THE BIRMINGHAM AIR RAIDS REMEMBRANCE ASSOCIATION (BARRA) was formed February 27th 2001 and is a committee led association elected by its members.
PATRON The Lord Mayor's Office of Birmingham
PRESIDENT Sir Albert Bore
Our association evolved from a service held in December 2000 hosted by Dr. Carl Chinn (now Professor) and who is Birmingham's Community Historian based at Birmingham University. From this very stirring occasion was born the desire to establish a memorial to the civilians of Birmingham who were killed in the years of bombing raids endured in World War II and to publicise the fact that the Security 'D' Notice passed by the Government and lifted on other towns and cities upon the cessation of war had inadvertently remained on Birmingham for a further thirty years thus denying our city the rightful recognition of it's vital role during the war and of all the suffering of those concerned.
During this thirty year period a lady named Marjorie Ashby fought ceaselessly for the removal of this 'D' Notice, finally succeeding and then spent her remaining years seeking interest in a memorial, taken up by Carl Chinn and commented upon at the 2000 service.
From this a nucleus of 13 members formed our Association with Jean and John Purser as Chair and Treasurer respectively. Interest and membership grew speedily with fundraising a priority.
Professor Carl Chinn agreed to be President, Alex Henshaw (Chief Test Pilot) when approached agreed to be Patron and The Very Reverend Peter Berry DD (Provost Emeritus of Birmingham) agreed to be Vice President.
With the structure and committee of the Association established, efforts were then concentrated on choosing and funding a fitting permanent memorial, as was Marjorie's dream
The original Roll of Honour was taken from the Commonwealth War Graves list and was augmented after many months of intensive research by our Archivist June Eastlake. Her efforts have resulted in a further 76 names being added to the memorial. The Roll of Honour is also on display in the 'de Bermingham' Chapel in the church of St. Martin -in - the Bull Ring. This was generously provided along with the BARRA Standard by the late Alistair G. Cave. Hanging above the display cabinet containing the Roll of Honour is a framed print depicting the B.S.A (Birmingham Small Arms factory, Armoury Road, Small Heath, Birmingham) during one of the many air raids Birmingham suffering during the Blitz in which 53 people were killed.
The Roll of Honour is available to download (Click here).
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BARRA is a committee led association elected by its members. Membership is £8.00 per annum for a single member, joint membership is £12.00 per annum. A membership application form is available for download. (Click Here)
A proud moment for Brian Wright, Barbara Johnson and all members of Birmingham Air Raids Association. The Launch of their 190 page book remembering those they lost during the Blitz on Birmingham during the Second World War. A great read for just £9.95. Congratulations to all who contributed their stories, another marvellous achievement once again by BARRA
THE NEW BOOK BIRMINGHAM BLITZ OUR STORIES
PRICE £12.50 (INCLUDING POST AND PACKAGING)
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Barbara Johnson was one of the founding members of the Birmingham Air Raids Remembrance Association (BARRA) and was also instrumental involving Swanshurst School (2006/2007) in compiling a data base of all those killed and wounded in Birmingham during the war. She has also attended every Veterans’ Day at Swanshurst from 2008. She was chair of BARRA from 2006 to 2018. Her death in May this year has come as a great shock to all who knew her and she will be sadly missed.
Members meet every third Thursday of the month at the Copthorne Hotel, Paradise Circus, Birmingham (B3 3HJ) from 12.00 p.m. till 3.00 p.m.
Current Committee Members are as follows:
CHAIR - Mrs Barbara Johnson Tel: +44 (0)121 749 2009
VICE CHAIRMAN - Les Hill Tel: +44 (0)121 373 3503
WELFARE OFFICER - Joe Beddowes
TREASURER - Mrs Dorothy Parker Tel: +44 (0)121 604 4022
SECRETARY - Alison Grove Humphries Tel: +44 (0)121 777 5472 Mobile 07842 673 659
ARCHIVIST MR Brian Wright
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