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  • BCA short list revealed
    11 Dec 2017

    An awards ceremony celebrating businesses in Shropshire which cater for children and young people has revealed its finalists for 2018.

    The Businesses for Children Awards, now in its fifth year, shines a light on the hard work undertaken by those working across the county to support children and young people.

    There are 12 categories for awards, including new business, educational business for five to 18 year-olds, activities for under fives, franchisee and a volunteer award.

    The finalists, decided by 12 judges, were announced on December 4.

    The winners of each category will be revealed at a glittering awards ceremony at the Park Inn Hotel, Telford, on March 10, 2018.

    Henshalls Insurance Brokers is the headline sponsor for the event for the second year in a row.

    David Williams, marketing director at Henshalls Insurance Brokers, said he was very much looking forward to meeting the finalists of the 2018 awards.

    He said: “The judges must have had a very difficult time deciding the finalists in each category. I know there was some tough competition.

    “We are delighted to be sponsoring the awards again and can’t wait to celebrate with all the finalists and the winners on the night.

    “We wish all of the shortlisted businesses every success in the next stage.”

    Trish Parsons, co-ordinator of the 2018 event, said more than 100 nominations were received.

    She said: “Our judges all said they found it very hard to compile their list of finalists from the nominations.

    “I know they are going to have a really tough job choosing the winners. Everyone  should be very proud of themselves.

    “We are really looking forward to this year’s ceremony. It is always such an inspiring event and we know our winners really value their awards. The achievement stays with them for years to come and is a huge confidence booster for those doing fantastic work in the county for our young people.”

    For more information about the BCAs and to book tickets, available at an early-bird price of £30.00 until December 14, see

  • Shrewsbury and A Christmas Carol
    23 Oct 2012

    Shrewsbury was chosen as the venue to film one of the greatest Christmas stories ever told. "A Christmas Carol", this was to have George. C. Scott in the lead role as Scrooge with David Warner, Suzzanna York, Michael Carter and Edward Woodward as other main characters along with Tony Walters, a local 6 year old, playing Tiny Tim and hundreds of local people taking "Walk on" parts along with a young fresh faced lad, me!!

    I was given the job as Stand in for Edward who had to wear stilts made by NASA so that he could play the Ghost of Christmas Present.

    The opening scenes were filmed in the Square and they had to be re-filmed on day two as someone had left a plastic cup of coffee against the wall of the Old Market Hall and someone spotted it on a couple of frames of film!!  Fish St. was the site of filming Bob Cratchitts house and they used the little shop to the right of the Bear Steps. When we filmed the scene for Scrooge to visit his Nephew on The Crescent, Town Walls, the crew had laid down the salt to make it look like snow and a chap who was a bit worse for drink somehow wandered onto the set and had us all in fits of laughter as he jumped from the snow side to the clear side looking up into the sky as if he could see the snow clouds above him!!

    The outside of the Parade Shopping Centre was the scene for the lads sliding on the ice and for Scrooge to be approached by the two gents collecting money foor the poor. The ice slide was produced by putting together a load of plywood boards, and pouring gallons of washing up liquid onto it and away the lads went sliding for all they were worth!

    The filming for the appearance of the Ghost of Christmas Future was done under the railway station arches, on the Monkmoor side of the river, and they had to put a chap with a radio in the signal box to warn when the next train was approaching. Dry ice was floated out over water and a little track was laid so that I could stand on a box and two chaps slowly pulled a rope so it looked like I was floating above the ground towards Scrooge, spooky or what?

    One set that you can still see is the grave of Ebenezer Scrooge, enter the chuchyard of St Chads, opposite the Quarry, and walk about halfway along the path, look down on your left and there he still lies!!
    Charles Dickens wrote "A Christmas Carol" as a means of getting out of a debtors prison in London and its first public reading was done here in Shrewsbury. Dickens visited the town on a few occasions and it`s not quiet certain whether the reading took place at the Music Hall or at The Lion Hotel either way "The Carol" came home.

    If you have any suggestions of streets that you would like to know the history of then please contact me via the magazine and I will do my best to include them in future articles.
    Have a good Christmas and see you next year!!

    Martin Wood
  • How to Design a Kids' Room that They Will Love
    02 Aug 2017

    When you first bring home your new bundle of joy, chances are you've already created a beautiful nursery for them to call their own. And while this room is perfect for them at this stage, there comes a point when your little one is ready for the next step in bedroom décor. If you’re well past due on creating that big kids room, and you’re looking for some design inspiration, you’ll appreciate these tips on how to create a kids’ room they will love.

    Choose the Right Theme

    One of the ways you can go about designing that perfect space for your child is to pick a theme, but remember it has to be the right theme. It’s best to think about the child’s interests, hobbies, and their personality.

    Perhaps your child is a big sports fan. If that’s the case, then it’s a natural and fun theme to go with. You can deck the room out in sports memorabilia from sites such as Nike NFL UK. You can even get creative and do things such as shadow boxes for jerseys and gloves, frames for trading cards and posters, and even stands for things such as a prized football.

    Choosing the right theme will make all the difference in the world and will help to personalize the space.

    Don't Hold Back on the Bedding

    Where you may be inclined to choose bedding that is more neutral and subdued for your own room, for a kid’s room it's go big or go home. The bedding is the perfect spot to go bold with colors, textures, and patterns. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and really get creative with the look. You can always pick a more neutral paint color if you don’t want the room looking too busy.

    Give Them Multi-Functional Storage

    Of course, from a practical standpoint, storage is an absolute must in any child’s room. With that said, there’s no reason it can’t be multi-functional. You can find beds with storage drawers, bench seating with storage under it, closet organizers that are great for clothing and toys, and convert a typical bookshelf into one that houses storage bins of different sizes and colors.

    Frame Their Art

    Instead of spending a fortune on framed pictures, why not take your child's own creations and frame them? Not only is this inexpensive, but your child will feel so proud seeing their own art framed on the wall. Once you choose a theme for the room, they can go ahead and create pictures that will work with the theme.

    Encourage Them to Be Involved

    The last tip is to encourage children to be involved in the process. This includes everything from picking the theme, to choosing the paint color, the bedding, and any accent pieces. Giving them the chance to share their own input will help ensure they are happy with the final design. Chances are high that the end result will be a room they feel comfortable and happy in, and can’t wait to spend their time in.

    Pete White
  • Smokehouse restaurant heading to Shrewsbury's Mardol
    09 Nov 2017

    A restaurant which will serve up an authentic taste of America is to open in Shrewsbury’s Mardol.

    Big Pig Smokehouse Ltd has completed the letting of 58-59 Mardol, a substantial Grade II listed building which was previously used as a sports bar.  

    Amie Lingwood, who handled the letting for Towler Shaw Roberts, said: “The premises attracted significant interest and has been taken on a 15-year lease by Big Pig Smokehouse Ltd. 

    "They have some other restaurants in and around Oxfordshire and are hoping to open in Shrewsbury in time for Christmas.

    “It will be another excellent addition to the town centre.”   
    The prominent building, arranged over four floors, extends to 7,353 sqft, and is next to the town's former Empire Cinema, which is now home to Pizza Express. 

    The property occupies an excellent position and has frontages to both Mardol and Roushill in the heart of Shrewsbury town centre. 
    Pictured: Big Pig Smokehouse Ltd has completed the letting of 58-59 Mardol, Shrewsbury.

  • Nursery due to open at former primary school site in Maesbury
    07 Dec 2017
    Unicorn Day Nursery, owned by Louise Batham-Willmore, will open at the former Maesbury Primary School next year

    A former Shropshire primary school is being transformed into a nursery for more than 100 youngsters.

    Unicorn Day Nursery will create up to 30 jobs when it opens at the old Maesbury Primary School near Oswestry.

    The building is currently undergoing a £100,000 refurbishment and an opening date has been earmarked for January or February.

    The move follows a chance visit to the area by Unicorn Day Nursery owner Louise Batham-Willmore when she came across the empty school and thought it would be an ideal location for a nursery.

    “I was told there was a lot of upset when the school closed and we want this building to be the focus of the community, not just for the nursery but for other events and the local people to enjoy the facilities,” she said.

    “I came across the place by accident really, I was driving through Maesbury, wasn’t actively looking for another nursery but when I saw it I couldn’t believe my luck. It was ideal. I thought it would make a fantastic nursery and only about 10 minutes away from Oswestry.”

    Halls Commercial handled the sale and the offer was accepted within about 10 days.

    Louise already successfully runs two other nurseries in the West Midlands at Oldbury and Tipton and is looking forward to opening what she says is potentially the biggest pre-school provision in the area.

    “The structure of the building is sound but there was no power or water and there is a massive amount of work that needs doing, as it had been closed down for five years,” she added.

    “We have already had a tremendous response and loads of enquiries - it’s funny, but every workman who has been working on the refurbishment says they went to the school. This whole project has generated a lot of interest.

    “It really is the ideal location for a nursery and comes at a time when, due to funding cuts, a nursery has been forced to close nearby in Oswestry.”

    Unicorn Day Nursery will be catering for children from six weeks to five years old and hopes to run a Forest School.

    There will be a recruitment drive for staff next month as well as an apprenticeship programme.

    James Evans, of Halls Commercial, said: “This is an ideal building and in an ideal setting for a nursery. The grounds are conducive to a variety of outdoor activities and should prove to be a valued addition to the local community.”

  • Comedy club launches in Shrewsbury
    02 Jan 2014

    A popular Shropshire restaurant, bar and music venue has announced an exciting new departure for 2014 - the launch of a comedy venture.

    Henry Tudor House, situated just off Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury, has booked several high profile comedians for its first event, to be held on February 12.

    The evening will feature Rob Deering, described by The Independent as ‘one of the best performers currently on the circuit’ and a range of other acts.

    Henry Tudor House proprietor Graham Jenkins said that he was a big fan of stand-up comedy and wanted to bring more performers to Shropshire, possibly developing the idea into a regular comedy club.

    “My wife Clare and I love the comedy clubs in bigger cities such as London and Birmingham and want to give Shrewsbury a taste of these.

    “We have established Henry Tudor House as a great live music venue, attracting some fantastic singers to our top floor which has a purpose-built stage with high quality lighting and acoustics.

    “Most of our gigs are sell-outs so we thought we would venture into the world of comedy and hopefully these events will be just as popular,” he said.
    The evening on February 12 will be hosted by Paul McCaffrey, star of BBC’s Impractical Jokers and Russell Howard’s Good News.
    As well as the headline act of Rob Deering, Paul will introduce Ivo Graham, a rising young star of the UK comedy circuit, and Sol Bernstein, an old-school Jewish character comic, described by The Guardian as ‘one part Alf Garnett, two parts Mel Brooks, and three parts like nothing you’ve ever heard’.
    Tickets cost £12 each and are available from Henry Tudor House or online at

    Pete White
  • Development will complete final piece of Vanguard Park success story
    07 Dec 2017

    Shrewsbury’s Morris Property is to complete the final plot at Vanguard Park, 11 years after it started developing one of the region’s most successful business parks.

    It will provide 21,500 sq ft of trade counter space on the last parcel of land, a prominent two acre plot located adjacent to the VW dealership. The building will be divided into six units of different sizes and made available for sale/ to let, with significant interest already expressed in the scheme.

    Preparation works started in November on the land, which has been used as a temporary vehicle compound with completion scheduled for April 2018.

    The 20-acre Vanguard Park is a major success, with its location, management, design and communication links proving a draw to local, national and international businesses.

    Trade counters there have sold in lot sizes of £200,000 up to £4m to local and national investors, and pension funds. Today Vanguard provides 205,000 sq ft of space and is home to businesses including Volkswagen Inchcape Dealership, Toolstation, Brandon Tool Hire and Motor World.

    Liz Lowe, Head of Estates at Morris Property, said: “Vanguard is one of the most well-known trade parks in Shropshire and finishing the last plot will be a real achievement for the company. The new development will provide more quality space and complete the final piece of the jigsaw.

    “We are excited about this final phase and proud to be associated with a development which has helped other businesses to grow and attract jobs and investment to the area.

    “Vanguard Park was developed using a strong design to give a sense of identity with unit sizes to meet modern requirements. We continued building throughout the recession because it maintained its strong appeal to a wide range of occupiers and investors.”

    Morris Property is part of a fifth generation business and owns and lets 900,000 sq ft to 200 tenants ranging from retail, offices to industrial units in and around Shropshire. 

  • 4 Reasons to Advertise Your Business with Custom Postcards
    15 Jun 2017

    When you check the mail and notice that there’s a business postcard present, you probably have to do a double take - that’s how seldom this form of advertising is being utilized anymore. And while you might be able to reach a large volume of customers by sending out emails, you won’t be getting that high of a click through rate. The fact is that consumers respond best to advertisements when they aren’t expecting them. This is why you still see billboards up along the highway and some companies still send out holiday cards during the winter. If you are going to make your own postcard for business purposes keep reading for four reasons why it’s a good idea.

    1. Making a Direct Connection

    With any form of advertising there is a correct and incorrect way of doing things. Send out personalized business postcards that are addressed to your clients directly and you will get a highly favorable response. On the other hand, if you just send out generic postcards that don’t have catchy text, you won’t get any increased sales at your place of business.

    2.  Doing More of What Works

    Send a postcard to your customers that enables them to get a discount on a product or service, and you will see many of them coming in the day after they receive them with the postcards physically in their hands. If you encourage your customers to consider postcards that come from your business as important, they will start to expect them. In other words, this is just a very effective form of advertising that has been around for over one hundred years.

    3. Keep Your Customer Contacts Up to Date

    So, how exactly is a business to know when it has valid contact information for an existing or prospective customer? Email is the most convenient method, but it is also not all that reliable. In fact, most people have several email accounts that they might not check regularly. You can also call consumers, but that will cause a lot of confusion in most cases if they aren’t expecting your call. Remember that people check the mail when they feel like it, so they’re rarely irritated when receiving a piece of mailing from a business that they are familiar with.

    4. It Actually Works

    You might be sending custom business postcards to clients to remind them of appointments or to offer them additional savings on their next purchase. Whatever the reason is, you can anticipate a higher response rate with customized mailers than with emails or a website alone. Consumers know that you have to go out of your way to design a business postcard, have an appropriate number printed up and then spend money to mail them out, and they also appreciate the personal touch.

    Regardless of the size of your business budget, postcard mailings are affordable. Even if you can only send out a few dozen at a time to satisfied customers, you can enjoy an immediate return on investment if you are methodical. So, stop sending out email after email and do something for your customers that will inspire real engagement.

    Pete White
  • Time running out to enter sporting scheme with chance to win £200,000
    08 Dec 2017

    Young sporting individuals and clubs in Shrewsbury are being urged to enter a scheme that gives them the chance to win £200,000 as the programme closes at the end of the year.

    Persimmon Homes launched its Healthy Communities scheme in May as part of a national initiative which aims to give away more than £600,000 in cash to sports groups and individuals.

    Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes of £750 are up for grabs every month, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under eligible to apply. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.

    The scheme will close at the end of December with a shortlist of 30 drawn up in January from all the entries nationwide. They will go forward to a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each with 27 finalist awards of £5,000 each.

    Persimmon Homes West Midlands, which has its headquarters in Wolverhampton, has chosen individuals and clubs from across their region, which covers Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands, including Shrewsbury Juniors Under 14 girls, Gornal Athletic Mini Minor Kickers, a Stourbridge archer and a Cheadle trampolinist.

    Director-in-charge Stephen Cleveley is now urging people to apply as there are only a few weeks left until the scheme closes.

    He said: “Healthy Communities has been tremendously popular, and we have had some incredibly talented young people enter as well as dedicated clubs providing grassroots sport and opportunities for local people.

    “This new programme is aimed at creating a lasting legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it. Everyone, regardless of whether they win a monthly prize, will be considered as a finalist.

    “We are looking for sports teams and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend £200,000 to come forward.  We will consider anything from new clubhouses, to training centres, facilities or gyms, or it may be people who want to spend the cash on the development of future Olympians. We’re very excited to see the projects that are put forward.”

    To find out more or to enter Healthy Communities visit

    Healthy Communities is in addition to the £720,000 Persimmon Homes already donates through its hugely successful Community Champions programme each year.

  • Ferrari GTC4Lusso
    10 Dec 2017


        Figures were never really my strong-point, so let’s get them out of the way first shall we?

        Ferrari’s GTC4Lusso is a 680bhp, 12 cylinder, 4 seater, 4 wheel-drive, 4 wheel-steer, 0-62 in 3.4 seconds, 0-125 mph in 10.5 seconds, 208 mph all-out super-coupe. It weighs 1,920kg, has a 7 speed dual-clutch gearbox (in fact it has 2 gearboxes, we’ll get to that later), and is nearly 5 metres long and very nearly 2 metres wide. It costs £231,310.

        That’s before options incidentally. Should you desire such things as carbon fibre front air vents, carbon fibre sill covers or a carbon fibre steering wheel complete with LEDs rest assured Ferrari will charge you handsomely and accordingly in each case. Those lovely Scuderia Ferrari shields on the front wings for instance, they’re a £1,056 option. A leather boot carpet, that’s £1,920. Brake callipers in the same colour as the bodywork (in our case blue) £864. A sports exhaust is £480 - seems like a bargain. Hifi upgrade, that’s £3,552, plus another £2,400 it you want Apple CarPlay too. I could go on.

       The panoramic glass roof fitted to “our” car is definitely worthy of mention, should you feel the urge it’ll set you back £11,520. And no, it doesn’t open. The options alone on the GTC4Lusso Ferrari were kind enough to lend me for a long weekend came to £48,912.

       And then there’s the fuel consumption: 18.8 mpg - if you drive it “carefully” that is. Who drives their Ferrari “carefully”?

        I know, it’s a different world, especially so for working-class boy like me who’s old enough to remember – just – when that kind of money could buy you a whole Ferrari. The £120 of super unleaded fill-up every 300miles or so takes some getting used to too.

       Viewed solely in cold, hard, figures you could be easily forgiven if you thought the GTC4Lusso a tad ridiculous. But then again, if you chase a ball for a living or play the markets wisely its cost is immaterial, little more than week’s wages. And besides you’ve probably got more than a few other cars too. All things are relative after all. 

        Buying and owning, or in my case just borrowing, a Ferrari transports you (please pardon the pun) into a different world. And honestly, the GTC4Lusso is sublime.

       There’s no other car quite like this. A Bentley Continental, a Porsche Panamera, or an Aston Martin Rapide S can’t seat 4 in such comfort – they simply don’t offer as much rear legroom. A Rolls Royce Wraith won’t go around corners in anywhere near the same way, and neither for that matter will a Bentley Mulsanne, or a Maserati Granturismo. The GTC4 Lusso even has a boot you that can actually store (more than likely bespoke) luggage in; the rear seats even fold down.

        And as I mentioned earlier, its four-wheel drive. That second gearbox is a two speed ‘power transfer unit’ (PTU) that sits ahead of the engine and is driven directly from the crankshaft - with two wet clutches, one for each front wheel. The lower gear works during first and second on the rear, or main gearbox, the higher gear in third and fourth. Trust me, nothing this side of a Learjet will get you and three friends to your Ski Chalet in Klosters quicker.

        And of course it sounds magnificent. It’s a Ferrari. What did you expect?

       Under that near airfield sized bonnet sits a naturally aspirated V12. It’s an all-alloy work of art, and it’s been mounted a long way back so the there’s 52/48% front /rear weight distribution. Twist the steering wheel mounted manetino around to sport and the throttle response is instant.

       And yet it’s not intimidating. Yes, this is a an extremely rapid car should you want it to be – drop a gear or three via the aluminium paddle shifters and this prancing horse really will gallop. Grip is prodigious and although it’s grand-tourer first and sports car second it rarely complains, despite its size, if you need to press on. It’s surprising agile.  

        The ride too is far suppler than you might have expected. Yes there’s tyre rumble - look at the size of them - and the steering wheel doesn’t have enough reach adjustment for it ever too feel not too far away. But once clear of the morning traffic and with the Magnaride dampers set to bumpy road (I kid you not) you feel like you drive this car all day long, and then well into the evening.

        The interior has been designed and crafted from the finest materials – it smells wonderful - and should you choose to spec it, front seat passengers not only have their own touch-screen dashboard atop the glovebox, but also full access to the infotainment system, accessed via the centrally mounted and beautifully clear 10.25” central screen. They can set the sat-nav, choose the tunes, set the temperature and heated seat settings, make a phone call, or just sit back and see how fast their going and in which gear. It’s what Ferrari call calls ‘democratizing the driving experience’.

         And what an experience it is. The noise of the engine, the aroma of the leathers, the performance, and of course the reactions of the bystanders; Ferraris somehow draw people’s praise and glance like no other car.

         It all adds up to make driving the GTC4Lusso an event: an experience to be savoured, an experience to be enjoyed.

        However much you try you simply can’t put a price on that.



    Ferrari GTC4Lusso

    Engine: 6,262cc V12 Cyl 48V petrol

    Transmission:  4 RM EVO/ 4WS / 7 speed F1 dual clutch /E-diff

    Power:  680 bhp @ 8000pm

    Torque: 514 lbft @ 5,750rpm

    0-62MPH: 3.4 Sec

    Max Speed: 208 mph

    CO2: 350 g/km

    MPG: 18.8 (combined)

    Price: from £231,310 (car driven £280,222)


    Many thanks to Jason and everyone at Ferrari North Europe for the loan of their GTC4Lusso


    Liam Bird
  • Cub group accompany Mayor to a royal evening at local care home
    05 Jul 2016

    Morris Care, recently hosted Boreatton Cubs Group with honorary special guests and VIPs at one of its leading homes in Shrewsbury, to celebrate 100 years of scouting and the Queen’s 90th Birthday.

    Isle Court Nursing Home in Bicton, Shrewsbury, welcomed the 22 Cubs along with the Mayor of Shrewsbury Ioan Jones and Richard Brett Chairman of Bicton Parish Council.

    The special afternoon tea party was exclusively organised by the Cub group as it celebrated 100 years of scouting and aimed at encouraging interaction, engagement and involvement for the younger generation to meet and share memories with the residents.

    The Cubs brought along bunting, board games and 100 fairy cakes which were all regally decorated and presented in British themed cases. Residents and VIP guests were also treated to musical performances including a guitar and flute solo by Alex Hamil and Emily Bramble, along with participating in a number of traditional and classic games including ‘Top Trumps’.  

    Jonathan Breese, Deputy Home Manager at Isle court said: “We were delighted to host the Cubs and their special guests who brought lots of energy and fun to the home for the evening. The residents also enjoyed having the opportunity to take part in a different social activity, spending time and sharing laughter and stories along with testing their mettle in the variety of games played with the Cubs,.”

    “Having the chance to bring together generations from each end of the spectrum was a great way of equally teaching and learning from one another, which I for one thoroughly enjoyed witnessing and hope that we have the chance to do something similar again.”

    The event is just one of many hosted throughout all Morris Care homes which has a full and varied social plan for its residents to help maintain independence and encourage social interaction between both residents and local community groups.  

    As an established family business, Morris Care proudly celebrates 25 years of clinical care and excellence across its six care homes within Shropshire and Cheshire.

    For more information visit

  • Fun Things to do in Shrewsbury
    23 Feb 2014

    Shrewsbury is one of these places which has a lot of hidden gems which, if found, can transform your time in the town.  Just north-west of Birmingham, this historic town has styli retained its medieval street layout.  In this article, we will outline some of the best things for you to do in Shrewsbury.

    The Adventure Rope Course

    We have to admit, this may not be the ideal activity for many people, who would rather spend their time relaxing.  However, this would certainly be our first point of call!  If you are looking for a bit of energetic fun, head on down to this course at the Albrighton Hall Hotel.  This Rope Course is a multiple activity adventure game for all the family.  Head on down there and try The Giant Swing, The Leap of Faith, The Parachute Simulator and the Adventure Tunnels.

    Battlefield Falconry Centre

    If the first item on the list does not sound like your cup of tea, then this one might be more like it.  Shrewsbury has a falconry centre where you can visit to see and interact with these beautiful birds.  Take yourself on a walk through the stunning countryside and you will be able to guide a Harris Hawk to your gloved fist after she follows you through the trees. Don’t miss out on this chance to experience this true bond between man and the bird.

    Long Mountain Pony Trekking

    Go on one of these well-renowned pony treks and experience the beautiful Shropshire hills like never before.  It does not matter whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, all of the ponies and horses are carefully selected due to their relaxed and passive temperament.  There are not many ways you can spend a day which are more relaxing than this!

    Drummond Outdoor

    Back to a suggestion for those who are more inclined towards seeking thrills, we recommend you visit the Drummond Outdoor centre, where you can get involved in a whole range of activities, including water sports such as kayaking and canoeing.   This is a perfect way to spend the day, as long as you don’t mind the possibility of getting a bit wet!  We highly recommend that you check this place out, especially if are visiting during the warmer summer months.

    AMF Bowling

    Now we’re getting on to the more late night attractions.  This is by no means unique to Shrewsbury, but bowling is always a good night out regardless.  You can head down there whether you are just a couple or you are part of a larger group.  Have a few games of bowling and have a few drinks at the same time and you’ll be well on your way to a good night out. 


    Along the same lines, you could visit one of the local bingo halls if you are looking for some night time excitement.  Or, if you would rather just stay at home and enjoy the gambling thrill in comfort, you could always play at online bingo sites.  There are absolutely loads of choices that you could select from.  Today, there are well over 400 sites available and the process of weeding out the bad ones can be quite a task. Fortunately for you, there are some sites dedicated to reviewing online bingo sites in order to be able to recommend you the best ones.  You may want to stick with only the newest sites in the industry.  If so, click here for new bingo sites and you will be guaranteed a good time.

    Pete White
  • Win a canvas competition launches [EXPIRED]
    27 Jun 2012
    Artwork competition at Hive Shrewsbury

    The Hive Music and Media Centre in Shrewsbury has launched an exciting competition where entrants have the unique opportunity to win one of two stunning large canvases by Shrewsbury-based street artist Matt Sewell!

    The competition follows on from the Hive’s community street party in May, which is when the eye-catching artworks were produced by the artist – and also from the popular street art exhibition which has just come to an end in the Hive Gallery space. Both of the one-off canvases are of a bold striking design, with one painting depicting a Goldfinch and the other a Bullfinch.

    Matt Sewell is a dynamic and highly acclaimed young artist, illustrator and ornithologist. He has worked extensively across the UK and internationally on projects for clients as diverse as; The RSPB, Volvo, Honda, The Guardian, BBC, Crown paint, Vans footwear, Eastpak, Paul Smith clothing and Helly Hansen clothing. His work has taken him to locations including Tokyo, Melbourne, Brisbane, Dublin, Manchester, Brighton, London, Bilbao and Madrid.

    Katie Jennings, Programmes and Project Manager at the Hive said “Our competition provides a very rare chance for people to win a large one-off original artwork by Matt, who is an extremely talented artist. Entry in to the prize draw costs £3 with all funds raised supporting the Hive’s work with young people across the county. ”

    To enter the prize draw, visit the Hive in person on 5 Belmont, SY1 1TE or call 01743 234970 - the deadline for entering is Friday August 31. For further information on the artwork competition, visit

  • Advertise on Love Shrewsbury
    08 May 2013

    Now is a great time to advertise on Love Shrewsbury. With rates from only £240 per month for site wide advertising its never been easier to reach a huge local audience.

    Contact [email protected] or call 01743 343411 to find out more.

    Pete White
  • Exciting News Blood Brothers 2015 at Theatre Severn
    11 Dec 2014

    Following his recent portrayal of Che in the highly acclaimed West End run of EVITA at the Dominion Theatre, MARTI PELLOW returns to the stage for a strictly limited season in BLOOD BROTHERS.

    From Tuesday 13 January MARTI PELLOW will play Narrator at theatres across the UK - a role he played previously in the West End. He’ll be joined be MAUREEN NOLAN, who returns to the musical as the tragic Mrs Johnstone.

    MARTI PELLOW is one of music’s most respected artists. For over 30 years he has enjoyed global success: as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist, and as one of the UK’s most acclaimed leading men of musical theatre. Starring roles include Evita, Blood Brothers, The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde and Chicago. As a solo-singer, recording artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti Pellow has enjoyed virtually unrivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including the seminal Love Is All Around. In 2013, after 20 years apart, Wet Wet Wet reunited for a sell-out arena tour. That same year, Marti released Hope, his eighth solo album, and this year he released Boulevard of Life, which saw him return to his roots as a singer-songwriter and collaborate with some of his closest friends in the industry, including Chris Difford from Squeeze, for an album of soul, country and pop.

    Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright WILLY RUSSELL has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performance. It is one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.

    Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

    MAUREEN NOLAN has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old. Together they became one of Europe’s first girl bands – The Nolans. The Nolans’ success is legendary, including phenomenal record sales worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold more records than The Beatles! Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim. She was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earning them entry in to the Guinness Book of Records.

    Willy Russell is undeniably one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists. His countless credits include Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine. Educating Rita, originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, enjoyed a two year run in the West End and was made into a movie starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters. Shirley Valentine also made the move from stage to screen in an enormously popular film starring Pauline Collins and Tom Conti.

    Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with design by Andy Walmsley.  Dan Samson is the sound designer. Tom De Keyser is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the musical director.

    Pete White
  • Community Cafe in Church Stretton!
    16 Feb 2015

    Mayfair’s café is located in the very heart of the centre and offers breakfasts, light bites and lunches.

    Our ethos is to provide freshly cooked food at a reasonable price and locally sourced, where possible.  All of our meat comes from Houghs butchers in Church Stretton and our milk comes from Mawley Milk in Cleobury Mortimer.

    The kitchen not only provides meals for our café and daycare clients, but it also cooks meals for our Mayfair Meals clients. Mayfair Meals is a ‘meals on wheels’ service that is delivered by the Good Neighbours volunteers, 365 days a year. This service is used by people who are unable to cook a hot meal for themselves, and it is also often used by those who have just come home from hospital. 

    The kitchen is very well supported by our enthusiastic and loyal team of volunteers, who, on a daily basis, make sandwiches, drinks, serve puddings, waitress, wash up and clear away. Without the help of the volunteers, Mayfair’s kitchen would have difficulty operating. Throughout the year, these volunteers also support any catering events that we have, from serving hot dinners, putting buffets together and making sandwiches. Volunteers are a vital part of the event catering service. 

    Mayfair Community Centre – Catering Menus, For room hirers and events.

    Gold Selection £7.50 per head

    Please allow 1 round of sandwiches per person and select from the following options.  Minimum 5 rounds per filling.


    Beef, Rocket and Horseradish
    Smoked Ham, Tomato and Wholegrain Mustard
    Prawn and Marie Rose Sauce with Little Gem Lettuce
    Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
    Brie and Cranberry
    Hummus and Roasted Pepper

    Quiche – one of the following

    Sautéed Leek and Stilton
    Chicken and Ham

    Cheese and Onion Tart

    Sausage Rolls OR Handmade Pork Pie

    Hand Cut Crisps

    Silver Selection £6.00 per head

    Please allow 1 round of sandwiches per person and select from the following options. 

    Minimum 5 rounds per filling.


    Smoked Ham, Tomato and Wholegrain Mustard
    Tuna Sweetcorn bound with Mayonnaise
    Free range egg mayo and cress
    Cheese and Chutney

    Cheese and Onion Tart

    Sausage Rolls OR Handmade Pork Pie

    Hand Cut Crisps

    Bronze Selection £5 per head

    Please allow 1 round of sandwiches per person and select from the following options. 

    Minimum 5 rounds per filling.


    Free range egg mayonnaise and cress
    Cheese and Chutney
    Ham and Mustard

    Sausage Rolls OR Handmade Pork Pie

    Hand Cut Crisps

    Quiches - Priced at £1.20 per person/portion

    Quiche Lorraine
    Sautéed Leek and Stilton
    Roasted vegetable and brie

    Salads – Priced at £1 per person/portion

    Minimum 5 person/portion.

    Homemade coleslaw
    Cous Cous Salad
    Potato, boiled egg, smoked sausage and mayo salad
    Pasta, Pesto and Cherry Tomato Salad

    Freshly Made Cakes – priced at £1 per person/portion

    Carrot Cake
    Rich Fruit Cake
    Coffee Cake
    Lemon Drizzle Cake

    Hot Buffet  – priced at £12 per person includes a pudding

    Please note that this option is only available for afternoon/evening and weekend bookings.

    Pick One of the following:

    Oven Roasted Seasonal Vegetables with balsamic (mushrooms, red onions, courgettes etc)
    Seasonal Vegetables

    Pick One of the following:

    Sautéed Paprika Potatoes with Oregano
    Boiled Potatoes
    Warm Potato Salad served with Smoked Sausage and Boiled Egg
    Warm Pasta Salad, bound with Pesto, Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

    Pick One of the following:

    Warm Quiches:

    Quiche Lorraine
    Sautéed Leek and Stilton
    Roasted vegetable and brie

    Pick two of the following:

    Chicken and mushroom puff pastry parcels bound in a white sauce
    Broccoli, cheese and onion puff pastry parcels bound in a white sauce
    Sausage Plait – sausage meat cooked with sage and onions and baked in a puff pastry shell


    Minimum order of 10 people please chose 2 options from those below:

    Lemon Mousse served with shortbread
    Chocolate Mousse Pots
    Apple Crumble with custard or cream
    Treacle Tart with custard or cream

    Hot Meals – priced at £13.50 per person includes a pudding

    Please note that this option is only available for afternoon/evening and weekend bookings.

    Minimum order of 10 people please chose 2 options from those below:

    Chicken Curry served with spiced basmati rice and naan bread
    Chicken, Ham and Leek Pie served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
    Beef and Ale Pie topped with Puff Pastry served with a Creamy Mash and Seasonal vegetables
    Beef Lasagne served with boiled new potatoes and stir fried vegetables
    Houghs Sausages served with a Creamy Mash, Onion Gravy and Seasonal vegetables
    Spanish Sausage Casserole served with roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
    Ham, Brocolli and Cheese Bake served with Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
    Eggs Mornay served with Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables


    Minimum order of 10 people please chose 2 options from those below:

    Lemon Mousse served with shortbread
    Chocolate Mousse Pots
    Apple Crumble with custard or cream
    Treacle Tart with custard or cream


    Tea or Fresh Coffee – per person £1.00
    (add biscuits at .20p per person)
    Speciality Teas (Earl Grey, English Breakfast or Fruit Tea) - £1.00 per person
    Apple or Orange Juice - £1 per person


    For any queries or questions, please don’t hesitating contacting Mayfair Community Centre on 01694 722077, and speak to Sophie Eades, Centre Coordinator












    Sophie Eades
  • Running A Dog Business Doesn't Have To Mean Chasing Your Tail
    25 Jan 2017

    A SHROPSHIRE CANINE charity trustee is turning things on their head by using the skills she has learnt in the third sector to become a guru in the business world.

    Andrea Newton is the founder of dog rescue charity, Finding Furever Homes (FFH) which uses kennels in Condover.  Having managed to rehome over 500 dogs in the last four years and build up a very loyal supporter/fundraising base – including more than 33,000 Twitter followers – all without a single member of staff, Andrea has a proven pedigree in dogs, business and marketing.

    Now Andrea, who also runs ABD Training – a successful human resources business – is using all her knowledge and experience gained as a lifetime dog owner and Founder of FFH, combined with her marketing and business skills to launch The Canine Business Coach, so she can help others start, improve and expand their dog businesses.

    Andrea explains: “People are always talking about how charity needs to be more business-like and how the third sector needs to encourage more business people, but when I started Finding Furever Homes I always knew it needed to be run like a business – one which needed to make every penny count and make the best use of all the marketing tools available in order to save as many dogs as possible.

    “The charity does not exist to make profit like a business would, but we still have a product we need to promote and a customer base of adopters we need to keep happy. That is why we work with dog trainers and behaviourists, even after our animals are adopted and continue to offer comprehensive support in the new homes which we think really sets us apart.

    “We also have a massive online following and supporter base which is vital to fundraising, finding homes for animals and also general support and awareness of dog welfare issues.”

    Having worked alongside a number of kennels, dog groomers, dog behaviourists and even walkers and pet sitters, Andrea came to realise how passionate most of them were about animals. But in many cases she finds that whilst they know dogs and what they do extremely well, they often find the business and marketing aspect of being self-employed a massive struggle.

    She said: “Through Finding Furver Homes I have met and worked with some great people who have some real skills when it comes to dogs but I often find however good they are at what they do they are still struggling to make money, to keep going or to expand – they are constantly chasing their tails.

    “They know and love dogs and so it makes sense for them to run a dog business, but often they have limited business or marketing knowledge and that is where I come in. I can help as a mentor or on a one-off basis and I can help them with the commercial stuff they maybe don’t understand or struggle with.”

    For more information about The Canine Business Coach visit

  • Shrewsbury College student crowed Carpentry Apprentice of the Year!
    21 Dec 2015

    A Shrewsbury College Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice has been crowned the Apprentice of the year 2015.

    Elliot Goode, 25, from Shrewsbury, is in the final year of a three year Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry with Shrewsbury-based family run firm English Construction Ltd.

    Construction Manager at the firm, Nathan Buckley, entered Elliot into the awards run by Shropshire Construction Training Group.

    Elliot, received a trophy and a cheque for £200 when he picked up his award at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury, recently.

    Elliot said: “I always wanted to do carpentry and I got in touch with English Construction, was interviewed and offered an Apprenticeship. I have worked on the £multi-million development of the historic Lady Forester Nursing Home in Much Wenlock, which is a very exciting and interesting project, as well as many other jobs besides.

    “It was a very straightforward process to sign up to the Apprenticeship through the College. The only frustrating thing is that I didn’t do it sooner!

    “It’s definitely a career rather than just a job and will be for the rest of my life. Eventually I would like to run my own construction business.

    “The Apprenticeship is well-taught, both at the College and on-site with English Construction. I have already learnt a lot and the tutors are knowledgeable and really push to get the best from you. I am really pleased to have won this award and think it will help me go forwards in my career.”

    Nathan started an Apprenticeship himself through the College in 2006 which he finished with English Construction Ltd in 2009.

    Since then, Nathan worked his way up through the company to become construction manager, where he now oversees the work of over 20 tradespeople and three apprentices, including Elliot, who are all training through Shrewsbury College.

    In 2011 Nathan was crowned the regional winner of the Federation of Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award and in October this year, he was crowned the national runner-up in the Youth Build Young Builder of the Year 2015 competition and collected his award at The Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

    Of Elliot’s award he said: “I entered Elliot into these awards because he is a brilliant apprentice. What makes him so good is his ability to handle jobs on his own. I can trust his skills and ability if I send him to a job to manage alone, which is a real achievement seeing as he won’t finish his Apprenticeship until next year. We are really proud of him for winning this award.”

    Stuart Raine, Curriculum Leader for Construction & Trades at Shrewsbury College, said: “This is fantastic for Elliot. He has worked really hard while at College and it’s brilliant to hear such positive feedback about how he doing on site and making such a difference to the company he works for. It just goes to show what fantastic opportunities Apprenticeships can provide for individuals and businesses.”

  • Hive in the swing of summer
    09 Jul 2014
    Hive Shrewsbury - youth arts charity and community venue

    Youth arts charity and community venue the Hive, has released it's summer programme of activity. There's plenty of culture and entertainment on offer for people of all ages, with summer holiday workshops for young people a particular highlight as always!

    The summer holiday workshops commence on Wednesday July 23 with a Film-making masterclass. Taking place for ages 8-13 years, it willl run between 10am and 3:30pm. Participants will be able to learn about story development, gaining hands-on experience in all stages of film production. Places cost £20 per young person.

    Shrewsbury Youth Theatre are presenting two drama workshops this year, one running for a week and starting on Monday July 28; the other taking place for two days on July 24 and 25. The Play In a Week workshop is for ages 8-13 and costs just £75 for the full week. The two-day workshop, introduced for the first time this year, costs £40 for the two days and is aimed at those aged 14-18 years. Both drama workshops are expected to sell out in advance!

    The final summer holiday workshop for young people will be a stop-frame animation workshop on August 5. Places cost £20 and young people involved will explore various techniques to create an animation in a day.

    Habib Malik-Mansell of the Hive said "Our summer workshops are always popular every year - but that's not all that is taking place! We have just hosted a couple of special one-off events, including the two film screenings that tied-in with the Shrewsbury Food Festival for example."

    The Hive has a full schedule of stunning art exhibitions within their gallery space, currently presenting images by the Shropshire Photographic Society, who are showcasing an eclectic mix of images - many of which are for sale.

    Alyson Lanning, Director of the Hive added "Of course, there's also the usual array of other activities such as the Shrewsbury Jazz network concerts, who offer jazz fans a Tribute to Cal Tjader this Saturday, July 12. It promises to be another evening which is not to be missed!"

    Copies of the Hive's summer brochure can be obtained from the Hive in person on 5 Belmont, SY1 1TE - or people can find copies at alternative outlets including Shrewsbury's Tourist Information Centre. For further information on the Hive's full calendar of forthcoming events visit:

  • Union donate laptops to Severnside Housing's Learning Centre
    13 Jul 2016

    UCATT have donated laptops to Severnside Housing’s Learning Committee for use in their Learning Centre.

    Stuart Baker from UCATT said “UCATT have a great working relationship with Severnside so are pleased to be able to donate the laptops from our Union Learning Fund, which was set up to support our members and enhance their learning opportunities.”

    Severnside’s Learning Committee, made up of Severnside colleagues and local trade union representatives, aims is to promote, initiate, support and monitor lifelong learning activities across the organisation.  The Committee work to make learning opportunities as accessible and affordable as possible to all employees, enabling them to increase skills and maximise their potential.

    Wendy Brookfield, Head of Community Services at Severnside said “Severnside’s Learning Committee is delighted with the new laptops UCATT have very kindly donated to our learning centre.  We maintain strong links with our local trade unions and work closely to improve learning opportunities for our staff.


    Image from left – John Houghton (Severnside), Melanie O’Donoghue (Severnside), Stuart Baker (UCATT), Martin Carter (Severnside), Helen Lorrimer (Severnside), Neil Vernon (Unionlearn), Wendy Brookfield (Severnside).

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