Septimus the Giant

Septimus the Giant

Frankwell’s Helter Skelter Studios have been working with Thingumajig Theatre and Shrewsbury Morris on a project called Septimus the Giant. The project has been funded by the Arts Council and will deliver two films and a series of performances featuring Septimus and the Shrewsbury Morris celebrating the story of the Shrewsbury Cobbler.

The giant has been built under the expert tutelage of Thingumajig Theatre in Leighton Village Hall, enthusiastically assisted by members of the public who have discovered skills they never knew they had – to be fair, most people have never created a giant clog!

The workshops have been filmed and photographed by Helter Skelter Studios and the upcoming performance on Sunday 29 September in the Square, Shrewsbury will be filmed too. Come and join in the fun at 11am – 2pm Septimus the Giant, clog dancing, music and Morris dancers – it will be awesome!


Coracle World Championships 2019

Sponsored by Cancer Charity Macmillan, the Coracle World Championship 2019 is being held on 13 September on the River Severn at Pengwern Boat Club opposite the Quarry about 200 yards from the Boathouse.

The racing starts at 2:30 pm and should be marvellous fun. For those who don’t know, a Coracle is a boat that is completely round with no obvious method of steering other than vigorous rowing from either side of the vessel.

Coracles were first used in the UK over 2000 years ago, dating back to pre-Roman times. These craft were designed for fishing in the fast moving streams of Wales and Shropshire a purpose for which they are ideal being highly manoeverable and very light. They were however not designed for racing and I suspect the potential for the inexperienced to spin helplessly out of control while being washed downriver to Ironbridge is high!

Whatever happens it will be a fun afternoon, should you be inspired to enter a team, there were two places up for grabs at the time of writing – it’s a great cause, last year’s event raised £45,000.