JS Slee apprentice Andy scoops national award

A Shropshire man has been named as the best carpenter in the country, hammering the opposition at a national event.

Andy Balmer (25), who recently completed a Level 3 apprenticeship with Shrewsbury building firm JR Slee in conjunction with Shrewsbury College, and who is now undertaking a two-year BTEC course in construction and the built environment, scooped the gold medal at a recent Construction Industry Training Board contest.

Local playwright makes west end debut

A local playwright will be debuting a festive short play at the Arts Theatre in London’s West End this December. ‘Jesus, Mary & Jacob’s Crackers’ is a comedy written by Vicki Duckett that has been selected by Encompass Productions to be performed as part of their BARE ESSENTIALS showcase. This event is one of London's longest-running independent new writing nights which promotes emerging talent.

Shop Wyle Cop on Small Business Saturday to support independents

Independent traders on Shrewsbury’s Wyle Cop will come together to support Small Business Saturday on 2nd December and celebrate their value to a thriving town centre.

Christmas shopping traditionally steps up a gear on the first Saturday in December and this nationwide campaign uses it to focus on and promote the importance of small businesses.

Demolition work commences at the former Radbrook College Campus

Work has begun in earnest at the former Radbrook College site, as Floreat Homes commence phase 1 of their plans to transform the seminal victorian building and create a vibrant community of 126 architect-designed new homes that will include 22 independent living units.

The history of the college itself is woven into the history of Shrewsbury.  Starting life as the Shropshire Technical School for girls and more recently Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology, Radbrook Hall as it is now known will take centre stage once more, at the heart of the new development.

The Rarely Explained Benefits of Modern Combi Boiler Installation

So named, "combi" Boilers which owe their name the fact that they combine the function of space heating and hot water heating boilers in one, (without a separate hot water tank), are the most common type of boiler for home-based use today. They are generally powered by natural gas by preference, because it tends to be a slightly cheaper, cleaner, and more convenient fuel than oil.

Appointment of new Headmaster at Shrewsbury School

Shrewsbury School has announced the appointment of Leo Winkley as its next Headmaster. He will take up his position in September 2018.

100% job success rate for Shrewsbury College students

Beauty Therapies and Hospitality and Catering students who achieved their qualifications from Shrewsbury College, London Road Campus, in summer 2017; have excelled in their first steps after education.

The fifteen Level 3 students studying Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapy, and the nine Level 3 students studying Professional Cookery have all acquired jobs in their fields and are on their way to a successful career doing what they love.

Family wins holiday thanks to selfie competition

When a Shrewsbury travel agency threw down the gauntlet to find the best family holiday ‘selfie’ they were overwhelmed by the hundreds of entries they received.

And one Shropshire family in particular took the art of the selfie to new heights with avid smartphone photographer and mum Claudia Baker taking more than 200 photos.

Claudia entered six photos and won the competition with a fun snap of son Ivan, 9, and daughter Beatrice, 7, lying on the sands at Aberdovey alongside a ‘sand’ character dubbed Mr Seaweed.

Wace Morgan expert warns unmarried couples

Hundreds of unmarried couples in Shropshire are at risk of losing everything if their relationship breaks down, a family law expert has warned.
Robert Adams of Shrewsbury-based Wace Morgan Solicitors has called on such couples in the county to take action to protect themselves, as they could be financially vulnerable.
Solicitor and family arbitrator Mr Adams made the call as part of a national Cohabitation Awareness Week, starting on November 27.

Steve Bull and Kevin Drake entertain guests at The Shrewsbury Club dinner

Wolves legend Steve Bull and inspirational Invictus Games gold medalist Kevin Drake were guest speakers at The Shrewsbury Club’s latest sports dinner.

They shared stories of their eventful careers with guests at the dinner held on the eve of the club staging the final of the Aegon GB Pro-Series women’s tennis tournament.

Dave Courteen, the managing director of The Shrewsbury Club, which has recently undergone a £1.4 million refurbishment, said the night was a great success.

He added: “They were two very engaging speakers, with Kevin’s story truly inspirational.


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