Another 57 Black Country Sportsmen

The 57 Sportsmen included in my second volumne of “57 Black Country Sportsmen” are from a variety of sports including Athletics, Basketball, Cricket, Cycling, Football, Motor Cycling, Rugby, Snooker and Swimming.
Some of those included are famous names and others well known locally for the contribution that they have made to the Black Country sporting scene.
The book retails at £8.95, is A5 size, perfect bound, and consists of one hundred and eighty pages, with over one hundred and fifty photographs,
both individual and in a team situation.
Copies can be obtained from:
Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0AE
Books can also be bought on this site in book format. An ebook download format will be available online very soon.
Book format costs £8.95 plus £1.75 packing and postage.

Another 57 Black Country Sportsmen by Terry Church Book Cover




 


57 Black Country Sportsmen


The 57 sportsmen included in the book are from a variety of sports – athletics, bowls, boxing, cricket, cycling, golf, horse racing, football and rugby.
Some of the subjects are famous names and others are well known locally for the contribution that they have made to the Black Country sporting scene.
The book, retailing at £8.95, is A5 size, perfect bound, and consists of one hundred and eighty pages, with over one hundred and fifty photographs, both individual and in a team situation.
Copies can be obtained from:
Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0AE
Books can also be bought on this site in book format. An ebook download format will be available online very soon.
Book format costs £8.95 plus £1.75 packing and postage.

 

57 Black Country Sportsmen

 


 

Lost Cricket and Football Grounds in the south of The Black Country Book

Covering an area of approximately thirty-five square miles this book gives a fascinating insight into the history of almost one hundred clubs/grounds that have disappeared over the last fifty years or so.
Whether it was a village club such as Wall Heath or a major industrial name like Stewarts and Lloyds no sector was immune from the sporting decline.
The book is packed with anecdotes and personal recollections both from the author and members of so many of the clubs, many of which were affected by broken promises after offers of new facilities were withdrawn.
In addition to the loss of so many long established sporting facilities the author also touches on the social impact that this had on the area.
Extensively researched this book is a must for those who have been involved in cricket or football at any level.

The book is A5 size, consists of 116 pages and includes sixty-four photographs. Price £6.95

The book is available from:-

Ashwood Nurseries, Ashwood, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0AE

Black Country Bugle, 41 High Street, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 5HL

Black Country Society, PO Box 71, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 9HI

You can also buy online from this site in book format. An ebook download format will be available online very soon.

Book format costs £6.95 plus £1.25 postage

Lost Cricket and Football Grounds Book Front Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wall Heath

I have written four books about Wall Heath so far.

To coincide with the staging of my first Wall Heath Exhibition in 2001 I published “Village Memories” which was based on the memories of growing up in Wall Heath in the 1950’s. The book proved extremely popular and necessitated a reprint and the book is now out of print.

It was suggested that I then publish a second book containing photographs that I had displayed at the exhibition and this publication “Captured on Camera” is also now out of print.

My third book “Village Tales” brought together contributions from other people in the village including June Roberts (nee Gunning) and Lawrie Walton.

April 2010 saw the staging of my fourth “Wall Heath Exhibition” and coincided with my fourth book “A Wall Heath Lad” comprising further memories from my life in the village as well as a chapter on recollection of my first year at Brierley Hill Grammar School in 1953. There is also a postscript outlining the demise of industry in the area and how I managed to stay one step ahead of the closure! “A Wall Heath Lad” is available from Ashwood Nurseries cost £3.95.

Below is a more detailed summary of what each of my books is about.

A Wall Heath Lad

A Wall Heath Lad (published April 2010) has chapters devoted to my early life in the village and how life was in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s with family life happy but no excessive luxuries. I recount my relationship with my parents and how they made sacrifices for me that I did not fully appreciate at the time.

A chapter is given over to schooldays and the influence on my life of one particular teacher Mr Phil Greenfield, now living in New Zealand, with whom I still has contact.

The annual holidays that I enjoyed, first with my parents and in mid teens with my friends are also recounted.

Education at Brierley Hill Grammar School began in 1953 and my memories of a first year at a school away from “my Village” are explored and will probably resonate with others who had a similar experience.

The concluding chapter “Lost but not Forgotten” recalls how (so far) I have managed to stay one step ahead of disaster as almost everywhere I worked or even attended school appears to have been demolished or disappeared.

As well as the narrative there are also over fifty photographs in the book showing many faces not only from the village but also people I have met during his lifetime whether from education, work or social.

‘A Wall Heath Lad’ is available from Ashwood Nurseries at £3.95 each.

You can also buy online from this site in book format. An ebook download format will be available online very soon.

a wall heath lad

 


 

Village Tales

Wall Heath Village Tales by Terry Church

Village Tales spans almost one hundred years which has seen the village grow from a few houses to a population of over 5,000 and needing two schools, but still does not appear on many maps. Almost fifty photographs are included showing how the village was as well as groups and organisations that contribute to the community spirit very much in evidence in the village. I estimate that over 500 faces appear in the book.

‘Village Tales’ was published in 2004 and is available from Ashwood Nurseries; Books Unlimited, of Lower High Street, Stourbridge, as well as in the village from John Sparry in Enville Road, Wall Heath at £3 each.

 

 


 

Captured on Camera

Captured on Camera by Terry ChurchThis was my second book (published in late 2001) and was based on an idea that I had after several people who attended my first exhibition suggested that I publish a book consisting of photographs that had been displayed on the day and this was the result ! There are nearly 90 images contained in the book and I will endeavour to post as many of them as I can in the photographs section on this site.

 

 

 

 


Village Memories

Village Memories by Terry ChurchThey say ‘there’s a book in everyone’. This was my first book originally published in 2001 and is my own personal account of growing up in a Village on the edge of the Black Country. The original print run was sold out so a reprint was done.