New lingerie business opens in Shrewsbury’s former La Senza shop

A brand new ladies lingerie business has opened in Shrewsbury’s busy Darwin Shopping Centre – in the shop once occupied by La Senza.

The new store, My Lovely, has brought four new full-time jobs to the Centre along with two part-time posts and is the first of a planned chain of shops.

It has been opened by Julie Turner and her 16-year-old daughter, Victoria, of the Shrewsbury-based family firm Turner’s Furniture.

Michael Michael

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Retailers Praise Council for Spectacular Success

Shrewsbury’s Spectacular Sunday promotion has been hailed a soaraway success by retail chiefs.

For the past eight weeks Sunday trading laws have been relaxed across the country and in conjunction with this drivers in Shrewsbury have been able to park all day on Sundays for just £1 thanks to an initiative by Shropshire Council.

Now Martin Woodhouse, manager of the town’s Marks and Spencer store, and Kevin Lockwood, manager of the Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres, have both given a big thumbs-up to the eight-week scheme

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Shrewsbury Hospital Hamar Centre Plans Open Day


A special and much-loved centre for cancer patients, their relatives and their carers is to celebrate its 21st birthday with an open day on 20 September 2012 (9am – 5pm).

The Hamar Centre, based at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, provides:

Psychological and Emotional Support,
Physical Therapies,
Signposting to other agencies

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Buildings next to Shrewsbury’s Flax Mill Maltings to be demolished

The demolition of three buildings neighbouring the historic Flax Mill Maltings in Ditherington, Shrewsbury, is due to start next week (week beginning Monday 17 September).

The Rexel Senate building on Spring Gardens is set to be demolished first, followed by the neighbouring former Midland Red Social Club, and then the nearby former Arriva bus depot. Work is due to be completed by the end of October 2012.

Winner Returns To Learn More


An eighteen year old student returned to college this week in a bid to improve his catering qualifications, just days after scooping top prize in the Skillbuilders Young Chefs Contest at Ludlow’s famous food fair.

Karl Hignett, who has progressed onto the Level 3 Professional Chefs Diploma at Shrewsbury College, went up against more than twenty contestants to win the coveted prize.

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Shrewsbury Couriers Delivering with Football Ticket Tie-Up

A Shrewsbury-based same day courier company has teamed up with the town’s promotion-winning football team to help it kick off the new season in style.

Dex’s Midnight Runners (DMR) has been called on by Shrewsbury Town Football Club to ensure the safe delivery of all away supporter match tickets to teams visiting the Greenhous Meadow during the new npower League 1 campaign, as well as any potential cup-ties over the 2012-13 season.

Local MP Appointed to Influential New Post

Shrewsbury and Atcham’s MP has been appointed to a prominent new position as part of the Prime Minister’s recent Cabinet reshuffle.

Daniel Kawczynski MP has been awarded the role of Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the new Welsh Secretary, MP for Clwyd West David Jones. The new job will see Mr Kawczynski carry out the important task of helping the Secretary of State to implement and formulate policy, progress legislation through Parliament, and fully interact with the Welsh Assembly.

Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal Comes to Ironbridge 20th September 2012 – April 2013

A fantastic new exhibition Mr Watt, Grumpy Man of Metal will be opening at Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire on Thursday, 20th September 2012 and will run until April 2013.

Chris Evan Carfest A Huge Success for Charity

The second of Chris Evans’ spectacular fund raising CarFest extravaganzas celebrating great cars, scrumptious food and rousing live music was another huge hit with more than 25,000 festival goers savouring two-days of dazzling entertainment in the sunshine at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Audi Q3

Usually, when you’re given the keys to a new SUV you start digging out the OS maps and looking for, how shall I put this, un-chartered territory. Green lanes, gravel roads and rivers that need to be forded are all fair game. Surely that’s the point of an SUV isn’t it?  Funny then, that when Audi delivered there new Q3 to me a few days ago thoughts of getting off the beaten track weren’t the first that crossed my mind.

Liam Bird Liam Bird

I'm Liam Bird, a freelance Motoring Writer based in the South Shropshire Marches. I currently write car reviews and road tests for a number of regional lifestyle magazines and newspapers which are distributed throughout Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, most of Wales and beyond.

As a member of the Welsh Group of Motoring Writers I'm as happy behind the wheel of a super-mini as I am in the latest super-car. I have press accreditation with most of the major motor manufacturers, meaning that as well as always being on the look out for further commissions, I always have a number of cars arriving each month ready to review.

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