Shrewsbury Jazz Network Presents 'Malija'


Mark Lockheart (saxophones), Liam Noble (piano), Jasper Hoiby (bass)

This supergroup features three musicians of huge musical experience and phenomenal empathy: Lockheart (Loose Tubes, Polar Bear, Perfect Houseplants), Hoiby (Phronesis) and Noble (Wellins, Siegel). Distinguished by “in-the-moment improvisation”, the band’s idiomatic sweep through many musical styles has flair and good humour, with strong compositions from each member. A special gig as part of SJN’s twenty-first birthday celebrations.

Shrewsbury School cricketer selected for England Women's Training Programme

Sixteen-year-old Issy Wong, a pupil at Shrewsbury School, has won a place on the ECB England Women’s Cricket Training Group Programme. 

The ECB’s selection process for this elite group of cricketers is lengthy, rigorous and highly competitive. It is a tribute to Issy’s hard work and determination, as well as her talent, that she has been identified by the ECB as “having the potential skills and characteristics required to become a future England player, ensuring that England are at the forefront of world cricket”.

Students honour veterans with lunch in college restaurant

Shrewsbury Colleges Group students showed their gratitude to local war veterans at this time of remembrance with a free lunch at the College restaurant, Origins.

Last month over 40 SCG students attended the funeral of Royal Marine veteran, David McLaren Kerr, after the Royal British Legion made an appeal for people to support the funeral of the man who had outlived his only family. This moving event inspired College staff and students in Hospitality & Catering and Travel & Tourism to give back to the men and women who secured peace for their lifetime.

Business sponsors boost Shrewsbury Lit Fest

Business sponsors have given a boost to the third annual Shrewsbury Festival of Literature.

The festival, which has attracted international best-selling authors and poets, will take place at venues across Shrewsbury from November 23 to 25.

“Without the support of businesses within Shrewsbury the annual Festival of Literature simply wouldn’t take place,” said Festival Chair Susan Caroline. 

South Shropshire Design Agency Celebrate 15 Years In Business

A creative duo based in Church Stretton are celebrating 15 years in business this week.

Carl Jones and Clare Heighway Jones, founders of design agency Carl Jones Design, have marked the occasion by sending out tea and locally-made biscuits to thank over 200 clients, partners and suppliers who have been part of their journey over the last decade and a half.

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God Bless Us Everyone! Even Mr. Scrooge!

Mr. Charles Dickens Presents

A Christmas Carol

Walker Theatre


It is 175 years since Mr. Dickens first put quill to velum to bring us the most favourite story of our great Christmas season. A Christmas Carol. It is hard to believe that a piece of work so relevant and so fresh can be so old, but it is and for all those decades this allegorical tale of Mr. Scrooge delights and warns us all every year. Some even hold Mr. Dickens responsible for shaping the Christmases we all know and love.

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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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War poet’s pew unveiled at Shrewsbury Library

A book bench remembering Shropshire-born poet, Wilfred Owen has been installed at Shrewsbury Library thanks to collaboration with Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

'Shrewsbury's Quarry: Past and Future'. A free, family-friendly public event

Take a step back in time and a giant stride into the future to learn more about Shrewsbury’s Quarry on Sunday 18 November 2018 as part of a UK-wide festival of humanities.

Back to nature for new Shropshire wedding and event venue

A brand new woodland wedding and event venue has been launched in the heart of the Shropshire countryside.

Located at Wrekin Forest School on Crudgington Moor Lane, Telford, the new rustic ceremony site has been created by owner Judie Ellis in response to demand.

Judie, a trained forest school leader and educator, has become well known across Shropshire over recent years for her innovative approach to the outdoors and teaching children and young people a range of unique skills.

Festive Late Nights at the Market Hall

Shrewsbury Market Hall is staging a line-up of late night festive events in the lead up to Christmas, including an extra popular Saturday Late Night.

The late nights kick off on Wednesday November 14, followed by events on Saturday December 1 and Wednesday December 12.

The market will be swinging on November 14 – the night of the Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch-on and Christmas Cracker – when it will open until 9pm for festive shopping, food and drink and live music.


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