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Rainbow Daisy Flower Spike

The Wirral University Teaching Hospital Charity (WUTH) help thousands of patients every year, supporting both Arrowe Park Hospital and Clatterbridge Hospital based in the Wirral area. Their mission is to improve the quality of patient care through multiple avenues, including the purchase of medical equipment and through the direct enhancement of patient’s experiences. Earlier this year, we were approached by the charity regarding launching their very own metal flower campaign. Over the past few years, we have supported a large number of UK hospices, but WUTH are the first ever hospital charity that we have helped with this kind of campaign.

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WMP Knife Delivery

Today has seen another shocking and very large delivery of blades and mixed weapons arriving with the Ironworks from safe police storage facilities in Worcestershire. The delivery, which arrived via waste contractors BIFFA, featured a skip filled to the brim with blades, swords, and other such weapons removed from public spaces throughout the West Mercia area. Most of the weapons were in bio-hazard tubes following analysis and the completion of investigative police processing.

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Manchester Knife Delivery

Just yesterday, a 7.5 tonne lorry arrived here at the Ironworks to deliver thousands of weapons – including knives and guns – which have been collected from the streets of Manchester. All weapons were collected as part of the Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) ‘Forever Amnesty’. The knife and gun banks used for the amnesty were designed and created here at the Centre, and have been utilised as a continual programme to encourage and support the public to surrender their dangerous weapons in order to clear the streets of violent and aggressive behaviour. Manchester are the first location in the UK to develop and commit to an ongoing amnesty project like this, with all collected weapons to be used to create an anti-violence monument for the city.

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Longfield Hospice

We were honoured to be visited by Gabrielle Cochrane, the Supporter Relations Officer for Longfield Hospice, who was here at the Centre yesterday to collect more metal flowers for their ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign. The campaign forms a part of our National Hospice Support Programme, where we aim to support all hospices across the country to raise additional funding for their individual causes. Gabrielle was also here to give us some great news over how incredibly well their campaign has been going so far and presented us with a certificate to thank us for our support. Having launched their campaign just before lockdown, Longfield Hospice have faced a lot of adversity throughout. Their staff have worked incredibly hard to ensure that their supporters received their flowers, and all of their amazing work has definitely paid off as the hospice have already raised a HUGE £37.5K for their cause!

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Darwin Sculpture in Shrewsbury

Over the years since the Knife Angel’s conception, we have been approached many times regarding the Knife Angel monument being homed in Shrewsbury. Very recently, we were again approached over the possibility of the Angel, also recognised as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, replacing the ‘Clive of India’ statue which currently sits within Shrewsbury’s Market Hall Square. Nearly 20,000 signatures have been added to a number of petitions asking that the ‘Clive of India’ statue is replaced, based upon the view that the statue historically no longer reflects our more modern reflective and equal society, and rather represents some difficult attributes and actions that no longer could be considered as admirable. Many of those backing the petitions to remove the sculpture believe that it goes against many of the ethics that we hold dear today.

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Knife Angel

After spending an extended two months in Telford’s Southwater Square, the Knife Angel will be officially returning home to the Ironworks on Friday the 12th of June! The Angel, also known as the National Monument Against Violence & Aggression, arrived in the Shropshire town of Telford at the end of February and was only meant to remain there until the end of March as part of its National Anti-Violence Tour. However, due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and the UK lockdown, the tour came to a halt, leaving the Angel stranded in Telford for an extra few months. Fortunately, Government restrictions have now been lifted enough for us to safely collect the Angel and return it back to its birthplace in Oswestry. This Friday, the monument will be brought back home to the British Ironwork Centre, where it will remain until it is safe enough for its national tour to continue.

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Ironworks Covid-19 Test Centre

Today, officers from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) visited us here at the Ironworks in an effort to increase Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in Shropshire and, most importantly, Oswestry. The MOD has identified the Ironworks as the perfect location due to its excellent public awareness alongside the added benefit of public familiarity. Soldiers from the Queen’s Regiment of Gurkha Signals, based in York, were tasked to fulfil a recognisees survey, and attended the site today to evaluate traffic movements and parking facilities.

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Daisy Concept Art

Just last week, we were honoured to have Louise Hickman, West Mercia Police Sergeant, and Michelle Thomason, West Mercia Police Community Support Officer, here to discuss a collaborative art project between ourselves and the West Mercia Police Force. The Knife Angel has now been on display in Telford’s Southwater Square since the beginning of the month, with its main objective is to create the social change necessary to turn the tide on violent behaviour. Through our belief that this change is at the heart of education, we hope that Telford will continue to uphold the Angel’s educational legacy long after it moves on. To highlight Telford’s efforts and to create an everlasting visual legacy for the town, we have proposed the idea of creating a giant daisy sculpture out of blades collected through surrenders and amnesties conducted by the West Mercia Police and Telford & Wrekin Council.

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Anti-Violence Art Awards Certificate

Just yesterday, we were honoured to have Louise Hickman, West Mercia Police Sergeant, and Michelle Thomason, West Mercia Police Community Support Officer, here to judge Telford & Wrekin’s ‘Anti-Violence Art Awards’. Both Louise and Michelle are heavily involved in West Mercia Police’s ‘Steer Clear’ youth knife intervention programme, something designed specifically to better engage their community youth with anti-violence awareness and education. As part of  this important programme and the Knife Angel’s visit to Telford this month, Louise and Michelle developed the town’s official ‘Anti-Violence Art Awards’, whereby primary and secondary school students were tasked with creating a piece of artwork inspired by the Knife Angel, its anti-violence message, and three keywords – compassion, community and courage.

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Oswestry Vintage Fire Appliance & Oswestry Mayoral Parties

Just yesterday, we were joined here at the Centre by Mayor Cllr John Price and Mayoress Joyce Barrow to officially unveil Oswestry’s vintage fire appliance. We were originally approached by David Preston from the Town Council and the Oswestry Fire Service about the historical piece over three years ago. The fire engine was housed in an outbuilding at Oswestry Fire Station for over a decade, where it was taking up crucial space for fire service training. Because of this, the Oswestry Fire Service made the decision to go in search of a new location for the vintage piece – a location where it could be viewed and appreciated by Oswestrians as well as national and international visitors alike. Dating back more than 200 years, we are now the proud home of this beautiful Victorian, horse-drawn fire engine.

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