The Mary Webb Society

Christmas Greetings 2021

Friday, December 24, 2021

Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year From the committee of the Mary Webb society

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Events Preview for 2022 Our 50th Anniversary Year 1972-2022

Monday, December 13, 2021

Saturday 26th March  Birthday Lunch Event at Leighton village Hall followed by unveiling of blue plaque at Mary’s birthplace, Leighton Lodge   Weekend of 20-22 May Alliance of Literary Societies A.G.M. Hosted by the Larkin Society in Hull   Saturday 11 June Summer School at The Flaxmill Maltings, Shrewsbury   Sunday 12 June   Summer walk  […]

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Inspiring the Next Generation / Visit to The Mary Webb School, Pontesbury 11th December 2021

Monday, December 13, 2021

One of our new members, Andrea Wollf-Macdonald just happened to be an English teacher at the Mary Webb school and was keen to share her passion for Mary Webb with her students. She quickly established a Mary Webb Society within the school and a small group of enthusiasts have started to meet weekly in the […]

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Report on Christmas Lunch at Bishop’s Castle 4th December 2021

Friday, December 10, 2021

For a report and pictures, click on the previous events section. Click on each picture to zoom in.

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A New Book by Members Nigel Sustins and Jean Couper …. Inroads to Shrewsbury

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

INROADS TO SHREWSBURY A NEW BOOK A personal exploration of Shrewsbury in word and image, visiting some of the famous sights, but also delving into hidden corners, investigating the stories behind individuals who have made the town unique. Poems by Nigel Sustins – Photographs by Jean Couper Gordon Dickins, chairman of The Mary Webb Society […]

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Remembrance Sunday 14th November 2021

Sunday, November 14, 2021

On Remembrance Sunday, we are reminded of Mary Webb’s compassion and concern for her brothers and Shropshire lads during the Great War. AUTUMN 1914 The huddled bean-sheaves under the moon,                              Like black tents, will be vanished soon, So fast the days […]

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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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