Manager Martin Picks up M&S Top Award

The manager of Shrewsbury’s high performing Marks and Spencer store has picked up a prestigious award.

Martin Woodhouse, who is in his second spell in charge of the busy Darwin Shopping Centre store, is the Regional Manager of the Month for August after a bumper performance by the branch.

The 44-year-old father of two from Stourbridge came top and was delighted with the accolade: “This is the first time I’ve won it and the first time for some time that the Shrewsbury branch has won this award.

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Help Shrewsbury Hospital to stop germs spreading this winter

As autumn arrives and bugs and germs start to thrive The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is encouraging everyone to ensure they keep their hands clean to stop germs from spreading ahead of Global Hand Washing Day (15 October 2012).

Hands are one of the biggest spreaders of germs. Hand washing with warm water and soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Studies show it lowers the transmission of diarrhea and colds both at work and home as well as in NHS facilities.

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist.

People say Drama doesn’t sell too well. Only this week I read somewhere that someone was accusing the Theatre Severn of merely putting on cover bands and tired comedians. Yes to a lesser extent than suggested there is a grain of truth there,  as you know this reviewer has made it clear his views on cover bands before. However they bring money in so that great shows can come also. As for Drama not selling I believe there was a packed Walker Theatre tonight that might argue that point.

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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Ladies in Business Annual Netwalk

On a dull September morn’, though thankfully with no rain
Over twenty ladies gathered, with one simple, common aim
A ‘Netwalk’ up Lyth Hill, the Ladies in Business annual meet
Getting us up off our behinds and firmly on our feet

I, myself, had reservations, being six months pregnant now
But Sue Fitzmaurice was true to her word and kept it leisurely somehow
‘Panoramas without pain’ were promised, and that’s just what we got
Before a tasty lunchtime meal that will not easily be forgot

Lucy Ann Wilson Lucy Ann Wilson

I am Lucy Ann Wilson and I run Wax Lyrical Bespoke Poetry, based in the beautiful Shropshire countryside just outside of Baschurch, Shrewsbury. I'm a new regular poetry blogger at, where I will be sharing my work from time to time writing about all things local.

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French Choral Music at St Chads

The Choir from St Martin in the Fields, London, will be performing Choral Evensong and a concert of French Choral Music on Saturday 13th October 2012 at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury.  Catherine Ennis, President Elect of the Royal College of Organists will also be playing organ solos.

Choral Evensong is 5.00pm and French Choral Music is at 6.00pm. FREE admission with a retiring collection.

Voxy P

It’s interesting how prolific some bands can be. Some send just one song into the show and then seem to disappear. Most will probably upload between 3 and 5 tunes a year. Then there’s artists like Voxy P, who seems to send in a new track every other week.

Rob Fanner Rob Fanner
Shropshire Radio DJ Rob Fanner.

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Shrewsbury to Receive Road Improvement Funding

Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin has pledged a total of £8.9million to the Shrewsbury and Atcham area as part of a wider programme of road improvements across the West Midlands region, an outcome that MP Daniel Kawczynski has been working with members of the public and fellow councillors to vigorously campaign for over the past few years.

Peugeot 208

I’ve always blamed Ari Vatenen, the man who once said, as only a Scandinavian rally driver can, that driving Peugeot’s 205 T16 gave him “goosebumples” Had the flying Finn not blasted past, what was then the school-boy me, in Peugeot’s all conquering 205 T16 you probably wouldn’t be reading this. I stood agog, clinging to the rope separating me from the rally stage as Ari disappeared sideways through to the trees; lights ablaze, engine roaring and exhaust spitting flames. It took just a few seconds but something just clicked. As soon as I was able I got myself a 205.

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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World Mental Health Day Wed 10th Oct The Square Shrewsbury

World Mental Health Day Event - Wednesday 10th October 2012
The Square - Shrewsbury between 10am and 3pm

Wednesday 10 October 2012 is World Mental Health Day. All of the charities involved in supporting Mental Health within Shropshire will be present within Shrewsbury Square from 10am until 3pm. The aim is to promote all of the excellent services being provided currently, and to promote the services we are planning to provide in the future.

Those present will be:

Shropshire Mind, Trident Reach, Bromford, Impact, Shared Lives, Pegasus and Marches School.

Michael Michael

Severn Magazine and Love Shrewsbury Editor.

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Wizard Theatre Comes to Shropshire Schools

Wizard Theatre, the specialist theatre-in-education drama company, will be touring Shropshire primary schools again this autumn with its production of Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves.

Suitable for pupils from reception to year six, Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves is an exciting, hilarious, swashbuckling adventure from the Arabian Knights, with no less than thirty nine villains and one robber king!


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