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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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


Syston Archive Film Screening a Success, Leicester Community Reminisce at Local History Exhibition.

Full Circle needs your homemovies. Television image courtesy of CPRE.

Members of the public pour over Syston's Annual Local History Exhibition

On Saturday, 18th September The Syston Local History Group held their annual Local History Exhibition at The Methodist Church Centre. It was a fantastic day, with a great turn out attracting swarms of people from both the Syston community and from across Leicestershire. 


On display were The Syston Local History Group’s vast photographic collection of Syston as it was, ‘Then & Now’. Members of the public were invited to bring along their own Wedding photographs and to admire the ones on display – which dated from the early 1900’s, 1940’s and later.

Artist Mike Finney, who paints pictures of Syston exhibited a selection of his printed works and paintings.

Artist - Mike Finney

To complement the wonderful array of photos were a fabulous display of household bygones and curiosities, which members of the public could ask questions about.


Tim Garner, Chairman of Syston Local History Society was on hand to take copies of any old photographs or documents relating to Syston from members of the public who wished to add to the History Society’s collection. If you have any old film, or homemovies relating to Syston or the surrounding area, please get in touch with Tim or a member of the local history society who will be acting as a collection point for any collection found during their Full Circle film search.

Full Circle is a 3 year Heritage Lottery funded project, ran by MACE, working with the Midlands communities to preserve and make accessible its screen heritage. Local History & Community groups throughout the Midlands are on the lookout for film or homemovies created by the people of the Midlands that will give us an insight into how our communities lives have changed over the years.

The wonderful ladies on hand to offer homemade cakes and refreshments!

One of the highlights of the exhibition was the screening of some archive material from the MACE collection. Members of the public were treated to clips of Syston in the news from the 1980’s, of Syston’s female road sweeper and the opening of the Dual Carriageway in 1969.

Tim Garner chats to audience members about the Syston footage being shown.

The screening continued with footage of some Leicester Silent Films – a selection of amateur and professional films, which showed some of the older films we are able to preserve at MACE. From an advertising film of J.S. Wynn’s Leicester coffee houses to a parade to mark Leicester Pageant Week of 1932 (the week’s events culminated with the pageant itself, which included Roman legions marched across Abbey Park!). From our home movie collections we also have film of the two great national celebrations of the 1930s: the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 and the Coronation of King George VI two years later. We will also had a look back at Hinckley’s contribution to the Coronation.

Audience members enjoy watching a selection of Leicestershire based archive film.

Following this we were able to show “Calling Blighty”. This was a series of films that brought the personal messages of servicemen posted to India and the Far East during the latter stages of the Second World War back to their loved ones in Britain. This example was filmed in Bombay in 1944 and was screened at the Evington Cinema on 1st September that year before a specially invited audience of family and friends.

and finally “Leicestershire: A Heritage at Risk”. This travelogue of the county was produced forty years ago when the effects of pollution and architectural neglect were beginning to be felt. With the twin threats of the M1 and East Midlands Airport what future did Leicestershire have? Although little did they know that we would in 2010 dream of driving along roads as quiet as the ones shown here in 1970!

For more information about The Syston Local History Group – or to buy their new book Syston Past 3 – please contact Tim Garner. Email: or call: 0116 260 9154

To learn more about how to deposit your home-movies with MACE and The Full Circle Project, please contact: Full Circle Curator: Lucie Kerley. Email: or call: 0116 252 5931

Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley © 2010

Bring your memories to the Museum! Herefordshire Heritage Service joins Full Circle hunt for home-movies!


I had a fantastic meeting yesterday with Sarah Skelton and Elizabeth Pimblett – Community Heritage Officers – at Herefordshire Museum Resource & Learning Centre to discuss the Heritage Service’s participation in MACE’s, Heritage Lottery Funded, Full Circle project. 

“Herefordshire Heritage Services operates five sites across the county and Museum on the Move, a mobile museum, we also support the independent museums in the county through our Museum Development Officer scheme. Three of our sites are in the county town of Hereford – these are Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, the Old House and the new Museum Resource and Learning Centre (opened in 2008), our two heritage centres are the Market House Heritage Centre in Ross on Wye and Ledbury Heritage Centre. With the exception of the mobile museum, admission to museums, galleries and heritage centres is free of charge, charges apply for some events and special services.” 

The Museum Resource & Learning Centre, a state of the art centre is home to Herefordshire’s museum collections with a dedicated learning room for activities and events. It has a lively programme of family events, open days and behind the scenes tours. The MRLC will act as a reference & collection point for members of the community who feel they may have cinefilm/ videos or home movies which show Herefordshire at its best and are interested in having the footage preserved in the regions film archive. 

Full Circle are interested in collecting footage filmed by local people, who may have taken a cine-camera/camcorder/video camera etc along to community events such as: festivals, parades, fetes, fun runs, sports days, family outings and even to work, as a way of documenting their own lives. Any filmed record collected during the Full Circle Film Search, that shows life in the Midlands in some way, shape or form, will be then assessed and considered for inclusion as part of The Media Archive for Central Englands  60,000 + collection. 

By finding and preserving these filmed records, we are able to appreciate how the people of the Midlands lived in the past and how they live today.  We are able to see the changes that may have occurred and what it is that makes one village, town or community unique, and make it stand out from any other. The traditions that are celebrated by its people, etc.
Therefore, allowing us a glimpse into what life may be like for a resident of such village, in a way that was never captured by the news. 

Any films that members of the Hereford public have can be deposited with The Museum Resource and Learning Centre. Copies of any appropriate material will be made for preservation in the MACE archive, given to the contributor and also, with permission, copied for the use and enjoyment of the community. 

So, if you have any film you would like to deposit with the Herefordshire Heritage Service, who would like to encourage people to “bring their memories to the museum.” Please contact Heritage Services on: 

Heritage Services
Museum Resource & Learning Centre
58 Friars Street

Office Tel No: 01432 383383

For more information on Full Circle or on how your community can join in the search for film please contact: 

Lucie Kerley – Full Circle |Curator: Community & Acquisition. Email: or Call: 0116 252 5931 / 07919 896 505.  

For information about MACE please visit

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: