NEWS (May 2011): AGM/Walking the Wren’s Nest/Spring Teaser Answer

AGM/ Walking the Wren’s Nest

The next meeting of the Society takes place on Thursday 12th May 2011 at 7:30 pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.

The short Annual General Meeting is followed by an illustrated talk – Walking the Wren’s Nest.

Friends of the Wren’s Nest are giving details of the latest projects and routes to explore as well as explaining the unique history of the National Nature Reserve.

The Friends group was formed in January 2006 to support the wardens and actively seek funding to enhance the world renowned site. They take every opportunity to promote its potential as a visitor attraction for all ages.

Exciting changes are underway – come along and hear the news.

As usual visitors are invited to come along. Individual talks cost £1.

2011 Spring Teaser Answer

2011 Spring Teaser

Public art is hotly debated. This sculpture is one of the more easily accepted and understood. It’s big and bold, and the location is important.....

The sculpture titled Roll Down, [unveiled in October 1994 by Dennis Turner MP, now Lord Bilston], represents an ingot being rolled through a mill and is the work of Robert Erskine an artist noted for large creations in metal. It was erected where Elizabeth the massive blast furnace at Bilston Steelworks once stood. Today Springvale Avenue in Ettingshall echoes to the sound of ringing tills at Matalan and B&Q.

Society member, Paul Wakelam, searched Public Sculptures of Staffordshire & the Black Country and Wikipedia where detailed entries add to the story.