I am writing to invite you to come along to enjoy the wonderful heritage of the Flaxmill Maltings during two open days. This will be the Friends first effort at an event of this sort and we can promise to make your visit worthwhile.
Saturday and Sunday, 7th & 8th May from 10 am – 5.00 pm.
The Friends are arranging the events over the two days to include:
• Tours of all areas by Friends stewards and guides from 11 am – 4.00 pm.
• Lights shows by Andy McKweown, at dusk on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th
• Arts exhibition by Flaxmill Arts; from 10 am to 4.00 pm
• Family entertainment with Jack the Jester.
• Demonstrations and displays
o Flax spinning with Maralyn Hepworth
o Iron working and brick making
• Displays and interpretation materials – 100 years as a Flaxmill, 100 years as a Maltings and what of the next 100 years?
• Refreshments and snacks will be available.
A very significant attraction will be the exhibition by Flaxmill Arts. Their efforts proved a major success at last year’s English Heritage weekend. They have particularly asked that you be invited
to their private view on Friday 6th from 6pm to 8.00pm.
I live opposite the Ditherington Flaxmill in Shrewsbury - the oldest iron structure building in the world. It's fallen into disrepair over the past 20-30 years however we had the chance to look at the plans for redevelopment. At the same time I took some photos of the accessible areas:
The road facing side of the main building is covered in scaffolding.
The mill closed in the 1980's, it has been abandoned since.
The site has a very strange feel to it.
The architects behind the two phase redevelopment are applying for planning permission.
There are various regeneration plans for the South Silo including turning it into a clean energy building with a Bio Mass boiler.
All windows have either been boarded up or smashed.
The out lying buildings are set to be turned into offices or apartments.
The delivery point for the south silo.
The internal structure is held up with scaffolding. Many of the architects plans deal with how to support the current structure with a modern steel frame.
Signs still exist from the Flaxmills long history.
The redevelopment plans have wide public support.
Today I took part in the Shrewsbury Dragon Boat Race to help raise money for Shrewsbury Hospice. Our team made up of 17 people from our office (The Pump House), the majority representing Marches Energy Agency, I represented Information Solutions (and obviously world famous ImAFish).
Click on any picture to see a larger version on Flickr.
The boat we had to race.
More on the cartoon festival and climate change can be found on the Carbon Forum website:
This post is by guest blogger Matt Buck.
The fifth International Cartoon Festival is open now in Shrewsbury.
The main event when more than 40 of Britain's best cartoonists will be in town for a long weekend of cartoons and cartooning, runs from April 18-20.
But already six exhibitions of some great cartoon jokes and art are open to the public. You can find out more at http://www.shrewsburycartoonfestival.com or at the Bloghorn,
After reading about the 10 most beautiful bridges in the world at the weekend through Digg I went to take some photos of Ironbridge, #7 on the list which happens to be about 20mins drive from where I live.
The bridge itself.
The power station overlooks Ironbridge, giving an interesting contrast between old and new industry.
A view from the bridge looking up the river.
The bridge in the distance.
The bridge and the village which takes it name from the bridge.
On the drive up to Ironbridge I took this picture of the river Severn.