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WEM CIVIC SOCIETY: EVENTS 2024

Tuesday January 16th
7.30pm
AGM; Forum: Wem High St.: the White Horse - a catalyst for Change?
Tuesday February 20th
7.30pm
Silver from the West: The Wem Hoard by Dr Roger White.
In 2018, and 2019, three metal detectorists unearthed a hoard of silver in a field near Wem. Examination of this hoard has taken some time due to its accession process by Shropshire Museums Service via the Coroner’s court, and the attendant cataloguing. This has established that the hoard falls into a small category of late Roman ‘hacksilver’ hoards known from the UK and dates probably to the end of the fifth century. This lecture will outline what has been discovered so far about the hoard, and its context, and outline plans for future research.
Tuesday March 19th
7.30pm
Railways of the northern Marches – David Smith.
The earliest railways (or, rather, 'plateways') in Shropshire were in the industrial east of the county, now Telford and Wrekin. However, despite the rural nature of western Shropshire and southern Cheshire, numerous small railway companies were founded to build lines that, on their own, may have seemed to have little opportunity for profitable traffic. It was only when these small railways were combined that they made more sense - and more profit, some becoming major trunk routes. Since their inception, however, the great railway centres of the northern Marches - Crewe, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Wrexham and Chester - have all lost platforms and, apart from Crewe, branch lines and even whole stations, though not all of this can be blamed on the ogre of Doctor Beeching. David will attempt to make some sense of the spider's web of lines that grew up piecemeal, and have largely disappeared as a spider's web in the wind.
Tuesday April 16th
7.30pm
The Prees Branch Canal and why it never reached Prees. An intriguing insight into the history of our local canal network and what might have been - an insight into life on the canals in the last years of commercial use. A talk by Matthew Lanham
Saturday April 27th
9.00am to 1.00pm
Wem Spring Market Town Hall and Jubilee Square
Tuesday May 21st
7.30pm
Goose Grease and Brown Paper by Kath Reynolds
Saturday June 15th (10.30am)
Workhouse
Trip – Y Tloty Llanfyllin (Workhouse)
Tuesday July 16th
7.30pm
Worldwide Codebreaking in WW2 by Howard Cranston
August
No meeting
Saturday September 14th
morning
Walk around Wem: Churches & Chapels led by David Smith - followed by Talk: Wem in 1930s, prelude to war by Oliver Richardson.
Friday September 20th
7.30pm
Tudor Food: Talk & Tasting.
Saturday September 28th
9.00am to 1.00pm
Harvest Market - Town Hall and Jubilee Square
Tuesday October 15th
7.30pm - Zoom
From the Fury of the Vikings by Sandy Leong
Sunday November 10th
Parish Church
Remembrance Sunday
Tuesday November 19th
7.30pm - Zoom
Folklore of Houses by Mark Lewis
Tuesday December 17th
7.30pm
Xmas Social: Buffet, Quizzes and Raffle.

WEM CIVIC SOCIETY: EVENTS 2023

AGM; Forum: Development in Market Towns & Rural Areas with Tim Ashton
Wem Town Hall, High St., Wem
Spilling the Beans by Sandy Leong
Hawkestone Hills & Follies with Clare Blencowe and David Smith.
Stupid Moments in History by Anthony Poulton-Smith –
This talk will be transmitted to the cinema screen in Wem Town Hall. There will be the opportunity to question the speaker at the end of the talk.
Decade of Change – 1960s by Paul Robbins
Trip - Shropshire Flax Mill and Maltings.
Guided Tour and access to Exhibition. Also - Textile Exhibition, 'A Stitch in Time' is available.
My Time at Bletchley Park. by Betty Webb, MBE
The talk will be transmitted to the cinema screen in Wem Town Hall. There will be the opportunity to question the speaker at the end of the talk.
Heritage Event - Tours of Noble Street.
1st Tour - a walk down Noble Street; 2nd Tour - illustrated talk on Noble Street(Wem's cinema screen).
plus Exhibition; Heritage Stalls and Rolling Images of Wem, past & present.
Heritage Event - An Account and History of Food in The Welsh Marches and adjacent Welsh counties includng a Tasting Menu
Hillforts & Castles A talk by Oliver Richardson
British Railways in WWII by Richard Marks
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WEM CIVIC SOCIETY: EVENTS 2022

42nd AGM, Members Forum: Listed Buildings in Wem.
Wem Town Hall, High St., Wem
Wem Agricultural Shows: Talks by Roger Ashton, Oliver Richardson and Display by Tom Edwards
My part in the One Hundred Years of RAPRA Techology - (Rubber and Plastics Research Association) is a Not-for-Profit Membership Association for companies in Polymer manufacturing, processing or end use. A talk by Ivan James FInstP FRMS.
Display on a local history topic by Tom Edwards.
Heritage Project:Within the Town Gates Talks by George Nash and Malcolm Adkins - Photography Competition - the winning and short listed entries.
St George’s Market - Wem Spring Market Town Hall, Jubilee Square and Youth Club<
A history of Shropshire Porcelain. A talk by Tim Dawes
Nuts in May Social, Wem Town Hall, 7.30pm.
Trip - Two Churches and a Pub. Moreton Say - St Margaret of Antioch; The Red Lion, Wistonwick; Hodnet - St. Luke
Craft of the Silversmith. A talk by Penny Wheat - A lively and amusing talk based on 36 years as a lecturer at Stafford College. Lavishly illustrated with many items of silverware and jewellery etc. Penny worked as a college lecturer, teaching silversmithing and jewellery for 36 years, until her retirement seven years ago.
Tour of Aston Street - the story of its shops. Starting with a display and short talk in the Schoolroom of the Methodist Church (Aston Street), followed by a tour of Aston Street and ending with Sands the Florist.
Food, Glorious Food A talk by Kath Reynolds.Our changing eating habits and convenience foods in our diet. From fish fingers to Angel Delight, Camp coffee to Chianti in a basket, spam to salmon paste - all the things we have loved... and some of those we have hated!
"...and the High Street ran with Damson Juice."
Talks, Reminiscences and a Tasting Menu: The story of food eaten in Shropshire and surronding counties prior to the present day.
Arrows Away! Archery – ancient and modern. A talk by Penny Turner
Wem’s War Memorial: the stories of the men - at home and at war. A talk by Shelagh Richardson. The stories of some of the men listed on the memorial, both in Shropshire and at war, set against the wider background of the two world wars.