Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Bog Visitor Centre may close

A popular tourist centre visited by 19,000 people this year will close on Boxing Day for good unless a co-ordinator and more committee members can be found to run it.

The unusually-named Bog Visitor Centre is a tourist facility for the Stiperstones hills which are in the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty.

But the site, which is staffed by a team of volunteers, needs a new co-ordinator, treasurer and other committee members to step forward or else it will shut on Boxing Day and not re-open in 2009.

The current co-ordinator, Muriel Lewis, 62, from Habberley, is stepping down after three years in the role due to ill health but no replacement has been found. 

The committee has not had a treasurer for the last two years and also needs other members to join.

The visitor centre, which is owned by Shropshire County Council, is one of the last remaining buildings from The Bog Village which was demolished in 1972. 

The centre has been open since 1996 and provides information about the area’s mining history.

It is self funded and makes money from selling tea and home-made cakes as well as selling crafts.

Muriel said: “We will finish on Boxing Day and then not re-open until April. If we don’t get more help it could close for good.”

To find out more about joining the committee contact Muriel on 01743 790875.