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.


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, £2.50 at the door.


5 March 2020 (see below for the change of speaker)

Programme of talks 2019/20:

4 April 2019

'The History of Taking Tea'

by Helen Harding, Discover History

2 May 2019

'Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths'

by Anne Bradford

22 May 2019

Trip on the Severn Valley Railway: Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, and visit to the Engine House Museum at Highley

6 June 2019

'George Cadbury and The Bournville Village Trust'

by Duncan Cadbury

4 July 2019

'Light and Colour - Our History in Stained Glass Windows'

by Roy Albutt

1 August 2019

Half-day outing to Walled Garden at Croome Court, including afternoon tea. Contact Cynthia Johnson (Contacts page).

5 September 2019

'History of Kays and 200 Years of Shopping Customs'

by Bernard Mills

3 October 2019

'Victorian Worcestershire'

by Paul Harding (Discover History)

7 November 2019

'Famous Masons and Their Footprints'

by Bob James

5 December 2019

Christmas Social: 'Christmasses Past' and quiz

6 February 2020

'Richard III - Murderer, Loyal Brother or England's Greatest King?'

by Max Keen

5 March 2020


followed by a talk by Heather Greenhalgh

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18 July to 10 August 2019

'Souvenirs and Short Stories'

Objects and stories from the Heritage Centre's collection in the cabinets at Number 8, High Street.

Plum Fayre Monday

29 August 2019

The HC was open all day, selling 2nd-hand books and jig-saws. Thank you to everyone who bought something.

Carnival Day

Monday 27 May 2019

The Heritage Centre was open, and many thanks to all the visitors who bought second-hand books, looked at the displays, and searched for fairy tales (see the Home Page).

Tiddesley Wood open day

Sunday 5 May 2019

The Heritage Centre was there in the main tent with displays and new books to sell.

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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 during 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.

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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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Pershore Plum Festival

2018 Plum Fayre Monday 27 August.

The Heritage Centre was open, and secondhand books and jigsaws were again on sale to raise funds for the Centre. Also on display were photographs and objects connected to Pershore's horticultural and plummy history. It was a very successful day.

Thanks to all the PHHS members and others who donated books and jigsaws, and to all the visitors who bought them.

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