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News of AOUG in the West Midlands (04)

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A group of us enjoyed a very interesting tour around the National Brewery Centre. We learnt about how brewing had developed through the ages and heard stories about brewers’ lives. We were particularly amazed by the quantity of beer they drank - one job in the brewery came with a daily ration of sixteen pints! Although we also heard about how hard some of the work was and in some cases dangerous too, for example some of the men who cleaned out the tanks were so overcome by the fumes that they would be rendered unconscious for about twelve hours.

We also met the Brewery Centre’s two beautiful shire horses, who at the time were being prepared to pull a bride to her wedding later that day.

Following our tour we enjoyed a hearty lunch in the Centre’s restaurant and, those who wanted to, were able to partake in some beer tasting.

Philip Evans – Executive Representative



Worcester and Birmingham

Members enjoyed a private tour around a National Trust property in the heart of the city of Worcester. Following the tour we made our way to the Cathedral to enjoy lunch in the beautiful and historic surroundings. We enjoyed a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. We learnt about how they make the scenery and were intrigued by the mask makers. We were also pleased to be joined by Lauren Guttridge, one of the Award winners of the “Awards in the Regions and Nations” and to be able to share in her celebrations at receiving this Award.







Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Once again members came together at the “Malt House” for our Region’s “Summer Meal”. We were also pleased to be joined by Abdirisak Hussein, one of the award winners of the “Awards in the Regions and Nations” and to be able to share in his celebration at receiving this Award. Then on a beautifully sunny afternoon in early Autumn, members met at the “Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre” in the small town of Craven Arms in Shropshire for a Farmers’ Market. Following a delicious lunch in the café we explored the Onny Meadows along the banks of the River Onny and enjoyed seeing the wildlife.






Hereford Cathedral’s Mappa Mundi and Chained Library Exhibition Centre

Members enjoyed a fascinating day at Hereford Cathedral. It started with a lunchtime introductory talk from Canon Chris Pullin giving us a brief history of the Cathedral and how it came to have a copy of Magna Carta and also about what to look out for on the Mappa Mundi. After enjoying the talk and our lunch we made our way to the Exhibition Centre where we learnt more about the Mappa Mundi before seeing the original and then entering the Chained Library to see their copy of Magna Carta.

Executive Representative Philip Evans 01905 428667