A LABOUR of love called the Coseley Calendar has once again reached fruition, and both John Wilkes and his mother Beryl, the two Coseley historians responsible for its superb production, can be very satisfied with a job well done.
Every year John and Beryl become investigators and research reams of information, piles of photographs, and spend hours of deliberation to recognise and record the history of the urban district that began its existence as a village in the ancient manor of Sedgley, and was finally absorbed by neighbouring boroughs in the local government reshuffle of the 1960s and '70s.
The front cover of the calendar features a view taken by John Wilkes from the top of the keep at Dudley Castle, stretching far into the heart of Coseley, together with pictures of Remembrance Day almost a century apart, recognising the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in 2014.
The other page we have singled out is for December next year, which shows a picture of the nativity scene that was displayed in St Chad's Church, Coseley, in the 1990s.
As in previous years, the Coseley Calendar will be on sale at Movie Magic, Castle Street, Coseley, Lyn's Flower Shop, Summerhill Road, Regards card shop, Bromford Estate, and Hurst Hill Post Office, at a retail price of £3.95.
For further enquiries, or to order the calendar through the post contact Beryl Wilkes direct on 01902 491583. There will be an additional charge of £1 for postage and packing.