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!
We are excited to invite you to a dinner in aid of Umoja (www.umojatanzania.org) at Number Four in Shrewsbury, Shropshire on Tuesday the 25th September. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Tanzania and our work with vulnerable youth, including watching a newly released documentary. There will be a raffle on the night with some great prizes and an Umoja shop selling crafts from East Africa.
A stunning historic house is to be the setting for a unique sale of a sumptuous collection of fabrics from one of England’s most coveted brands.
The September event is the first time British manufacturer Lewis & Wood has supported a sale of this kind outside of its Gloucestershire headquarters.
Packed full of end of line and seconds of some of the firm’s most highly-sought after designs at vastly discounted prices the event at The Loft at More Hall in Shropshire will include a pop-up cafe by a top-rated chef and a leading curtain maker will be on hand throughout to give one-to-one advice.
The sale will run from September 25-30 from 10am-4pm.
Bring out your creative side at our brand-new ceramic workshop for adults.
You can make something useful, decorative, quirky, for someone’s birthday, anniversary or christening or just for yourself.
There will be plenty of help and tips available, all in a lovely friendly atmosphere. Come and join us for a nice relaxing afternoon.
Items will take up to 4 weeks to dry, fire and glaze.
The workshop is £5 per person (plus small charge for glaze, incs admission) and places should be booked by calling 01952 433 970.
This September the Hermon’s devotees to excellence in Jazz will find a special treat waiting for them with two concerts in close succession featuring much sought after virtuosos in their field! Jean Toussaint & The Young Lions on Friday, 28th September will be preceded by the amazing Woody Black 4 who have made The Hermon one of their only three U.K. stops (London – Scarborough – Oswestry) on their 2018 International Tour. Catch them on your door step while you can and at the same time assist us here at The Hermon in putting Oswestry on the National map of venues featuring first class live music!
“They set off a musical firework that is colorful, spectacular, and completely new. The incredibly layered and unbelievably varied sound combined with a high level of musical finesse makes all of the difference here.” – Michael Ternai of Austrian Music Export
“Captivates with compositional sophistication and dazzling virtuosity.” – Andreas Felber of Buehne
“Fantastic group, really fresh and special!” – Mike Stern of Made in New York Jazz Competition
“This Vienna based quartet of black woods unfolds an exuberant playfulness, sounding out any stylistic and tonal options of such minimalist cast.“ – Jazzahead!
Founded six years ago by four former students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Woody Black 4 is a remarkable ensemble of woodwind players driven by experimental curiosity. Their somewhat different approach to the genre orbits around the multifarious spheres of modern Jazz whilst allowing for frequent excursions into world-music, free and avant-garde. Fresh arrangements, pure, warm sounds and skilful improvisations characterize their multi-facetted repertoire of original music. In a short time the group has attracted wide-spread attention leading to appearances at numerous International Jazz Festivals in more than 18 countries with highlights such as the Tokyo Jazz Festival and 2nd Prize in the Made in New York Jazz Competition.
SPECIAL OFFER: There is a limited amount of reduced price Combo Tickets available, should you wish to attend both concerts, Woody Black 4 and Jean Toussaint & The Young Lions! For more info and bookings related to this offer, please ring the venue on 01691 662196.
DANIEL MOSER – bass clarinet, composition
LEONHARD SKORUPA – bass clarinet, composition
STEPHAN DICKBAUER – clarinet, composition
OSCAR ANTOLI – clarinet, bass clarinet, composition
More about Woody Black 4:
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Wednesday 26 September 2018
Doors Open at 7:00PM
From 7:30PM to 10:00PM
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £10.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196
We are delighted to be joining in with this years Ginger and Spice Festival by hosting a very special Fordhall workshop.
Learn how to use spices with Fordhall meats and seasonal vegetables with Fordhalls Head Chef Nic.
Your Spice journey will start with an introduction to exotic flavours that you can incorporate into your family favourites, learn how to use them to enhance and elevate your home cooking.
Participants will take part in a practical relaxed workshop, making numerous spice rubs and marinade, a tagine spice blend and a salsa – all to take away with you. The chef will provide commentary about using seasonal ingredients as well as offering numerous delicious tasters. There will be lots of opportunity for discussion and questions so you can leave fully informed, inspired and with taste buds watering. Join us and expand your culinary horizons, your Spice adventure awaits!
10am to 12 midday session, £40.00 per person including materials, recipes and tasters
To book please call on 01630 638696
Planting pots for Winter interest and Spring joy – containers that look great from September to May.
Harriet will be showing a variety of ideas for planting using bulbs, shrubs, perennials and bedding to give a succession of colour and texture.
£10 per person including tea and biscuits on arrival. Booking essential.
Join us for an evening of Old World Wine Vs New World Wine tasting hosted by our experts.
Sample a range of wines, enjoy a few nibbles and quiz the experts in this fun and informative master class.
Places are limited and booking is essential.
Tickets cost just £12.50 each.
Bookings can be made online, in store or by calling us on 01584 856 000.
Sir Charles Jasper is an eccentric who delves into the mystical. He is due to inherit two million pounds on his birthday and plans to celebrate the occasion with a party on the stage of the St. James’ Theatre, supposedly haunted because of several mysterious deaths years ago. The merriment is interrupted by Maurice, Sir Charles’s hitherto missing nephew and the recipient of the legacy in the event of his death.
Thursday 27 – Saturday 29 September 2018 at 7.30pm
All seats £6.00 available from www.littletheatredonnington.co.uk
A Salute to the 1940’s
The Ultimate 1940’s Variety Show A Salute to the 1940’s is a fantastic traditional variety show packed with tributes to the stars of the 40’s. As soon as the audience walk into the room they are transported back in time to the 1940’s with flags, posters, bunting and webbing. The show has everything that any fan of the 1940’s could wish for. Acts included in the show Vera Lynn, George Formby, Gracie Fields, Andrews Sisters and Al Jolson/G.I Frank Sinatra. all held together by Warden Braithwaite, the shows very own compere/warden. Town Hall Welshpool Friday 28th September 2pm, doors open 1.30pm. Disabled access & facilities available! TOWN HALL High Street, Welshpool Friday 28th September 2pm, doors open 1.30pm. Tickets £8.50, Concessions £6.50. For advance tickets
Andri will discuss politics & anti-politics, contemporary literature & historic folklore, poetry, environmental activism,
and climate change.
Andri Snær Magnason is an internationally acclaimed novelist, poet, film producer and actor; he is considered to be one of the foremost environmental activists in Europe. In 2016, he ran for President of Iceland and came in third place.
After the summer break The #Hermon welcomes its Jazz audience back with an exciting performance by acclaimed saxophonist Jean Toussaint, best-known for his involvement in #Art #Blakey’s Jazz Messengers founded in the 1950s. Following closely in the footsteps of his influential mentor, Toussaint adopts the same practice of furthering and promoting upcoming talent via his own bands therefore ensuring a fresh sound that goes with the times whilst drawing respectfully on historic material and compositions by the likes of #Duke #Ellington and #Wayne #Shorter.
‘Art used to say “it doesn’t matter how complex you want to play as long as you swing and play from the heart”, then he’d cite the great John Coltrane as an example. I owe it all to the great Art Blakey and I’ll be a Jazz Messenger for life.’ – Jean Toussaint
‘Art was one of the most inspirational band leaders rated amongst some of the greatest. Names like Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Miles Davis come to mind. They all had an inclusive way of band leading that made each member feel a part of the family’, explains Toussaint. ‘Through the music, Art encouraged us to strive and reach beyond ourselves and work as one to create musical excitement while never losing sight of the audience.’ – Jean Toussaint
#Grammy #Award-winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint first came to prominence when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, after studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since moving to London in 1987, Toussaint has released ten critically acclaimed CDs as a leader. For this show, Jean Toussaint presents his 11th album as part of his UK tour ‘Brother Raymond’, recorded following extensive touring in 2015 and 2016 with his All-Star Roots & Herbs Project.
The music of ‘Brother Raymond’ builds on the legacy of Blakey but above all confirms Toussaint’s place as an accomplished composer at the forefront of modern jazz. Stand-out tracks include the opening ‘Amabo’, an African groove dedicated to Barack Obama. The title track, written for Toussaint’s eldest brother who passed away in 2015, draws upon the influences of Toussaint’s favourite composers, “Duke” Ellington and Wayne Shorter.
This concert brings together a group of exceptional young players led by a key figure in the U.K.’s Jazz scene of today – a highlight in our late summer programme here at The Hermon!
Jean Toussaint – tenor sax
Mark Kavuma – trumpet
Ashley Henry – piano
Daniel Casimir – bass
Ben Brown – drums
PLEASE NOTE: For this performance there will be a limited amount of Early Bird Tickets @ £12 available!
More about Jean:
http://jeantoussaint.com/bio/More about The Young Lions:
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre,
Oswestry on Friday 28 September 2018
Doors Open at 8:00PM
Starts at 8:30PM
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £12.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196
Car boot sale with proceeds going to Hope House.
Car boots to be held on the LAST Saturday of every month between April and September. The dates are as follows:
If your interested in having a pitch, it is £6 per pitch.
For any further information, please contact Ann Whitfield on 01939 232963
The Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September (26-29 Sept 18) for a four day celebration of all things ginger & spice related, including gingerbread, secret recipes and a town with links to the ancient spice routes. Artisan Spicy Food Market is Saturday 29th September only!
Visitors can step into the exotic and fascinating world of gingerbread whilst also enjoying an abundance of specialty food and drink with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist!
There will be the Leek United heritage Spice Trail dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history including tastings of local specialty food and drink. Visitors can also enjoy many fringe events such as a Gin and Jazz Evening exploring Gin and Ginger/Spice; a live music concert with Deacon Blue’s Ricky Ross & local singer song writer Heidi Browne; pop-up restaurants; foraging walks; film night; ginger inspired competitions & a vibrant and spicy street market (the Spice Exchange) on Saturday 29th September in the centre of Market Drayton. The Spice Exchange Street market will include food tastings, spicy beer, cookery demos, live music plus educational outreach about seasonal and local food. There’s everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, chocolate enrobed ginger, spice-infused jams, aromatic gin, local real ale, cured gourmet meats as well as a host of ginger-themed delicacies!
Whilst the spicy street market is free, visitors should expect to pay for some events taking place in the evening and at private venues in the town. Booking ahead for these private events is essential. The festival takes place during British Food Fortnight!
A popular Food, Drink, Craft, and Plant Market organised by Wem Combine Harvesters. Nearly 60 stalls in the Town Hall (SY4 5ER), Baptist Church (SY4 5DG) and Senior Club (SY4 5DG) with a wide range of high quality, locally-produced goods (within an approximately 30-mile range of Wem) including apple juice, baked goods, beer, cheeses, chocolates, cider, honey, meat, flowers, pot plants, preserves, vegetables, wine plus textile and wood crafts, homeware, jewellery, painting and photography.
Raffle on the day of the market.
Free admission to the market.
Wem Combine Harvesters is an umbrella group made up of Incredible Edible in Wem, Wem Civic Society, and Wem & District Garden Club. All profits from organising the markets go to running activities and projects in Wem.
Do you want to know more about Oswestry? Hear about our history as you wander around the town with one of our local guides, listen to myths and legends as you stroll through the parks and alleyways of our border market town – then come on a guided tour.
We have regular tours of Oswestry Town every Saturday at 11am from Easter to the end of September. These start from the Visitor & Exhibition Centre and last for about 1 hour. They are suitable for all. There is no need to book, just turn up at the Centre. The cost of the tour is £2 for adults and 50p for children.
Oswestry Borderland Tourism also offer tours for groups. These tours are on offer to any group who wish to pre-book a tour. We can even customise a tour for your interests. The cost of these tours is £3 per person.
A day retreat of yoga, mindfulness and sound healing. Come and join us in creating some space in our busy lives amidst the beautiful history of Coalport. Open to beginners and experienced practitioners alike, the course is led by yoga teacher Debbie Copner and meditation teacher Anna Gillions. Cost includes refreshments. We don’t want anyone to be excluded by cost, so if you want to come but are unable to pay the full cost please talk to us.
Booking essential – please get in touch for a booking form.
On the 30th September, we will see the return of the iconic Clash of the Titans Tug of War event, hosted by the British Ironwork Centre. A gruelling trial of strength and endurance, our annual Tug of War brings together teams from across the county to compete for eternal glory. The event this year will see more teams than ever before with the first pull taking place at 12 pm.
As each year passed and a new winner was celebrated, the competition became fiercer and the banter even more brutal! Last year for the first time since its inception, this battle of brawn saw the induction of three incredible ladies teams. The Rea Valley Farmers emerged victorious after a final showdown with the rope traditionally set alight. The question now is what will September bring? Could you be the next triumphant titan?
Shropshire Art Society’s Autumn Exhibition will be held at The Bear Steps Gallery from October 1st to 13th, from 10am to 4pm daily, excluding Sunday and closing at 2.30pm on the 13th.
There will be a good variety of original framed pictures and many unframed to choose from. Also there will be greeting cards for sale.
There will be a social event on Saturday, October 6th, from 12.30 to 2.30 pm, when the Walker-Harrison Prize will be awarded for the picture which best represents the Shropshire countryside. This year our judge is Jonathon Soden,from the Soden Gallery.
Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with football legend Kevin Keegan as he tells the story of a remarkable career which saw him rise to become one of the superstars of the sport.
Kevin Keegan is one of the greatest players in English football history. Throughout his career as a player and manager he was famed for his style on the pitch and the passion for the game, which he shared with his fans.
In My Life in Football, Keegan tells the story of his life, from the streets of Doncaster to signing for Liverpool under Bill Shankly where he won three First Division titles, two UEFA Cups, a European Cup and the FA Cup before moving to Hamburg where he won the Bundasliga as well as the Ballon d’Or twice.
After retiring, Keegan enjoyed a legendary five-year spell as manager at Newcastle United during which the club was promoted to the Premier League and then finished runners up in the top flight, not once but twice.
In My Life in Football, Keegan tells the full story of the glorious highs, but also the pain of managing England and his unhappy return to Newcastle for a short-lived second tenure.
Brilliant, funny, passionate, deeply moving and incredibly honest, My Life in Football is the full story of an incredible journey from miner’s son to being crowned ‘King Kev’ by his adoring fans.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see and meet one of football’s true icons!
Event Format: Author talk, audience Q&A and meet & greet.
NB All books will be pre-signed before the event. Given the size of the event, it will not be possible for Kevin to provide personal dedications or sign memorabilia on the night.
Tickets: £25 (includes a signed copy of My Life in Football). Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Stokesay Court is a magnificent Grade II* late-Victorian mansion imposingly set within extensive landscaped grounds, with far ranging views towards Ludlow. Still a lived-in, private home, Stokesay is open exclusively for pre-booked guided house tours on selected dates or by appointment (for groups) to view the magnificent architecture, intricate crafted detailing and behind-the-scenes insight to the filming of ‘Atonement’. Additional displays tell the story of Stokesay’s role as a WW1 Hospital. Pre-booked tickets include guided house tour, tea with home baked cakes and gardens. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds following the tour. We regret that tours are not suitable for young children. Special Offer: 2for1 offer at English Heritage’s Stokesay Castle for anyone booking a tour at Stokesay Court.
We’re excited to announce that on Wednesday October 3, partnering with AFC Telford, we’ll be hosting a charity football match. The event is open to everyone, so why not come along, have some fun and raise money for The Prince’s Trust. The evening will kick off at 6 pm and end at 10 pm. There will be two 45-minute football games, If football isn’t your thing, there will be other activities going on during the event and throughout the evening, so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Tickets start from £2.50
Food and drink on the night plus bar
FREE parking on the Telford Football club site!
We hope to see you there!
Booka Bookshop are thrilled to present an evening with Monty Python stalwart and much loved television globetrotter Michael Palin talking about his latest book Erebus: the Story of a Ship.
In this major new work, Michael Palin brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839–43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. To help tell the story, Michael has travelled to various locations across the world – Tasmania, the Falklands, the Canadian Arctic – in search of local information, and to experience at first hand the terrain and the conditions that would have confronted Erebus and her crew.
Illustrated with maps, paintings and engravings, the book is a wonderfully evocative and epic account of a ship whose whereabouts had been a mystery for over a century and a half.
Don’t miss this chance to see and meet Michael Palin as the master explorer brings the story of this extraordinary ship back to life.
Tickets: £20 (Admits One – with signed book) or £30 (Admits Two – with one signed book). Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee)
Philip Stevens will talk about the extraordinary women who served and gave their lives in the Great War including Edith Cavell, Evelina Haverfield and Katherine Harley. He will also discuss the many women who left domestic service to join the war effort and voluntary hospital movement.
Tickets: FREE but will need to be reserved via ticket www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool
In partnership with Shropshire Council Shrewsbury Bookfest has presented a series of events commemorating the First World War each November since 2014.
These events have been designed for children, young people and families to commemorate and remember all those who fought in the First World War. In keeping with Bookfest’s ethos of enthusing children and young people with a love of reading, all the events in the programme have had a strong literary connection.
5-7th October 2018 – Following the success of the 2017 Oktoberfest we are back and this year we will be bigger, more space to sit, more toilets, more drinks and of course more oompah music …. over 150 real ales, ciders, bubbles and more served alongside amazing live music, street food, farmers market, tastings, comedy club and masterclasses this promises to be an amazing event inside Shrewsbury Quarry Park!
The event runs;
5pm – 10pm Friday 5th October – £5 in advance (£6 on the door)
11am – 10pm Saturday 6th October – £8 entry in advance (£10 on the door)
11am – 5pm Sunday 7th October – £5 entry in advance (£6 on the door)
2 day ticket £12, 3 day ticket £15
for tickets and more information check out www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk
Join us for an evening out of this world! Shropshire Astronomical Society will be giving talks on ‘The Solar System’ and ‘Stargazer or Astronomer’ suitable for anyone aged 5 plus, so make it a family event! Tickets are £5 per person, to include information booklet, and can be purchased in out shop or via our Head Gardener Rebecca Edwards at email@example.com. Flowerdog Photography will also be putting on an exhibition of night themed photographs which will be available for purchase.
Come along to Enginuity for our first ever silent disco!
A silent disco has much in common with a regular disco or party, with one noticeable difference…there’s no music! That is until you put on a pair of headphones. Then you share in the experience of listening to up to 2 DJs playing at the same time, in the same room. But don’t worry, there is no horrible sound clash! Each pair of headphones has 2 channels chosen by a simple switch on the side of the headset, allowing you to choose your preferred choice of DJ/music.
Tickets are £12 per person. The event will run from 7pm-11pm in the Engine Shop, Coalbrookdale.
This event is suitable for people aged 18+. There will be a cash bar available throughout the night.