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Community Dig Concluded

In February, county archaeologist and project manager Derek Hurst addressed a packed meeting of members and volunteers to explain what had been found during the community dig that took place in the field north of Quay Lane in September/October 2012. Over the course of the   project, some 60 volunteers found 1902 artefacts weighing 142 kg in five trenches. Much of this material was slag and iron waste from smelting furnaces – evidence that Hanley Castle was a significant industrial site in Roman times.

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Community Dig News (Week 3)

Day 13 – 9 October. A reduced workforce finishes recording features in Trench 2 and more finds are made in Trenches 5 and 6.

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Community Dig News (Week 2)

Day 7 – 1 October. Work is concentrated in three trenches, with digging of half sections along some lengths and spot features in others. Part of a ditch, possibly pre-Roman, is uncovered in a section of Trench 2 while another section produces only a considerable number of pebbles. The largest pot base yet found emerges from Trench 6. A heavy shower slows progress in the afternoon.

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Community Dig News (Week 1)

In the week before the dig, archaeologists had used the evidence from a geophysical survey to pinpoint the site of nine trenches in the field north of Quay Lane and one in the field to the south. An expert JCB operator then removed the topsoil by precision cutting trenches varying in length from 10 m to 40 m and to a depth of 30-60 cm.

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Hanleys Big Dig

As part of its Heritage Lottery Fund grant, The Hanleys’ Village Society plans to carry out a community dig in a field north of Quay Lane, Hanley Castle, leading down to the River Severn, during the last week in September and the first week in October.

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Affordable Housing goes to Locals

An affordable housing scheme, which was developed by West Mercia Housing Group and built in 2011 at Chapman’s Orchard, Welland Road, Hanley Swan, has been fully taken up by local people. Comprising 14 houses, it is a mix of nine rental properties and five shared ownership (part-buy part-rent) homes.

The shared ownership properties are made up of two 3-bed houses, which cost £56,000 for a 35% share with a rent of £276.99 per month, and three 2-bed houses costing £50,750 for a 35% share with a rent of £252.22 per month, all including buildings insurance and service charge.

All properties have an air source heat pump for hot water and heating, rainwater harvesting, solar panels for hot water (back up), double-glazed windows, fitted kitchen with oven, hob and extractor, and two parking spaces.

The part-buy part-rent scheme is government-funded and has been running successfully for many years. It enables first-time buyers to purchase a property when they are not able to afford to buy on the open market.

Village Society meetings

27 January 2012

Idle Women, a talk by Vince Williams on the life of women on the industrial waterways of Britain. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

23 March 2012

Science comes to Malvern, a talk by David Robertson. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

Chinese Visit

Hanley Castle High School – Chinese Visit 2012

Would you like to earn some extra cash later this year and experience a different culture at the same time?

Hanley Castle High School is hosting 20 Chinese students from Suzhou Foreign Language School (near Shanghai) and is looking for Host Families. This will take place from 15th April to 14th July (12 weeks in total; the students will be away touring England during the half-term holiday).  Host families will be paid £110 per week to cover costs. An offer of part-time hosting, i.e. for half a term, would be acceptable.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Mrs Eaton at Hanley Castle High School on 01684 311069 or email jee17@hanleycastle.worcs.sch.uk

Village Society Programme (2011-2012)

23rd September 2011

AGM and talk on Inn Signs of Worcestershire by Anthony Collis. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

25th November 2011

The Days of Steam, a talk by Mike Clemens. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

27th January 2012

Idle Women, a talk by Vince Williams on the life of women on the industrial waterways of Britain. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

23rd March 2012

Science comes to Malvern, a talk by David Robertson. Village Hall, 7.30 pm.

Local History Workshops

Three local history workshops have been arranged as part of the Village Society’s Heritage Lottery grant. All take place in Hanley Swan village hall.

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