DWS OGA Midlands Branch


Dear Member,

You are invited to join us once again for our Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 11th, at 12.30 at The Pear Tree Creperie, Heart of the Country Village Craft Centre, Swinfen, near Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS14 9QR 

www.heartofthecountryvillage.com tel: 01543 481612
which is on the A38 dual carriageway and easily accessible from main roads and the M6 Toll.

A lunch of savoury pancake, salad, sweet pancake and coffee would be roughly £16-£20. We also ask for a contribution of £1 towards Branch Funds, please.

Lynne is visiting family in Australia so Meryl has sent out invitations by email and will receive email replies and I will send them out by post to those whoprovided SAEs last year.


In 2015 we discussed the future of the Branch - possibly an amalgamation or disbandment and decided to look at numbers attending in 2016 before making any decision. We are also considering the possibility of moving the date of our meeting from the traditional March to later in the year, perhaps to the end of May or June so that Lynne could attend and to see if that might encourage others to come as well.Please let us have your views and also notify anyone you know who might be interested in joining us, too.

If you do not have email please enclose a SAE when you reply by post if you wish to be kept informed of future Reunions. If you no longer wish to hear from us, we will assume a non-reply to reflect that.

Everyone is welcome at any DWS OGA meetings and the website www.dwsoga.org.uk gives details.

Looking forward to seeing you on March 11th,

With best wishes,
Margaret [and Meryl]  meryl@blueyonder.co.uk

TRAVEL TIPS: travelling north on the A38? Continue on dual carriageway beyond the 'Heart of the Country' (on the right) to the next large roundabout (junction with the A5148) double back and travel south on the dual carriageway until you come to 'The heart of the Country' central entrance on the left

Branch Secretary: 
Margaret Hewitt,
144, Field Lane,
Burton upon Trent,
DE13 0NN
Tel: 01283 546840



Report of the Midland Branch reunion held on Saturday 12 March 2016

Six of us – Nesta Wynn Jones, (Merrells) Janet Gough, (Mathews) Nesta Lloyd (Dr Farrow0 Meryl Davies (Elwell) Jane Lloyd Hughes, Margaret Hewitt (staff) met at The Peartree Creperie, Heart of the Country , Nr Lichfield.  Despite our low number it was good to exchange news and enjoy each other’s company and each some fantastic crepes.


                                              left to right:   Margaret, Janet, Nesta, Jane, Meryl, Nesta Ll

Apologies were received from Eirian James, Oriel James (Holden) Jenny Bennett (Cox), Mary Coney (Caroline Beck), Joyce Davies (Wearing),
Eluned Gilmour (Mathews), Sally Lloyd (Montague Williams), Catherine McMaster (Hill), Sarah Phillpot (Tunnadine), Shirley Pilkington, Rhian Price Rowlands (Howland).Many OGs living in the Midlands and have previously attended meetings have not left their latest e-mail address details or a SSAE with me so unfortunately it was not possible to contact them.All details are always uploaded to the OG section of the website; to access you need to log-in.

We were sorry to learn of the death of Doreen Peach (Shipton) on March 3rd 2016.

Discussions regarding the future of the Branch resulted in booking a date for next year and meeting at the same venue.It may be possible that this will be the last meeting as no one has come forward to take on the role of Branch Secretary and numbers are dwindling.Perhaps we might amalgamate with another branch or wind up altogether?

Date of next meeting:  Saturday, 11 March 2017 at
The Pear Tree Creperie, Heart of the Country Village,
Swinfen, near Lichfield,
WS14 9QR  

www.heartofthecountryvillage.com tel: 01543 481612

Margaret A Hewitt (Secretary)  and Lynne Moorhouse  lynnemoody@btopenworld.com


2015 MIDLAND BRANCH  REPORT Sat March 14 12.30pm

This year, our reunion was held at The Creperie Restaurant at The Heart of the Country Centre near Lichfield.

Those attending were: Meryl Davies, Margaret Hewitt, Eirian James, Oriel James, Nesta Lloyd, Sarah Phillpot, Chris Waddell and Nesta Wynn Jones


                    L - R standing:  Meryl, Sarah, Chris, Margaret, Eirian, Oriel        L - R seated: Nesta Ll,  Nesta WJ

We heard news from other branches, in particular the well-attended Birthday Lunch organised by the Dolgellau and Mid Wales Branch.Thanks were expressed to Meryl for her stint as Midlands Branch secretary and she was presented with a plant.A card was signed for Doreen Peach whose health means she will no longer be able to attend reunions.

We discussed future meetings and decided the venue suits us well and that we should try one or more meetings before deciding about amalgamating with another branch.We also decided to keep the date away from St David’s day because of other commitments people have then.


                                                                       A most enjoyable get together.

March 2015.


Report of the 2014 Branch reunion lunch held on Saturday March 8th

Midlands Branch

There is always something magical about seven so we are told and, so it was, that the said number of us met on a sunny March day at the home of Nesta Lloyd in Sutton Coldfield. We do seem very blessed with good March weather in the Midlands for our Reunions… In fact, some of you might not know this, but fewer hours are lost to rain in Test Matches at Edgbaston than any other ground in the country!

We resisted the temptation to burst into song with either pieces from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers or indeed renditions from the Sound of Music with seven Von Trapp singers but we were able to reminisce on some of Our Favourite Things about school and even more easily about things which were NOT our favourite things... like the food. The fact that we were meeting to enjoy a fabulous lunch made by Nesta and represented a span of almost some thirty years at DWS showed how easily we meet and talk to OGs who were at school during a totally different era but with whom there is a thread spinning us together.

We were delighted to have Nesta, our Chair, to give us some of the details of the Heritage Lottery Fund award with exciting opportunities for people to get involved and to learn how the project will be forging ahead. There will be time to learn more when we have the BGM this September in Dolgellau of course.

The jolly seven were Nesta Lloyd, Nesta Wynn Jones, Sarah Philpot, Christine Waddell, Helen Rowlands, Lynne Moorhouse and Meryl Davies.

2015 date will be on Sat 14 March, venue - Pear Tree Creperie Heart of the Country Village, Swinfen, Nr Lichfield 
(see News and Events page for details)

Meryl Davies