|Events - subject to change.|
41st AGM, Members Forum.|
This hybrid meeting involved paticipation via Zoom, e-mail and post. The position of existing committee members and officers was confirmed by the membership.
Members' Forum discussed Millfields area and the improvement and greening of paths throughout Wem, both rural and urban.
|What makes a Book Valuable. Antiquarian and Secondhand books Neil Robinson.|
Wem Towm hall - the main hall - downstairs.
|Harris Barges, the Chester and Liverpool Lighterage and
Warehousing Company and Whitchurch Warehousing|
- the story of a failed enterprise on the Ellesmere Canal John Pinfold.
9.00am - 1.00pm
|Wem Harvest Market|
Wem Jubilee Square, Wem Youth Club & Wem Town Hall
|Airfields of northern Shropshire – Toby Neal - tbc|
|Severn Valley Railway Trust – Alan Reade|
|Christmas Social: Buffet, Quizzes and Raffle|
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|Shropshire Postal History with reference to Wem, by Brian Atkins||Home Front Heroines - women of Oswestry
from 1914 to 1922,
funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It is a year long project ending end of April 2019, fully illustrated and all the time we are finding new stories of remarkable women.
The first female postwomen began in WWI, Oswestry had several! A talk by Sarah Gathercole
1. Shrewsbury and Crewe Junction Signal Boxes,
2. Lunch at Sparrow’s Café; followed by Battlefield Church tour led by Canon the Revd William Price
|Local History Evening
Flotsam and Jetsam: Horse Racing around Wem and Beyond- John Pinfold;
The story of the Horse and Jockey, originally the Pack Horse - a pub from the 1780s - Oliver Richardson;
Inside the old pubs of Wem - Roger Dakin;
Introduced by David Smith.
Shrewsbury & Newport Canals, a talk by Alan Reade.
The talk will be on the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals, which are being restored by the S&NC Trust as a long-term project.
Although work is going on continuously at various points along the line of the canals from Norbury Junction through Newport to Shrewsbury,
a particular project of current interest is the restoration of old warehouses at Wappenshall junction, just north of Telford.
The aim here is to create a museum of Thomas Telford (the first museum dedicated to the great man) with a permanent exhibition,
conference facilities, a café and gift shop which are hoped to open to the general public in the next few months.
|My career at Shelton Hospital, a talk by Ann Johnson.|
The Complete Owl, a talk by Michael Leach.
Roman Wroxeter, a talk by Dr Roger White
HERITAGE Wem Weekend - Events
A journey of 10,000 years showing the Mosses’ importance
in everyday life leading almost to the destruction
of Great Britain’s 3rd largest lowland bog,
its role as a habitat for rare animals; and its future.
A new talk by Barry Probin.
The Tilley Timber Project.
Between 2014 and 2017, residents of the small hamlet of Tilley were awarded a HLF grant
Who built it and why.
A talk by Phil Revell, writer and journalist.
Wem Churches by Tom Edwards;
Wem Cinema by Sue Robinson & Shelagh Richardson;
The Story of a Brewer by Roger Dakin;
Introduced by David Smith
1940s and 1950s in Wem & Surrounds
by Dr George Nash
|Local Clocks & Clockmakers [Ellesmere area] - Christopher Jobson plus|
an update on the archæological work being carried out at Shrewsbury Orthodox Church.
|Shropshire’s Country Churches by Dorothy Nicolle|
Wem Town Hall
an illustrated talk by Andy Wigley: a talk by
|Visit to Shrewsbury Orthodox Church, Church of the Holy Fathers of Nicea, off Oteley Road, Sutton,
Shrewsbury following lunch at Sparrow's Café, Battlefield 1403|
an account of how maps and mapping inform, direct, order and influence us all through time by Martin Carruthers
|The Crewe to Shrewsbury Railway by Bob Yate|
The Battle of Shrewsbury, 1403.
Francis Frith, Victorian Photographer: a talk by Dorothy Nicolle
|A Brick Walk in Wem with Tony Mugridge followed by a Meal at The Castle, Wem.|
|Amazing Trees of Shropshire & Beyond by Rob McBride|
The talk concentrated on the West European Theatre.
Alex Williamson who has toured the battlefields of this area led this event.
|Industries of Old Wem & Surrounds
An illustrated talk by John Ruscoe
ranging from Cynddylan in the Dark Ages to Owain Glyndwr in the C15th.
An illustrated talk by Christopher Jobson.
An illustrated talk on maps by Roger Michell
|Famous People of Wem & Surrounds:|
Frederick Alexander Barnett – The Brewer,
Joel Stinchcombe - The Postmaster,
Harry Strong– The War Hero, and not forgetting
The Loppington Bear
An illustrated talk on bricks, their use and manufacture by Oliver Richardson
|The Story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.|
Dr Alan Johnson
led by local historian Tom Edwards
Dr Nigel Baker
Meal at the Dickin Arms
Talk: 'Tracing your relatives in WWI'
Battlefield1403: Exhibition, Sparrow Café and Farm Shop
Looked at the impact of the wars on the area - agriculture and food,
and the role of women and children. A tasting menu of WWII food was available.
The Royal British Legion, the Baptist Church and Wem Civic Society staged the Town Hall Exhibition.