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Bournville Society find Tolkien again

The Bournville Society, whose monthly meetings focus on local history and promote interest in Bournville, met yesterday for their second talk of the new season.

Last month the Society welcomed railway enthusiast Mike Flavell who, with his wife Audrey, presented a series of short films from train tracks in the area and abroad.

    Ikon 5/08 (cd05)

Yesterday Peter Maskell, chief executive of Birmingham Hospital Saurday Fund came to talk to the Society at Dame Elizabeth Hall about the fund and how it began.

President of the Bournville Society Douglas Mellis opened the meeting. He said changes had been made to the December session and due to illness Bob Broadfield could not attend. In his place, confirmed yesterday, would be Bob Blackham whose interest is in the Moseley bog which inspired J.R.R.Tolkein famous fables. This meeting will take place on 2 December at 7.30pm at the Dame Elizabeth Hall off Oak Tree Lane.

It seems Lord of the Rings has been a running theme in these latest meetings at the Society – since it was Dr Sampson Gamgee who founded the Saturday hospital fund –  the very man Tolkein’s hobbit Samwise Gamgee was named after. You can see a plaque in his commemoration outside the REP theatre.

Sam Gamgee!

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