You can now check in at a new pet hotel in Shropshire

Pets of all shapes and sizes are now able to pack their bags with renewed expectations and set off for a well-deserved break at a new specialised hotel in the Shropshire countryside.

Haleswood Pet Hotel at Marsh Green, Longdon Upon Tern, is now open for business under family ownership with the aim of accommodating pets of all kinds.

Mother and daughter Heather and Holly Lowe bought the business, formerly called Haleswood Kennels and Cattery, and have their sights set on a much broader spectrum of animals looking to spend a holiday there.

Shrewsbury group celebrates windfall

Shrewsbury beneficiaries of a charity campaign which has seen more than £1.5m given to good causes nationwide gathered to celebrate their success.

More than 1,800 charities and groups have benefited from Persimmon Homes’ hugely successful Community Champions campaign nationwide, including more than 60 from the company’s West Midlands branch, which covers Shropshire Staffordshire and parts of the West Midlands.

New future proposed for The Stew

A new plan to preserve and develop a Shrewsbury building has been revealed.

Gallery Design and Developments has submitted proposals to breathe new life into The Stew in Frankwell with a ground floor spa, coffee shop, office space and garages, with seven residential apartments on the upper floors.

Singer Carol Decker really did push her dreams when she attended Shrewsbury College’s art course

Shrewsbury Colleges Group has welcomed one of its most well-known past student to its alumni, a music star who lives and studied in the town in the 1980s and wrote her biggest hit which topped the charts for 5 weeks 30 years ago this month!

Carol Decker, lead singer with the band T’Pau, studied the Foundation Art Course at the Wakeman School of Art in 1979, just before the course and facilities were moved to the London Road site.

Artisan bakery wins accolade at World Bread Awards

Shrewsbury artisan bakery Bread And Loaf is celebrating a silver gong for one of its most popular loaves in the prestigious World Bread Awards.

The bakery, based in Castle Gates, won a silver award for its speciality  ‘Shropshire Whey’ loaf, awarded in the Great British White category of the competition.

The unique loaf is baked using whey from celebrated Shropshire cheesemakers Appleby’s, based at Marchamley, near Whitchurch.

 It was the very first time the bakery, which only launched in October 2014, has entered a competition.

Festive late nights at Shrewsbury Market Hall

Shrewsbury Market Hall is running a series of festive late nights in the lead up to Christmas.

They kick off on Wednesday November 15 when stalls and restaurants will be open until 9pm for the Shrewsbury Christmas lights switch-on and Christmas Cracker event in the town.

The evening will include a line-up of live bands starting with Redkix Acoustic Duo at 5.30pm, followed by guitarist Alan Jaggs at 6.15pm, the Sunflower Saxes at 7pm and Shropshire Ukulele Massive at 7.45pm.

Alexander O'Neal Pleases The Loyal!

Alexander O’Neal

Theatre Severn

November 10th 2017

Alexander O’Neal was about as apparent as the ham on a Vegetarian sandwich.  Selling the audience short, O’Neal did  around 10 minutes in the first half of his show. His backing singers, who will remain anonymous because O’Neal chose not to introduce them, filled the rest of the half. They chose a bland and prosaic medley whilst people debated whether that was Alexander O’Neal we saw fleeting past?

Owen Lewis Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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The main hospitality and conference hub at Shrewsbury Town Football Club’s stadium has been given a sponsorship boost by a local businessman.

Stag Capital Finance is celebrating the first anniversary of its Shropshire launch in sourcing commercial funding by businessman Mark Pilsbury and he has decided to support the club’s Sovereign Suite to mark the milestone.

German star Friedsam books semi-final spot in Shrewsbury tournament

German star Anna-Lena Friedsam insists she's delighted to be playing again after booking her place in today's (Friday) semi-finals of the Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament at The Shrewsbury Club.

Friedsam, ranked as high as 45 in the world in August 2016, only recently returned to competitive action after more than a year out through injury and had to come through the qualifying rounds to make the main draw in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury modern art gallery opens

A new gallery in Shrewsbury has just opened its doors, with a rare £50,000 drawing by renowned British artist LS Lowry as a centrepiece.

Young entrepreneur Jonathan Soden has fulfilled a dream by launching the venture in Wyle Cop.

The new business, called The Soden Collection, will also feature modern and contemporary pieces by leading names, including David Hockney, Damien Hirst and Banksy, alongside modern artists such as Sir William Nicholson and Alan Lowndes and more traditional work by Lucien Pisarro and Francois Gall.

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