Programme

June 2018 to November 2018

Tuesday 10th July  10:00am
History on Foot : The Anglo-Saxon – Plesc Boundary of Newport with Bryan Lloyd. Meet at St Nicholas Church 10-00 am. Walk duration – about 2 hours.

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.uk to express your interest and also whether you would like to book at the Stiperstones Inn.

Non-members welcome on payment of the appropriate fee.

Monday 17th September 7:30pm
Post-glaciation Newport
Where now stands  the town of Newport  in lowland Shropshire  there was once an ice sheet.  The geology of Newport and surrounding areas and its effect Newport’s watery history.
Ken Jones M.Sc.

Tuesday 25th September 7:30pm
Planning Meeting
For members only.
at the Swan

Monday 15th October 7:30pm
The View From Above
Recent Archaeological Ariel Photography Over Shropshire by Shropshire County Council’s archaeologist,
Dr. Andy Wigley

Monday 19th November 7:30pm
World War 1 – the year 1918.
David completes the fifth of his talks about what happened in 1918.
David Adams

December Christmas party for members at The Swan Lower Bar.

Meetings are held in Newport Baptist Church, Water Lane at 7.30 p.m. except where otherwise stated.

Details of membership of the Society are here

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