Stuart Scott giving  a recent presentation on Alveley Weighbridge. Stuart will be one of our members present to talk to visitors at the library display


Alveley Mining Heritage Group

will be holding a display at Bridgnorth Library

(67 Listley Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AW) 

between 19th - 23rd February during normal opening times:-

 Monday: 9.30am to 7.30pm
Tuesday: 9.30am to 5pm
Wednesday: 9.30am to 5pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9.30am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Members however will be at hand on Tuesday 20th  February, Wednesday 21st  February and  Friday 23rd  February  between 13:00 – 15:00 to welcome and talk to visitors about the Alveley Weighbridge and coal mining heritage project.

 The group have received tremendous support from individuals, organisations and businesses and  have staged several events over the past few years to raise awareness to commemorate the 50th anniversary in 2019 of the closure of Alveley Colliery.  The project includes progress of project to date, Alveley Weighbrige display, newly donated artefacts and publications of Memories of Alveley Colliery which will be available.

 Alveley Mining Heritage Group are particularly interested in meeting or hearing from former mine workers and their families and people with a wider connection and interest in the coal industry. More information can be found by visiting or phoning 01746





Meet the Author and Enjoy The Book Talks

Monday 12th March at 11:00 am

at Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre,

Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6NG

(To Book telephone: 01746 781192 or pay on the door)




Author and journalist Chris Arnot has offered two book talks as fund raisers for Alveley Mining Heritage group held at Severn Valley Country Park on Monday 12th March starting at 11:00 am and  priced at just £3 each or the two talks for £5. Come and enjoy these talks in the beautiful surroundings of the Severn Valley and take some refreshments along the way.

Chris Arnot was a regular Guardian contributor, writing on education, sport, local history and community issues. He also wrote for the Observer, the Independent and The Times, and still contributes to the Telegraph's Pint to Pint column. A former Features editor for the Evening Telegraph in Coventry, he applies a wealth of journalistic background to his research and engaging written style. Previous titles include Britain’ s Lost Cricket Grounds, Britain’ s Lost Breweries and Beers and Britain’ s Lost Mines.









 1. “Small Island by Little Train”

         A Narrow Gauge Adventure

     by Author Chris Arnot

        Talk Starts:- 11:00 am

Narrow-gauge lines were the oddballs of the British railway system.  They could get to parts of the UK that main-line trains couldn’t –  round sharp bends and up steep gradients in largely remote parts of this small, offshore island with its widely varying landscapes.  They were built on the whims of wealthy men, be they the owners of slate mines, sand quarries, paper mills or dairies.

Today they carry passengers rather than freight as part of the “leisure industry” .    One weekend author Chris Arnot found himself on the UK’ s only official desert, on England’ s south coast, watching flocks of exotic birds explode across an expansive skyline.    The following Sunday he was being shunted up Britain’ s second highest mountain as part of a five days of train-trails through Wales.   He also found himself tumbling down a steep railway embankment in the wilds of Scotland, en route to visit Santa Claus down a disused lead mine. And late one night, he groped his way across a treacherous track in pitch darkness in coastal Cumbria.  


* Small Island by Little Train: a narrow-gauge adventure, is published by the AA, at £16.99.






2.“Thanks Shanks”

     By Author Chris Arnot

     Talk Starts :- 12:15 pm


Inspirational Head Reveals Debt to Legendary Football Manager


The paths of Bill Shankly, Denis Law and David Kershaw crossed briefly at Huddersfield Town FC in the 1950s. Shankly and Law would go on to join football’s immortals. Kershaw would not.

Instead he became a major figure in education. He was the head teacher who transformed Coundon Court School in Coventry from chaos into an Ofsted league-topper. The number of “good and outstanding” primary schools doubled under his chairmanship of Coventry’s Education Committee. 


He is still employed by the Department of Education to intervene in failing schools elsewhere, aged 75. Yet at 14 he’d left school in Bradford semi-literate with no qualifications.  Shankly it was who felt obliged to tell him that he was never going to make it as a professional footballer. “But,” he added, I think you’d be a great teacher.” He then backed his judgement by paying for his protégé to make it into teachers’ training college.


Ghost-written by Earlsdon-based author and journalist Chris Arnot, this is the first time that Councillor David Kershaw, CBE, JP, Hon D Ed, FRSA, has paid tribute to the legendary manager who broke his heart before changing his life.


It will appeal to football fans, educationalists and anyone who enjoys a transformative tale of triumph against the odds.


*Thanks Shanks is published by Takahe at £10.95. ISBN: 9781908837097.













Alveley Mining Heritage Group

cordially invites you to our

Open Day

at Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6NG

on Thursday 30th November 2017


Refreshments available to purchase from the cafe throughout the day


12:00 - 15:30  History of Coal Mining by The Granville Miners, Project displays, artefacts, Publications, Homing Pigeons

with Len Turford, member of Alveley and District IRPC

12:30 – 13:00 Presentation about Alveley Weighbridge by Stuart Scott

13:00    Artefacts Display – Steve Tull  & Wall Display Board – Andrea Edwards

13:30 -  "Memories of Alveley Colliery" by Tim White (Vol II) Book Launch. Presentation of books to local libraries and Alveley and Highley Primary Schools

14:30  Book Sales – Mary Tull,       Membership - Tim White             Website – Chris Noble

15:00 Short Film of Alveley Coal Mining Heritage weekend 2016. DVDs presented to

            Ron Whittle OBE,               Author Chris Arnot         and The Granville Miners

15:15 - 15:30   "As I Remember" a short film of the remains of Alveley Colliery

            with guide Trevor Jones.


Grateful thanks to our sponsors Midland Quarry Products and to their

 Managing Director David Bagshaw for presenting the books and DVDs









Alveley Mining Heritage


A short film tour of the remains of Alveley Colliery by former miner

 Trevor Jones

will be shown at Alveley Mining Heritage Open Day

on 30th November 2017


Severn Valley Country Park

Doors Open 12:00 - 15:30

A grant from Alveley & Romsley Parish Council

enabled Alveley Mining Heritage to hire kit to make this short film as an education resource

DVD sponsored by MQP



Memories of Alveley Colliery Book II Vol. II

 compiled by Tim White

 Open Day and Book Launch 30th November 2017

 At the Severn Valley Country Park

 Following the launch of “ Memories of Alveley Colliery” in July this year, a second collection of memories and photographs collated by Tim White is now available. This includes all new interviews supplied by former underground workers, surface workers and staff who worked in the pit offices and newly offered photographs. The Howard Thompson Bequest generously supported the first publication costs and with proceeds we have invested in this second publication.

If you have memories to share please do get in touch. It is so important to record this heritage for future generations. To this end and with sponsorship from Midland Quarry Products we have been able to donate this book to local reference libraries and the National Coal Mining Museum as well as Alveley and Highley Community Primary Schools.


We also have a few copies remaining of the first publication launched in July 2017 

You can also pre-purchase the Second Publication which will be launched on 
the Open Day on 30th November 2017


Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6NG