The Wilfred Owen Festival is a festival of commemoration and remembrance taking place in the town of Oswestry, Shropshire. The festival will run from September 15th to November 17th, 2018. It is a festival designed to coincide with the centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death and the centenary of Armistice Day and will be a unique and fitting tribute to Owen in the town of his birth and to all those who sacrificed their lives for us during times of conflict.
A wide range of events and performances will be taking place throughout the period and will include Poetry, Drama, Music, Lectures, Re-enactment, Films, An Artist’s Trail, Exhibitions and much more!
Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival showcases classic and new films from the 1930s to the present day. Films will be shown at community cinemas and village halls around the county as part of the events programme to remember poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of World War I.
The Film Festival runs from 10th October to 23rd November and includes classics like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Hell’s Angels’ and ‘La Grande Illusion’ as well as new movies like ‘Journey’s End’, ‘The Burying Party’ (about Wilfred Owen) and ‘The Long Way Home’ about a fictional Shropshire pals’ regiment, filmed in the county.
Tim King, the Festival Organiser, says, “We now have 24 screenings of 13 films at 15 venues with more in the pipeline. We have received great support from the venue managers and organisations like Flicks in the Sticks.”
Tickets for most films are now on sale online or from the venues. The full programme can be viewed on the Festival web page.
The image is from ‘The Long Way Home’.
Mammoths in Shropshire, Lions in Venice. Acrylics by Diana Nuttall
A unique exhibition depicting Shropshire and Venice as you have never seen before using, appropriately, the mammoth and the lion. The Discovery Centre is full of information about the mammoths found locally and I will provide interesting facts about the Venetian lion. Lively paintings to inspire – full of energy and imagination. Acrylics paintings for sale. Other recent paintings will be included in the exhibition.
Diana Nuttall is a local artist of Church Stretton and has work displayed at Barbara’s Picture Framing shop in Church Stretton.
10am-4pm Monday to Sunday Admission free. Wheelchair friendly.
we are absolutely delighted to be hosting the first Model Railway Show in Shrewsbury for a considerable number of years.
We will have a super display of layouts in various gauges, an opportunity for you to browse related trade stands and a chance for you to meet up with fellow modellers both old and new!
It will be a family friendly event, with something for all to enjoy.
Our Whistle Stop Cafe will be open for the duration of the event so come and make a day of it, we would all love to see you there.
Wilfred Owen’s poems, an interpretation, set to song of his mother Susan’s perspective of her son at war, accompanied by the electric string trio. Faith Brackenbury (violin/viola/vocals) Jane Griffiths (violin/viola) Barney Morse Brown (duotone/cello) with poet Leo Nitemynks.
Tickets £10 – Please purchase tickets directly at the Willow Gallery or by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 01691 657575
Hunger stalked the civilian populations of all the combatant nations. Agriculture and food distribution suffered from strains imposed by the war and naval blockades reduced food imports. Some countries met this threat more successfully than others. World War 1 Historian Simon Jarman MBE explores this topic in his lunchtime lecture.
Simon Jarman MBE was a soldier for 29 years, including five working for the Army Cadet Force on Training Safety. His encounters from Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Rwanda and much more around the world gave him an insight of the experiences of modern conflict. Simon was awarded the MBE in 1999.
Simon is a keen sportsman and now works running Forest Skills and Bush craft for youngsters along with presentations and displays of memorabilia around the country, linked to the First World War, as an amateur historian he has had a book published linked to his great uncle and his experiences in the trenches.
He managed to fit in a trip of four months working with the British Antarctic Survey two years ago. Simon lives in Oswestry and is married to Linda, he has two children one an Army Officer and the other a nurse.
Tickets include lunch and are available online at www.wilfredowenoswestry2018.org.uk or at Rowanthorn, 4 Old Chapel Court, English Walls Oswestry SY11 2PD and Oswestry Cricket Club.
On The Front Line
WW1 Street Theatre, Music, Poetry and Re-Enactment on the streets of Oswestry & at Park Hall Trenches. See and taste the food that fed the troops cooked on the original soya stoves. Visit the recreated WW1 trenches at Park Hall where the troops trained before going off to war
World War One Exhibition
Visit the WW1 exhibitions at both the Memorial Hall to see memorabilia and artefacts associated with the war and the town’s Cambrian Railway to see what a vital role the railway played during wartime.
Llandrinio Gauge O gathering and Model Railway Show
Sunday 4th November
The Borders Model Railway Club is holding its annual Gauge O Model railway show.
Five model layouts, Plus the 23ft x 15 ft, 3 line fine scale O gauge Test Track will be running, Bring along a loco and have a run.
In addition there will be a “bring and buy” table.
Traders include; Premier Components, Alan’s Loco Storage Boxes, Buffer Books, Walsworth Models, and Amberly Services.
The show is held in a modern wheelchair friendly, village hall. Plenty of free onsite parking. Food and hot drinks available all day.
So do come along and enjoy a friendly and relaxed show
Take a look at www.bordersmodelrailwayclub.com for more information
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Sunday 4th November the Show opens at 10.30 and doors close at 4pm
Admission is £4, while accompanied children are free
Llandrinio Village Hall, is on the B4393 opp the filling station and shop, which is around halfway between Oswestry and Welshpool, off the A483. The post code is SY22 6SB
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Chairman Borders Model Railway Club
First World War Exhibition 9-11th November 2018
The final exhibition in remembrance of local men who enlisted, takes place on 9th,10th, 11th November from 10-4pm each day at Whittington Castle. We look at the battles of 1918 that began with the battle of St Quentin on 21st March, followed by those of Baupaume, Rosieres and Arras in the same month. More battles followed through a ensuing months which brings us to the Battle of the Sombre-Oise Canal 1-11th November, in which Wilfred Edward Salter Owen lost his life on the fourth day.
We pay tribute to the 14 brave local British Tommy’s who lost their lives in these battles and those untraceable soldiers who were believed to be among the lost and missing.
Sunday 18th November 10 – 4, Festival Drayton Centre
We are pleased to announce that Market Drayton Winter Fair will be returning to Festival Drayton Centre again this year! Following the success of 2017, we have a delightful array of local creatives, artisans and producers joining us to showcase their wares and offer visitors an excellent opportunity to peruse the many stalls and purchase the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special.
With over 40 Traders attending, you will be sure to find something to suit. Shopping ‘local’ is fundamental to the Chantilly Grey ethos and we are immensely proud to say all of our stands are unique and special.
The award winning coffee shop will be open for the duration of the event and will have a delicious selection of locally sourced faire, so please do come along and make a day of it!
Entry is free, but we would kindly ask visitors to voluntarily purchase a raffle ticket in support of our two chosen charities, both very close to our hearts, Severn Hospice and SANDs.
Festival Drayton Centre, Frogmore Road, Market Drayton TF9 3AX
Event organisers – Chantilly Grey
Cost: £13.50 per person, £10.00 for Museum Members and £100.00 for all events at both sites.
To celebrate the 100 years since the formation of the RAF, London and Cosford will be offering visitors the rare and exciting chance to get a close look inside 100 cockpits and vehicles from our collection during our Open Cockpit and Cab events which take place during four events at each site.
New for 2018; expanding from our usual Open Cockpits evening events 300 lucky ticket holders will have the opportunity to view a wide range of aircraft and vehicles which aren’t usually opened to the public. The event will allow you to get a feel for what it was like to fly or drive these much loved machines.
We will be running four events this year; with each one focusing on a different hangar and theme. We will also be adding two daytime events, in May and September! Details of which hangar and aircraft the event will take place in will be announced in the new year.
Additional dates for the 2018 100 Cockpits and Cabs events at Cosford are:
Saturday 19 May
Saturday 15 September
Friday 7 December
Admission is by advance ticket only; tickets cost £13.50 per person with members tickets £10.00 per ticket (please note membership cards will need to be shown on entry to the event). Please note a 50p booking fee applies.
We have produced a special Log Book which can be purchased in advance of the event, allowing you to keep a record during the event!
Want to tick off all 100 cockpits, why not book all eight events across our two sites, for a special centenary price of £100 – saving £62.50!
Parking charges are included in the ticket price. Minimum height restrictions of 1.07 metres will apply.
Attending the exclusive Open Cockpits and Cabs events is an opportunity to raise vital funds for the RAF100 Appeal, which is a joint venture between the Royal Air Force and the four major RAF charities – the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the Royal Air Forces Association, the Royal Air Force Charitable Trust and the Royal Air Force Museum. The aim of the Appeal is to raise money for the RAF family and to create a lasting legacy as we celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.