27/06/06 – Cricket: Ostler double century sinks Ombersley

Having followed up on a report originally provided by Matt Nightingale we bring news of a stunning double century by Dominic Ostler for Berkswell at the weekend:

Berkswell v Redditch – Sat 24th June 2006

Berkswell 334 for 5 wickets (24pts) beat Ombersley 128 all out (3pts) by 206 runs

Following 2 consecutive defeats Berkswell dismissed any fears they were struggling to cope in Birmingham League 3 with an overwhelming 206 run win at home to a talented Ombersley side.

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Berkswell Museum

Berkswell museum was situated in a 16th Century Cottage, behind the Almshouses in Berkswell’s village centre and opened its’ doors to visitors for the first time in 1981. Unfortunately, the museum closed for business in 2016.


The museum had four rooms housing exhibits relating to the Parish of Berkswell including memorabilia, farm implements, tools, household items, Church and Parish documents. The collection featured famous past residents such as Maud Watson (the first Ladies Singles Champion at Wimbledon), former England cricket captain R.E.S. (Bob) Wyatt and Jeremy Brett, an actor best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.


The Museum used to open on Sunday afternoons and Monday Bank Holidays, 2pm to 5pm from May until the first weekend in October. It also used to open at Easter.


For more details, the Berkswell and District History Group host a page at  http://www.berkswell-history.org/berkswellmuseum.html

Berkswell & District History Group

Serving to enhance historical understanding of Berkswell and District, this small and active group invites anyone interested in local history to join the group.


The Berkswell & District History Group originally formed when members of the Berkswell Society* decided to form a history group which eventually evolved into the independent group it is today.


The group actively seeks out new historical information and some of this work has resulted in several publications including 3 books, ‘In Flanders Fields the Poppies Grow’, ‘I Slept in every Bed in Berkswell’ and ‘Kiss me Again ‘Arry I Like It’. Details of these publications can be found at the group website berkswell-history.org



Regular Meetings

The group hold regular meetings, usually the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm, details of which can be found on their website.


Visitors and New Members Welcome


Visitors are welcome, usually at £2 per session unless other fees apply, or a subscription for Annual Membership can be taken out for £5. Membership runs from January to January. A downloadable application form is available for interested parties below:


This form can be sent to the Memership Secretary at B&D History Group, 51 Kemps Green Road, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7QS. Alternatively you can join at one the group meetings, which are usually held at the Reading Room in Berkswell. Consult berkswell-history.org for up to date information. It is also possible to join at any of the group’s meetings.



Group Objectives


  • Berkswell & District History Group is established to enable its’ Members and the wider public to widen knowledge of the history of the Parish of Berkswell and District.
  • To assist in the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area.
  • To document and collate such information as has been collected or given so that records and access to records and information is available to all.
  • To publish or promote such information or hold meetings to discuss information relevant to or of interest to those supporting The Parish of Berkswell and District.
  • To promote research into subjects or objects connected with or belonging to the Society.
  • To act as a co-ordinating body and to cooperate with the Local Authority, other statutory authorities, voluntary organisations, charities and other persons having aims similar to those of the Society.
  • To educate public opinion and to give advice and information.
  • To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation or otherwise.


For more detailed information about the group visit their comprehensive website at:




*The Berkswell Society, established in 1972 was formed with the purpose of preserving and protecting the amenities of Berkswell and District. The group formed the Berkswell Society History Group which went on to become the Berkswell & District History Group of today.