Mining the Seams at Warwickshire County Record Office – Volunteer opportunity

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Mining the Seams, our remote volunteering project, is still very active and we are looking for new people to join us. 
We’re transcribing compensation ledgers from the Midland Colliery Owners’ Mutual Indemnity Company to create a searchable database of information from compensation claims from 1899 – 1940.  Everything is done remotely with documents shared via the internet.
Please see flyer and a little more information about the volunteer role to this email. If anyone is interested in joining us, then all they would need to do is email us at
and we’ll be able to tell them more and sign them up fully from there.
You can see an example of some of the maps we are also working with on the short You Tube video: Hall End Colliery map


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We’re postponing all meetings until we are able to use  the Fire Service community room.   Keep safe & well.

Volunteer with Warwickshire Bytes

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We are inviting people to get involved with online indexing of documents held at the County Record Office, starting with court depositions from the 19th and early 20th century. No prior knowledge is necessary and full support is given.
Another aspect is Warwickshire in 100 objects and stories. We are asking people to contribute objects and stories to the Our Warwickshire website so we can create a People’s History of the county.

If you would like to find out more, we are visiting Atherstone Library on Friday, 1st February between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm.  We will also be holding events at Leamington and Nuneaton libraries.
Contact the Bytes team at

Book: Ward End from Ancient Times to the Present Day.

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Anyone know where you can buy a copy of: GOVIER, K. (2010) Ward End from Ancient Times to the Present Day. Overpool Neighbourhood Forum, Birmingham?

Hope you can help.

Catherine Chattock Ward – Hodge Hill

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Mike Walpole wrote: “Do you have anything about Catherine Chattock Ward.  A memorial to the Lees family which contained her name, and address of Hodge Hill, Castle Bromwich, was re-discovered in Coleshill church recently.”

Lees facility of Bacons End
Lees family board in Coleshill Church


Any comments/feedback welcome

Ward End Scouts more…

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Ward End Christian Spiritualist church was a meeting place for cubs and scouts early in the 1900’s I believe. In fact in the 80s, I think there might have even been some kind of plaque or photos in there.

Ward End Scouts

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From a website enquiry. Does this help?

“I used to go to a little church on Wall Bank Road. It was a little wooden hut that used to be used by scouts/cubs in the area before it became a church.”


Ward End Scouts history: can anyone help?

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We've just had this enquiry:

Hi I am the Explorer Scout Leader at 34th Birmingham Scouts meeting at Rogers Road, I am trying to trace the history of the scout group which I believe was started in 1909 somewhere near St Margarets Church. I am hoping one of more of your members will be able to help me with background information about the area please.

If so, please contact us