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  • Fantastic Local Dog Walk From Our Friend Boomerang
    17 Jul 2012


    1 1/4 miles – less than an hour

    This is a lovely walk with no traffic worries for dogs and children as you walk around the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403.

    The battle was one of the bloodiest conflicts ever to take place on British soil and as many as 5000 men are thought to have died. Along the walk are interesting information points which tell you why, when and who was involved.

    With a small detour towards the end of the route you can find out more at the free visitor centre at Battlefield 1403. The added bonus is that you can browse around the farm shop, butchery and tea room. Dogs are restricted to outside areas but are given a warm welcome and there are plenty of water bowls.

    Whilst there you can visit Tilly the English Pointer at the Battlefield Falconry centre.

    1.Park at the Battlefield Heritage site (note there are vehicle height restrictions) PostcodeSY4 3DB. Walk a short distance to a wooden gate and when you pass through take a left. From here you can walk your dogs (and kids!) off a lead if you choose.

    2. Follow the path as you walk around the Battlefield, through gates under the pylons. By the large oak tree there is information regarding the Battle.

    3. Keep following the path until you arrive at a little gate. Keep left and follow your nose through some woodland. Walk through a second gate to arrive at a field.

    4. You will arrive at the beautiful, yet redundant, St Mary Magdalenes church which was built in 1406 as a memorial to those who lost their lives. It is from here that you can detour to the Battlefield 1403 visitor centre by crossing the churchyard and field.

    5. Alternatively, keep following the path until you arrive at a bridge and taking the left hand gate walk into a field which is perfect for a spot of ball throwing! Walk through the gate on the opposite side and take a left to arrive back at your start point.

    Boomerang the dog, also known as J K Growling, and his owner Karen Lloyd write a series of dog-friendly walk books including a book for Shrewsbury and surrounding areas.

  • Striding Out for Severn Hospice
    25 Apr 2017
    Hannah Gamston from Severn Hospice gets ready for Severn Stride with Indigo.

    People are being urged to step forward and stride out to raise money for a Shropshire hospice.

    Hannah Gamston from Severn Hospice gets ready for Severn Stride with Indigo.

    The 17-mile Severn Stride will raise funds for Severn Hospice - with scores of people set to ramble or run from the charity’s site at Bicton in Shrewsbury to its hospice at Apley Castle, Telford.

    Held for the first time in 2014, the ever-popular event will go ahead on September 9 and Severn Hospice Fundraising Officer Hannah Gamston said it was a day that would suit everyone.

    “It really doesn’t matter if you are a runner, a power-walker or a rambler, whether you fancy a sponsored challenge or a scenic walk out with your dog, the Severn Stride is for you,”  she said.

    “We have had people of all ages and interests taking part and enjoying the experience in recent years - the important thing is they enjoy themselves and raise money for Severn Hospice in the process.

    “The date of the Stride has moved from spring to autumn this year so those taking part can enjoy the seasonal scenery. It’s a great event for us every year, people taking part love it and it also provides the opportunity to celebrate and support Severn Hospice.”

    Last year’s event proved hugely successful, raising £13,000 which went directly to helping the hospice care for patients and their families.

    People are being urged to sign up to the event now. The entry fee is £15 for an adult and £10 for a child. Each adult who signs up for the walk is being asked to raise a minimum of £30 in sponsorship.

    The walk will start at the hospice’s Bicton site in Shrewsbury and then wend its way along the approximate 17-mile route through some of the best countryside Shropshire has to offer and end at the Apley hospice.

    A shuttle bus service will be provided for those people who may wish to leave their cars at the finish. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult, and dogs are also welcome but won’t be allowed on the shuttle bus service.

    The Severn Stride is one of the highlights on the Severn Hospice calendar and a great day out among the Shropshire landscape.

    People wanting to register for the Severn Stride should visit the website,

    Anyone wanting further information can email [email protected]  or telephone 01952 221351.

    Severn Hospice cares for thousands of people in Shropshire and Mid Wales every year - with 2,155 new patients being referred to them last year alone.

  • 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
  • Afternoon Tea and Charity Fashion Sale
    21 Jun 2012

    Afternoon Tea And Chairty Fashion Sale in Shrewsbury.

  • Cycling in and around Shrewsbury
    29 Sep 2016

    Shrewsbury’s conveniently positioned in miles of glorious Shropshire countryside not far from the Welsh borders. This means that for residents and visitors alike, it’s an idyllic location for getting outside on a cycling adventure. Whether you’re looking for a gentle day out winding your way through pretty country lanes, or a more challenging route that will test your endurance, there are a number of cycling opportunities in and around Shrewsbury. Here’s a look at a few of the most enchanting, or you can view a full directory of Shropshire routes here.

    Cycling within Shrewsbury

    There are numerous green spaces within Shrewsbury that are ideal for walking and cycling, like Quarry Park. For a longer loop that really lets you take in the town’s rewarding sights, the Lyth Hill Loop offers spectacular views as you head into the Shropshire Hills. You’ll pass by Stapleton Church, and travel to Lyth Hill with its areas of woodland and scrub to explore. Another option is the 10-mile Home Farm Highlights route, following Route 81 from Shrewsbury through Uffington to Home Farm, Attingham. You can choose to extend the route to Rodington to make it 16 miles. Home Farm’s located at Attingham Park, a working farm with animals, tearooms. The home-made ice cream is a worthy treat after a long cycle!

    The Lady Halton Route

    One of the easier rides in the Shropshire area, this is a family-friendly loop that spans seven miles of tracks and tranquil lanes around Ludlow. It’s an hour’s drive outside of Shrewsbury, making it a good idea for a day out. The loop takes you past Linney Riverside Park and Oakly Park before returning to give you a prime view over Ludlow Castle. There are plenty of spots to have a bite or enjoy the views along the way, which is ideal if travelling with small children.




    Some day-trippers prefer to cycle away from Shrewsbury into the Shropshire Hills and go off-roading. If you’re into mountain biking, this can offer fun and challenging routes. Some of the most popular rides include the Jack Mytton Way and Long Mynd.  Hopton Wood is an hour’s drive from Shrewsbury, and is known as a prime centre of downhill mountain biking.  If you choose to go off-roading, be sure to stay sensitive about your impact on the environment. Pay close attention to local wildlife and livestock, and try not to ride over plants. Be sure you have the right type of bike and gear for the job as well. Stock up on accessories like bottle bags and bike lights ahead of time.  

    Six Castles Cycleway

    If you’re up for a longer challenge, this 58-mile route runs between Shrewsbury and Leominster. Along the way, you’ll meander through the Rea Valley into Wales, pass near Bishop’s Castle, and then up and over the hills to Craven Arms. There are six castles marking the route, including Bishop’s Castle, Richard’s Castle, Shrewsbury Castle, Ludlow Castle, and Croft Castle. Finish up with a visit to Stokesay Castle. With changing scenery and unique architecture at each castle, it’s a fascinating ride.


    Pete White
  • Pipekit's Perfect Pitch
    26 Apr 2017
    Pipekit Helps Local Caravan Park Achieve Perfect Pitch

    Owners of Cartref Caravan and Camping site in Ford Heath, Shrewsbury have selected Pipekit to supply all pipework needs for its ongoing drainage and pitch improvements, as they seek to create an award winning, family camping and caravanning site.

    CS Towers Company purchased the site in June 2015 having been impressed with the basic imprint and set about on an extensive refurbishment programme to drive up standards.  The Cartref team wanted to work with local suppliers, where possible, and having met Shrewsbury based Pipekit at a local trade show - Salop Leisure - they were impressed with Pipekit’s breadth of product choice and technical expertise.

    Based on Pipekit’s recommendations, Cartref selected MDPE water pipe and a range of pipework and fittings from the Floplast and Philmac brands to meet the diverse range of drainage and mains and grey water service upgrades required on site.  

    Improving the land drainage across the whole site was the first requirement.  With the natural lie of the land and surrounding ditches and ponds, a number of the pitches and camping areas were prone to flooding.  Drainage alterations were therefore a prerequisite to keep the future site working to optimum capacity during wet periods and/or during winter months.  Particularly in light of the business applying for a 12 month operating license.  

    This saw Cartref altering the lie of the land in the flood prone areas and installing a new drainage pipework network to those locations.  Pipekit supplied 110MM Floplast underground drainage pipework and fittings to channel surface level run off into the natural ditches around the site. This dramatically improved the site’s flood management capabilities and has brought into use some areas of the site which had previously been unreliable.  In doing this, Cartref Caravan and Camping added 14 fully serviced pitches.  

    Upgrading the caravan pitches was always an essential part of the original business plan.  When the current owners took over, Cartref Caravan and Camping had 46 hard standing pitches with standard electric hook up.  But the ambition of the Cartref team is to transform every pitch into a full service offering, with electric hook up, mains water connection and grey water drainage to help turn the site into a home from home.  An ambition that is also    reflected in the name of Cartref, which translated from Welsh simply means ‘home’.

    To date the Cartref team has converted 35 standard pitches to fully serviced, with further plans to upgrade all existing standard pitches by the end of 2017.  A combination of 600 metres of 25 and 32mm MDPE pipework and Philmac compression fittings were used to install mains water and grey waste drainage provision into each fully serviced pitch and connect the water and drainage networks across the site.

    Pipekit has further supplied all the drainage and water connections required for a small, quirky bar - ‘Bartref’ - to the site.  An addition that stocks local ales and even a Shropshire gin to carry on the campsite’s ethos of stocking and supporting local produce and suppliers.

    Commenting on their evolving business, Katrina Williams, one of the management team said: “By buying into this campsite, we have attempted to take our passion of caravanning and turn it into a successful business. Everything we’re doing is about creating a high quality environment that we would like to stay and holiday in and offer it to our guests.  Part of that is our investment in high quality drainage and services.  However during our upgrades and work, we have always been keen to protect our abundant wildlife and are aiming for a Davis Bellamy award”.

    She continues, “Born and bred in Shropshire, we would like this to be a celebration of our county and that extends to the people we work with to create, maintain and evolve this business over time.  In the past we have worked with a national pipe company for our building requirements.  But it’s great to be able to support a local independent who can offer us the same like for like products and ranges, with the account relationship held at a local level. We have enjoyed working with the Pipekit team, in terms of their accessibility, technical expertise and fulfilment and will continue to use them in the future development of the site”.

    Martyn Rowlands, M.D of Pipekit added: “It was great to see a speculative introduction at a trade show bloom into a good working relationship.  We’re a local business with a national and international outreach.  But it’s always a little more satisfying to see the local projects evolve and know that you have played a part in improving that business”.








  • Follow Up To Leighton Hall Weddings Open Day
    26 Nov 2013

    More than 40 people planning to tie the knot came along to an open day at a country house in Shropshire.

    And as a result of their visit to Leighton Hall, near Wroxeter on Sunday 6th October, three couples have already booked their big day with Historic House Weddings and several more have asked for further information.

    Hannah Hall, owner of The Wroxeter Hotel, set up Historic House Weddings two years ago and said its popularity was growing.

    “It offers couples looking for a grand setting for their wedding while also wanting the high levels of service from a traditional hotel venue the best of both worlds,” she said.

    “We held an open day at Leighton Hall, with all the rooms decked out as they would be for a real wedding. It is a beautiful Georgian mansion set in stunning countryside yet still retains a homely feel due to the fact it is still the private home of the Corrie family.

    “We had a record number of visitors to the open day, which was brilliant, and three of the couples made their bookings within a few days, with several more expressing their keen interest and asking for more information.”

    Historic House Weddings aims to make the most of some of Shropshire’s stunning country homes by offering them as wedding venues, with all the expert catering and service that would come with a wedding held at The Wroxeter Hotel.

    “In the two years since we first launched the business and word has spread, more and more people are falling in love with the idea of getting married at what is for many a fairytale venue,” added Mrs Hall.

    Pete White
  • 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
  • Darwin Centre Trust launches International Institute for study of Compassion in Shrewsbury
    29 Sep 2015

    The new Darwin Centre Trust in Shrewsbury is to host a Press Conference at 6pm at the Lion Hotel next Wednesday 30th September to launch the International Institute for the Study of Compassion. The Conference will be attended by individuals and media from across the Globe, including leading figures such as Andrew Stone, ex chair of Marks & Spencer, Karen Armstrong author & TED prize winner, & author Ruth Padel the great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin. It will be followed by a ground breaking working conference at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on 1 and 2 October 2015 to explore what sustains compassion in individuals, organisations and society. 

    Compassion is a core concern in our health, social care and educational services.  It is core to community and inter-cultural relations and, most pressingly right now, in the world’s response to refugees and migrants.  The conference will comprise of workshops and opportunities for debate with international experts, looking at the relevance and rigour of compassion in today’s world. There will be the opportunity to meet and talk to members of the group who have brought the IISC into being* and to a range of international thinkers.

    Presentations of work by projects local to Shropshire, such as emergency poet Deborah Alma who welcomes individuals to her 1970s ambulance, will also stimulate thinking.  More than ever, we need to understand what compassion means and what undermines it and how it can be fostered. The Conference, and the new Institute, will bring together work from many disciplines to illuminate these questions.

    The Trust, the Institute and the Conference have the support of the Darwin family, and his great-great-granddaughter, the poet Ruth Padel, will be reading from her celebrated verse biography of Charles Darwin (Darwin, a Life in Poems), and discussing his views on the development of moral conscience and compassion.

    The Institute will also establish a scheme like the Fulbright or Rhodes scholarships, called the Darwin Scholarship Programme which will provide bursaries for students to study the importance of compassion during a 3 year PHD course in their particular discipline such as business, health and social care etc. Universities from across the globe are currently expressing interest (including from South Africa, the US, the UK, Pakistan, Portugal). The students from across the Globe will meet in Shrewsbury for 4 weeks each summer. The Institute has a vision to grow future leaders of society from across the world. The title of the scholarship programme recognises the vital perspective that Darwin’s and subsequent evolutionary thinking offers on the development of cooperation and altruism in human society.

    *Steering Group Members include Karen Armstrong, writer and lecturer, Mohammed Keshavjee, scholar and writer, Professor Mervyn Morris,  Dr Clare Gerada, Past Chair of the Royal College of GPs.  The group is chaired by Professor Patrick Pietroni, and supported by facilitator and writer, John Ballatt.



    Places available for media to attend press conference, conference, and dinner

    Visuals of speakers available.

    Chair Professor Patrick Pietroni & speakers available for interview

    Contact: [email protected] 07725 035738 to reserve/ request further information




  • Latest from Shrewsbury Town FC
    14 Feb 2013

    After Shrewsbury Towns second away win of the season at Preston (and their second double), a tough game against Sheffield United at home came next. The Blades were without a win for nearly a month having lost 3 and drawn 1 of their last 4 games. With Town winning the previous week, I was rather hopeful that we could get another decent result against a  much better team. Graham Turner was forced into a change in the line up with Ryan Doble replacing the injured Marvin Morgan and Paul Parry replacing Luke Rodgers.

    The first half was a well fought battle between the 2 sides, with Chris Weale being the busier of the 2 keepers. Weale was probably the pick of the Town players and made some very decent saves on what was his 31st birthday. Neither side broke the deadlock in the first half so they went into the break at 0-0.

    Town started the second half without top scoring winger Jon Taylor who had picked up a knock in the first half. Luke Summerfield replaced the young Liverpudlian but Shrewsbury missed Taylor's pace in the second half. The Blades were certainly the better team in the second half, forcing birthday boy Weale into several very good saves. United were certainly the better side in the second half, they looked stronger physically and had some very skilful players in their first team.  In the 64th minute Town made their second change replacing Ryan Doble with Tom Bradshaw.

    It had been Dobles first start in a Shrewsbury shirt and it had been a difficult one with him having very little in the way of chances to feed off.

    With an hour on the clock, the Blades scored a rather fortunate goal. Jonathan Forte forced another great save from Chris Weale at very close range, but the resulting clearance pinged into the net after rebounding of a United player. Town rallied a bit after the goal, but not enough to get an equalizer and the Blades scored a second in the 72nd minute. Dave Kitson curled a shot into the corner of the Shrewsbury net, it was a top drawer shot that showed that his footballing ability matched his world class petulance and capacity for throwing himself to the floor.

    With 2 minutes of regular time remaining, Shrewsbury got a goal back when a great cross from Stephen McGinn missed everybody and went into the back of the net. But the goal was too little too late and Sheffield United fully deserved the 3 points that they won.
    Final score Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Sheffield United.

    Love Shrewsbury man of the match: Chris Weale.
    In other Town news, Jon Taylor's injury from the weekends game looks like it may force him to sit out Fridays game at Tranmere but Marvin Morgan is fit again. On Wednesday Graham Turner bolstered his strike force by signing Sheffield United forward Chris Porter who will be available for  the Tranmere game which will be televised by Sky television.


    Marcus Braddock

  • Preparing Your E-commerce Store for Christmas
    05 Dec 2016

    If you run an e-commerce store, Christmas is probably going to be your busiest time of the year. Organization and preparation are key to a successful and stress free-period. Get it right and you could well see your business continue to grow throughout the new year. These tips should help you get started.

    Write a Plan

    What are you hoping to achieve over the festive period? Do you have a sales target? Set yourself some goals, then think about how you’re going to meet them. Consider any special deals you might want to offer on the approach. If you don’t feel you can compete with some bigger firms, maybe hold off until January. Instead offer small incentives such as free delivery or a free gift wrapping service.


    Add a few festive touches to your website design and all your social media profiles. You don’t need to go overboard, just inject a little festive spirit. Consider Christmassy profile pictures, and perhaps some festive graphics. You might want to add a Christmas countdown to your home page. These little changes can get people feeling festive, and feeling like shopping. This is the time to show your fun side.


    It’s all well and good having a plan, and some great products, but you need to make sure people know about them. Advertise on your social media profiles. Comment on other people’s pages and share relevant links to your site.

    Stock Levels

    Make sure you’ve got enough stock in to deal with any growth in trade. You’ll need to do this as soon as you can if you haven’t already; Christmas shopping is very much underway. Try to find a balance between being realistic and prepared. You don’t want to run out of any key products. Also, always be realistic when it comes to delivery dates. This is more important than ever at Christmas time when customers are waiting for gifts. They need to be able to trust your promises. If something does go out of stock, update your website and share on social media immediately.

    Payment Options

    People shop online for its convenience. You need to make sure your site is incredibly efficient or this convenience is lost. One way to do this is to offer a range of payment options. To set up for card payments, look into High Risk Pay. PayPal is widely used, so you’ll want to offer that. Also, consider something like Amazon Payments, which allows uses to pay with their existing Amazon accounts.

    Check Your Site

    You’re going to have massively increased traffic to your site, so, you need to make sure it can handle it. Check speeds with your host, as well as your mobile optimization and customer experience. Go through your whole site as if you were a customer to double check everything.

    From a gift-wrapping service, to easy payment options, try to remove as much stress from Christmas shopping as you can. Your customers will remember all these little details, and keep coming back to you all year round.

    Pete White
  • Charlie’s Comic Relief charity head shave
    15 Mar 2013

    A brave fifteen year old schoolgirl shaved off her luscious locks yesterday in a bid to raise vital cash for charity.

    Priory School pupil Charlie Bowdler raised more than £500 for Comic Relief and donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust, a charity that makes wigs for children affected by cancer.

    “She was determined to do it,” said family friend and student hairdresser Tracy Wright, who agreed to cut Charlie’s hair. “She even did a presentation in assembly to explain to the other school pupils why she was doing it.”

    Caption: Charlie Bowdler (left) is pictured with Shrewsbury College Hairdressing student, Tracy Wright, in Elements salon.

  • Smoke Stop. The road to BBQ serves up tasty Lamborghinis!
    02 Nov 2015

    Shropshire's first American Smokehouse have revved up their menu and are introducing a tasty line up of new gourmet creations - including luxury Lamborghinis!
    Ryan King, manager of the popular Smoke Stop. The road to BBQ, at Ford, near Shrewsbury, said diners were in for a treat at the launch of their third new menu - which features The Lamborghini Special Edition lamb burger.

    Ryan and his partner Sophie Gwilliam, who run the eaterie, which offers an authentic American dining experience in rural Shropshire, have also created a peanut butter jelly burger.

    "It's a sweet and savoury sensation," said Ryan. "Myself and Sophie came up with the idea, tried it, and discovered that it's really, really nice.

    "It nicely complements the bacon marshmallow burger we introduced earlier this year and has proved to be a hit with people. I'm sure this one will be equally successful."

    Ryan added: "We've introduced a few other new burgers and it's all about keeping the fun aspect to what we do.

    "We've come up with a death row burger which has plenty of hot relish with it like jalapeno and scotch bonnet, a hot chilli. It's not for the faint hearted and is guaranteed to make you sweat - but we often have people coming in and asking for the hottest burgers we have.

    "There's also a new lamb burger which we're calling The Lamborghini special edition.

    "We've introduced big smoked turkey legs, ideal for people who have been to the gym and want a protein fix, while there's also new vegetarian options, so we're catering for everyone across the board really."

    Early feedback, said Ryan, has been excellent, with the new additions to the menu already hitting the right notes.

    He said: "Social media is great for us. We've installed free wifi and people often take pictures of their food and tweet about it so that gives us great instant feedback.

    "We've been open 15 months now, it's flown by, and we're really pleased with how it's going.

    "We're growing as a team and have now got 33 staff of all ages. Sophie and I are really proud that we've been able to employ so many people and give lots of youngsters their first job."

    Smoke Stop are also anticipating a busy Christmas and have bought a mini-bus to ferry revellers around town to help them get into the party mood.

    "It's an added touch to make their Christmas parties extra special," said Ryan. "We can take people into town after they've come out to Smoke Stop so they can continue their parties instead of having to get taxis.

    "It's another service we are happy to provide so people can come here and enjoy excellent food and a drink before being able to carry on their parties afterwards.

    "We're really looking forward to Christmas and have got quite a few big parties already booked in - but there's always room for more."

    Picture: Smoke Stop. The road to BBQ staff Joe Gwilliam and Charlotte Williams sample the popular new menu.

  • Salopian Brewery receives coveted Three Gold in the 2012 Great Taste Awards
    03 Aug 2012

    A bottled beer called Shropshire produced by Salopian Brewery based in Shrewsbury has been named as one of the top Foods within the UK. The list was drawn up as part of the Guild of Fine Food’s annual Great Taste accreditation scheme, which saw 8,807 food and drink products blind-tasted and whittled down over the course of 45 days by 350 experts.

    Salopian Brewery has been brewing in Shrewsbury since 1995 and has steadily grown to be one of the largest breweries in Shropshire. The brewery has received a plethora of awards over the past couple of years including coming in the top three of the Champion Beer of Britain last year.

    Wilf Nelson of Salopian Brewery was “elated that Shropshire Gold had been received so positively and that Shropshire Gold was in prestigious company receiving the three gold Stars”.

    Of the top food and drink products only 123 entries had gained a coveted 3-star gold. The brewery also received the accolade of one gold star for its bottled Oracle and Darwin’s Origin.

    Judges this year included Masterchef winner and restaurateur Mat Follas, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Charles Campion, food writers Lucas Hollweg and Xanthe Clay and over 300 food buyers from leading food halls, delicatessens and farm shops, including Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.
    Guild of Fine Food chairman Bob Farrand said that each of the food and drink products entered into Great Taste undergoes the most rigorous scrutiny.

    “To achieve a 3-star grading involves at least 25 experts unanimously agreeing that the product tastes divine,” he said. “. These products all deliver the most extraordinary taste.”

  • The Woodland Walk
    25 Sep 2012

    Time: 2 hours Approx     distance: 5 miles

    Woodland walks are always a firm favourite with my readers and this is a lovely walk at any time of the year with my lead off for much of it. Along the way you get to see the very impressive remains of Haughmond Abbey. Bow wow wow!

    1. Parking by the Corbett Arms walk straight over the road and down a public footpath then over stile. Walk to the opposite side of field following the Shropshire Way and pass over a bridge into another field. Here you can have your lead off providing there are no farm animals around.

    2. Continue to follow the path over the bridge with the stream underneath and walk through a field, over a stile and through a bushy area again picking up the path and then turn right which leads you into the woodland which is run by the Forestry Commission.

    3. At a fork turn left and follow yellow signs through woods until you hear traffic from a busy road. At this point you need your lead on.

    4. Cross the road turning left then immediately right and enter into Abbey Wood. You can see the impressive English Heritage site of Haughmond Abbey in front of you.

    5. Walking left into a field of farm animals and around the left hand side of the Abbey over stiles where necessary you get a breathtaking view of the former Augustinian Abbey. You can choose to pay to go in visit for further information.

    6. When you have walked through the stiles and to the top of a slight bank turn left into the Coppice (not onto Shropshire Way) and here you can have your lead off. Follow the path through the Coppice and at the end of the Coppice you will arrive at some gates. Take the left hand gate and walk across the field keeping the Coppice you have just walked through to your left.

    7. Entering a field on your right you will find another metal gate and walk past the works with a fence to your right and continue down the path turning right at the bottom and then right through another metal gate where you need your lead on.

    8. When through gate with wharf cottage across the road in front of you turn to the left and you will arrive back to your start point. Corbett Arms welcome dogs in their extensive beer garden to the back of the property.

  • ‘Elf & Safety’ is top of the agenda for Shropshire ‘Elf’ professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society
    05 Dec 2016

    Bluebird Care Shropshire is supporting The Alzheimer's Society this Friday as they take part in ELF DAY to offer support and raise awareness of dementia.

    The company, which was recently graded ‘Good’ across the board by the Care Quality Commission, provides at-home care to people living in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Oswestry, Ellesmere and the surrounding areas. It will be holding activities at its head offices in Bayston Hill and offices on Albion Hill in Oswestry town centre, as well as running a special session at the Oak Meadow Primary School in Bayston Hill.

    Carers and staff will swap their uniforms for Elf outfits as they undertake various tasks including dementia awareness sessions with HR Manager Ceri Eades at the school and Oswestry office, as well as a quiz, colouring competitions, ‘Elf & Safety’ Training with Training Officer Claire Gwilliam, and they’ll be baking and selling cakes.

    Director of Care, Claire Flavell, said: “We are really throwing ourselves behind this fun Christmassy event at both offices, but there’s a very serious message behind it that we feel a responsibility to the community to spread the word about. Christmas can be a very lonely time for families living with dementia. It can affect people of all ages, although it is more common in the elderly.

    “It isn’t just extremely isolating for people suffering with the illness, but can also be incredibly difficult for their families. This is why we are holding a dementia awareness session in the local primary school so we can begin helping young people understand what they can do to help their loves ones. Education about what people can do to help really can transform lives.

    “We are the official partners of Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service and have held dementia awareness sessions with their staff as well as many other groups around Shropshire as we work to create ‘dementia friends’.

    “We will be holding an open house at our offices so please so feel free to pop in, support us and learn more from 9.30am to 3pm including spotting the signs of dementia, living with and caring for someone with the illness including ways to make their home safer and how people can find out more about getting diagnosis and help. If anyone would like to attend the dementia awareness session at 12.30pm at our Oswestry offices, we request they call to book on 01743 874843.”

    For more information about Bluebird Care Shropshire, call 01743 874843, email [email protected] or visit Hi! O

    For more information on Elf Day please call 0330 333 0804 or email [email protected]

  • Shrewsbury Colleges Group to aim for ‘outstanding’ under leadership of new Principal and CEO
    24 Apr 2017

    James Staniforth, the newly appointed CEO and Principal of Shrewsbury Colleges Group, has officially taken up his post this month and has spoken of his plans to make the College ‘outstanding’. 

    Mr Staniforth joined the Group on 16 April from Strode College in Street, Somerset, which he joined as Principal and Chief Executive in August 2010 and which he led to being graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014. 

    Previous to that, he was Vice Principal at Richard Huish College in Taunton from June 2006 to August 2010, which was also graded outstanding in 2007. He therefore has experience of leading both sixth form and tertiary colleges and extensive experience of A Level, general further education and higher education provision. 

    Interim Principal and CEO, Lyn Surgeon, who has been at the College since August last year, stepped down just before Easter. 

    Speaking as he prepared to take up his position at the helm of the newly merged Shrewsbury Colleges Group (Shrewsbury College and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College), James Staniforth said: “I am committed to ensuring that Shrewsbury Colleges Group provides an outstanding education and training for all students, regardless of the route which they take. I want to ensure we are offering the right courses for each individual, with the very best quality to match their skills to take them where they want to go.  

    “This College needs to become an outstanding provider of education for academic, vocational, Higher Education, Apprenticeships and part-time courses. 

    “The College is here to serve its community. The largest, most visible group of people using the College and its services are 16-18 year olds, but the College also makes a real difference to a range of other groups through the breadth of education and training we offer and through our local and national strategic partnerships. 

    “I will be building on the great work that Lyn Surgeon has been doing both inside the college and externally through strengthening existing partnerships and forging new ones to ensure that the College is responsive to what the community wants. I have a vision of an outstanding community college with first-class academic and vocational excellence. There should be nothing we can’t achieve. What should underpin everything is being the very best we can be and regional and national leaders in education.” 

    Lyn Surgeon, said: “I am very proud to have been the Interim Principal of The Shrewsbury Colleges Group and am confident that under James's excellent leadership the College will go from strength to strength and be truly outstanding in every respect.” 

  • College hosts free Christmas Fayre
    30 Nov 2014

    Origins Restaurant at Shrewsbury College will be hosting a free Christmas Fayre on Saturday, 6 December between 10am and 2pm.

    Ted Coxon, Restaurant Manager at Origins would like to invite Shropshire shoppers along to the College’s festive fayre, which is set to offer a fantastic variety of local foods, crafts and Christmas gifts.

    The College held its first Christmas Fayre last year and with overwhelming success, it is back by popular demand.

    The restaurant, although not open for dining throughout the event, will be selling mulled wine and mince pies.

    Ted Coxon, Restaurant Manager, said: “We are kicking off December with this truly festive event which incorporates our love of all things local. It’s the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping with some produce from the county.

    “We hope as many people from the community join us throughout the event. Please get in touch with me if you would like to run a stall.”

    Local businesses and entrepreneurs can hire a stall at the fayre for a small charge of £5, which will be donated to the British Red Cross – but spaces are limited. Please contact Ted Coxon on 01743 342537.

    Pete White
  • Competition - The Adventures of Caitlin Haq [EXPIRED]
    02 Sep 2012

    To win a £5.00 Amazon gift voucher answer the following question:

    Shrewsbury College of Arts and Technology is abbriviated to what?

    a. asdik
    b. SCAT
    c. iwosj

    E-mail your answers to [email protected]  putting “Caitlin” in the subject line.

    Competion closes 13th September.

    Stuart Williams, a maths teacher at Shrewsbury College, has ended up with a completely unexpected publishing hit. While everyone has been talking about Fifty Shades of Grey Stuart’s book of 10 short stories for children has been quietly selling away on Amazon all summer.

    Already an established academic writer, Stuart published a factual book about non-league football in 2005 and has worked for publications such as Private Eye in the past. He wrote the first story as a way to make amends to his girlfriend, Helen, after an argument, using her daughter, Caitlin as the heroin of the story.  It must have worked as Stuart and Helen are now married with two more children.

    The book consists of 10 stand alone fantasy stories with some common characters and have Caitlin and  her black cat Slim flying on her bunk bed, helping dragons re-light their fire and beating up lots of bullies and smelly boys.

    Described by Emma Watson aka Hermione Granger, in a tweet to Stuart as, “Beautiful, I love them!” His book The Adventures of Caitlin Haq briefly touched the top 200 of Amazon children’s stories in August this year.

    To buy the Adventures of Caitlin Haq on Kindle go to where the first story can be read for free.

  • Student lock-in at House of Fraser
    31 Oct 2012
    Student lock-in event at House of Fraser in Shrewsbury

    House of Fraser, Shrewsbury has recently unveiled an exciting new partnership with the Hive Music and Media Centre in the town. The flagship department store will be working together with the Hive team on a diverse variety of events and initiatives, launching with a special student lock-in event at the store next Wednesday

    Taking place on Wednesday November 7th between 5:30pm and 7:30pm at House of Fraser, Shrewsbury on the High Street, young people will have the opportunity to shop in the store, whilst listening to live music from popular local group Not Completely Blonde. There will also be food provided by acclaimed local restaurant Eat-Up - and other attractions on offer to deliver an evening which is not too be missed! Tickets cost £5 for the event and can be purchased from the Hive in advance or brought on the night itself in-store. Funds raised from the student lock-in will support the Hive's work with young people and the wider community.

    The aim of the new partnership, aside from raising funds and awareness of the Hive as an independent charity, is to also raise awareness of House of Fraser throughout the town and with new audiences, such as young people.

    Habib Malik-Mansell, Marketing Assistant at the Hive said "We are extremely pleased to now be working with the House of Fraser Shrewsbury team, with some exciting plans already in the pipeline for the future. We are both located just around the corner from eachother, so it makes sense for us to combine forces in every way we can to maximise the opportunities for both business and charity". Speaking of the student lock-in event, he added "This special event will offer young people the chance to discover just how much House of Fraser actually has to offer them in Shrewsbury; and the live performance from Not Completely Blonde alone, is going to be fantastic".

    Tickets for the student lock-in on November 7th cost £5 and can be purchased in advance from the Hive on Belmont or from House of Fraser on the High Street. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the night. For more information on the new partnership, visit

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