Year of the Environment
Wildflower meadows and pollinating bugs are on the decline nationally, so help us protect them during January and February by voting for us at TESCO to install new wildflower meadows and bug houses in Newton-le-Willows. We'll be working with our Ranger service and local children.Together with support from our community we'll be wild flower planting to attract pollinating insects, building bug houses, and of course cleaning up with our litter picking sessions.
Vulcan Locomotive Tribute
As you may be aware, we’ve become involved in a project to acquire and restore one of the final locomotives to be produced at the Vulcan Works, and to return it as a permanent tribute to the work done and the historical industrial legacy of the site.
Walter Urwin was an engineer at the Vulcan Works from Wargrave. Sadly, he passed away just after desigining the GEC Stephenson Locomotive and so the first of the production line was named after him. These were the last ever locomotives built at the Vulcan. The locos worked at Redcar Steel Mill until it closed and are now in private ownership. We hunted them down and found 251 "Walter Urwin" ready to go to the scrap yard! We now need to raise £25,000 for the project to save it from the scrap yard, fully refurbish it, and return it to put on display at the entrance to the former Vulcan Works site as a tribute to the national significance of the works that were on the site from 1830-2002.
We have amassed considerable public support for this project. This support is invaluable, but to make this project a reality we also need the support of businesses and local organisations for sponsorship of this project. Once completed, the train will be complemented with an interpretation board and a webpage through our Newton-le-Willows Heritage Trail website detailing the history of the locomotive and the site.
If you would like to donate to our future heritage projects, you can do so HERE
Newton and Earlestown Community Group est 2012