Don’t forget – Broadway Tower this Saturday, free author talk, and book signing

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The history of Malvern, RAF Defford, Pershore Airfield and The Cold War in Worcestershire

 

Top Secret Worcestershire Author Talk and Book Signing

Authors, Stephen Burrows and Michael Layton will be at the newly opened Tower Barn at Broadway Tower on the 2nd February 2019

Stephen and Michael will be hosting a talk about ‘Top Secret Worcestershire’ at 10am for an hour. Spaces for this are limited so please register your interest by contacting explorers@broadwaytower.co.uk

From 11am until 2pm, the authors will be available for you to meet and sign your copy of the book. Copies of the book can be purchased on the day or from Brewin Books or Amazon in advance

The talk is the first of our new program of talks and workshops and is a wonderful opportunity to pop in and see the new destination and to unwind with a delicious coffee and a scrumptious cake

Click here to go to Top Secret Worcestershire Amazon page

Violence related to football

We often refer to the phrase ‘football violence’ but of course I don’t think anyone has ever seen a football being violent. Nowadays people often refer to the fact that violent acts linked to football matches have largely disappeared. It is certainly true that this is no longer the 70s and 80s when, before the advent of CCTV and banning orders, organised gangs of hooligans were ever-present. My assertion however is that whilst the problem has decreased dramatically the very sizeable minority who like to get involved in violence are still around. Police tactics have changed over the years and policing priorities have changed as they try to meet changing demands with fewer officers, whilst at the same time the Government don’t identify it as an issue and media reports of incidents are fewer. My question is will the current rise in right-wing activity nurture more problems on the terraces, and on the railway networks.

and in town-centres as groups become better organised?

Keep Right On – historical crime fiction

Clashes on and off the pitch in 1976 between two real teams – Birmingham City and Aston Villa and two fictitious hooligan teams battling for supremacy. The third team was the police – who were eventually crowned as champions ? The sequel to ‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s’  brings back the character of Birmingham-based detective Rob Docker – not someone that you would like to meet under any circumstances and certainly someone you would never forget if you were on the wrong side of the law. (newspaper clips from the Evening Mail & Sunday Mercury).

‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s’ -historical crime fiction book.

Whenever we post this title there is a debate over who lays legitimate claim to the phrase. Our take is that Bill’s mother was the mother of William Shakespeare and that Brummies used to look towards Stratford Upon Avon and use the phrase to indicate that a storm was coming. If you like a ‘big’ book with a huge story-line that spans history over a fifty year period, more murders than you have fingers on your hands and eventually returns to Birmingham for the violent climax you will enjoy this. There are no winners in this book and no heroes. The book has 54 very positive reviews and some who have read it have commented on how they found themselves loving and hating the main characters at various stages. Not for the faint-hearted it deals with violence, terrorism and corruption but without being gratuitous. It would make for a great film very much in the context of the next generation of ‘Peaky Blinders’

How Policing Has Changed (40)

The last one in this little series for a while. Some of the previous blog posts have made reference to the challenges now faced by officers and the changes that have occurred in terms of numbers, culture, legislation, funding and all manner of things which have changed the policing landscape in the UK. What has NOT changed is the team spirit and close relationships which are developed in the service. There may be fewer to call on but when the shout ‘officer requires assistance’ goes up over the radio everyone goes and that’s the way I believe it will always be. Still a ‘noble cause’ to work within and arguably one of the best professions to be part of. (picture courtesy of Darren Allison) wfli - darren alison -1

How Policing Has Changed (39)

Historically the three essential strands of policing in the UK have been education through engagement and education, prevention and enforcement. They remain so to this day. As a 24/7 emergency service however the one element of policing that has to be serviced is ‘response’ which inevitably means that with reducing numbers the time to carry out education/engagement functions becomes restricted. Less engagement with the community on the ‘softer’ side of policing leads to less community intelligence becoming available. By its very nature ‘response’ policing is generally reactive and demand led. Demand is increasing and therefore the opportunities for proactive targeted prevention patrols are decreased. With changes in legislation, and direction in relation to the use of enforcement powers what type of service are we heading towards. (Photo from unknown source on social media) Last post on this little series tomorrow.birminghams front line - pc crossing children

Update: Broadway Tower 2nd February is now an author talk and book signing

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The history of Malvern, RAF Defford, Pershore Airfield and The Cold War in Worcestershire

Update – we are really pleased to announce we’ll be doing a free talk about the book too!

From Broadway Tower:

Top Secret Worcestershire Author Talk and Book Signing

Authors, Stephen Burrows and Michael Layton will be at the newly opened Tower Barn at Broadway Tower on the 2nd February 2019

Stephen and Michael will be hosting a talk about ‘Top Secret Worcestershire’ at 10am for an hour. Spaces for this are limited so please register your interest by contacting explorers@broadwaytower.co.uk

From 11am until 2pm, the authors will be available for you to meet and sign your copy of the book. Copies of the book can be purchased on the day or from Brewin Books or Amazon in advance

The talk is the first of our new program of talks and workshops and is a wonderful opportunity to pop in and see the new destination and to unwind with a delicious coffee and a scrumptious cake

Click to go to Amazon page

How Policing Has Changed (38)

Historically ‘private’ police forces have always been a feature of policing in the UK. Over the decades some have disappeared, whilst some have amalgamated with other Forces. (The picture is of Birmingham Parks Police circa 1980s). The ‘police family’ used to be quite a narrow expression which accurately described the work of warranted police officers. I would venture to suggest that the extended ‘policing family’ as well as encompassing police staff members, Special Constablesbirminghams front line - father george and volunteers,  now also arguably describes an environment whereby many ‘policing’ functions are also carried out by professionalized security companies. The days of so-called ‘man-guarding’ alone no longer accurately describe the immense range of services now on offer many of which support our policing effort.