Following the closure of Stiperstones School has now been moved to the edge of Snailbeach Village Hall car park and mounted on a new plinth built by local builder Tim Hockley. The tub was originally provided by Joy Mining Machinery and loaned by the Shropshire Mines Trust to the school, with funding for it's orignal mount from Yorkshire Bank PLC.
Nick Southwick & John Davies by the tub after it's move (Claire Corfield).
The tub on it's new plinth by Snailbeach Village Hall. (Kelvin Lake).
During early 2021 some damage was noted at Black Tom engine house, plus some of the timber needs a bit of TLC. On several occasions empty beer and cider cans and other items of rubbish have been found in there.
A work party was organised to clean up the inside of the engine house and repair some of the damaged boards.
The initial state of the engine house.
Nick Southwick starting on the timberwork.
Preserving the timbers ...
Adding the finishing touches ....
Nearly done ...
The finished result.
Monthly Meetings - normally held on the first Friday of every month at Allscott Bowling Club (formerly the British Sugar Social Club), Allscott, Telford, Shropshire. For 2022 we are experimenting with starting meetings at 19:30 (7:30pm) with a presentation/talk by a Club member (to be less than 60 minutes long), before the main meeting takes place. Please get in touch before turning up in case the date or venue has changed!. The secretary usually emails the meeting details out a day or so before hand - contact him if you don't receive meeting minutes and access details by email.
17th to 20th June 2022: NAMHO 22 Conference (hosted by Cleveland Mining Heritage Society) - at Grosmont, North Yorkshire.
24th to 26th June 2022: ResCon 22 - British Cave Rescue Council biannual rescue conference, hosted by Derbyshire Cave Rescue Organisation (in Derbyshire naturally!)
July 2022: 14th EuroSpeleo Forum, Burgos, Spain. Details on their website.
September 2022: Hidden Earth - The UK's National Caving conference. After the cancellation of the last two events it is hoped to be able to run a ‘Hidden Earth’ once again in 2022. Keep an eye on their website for details of dates, venue (they have one in mind) and bookings. www.hidden.earth
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