Wem Civic Society
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Tuesday February 20th 2018, 7.30pm
My Life in Oil: Working and Living on Rigs. Martin Carruthers
Tuesday March 20th 2018, 7.30pm
Brewery History– with the Brewery History Society.
Tuesday April 17th 2018, 7.30pm
Shropshire Turnpike Roads & Milestones. Alan Reade
Saturday April 21st
9.00am - 1.00pm


Wem Spring Market (St. George's Market)
Wem Baptist Church, Wem Senior Club & Wem Town Hall

Wem Walk with local historian, Tom Edwards.

Tuesday May 15th 2018
The Mosses, Ice Age to Modern Day.
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
Tuesday June 19th 2018
The background to the building of the Ironbridge.
Who built it and why.

A talk by Phil Revell, writer and journalist.

July - October 2018
Closing Date: October 2nd.
Images of Stained Glass:
Photographic Competition.

Click here for the rules.
Click here for an entry form.

Tuesday July 17th 2018
Piecing together 800 years of history through timber:
The Tilley Timber Project.

Between 2014 and 2017, residents of the small hamlet of Tilley were awarded a HLF grant
in order to undertake a dendrochronology project on thirty timber-framed buildings.
In this lecture George Nash explains the success and results of the project

No meeting.
Tuesday September 18th
Mid-Morning to Mid-Afternoon
Stained Glass – Coffee followed by a tutored visit to two churches (Shrewsbury) with Afternoon Tea.
David Smith
Booking is essential. Please phone 01939 232743 to reserve a place.
Free to society members, £2 charge for non-members
Saturday September 29th
9.00am - 1.00pm
Wem Harvest Market
Wem Baptist Church, Wem Senior Club & Wem Town Hall
Part of British Food Fortnight in Wem
For more information, click Wem Harvest Market
Note: Closing date for entries is October 2nd.
Photographic Competition: Stained Glass.
Images to be displayed in Wem Library with corresponding book display from Shropshire Libraries.
Click here for the rules.
Click here for an entry form.
Saturday October 6th (1.45pm) 2018
A Brick Walk in Wem with Tony Mugridge. [Note: This is a new Brick Walk.]
Assemble at 1.45pm at the Jubilee Square bus stop.
The walk will concentrate on New Street and will cover 5 houses and one wall.
There will be a break for Afternoon Tea at the Castle at approx. 3.45pm.
Booking is essential. Please phone 01939 232743 to reserve a place.
Free to society members, £2 charge for non-members.
Tuesday October 16th 2018
Dorothy Nicolle: The Battle of Shrewsbury, 1403.
Tuesday November 20th 2018
Local History Evening – Wem & Surrounds.
Tuesday December 18th 2018
Christmas Social

Meetings are held at the Senior Club, Chapel Street, Wem, unless otherwise indicated.
Meetings are normally open to the public upon payment of a £2 admission charge. Tea & coffee are available at talks.

The society can be contacted via wemcivsoc@yahoo.co.uk

Previous Meetings & Events:
Bells & Bell Ringing: an art and a science, an illustrated talk by David Smith
Llangollen Canal by Chris Platon a talk by
An Antiques Evening with Jeremy Lamond; talk followed by a valuation of Pottery & Porcelain
The Story of Brickmaking by Tony Mugridge (Master Brick Maker)
Looking at the fragile historic landscapes of North Shropshire:
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.
The 1960s in Wem & Surrounds.
Visit to Welshampton Church, tour led by Christopher Jobson
Shropshire’s Country Churches by Dorothy Nicolle
Wem History Day (Victoria County History)
Wem Town Hall
The view from above: recent archaeological aerial survey work in Shropshire,
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

Some Shropshire Saints by Christopher Jobson
Maps: Power & Perception
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
Francis Frith, Victorian Photographer: a talk by Dorothy Nicolle
Memories of a Bygone Era: a talk by Idris Evans
A Brick Walk in Wem with Tony Mugridge followed by a Meal at The Castle, Wem.
The Story of Pub Signs - A talk by Dorothy Nicolle.
Visit to The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire
Amazing Trees of Shropshire & Beyond by Rob McBride
The Story of the Silhouette factory - A talk by Nigel Hinton.
WWI – France & Flanders; a Wem & Surrounds perspective.
The talk concentrated on the West European Theatre.
Alex Williamson who has toured the battlefields of this area led this event.
Antarctic Antics – A Halley Base Doctor, 1987 – 1989 by Dr. Jeremy Owen
Ellesmere, the Dowry of Wales: The story of some of the Welsh Princes
ranging from Cynddylan in the Dark Ages to Owain Glyndwr in the C15th.
An illustrated talk by Christopher Jobson.
How far is an inch?
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
Shropshire's Almshouses - A talk by Sylvia Watts.
Brick Works
An illustrated talk on bricks, their use and manufacture by Oliver Richardson
The Story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.
A day in the Life of a Signalman
Paul Johnson
The Story of the Pubs and Brewing in Wem & Surrounds with Richard Earl and John Ruscoe.
Natural History
Dr Alan Johnson
The Story of Hawkstone: A talk by John Ruscoe.
Birds of Wem & Surrounds: An illustrated talk by Dr Derek Sparkes
English & Welsh Wine Tasting. The Glass Gallery, Wem Town Hall
Local Geology: An illustrated talk by Martin Carruthers
Town Walk: Notable Buildings in Wem
led by local historian Tom Edwards
Wildlife & Art in Shropshire: An illustrated talk by Ben Waddams
Life & History of the Drovers of North Wales: A talk by Idris Evans
Old farmyards of Shropshire
Dr Nigel Baker
Loppington Church & Village, a guided tour by David Smith.
Meal at the Dickin Arms
1940s and 1950s in Wem & Surrounds
Industries of Old Wem & Surrounds
An illustrated talk by John Ruscoe
Remember Them: A WWI Exhibition
The Royal British Legion, the Baptist Church and Wem Civic Society staged the Town Hall Exhibition.
Visit to the Shropshire Regimental Museum, Shrewsbury
Talk: 'Tracing your relatives in WWI'
Battlefield1403: Exhibition, Sparrow Café and Farm Shop
The Home Front in WWI & WWII:
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.