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  • Shrewsbury restaurant ready to thrive again thanks to student who came home
    27 Jun 2017

    A restaurateur who moved away to study has returned to his hometown to take on an iconic building.

    Harry Wyatt, 27, opened House of Grain - formerly The Cornhouse - on Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, this week (June 15) after spending around four months renovating the building.

    Harry, from Underdale, quit his job on a management graduate programme in Manchester and moved back in with his mum in Shrewsbury to take on the challenge.

    He said: “I just love the industry, I have been in it all my life and I wanted to come back to where I’m from and have something of my own.

    “I am passionate about good food, about local suppliers and organic and free range food, as well as good beer too.

    “I am very excited about House of Grain and what it is becoming, it is going to be a place for everyone to visit, welcoming anyone.”

    Since taking it on Harry has invested in moving the location of the bar in the building, painted and installed new tables and chairs.

    He said he wants to capitalise on the areas of Shrewsbury that are a bustling nighttime economy at the moment.

    “I wanted to be sympathetic to the building’s history and provenance,” he said.

    “It hadn’t been completely renovated for around 30 or 40 years so we thought this was important.

    “It is a change of style, younger and more relevant, what I would call a casual city vibe.

    “I don’t like pretence - good food should be for everyone and I want to make this a place for everyone.”

    “It is extremely exciting,I am determined to make a success of it and I look forward to meeting all our customers.”

    The building had been empty for more than nine months since the previous owners gave up the lease.

    Halls Commercial has been marketing this opportunity and James Evans, from Halls, said Harry is the perfect proprietor.

    He said: “We had a number of people interested in The Cornhouse because it is in such a prominent location in Shrewsbury and a very popular building.

    “It has been a restaurant for many years and we believe Harry is the perfect person to take it on and make a success of it.”

    For more information about commercial properties available contact James Evans at Halls on [email protected] or call 01743 450700.

  • Quarry Fest for music fans
    17 Jul 2012
    Quarry Fest Shrewsbury music

    Tickets are now officially on sale for Quarry Fest… An outdoor music event being held to raise much needed funds for Shropshire’s Hope House Children’s Hospice, returning to the Quarry Park for another year.

    Quarry Fest will be taking place on September 1st at the Quarry in the heart of Shrewsbury and will raise vital funds to enable the hospice to provide care and support to local terminally ill children and their families.

    The main stage will feature bands such as X Factor star Laura White, Made in Liverpool (a Beatles Tribute band), The Ronaldos, All Fired Up and The Clocktower. There will also be an acoustic stage where Ashley James and Jodie Mae Davies will be performing.

    Alongside all this exciting music there will be locally sourced catering vans and a bar, offering top quality refreshments for concert-goers.

    Quarry Fest has been made possible by kind sponsorship from Shrewsbury Company Select A Skip. This sponsorship of the event means that the whole £10 ticket price goes directly to the hospice in its entirety.

    Two thousand tickets have now gone on sale in the county and they can be bought from They are also available from various outlets including the Hope House shop in Shoplatch Shrewsbury, the SY1 Salon on Dogpole, the Fusion Hair Studio in Mardol and the Hope House Fundraising Office in Morda, Oswestry.

    Organiser of the event and Hope House Fundraiser Kelly Goodall said “In a year when donations are down in general this event will be hugely important in helping us generate vital funds to keep our services running for the families who depend on them. It will certainly be a fantastic fun event with lots of fresh talent from local bands!”

    Anyone who would like to find out more information or who wishes to book tickets, is encouraged to contact the fundraising office of Hope House on 01691 671671. Under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult at the festival.

  • The Importance of Being 'Vintage'
    12 Sep 2012

    ‘Vintage’, it’s everywhere at the moment! A few months I was asked what the word ‘vintage’ actually means by a BBC Radio Shropshire journalist. Well we chose the name ‘Vintage’ long before the current fashion for all things ‘Flapper’ (as in ‘Flapper Girls’), ‘Deco’ & ‘Charleston’ so were probably not the most helpful people to ask what this means to the majority of people in the current context. If you want a basic definition though I would say it is anything within living memory (anything older than that is ‘antique’).

    To us though we chose the word for our businesses’ name as it sums up our ethos for the shop; to find unique pieces, old or new (it doesn’t matter to us – we make no differentiation between the two) that have stood or will stand the test of time. That means they will not only physically still be in one piece in 30 years’ time, but also won’t have been cast out of people’s homes simply at the ‘whim’ of ‘fashion’.

    Winemakers use the term ‘vintage’ for describing wine from a ‘good year’ that will keep, even if that was only this year, and this is much how we would like to see it used generally. We love things that can constantly be reinvented, be this with a lick of paint to old furniture or re-wiring a lamp to modern standards; or reused as something else like our paraffin can table lamps but the essence of these things is the same, they haven’t required more resources to be used to be something useful to someone. This is important for a number of reasons. Everyone is feeling the squeeze financially at the moment and we all know our environment cannot supply an infinite amount of resources to make more new ‘stuff’ just to ‘throw away’ again in the next few years. Yet we all continue to buy exactly this sort of ‘stuff’ to some extent.

    The journalist asked me as he was leaving whether I thought ‘vintage’ had had its day. Obviously I’d like to hope not, but if he was referring to the particular penchant for costume jewellery amongst teenage girls at the moment (say) then I may be tempted to say yes (though good on you girls that just want something unique, different and, at the end of the day, pretty!) If he was referring to the surge of interest this has brought about in not just throwing away old furniture, re-imagining old items into something that’s useful, or only buying new things that will last, then no way – it has only just begun; it has to have for the sake of all of our futures!

    Vintage Shrewsbury is located on Wyle Cop and is just one of the many independent shops in Shrewsbury promoting environmentally and socially responsible products!

  • Legal team takes to the road for Shropshire events
    15 Jun 2017

    Solicitors from an award winning Shropshire law firm will be hosting a series of roadshows at top events across the county this summer.


    Specialists from FBC Manby Bowdler’s Agricultural & Rural Services team will visit agricultural shows and a festival to share their expert knowledge and give advice.


    Lawyers from the firm’s employment, family and wills, estates and trusts teams will join them at the events.


    The roadshow starts with The Arable Event near Weston Park on June 21, which attracts hundreds of farmers and landowners from across the region.


    The team will also be at Shropshire Young Farmers’ Club County Rally on June 24, which it is sponsoring, and Shrewsbury Food Festival on June 24 and 25 where it will host the Cookery School.


    The tour moves on to Newport Show on July 8, Burwarton Show on August 3, Shrewsbury Summer Season on August 8 and Minsterley Show on August 19.


    The Agricultural & Rural Services department is one of the top teams in the county and regularly receives a top tier ranking in the Legal 500 and Chambers guides, which recommends the best law firms and lawyers in the UK.


    It advises on all aspects of issues from land sales to succession planning, agricultural tenancies, diversification, the Common Agricultural Policy, equine matters, sporting rights and farm and estate management.


    Agricultural Lead Partner Sarah Baugh said: “FBC Manby Bowdler is a long-time supporter of the county’s agricultural shows and livestock markets and we are proud to represent many of the region's landowners and farm businesses.


    “Attending these key events for the agricultural community allows us to meet clients, old and new, in an informal atmosphere and discuss the legal issues that are affecting them today.


    “A recent General Election, the impending Brexit and its affect on agriculture are likely to be key topics of conversation. The Shropshire season of shows and events are always well attended and an important date in the calendar for the local community so we look forward to meeting people on the road this summer,” she added

  • A Sunday Fun Day with the South Shropshire
    12 Jun 2017

    This year’s South Shropshire Sunday Fun Day is set to be fun filled day, promising hound puppies, ponies, an army tank and much more.

    Organised by the South Shropshire Hunt, the Sunday Fun Day will be held on Sunday 2nd July at The Kennels, Annscroft SY5 8AR. Just outside Shrewsbury, it is a day for adults and children of any age to play with the hound puppies, pet and groom animals and learn more about the life at the hunt kennels.

    Entry is free and there is a whole host of activities including a bouncing castle (for adults too), activities and games, ice creams and burgers for the little ones, as well as homemade cakes with tea and coffee. There is also plenty of indoor fun in case of a typical British rainy day!

    Set to be a great day out for families and kids of all ages, there is no pre-booking required, just turn up for the fun. For more information contact Beth Willis on 07792 809 447. 


    Photo Caption (L-R):

    Back row – Mark Bendall, Jon Thrift (Kennel Huntsman), Beth Willis, Aime Singleton, Alfie Singleton, Olivia Singleton, Cameron McCarthy, Abi Poole, Lillie Poole, Rose Richardson and Daisy Lakelin.

    Front row – Max McCarthy, Bobby Dye, Jane Miles, Dominic Miles and Meg Northcott. 

  • Flying visit from Ugly Duckling
    10 Jul 2012
    Ugly Duckling puppet show for kids

    The Hive in Shrewsbury will soon be hosting a performance of popular children’s classic The Ugly Duckling. The summer holiday puppet show has already proven popular this year with a high number of advance bookings and people are urged to book their tickets soon!

    The Ugly Duckling will be performed by acclaimed touring theatre company Sea Legs Puppet Theatre at 2pm on Thursday August 23. The audience will be invited to join in the fun and meet a host of colourful characters, set on the banks of an enchanting river. They can float downstream in a gentle musical adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic tale of belonging and identity.

    Featuring fantastic puppets, brilliant storytelling, fantastic scenery and a delightful new musical score, the show is a must see for little ones and their families!

    Katie Jennings, Programmes and Projects Manager at the Hive said “Sea Legs consistently present high quality interactive shows that young people find fun and engaging. The Hive’s summer holiday theatre shows are always popular with our younger audience and The Ugly Duckling will be no exception! I recommend people book tickets soon to avoid disappointment as the show is destined to sell-out!”

    Tickets for the show, which will be taking place on Thursday August 23 at 2pm are priced at £6 for adults and £5 for children. Tickets can be booked by calling the Hive on 01743 234970 or visiting the centre in person on 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TE. More information

  • Briarfields opens doors for National Care Home Open Day
    14 Jun 2017

    A residential home in Shrewsbury is opening its doors to the public this month as part of the National Care Home Open Day scheme.

    Briarfields in Raby Crescent, Belle Vue, which is run by Coverage Care Services, is inviting people to join residents for afternoon tea and a tour around the gardens on June 23 from 3.30pm to 5pm.

    It will also be an opportunity for potential residents and their families to look around the home and facilities and talk to staff.

    Home manager Denise Morris said: “We are delighted to be opening our doors and welcoming visitors to Briarfields.

    “The aim of the day is for people to see what we do and meet and chat with staff and residents in an informal setting. We’ll be serving up afternoon tea with scones and strawberries and tea or Pimms if preferred!

    “We very much view Briarfields as part of the community and we look forward to meeting people from our community or who are interested in moving in.”

    National Care Home Open Day is run by a group of care providers and associations and has been organised so care providers can demonstrate the quality of care and service that exists in caring for older people. This is the fifth year since its conception.

    Briarfields is one of 14 care homes in Shropshire owned and operated by Coverage Care Services Limited on a not for profit basis.

  • Tax Specialist Returns To Shropshire
    24 Feb 2015

    A SHROPSHIRE and POWYS man loved the Somerset firm he worked for so much – he brought it back to the region with him.

    Robert Ellis, 37 was born and educated in Shropshire and lived in Powys until he was 18.

    But, following the death of his parents, the accountant, who specialises in tax, found himself torn between the desire to return to the farm which three generations of the Ellis family had farmed and the disappointment of leaving the Somerset firm, where he was a partner.

    Rob, who is married and now lives in Llanfechain with his wife Jo, said:  “I grew up in Llanfechain and went to school in Oswestry and Shrewsbury, so my heart and extended family are very much in this area

    “But having lived in Devon and Somerset for the last ten years and being heavily involved with tax at Welch and Co Accountants in Taunton, Somerset, it was hard to simply walk away from such a great rural firm which supports the small and medium sized businesses I am passionate about.

    “I spent a good few months commuting back to Somerset for work and spending weekends in Powys and although I could have taken a position with a firm up here I did not want to give up on a company I had helped to grow and believed in.”

    So, keen to take a fresh approach to the problem, Rob came up with the idea of bringing the firm he loves working for to the places he loves living and working in - in the form of Welch and Ellis.

    Rob said: “Welch and Ellis will be a new partnership covering Powys and Shropshire but building on the foundation and additional support of the original firm Welch and Co back in Somerset.

    “Our clients will have the support and convenience of me knowing and being based in the local area – but I will bring to that the support from Ken Welch and his team – and as we start to grow we eventually hope to take on bookkeepers and other staff based in Powys and Shropshire.”


    Now Rob, who studied Revenue and Taxation law at Bournemouth University, worked at firms in London, and trained as an independent financial advisor, is hoping his new clients will benefit from a fresh approach to their tax and accounting issues.

    Rob’s partner, Ken Welch said: “When I first started my firm in Somerset I picked up a lot of new clients who were fed up with missing out on saving money because the accountants they were using never considered anything new – as they didn’t feel they needed to, competing against the same old local competition.”

    “I have always believed if you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got and when it comes to finances that simply isn’t good enough. Welch and Ellis will bring the best of both worlds – local knowledge coupled with a fresh competitive approach.”

    Rob added: “Shropshire and Powys and Somerset have a lot more in common than you might think and we hope a lot of local businesses here will see the benefit of a fresh individual approach to accounts and tax planning but with the backing of an established firm.”

  • Networking Club re-launch at Bridgnorth ...
    10 Jun 2017

    Shropshire Chamber of Commerce re-launched its business networking breakfast club meetings with a free-to-attend event at Bridgnorth Golf Club.

    Event organiser, Teresa Rowe, said: “ Following a concerted demand from the business community of Bridgnorth, we have re-launched this networking event this morning, with regular bi-monthly meetings scheduled to start from September.

    “Bridgnorth Golf Club provides a perfect setting with great hospitality, a full English breakfast and plenty of car parking, thereby ensuring that people can tee-off the day in style!

    Guest speaker for the morning was Alan Adams, an Amazon best-selling and award winning author, UK Top 50 business advisor and former Submariner, who gave an insight into his life aboard nuclear submarines and how it applies to everyday business, where the power of even making small changes across any business can ultimately lead to success.

    One attendee was Maggie Rogers, of The Travel Wallet, Bridgnorth, who added: “It’s great to be back at Bridgnorth Golf Club and to be mixing with like-minded business people, enabling us to discuss a wide range of topics and issues that face us all, so I am really looking forward to September’s event.”

    Pictured are, from left, Maggie Rogers, Vicki Prior of HMP Featherstone, Graham Mills (chairman), Alan Adams, Ivet King of Clickingmad Bridgnorth and Peter Loughnane of Furrows.

  • Shropshire Company First To Sign Up To Staff Car Scheme
    26 Nov 2014

    A Shropshire domiciliary care company has become a pioneer in developing a scheme that will ensure care staff will always be able to reach customers.

    Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) has entered into a partnership with a new car hire company so staff can always hire a car, even at short notice, if their car breaks down or they do not own a car themselves.

    The deal, believed to be the first of its kind, means staff at Carewatch, based at Stafford Park, Telford, will be able to hire a car on a short term or long term basis from Cash Car Hire Ltd at a reduced price.

    Steve Harris, director of Carewatch (Mid Shropshire), said this was a huge benefit to their clients.

    He said: “I have been looking for something like this for a while.

    “In the past we have had problems with staff not being able to get to clients’ homes if their car breaks down or trained care staff have felt they cannot do the job properly until they own a car.

    “This gives our staff the peace of mind that they will not be letting any clients down and for our clients it means they will still have their regular support worker even if something does go wrong.

    “It is a huge boost and will benefit everyone involved.”

    Mr Harris said it means his company, which provides care to people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Staffordshire and the West Midlands, will look at recruiting people who hold a driving licence but cannot afford a vehicle.

    He added: “Cash Car Hire Ltd have never done this before, they usually only hire cars to people who pay cash up front, so this is a huge coup for us.

    “Our staff will get very competitive rates not available on the high street and through this scheme there is access to an unlimited number of cars, so it doesn’t matter if five members of staff all break down on the same day.”

    John Norwood, managing director from Cash Car Hire Ltd, said: “We are pleased to be able to offer this scheme to Carewatch.

    “It could make a huge difference to the company itself and for us we are happy to be involved in making the lives of their staff easier.

    “This is not something we had considered doing before because of the nature of our business but we could work with companies across the UK as a result.”

    Pete White
  • New executive chef makes his mark
    07 Dec 2015

    The new executive chef at a Shropshire hotel will be making his mark ‘blues brothers’ style at a special event in January.

    David Atkinson will be heading up the menu for an evening with the Jailhouse Blues Brothers on January 8 - and it will be much more than white toast and fried chickens that he will be serving up!

    The themed night will be the first of 2016 for the new chef - who has plenty more plans up his sleeve as the year goes on.

    Mr Atkinson said: “I like crazy challenges and the variety of themes and wedding packages that The Wroxeter provide give me plenty to work with.

    “I have opened nine places throughout my career, from brand new builds to abandoned and delapidated sites and pride myself in being able to turn my hand to many things.

    “I am also a big Blues Brothers fan so am really looking forward to cooking for the guests on January 8.”

    The former owner of Poppy’s Tearooms in Shrewsbury worked as the executive chef at the £16million The Pillar at Longdale in the Lake District where the restaurant boasted a live Lobster tank and a river, containing trout, that ran straight through the dining area.

    He also opened 17-bedroomed Pale Hall near Bala in north Wales and took on the abandoned Old Mill Inn in Candy, near Oswestry - his first Shropshire venue - in 1995.

    And now he is turning his hand to food for The Wroxeter - which has already included a Winter-themed cake and American style hot dogs and burgers for the latest wedding theme of Rock and Roll.

    Darryl Ann Brooks, of The Wroxeter, said: “The Jailhouse night follows on from the rock and roll theme but we are hoping that it will be a chance for those people that are really busy over Christmas to get together and have a great time.

    “Businesses like hotels and the emergency services face their busiest times over Christmas so for those that do not get a chance to party in December, we hope this will give them another opportunity.”

    Arriving in the Jailhouse Bluesmobile the brothers, who perform all over the world, will be providing a Blues Brothers tribute paying homage to the great Jake and Elwood Blues.

    “Famous songs, dancing, the American-themed two course dinner and a disco will come together to make a great night,” added Mrs Brooks.

    Tickets for the Jailhouse Blues Brothers night are available at £29.50 . To book or get more information about the night contact The Wroxeter on (01743) 761256 or via [email protected]


  • National Barber Award for Shropshire Student
    27 Jun 2017

    A Shrewsbury College student scoops first place at National barbering competition.

    James Roberts, 16 from Bridgnorth got through to the finals of The British Barbers’ Association, National Student Barber of the Year 2017 last month, after stiff competition from other students across the UK.

    Following a photographic competition, which had over 380 entries from colleges and training providers throughout the UK, covering three categories: Hair Cut and Finish; Facial Hair Design; and Precision Hair Cut and Finish - the final competition was judged by top industry experts Gary Machin, Chris Foster and Erik Lander.

    James, who studies Level 2 Barbering at Shrewsbury College, was then revealed to win first place in the area of Hair Cut and Finish at the competition.

    He said: “When they didn't call my name out for 2nd or 3rd I was very worried I hadn't been placed especially as the people who I was up against were very talented. When they called my name for 1st I was very happy I had won.”

    The standard was extremely high this year and made it a hard choice for the judges who took several days to deliberate and decide who the three finalists for each category would be.

    Erik Lander, BBA judge said: “Everyone who entered should be proud of themselves for taking part in the competition, it’s a great learning curve and I would encourage all student barbers to showcase their work through competitions and if you are not successful keep going, never give up!  Your skills and work will get better each time you enter.”

    Chris Foster, BBA Director said: “It was really encouraging to see the high standard of work from the BBA National Student Barber of the Year competition.  It was really inspiring to see how students were looking at the suitability of style whilst pushing the boundaries of technical skill, so early on in their career. Competitions like this are vital for students to feel a sense of pride for the barbering craft.  This pride will help then continue to work to the highest standard in the world of work.”

    The winners which includes James, received a trophy and the title of BBA National Student Barber of the Year 2017 but also took away prize money of £500 and a goody bag of Andis Clippers and BBA Male Grooming products.

    Jackie Swan, Curriculum Lead for Hair & Beauty at Shrewsbury College, said: “We are delighted with James’s achievements. He is a talented barber and as a result of this has secured his employment at Bull & Co. in Bridgnorth. We encourage all of our students to participate in competitions to showcase their talents and allow their creative flair to be demonstrated in such environments.”

    For more information about vocational courses, visit or call 01743 342342. The next Advice Event is on Wednesday, July 5 from 5pm to 7pm at the London Road Campus. 

  • Shrewsbury Prison Photos
    02 Apr 2013

    Shrewsbury Prison recently closed, whilst the building is being cleared I got the opportunity to visit and take photos of a historic part of the town you wouldn't normally have access to.

    I joined people from Castlefields and Ditherington who were among the last to visit the Prison before its formal closure.

    Organised by local councillor Alan Mosley, over 60 residents enjoyed the tour, seeing the inside of this historic site for the first time having looked and wondered, from the outside, over the years.

    Pete White
  • Honda HR-V
    02 Nov 2016

       Practicality must have been high on Honda’s agenda when it came to designing the latest incarnation of their HR-V. Small and far more rounded externally than the original HR-V of 1999 it may be, but the latest entry into the ever growing compact crossover market is (Cliché coming up) positively Tardis-like on the inside. Families take note.

        The HR-V – that stands for High Rider Revolutionary Vehicle incidentally (Is it? I’ll let you decide after reading this) – is based on the Jazz. As a result it gets not only a bigger boot-space than Nissan’s all-conquering Qashqai, but also Honda’s Magic Seat system that enables the rear seat cushions to be folded up cinema-seat style thus creating a load space that’ll easily swallow a mountain bike whole – and upright too! And there’s even more load space under the boot floor. That said three adults abreast on the rear bench might be pushing things a tad too far.

       Further forward things are similarly commodious. The HR-V gets a slightly elevated driving position but still feels more like a conventional hatch-back when compared to the likes of its Juke, Mokka, or Kaptur competition. It does manage to feel more up-market than the majority of its contemporaries though.

       There’s barely a button on the HR-V’s beautifully clear dashboard. Instead, a touch sensitive console controls the air-con and (in certain specs the heated seats). On SE trim and above a 7-inch touchscreen takes care of the sat-nav, radio, bluetooth and all-important these days, apps. It is a bit fiddly at first to be honest, and you do find yourself diverting your gaze from the road sometimes in order to make an adjustment, but you get used to it with time, eventually learning where and what to reach for. The majority of the other controls, indicator and wiper stalks, multi-function steering wheel etc. appear to have been lifted straight out of the Honda parts-bin. No complaints there. And needless to say everything’s been assembled with Honda’s usual fastidious attention to detail.  

        Despite the chunky and heavily sculpted go-anywhere looks, Honda have decided that we Europeans don’t need a 4-wheel drive version of the HR-V. It’s front-wheel drive or nothing. And, their only offering a choice of two engines – a new 1.5 litre petrol, or the 1.6 litre diesel as previously seen in the Civic. Both motors are available with the option of a CVT auto that, it is claimed, increases the HR-V’s already frugal running costs ever further.

       My advice would be to save the £1,100 and swap gear ratios yourself. The six-manual fitted to the 1.6 DTEC diesel I spent a week driving was excellent. Not only does it make the most the 221lbft of torque on offer, but its short throw and beautifully weighted action would not feel out of place in anything this side of an MX-5. Honestly, it’s one of the HR-V’s stand-out features.

        The rest of the driving experience is, regrettably, not quite as sharp. The HR-V has clearly been made for those that appreciate comfort and ease of use rather than the last ounce of handling prowess.  Safe, secure and perhaps a bit stodgy, is the HR-V’s way. But it is comfy, relatively quiet at motorway speeds, easy to manoeuvre, fitted with a host safety kit there isn’t space to list, and capable (Honda say) of 68.9mpg on the combined cycle. I averaged high 50s out here in the hills.

         You’ll have probably worked out by now that the HR-V isn’t going to excite you. And if you get too involved come options list time it could be perceived as a bit expensive as well. But, you can bet your bottom dollar that it’ll be reliable, and come trade-in time Honda’s enviable residual values will have you smiling.

       If its practicality and ease of ownership you favour most, put the HR-V at the top of your shopping list. 



    Honda HR-V 1.6 i-DTEC EX Manual

    Engine: 1,597cc, 4Cyl, 16V Petrol

    Transmission: 6 speed manual. Front Wheel Drive

    Power: 118 bhp @ 4000rpm

    Torque: 221 lbft @ 2000 rpm

    0-62mph: 10.5 sec

    Max Speed: 119 mph

    MPG: 68.9 combined.

    CO2: 108 g/km

    VED Band: B

    Price: £26,055 (car driven £26,580)


    Many thanks to Honda’s UK press office for the loan of the HR-V


    Liam Bird
  • Great British Bake Off prompts demand for cake-decorating courses
    23 Mar 2013

    A Shropshire creator of bespoke celebration cakes has launched a series of cake decorating courses for adults and children due to demand stoked up by the popularity of ‘The Great British Bake-off’ TV programme.

    Dom Creighton, of Creighton’s Celebration Cakes, says she decided to launch the courses after dozens of requests from people desperate to learn how to decorate cakes themselves after watching the show.

    “The Great Britsh Bake Off has inspired so many people to start learning how to bake their own cakes that they’re now looking to take it further. They have seen these fantastic professionally finished cakes and now they want to do it for themselves,” she said.

    The company, based in Pontesbury, near Shrewsbury, is staging a special open-day on Tuesday March 26 between 4.30pm and 6pm for people to get a taste of the three different courses in cake decorating, sugarcraft and children’s cupcake making.

    The event will be held at the company’s new classroom in Suite One, The Old Bakery, at Bennetts’s Centre in Main Street. The specially-equipped classroom has been funded with the help of money from Shropshire’s Market Towns Revitalisation Programme.

    Three-week courses in sugarcrafting will be held on Tuesdays, launching on Tuesday April 2, 6 to 8pm, while full-day basic cake decorating courses on Sundays, will kick off on Sunday April 7.

    Cupcake making courses for children will run every week day, except bank holidays, during the Easter holidays from 3 to 4.30pm and every Saturday from April 6, 2 to 3.30pm.

    “Adults will be taught how to make sugarcraft flowers and models, learn the art of stencilling, colouring, dusting and lustres and learn how to ice to a professional finish,” said Mrs Creighton who has been making and decorating cakes for 19 years.

    “Children will get to play with butter icing, regal icing, and royal icing and be taught how to colour ice, dust in colours and create lustres.”

    For further course information visit or contact Dom Creighton on 0787 080 6866.

  • Students awarded for overcoming adversity
    25 Jun 2017

    The Shrewsbury Colleges Group Equality & Diversity Committee has recognised students who have overcome adversity for the fourth year running through the ‘Star Awards’.

    Adversity takes many forms and the Awards were open to any student (including Higher Education) or apprentice across the Group, who has faced a difficult or unpleasant situation this year and has overcome obstacles and risen to challenges life has presented. 

    This year’s Star Awards event has been generously sponsored by Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn. Kerry Ferguson, Rotary Club member, attended the selection panel along with Governor Christina Gore and members of the E&D Committee. Together, they had the difficult task of selecting an overall winner from a strong list of nominations. Everyone involved was overwhelmed with the determination, drive and courage of the students nominated and would like to thank those who took the time to make the nominations. 
    At the Star Awards afternoon tea in Origins at Shrewsbury College, College Governors along with Don Thompson, President, and Colin Sharp, Vice President, of Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn, presented certificates and prizes to all nominees and the trophy to our overall Star, Benjamin Speck.

    Benjamin, 17 from Shrewsbury said: “I was really surprised to have even been nominated, let alone win the overall award. My confidence has increased thanks to the College and I’d like to thank all the teachers for all their support, help and encouragement.”

    Gill Cox, Colleges Group Lead for Equality & Diversity said: “When considering these awards, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the bravery, determination, courage and positive spirit of all the nominees. I’d like to congratulate Ben as our overall winner – we are delighted with his performance and progress at College.”
    In addition to the prizes and impressive trophy, Rotary Club Shrewsbury Severn have donated funds to enable the College to purchase two Reader Pens to support students in their learning and exams across all campuses. Special thanks goes to all who contributed to this worthwhile event.

    For more information on A Levels, visit or call 01743 235491. For more information about vocational courses, visit or call 01743 342342. The next Advice Event is on Wednesday, July 5 from 5pm to 7pm at the London Road Campus. 

  • Rescue Dog in Shropshire Seeks New Home After Being Abandoned Tied To Lamppost
    05 Feb 2016

    A CANINE RESCUE charity in Shropshire is desperately trying to find a new home for a dog found tied to a lamppost last year.

    A dog warden in Oxfordshire originally picked up Millie along with another dog, Levi, after they were abandoned and left tied to a lamppost with their worldly possessions in a carrier bag by their side. Finding a home for two dogs is always difficult, so the charity was sadly forced to split them up as Millie’s one-time companion Levi has since been offered a home.

    Now Finding Furever Homes is trying to find a home for Millie too, as part of their ‘Black Dogs Rock’ social media campaign running this week.

    Andrea Newton, of Finding Furever Homes, which cares for the dogs in partnership with a kennels, near Condover, Shropshire, said: “When she was found, Millie was in poor condition and underweight. Since then we have paid for all her food, accommodation and vet bills – and while we are happy to continue to do so, what we really want is to find her the loving home she deserves.”

    “She is a gorgeous older girl who can be quite soppy and loves being around people. There really is no reason why she wouldn’t make a wonderful pet, but sadly black dogs like Millie are regularly overlooked for dogs with lighter coats.”

    Millie is a Staffordshire Bull-Terrier, believed to be around six or seven years old. She is good with other dogs, but not cats, and could live with a family with older children. She is currently being cared for at a private boarding kennels and will be rehomed through Finding Furever Homes, which sponsors her place there.

    Andrea added: “Millie is currently in Shropshire but could be rehomed anywhere in England and Wales – the most important thing is that we find her a loving ‘furever’ home of their own – wherever that is.”

    For further information about Finding Furever Homes or to give Millie a home please visit

  • American Smokehouse holding big Halloween party
    03 Oct 2014

    There will be tricks and plenty of treats when Shropshire's first American Smokehouse celebrates the spookiest night of the year.

    Smoke Stop: The road to BBQ at Ford, near Shrewsbury, will mark Halloween just like they do across the pond by pulling out all the stops with a spellbinding party on that most devillish of nights, Friday, October 31.

    Party-goers are being asked to use a touch of hocus pocus and transform themselves into witches, ghouls and ghosts for the spook-tacular celebration.

    The entertainment will include a live band, face painting, traditional apple bobbing and the opportunity to get gunged!

    Manager Ryan King said he wanted to celebrate just like they do in America.

    He said: "We've got friends and family who have been to places like New York and Los Angeles when it's been Halloween over there and they say it's absolutely crazy.

    "They say that Halloween over there is almost bigger than Christmas really and that everyone celebrates from kids up to adults and have big parties.

    "That's what we want to do here - for both kids and adults - so we have a lot of things going on for promises to be a really exciting night.

    "We've got a band, Hot Rod 55, who play high octane rock and roll for the 21st century, playing live later on in the evening, we've got a magician and also someone who will be able to do face painting so if people don't turn up in fancy dress they will still be able to get transformed for the night and join in the fun.

    "There will be prizes for the best dressed child and adult, there will be gunge games and more traditional games like apple bobbing and trick or treat style games.

    "We will also have a buffet, drink discounts, so we plan to make it a really big family fun event for Halloween."

    The ghostly goings on start at 6pm. Tickets for adults are £15 which include a buffet and it's free for children. There will also be a late disco.

    Mr King added: "There will be pulled pork, brisket, chicken wings, all the usual American food that we serve and is proving so popular with people.

    "For anyone who hasn't been to see us yet, it will give them an ideal taster of what we're about and what we do.

    "All the staff will be dressing up so they're excited about it."

    Pete White
  • Learn a language this summer
    11 Jul 2012
    Bright Owls French and Spanish classes in Shrewsbury

    Children have the exciting chance to spend the summer holidays learning a new language, thanks to Bright Owls language school in the town. Both French and Spanish workshops are on offer for young people aged 5-10. What better way for your children to spend the long summer break!

  • Local Accountant Launches Food Review Blog Tax and Snacks
    08 May 2015

    A POWYS and Shropshire Accountant has launched an usual new blog in which he shares his opinions, reviews and concerns on all things tax and also snacks.

    Robert Ellis, 37, was born and educated in Shropshire and lived in Powys until he was 18. But having recently moved back to the area from Devon, he has been making an effort to connect with as many local businesses as possible, and find and celebrate the best local businesses have to offer.

    Rob, who is married and now lives in Llanfechain with his wife Jo, said:  “I grew up in Llanfechain and went to school in Oswestry and Shrewsbury, so I have fond memories of being out and about in the area and enjoying delights like eating Sidoli’s cakes with my parents and enjoying the great local cheeses.

    “But having lived in Devon and Somerset for the last ten years and being slightly out of the loop and with Jo never having been to the area before we decided it would be nice to explore things together.

    “Jo runs a PR and marketing firm, Jolly Good Causes, and we were talking about how I could make accountancy more approachable and handy for small firms, like local farmers and electricians, who barely have the time to stop for lunch let alone sit down with an accountant.

    “She suggested we should be taking the business to them. She said I needed a fish and chip or burger van, where I could sit down with new clients for a quick chat and a fast but decent lunch – and she joked we should call it Tax and Snacks.”

    The Tax and Snacks food van has not become a reality, but the concept has inspired a new blog which will explore issues of accountancy and tax but also celebrate all the best of local food and drink and businesses that are getting it right.

    Rob said: “I love eating out locally, buying meat from my local butcher in Llanfyllin, which is high quality, and encouraging people to enjoy local businesses rather than national restaurant chains.

    “Anywhere I eat, from burger vans and pubs to high end restaurants and hotels, I will review honestly and comment not only on food and service but also the value for money and you will be able to read about it on the blog on my website.”

    Rob’s first tax and snacks blog, entitled ‘On Tax and Tapas’ has been written following a visit with friends to The Olive Tree in Frankwell Island, Shrewsbury.

    Now he is asking local people and businesses to come forward and suggest places for him to eat and food and other products and ingredients for him to review from the local area.

    He is also happy to hear from potential new clients, who would like to sit down with him over a drink and snack and see how he can help their business.

    Rob said: “A lot of people are critical of restaurant and food reviews because they think they are not honest, but I will always pay for whatever I eat and drink so I can share my honest opinion and as with The Olive Tree the restaurants will not know I am writing a review so will treat me like just another customer.”

    “I am looking to celebrate and promote the best in good in local food and drink but if I find things which are disappointing, I will tell the truth and be fair about it.

    “I will also be adding a review section to my own website so clients can review Welch and Ellis honestly, and we promise to share all reviews, good or otherwise.”

    You can read the first ‘Tax and Snacks’ blog at

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