An exhibition for LGBT History Month 2019. Exploring the life and work of author, artist and photographer Samuel Butler.
Butler is most known for his satirical novels ‘Erewhon’ (published anonymously in 1872) and ‘The Way of All Flesh’ (published posthumously in 1903), a semi-autobiographical novel which attacks Victorian family values.
Butler had strong connections to Shrewsbury; his grandfather (also Samuel) was headteacher at the Shrewsbury School, he himself was a pupil, he owned a prominent mansion house in the town (Whitehall in Cherry Orchard) and named four streets in the area, including Alfred Street after his clerk Alfred Cathie.
Samuel Butler’s father Thomas was a noted local botanist and donated over 220 plant specimens to the museum. Samuel Butler also had a long correspondence with naturalist, geologist and biologist Charles Darwin, who was born and grew up in Shrewsbury.
Members of the local LGBT community and Museum volunteers have been working together to plan, research, interpret and design the exhibition.
It will include items on loan from St Johns College Cambridge and items from SM&AG and Shropshire Archives. These include photographs of people and places around Shrewsbury taken by Samuel Butler.
The exhibition has been part funded by the West Midlands Museums Development Trust Small Grants Programme.
An exhibition in association with The Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute featuring recent paintings of Greenland by Andrew Lansley prior to his trip to Antarctica as Artist in Residence 2019 for The Friends of the SPRI. Plus, work by previous Artists in Residence, Nicholas Jones and Shelly Perkins.
Also exhibiting gallery artists: Mike McGowan ceramic sculptures, Ruth Brownlee paintings and Sarah Jenkins ceramics, all of whom are fascinated by weather, erosion and the natural world.
Here’s your opportunity to see newborn lambs and even to see a live birth. From 16th Feb 2019 our huge indoor animal barn will be home to our lovely ewes waiting to have their babies
There will be lots of farmyard friends waiting to meet you too: Honey the Shetland pony, Rio and Pluto the heavy horses, and adorable rabbits and guinea pigs Don’t forget the massive indoor playbarns which ensure non stop play whatever the weather
The Banff Mountain Film Festival features an exhilarating selection of short films that will take you to the most captivating places on earth. Through the big screen be transported to the world’s last great wild places, follow the expeditions of some of today’s most incredible adventurers, see amazing footage of adrenaline-packed action sports and be inspired by thought provoking pieces shot from the far flung corners of the globe.
Age Rating – 12A
Films start at 7.30pm. There is a bar that will be open from 7pm serving drinks.
FILM PROGRAMME – RED (27 Feb) BLUE (4 Apr)
Visit our Shropshire Artisan Fayre – Spring Special a wonderful monthly fair showcasing local, talented and unique artists, crafters and food producers 25+ under one roof. The event is free to attend and we have a lovely cafe and coffee shop on site. Free parking and great public transport links.
This is a monthly fair (first Saturday of every month) supporting very talented local artists, crafters and food producers giving them a regular place and time to sell their products.
At our March one which will fall just before Mothers Day and in the month of spring we will have wonderful gifts for mothers, brightening up your home and the perfect gift. We will thrill you with a range of lovely food, live music and stands to tempt you
Disabled access lift and accessible toilets, family friendly site.
If you would like a stand it is just £5 – all profits from rent at this fair go to providing free art and craft workshops in the community.
Join us and illuminate our night sky! Night Run will be back for its fifth year at Attingham in 2019 on Saturday 2 March.
It starts at approximately 6.30pm with registration from 5pm. Online bookings for the Night Run series are open, advance bookings only, no entries taken on the night.
We’ve got two routes to choose from, the 2.5km Explorer route and the 6km Adventurer route. The Explorer route is perfect for families and people new to running and our Adventurer route is suited for runners looking for a challenge. Both routes begin in front of the Mansion and then follow paths through the park at night.
£14 per person for the Adventure route
£7 per person for the Explorer route
For more information visit https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park/features/night-run-at-attingham-
When you take part in a Night Run your entry fee goes directly to helping us care for the special places your love – thank you.
Another way you can help us protect special places is by getting your hands on one of our new fundraising packs. The packs contain lots of ideas and hand tips about how you can fundraise for the National Trust. If you’re able to, why not go the extra mile on our Night Run? Once you’ve registered to take part in Night Run, email email@example.com to request a pack and to find out more.
Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average.
Her days are filled with mind-numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and
a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind.
Where is all the tampon tax going?
Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan?
Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra.
It’s hero time.
★★★★★ “A masterclass in musical theatre” Edinburgh Guide
★★★★★ “funny, silly and smart” Funny Women
★★★★★ “Sassy, outrageously silly, and full of heart” Young Perspective
Bryony Buckle is astoundingly average. Her days are filled with mind numbing office work, thinking about lunch and lusting after Orson Bloom from IT. But following a dose of hormone therapy gone wrong and a well-timed bolt of lightning, Bryony gains superhero abilities and a brand-new persona: Vulvarine, saviour of womankind. Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.
★★★★★ “Fat Rascal Theatre are very quickly establishing themselves as a
champion of British Comedy Musicals” DIVA Magazine
“fast emerging as a modern day Richard Thompson… He may even have emerged as the premier UK folk artist of his generation” efestivals
In 2017 former Bellowhead front-man and multiple BBC Folk Award winner Jon Boden introduced the new big band Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, supported by the release of the album ‘Afterglow’. They played at major venues across the UK with material from the album interspersed with songs and tunes from across Jon’s career. ‘Ambitious, genre-busting folk’ – Financial Times
In Spring 2019 Jon will be touring the Afterglow experience into small theatres that would be unable to host the 11-piece band, with a line-up featuring Jon and the Remnant Kings string section, under the title Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings. Jon Boden & The Remnant String features Jon Boden (fiddle, guitars, concertina, stomp-box), Helen Bell (viola), Morven Bryce (violin) and Lucy Revis (cello).
Jon is very excited about this tour. As a fiddle player, he finds it exhilarating to be immersed in the sound of string arrangements. The arrangements are quite intricate and Jon put a lot of work into them. In the mix of the big band, the strings can get a little lost, so with a stripped back string band it is a great way to be playing the songs. Atmospheric sounds are very good for story telling, and it gives a little more space and focus on the strings.
Five-piece VU, a homage to Lou Reed’s legendary band The Velvet Underground will be performing at Albert’s Shed, Shrewsbury on Sunday 3rd March, to celebrate what would have been his 77th birthday.
VU’s set will include classics such as All Tomorrow’s Parties, Femme Fatale, I’m Waiting For The Man, Rock ‘n Roll, Sweet Jane and Venus In Furs; and one Reed solo number Satellite of Love; among many others. The gig will also mark the 50th anniversary since the recording of the double album 1969: The Velvet Underground Live.
Co-founder Richard Cohen hopes that the celebratory concert will attract some ardent fans of the band’s music. He said: “We all enjoy a shared passion for The Velvet Underground and are really looking forward to the unusual idea of a Sunday afternoon concert. Although we aim to play the songs fairly true to type, the use of some unusual instruments and our own inimitable style will add an interesting dynamic to the performance, which will also be supported by a visual spectacle.”
Entrance is free and VU will be on stage approximately 4pm at Albert’s Shed on Sunday 3rd March.
This first Tablet Academy Annual Convention brings together like-minded individuals from the fields of Education and Technology to participate in joint hands-on workshops and networking activities.
£100 (+VAT) per person to attend.
Maximum of 2 people per organisation.
Opportunity to claim a free device worth £400*.
Suitable for school leaders, IT leads and classroom teachers (KS2 – KS5).
The convention has been designed to be a little different to your standard conference and exhibition so prepare to be guided, alongside your colleagues, through a series of short, 30 minute activities delivered by industry and Tablet Academy experts nestled amongst the historical Royal Air Force Museum exhibits.
Don’t worry, plenty of time has also been allocated to allow delegates to explore and network, including during afternoon tea and following the summary presentation.
Come and join OJO every Tuesday evening from 8pm-10pm and experience the wonderful process of the rehearsals with a full 19+ members on stage.
This a free event for the public to come and watch or if you are feeling inspired, maybe you would like to join the band or just give it a try!
We are currently looking for string players (violin, viola, cello), vocals, tenor sax, trumpet, electronics and any other wonderful sound making devices!
Bar open as usual and free entry!
Doors 7.30pm for an 8pm start to 10pm finish.
Have you ever wanted to become more creative?
ArtShack offers small friendly personal creative development sessions every Monday and Wednesday, giving you the opportunity to learn and develop new skills with help and support from professional and well experienced artists. People of all ages and abilities from the complete novice to the more experienced are welcome.
We offer – textiles, felting, lino cuts, ceramics, silk painting, painting, drawing, sculpture, print making, embroidery, life drawing and so much more!
Drops-in sessions are available 10:30am – 1.00pm OR 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Cost: £20 per 1/2 day or £10 for members
We also offer a series of 1 day & half-day creative workshops on a variety of subjects, see our website https://www.myartshack.co.uk/ for the latest list.
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DIRECTIONS AND AVAILABILITY!
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone – 07751 362171
Sam Lyon is an established singer-songwriter from Cheshire, England. Responsible for her own success, Sam is an unsigned artist who has been performing around the country since the tender age of 14.
Having recently supported several big names in music including X Factor winner, Matt Cardle, and Miles Hunt from 80’s rock band, The Wonder Stuff, Sam has a reputation of being a prolific performer, playing almost 300 shows in 2017, and 250 in 2018. Alongside completing two successful headlining UK tours, Sam has also taken to the stage at many well known festivals and music venues all over the UK, from London’s Pinewood Studios to Liverpool’s Albert Docks.
And now for The Plume of Feathers Steak ‘n’ Chips night she is performing for us! So come and listen with beautiful food and atmosphere
From the wilds of South Shropshire in the eighteenth century to the loneliness of a modern ’empty-nest’ mother, the experiences of women reverberate through the ages. Women from the LADS theatre group bring you laughter and tears, poetry and song in this exquisite two-part evocation of womanhood – Out Of The Land, by Polly Bolton and Gill McEvoy, and Fridge Magnet Syndrome, by Michael Corbidge.
Directed by Pam Johnson.
Ellesmere College Arts Centre, March 7th and 8th
For those who are already studying or working in this area or who wish to study or work in this area in the future. Come and find out about all the opportunities open to you. Dr Chris Sellars will deliver the session which will feature some of the many successful University of Wolverhampton Sport students and the career paths that they have followed.
A solo visit from this Show of Hands contributor !
What can we say about this regular Show of Hands contributor that hasn’t been said before? Double bass player since the age of 8 and accomplished guitar player and songwriter. Miranda never fails to deliver. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda has a new project: Behind The Wall, exploring what it means to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us?
Devon based Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Her new album ‘Behind The Wall’
Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us?
Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show is not to be missed. www.mirandasykes.com
(Photo: please credit to Rex Preston Photography)
Simply put, Frank will redefine how you see comedy.
After successfully touring his solo show “Shoes” around various comedy festivals (including a wondrous, 4 star performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), he has decided to come to Oswestry… because he’s a maverick like that.
Shoes featured stories about dating and relationships, told via the medium of shoes.
As Frank says himself, “It’s better than it sounds.”
No shoes will be harmed during his performance, although we take no responsibility for sides getting split.
•”A tiny work of comic genius” – The Scotsman
•”The audience watched him indulge in an intimate relationship with a vase of flowers… ☆☆☆☆” – Broadway Baby
•”Frank will make you laugh or feel like the world is missing something tremendously funny that only he can show you” – Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards
•”Stupidly funny” – Chortle.co.uk
•Chortle Student Comedy Award 2017 finalist
•Nominated Magners New Act of the Year 2015
•Welsh Unsigned Stand Up Awards finalist 2014 & 2015
What have Russell Howard, Miranda Hart and Tim Minchin got in common?
They have all had 1 star reviews.
Nigel holds a yearly show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival called “The Worst Show on the Fringe” – a compilation show for acts who have received such reviews – usually due to drunken audiences, technical failures, miserable reviewers… or because they were rubbish.
•”Wonderful ☆☆☆☆” – The Scotsman.
•”Painfully Funny ☆☆☆☆” – TheWeeReview.com
•UK Pun Championships finalist 2016
•Appeared on BBC’s Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe
There’s no real way to describe Paul.
He loves drinking milk.
He’s a new comedian who is already barging his way onto quality line-ups (such as this one).
He really loves drinking milk.
His choice in knitwear is fabulous.
Knitwear and milk do NOT mix.
•”Absolutely brilliant” – Rhyl Comedy Club
•Cheshire Cat Comedy new comedian of the year 2018 runner up
He’s been performing on the comedy circuit for over 9 years and has developed a following for his uber-alternative, prop-based pun-lunacy.
Cringy levels of sheer genius at 100 MPH with more home made props than you’ve ever seen before.
Expect corny jokes, don’t expect observational humour.
If you don’t “get” Roger Swift, then you don’t “get” comedy.
•”A couple of people were laughing that hard, I worried for their health. He’s a demented genius” – Notts Comedy Review
•”He is a cross between Tim Vine, Timmy Mallet and Charlie Chuck… People try to work out if he’s play-acting or going through some kind of trauma. The jury is out so you decide” – Chortle.co.uk
•One of Dave’s Top jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2016
•UK Pun Championship finalist 2016 & 2017
•Midlands Comedy Awards ‘Best Alternative’ winner
•Midlands Comedy Awards ‘Outstanding Contribution’ winner
Thursday March 7th
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre
Film starts at 7.30 with refreshments and a licensed bar available from 6.30pm. Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. £5 per adult, £3 per child, £15 per family, booking advised.
New Zealand – 2016
Bella and Hector, reclusive country folk, become foster parents to Ricky, a problem child from the city. After some challenging adjustments, things went reasonably well.
But Bella dies, and Hector has to look after Ricky – but they hadn’t been getting along too well. Moreover, her death causes Child Services to decide to send Ricky back to the orphanage. Ricky refuses to go back and runs away, sparking off a national manhunt for him and Hector.
A big-hearted picture full of small, understated moments of magic.
Cert 12A – 101 mins.
Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs. Some treatments such as eye replacements and claw stitching may be available for a small charge on the day (depending on time available). Other more complex repairs and restorations can be taken back to the studio workshop to be carried out.
The 40th Live Arts Festival will take place over the weekends 9th/10th and 16th/17th March. Once again the festival includes Instrumental, Vocal, Dance and Speech & Drama (including Creative Writing) classes. Entry to the various classes is open to girls and boys of school age, from Reception class up to and including Year 13 from Shropshire, Telford and wider afield. In a major development this year the Instrumental classes will be held in Holy Trinity Church, Much Wenlock instead of in William Brookes School – where all other classes will take place.
Bring the family to this brand-new interactive event packed with fun hands-on activities based on science, technology, engineering and maths.
The great value family event (where admission is even cheaper than on a normal day!) will see heaps of quirky, exciting and rewarding experiments, challenges and tests that all ages can enjoy.
Activities over the weekend include:
Challenge your kids to the Tyre Change Challenge and see who can swap a racing car tyre fastest
Become an investigator and try out Forensic, Biology & Physics experiments
Get creative and join-in Make & Take workshops
Step on to the massive RS Components Titan II truck for loads of hands-on STEM experiences
Don’t miss the roaming Science Buskers – they’ll be mixing with the crowds all weekend
A brand-new interactive event, in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, packed with fun hands-on activities based on science, technology, engineering and maths.
A highlight of the weekend will be the appearance of real-life racing cars – a Formula 3 car, a Morgan racing car, a Formula Renault and a Formula Student car – from the University of Wolverhampton’s Racing Team (UWR) alongside a championship driver!
Activities over the weekend include:
Shane Kelly – My Life as a Racing Driver
Matt Fenton, UWR Race Engineer – Getting a Car Ready to Race
School of Engineering Students – Why I Chose Engineering
Hands-on Activities include:
-See who can change a racing car tyre fastest
-Try out Forensic, Biology & Physics STEM experiments
Join-in Make & Take workshops
You can also:
-Step in to the massive RS Components Titan II STEM Bus
-Meet the roaming STEM squad
-Get your photo taken in a racing car, with a driver or holding a
trophy on the podium!
There will be a raffle over the weekend to win a race-day experience at either Donnington Park, Silverstone or Oulton Park for two adults & two children.
Tickets for this amazing event are £5 for children, £7 for adults and under 5s are free. You can use your Annual Passport Ticket for entry too.
SPECIAL OFFER: Purchase all five sessions (March to July) and save £5!
The Hermon welcomes back Kate Allan who offers an informal approach to singing in the comforting setting of the chapel space with its amazing acoustics. Come and join us for a joyful gathering of vocal fun and experimentation every second Saturday of the month from March to July!
‘Enjoy the freedom and satisfaction of creating music in the moment beyond ideas of right and wrongdoing. No experience needed. Everybody is musical and there are no wrong notes in music.’ – Kate Allan
Kate is a freelance singer songwriter who works in Arts and Health and established Wild Singing, a weekly, leaderless singing group that meets in wild places in and around Oswestry to share songs and stories.
Just bring your voice and an open mind – the rest will take care of itself!
PLEASE NOTE: Prior booking helps us with the planning, so please register and purchase tickets for this series of events as early as you can! Many thanks.
GIFT VOUCHERS: Gift vouchers are available only for the Five Session Ticket, not for individual sessions. Vouchers can only be purchased over the phone on 01691 662196 and can be picked up in person at the venue. For delivery by mail, postage & packaging costs of £1 apply.
All Spring/Summer 2019 Dates:
Saturday, 9th March 2019
Saturday, 13th April 2019
Saturday, 11th May 2019
Saturday, 8th June 2019
Saturday, 13th July 2019
Wedding Open Day at Goldstone Hall Hotel open to all future Brides, Grooms and their family and friends. The event is free of charge to attend and includes the opportunity to browse around the award winning hotel and garden including the Marquee, Oak Pavilion, 12 bedrooms and walled garden.
The special occasion’s team, who head up the wedding and events at the hotel, will be there to show guests around and to ask any questions they may have. All those who attend will receive a complimentary glass of fizz plus canapés designed by Head Chef, Liam Philbin.
Those interested are asked to reserve an appointment by calling 01630 661 202 or emailing email@example.com
The Hut People, that’s instrumental duo Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond, are back at The Hermon for the third time to assist the Oswestrian audience in emerging from their winter hibernation by presenting them with a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage.
‘This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.’ – THE SCOTSMAN
‘There’s so much going on that you hear something new each time. Sam Pirt’s accordion leads all the tunes, whilst percussionist extraordinaire Gary Hammond provides an amazing array of textures and colours. Routes certainly brightens up the dull grey days of winter, but will be just as good a listen for the rest of the year…remarkable’ – THE LIVING TRADITION
‘The Hut People are not afraid to play around with sounds and rhythms whilst remaining true to the spirit of the slips, jigs and reels, creating a refreshing and toe tapping set of contemporary folk that puts a smile on your face.’ – ROCK SOCIETY MAG
‘The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!’ – Swaledale Festival
Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in-between these two originals take the audience on a musical journey around the world laced with feel-good dancing tunes, Quebecois foot-percussion, step dancing and humour aplenty! This show is like nothing you have ever seen before and don’t dare to feel save in the back pews or up on the balcony, as audience participation is a guaranteed ingredient to this invigorating concert!
The Hut People have firmly established themselves as one of the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Last year, they released their 4th studio album on the Fellside label entitled ‘Routes’. They also supported award-winning trio The Young’uns on their 21-date, nationwide tour, in the course of it gaining a plethora of new fans up and down the country.
Join us for our first concert of the spring 2019 season here at The Hermon – dance shoes optional! The first 30 ADV-tickets are on offer at the Early Bird price of £10 – you better be quick!!
Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Oswestry on Saturday 9 March 2019
Doors Open at 8:00PM
From 8:30PM to 11:00PM
Ticket Price: £5.00 – £13.00*
*booking fee applies
Box Office: 01691662196
‘Lancaster Skies’ screening – Followed by live Q&A
Determined to take the war to the skies of Berlin, Douglas Miller (Jeffrey Mundell) must take the place of an experienced crew’s cherished and respected Skipper. With the entire crew against him, Douglas must gain their trust and overcome his past to become the leader the Lancaster and her crew desperately need.
Shot on a micro budget in Lincolnshire, this is a loving homage to the classic British war films of the 1940’s and 50’s.