Memory Corner March 7th 2019

Friday March 7th, 1794

THE ACCOUNTS from Botany Bay [Australia] mention that the colony begins to flourish, through the industry of the new inhabitants.

ELLESMERE, MONEY WANTED – wanted immediately by the Corporation of the United Parishes of Ellesmere, Myddle, Baschurch, Hordley and Hadnall: any sum of money from £100 to £1000. Enquire to Mr J Gregory, Attorney at Law, in Whitchurch, or Mr T Gough, Senior, of Ellesmere, Treasurer of the Corporation.

TO OUR READERS – it is with gratitude we acknowledge the increasing rapid sale this paper has had for the last month, particularly the two last publications.  A second edition was printed of each of those papers.


Friday March 12th, 1819 (March 5thmissing)

AT A MEETING of the inhabitants of the town of Shrewsbury, it was resolved unanimously that a petition be presented to both Houses of Parliament from this Borough, against the contemplated TAX upon INLAND COAL.  That the Right Hon the Earl of Powis, Recorder of this Borough, be requested to present the same to the House of Lords, and the Members for the Borough to the House of Commons.  Also resolved that the following five members, namely Mr Mayor, Mr Rocke, Mr Bage, Mr Atkinson and Mr Hazledine be a Committee to correspond with the Committee of “The proprietors of coal and iron mines within the County of Salop”, and to take such other steps as may promote the object of the meeting.


Friday March 5th, 1869

FOWKES, the bell-ringer of Cradley Church, near Stourbridge, has been committed for trial charged with stealing money from the offertory by means of an iron rod dipped in resin.

SEVERAL PERSONS in the neighbourhood of Wolverhampton have been fined for neglecting to have their children vaccinated within three months from birth.  In each, a penalty of £1 and costs was imposed.

AN AMERICAN FATHER advertises his four daughters in the papers with a view to marriage.  “The daughters,” says the advertiser, “are between the ages of 17 and 22.”


Friday March 7th, 1919

MEMORABLE RECORD OF SERVICE – Mr John Peters has served 60 years in office at St Mary’s Church. His services include 51 years in choir, 8 years a sidesman, 9 years an auditor, 3 years lay representative, and 3 years a churchwarden, to say nothing of the work he is doing for St Mary’s Parish Hall, and in other departments of church work.

LOCAL FOOTBALLERS will be interested to learn that at a Birmingham and District League meeting last week preliminary arrangements were made for restarting the competition next season.  Shrewsbury Town and Wrexham will probably continue in the league.


Friday March 9th, 1979

CUP FEVER has gripped Shrewsbury, and tomorrow thousands of football fans will be making the trip to Wolverhampton to see their heroes take on the mighty Wolves.  Nearly 10,000 Town supporters who were lucky enough to get tickets this week will be at Molineux for the FA Cup quarter-final clash. And special car parking arrangements have been made to cope with the mass exodus of people planning to travel by train to the match.  Already through to the sixth round for the first time in their history, the team travels to Molineux to take on Wolves knowing that victory will give them an unbelievable semi-final place in the country’s major cup competition.


Thursday March 10th, 1994

Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

A WAR OF WORDS has surrounded the Health Authority’s controversial decision last May to close Shrewsbury’s much-loved Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.  A storm of protest from health workers and the public blew up after the Health Authority’s decision to back a bid from the Princess Royal Hospital to base the EET services in Telford.  The Health Authority is considering bids from the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital and will reach a final decision on May 19th.  The issue has been hotly debated in the local media, and when the Chronicle carried out a random survey in the town centre earlier this week, the overwhelming message seemed clear enough – “hands off our services.”


Thursday March 12th, 2009

Coracles fetching ball

AN ICONIC PART of Shrewsbury’s footballing heritage is going on display as part of a national exhibition.  The coracle which used to retrieve stray footballs kicked into the River Severn from Shrewsbury Town’s former Gay Meadow stadium, has been loaned to the National Football Museum based in Preston.  The historic vessel has been handed to the museum by STFC to highlight the club and the longstanding Davies family tradition of rescuing the balls.  Wiebke Cullen, collections officer of the National Football Museum, said, “We’re delighted to have been sent the coracle.  It’s such an iconic object and we’ve always thought it would be really good to have it because it’s so different.” Jon Harris, the club’s managing director, said unfortunately there was no suitable space to display the coracle at the club’s Prostar Stadium so they had decided to send it to the national museum.