WWI in Church Stretton

July 27, 201511:07 amJuly 27, 2015 11:16 am

Church Stretton Area local History Group are holding a drop-in session at Church Stretton Library on Saturday 1st August. What did your grandparents tell you about the First World War? The group are looking to preserve and record your stories. They are interested in both military and domestic accounts and if you have any documents and photographs, […]


Dearest Girls at Church Stretton Arts Festival

July 27, 20159:13 amJuly 27, 2015 9:17 am

After touring as far afield as Lancashire and Norfolk, Francesca Millican Slater makes a welcome return to Shropshire. My Dearest Girls: The Letters Book combines character, live music and a touch of cabaret to reveal the lives of a group of friends from Shropshire. Against a background of war the women tell each other their stories, […]


Trenches Update

July 20, 20152:15 pmJuly 27, 2015 9:40 am

Construction of the trenches at Park Hall near Oswestry continues apace. Numbers of volunteers were boosted by the addition of 11 members of the Royal Irish. The trenches are being boarded and sandbagged and the building of underground rooms is well underway. Mark Hignett, the project co-ordinator, said he was delighted with the progress. The […]


Wilfred Owen: Tracks to the Trenches

July 14, 201511:18 amJuly 14, 2015 2:56 pm

Part Two: The Tracks THE LOCOMOTIVE DEPARTMENT MEMORIAL Shrewsbury Station’s own links to the First World War are equally moving. The most intimate, in that it is from their workmates, is located in the staircase of the Arriva offices. Although it is not normally accessible to the public, thanks to the untiring efforts of Philip […]


Wilfred Owen: the Tracks to the Trenches

July 14, 201510:49 amJuly 14, 2015 11:26 am

Part One: Wilfred Owen The essay for Shrewsbury Technical School merited 17/20 with the comment “You would have done better to keep to the 3rd person.” Today, it reads rather pompously from someone aged only fifteen. “The first striking impression on entering one of our large stations at a busy time is the number of […]

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