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Winifred (1907-1914) Part 1 – Family Life

Winifred Barber was a remarkable woman; born in Birmingham in 1907, she was able to recall almost any event as if it had happened the day before. At the age of 93 she made a series of recordings for the … Continue reading

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Cheers! (3/3)

In the last of the three programmes in which we have been following making beer in a typical micro-brewery we complete the first day’s operations and pass on to consider how you market your output in the face of ‘tied’ … Continue reading

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Cheers! (2/3)

In the first programme we looked at the origins of beer-making and began to follow the process of brewing 198 gallons at the Bewdley Brewery. In this second programme we take it a stage further to the end of the … Continue reading

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Cheers! (1/3)

It’s is believed that people have been drinking for more than 11,000 years. When man discovered how to grow cereals for food, eventually he must have stumbled on the fact that cereals were good to drink as well. the Sumerians … Continue reading

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The unkindest cut of all

Some twenty years ago there was a very popular TV show about vets, called All Creatures Great and Small. It had all the right components for a succesful series – a good story line, beautiful landscapes, cuddly animals and lots … Continue reading

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Ring-a-ding-ding (5/5)

The final piece on bells involves a visit to theCarillon on the George Cadbury Estate in Bournville, Birmingham, to meet the carillonneur – Trevor Workman. We’re already looked at the heavy end and the light end of the bell market … Continue reading

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Ringing in the changes (3/5)

Having cast the bells, we’re now turning our attention to how they are used. We’re starting at what might be called the ‘heavy end’ of the business in St Anne’s Church, Bewdley, Worcestershire. Originally this ring of eight bells was … Continue reading

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The die is cast (2/5)

Thursday is a busy day at Taylor’s Bell Foundry because that is when the all-important act of casting takes place. Robert Bracegirdle brings his tour of the factory toa climax high above the foundry floor, as he takes us through … Continue reading

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Summoned by bells (1/5)

This piece (1/5) is the first of five originally recorded for the Radio Hereford and Worcestershire BBC local radio station. The series explores the use of bells in the UK and begins at Taylor’s Bell Foundry, Loughborough, the largest in … Continue reading

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2011 BSRA Awards

Since posting “Weathering the Storm” in August it has received more hits than any of the other nine pieces on the blog. It’s also had successes in other fields, too: in the 2011 BSRA club competition it won first prize … Continue reading

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