Students' presents shine light on past

By Toby Neal | Wellington | News | Published:

A Shropshire local history group has marked its 10th birthday with presents - a gift of copies of a book shining light on the history of Wellington to students of two local secondary schools.

Making history - the presentation of A History of Our Wellington to two local schools

A History of Our Wellington has been written by historian Allan Frost, a founder member of Wellington History Group and editor of its magazine Wellingtonia, and summarises major events and important people associated with the town from its Saxon origins onwards.

Allan, who hails from Wellington but now lives in Priorslee, said: “Our group’s aims include the rediscovery and promotion of Wellington’s remarkable history, and to encourage folk to become involved by attending our free public talks and sharing their knowledge and research.

"This year marks the 10th anniversary of the formation of the group and we are celebrating our success by this one-off gift to every student attending Charlton School and Ercall Wood Technology College.

"The schools have also been given copies of our recent Wellingtonia magazines and will also receive future issues. We hope that at least a few students will be inspired to become our town’s future historians.”

Shown at the presentation are, back, from left: Allan Frost, Wendy Palin (Wellington History Group treasurer), Karen Athawes (deputy head, Ercall Wood Technology College), Cindy Mason-Morris (acting Mayoress, Wellington Town Council), Geoff Harrison (history group chairman), Andrew McNaughton (Principal, Charlton School).

Front: William Marsh (deputy head boy), Alizah Asif (senior prefect), both from Ercall Wood, and from Charlton School, Joselyn Mensah (head girl), Lucy Jones (deputy head girl), Finlay Rogerson (deputy head boy), and Adam Caswell (head boy).

Digital copies of A History of Our Wellington can be downloaded free from the group’s website at or from Wellington Town Council’s site at

Toby Neal

By Toby Neal
Feature Writer

A journalist in Shropshire for 40 years, mainly writes features and columns, especially about aspects of Shropshire history. Lives in Telford and is based at the Ketley headquarters.


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