The Mary Webb Society

Shrouds of The Somme Campaign

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shrouds of the Somme. Bring Our Boys Home. On 10th May, celebrated singer-songwriter and Patron of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Steve Knightley, helped to launch a crowdfunding campaign to raise £150,000 by 19th June to take ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ to London for an extraordinary and moving memorial exhibition to commemorate lost soldiers of the Great […]

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“Matilda” is alive and well!

Friday, April 21, 2017

“Matilda” the Foster traction engine featured in the film of Gone to Earth has been lovingly restored. We are hoping that it will make an appearance with engines of similar vintage at our joint events with Shrewsbury Railway Heritage Trust (6th August) and County of Salop Steam Engine Society (27th & 28th August). Photo of […]

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Birthday Lunch 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

Please see the report of the Birthday Lunch 2017 in “Previous Events” section Picture shows Dr Gladys Mary Coles and Lisa Blower with Lisa’s novel structure from her Writer in Residence experience during our Treasures Exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum from March to June 2016  

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Society supports purchase of Bergum Wood

Monday, April 3, 2017

Simon Cooter, Senior Reserve manager, Stiperstones & Downton Gorge NNRs wrote:” It was in 2010 that John Lawton wrote his “Making Space for Nature” report for the government,which highlighted the problems caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and argued the case for better managed nature reserves. All of the nature conservation bodies in England have […]

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Snowdrop Time

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Snowdrop Time Ah, hush! Tread softly through the rime, For there will be a blackbird singing, or a thrush. Like coloured beads the elm-buds flush: All the trees dream of leaves and flowers and light. And see! The northern bank is much more white Than frosty grass, for now is snowdrop time. Mary Webb   […]

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Plea for Committee Members!

Friday, February 17, 2017

The hardworking committee of The Mary Webb Society is pretty depleted at present. The main officer posts are filled but we still need to recruit at least 2 new members to join the happy team. This will be another important year for the society and it would be lovely to be able to share the […]

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Postcard of bronze bust now available

Saturday, February 4, 2017

  An attractive postcard of our bronze bust has been produced by Chris George Cards and is now available for sale at the following outlets and will also be available to buy at society events during the year. Thanks to Chris for producing the card and for consulting the society on its design. Shrewsbury Library […]

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Screening of Precious Bane

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Rare opportunity to see this acclaimed film of Precious Bane (1989) directed by Christopher Menaul starring Janet McTeer and Clive Owen at The Edge Arts Centre, William Brookes School, Much Wenlock, Shropshire on Monday 6th February at 7.30pm. £5/£4. Box Office 01952728911. Booking tickets from or by calling 03336663366

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Spring Cottage

Spring Cottage Saved from Demolition

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

We have just received the great news that the owner’s appeal to demolish Spring Cottage in order to build a luxury home has again been declined. What a wonderful Christmas present for Mary Webb devotees everywhere and for Shropshire. Juliette Binfield, great niece of Mary Webb said” I’m sure my Great Aunt is smiling down […]

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Mary Webb Society Archive Catalogue now available

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Society archivists, Katharine Cates and Maureen Tarbuck assisted by Samantha Major from Shropshire Archives have trawled through the many documents and images in the various boxes held by the society (some 8000 items) in order to catalogue the collection and make it more accessible. After a lot of hard work, the collection has  been […]

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New editions available!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Until recently much of Mary Webb’s work was out of print but it is usually possible to obtain copies on the internet from the original publishers or new editions by Print on Demand publishers.  There are also some e-book versions. Society member and publisher, Mike Walmer of South Australia has published three attractive editions of […]

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New Showing of Treasures Exhibition at Ludlow 5 November 2016 – 25 February 2017

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

There will be another chance to see our highly successful exhibition designed by Sue Hughes. ” Treasures: The Literature and Landscape of Mary Webb’s Shropshire” will be showing at The Ludlow Museum Resource Centre from 5th November 2016 until 25th February 2017.The resource centre is separate from Ludlow museum and is situated in the library […]

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