News and Events

The HERITAGE CENTRE is also open on various occasions throughout the year to celebrate important local events such as the Plum Festival in August. PHHS talks are held at Wulstan Hall, Priest Lane, Pershore; the programme is listed below, and visitors are welcome.

Future Events


All meetings are held at Wulstan Hall, Priest Lane (next to the school), Pershore, and begin at 7.30pm unless indicated otherwise. There is a car park at the Hall.

Society members £1 at the door.

Visitors welcome, £2 at the door.


4 October 2018

'Georgian Worcestershire', by Paul Harding

Next outing:

30 September - see below. (No further details are available from the organiser.)

Programme of talks/outings 2018/19:

5 April 2018

PHHS AGM, followed by a talk on the Centenary of the RAF,

by Paul Harding.

3 May 2018

'We Did Our Bit', a film about county veterans of World War 2 made by Mike Jackson; he will also talk about how the film came to be made.

7 June 2018

'Country life of yesteryear - blacksmiths, houses and churches'

by David Phillips

5 July 2018

'Beating Beeching - 50 years on: The fall and rise of Pershore's station'

by Mike Clemens, Julian Palfrey and Phil Ralls

2 August 2018

Summer outing to Alcester.

6 September 2018

'Florence Nightingale - her life, illnesses and the cold water cure'

by Dr John Harcup

30 September (details tba)

Visit to Leicester Cathedral, the Richard III Exhibition and Bosworth battlefield.

Please note there are no further details available from the organiser (as of 19 September). All enquiries to Julian Palfrey 01386 561198.

4 October 2018

'Georgian Worcestershire'

by Paul Harding

October (date tbc)

Visit to and trip on the Severn Valley Railway from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

Please note there are no further details available from the organiser (as of 19 September).

1 November 2018

'The work of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust'

by Harry Green

6 December 2018

Christmas social

3 January 2019

'A Victoria Cross Hero'

by Gloria Winfield

7 February 2019

'Navigating the Avon: the history and work of the Avon Navigation Trust'

by Clive Matthews

7 March 2019

Annual General Meeting, followed by

'Navigating the Text: an interpretation of the Avon Navigation Act (1751)'

by Matthew Winfield

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Worcestershire Remembers

Saturday 4 August 2018, The Guildhall, Worcester: commemorating the 1914-1918 war in the county, on the day war was declared in 1914.

Pershore Heritage Centre presented displays about the 'WW1 in the Vale' project, and the current exhibition 'Pershore and the Great War'. We were one of 24 organisations and projects to present research about the Great War in Worcestershire.

About 1,000 visitors came to the Guildhall that day, despite the heat. It was great to talk to so many people.

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How the Pershore Plum Won the Great War, edited by Jenni Waugh and Maggie Andrews, published by The History Press 2016.

PHHS members contributed research to this book published for the WW1 in the Vale HLF-funded project, together with members of Pershore Women's Institute who celebrated their centenary in 2016. The Heritage Centre has more copies for sale, and it is also available from various outlets in Pershore and online from the usual suspects.

Copies of the WW1 trail are still available for free from the PHC. An expanded, updated, and better illustrated version of this trail will be available on the website soon.

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Tiddesley Wood open day

Sunday 6 May 2018: PHHS members were there with a small display, braving the heat.

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Monday 28 August 2017: The Heritage Centre was open and we sold a good number of jigsaws and secondhand books to raise funds. Thanks to everyone who made a purchase.

The next Plum Festival weekend will be 25-27 August 2018. The Heritage Centre will be open on Fayre Day Monday 27 August (opening times tba), and secondhand books and jigsaws will once again be on sale. You'll also see photographs and objects connected to Pershore's horticultural and plummy history.

Do please come and support your local heritage centre.

'Pershore People Properly Plummy'

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