Crabtree Society donation boosts Bloxwich Telegraph

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Following our recent appeal for donations to help save the domain name of The Bloxwich Telegraph, we were grateful for the generous support of four local people who very kindly chipped in and saved the day. Now, a local group has come forward to help out further!

Last week our editor, Stuart Williams, was contacted by the Chairman of  The Crabtree Society, Mr Allan Preston, with the generous offer of a donation of £50 in support of the running of The Bloxwich Telegraph, which we have gratefully accepted.

The Crabtree Society is a group formed in 2000, mainly by ex-employees of Crabtree Electrical Industries Limited, which at one time was the largest employer in Walsall borough.

The Society aims to acknowledge the importance Crabtrees had for Walsall in its 80 years association with the town. In 1999 Crabtree’s head office and factory, the Lincoln Works near Walsall Arboretum, was demolished, and shortly after all manufacturing sites in the Walsall and Brownhills area were closed.

The Lincoln Works being built, April 1923
The Lincoln Works being built, April 1923

The society  provides a social forum for its members who are mainly ex-employees and their friends, maintains maintain the archives of the company, and has published a substantial book on the history of the company. The book was actually launched on the 24th May 2012 and is a superb publication.

Many Bloxwich people, including the mother of our editor Stuart Williams, were proud to work at Crabtrees over the decades, being transported there by special buses. and several Society members still live in Bloxwich.  With such local connections, the Society felt it appropriate to offer its support to The Bloxwich Telegraph in this way.

A cheque was presented to Stuart Williams on Saturday, by the Society’s Secretary & Treasurer Ray Parton, and will be added to the remainder of other recent donations to help with any ongoing costs the site may have.

For more details of The Crabtree Society, check out their website:

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Historic images shown courtesy Walsall Local History Centre