News and Events
Updated by Rosemarie Morgan  
1st Mar 2018

 2018 Spring Meeting

The spring meeting of the O.G.A. will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018 at 2:30 in the The Salvation Army Hall, Jerusalem Walk, Off Queen Street, Kidderminster, DY10 2NP. (Vehicle Access is from Queen Street, Kidderminster)

The speaker is Max Keen and he will be posing the question:

King Henry V and Agincourt - was Agincourt England's Finest 3 Hours?
Complete with armour, chain mail and weapons of the period!
A recreation of the horror that was Agincourt and the hero that was Henry.

The cost is £4.50 per paid up member of the O.G.A. (£5.50 for guests). This includes tea and cake.

Numbers are limited to a maximum of 100 and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Further details are available at

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Anne Budworth

 2018 Summer Meeting

The summer meeting of the O.G.A. will take place on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 10:30 at Hartlebury Castle.

Please note that this is a change of both date and time.

Hartlebury Castle has been revamped during the winter break. Evening visits no longer include access to the Hurd Library or the gift shop and have become a low key event. However, during the day, our visit will include a fully private tour of the Castle State rooms, Chapel and the prince's bedroom with information regarding some of the Bishops who have resided there.

We will then visit the internationally renowned Hurd Library where you will hear a talk on Bishop Hurd, his life, and how the books came to be there. One of your guides will have some books on display and talk briefly about them and you will then have an opportunity to walk round the Library where volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and show any books on request. The Hurd Library is not open to the general public at the moment apart from tours such as ours so it is a wonderful opportunity to see this unique collection of an Anglican Bishop's books in the room that was built for them.

After this we are able to visit the new exhibitions in the newly restored Long Gallery and other rooms which are recently refurbished and open to the public, and explore the grounds which are in the process of being rescued from years of neglect and restored.
The cost also includes a visit to Worcestershire County Museum which is on site and houses a diverse collection including toys, domestic items, craftwork by the Bromsgrove Guild, a host of horse drawn vehicles together with a very special collection of Gipsy caravans.

A new café will be open on site by then serving coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea. However, people are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds (Weather permitting)

The cost is £11.50 per person.

Places are strictly limited to 36 - please book early to avoid disappointment.

Further details are available at Worcestershire Museums

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Anne Budworth

 Spring meeting 2016

Confessions of a pantomime dame.

As members of the O.G.A. and their guests gathered in the Science Theatre, we began to wonder. We had been promised an evening with a pantomime dame, and yet, standing in front of us, was a smartly suited gentleman introducing himself as Richard Westcott.

We were not to be disappointed, though, for step at a time he transformed himself into a typically outrageous pantomime dame, complete with an engaging and hilarious commentary. Quite how many members take up the tips on make up, or indeed costume design and choice remains to be seen!

We were also treated into insights into the magical world of pantomime, from the other side of the stage. Not the least of these was the necessity for quick costume changes at times.

Whilst `tricks of the trade` can make this process easier - who would have thought of attaching one`s hat to one`s wig? - the assistance of a dresser is still invaluable, and Richard, as is his custom, chose someone from the audience for this role - me!

Nothing had prepared me for this stressful and onerous task, not made any easier by Richard`s constant asides, which provided much added amusement for the assembled company!

After looking at a further selection of costumes and accessories that only a panto dame could love, our evening drew to a close in a traditional manner, with audience participation in a pantomime song. In true K.H.S. tradition it was enthusiastic, if not exactly of Madrigal choir standard in other respects.

Over light refreshments it was evident that everyone had thoroughly enjoyed the evening, and our thanks go to all involved with the arrangements for the evening, which made a small profit for O.G.A. funds as well.

Rosemarie Morgan



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