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Coal Mining Heritage Weekend Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 3rd July

 in Shrewsbury Severn Valley Country Park is delighted to be hosting a Coal Mining Heritage Weekend co-ordinated by Alveley Historical Society on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July.

Alveley Historical Society have organised a full programme of talks, guided walks, and more to remember the mining heritage of the area. This is one of a number of events which will be held in the run up to the 50th anniversary of the closure of the pit in 2019.

Author Chris Arnot starts the weekend with a presentation based on his book ‘Britain’s Lost Mines’. While researching this book, Chris travelled from Cornwall to Scotland and back down to Kent and in the process interviewed some very remarkable men. Visiting Alveley and Highley was particularly memorable for Chris as his boyhood football hero, Gerry Hitchens of Aston Villa and England, started his working life at Alveley Colliery.

On both days of the weekend, Ron Whittle will be providing a fascinating insight into the work of his family members as colliers and the beginnings of the family coach business. Visitors will also be able to enjoy the Alveley Colliery Weighbridge Exhibition each day and there will be a presentation on the history of coal mining and exhibition of mining artefacts by former miners from Granville colliery Stewart Braddock, Malcom Peel and Cliff Hewitt.

In addition, member of ‘Geologists in the Geopark’ will be with us both days between 11am-3pm. Visitors will be able to have an informal chat with them to learn more about the geology of the area and learn why this part of the Severn Valley was so coal rich. Our younger visitors will be able to enjoy a self-led rock and fossil detective trail.

There will be live music, with a lunch time performance on Saturday by members of Alveley Village Band and members of Highley Colliery band performing on Sunday afternoon.

Finally, the coal spoil heap from the colliery provides the foundations for the country park. Ranger James Brookes will be leading walk looking at the development of the site into what it has become today.

It should be a very interesting and busy weekend! For more information, including times and prices, please call 01746 781 192.


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