The Mary Webb Society

Update for 2021/2022

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Apologies for the absence of news and reports on events but the situation was out of our control as you can appreciate. However we have managed to hold an event on 25th September, an autumn gathering and Mini AGM (Click on the event in Previous Events for a report). We are hoping to resume a […]

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Spring Cottage

Spring Cottage to be Demolished

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Painting of the original cottage by Jean SamwaysShropshire planning officers have finally given the go ahead to demolish Spring Cottage after an eight year battle by the owners, several appeals, objections and revisions of plans. Permission has been granted with the condition that the original small cottage, now contained within the extended house, should be […]

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Spring cleaning day for our bronze bust

Sunday, July 4, 2021

The bronze bust of Mary Webb created by sculptor, Jemma Pearson and unveiled in 2016 in the gardens of Shrewsbury library was in need of a “wash and brush up.” Sue Higginbotham and Liz Stamps set to  work applying a proprietary bronze cleaning product recommended by the foundry, Castle Fine Arts Foundry, Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant. Mary is […]

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Happy Birthday Mary

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Leighton Lodge, Shropshire, 25 March 1881 “Snowdrops had come and gone by then. On the lawns of Leighton Lodge birds had returned, their keen song ringing in the adjoining parkland of the Hall and rising from the tall trees in the Lodge grounds. Through the dark earth spring flowers were cleaving, and a mist of […]

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Spring is in the air, Snowdrops on Mary Webb’s grave!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Snowdrops on Mary Webb’s grave in the old part of Shrewsbury cemetery, Longden Road. Thanks to local members, Nigel and Sue Hotchkiss for tidying up the grave, adding fresh flowers and taking photographs. The grave is usually tended by society members on a rota basis, but current travel restrictions make this difficult at the moment. […]

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Spring Cottage under threat again!

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all, let’s hope that 2021 and the roll out of the vaccines will help to lift us out of this pandemic and a return to something like normal life. Unfortunately we are still unable to plan our programme of events in these uncertain and ever-changing times. We are sorry […]

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Happy Christmas One and All 2020

Thursday, December 24, 2020

On behalf of the committee of The Mary Webb Society we would like to wish all our members and all who share our love of the work of Mary Webb, a very happy Christmas and a more hopeful, healthy new year. Let’s hope that some of our society’s gatherings can continue in the near future. […]

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Christmas Lunches Remembered

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Today, Saturday 5th December 2020, we should have been looking forward to our annual christmas lunch, a chance to enjoy a lovely festive meal and friendly company in a choice of many Shropshire venues, from a grand Shrewsbury hotel to an intimate beautifully decorated village hall. Sadly, this was not to be this year but […]

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Launch of a new book “Smile Awhile in the South Shropshire Hills” by Patricia Evans

Monday, November 16, 2020

This beautiful new book by Patricia Evans is lavishly illustrated with 36 paintings inspired by the South Shropshire Hills.  Pat is an accomplished professional artist with a distinctive style which she says has been influenced by “both the simplicity of Japanese art and the poster art of the early 20th century.” Her studio, Tankerville Gallery […]

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Images of “House in Dormer Forest” by Gordon Dickins

Saturday, November 7, 2020

2020 should have been the year to celebrate the centenary of the publication of Mary Webb’s fourth novel,           “The House in Dormer Forest,” the story of the Darke family living in the oppressive atmosphere of Dormer Old House. It explores the influence of the house and its environment on the inhabitants. Sadly, Corona virus put […]

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Screening of Gone to Earth at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury 11th and 12th Sptember 2020

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Theatre Severn are showing Gone to Earth on Friday 11th September at 7.00pm and Saturday 12th September at 2.30 and 7.00pm. This timeless classic adaptation of Mary Webb’s novel filmed in Shropshire in 1949 is still fondly remembered today by locals whose family members appeared as extras. The landscape is as big a star as […]

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Cancellation of Annual General meeting and Christmas Lunch 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Owing to the ongoing uncertainty about Coronavirus and after discussions with the committee, we have regrettably decided to cancel the A.G.M. planned for 26th September and also the Christmas lunch on 5th December. The health and well-being of our members is our priority in making this decision. We are hoping to reschedule the 2020 programme […]

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