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We are establishing a ‘Friends of the Wrekin’ Group. We would love people who visit the Wrekin for recreational, sport, leisure, hobbies, pleasure to sign up to be a member of a group which aims to retain this beautiful landscape for people to use for generations to come. Please complete the below form and read the constitution we have set up. Your support and input is vital to this wonderful landmark.

Welcome to this site for the Halfway House on the Wrekin. We update our pages regularly and our refurbished Pavilion is now available for use (see our blog posts). This means we now have somewhere warm for you to sit whatever the weather.

Our KIOSK Opening Hours are updated weekly and can be found here.

Our Pavilion and House can now be hired.  Please see our agreements and enquiry forms 

Over the next few months we look forward to welcoming many of you to take a break with us during your walk to the summit.

At present we are open every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3.30pm. We anticipate our hours will increase as the days grow longer.  We also open daily throughout school holidays as much as we can and currently plan to be open every day over half term (15th-23rd February 2020) where we have five different sessions organised (for further details see our events page). For any changes to our standard opening hours see the separate page on this website.

The opening days and times are also displayed on our Facebook Page on a weekly basis.

We accept cash or card/Contactless, Android and Apple Pay at our kiosk.

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Events

The Wrekin has been a local and tourist location for many decades and offers fabulous views, walks and exercise.

If you are planning an event on the Wrekin and would like to use the Halfway House as a base or you know there will be a large number of people wanting to stop to get refreshments or to sit down can you please contact us.

OUR OWN FUTURE EVENTS IN 2020

Over February half term we will be running five events which are detailed below:

 

Sunday 16th FebruaryMolly’s Vegetarian Catering food stall

Molly is our vegetarian/vegan food supplier. Come and taste her delicious food and let us know what you think we have at the Halfway House. More details on this later.

 

Monday 17th February – Drop in Painting of Rocks and Geology session

From Midday – 3pm

This will be jointly run by Caroline Freeman (Rock Painting) and Andrew Jenkinson (Geology). Children will have the opportunity to paint a rock to take home. Adults can see rock specimens and ask questions about why the Wrekin is so special to geologists and if it was really once a volcano. Caroline is a local resident and regular Wrekin walker. Andrew belongs to the Shropshire Geological Society and believes the SJ60 10km square in which the Wrekin sits is the most varied in the world.

Do drop in and paint or learn more…….

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund,

by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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Tuesday 18th February – Drop in Feed the Birds session

Midday – 3pm

Diane Monether Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Feed the Birds Project Officer will be joining us. Children will be able to make bird feeders to take home and learn to identify the birds on our feeders. Adults will be able to talk to Diane about the Feed the Birds Project. This project involves training volunteers to visit people who are experiencing social isolation, to install and refill bird food containers and chat about garden wildlife.  

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Come and learn more…..

 

Thursday 20th February – Drop in Story Telling sessions

At 1 to 1.30pm then 2 to 2.30pm

We are fortunate to have story-teller Suzanne Tumnus joining us to run two sessions. She will bring alive the story of “The Wrekin Giant” and will also tell other Shropshire tales including St Milburga. Children will have the opportunity to draw their own giant or do some colouring in. Please do join us.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund,

by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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Saturday and Sunday 22nd and 22rd February

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training

Drop in from 11am-3.30pm on both days

Telford First Responders are kindly offering these two drop-in sessions. Only 1 in 10 people who go into Cardiac Arrest out of hospital survive but early CPR and defibrillation can increase this figure dramatically. The ‘Chain of Survival’ image below shows how the public can now deliver 3 out of the 4 stages up on the Wrekin should the need arise as we now have our own defibrillator (kindly funded by some of our supporters).

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So take advantage of this opportunity over this weekend as you never know when you might need it……

 

 

2019 Past Events

On Saturday 7th December  Richard Thomason ran a Christmas Willow Workshop for us. This was very popular with positive feedback from all the participants.

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On Sunday 1st December we held a Christmas lights switch on event – special food and drink were available and a number of the people were present who have helped to make the Halfway House what it is now. The Wellington Mayor Anthony Lowe  officiated and we had our very own Father Christmas present for the first time. Our tree (which we obtained from the local Raby Estate who were kind enough to deliver it to us) looked fantastic.

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On Saturday 30th November a Children’s bird activity drop in session was run by the Halfway House team

Children had a chance to come and make their own bird feeder to hang in their garden, complete a bird focused treasure hunt and identify some of the birds we regularly see in our garden such as our regular robin visitors

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Thursday 31st October – A Children’s Halloween activity session was run by the Halfway house Team. This was very successful and we plan to run more similar events in the future (see above).

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Tuesday 29th October – Children’s Woodland Art Session was hosted by The Art Lady – The Wrekin is a great place for looking at all sorts of trees, which provide great inspiration for art. The autumn is a great time to focus on the leaves on the ground. The session was a great success and we are hoping to run similar events with the Art Lady in the future

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Saturday 19th October – Halloween broomstick Willow Workshop was led by Richard Thomason  where participants enjoyed making mini witches besom brooms. We aim to repeat this next year.

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6th August – A drop in learning about pollinators session took place in the garden of the Halfway House with David Green together with a craft activity for children led by Amy Joy. During this event many pollinating insects were recorded in the garden including 14 hoverflies, 7 bees, 8 butterflies and 3 moths. A species list of what has been planted in the new part of the garden behind the information board is now available at the kiosk.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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July 14th – the Moth breakfast at the Halfway house followed by a walk to identify butterflies and moths on the Wrekin was led by Mike Williams from the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation. If you are interested in helping with any future moth trapping sessions at the Halfway House please let Jenny know. jenny@halfwayhouseonthewrekin.com

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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July 6th – A willow craft session making flowers, fish and snails was led by Richard Thomason from Small Woods and enjoyed by all.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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On Sunday 17 February the Halfway House ran an information session on Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Feed the Birds’ project. This is a ground-breaking approach to helping people who are lonely and/or socially isolated to get closer to nature by feeding the birds in their garden with the help of a volunteer. This session was led by one of the project’s long term volunteers, Jenny Petch, who provided general advice about feeding birds and how you can become involved with this project in the Telford area.

CJ Wildlife has been sponsoring bird feeders at the Halfway House for the past 12 months. These can be seen at the back of the house and are proving to be very popular with local birds.

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2018 Events on the Wrekin

Wrekin Relay Challenge

  Photos courtesy of the Wrekin Relay Challenge Team

 

Halloween Activities at the Halfway House

 

Christmas willow workshop at the Halfway House 

Participants were able to weave their own willow Christmas trees, reindeer, stars and wreaths at this workshop  led by willow crafter Richard Thomason.

About

The property has been a favourite resting place for generations of walkers visiting one of Shropshire’s most famous landmarks. Located roughly halfway up the steep trek to the summit of The Wrekin, over the years, this former Hunting Lodge has been a popular stopping off point for Wrekin ramblers with a café selling hot and cold drinks and snacks for those looking for a refuel and a stop to enjoy the views and re-energise.

The Georgian property sits on a two-acre plot that includes a former dance and dining Pavillion, an outdoor seating area and extensive grounds Over the years many walkers have called in for cups of tea and a former operator made the place famous for a delicious plate of ham & eggs. The Halfway House has also been the perfect place to get a bacon butty with ice cream for the children.

Over the past few years the renovation has been a real passion project for owner Sean Saward who used to love stopping off at the house when he lived in Trench more than 40 years ago. During this time Sean has met many visitors who are really fond of the House and really keen that it reopens with a new wider remit. Now he can finally see the first phase of his project almost complete. The shop/kiosk at the back of the 300-year-old house will be manned for longer more regular hours with a wider variety of food and drink on offer. The main photo of the Halfway House on this site was taken by John Hammond while he was staying with a relative in the area. Thank you to John for allowing us to use his photo.

We obtained planning permission to turn the old pavilion back into an indoor seating area. The photo below shows the pavilion in its heyday.  This restoration work is now completed and we have now opened it up to the public (see the refurbished room below) so our visitors have somewhere warm to sit whatever the weather. We also have a simple food menu from 11am-3pm.

The old pavilion in its heyday….

The pavilion early 2019…..

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The pavilion December 2019……

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With new chandeliers and windows that have a fantastic view…..

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Kiosk Opening Hours

Our opening hours for the coming weekend are as follows:

Saturday 25th January: 11am-3.30pm

Sunday 26th January: 11am-3.30pm 

Contact

If you have any question, suggestions or need more information please Email Jenny.

We will shortly be providing you with other  contact details and links to great local information sites to support your experience.