay" From The Thrush Several of her poems have been published previously in The Black Country Bugle but here, for the first time in one collection, are all the poems of TOSSIE PATRICK which cover such diverse subjects as the seasons, nature, and writing as well as describing her family and the Black Country. Includes; "An Ode to Shenstone Woods", "Flowers in Season", "Mill House", "Black Country Nostalga", "When Pat Collins Fun Fair Came To Blackheath."
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Marooned – Louise Mary Stokes
"The way she looked, the way she spoke to me. Those things she said, the threats, the put-downs, the vicious, snide tone of her voice, grinding me down, day after day, after day, until I became a shadow, a hollwed out shell, unable to think or function..." From In The Cold Light Of Day MAROONED is as author LOUISE MARY STOKES describes it, “a journey through bullying using poetry as the guide.” Just one look at Louise’s CV tells a story of a formidable woman, who has achieved intellectually and professionally, and more recently as a writer and performer. How can a woman like that be bullied? Well, bullies are everywhere and the bullies described in Marooned operated in the NHS, beloved by the British public. The NHS came into being in the context that health care being the sole preserve of the wealthy could not continue. But the NHS is changing. There was a sketch in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life in 1983 in which the patient was an afterthought. It was satire, and not meant to be the blueprint for future health care. In these days of targets one begins to wonder. To this we can add the welter of paper protocols in the name of Quality Assurance that in fact assure that quality doesn’t enter into it as the context of service to patients is stripped from the equation. It takes a certain type of person to manage this. Today’s NHS is constipated with functionaries, the frankly not very good who can’t or don’t do context, only paper protocol. In this environment another type of person flourishes alongside the functionary, a type of person whose skills are valued when hitting targets is the prime aim… the psychopath. Not the knife wielding maniacs depicted by Hitchcock and Hopkins but the bog standard person without a conscience who operates by distorting reality, draining their victims of their humanity like vampires. Another of their skills is superficial charm, wolves in sheep’s clothing who take people in and avoid detection. That is how even formidable people can be bullied. MAROONED charts a course through that process. It isn’t about the bullies as such. While it is important that the existence of bullies in our public services is broadcast, MAROONED is above all the compelling story of one woman’s survival. American psychologist Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door has written, “living well is the best form of revenge.” Bullies do not like people who are truly alive and beyond their power. In writing MAROONED, Louise Stokes has shown them that she is now living well.
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Rescued – Louise Mary Stokes
Louise Mary Stokes’ emerging profile as an author, poet, performer and comedienne was preceded by a flourishing career as a mental health professional in the NHS... Until she fell foul of bullies. She wrote of her experiences at their hands in MAROONED. Louise described MAROONED as “a one-off, a desire to share an experience of pain and hope, to help those immersed in similar experiences know that they are not alone, and to help those who are not to understand.” But, Louise recognizes, “one must confront not only the bad bits in others, but also the resultant unsavoury parts of oneself. Aspects that one never knew about or wanted to exist, brought from one’s core to the surface by trauma and crisis created by other human beings.” RESCUED describes this road to true healing and show that:- BULLYING IS A CRIME TO SURVIVE IT IS AN ART
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Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore – Billy Spakemon and Angelo Guidotti
1955: Foiano Di Valfortore, a backwater in the Italian province of Benevento, where men toil in fields on picturesque hillsides to eek out a living. Oldbury, in the heart of the Black Country, where men toiled night and day in smoky factories to maintain the post war boom. Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore tells of Guido Guidotti’s journey from the rolling hills of his forefathers to the rolling mills of the Black Country, a region which at first seem satanic, but will ultimately become a new home and provide a new life for his family. The Black Country, formed and forged over two centuries by the determination of families from th’off to come in and work in the industries.. Top Black Country poet Billy Spakemon joins Guido’s son, Angelo Guidotti to tell a tale of Black Country Italians, proud of their new land but for whom, there will always be Echoes of Foiano Di Valfortore
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