The Mary Webb Society

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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Cancellation of Alliance of Literary Societies AGM 12th -14th June 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Unfortunately the Alliance of Literary societies AGM has been cancelled due to Covid 19 . The event was due to be   hosted by the Leo Walmsley Society at Robin Hood’s Bay. This is sad to hear as so much work goes into this weekend event by the host society. It provides a marvellous opportunity […]

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Cancellation of Summer School and Walk 2020 due to Covid 19

Monday, May 11, 2020

After discussion with committee members and in line with Government guidelines during this Covid19 crisis, we feel that we have no option but to cancel this year’s summer school and walk scheduled for 27th & 28th June. We are so sorry to cancel our main events of the year particularly as so much work has […]

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Mary Webb’s grave has not been forgotten despite Coronavirus lockdown

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Mary Webb’s grave situated in Shrewsbury cemetery, Longden Road, Shrewsbury SY3 7HS is usually tended by members of the society on a monthly rota. However this has been difficult to maintain during the current restrictions. So special thanks must go to local members, Sue & Nigel Hotchkiss for visiting the grave and placing these beautiful […]

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Springtime in Shrewsbury

Thursday, April 23, 2020

This quote from “The Spring of Joy” written when Mary Webb was recuperating from her many bouts of Graves’ disease, seems appropriate for our lockdown days, but we can  still turn to nature to bring comfort and hope: “It does not matter how shut in we are. Opportunity for wide experience is of small account […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak

Monday, April 6, 2020

As the Corona virus deepens world-wide leaving us feeling isolated, depressed and frustrated at not being able to travel and explore the countryside as spring awakens; Please enjoy these pictures of our beautiful Shropshire landscape taken by chairman & landscape photographer, Gordon Dickins. Gordon knows the county intimately and his pictures feature in his various […]

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Cancellation of Birthday Event 28th March 2020 due to Coronavirus

Friday, March 13, 2020

We are sorry to inform you that regrettably we have had to cancel our annual Birthday Event at University Centre Shrewsbury. This decision has been made following advice from the Provost at University Centre, Shrewsbury that all meetings and events external to the University will be cancelled for the forseeable future. This is very disappointing […]

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Birthday Event Saturday 28th March 2020 University Centre, Shrewsbury

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Please see the events section for full detials of our first event of 2020

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Memorial to Margaret Austin on Clunbury Hill 22nd September 2019

Thursday, October 3, 2019

We gathered at Clunbury village hall, family and friends to climb up Clunbury Hill, as Margaret had done many times with her dog, Speckle, to witness the scattering of Margaret’s ashes on the top of the hill and to plant 100 snowdrop bulbs in her memory. It’s a pretty steep climb to the top but […]

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