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Stourbridge pre-war Car Club – 15th July 2017

The Stourbridge pre war Car Club comes to the Bonded Warehouse on its 50th Anniversary – a great day out to see lovingly restored cars of yesteryear.

The Club covers all Historic Vehicles i.e. 40 years old but membership is not restricted to ownership of such vehicles. This is a group of like minded car enthusiasts who enjoy their cars and each other’s company at events and shows. The club will exhibit cars and there will be music, food,  and access to the first floor of the Warehouse for the kitchen, conveniences and an internal exhibition.

Open and Free to the Public.

Russell Newbery Register – 19th to 23rd July 2017

In 2017 the Rally is returning to Stourbridge. The dates are 19th to 23rd July. The location is the Bonded Warehouse, at the end of the Stourbridge Town Arm. Our hosts are the Stourbridge Navigation Trust. 

Stourbridge is synonymous with glass, so appropriately one of our craft activities involves that material. This will take place at the Red House glass cone, it involves working in the glass fusing studio to design and decorate a glass tile with Bullseye glass. Participants will also be treated to a guided tour of Red House and a demonstration of glass blowing.

Slightly nearer the moorings is the Ruskin Glass Centre and Webb Corbett Visitor  centre on Wollaston Road, Amblecote (access from the last bridge over the Stourbridge Arm). Formerly the factory for Royal Doulton, the site now provides workshops for a thriving community of craftspeople in both traditional and contemporary glassmaking, together with other crafts. You can learn about the history of glassmaking in Stourbridge and see the whole glassmaking process from start to finish, including blowing, cutting, kiln work, stained glass and lamp work. There is also an excellent café which serves an exciting and affordable menu of breakfast, snacks and hot lunch dishes, using locally sourced organic produce. This is open from 8.30 am (except Sunday and Monday).

Speaking of food, we are not providing breakfasts this year at the Bonded Warehouse. However we will be serving a Sunday tea to provide you with sustenance for the Register AGM.

The Friday craft session is production of shiny greetings cards. The shiny bit comes from old CDs, so bring a few of those with you. On Sunday morning you can try some bomb making. No, not the explosive type but bath bombes! A popular session will be that on Friday afternoon when Keith Hodgkins will show more of his extensive collection of aerial photos of Black Country canals (and railways). For the technical workshops, we are running Cylinder Heads again by popular demand. Hopefully we will have a session on lubrication oils and a practical introduction to scumbling (wood graining). The one big change from previous rallies is that we will start on Wednesday evening. The opening event is a buffet, this will be held in the function room of the Duke William on Coventry Street. Note, because of licensing restrictions we can not accommodate under 18’s at the buffet – sorry. Thursday is a rally whole day out – a visit to the Severn valley Railway. Travel from the Town station on what the locals call the tram to Stourbridge Junction, then by train to Kidderminster. There is plenty of time to travel on the SVR steam trains to Bridgnorth and to include a visit to the Engine House exhibition at Highley or the riverside town of Bewdley. After the rally is a Black Country convoy cruise. Ian McKim Thompson is arranging this. It includes visiting Dudley Tunnel on the trip boat with a meal at the Gongoozler restaurant at the Portal at Tipton  Also a visit to the current terminus of the Dudley No2 canal at Hawne basin, where a barbeque is planned. The final destination is the town arm at Walsall, where we spend two nights. Visits to the excellent New Art Gallery and other museums are setup for the day. Hence the aim to pack two Town Arms with RN boats, Stourbridge one weekend and Walsall a week later! The rally bar will as usual feature several local real ales – some brewed less than a mile from the warehouse.

Finally, just a reminder that is our tradition we have a raffle. Please bring along anything suitable as raffle prizes.

Blackcountry Man Music Night Cruise – Remembering George Formby – Friday 28th July 2017

Join us for this very special night “Remembering George Formby” with Matt Richards and his Ukelele on a nostalgic trip down memory lane . This is an evening cruise leaving at 7.30pm and returning at 10.00pm. The entertainment is superb and you are provided with a fish & chip supper and a full bar service on-board.

Limited tickets available at £17 (inc. supper) – call 01384 375912 / 07889 908090 to book your place.

“Pirate Radio” Broadcast on Stourbridge Canal – 19th June

Just like the good old days in the mid 1960’s when Radio Caroline broadcasted from the seclusion of a “pirate radio” ex-trawler anchored out at sea, Radio West Midlands (WM) will be visiting the Bonded Warehouse on the Monday 19th June. Alex Lester will be live-broadcasting his breakfast show from 6.00 am until 9.00 am from the Blackcountry Man trip boat with Ken Bywater at the helm.

After a short journey up the Stourbridge Arm to Wordsley Junction taking from about 7.15 am to 7.45 am the boat will be joined at the junction by representatives from the Wordsley Red House Glass Cone and the new White House Museum. It will remain moored at the Junction for about one hour before returning.

It is expected that the radio people will hop back on board and return to the Bonded Warehouse after a pleasant trip through our length of canal, hopefully chatting with people along the canal on the towpaths or passing boats, do give them a wave it you see them passing by.

So, tune in to Alex Lester at Breakfast on Radio WM 95.6 on June 19th to hear what he and his guests have to say about historical sites and activities to be found in our local area.

Stourbridge Memorabilia & Collectors Fair “Vintage Style” – 30th April 2017

Specialist dealers will be travelling from all over the country to participate in this show at the Bonded Warehouse. In addition to the specialist dealers at the event, tables will be manned by a team offering a wide range of memorabilia and collectables that have been donated by supporters including unique items from celebrity contacts in the world of show business and sport.

To support this fund raising event any unwanted items from your attic, garage or back of the wardrobe will be gratefully received for onward sale in aid of the charity – to arrange collection or to find out more information about the event please contact us on 07971 624 627 or email:

Open to the Public from 10.00am to 4.00pm (Trade from 9.00am)

Profits from this special Memorabilia & Collector’s Fair will be donated to The Alzheimer’s Society.

Bank Holiday Day Trips to Kinver – May 1st 2017

A 7.5 hour return trip to the lovely historic village of Kinver along the Stourbridge and Staffs & Worcs. canal. Blackcountry Man boat departs the Bonded Warehouse at 10.00am and returns at approximately 5.30pm with an hour stop off at Kinver at lunchtime beside the popular Vine Inn. Full Bar on board.

Adults £13 / Senior citizens & children £12 / Family Ticket £42

Tel: 01384 375912 / 07889 908090