Shrewsbury travel agency named the best in the nation

A travel agency in Shrewsbury has been named as the UK & Ireland's No. 1 Travel Agency.

Peakes Travel Elite was selected for this prestigious title as part of a power-list of the nation’s best agents by industry bible the Travel Trade Gazette.More than 500 travel agencies and branches put themselves forward for consideration for TTG’s Top 50 Travel Agencies 2019 – in association with Kuoni - from which a shortlist of 100 finalists across 20 categories was devised.

Shrewsbury’s newest school to double capacity in less than a year

Shrewsbury’s newest school which was rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted just weeks after it welcomed its first pupils in September of last year, is on track to double its student numbers less than a year after opening.  It has also been given Department for Education approval to officially increase its overall capacity to 20.

Morris Care appoints specialist Admiral Nurse for dementia support

A private care provider based in Shropshire has become one of the first in its area to appoint a specialist Admiral Nurse to support people living with dementia.

Shropshire County Show just days away

The 2019 Shropshire County Show is in sight, with just days to go until the Greenhous West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury is brimming with attractions, exhibitors and visitors.

Final preparations are being made for the show on Saturday (May 25) celebrating the vital role that the agricultural industry plays in everyone’s lives and offering a fantastic jam-packed day out for all ages and interests.

And organisers have just announced that they have secured a flypast, weather permitting, from the much-loved Dakota aeroplane, extensively used during World War II.

Treasure trove of books and antiques launches in Shrewsbury

A prominently located shop in Shrewsbury’s Frankwell area, has re-opened over three floors under the ‘Welsh Bridge Books & Collectables’ banner as an Aladdin’s cave of books, antiques and other collectables.  Legal support was provided by Charlotte Nutting, an Associate in FBC Manby Bowdler’s Shrewsbury-based Commercial Property team.

More retailers sign up to Shrewsbury Cup

Shrewsbury’s ground-breaking deposit coffee cup scheme has already led to a 50 per cent reduction in single-use plastic cups being used in participating cafes – and more retailers are joining the scheme, including Marks & Spencer. 

Organisers behind the Shrewsbury Cup, which is supported by Shrewsbury BID and the Morris Group, say they are delighted that the national retailer, which runs a busy coffee shop in its Castle Street store, has agreed to join the campaign. 

Head visits pupils at motivational homework club

A new homework club, launched by local housing association Severnside, is proving such a success with pupils that their headteacher visited the club to find out more.

Pupils in year six at Meole Brace C of E Primary and Nursery school have been attending Severnside’s Meole Digital Den to take part in the homework club since its launch in February.  Headteacher Henry Bray recently joined them to see how pupils are making improvements in their ability to complete homework on time and to a good standard.

Darwin reimagined at Soden Collection gallery

New innovative artwork featuring Charles Darwin as never seen before is set to go on show in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire PR firm expands as they celebrate another record year

A thriving Shropshire PR firm has expanded the team with a former journalist and news editor with years of experience in the industry.

J&PR Ltd, based in Telford, has welcomed Felicity Roberts to the team as a digital account assistant, as the team celebrate another record breaking year.

In a career spanning almost two decades, Fliss, from Apley, has worked in journalism and communications for a top regional newspaper, two local authorities and a university. Her qualifications include the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Diploma.

Ballet Excellence Returns Followed By A Duck!!

Birmingham Royal Ballet

Seasons in Our World/Peter And The Wolf

Theatre Severn

Friday 17th…Saturday 18th May (Matinee at 14:00)

It is always so refreshing to watch a company like Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) they always leave one astounded, overawed and humbled all at the same time which is quite a maelstrom of emotion. It is only the best that can engender that kind of complete exploration of one’s own feelings and one’s own emotions. Such beauty can really create a resonance that one should hold dear for time to come.

Owen Lewis Owen Lewis

Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet. Follow hos blogspot at

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