MACE Footage Features in Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story

Discover the fascinating story of Raleigh with Pedalling Dreams, a brand new documentary charting the history of the world famous bicycle company.

Produced by Testimony Films, Pedalling Dreams: The Raleigh Story, tells the extraordinary tale of the remarkable characters and famous bicycle designs that spawned out of one of Nottingham’s most famous companies.

Featuring a mixture of archive footage from MACE along with interviews and testimonies from former employees, this beautifully illustrated documentary uncovers Raleigh’s fascinating journey from its humble beginnings, ups and downs, to becoming the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world.

The documentary premiers on BBC Four on Wednesday 15th of March at 9pm and will also be available on BBC iPlayer.

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Belbroughton History Society promote Full Circle film search at Scarecrow Weekend.

Belbroughton Scarecrow Syn-crow-nized Swimming Team


Children check out the Wayne Mooney Scarecrow

On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September, Belbroughton celebrated it’s much loved, annual event – The Scarecrow weekend! Each year the residents of Belbroughton take part in creating a unique, and often humourous Scarecrow.

The festivities draw crowds of people from all over the UK to the quaint, little countryside village. On entering the village you are greeted by a smattering of straw faces dotted in the most inconspiciously, inventive of places.

Visitors flock from all over to Belbroughton Scarecrow Weekend

The visiting Scarecrows are often given a name and offer some fantastic photo opportunities as you take a tour of the village.

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There are lots of things to see and do as the Scarecrow Weekend takes over the whole village.

Holy Trinity Church

This year saw the arrival of a delicious Farmers Market – selling everything from Hog Roast to Jersey Vanilla Icecream with cindertoffee pieces and cupcakes

Delicious Cupcakes!


a  Craft Fayre – where local craftmakers could sell their creations,

Craft Fayre

Artist - Graham Wilson

Knitter - Joyce Chetland

Craft Worker - Pat Davies

Wood cutter

a Fun Fayre for children of all ages,

and local Charity fundraising events such as an Open Day with tombola raffle at the Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary.

Visitors at Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary Open Day on Scarecrow Weekend

In the Holy Trinity Church, there were opportunities to try out  Bell ringing and watch wool spinners and other local artisans practice their skills.

Bell-ringing at Holy Trinity Church

Artists from around the area displayed their paintings in various locations throughout the village.

Landscape Artist - Ken Wood

Artist – John Instance

Belbroughton History Society had a stand in the church where members, Sarah & James Bradley,  held an exhibition of their groups large photographic collection. 

Sarah & James Bradley, members of Belbroughton History Society

 It was also an opportunity to  showcase  their recent publications on Belbroughton.

Members of the public Full Circle Screening of Archive film

In order to promote the Belbroughton History Society’s Full Circle film search, also on display was a selection of archive film and information about how members of the community could deposit any of their own homemovies or film that related to the local area.

John Instance tells Full Circle's Belbroughton History Society about his film collection

Artist, John Instance, spoke to Full Circle’s Belbroughton History Society about his 8mm film collection which dates back around 45 years and contains footage of a mounted Police march through Cannon Hill Park. John, was born in Selly Park, Birmingham and worked in the Jewellery Quarter, and then in electronics. He set up business in Bewdley in 1982, an Art gallery called The Old Bank Craft Studio which remained there for 23 years until some unfortunate flooding caused it to close down. John continues to work as an Artist and paints from his home studio, holding exhibitions of his work.

John Harvey, a visitor to Belbroughton’s Scarecrow Weekend, spoke of his own cinefilm collection which contains footage of Bearwood and Warley Woods from around 1986. It was a successful weekend, with a number of people coming forward to discuss personal collections that held footage relating the Belbroughton and the larger West Midlands area.

If you have any film or homemovies relating to Belbroughton or the surrounding area please contact Sarah Bradley, Chair of The Belbroughton History Society by email: 

Belbroughton History Society are the participating Full Circle group for that area. They will be acting as a collection point for footage found in the community.

For more information about The Full Circle Project or on how you can deposit footage relating to the wider Midlands area or to find out details of your nearest participating group, please contact: Full Circle Curator: Lucie Kerley by email: or call 0116 252 5931

Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley

Tipton Harriers celebrate their 100th Birthday and promote their Full Circle Film Search at local library.

Keith Atkins promotes the Full Circle Project at Tipton Library.

On Saturday, 11th September the Tipton Harriers celebrated their 100th Birthday and Tipton Library it’s 10th! Members of the public were invited to come and celebrate the occasion with a slice of cake and a look back at the History of the Tipton Community, the prestigious Tipton Harriers and a celebration of sport in the area.

Keith Hodgkins & members of Tipton Civic Society

Tipton Harriers, Keith Atkins organised the event with the help of Robert Hazel of Tipton Library. The day was a great success with people stopping by throughout the day to enjoy the displays of sporting memorabilia and catch a climpse of members of the Tipton Harriers, both past & present!

Appearances were made by the likes of Tony Milovsorov – former G.B international, Peter Griffiths – former Welsh International Steeplechaser and Martin Williams – G.B International Marathon runner.

Tipton Harrier – Tony Milovsorov – former GB International

There was even a Birthday cake to celebrate the Tipton Harriers 100th Year and Tipton Library’s 10th Birthday.

On show were sporting memorabilia from celebrated members of the Harriers, including Jack Holden, and a powerpoint presentation with Tipton Harrier member profiles and a Full Circle screening of archive footage of  a Tipton Harrier Boxing Day morning handicap race from 1967, courtesy of Roy Langford – also a former Tipton Harrer 100 – 220m runner. Roy’s wife bought him the cine camera as a present  and this was the 3rd or 4th film that he took. The Tipton Harriers Centenary Project is working alongside Full Circle, to search for film or home-movies made in the Midlands that might hold the key to understanding more about our screen heritage.

Roy Langford created his own home-movies of the Tipton Harriers.

Roy Langford’s Tipton Harriers Boxing Day morning Handicap race, 1967

Also on display was a Tipton Harrier vest for everyone to sign alongside the likes of Tipton Harrier – Jack Corfield – the fastest man in the E.U over 2 miles in the 1950’s, to celebrate the special occasion.

Keith Atkins and volunteers of the Centenary Archive Project invited members of the community along to deposit or share any of their own memories of Tipton Harriers.

If you have any information or memorabilia relating to the Tipton Harriers such as:

Old photographs/reels of film/homemovies – digital & tape 



Race results 






Tipton 10 Mile Race Results 



Club magazines 



Club badges & stickers 



Newspaper cuttings 



Club Ties 



Race programmes 



Old club memorabilia 



Please get in touch with Chris Holloway:


Keith Atkins: Tel:  01902 674 335

Tipton Harriers display of sporting memorabilia at Tipton Library

Tipton Harrier – Jack Holden

Tipton Harrier Martin Williams and Robert Hazel award prizes to the children who took part in the competition

Tipton Harriers Sports Ground

On Sunday 10th October 2010 – The Tipton Harriers invite you to an informal gathering at the Tipton Sports Academy to celebrate 100 years of Tipton Harriers which members (past & present) are invited with their friends & families. The reunion is due start around 5.00pm and is part of a number of activities being staged by the Harriers on the day.

It is hoped that a large number of past members will be able to attend. There will be a chance to catch up with old friends and rivals!
We will also be taking the opportunity to show a number of the cine films that we have been able to collect and transfer into a modern format. These include the samples from the famous ‘Tony Phillips Collection’ from the 1960’s & 70’s, as well as some short clips from a Boxing Day Handicap (in the 1960’s) and samples from Road Runners Club Archives and, hopefully, a few surprises as well.
For more information contact Chris Holloway –

Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley © 2010

Aston on Trent Local History Group jump aboard the Full Circle quest for film

Aston on Trent Local History Group Committee (L - R) Fred Hinds / Richard Coates / John Holloway / Carole Bagnall (Chairperson) / Dixie Dean / Liz Whitaker / Bob Read / Barry Thompson


 So far the Media Archive for Central England has had a fantastic response from Community groups wishing to participate in the Full Circle project. The Aston on Trent Local History Group is no exception and were determined to get involved! They are a dynamic and fast growing part of the Aston on Trent Community and have been running for six years with over 60 people regularly attending their monthly programme of speakers and visits.

John Holloway, a member of Aston on Trent LHG, told Full Circle that the group thought the project was “an innovative and valuable idea”. He explained that they plan to promote their search for film through local contacts, village notice boards, magazines and their monthly meetings where they will put the word out for videos and cinefilms from residents who had footage depicting past events, people and occasions over the last forty or fifty years. After putting out their request for film John explained that within a few weeks they had around fifteen finds and are convinced there is more out there. The group are even going to motivate members of the community who are ‘car-booters’ to scour for old home video or cine footage that may have been thrown out!

 “It really is a ‘win-win’ project and I defy anybody not to be fascinated by scenes from the past.”

Visitors pore over the History Group's heritage images at their 'History of Aston' photo exhibition. All Saints' Parish Church, Aston on Trent, 2009

By participating in The Full Circle project the Aston on Trent LHG believe that they will be able to raise the profile of local history, and provide a fascinating and permanent record of village life – which not only will be a fantastic resource to offer local schools wishing to add to their curriculum, but will also provide material for their monthly meetings.

“We share a belief that recording, developing and maintaining our 1300 year old history should be conducted with as much community involvement as possible and with around £70,000 of grant funding over the last few years we’ve run plenty of projects involving all ages, the village school, individuals and groups, producing DVDs, publications, oral reminiscences, photo exhibitions and a vast archive of thousands of photos and hundreds of valuable documents and artefacts. We now have the funding to develop a village Heritage Centre to display, store and make available our resources for the public.”

 For more information about Aston on Trent LHG please visit: