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Honouring our Service Dogs

18/01/2019 09:49

Following the tragic and horrific stabbing of a service dog during duty, The West Mercia Police force were ignited with the idea to create something truly unique in honour of their operational and specialist police dogs. These incredible animals have been serving in forces across the nation for hundreds of years, working hard each and every day to ensure that their communities and police handlers are safe. Currently there are no memorials within Shropshire and the wider West Mercia region created specifically to honour our service dogs, which is why the West Mercia Police force have approached us with the enquiry to create one.

 

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As part of our National Hospice Support Programme, we aim to support as many hospices as we can across the UK. Offering a whole spectrum of support and services to those living with life limiting illnesses, every hospice forming a part of Hospice UK works exceptionally hard to ensure that each individual patient is sufficiently cared for. We are completely inspired by this extreme dedication which is why we believe so strongly in helping them to raise the vital funds necessary for their cause.

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Reaching 100,000 Members

14/01/2019 17:15

An Incredible Achievement for the Ironworks Centre

We are incredibly proud to announce that we have reached 100,000 members! This means that our Ironworks family is now over 100K strong and we can’t wait to see how many new members join us in 2019. With that being said, a huge thank you goes out to each and every one of our visitors.

We couldn’t have reached this amazing figure without all of your help and support throughout the years! With so many people bringing their friends and families, spreading the word out further afield, and taking the time to leave us positive reviews and feedback, you have helped us tremendously in achieving this massive number and we are extremely grateful.

 

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One of Shrewsbury’s most widely visited places is their beautiful Quarry. Featuring 29 acres of green grass, a central hedged garden filled with seasonal flowers known as ‘The Dingle’ and a first-class view of the River Severn, the Quarry is certainly not a place to be missed. In 2018 we loaned the Quarry a life-size cast iron horse, which sat proudly in The Dingle in commemoration of 100 Years since the end of WWI. The horse was a beautiful tribute to all of those lost during the war and a subtle reminder of its animal service members.

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Ironworks goes for Green

08/01/2019 17:26

The Results of our Pre-Assessment with The Green Flag Award

Initially founded in 1997 as way to help protect and breathe life back into the UK’s most important green parks and locations, The Green Flag Award now represents far more than just a way to improve neglected parklands. It is a badge of honour that aims to highlight its global winners as some of the very best in green locations all over the world. Because of this, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to try our hand at winning one of these exclusive awards for ourselves.

 

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Here at the Ironworks we are always on a continual journey to improve every aspect of our site. With so many coaches visiting us every year, we place a lot of importance upon group visitors and love all the positive feedback we receive for going that extra mile!

From start to finish, we always make every effort necessary to ensure that each coach trip is fantastic. Because of this, we will be entering the 2019 Coach Tourism Awards in hopes of winning the Coach Friendly Attraction and/or Best Dining Experience awards. 

 

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The Oswestry branch of the Guide Dogs Association were offered a helping hand to dramatically improve the money raised for their cause. The Guide Dogs Association aim to provide support for those who are blind or partially sighted by breaking down physical barriers and giving them the confidence and skills needed to live the life they choose.

Fundraisers from the branch had been trying to sell their wares at all sorts of events and markets, but were often struggling to gain interest due to bad weather conditions and a lack of footfall. We decided to offer them a merchandise stall within our showroom and visitor centre.

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Something Ideal for the Ideal Home Show
Ironworks to Create a Display for the 2019 Ideal Home Show

Back in 2017, the Ironworks were given the opportunity to be involved in The Grand Designs Live event by creating a bespoke display. Considered to be the UK’s most flamboyant, ambitious and creative display of building and design projects, The Grand Designs Live offers a unique taste of top expert advice, new product launches and the opportunity to interact with specialist exhibitors from all across the UK and beyond.

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Tourist Information Awards

19/12/2018 15:40

The Ironworks Lead the Way in Shropshire Tourism Recognition

Every year the county of Shropshire sees 15 million visitors entering its borders, with many of them choosing to visit us right here at the centre. This brings in a whopping £800m to our county economy, highlighting tourism as one of Shropshire’s largest and most fruitful industries. Shropshire is a beautiful county brimming with unique charm and fascinating things to see and do, but without tourist information centres and points it wouldn’t be half as popular as it is.

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Christmas Jumper Day 2018

17/12/2018 16:09

Staff at The British Ironwork Centre take their silliness very seriously for Christmas Jumper Day!

Friday December 14th has seen staffat The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry put on their warmest, wackiest and most wonderful festive woollies to raise money for Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day.

Festive silliness swept the nation as millions of people in schools, offices and homes up and down the country donate £2 to sport a festive sweater for the day. Staff arrived in work this Friday morning sporting a rainbow of festive knits to fully embrace that jolly spirit.

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