As Fresh as Ever! Motown Explodes onto Theatre Severn Stage

Roy G.Hemmings

Hits of Motown

Theatre Severn

20th January 2019

As my first article of the year firstly Happy New Year. Hope you had fun at the festivities. Now back to it!

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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Shropshire contractor chosen to deliver new Oswestry HQ

Shrewsbury-based Morris Property, has been chosen to deliver the landmark new UK headquarters and distribution centre for growing national company Aico Ltd.

NHS Careers Live! Event

Shrewsbury Colleges Group (SCG) and The Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) will combine forces next month to host the first joint NHS Careers Live Event for young people in education. The event will showcase the range of exciting careers available with the county’s largest employer.

Shropshire grandfather in race against time to help save grandson's life

A Shropshire grandfather has made an urgent plea to help raise £500,000 for potentially life-saving treatment for his 10-year-old grandson.

Shropshire school brings campaign to save the oceans to its doorstep

A Shropshire school is bringing the campaign to save the oceans to its doorstep next month in a lecture to be given by a leading conservationist.

Francesca Trotman is the founder and managing director of Love the Oceans, a non-profit marine conservation organisation set up in November 2014.

Francesca will deliver her talk ‘Plastics and the Planet - Your part in Killing the Oceans’ as one of the renowned Edge Lectures at Ellesmere College on February 6.

Sculpture celebrates 150th anniversary of family business

A specially commissioned sculpture to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Morris & Company has been unveiled at its Shrewsbury headquarters office on Welsh Bridge.

The brass sphere, created by Shropshire-based sculptor Nik Burns, took inspiration from key people and milestones in the company’s history and these feature as engravings around the circumference of the globe.

The impressive piece is set on an oak plinth handcrafted by Morris Joinery and has taken pride of place in the reception of the Welsh Bridge building.

Spring Fling Charity Ceilidh

Live music - real ale & wine bar - free buffet - all for a great cause.

Banish the Winter blues (and all the pounds from the Christmas pud) and join local charity Village Water's annual Spring Ceilidh.

Saturday 23rd February. 7pm - 11.30pm.

Radbrook Communty Centre, Calverton Way, Shrewsbury, SY3 6DZ

Tickets on sale NOW
Adults £12.50 - Children £5 (includes free buffet)

Wace Morgan offering free mediation advice

A Shrewsbury family mediation service is opening its doors to offer free help for people who are facing separation and aren’t sure where to turn.

Wace Morgan Family Mediation Service will help people find out whether mediation could help them navigate through divorce and find the best way forward for themselves and their families.

And new guidelines which give children of separated parents a voice in family mediation will be explained.

Shrewsbury bucking the national trend

Shrewsbury is bucking the national trend of a drop in town centre footfall, according to new figures.

National figures show a national decline for the 10th straight year, but Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) said the town was bucking that trend and footfall figures for 2018 were actually up on the previous year.

The total number of visits clocked by two town centre counters increased by 0.7 per cent. And December figures were even more positive with just over 1.2 million movements recorded, equating to an 8.8 per cent rise from 2017.

The Big Gig - Charity Event - Live Music - Street Food - Art

Join local charity, Village Water for a night of live music, street food & art on Saturday 2nd February at Flaxivity @ The Flaxmill. 

Tickets have just gone on sale for £5!

There's a mega line-up sure to get you dancing... Funky 8-piece Groove Dynamite (who you might've caught at Shropshire Oktoberfest), local Alt-Folk ladsTwo Blank Pages, bluesy-tunes from Clare Raynor Blues Band and The House that Jack Built will be spinning funk, soul & everything in between. 


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