End of Summer Sale.


 Burgundy Polo and Sweat shirts with the History Society logo in gold are available in all sizes. Please support the society by buying and wearing one.  They are £10 for Polo shirts and £12 for sweat shirts. Contact Linda  to try one on. T When the current lots are sold, there will be a price increase, so please buy now. If you don’t see me at meetings, contact thefernsshropshire@hotmail.co.uk

Would any member like to  take charge of  shirt sales? Bring a selection to meetings? Take orders?

 Sales- contact  Linda Fletcher



Please note that all members can use our Library section in our Heritage Archive Centre. Comfortable padded office chairs and heating. The archives are  on the 1st floor of the Guildhall tea room. The only proviso is , you must check with Linda so that you know where to go and how to sign in. for your first visit. After that you, can read the books whenever you want. The stairs are steep however, and not for  members who have physical issues.

Archives- contact  Linda the fernsshropshire@hotmail.co.uk



We have a variety postcards for sale at 25p at the Guildhall tearoom and at Card n Play ( no details of the cost at Card n Play)

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Woodseaves Scarecrow festival

Hi All Crops are coming off and things are starting to move again.
This coming 18/19 August why not pop along to Woodseaves scarecrow festival have a walk around the village and take a look at all the excellent scarecrows on display in people’s garden’s. then call in at the Church hall for refreshments and look at the displays, Newport History Society will be attending both days with displays of items found in and around the area.

Hope to see you all there.


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Information update.

The Victorian Garden Party will be featured in August’s ‘Shropshire Magazine’ which comes out on 1st August

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Victorian Garden party.

Guests amounting to about seventy gathered at ‘The Ferns’, Station Road for a Victorian Garden Party on the afternoon of Sunday 24th June. Many were wearing Victorian dress. The highlight of the afternoon was the arrival of Queen Victoria (played by Cath Crewe), announced by the town crier ( Peter Taunton). The afternoon was opened by our new mayor, Peter Scott. Home-made sandwiches and cakes were the order of the day, with lots of tea- it being a very hot afternoon- served by maids. The entertainers, who voluntarily gave up their time were Mrs Liz Raymont,who played and sang Victorian songs; Messrs Coats, Spurr and Goodier, who delighted us with poems and readings, and The Tern Valley Tinkers with traditional folk music.  The other attractions were: Mrs Sedman a local clairvoyant, childrens’ Victorian games, a tombola, a bar and  home-made produce. At the end of the afternoon, guests joined in and some sang their own favourites, which included ‘Land of My fathers’, ‘Just a Song at twilight’ and ‘The Mothers Lament’.

The whole afternoon was in aid of  Newport History Society and the Victoria County History group of Shropshire who are joining together to raise money for the up and coming  researching and writing of a new and definitive history of Newport and the Weald Moors. The amount raised at the garden party was £1,084.

In addition to the Victorian Garden Party, new computer equipment has been purchased for  the VCH Project through grants from Rotary Lite, Peter Scott’s ‘Pride’ Fund and the Annabelle, Lady Boughey Trust, for which we thank them most heartily.

The Garden Party team, of who there were about 20 in all,and this included many cake-makers, would like to thank the guests who attended on a very hot but splendid  afternoon. All of us made the whole event a great success.

(If you would like to see the full set of Photos please pop over to are page on Facebook.)Mayor Peter Scott and Queen Victoria.JPG

Linda Fletcher.

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A walk with Bryan Lloyd


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Visit to Snailbeach Lead Mine, near Shrewsbury

21st July 2018
Visit to Snailbeach Lead Mine, near Shrewsbury

Snailbeach has a number of restored buildings which are listed as Scheduled Ancient Monuments; it is a unique and complete site of National importance. The site is owned by Shropshire Council who, jointly with Heritage England and the Shropshire Mines Trust, have carried out the preservation works. There are four engines houses, a blacksmiths forge and workshop. It had its own railway with Locomotive Shed and new displays available to see. Those who want will be able go on an underground visit into the Day Level and look down into the now illuminated Engine Shaft and see some of the working methods. The site is managed by the Shropshire Mines Trust; NHS member Mike Moore is a Director of the Trust responsible for the site and is an approved guide. The tour commences from Snailbeach Village Hall Car Park at 10.15 (where the only public toilets are available) and will take about 2 – 3 hours depending on numbers. Mike has kindly agreed to sort out Tea and Coffee for us whilst we look around the visitor centre and will be able to watch a 10 minute DVD which describes in greater detail the workings of the mine which, in its heyday, would have employed 100’s of workers.

In addition, we have been offered the chance to to go further underground as an optional extra.  Steve Holding  is willing to take people into Roberts Level, that will take an extra 90 minutes and will cost £7.50 instead of £5 and will require wellies (your own or there are some there to borrow). It’s a bit more strenuous. The start time is the same 10:15.

Mike has asked for numbers who will be attending in case a second guide is required or, in addition, another group wants to book a visit on the same day, in which case we will have have priority. He has waived a minimum cost for this visit, but there will be a charge of £5.00 for adults. In addition he will book a table at the Stiperstones Inn after the visit for further refreshments and a bar meal (again numbers required).

Further information about Snailbeach Mine can be found at http://www.shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach/snailbeach.html including some interesting drone footage of the surface.

If you are interested in joining us at Snailbeach, email Maggie on magp@blueyonder.co.ukto express your interest and also whether you would like to book at the Stiperstones Inn.

Non-members welcome on payment of the appropriate fee.

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Dementia friendly town

I would like to bring to your attention a talk we had last night at the AGM about the awareness of dementia and Newport becoming a Dementia friendly town, the more people we can get to become Dementia friends the better, you may have already seen some shops in the town with there Dementia friends sticker in the window. I have become a Dementia friend to day and its very easy to do, if you would like to join me then just click the link below and fill in your details.


Please click here

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