Ben Crosland Quintet Plays The Ray Davies Songbook

Ben Crosland (bass), Dave O’Higgins (saxophone), Chris Allard (guitar), Steve Lodder (piano), Sebastian de Krom (drums)

Ben Crosland’s interpretations of Davies’ idiosyncratic songs are full of delightful surprises. The tunes have “strong grooves, natural swing and evocative melodies” and Crosland’s affectionate, sophisticated arrangements explore them in a range of jazz styles from modal to Latin, bop to blues. They also provide fine frameworks for the all-star soloists. 

100 Mile Celebrations for intrepid Charity Cyclists

An intrepid group of twelve Shrewsbury businessmen who have successfully completed a gruelling 100-mile charity cycle ride, are so far just shy of raising their £5,000 target for the Royal British Legion, to mark the final year of the First World War centenary.

Shrewsbury BID launches business plan for next five years

Shrewsbury BID has launched its Business Plan for 2019-24 and will be seeking the support of its business members in a renewal ballot taking place between 27th September and 25th October 2018.

During its first term, the BID which commenced in 2014, attracted additional above-levy income of £430,000 to deliver a total of £1.9million of investment in the town centre. The new Business Plan would see a further £2million invested to ensure that Shrewsbury remains and grows as a vibrant and professionally managed destination until 2024.

Search for perfect Shropshire Lad and Lass heads back in time

The search to find the ideal Shropshire Lad and Lass is heading back in time at one of the county’s biggest events – adding a medieval flavour to the quest.

The countywide hunt – launched by the award-winning Wood Brewery and with prizes worth £5,000 to each of the lucky winners – will take on the medieval twist at Ludlow Food Festival from September 7-9.

Wood’s Breweries managing director Stephen O’Neil who is leading the brewery on the search, said the festival’s backdrop of Ludlow Castle made it the perfect venue for the time-travelling twist.

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Press Start to Continue - GAME returns to Shrewsbury

GAME is returning to Shrewsbury after a six month absence from the town. 
The new store will be on Shoplatch under the Market Hall and still prides itself on being the UK's leading games retailer with great deals on video games, consoles, phones, accessories and more. 

The new Shrewsbury GAME Store Manager Rob Walker said “It’s unbelievable to be back and a part of this amazing community. Myself and the staff would like to thank everyone who has made our return possible. 

X-Factors' G4 Thrill Their Fans


Theatre Severn

7 September 2018

It was so long ago 2004 in fact when G4 burst onto our screens coming second on series two of X-Factor. In that time G4 have been busy splitting, reforming and sorting out new personnel. However having done that they brought us a new genre, that of Cross-over, offering up classic pop songs as classical music and classical music was given  the contemporary twist . The formula works and what they have created a kind of Neuvo-Classique that is not only intriguing but also highly entertaining.

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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College student runs up the donations for RAF charity

Instead of relaxing this summer holidays, one student trained for and completed a charitable challenge.

Charlie Howard, 17 years old, from Westbury, is studying A Level Biology and Music and Level 3 BTEC Sport, and is hoping to join the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor once he has completed his education.

Alice makes Shrewsbury her “Wonderland” with launch of new champagne bar

The ever-burgeoning leisure and hospitality scene in Shrewsbury is set to welcome its first dedicated champagne bar after a 10-year lease was agreed on one of the most recognised historic buildings in the town centre.

Strengthening the very core of the Ironworks

In a bid to improve the well-being of our staff to limit the number of sick days taken per year, we had Carole Main from Mainly Pilates visit us again this week. Statistics show that an estimated 137.3 million working days were lost due to sickness and injury in the UK in 2016. Although decreased significantly since the 90s, this number is incredibly high and we would love to contribute to a lower number by providing our staff with weekly health-focused classes.

Shropshire men to take on national three peaks challenge for two local charities

Two Shropshire men are set to undertake one of the UK's toughest physical challenges next month – for not one, but two local charities.

The pair are raising money for both Hope House and Compton Care and are looking to complete the National Three Peaks Challenge inside 24 hours.

Pensionlite advisers Richard Lent and Tom Williams will be part of a seven strong team hoping to conquer Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Snowdon in Wales.


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