Sandwell libraries and archives remember

Published 31st October 2018

A host of creative sessions, school workshops, tea parties and coffee mornings are being held across Sandwell’s libraries to mark Remembrance and 100 years since the end of the First World War.

There will also be a poppy wall in each library for people to place the names of loved ones to remember as well as war-themed books on display.

Councillor Syeda Khatun, Sandwell Council’s deputy leader, said: “These events give an opportunity to people of all ages to remember the fallen in several ways.

“Sandwell is marking the centenary of the Armistice that ended the war with a wide range of activities, and this shows how important Remembrance is to our communities.”

Contact your local library or call 0121 569 4911 for details. Or like Sandwell Libraries on Facebook or follow @sandwellllibs on Twitter.

For Community History and Archives Service, which is based at Smethwick Library, call 0121 558 2561.

The many library events include:

Oldbury:

Bleakhouse Library: Thursday 8 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-11.30am

Brandhall Library: Saturday 10 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-11.30am

Langley Library, Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-12noon

Oldbury Library: Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-11.30am

Rounds Green Library: Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 11am-12noon

Rowley Regis

Blackheath Library:

  • Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 11am-1pm
  • Saturday 10 November – Children’s crafts including memory poppies, replica ID cards and ration books, 12noon-1pm

Cradley Heath Library:

  • Saturday 10 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-12.30pm
  • Saturday 10 November – Children’s crafts including memory poppies, replica ID cards and ration books, plus ‘show and tell’ reminiscence with pictures, artefacts and more from the two world wars, 10.30am-1.30pm

Oakham Library:

  • Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 11am-12.45pm
  • Saturday 10 November – Children’s crafts including memory poppies, replica ID cards and ration books, 11am-12noon

Smethwick

Smethwick Library/Community History and Archives Service (CHAS):

  • Displays of archive material relating to First World War at CHAS, 29 October – 17 November
  • Display highlighting the contribution of Sikh soldiers in the Great War (on loan from the Sikh Museum Initiative, Leicester), 29 October – 17 November
  • Display of material from CHAS collecting initiative, 5 November – 17 November
  • Display of work produced by local schoolchildren as part of sessions run on War Poems on National Poetry Day, 5 November – 17 November

Tipton

Tipton Library:

  • Visits from schools for First World War-themed workshops with local historian Derek Nicholls and Maureen Waldron from the Archive Service
  • Wednesday 7 November – Commemorative tea party, 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday 10 November – Paper poppy making workshop, 11am-12noon
  • Saturday 27 November – First World War Community Cinema, 10.30am-12.30pm

Great Bridge Library:

  • Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-11.30am
  • Friday 9 November –  Community Cinema, 2pm-4pm
  • Saturday 10 November – Paper poppy making workshop, 11am-12noon

Glebefields Library:

  • Visits from schools for First World War-themed workshops with Brendan Hawthorne
  • Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 10.30am-11.30am

Wednesbury:

Wednesbury Library:

  • Display of Wednesbury soldiers killed in action researched by the history group
  • Thursday 1 November – Friends group is hosting afternoon tea with the Voices of Hope Choice, 2.30pm
  • Wednesday 7 November – Film club showing war film, 2pm
  • Sunday 11 November – Open for refreshments following Remembrance service

West Bromwich:

Central Library:

  • Thursday 8 November – Friends group is hosting a commemorative afternoon sing-a-long with Andy Casserley
  • Friday 9 November – Film club showing war film, 2pm
  • Saturday 10 November - A range of fun activities for families including poppy wreath making and mosaics to enjoy together, 11am-1.30pm. Call 0121 557 0837 for information.

Great Barr Library:

  • Poppy wreath on display made by knit and natter group
  • Thursday 8 November – Remembrance coffee morning
  • Saturday 10 November – Remembrance-themed Crafty Bookworms session, 11am

Hamstead Library:

  • Friday 9 November – Remembrance coffee morning, 9.30am
  • Saturday 10 November – Remembrance-themed craft club, 11.30am

Stone Cross Library:

  • Monday 5 November – Commemoration tea party
  • Saturday 10 November – Remembrance-themed art club for children
     

For information on all the ways Sandwell is commemorating 100 years since the end of the war, including Remembrance Sunday parades and services, go to our Sandwell Remembers webpage.