Ladies Group

ST OSWALD’S LADIES GROUP

We departed from our usual programme of a talk in the Parish Centre and visited
Oswestry Town Museum and heard a talk from Mark Hignett about the museum and
its beginnings in the former Magistrates’ Court Room in the Guildhall.
His boundless enthusiasm described the ideas of a museum dedicated to Oswestry
and its opening a few months after the original meeting in 2012 The museum is
supported by Oswestry Town Council with a peppercorn rent and run by volunteers
showing the life and times of Oswestry in a very interesting way. Some of our
members recognised artefacts they had given! He talked about how they were
‘thinking outside the box’ and putting exhibitions together in different ways and trying
to find the story behind the story of an artefact. He now goes all over the country
talking about the museum. He described the building and use of World War 1
trenches at Park Hall and also the training of the Army undertaken here in World War
2 together with the stories of prisoners of war here.

The main exhibition room has a timeline of the
important historic events in Oswestry with a
children’s activity room and research facilities.
The Judge’s Chambers contains an exhibition
about the orthopaedic hospital at Gobowen and
natural science collections and the Magistrates’
Court has views over the castle and hill fort
together with exhibitions related to Oswestry’s
industries and clubs.

He mentioned a recent donation (although on loan) from St Oswald’s which were
memorials to Robert Blaikie, a surgeon in Oswestry, in whose memory electric light
was installed in St Oswald’s, and George Fulcher, master of Oswestry Workhouse
and the Organist and a Churchwarden of St Oswald’s and a previous George
Fulcher, master of Oswestry Workhouse for 40 years. All most interesting and
worthy of further research
We were fascinated by the stuff on display and disconcerted to see typewriters some
of us had worked on in younger days! The Museum is well worth a visit and is free
to enter although donations are very welcome. If you haven’t been already, then a
visit is a must.
It was a really interesting evening and know that you will enjoy a visit too.
Our next meeting will be on Monday 3rd February at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Centre
when Tina will be our speaker and have scarves and handbags for sale.
We are always pleased to welcome new members to our meetings. Just come
along, introduce yourself and join us for a cup of tea and chat at the end of the
evening. If you would like further information please contact Ann Sagar telephone 01691657903 or e mail ann_sagar@btinternet.com

.Ann Boulton

PROGRAMME FOR THE YEAR 2019/2020

February 3 Our speaker, Tina,  will speak to us on scarves and handbags and bring some to buy.

March 4 Annual General Meeting

A selection of photos from recent meetings.