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Anstice Events

by Kath Howard

June 20, 2017

line-dancingIt’s back! Line Dancing with Dale Abnett starts again this Wednesday 21 June at 7pm at the Anstice. Entrance £4.
Come and join in the fun!

Spring half term 27 May – 4 June at Blists Hill

by Kath Howard

May 8, 2017

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Spring half-term 27th May – 4th June
Hands-on activities bring the inventions of our past heroes to life at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town over the spring half-term break between 27th May and 4th June and discover more about Victorian engineering heroes and inspirational inventors, all of whom would have been regarded as superheroes of their day. Across the Town there will be a range of fun hands-on activities, all of which are part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations.

MorseHave a go at packing tea in the Grocers and learn about Ferdinand de Lesseps. The French diplomat and engineer was the driving force behind the building of the Suez Canal, which halved journey times from India and made tea more affordable for working people. Then learn about Morse Code in the Town’s Post Office; Samuel Morse revolutionised long distance communication and allowed people to send messages across the world.

Transform your smartphone into a ‘Box Brownie’ camera with a special cover at the Photographers and hear about Julia Cameron, one of the greatest Victorian photographers who was known for her portraits of celebrities. Between 11am and 1pm, you can thread a bolt in the Machine Shop using the standardised thread system invented by British engineer, Sir Joseph Whitworth.

Go along to Speakers Corner at 2pm where all ages can follow in the footsteps of the famous Victorian social campaigner Millicent Fawcett, who fought for women to have the right to vote. Props and scripts will be available to help you get into character. And finally try the Izod tester in the Ironworks between 2pm and 4pm; named after its inventor, Edwin Gilbert Izod, the tester determines the impact strength of metals.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 29th May only, Blists Hill’s own ‘engineers’ will demonstrate how a large, steel oil drum can be crushed using less than a cup of water. This simple but very effective ‘trick’ was developed by Thomas Newcomen when he invented the world’s first steam engine.

There will also be a self-led trail around Blists Hill to discover more about the heroes who lived during the Victorian era as well as lessons in the Victorian School House, lunchtime and afternoon sing-a-longs in the New Inn and rides in the horse-drawn bus between 1.30 and 3pm.

Summer Picnic & Barbecue at the Orchard

by Kath Howard

April 22, 2017

orchardFamily Picnic 6th May from 12pm. Madeley Community Orchard, Bartlett Gardens, Mill Lane, Madeley TF7 5DY

Bring your picnic and a blanket.

New job vacancy at Madeley Town Council

by Kath Howard

April 6, 2017

Finance Officer (RFO) 22.5 hours per week @ SPC 32 – £28,485 = £17,322 pro rata
Joining a small but well established team, you will be responsible for managing the Council’s budget and advising and informing members on all financial matters.
We are seeking an experienced person with asuccessful track record in a financial position who can demonstrate a wide range of financial skills including budgeting, audit, payroll, banking, contracts, precept, VAT returns etc.
A good general education is essential and knowledge of Local Government finance would be advantageous.
If you have an imaginative approach and are committed to serving the local area we would like to hear from you.
For an application pack please call 01952 567280 or visit our website
Closing date: 12.00 midday on Friday 28th April.

Job Vacancy at Madeley Town Council

by Kath Howard

February 16, 2017

Vacancy for a seasonal part time gardener. Check the website or phone 01952 567280.

Celebrate the birth of flight at Blists Hill Victorian Town Half-term 18th – 26th February

by Kath Howard

February 1, 2017

You can celebrate the birth of flight during the February half-term with an array of themed family activities at Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Wilbur Wright (16th April 1867), who flew the world’s first successful aeroplane back in 1903 with his brother Orville, while the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart, was born 120 years ago on 24th July 1897.

At Blists Hill Victorian Town, where life over 100 years ago is recreated, you can watch magnificent birds of prey swoop over The Green in daily falconry displays between 18th and 26th February. There will also be the chance to ‘Meet the Birds’ in a fun session daily from 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm. There will be a varied selection of different birds each day such as Eagles, Hawks, Falcons & Owls.

You can also join a workshop to design and make a kite from craft materials between 11am and 1pm, then fly it on The Green during the early afternoon. Each kite carries a small fee of £1 in addition to the museum entrance charge. Families can also follow a flight themed trail around the Town during the holiday week.

Blists Hill is open from 10am until 4pm during the February half term. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 18, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply. For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.

Blists Hill Victorian Town location for BBC2’s ‘Victorian Bakers’ show to be broadcast on Christmas Day

by Kath Howard

December 15, 2016

Blists Hill Victorian Town location for BBC2’s ‘Victorian Bakers’ show to be broadcast on Christmas Day

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, is the star location for a one-off TV baking programme set to air on BBC2 on Christmas Day.

‘Victorian Bakers at Christmas’ follows on from the successful three-part ‘Victorian Bakers’ show that aired on BBC2 in January. Now the same four bakers are back to find out how the festive season changed when Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837 and how, over her long-reign, customs and celebrations emerged that we now regard as a traditional British Christmas.

The four bakers who took up residency in the Victorian Bakery at Blists Hill Victorian Town include John Swift, whose family have been bakers in the Midlands for six generations; Duncan Glendinning, an artisan baker from Bath; John Foster, whose industrial bakery in Barnsley is turning out 400,000 mince pies this year, and Harpreet Baura, a high-end cake baker from London. They were set a number of festive baking challenges from the mid-19th century when Twelfth Night was the big day, not 25th December.

The traditional bakes tackled in the one-hour show include a Twelfth Cake, a spiced, yeasted fruit cake that dates from mediaeval times and was the centrepiece of rowdy Twelfth Night celebrations; two kinds of mince pies, both using real beef mincemeat, and an impressive Yorkshire Christmas Pie, an enormous game pie stuffed to the gunnels with pheasant, partridge and turkey encased in an elaborate pastry crust. The bakers also made gingerbread decorations for the, then new, custom of the Christmas tree; cooked up a seasonal punch with bread in the recipe and discovered why the whole community would rely on the bakers’ oven to roast their Christmas lunch.

As well as using the Victorian Town’s Bakery as the setting for the programme’s Bakehouse, the show will also feature two cottages, the Duke of Sutherland Cottage and the Tollhouse, as the setting for a Christmas dinner celebration and Twelfth Night party.

‘Victorian Bakers at Christmas’ is scheduled to air on Christmas Day on BBC2 at 9.30pm and will be repeated on Boxing Day.

Christmas Lights in Madeley

by Kath Howard

November 17, 2016

christmas-posterJoin us for our Christmas Lights Event on Saturday 3rd December in Madeley Centre from 2 – 7pm.

  • A Christmas Market for special gifts and treats
  • Street Entertainers
  • Children’s Fairground Rides
  • Hot Food
  • Face Painting
  • FREE Children’s Craft Activities
  • Tree of Remembrance
  • Refreshments
  • Santa’s Grotto
  • John Fletcher School Choir and Telford Street Dance

The Switch-on:

The festive lights switch-on will take place around 6.15pm with Telford & Wrekin Council Mayor Cllr Rae Evans.

Programmes available from Jubilee House.


Can you spare an hour? Saturday 3 December 2pm – 6.30pm

by Kath Howard

November 15, 2016

cakesThe Anstice needs volunteers to help serve tea on the refreshment stall at Madeley Christmas Lights event. Or maybe you could bake a cake or biscuits for the stall?
Tuesday 20 December
Donate an hour of your time to help with a collection at Tesco Madeley to raise £s for the Anstice

To donate an hour of your time and put your name on the rota for these events, please see Brenda in Jubilee House or call 01952 567286
Thank you.
Registered charity no: 1162626

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