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Archive of July 2006
Limeworks in the Limelight                         28.7.06

  • a bulletin featuring news and items of interest about the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Project

Group visits:
Recent visitors to the canal and heritage area have included

    • West Glamorgan Ramblers – covering Offa’s Dyke in weekend stages
    • Shropshire Archaeological Walk
    • The Lucky Horseshoe Over 50’s Group from Ardleen
    • The Llanfair Caereinion Holiday Club

Local schools
Both Bryn Offa and Carreghofa Primary schools have done some orienteering around the heritage area and have recently been making a 3 dimensional topographical map of Llanymynech and its quarries.

BBC Shropshire TV DVD
Local young people James and Johnathan responded to a request to Youth Clubs from Switch On Shropshire to produce a 90 second film of something special about where they live. They recorded about 30 minutes of material which is currently they are currently editing with support from staff at Radio Shropshire. Watch this space for details of the world premiere.

Limeworks now a Scheduled Ancient Monument
English Heritage acted quickly in following up a request made when funding bids were submitted to designate the Heritage area as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. This recognition came in mid July. It adds another layer of ‘permissions needed’ to undertake any restoration works but does safeguard the area in perpetuity.

Tenders for the Building Work
Three firms were invited to submit tenders for the c.550,000 building and restoration works. A decision will be made in early August with a view to building work to start in mid September.

Community archaeological investigation
Expressions of interest have been sought from archaeological teams to lead a community excavation in and around the Hoffman Kiln over 4 days around the weekend of 9/10 September. The search will be on for remains of tramways and flue fittings but who knows what might turn up. As soon as the team has been selected and the date fixed there will be a public request for interested volunteers to come forward and interest. Public viewings will be organised as well.

Model railway plan for the Education Room
The stables block is to be converted into an education room which should be open and ready by the early spring. A major feature will be a three dimensional topographical model of the heritage area and the quarries and also a separate impressionistic 00 gauge model of the rail and tramways which hopefully will feature a working model of one of the Inclined Planes.

Heritage Area Focus Group to be reconvened
A provisional date of Tuesday 19th September in the evening has been set for a meeting. Venue to be confirmed. Peter Dunhill will shortly be contacting existing members. New members will always be welcome. The topic of the meeting will be the ‘interpretation’ (ie explaining) the area in appropriate ways

Bulletin Board
Details of all up and coming events will be posted in the Llanymynech Community Project’s notice Board by the sculpture at the entrance to the canal and Heritage area


If you want to know anything about, or get involved in, the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Project please contact Peter Dunhill, Project Officer 01691 624448 or peter.dunhill@shropshire-cc.gov.uk

Photos of group visits reported in July bulletin:


1 Bryn Offa  4.7.06
2 Lucky Horsesoe OAP  20.7.06
3 Carreghofa 6.7.06
4 Llanfair 26.7 06



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