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

Due to COVID-19 we are not projecting any specific events to prevent disappointment.  Please keep checking back though.  Thank you for your invaluable support.

Past 2020 Events

Suzanne Tumnus Story Telling session 

now re-arranged for Saturday 28th March

We are fortunate to have story-teller Suzanne Tumnus joining us to run two sessions. She will bring alive ‘The Land of Giants’ which will include the story of our very own  “Wrekin Giant”. Children will have the opportunity to draw their own giant or do some colouring in.  The two sessions will run from 1-1.30pm and 2-2.30pm.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund,

by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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Molly’s Pop Up Vegetarian Kitchen

Returning in March 22nd

(11am-3pm weather permitting)

Molly (our vegetarian food supplier) will be serving up vegetarian & vegan delights. Try her Lightly Spiced Bean Burger, Wraps, Nachos and more. Gluten-free options also available. Help us decide which of her food to stock!

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Pollinator Garden Tidy up 

Wednesday 11th March 11am – 3pm

Mike Williams from Butterfly Conservation West Midlands is going to join us for a spring tidy up both in our pollinator garden and in our wider grounds to encourage more wild flowers to grow. It will be held on Wednesday 11th March from 11am-3pm. Please do join us. Drinks and cake will be provided.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund,

by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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Saturday and Sunday 22nd & 23rd February CPR and Defib training

Two drop in CPR and defibrillator training sessions were run at the Halfway House by Telford First Responders. Many people dropped in and gave it a go in our pavilion and some even tried it at the top of the Wrekin despite the changing weather conditions.

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

This was jointly run by Caroline Freeman (Rock Painting) and Andrew Jenkinson (Geology) with lots of rocks being painted and some adults learning a lot more about the Geology of the Wrekin.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund,

by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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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.