Quarterly Badsey Society newsletter sent to members. Events: Badsey First School’s 150th birthday celebrations. Grace Kelly, school’s youngest pupil, cut the cake and present were the oldest former pupils of Badsey Council School Fred Mason, Jim Brailsford, Fred Roberts and Deric Anderson. John Hall took photographs of event. Malcolm Atkin, Worcestershire County Archaeologist, gave talk on Civil War in Worcestershire which was well attended. Malcolm speculated on holes in stonework on South side of church, could they have been bullet holes from Civil War but Churchwarden Chris Smith said that biggest hole was from the point of a sundial. Maureen Spinks’ book “Heads and Tales, a History of Badsey Schools” had a quiz included with it and several members submitted their answers. Helen Welch, a former pupil, was the outright winner. Helen died suddenly 2 months later. Helen’s funeral service at Badsey Church was taken by Reverend David Vince, a former Badsey school pupil. Two other women died in 2004, Norah Smith and Evelyn McKanan-Jones and they had connections with Badsey School. 10% of the proceeds from “Heads and Tales” book being given to local good causes including the school. Terry Sparrow celebrated 50 years as the church’s clock winder but that was beaten by Charles Binyon, who achieved 53 years. Money for clock was raised by public subscription and John Smith & Sons of Derby provided clock in 1903 at a cost of £128. At September Book Launch Pat Goldstraw provided some old cine footage of a 1960’s Badsey School Sports Day and Fete and Graham Corbett and Brian Bamford put it on DVD. More old cine films and videos that might be of interest were requested. BBC was starting a project “Voice 2005” which will document local dialects and any villagers who still talked ‘Asum Grammar’ might be interested. Names of Committee members: Terry Sparrow (Chairman/Treasurer), Maureen Spinks (Secretary), Will Dallimore (Membership Secretary), Ian Gibson, Tony Jerram, Richard Phillips, Neil Thould.