Ludlow and Marches Humanists summer social, 21 June

Our neighbours the Ludlow and Marches Humanists are holding their  Summer Social on Sunday 21st June. They plan a walk from the Cliffe at Dinham car park (SY8 2JE) followed by lunch at the Cliffe.  Lunch has been booked for 12.30pm. If you are interested in joining in, please contact David Trotter.

The walk will be along the Teme and over Whitcliffe Common, with points of interest on the way. The less energetic will not have to make the climb up Whitcliffe. The walk will be lead by Juliet & David Trotter. Please bring suitable clothing and boots or stout shoes.


Social on 4 July: Shrewsbury bridges walk and barbecue

DSCF2159-edited The annual summer social will be in Shrewsbury this year, on Saturday 4 July. All are welcome, especially if you would like to talk to local humanists in a relaxed atmosphere.

There will be a guided walk around the Shrewsbury river bridges followed by a barbecue lunch at the home of Simon and Bridget Nightingale by the river near Porthill footbridge.

The walk will start at 10.30 from the corner of Frankwell car park next to the footbridge, and you can walk all or part of the walk as it is easy to drop out and go straight to the lunch venue. We plan to visit (but not cross all) the bridges around the town centre and look at points of interest and some of the history. There will be some steps and inclines, and the route may be changed subject to the weather and any flooding.

If you don’t want to go on the walk, meet at the house in New Street, Frankwell, from 12.00 for the BBQ at 13.00. There is plenty to do in the house and garden, including table tennis, a rowing boat (with an electric motor for the lazy), a rather difficult maze and a house full of mechanical puzzles. There is very limited parking, but Frankwell car park is not far away.

There is a charge of £5 for the meal. If you’d like to come, please contact our Secretary who will give you the details. This enables us to plan for numbers and dietary requirements.

Report on our July social: walk around the industrial archaeology of Lilleshall

I expect a lot of us were unaware of the richness of the industrial heritage of Lilleshall, now mostly a dormitory and retirement village with a very prosperous air, set in lovely countryside. Sue and Ron Falder’s expertly-guided walk complete with explanatory handouts opened our eyes, and we had a most enjoyable walk on a glorious summer day.

Sue Falder writes:

The walk explored the development of limestone mining and quarrying in Lilleshall and the associated building of a network of tub-boat canals. The Donnington Wood canal, into which the Lilleshall arm fed, was only the second in the country, built in 1767.

We went up Barrack Lane, looking at modern houses which covered the old quarry yard and had replaced the workers’ barracks and stabling and then entered the main quarry area, which has recently been cleared and restored.

We went along the tramway which carried lime to the Lilleshall canal and saw the entrance to four kilns, two tunnels and two quarry pools and faces.
White limestone was used for building cement, for fertilizer and as flux for smelting at iron furnaces at Donnington Wood and Calbrookdale – Lilleshall limestone being known as superior to all others as ironstone flux. Lilleshall was also the source of grey limestone, a waterproof material which was used in the building of the Liverpool Docks.

We paused to look at The Plaque which commemorates the lengthy filling in process which took place in the nineties, when all the shafts under the housing in Limekiln Lane were filled with thousands of tonnes of cement and gravel.

At The Incline, we saw the entrance of a small tunnel which took tub-boats 65 metres to a shaft, where they were hauled up on to the higher-level Donnington Wood Canal. This was used for 30 years until the inclined plane (the second in the country after Ketley) was built. That system lasted for the next 85 years.

Some of the group ended the walk by going up Lilleshall Hill to see the Monument and admire the 360-degree view. Others went straight to the Redhouse Inn, where we enjoyed lunch.





Ludlow and Marches Humanists: summer social 6 July

ScanImage042-editedThe Ludlow and Marches Humanists are having as their Summer Social  a guided walk around the Walls & Gates of Ludlow, leader Chris Hyde. This will take place on Sunday 6th July 2014, followed by Sunday lunch at The Queens Hotel.

Meet at 10.00am by the back window of the Ludlow Library (which is in the Co-op car park). Lunch is booked for 12.00 noon. The Queens has a high reputation for good food at reasonable prices.

Anyone who wishes to join in is asked to let David Trotter know by Sunday 29th June whether they will be attending both the walk and the lunch, or just one.

Saturday 26 July: Social walk around industrial archaeology of Lilleshall

This will not be a strenuous walk. It’s about three miles on footpaths and road, with pauses for chat as we reflect on the mining activity of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. There are no real hills except for Lilleshall Hill itself, which is optional.

We’ll meet at 10.00 am in the car park of the Red House Inn, Lilleshall, TF10 9EW.

There is a carvery from 12 – 2.00 pm for £4.95 as well as an ordinary menu, and we are booked in for 12.30 pm.

If you would like to be part of the group, please email Sue Falder at falder [at] hotmail [dot] com so that she can book for the correct number.

See here for last year’s summer social.

Some pictures from the July walk, Ercall Wood and Quarry geological site

A hot day for a walk, but it was cool in the shade of the trees. The walk was followed by lunch at the Red Lion in Wellington. Click pictures to enlarge.

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Coming up: 27 July social – walk, geology and lunch

On the WrekinWe now have a break in our programme of meetings, but on Saturday 27th July we have our summer social, which is a walk and a lunch. This is a chance to meet other humanists in a purely social setting. Everyone is welcome to come, but please let us know in advance.

The walk will start from the Red Lion Hotel on Holyhead Road, Wellington and visit the Ercall Wood Nature Reserve and the famous Ercall Unconformity. For those interested in geology (Shropshire is rich in geological interest and is one of the great areas in the history of geology) the latter is regarded as an internationally important geological site, which is part of The Wrekin and The Ercall Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The site includes 540 million year old ripple beds and ancient pre-Cambrian lava flows in exposed quarries. Quartzite from the neighbouring Wrekin is also visible.

The walk will start at 10.30am and last approximately 90 minutes so that we will arrive back at the Red Lion in time for lunch. There is ample off-road car parking at the hotel which is situated around half a mile from the Railway and Bus Stations in the Town Centre. For those arriving by public transport we can provide a walking route which passes through Bowring Park on its way to the Red Lion.

Please contact Bob Coalbran by 15 July if possible.

We resume our programme of meetings on 19 September with (provisionally) a talk on sex work by someone who is involved.

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