Local Heritage Heroes
Known & Unknown Characters
The Worcestershire communities often hear local heroes names during their lives and are aware of the monuments etc. dedicated to them – but do they know who they were and their contribution to their local society and the wider world?
Our project is the research and production of episodes of 'Local Heritage Heroes' - a documentary series examining historical local heroes of Worcestershire, informing the audience about their lives and innovative achievements.
It will be produced as a community engagement project involving participants from deprived areas in Wyre Forest who will take ‘lead’ roles in all aspects of the production process whilst being mentored by industry CBC crew.
Thank You to Our Sponsors
“As a County Councillor I am pleased to support with my Divisional Funding a new project Local Heritage Heroes.
At the viewing of the CBC's prior project, 'Relative View', I witnessed the positive motivation and confidence building it gave to the young people involved in the making of the films.”
Anne Hingley - WF County Councillor
Our First Episodes - Coming Soon
The Kidderminster Witch
In the 1850s, this local Kidderminster woman was widely regarded as a witch with visitors from near and far, to seek help with daily problems from lost property to philandering husbands!
If her palm was crossed with silver (the more the better), she would advise her customers on spells and rituals to improve their lives. Some people trusted her implicitly, where some thought of her as a fraud.
In our first episode of Local Heritage Heroes, we explore her life from her heyday, to later years when her sobriety was questioned, as well has her talents as a fortune teller.
Painting by Charlotte Combe
"Are they booing me?"
An incredible three times as Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin was knighted in 1937 for bringing in Government reforming policies and his management of Edward's abdication of the throne.
However, in later years and needing someone to blame for the early British failings of WW2, the public found in Stanley Baldwin the perfect scapegoat, and he began to become accustomed to his name being dragged through the gutter.
In October 1947, Baldwin attended the unveiling of a statue of George V, at what would be his final public appearance. As he departed and the assembled crowd cheered euphorically, the now almost deaf Stanley turned to his carer and asked the question: "Are they booing me?"
In our second episode, we reveal what went wrong for Stanley Baldwin, and why this local heritage hero died without receiving the national praise he so much deserved.
"A sort of yard-stick"
Hamer's cinematic career began as a clapper boy at London Films in 1934. By 1938 he was an editor, editing Alfred Hitchcock's 'Jamaica Inn' in 1939, and making his directorial debut with 'The Haunted Mirror' segment in the 1945 omnibus film 'Dead of Night'.
A founding-member of Ealing Studios, in 1949 he directed one of the great classic British comedies, 'Kind Hearts and Coronets', in which Alec Guinness played eight roles. Hamer was nominated for the Golden Lion at the 1949 Venice Film Festival for the film.
Hamer's last directorial effort was 1960's 'School for Scoundrels' with 'Terry Thomas' and Alastair Sim, but after collapsing drunk on-set several times, he was sacked never to work again.
Chronic alcoholism ended both his marriages and career as a director. It also led to his early death and the mass hallucinations he suffered, including a six-foot pink lobster that would chase him home from work. At the time he died, he was penniless and had only a monthly allowance from his father through which to support himself.
Such a sad end to one of British Film Industry's greats and one of our local heritage heroes.
Sarah Elizabeth Woodward
OUR PILOT EPISODE:
A First Lady-Councillor in England
This pilot was produced to celebrate the life, works and contribution to society by Sarah Elizabeth Woodward - one of England’s first lady-councillors for Bewdley, most astonishingly prior to women being given the vote.
We were so inspired by this local lady, that we featured her as one of the three women in our suffrage-film: Deeds Not Words.