West Midlands Area
It is thought that the West Midlands area must be one of the largest areas of the BCC (South of the border of course) as it covers Worcestershire, Shropshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, each county having tremendous natural beauty as well as amazing history.
The biggest historical fact of this county is the last civil war in this country ended in 1651 at the battle of Worcester, when Cromwell defeated Charles the 2nd. Because of the support the people of Worcester gave Charles, Worcester became known as “The Faithful City”. In 1876 John Adams the 2nd president of the USA along with Thomas Jefferson on a visit to Worcester said “This is the ground where Liberty was fought”. Worcester Cathedral founded in 680 is where King John was buried in 1216.
Worcester is also famous for the Worcester Porcelain and of course the original Worcestershire Sauce is still being made by Lea & Perrine’s in Worcester. A visit to “The Severn Valley Railway” is said to be one of the best experiences you can have (Look out for our w/e meet at Bridgenorth for the railways 40s w/e).
The Malvern Hills in the west of the county and said to have given Sir Edward Elgar inspiration for much of his music. Pershore’s Plum festival is visited by many For members from London and Liverpool areas did you know that the gates of “Buckingham Palace” and the “Liverbirds” were made at the Bromsgrove Guild in Bromsgrove which lies in the north of this county.
Shropshire is where you will find IronBridge said to be the home of the industrial revolution and a place of great interest. Shrewsbury is its county town with a well known private school who’s pupils include the Michae’sl Palin and Hezeltine as well William Ruston. Also Much Wenlock the home of the Modern Olympic Games devised by William Penny Brookes. Clive of India, Charles Darwin, Billy Wright, and Roy Wood of Wizard are some of the famous people associated with this county.
Herefordshire is a county for those who wish to get away from it all and live in wonderful rolling countryside. The river Wye is said to be one of the country’s best. The county is also famous for many diverse things. It’s the home of that nice group of chaps who are known as the SAS. Its other great export over the years is a type of cattle but that’s just a “load of Bull”. It’s also famous for its apple and pear orchards and its end product, Cider. Sir Edward Elgar at one time lived there, Monty Don and Richard Hammond currently live there.
Gloucestershire is another interesting county, did you know it has a ship canal ?, it runs from Sharpness on the Severn to Gloucester docks which was a very busy port many years ago, but now it’s been updated with shops and busy bistro/cafe scene. It has once a year a festival of tall ships that’s well worth seeing.
Gloucester Cathedral is another magnificent building not to be missed, especially if you Harry Potter fan!! Then there is Cheltenham the second home for half of Ireland when the races are on, a truly amazing site to see with an atmosphere unequalled. The Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge is well worth a visit which you can do if you join us at the Slimbridge T.H.S. we run each year. Also not forgetting that this county is the home for two of the children our clubs Patron Prince Charles at Highgrove House and Princess Ann at Gatcombe Park.