Church Stretton Opened its Gates to Refugees

February 20, 20174:21 pmFebruary 21, 2017 4:23 pm

Just nine months into the First World War, Church Stretton found something to celebrate. “In the presence of a large gathering of townspeople and visitors, the splendid new gates were opened at the entrance of Church Stretton’s Recreation Ground.” The day was Monday 24th May 1915. The other day, in the company of Genevieve Tudor […]

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RAF Shawbury- 100 years since the formation of the first flying Squadron

February 14, 20171:21 pmFebruary 14, 2017 1:26 pm

During the First World War, the west side of England was relatively safe from aerial attack and more airfields were desperately required for the rapidly expanding Royal Flying Corps (RFC). New squadrons were being formed as fast as possible and pilots had to be trained to equip them. In 1915, to the north-west of the […]

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Poems: part two

February 13, 201712:49 pmFebruary 13, 2017 1:17 pm

GO DOWN FIGHTING   He fought for his country He fought for the truth He fought back his fears He fought with his youth   He fought back his tears With thoughts of his wife On the battlefield bleeding He fought for his life A CHILD’S VIEW On the big dresser in the parlour at […]

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Wilfred Owen Walk

February 6, 201711:30 amFebruary 6, 2017 11:33 am

The unpredictable January weather was kind and there was a great turnout for a guided walk about Wilfred Owen in Shrewsbury. The walk was part of a day of events organised by the Wilfred Owen Association and Friends of St Chad’s on an Owen theme. Focusing on events in his life during 1917, the walk, talks and […]

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