Alveley Mining Heritage Group


Coal Mining Heritage Project 2016-2019 

The Coal Mining Heritage Project began in 2016 to raise awareness of the 50th commemoration in 2019 of the closure of the colliery and the end of coal mining in the area.

 News of Forthcoming Events!

There will be 2 events to commemorate the colliery closure, both occuring in Highley.

1. Alveley Mining Heritage Group's Latest book





Date: Thursday 31st January 2019

Time: 13:00


By Kind Invitation of

Highley Working Men's Club

 High Street, Highley, Highley.  WV16 6LN

(The date 31st of January is significant, as this day marks the actual day of closure 50 yrs ago)

Teas, Coffees and Biscuits Available

All Welcome!

Copies of all Four Volumes in this Series are Available on the day

Authors - Please Contact: Tim White (07772240402) or Trevor Jones (01746 780573)

(In case of inclement weather (snow) please listen to Shropshire Radio during the morning.

If the event is cancelled it will take place in the Severn Centre on Sat. 2nd February, please see article below.)





2. Coal Mining History Day – GET INVOLVED!

A family friendly and social occasion

Date: Saturday 2nd  February 2019

Time: 10:00 - 15:00

Venue: Severn Centre Highley

Bridgnorth Road, Highley, Bridgnorth. WV166JG

Grateful thanks to Halo Leisure for their generous support and to all the exhibitors (to date) who are at hand to welcome visitors to displays and activities listed below:

featuring Highley Colliery Band and a Short Talk by George Poyner on his time at Alveley Colliery (10.30am)

There will  also be displays and activities organised by the following:-

David and George Poyner

Ray Matthews

Alveley Mining Heritage Group

Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Granville Miners

Kidderminster Carpet Museum

Severn Valley Country Park

Refreshments: Tea, coffee, squash, cakes & biscuits to buy

Come along and join in all of the fun at this free event to commemorate the 50th anniversary since the closure of Alveley Colliery and the end of coal mining in the area.


(Committee member and former Miner Trevor Jones recently featured in BBC 1's factual documentary "River Walks", presented by Shobna Gulati, talking about his working life at Alveley Colliery







Help is wanted to recruit members to Alveley Mining Heritage Group in this exciting 50th Anniversary year since the closure of Alveley Colliery.

This is a voluntary role which could be shared and may suit either someone retired or seeking experience for their CV. The role entails maintaining a membership list according to GDPR regs, approaching people in a friendly and polite manner and explaining and encouraging people to support the work and aims of the group by becoming members.

You will be required to attend occasional events and meetings, handle money, administer simple paperwork, have good literacy and telephone manner and basic IT skills.

Please get in touch via the contact facility at

or by phoning 01746 862064 to chat about the role


Alveley Mining Heritage Group would like to thank everyone who has contributed in any way to the Coal Mining Heritage project set up to commemorate the closure of NCB Alveley Colliery (formerly Highley Mining Company Ltd.) 50 years ago. The group has provided an open platform for displays of local mining artefacts. Items for publication and support are welcome for the following programme of local coal mining heritage events in the area.

Mining Display at Severn Centre Highley:

May to August during normal public opening times. Current displays include items from Highley, Alveley. Kinlet and Billingsley Collieries.

Drop in Session:

Wednesday 5th June, 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Severn Centre, Highley. Invitation to bring along local Mining artefacts to rotate loan displays or items for inclusion in AMH publication.

AMH Open Meeting:

20th May at 3:30 at Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre. Come and find out about events during the rest of this anniversary year and contributions received for displays and publication. All Welcome.

Collections Care:

Friday14th June at 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Severn Centre, Bridgnorth Road , Highley, WV16 5JG. Opportunity to find out how to catalogue and care for heritage possessions. Free Event. All welcome.

AMH display at Bridgnorth History Day:

Saturday 14th September, 10:00 – 14:00, Hosted by Bridgnorth Library. Free Event. Contribution loans welcome and invitation to all to come along and talk to visitors, former workers and families.

50th Anniversary Commemorative Event:

Hosted by Severn Valley Country Park, Sunday 6th October (provisional date).

Monday 1st April 2019 2:30 pm

Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre
Chapel Road, Alveley,Bridgnorth, WV15 6NN

either Visitor Centre or new outdoor classroom depending on building work.

Come and find out about the forth coming 50th Commemorative events of
the closure of Alveley Colliery in this landmark year

a planned cage detaching hook commemorative sculpture

Proposed mining artefact displays(temporary)at Severn Centre, Highley

and more