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02 Sep 2016

This is the fourth time I’ve whiled away the August Bank Holiday Weekend at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Every year SFF offers something different yet it always retains a reassuring atmosphere of familiarity.

One topic of conversation that crops up regularly among festival-goers is what counts as ‘folk music’ and what doesn’t so much. And the perspectives vary wildly as the folk scene...

26 Aug 2016

Green Oak Foundation's Lantern Walk aims to raise awareness of World Mental Health Day on 8th October. It's also an opportunity to help raise much needed funds for this Shropshire-based counselling centre, which offers affordable support to the community.

Make your own lantern or bring along a torch. Gathering at Frankwell footbridge at 6.45pm for a 7pm start.

Sponsorship forms...

25 Jun 2016

This July join a friendly mixed ability group for yoga in the Quarry Park to raise funds for The Green Oak Foundation, Shropshire’s own affordable, professional counselling service.

DURATION – All sessions last for one hour

LOCATION – Between the bandstand and the river

COST – Please make a donation, thanks to our volunteer instructors. £5 would be great but we will leave...

27 Apr 2016

It seems like a quiet and pretty village in the Shropshire Hills, a place where walkers, tourists and locals stop for a pint of real ale or a cream tea. This is why it’s such a happy surprise to encounter challenging and urbane contemporary poetry and spoken word performance art in Much Wenlock. The Wenlock Poetry Festival served up a treat: from more traditional verse, to writing and walking...

14 Mar 2016

At this year's Wenlock Poetry Festival (22-24 April), choir leader Roxane Smith will be blending poems and harmonies with the singing group ‘Camerada’. Singing a poem can deepen our relationship with the words of the poem and the rhythm of the lyric. The craft of the song writer is to set the poem/lyric to the melody and harmony in such a way as to allow the words to shine.  Song writers...

12 Jan 2016

Just a 30 minute drive from Shrewsbury, the medieval town of Much Wenlock will host its 7th poetry festival on the 22 - 24 April 2016. The festival aims to bring the best of contemporary poetry in rural Shropshire. Festival patron Carol Ann Duffy has described historic Much Wenlock as “the perfect place for poetry.”


This year’s dazzling line-up includes Gillian Clarke (National...

19 Oct 2015


Between Thursday 19th November and Sunday 22nd November 2015 Shrewsbury Children’s Bookfest has commissioned a series of events in the town to commemorate and remember all those who fought in the First World War.


Two of these are open to all ages and are particularly suitable for younger, junior school children. 


On Saturday 21st November, the Bookfest...

19 Oct 2015

Tucked away in Frankwell, the Green Oak Foundation has been providing affordable, professional counselling since it was set up in 2012. Green Oak is a Community Interest Company, whose aim is support Shropshire people in their times of trouble and stress. Organisations who signpost clients to Green Oak include: Shrewsbury Samaritans, Shropshire Mind, West Mercia Women’s Aid, Shropshire Carers...

09 Oct 2015

Saturday 17th October, 11am start at top of Pride Hill.

Shrewsbury residents are marching to keep the town's swimming pool in its current location. The plan is to march down Pride Hill to rally at the site of the swimming pool in the Quarry Park. Many families and regular swimmers want to keep the pool central and accessible to all.

09 Oct 2015

The Green Oak Foundation, along with several other Shrewsbury-based mental health organisations, are marking World Mental Health Day with a lantern walk through the town. This year's theme is Dignity. Green Oak are celebrating by holding a  sponsored walk from St Julian's Friars through the Quarry and town centre on Saturday 10th October. The walk will start at 7pm and is expected to last for...


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