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  • 100% job success rate for Shrewsbury College students
    21 Nov 2017

    Beauty Therapies and Hospitality and Catering students who achieved their qualifications from Shrewsbury College, London Road Campus, in summer 2017; have excelled in their first steps after education.

    The fifteen Level 3 students studying Beauty Therapy and Complementary Therapy, and the nine Level 3 students studying Professional Cookery have all acquired jobs in their fields and are on their way to a successful career doing what they love.

    The successful students have achieved their new jobs in a variety of places; from one of the many suitable Shrewsbury businesses, to big ventures in London, to starting their own business.

    Beauty Therapies students learn a wide range of treatments during their study time, including body massage, hot stones, anatomy and more. The on-site Hair and Beauty Training Academy gives students the chance to gain valuable experience by performing these treatments on clients.

    Lucy Wilde, 21, who has gained a Level 3 Diploma in Complimentary Therapies, secured her job after a positive two week work placement. She is now a Beauty Therapist at Evolve Hair and Beauty Salon in Shrewsbury. Lucy said: “I loved my time at Shrewsbury College, it’s a great place to learn. My teachers Mel Poutney and Kelly Hodgkiss encouraged and inspired me every day and I’m so thankful to them for helping me find my perfect job. Mel had faith in me for my work placement with Evolve and that instilled a confidence in me that helped me perform my best to secure a job.

    “In the future I would like to broaden my skills and become a versatile employee by training as a Hair Stylist. I would definitely study a Hairdressing apprenticeship at Shrewsbury College to get there.”

    Professional Cookery students cover areas that include, kitchen skills, classic cuts and bakery. Plus the added benefit of being able to put their newly learnt skills into practise at Origins – the college restaurant that is open to the public and has an AA rosette highly commended. The food at Origins is prepared and served by students, giving them a good practising platform and real-life experience.

    Abbi Lycett, 21, is a Chef de Partie at Tredwells, a Marcus Wareing restaurant in London’s West End. After studying at Shrewsbury College and gaining her Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery, Abbi wanted to go further afield and she successfully applied for a job in London. She commented: “I wouldn’t have got this job without everything I learnt at college, or the encouragement from Senior Chef Lecturer, Dan Gibbons. The way service is run and taught at Origins is just like the service in London restaurants.

    “Going forward, I’m hoping to progress within the kitchen. I’ve already been promoted in the three months I’ve been there; so I’m excited to see what the future holds for me.”

    Jackie Swan, Curriculum leader for both Beauty Therapies and Hospitality and Catering said: ““We are delighted that our last cohort of Level 3 Professional Chefs and beauty Therapy students have all gained employment as a result of studying with us at Shrewsbury College. Our students are trained to industry standards in our commercial salon and restaurant, which allows for them to develop and practice outstanding vocational and employability skills. I’m very proud of all the hard work put in by the students and teachers."

    Aiming for more successfully employed students in summer 2018, Dan Gibbons, has set up two prestigious work placements for two of his students. Corbyn Gilham and Jack Kirby have been given the opportunity to go to Lainston House in Winchester and The Cliffe at Dinham in Ludlow. They will spend an alternating week in each, learning from the two very different, yet equally valuable environments.

    For more information on courses at Shrewsbury Colleges Group visit: and or call 01743 342 332 and 01743 235491.

  • Panto Reigns Supreme At Theatre Severn
    18 Dec 2015

    Dick Whittington

    Theatre Severn

    2nd December 2015-10th January 2016


    Oh my. If you want a masterclass in traditional family fun panto then go and see this one.

    Lavish, lavish, lavish from cast to props to scenery to script. The whole thing is beautifully hilarious. Each year this show seems to get better and better.

    Brad Fitt is always excellent as the archetypical lovable dame. This year is no exception to that rule. Whether it  is the brilliant dazzling wit born out of quick thinking or just the complete look, the outfit and hair, he, (Yes children, I am sorry he is a man!) is brilliant. Proving that a show doesn’t have to be filled with double entendre to make it acceptable to grown-ups,  Brad played the whole audience like his own orchestra. They loved him and the passion he has for perfection makes this one of the best pantomime Dame performances you may ever get to see. He is second to no-one and his talent shines so brightly.

    But BBC Radio Shropshire’s own Eric Smith was once again wonderfully entertaining as the lovable  Baron Fitzwarren. Normally when Dick is banished from London, directors tend to turn the Barron a little mean and cruel. He ignores his Daughter’s helpless pleas and accuses Dick of stealing; and so many see this as a reason to play the Barron a little mean and villainy. None of it in this performance. The kids seemed to love him as did the grown-ups. Eric finds the right level and is again, so good.

    Dick Whittington played by Josh James was a lesson for all on Panto acting.  Actions, reactions and even the very presence on stage of any  panto character is governed in relatively tight conventions.  Josh ticked every box and gave a sterling performance as a result.

    Female lead Jemma Carlisle brought a touch of beauty onto the stage in her role as Alice Fitzwarren; the one destined to marry Dick when it all comes good in the end. The kids loved her and all cheered when finally they tie the knot!

    Panto Villain King Rat,  played by Darren Tough was cruel and wicked. In his own ratty mind he was determined to show he had talent too. But it was all too much when he and his rats tried to overrun   the ship that somehow worked its way into the narrative and was transporting the entire cast to Morocco.

    Darren Tough also gets a second mention for his great work on fight coordinating.

    His army of rats that doubled as dancers were wonderfu too.  With ages as young asaround seven. Such young talent adding their skills to the mix. It was great to see.

    Tramaine Wright was excellent as the Sultan. Sultan, what? You cry,  Isn’t this Dick Whittington?  Oh yes it is, but believes me it works. There are no rules governing how one may change the narrative to any of these pantos and it is fun when they do.

    So looking like he had worked out all his life, the half- naked Sultan certainly gave the ladies something to enjoy. What caught the keen audience member’s eyes is that Tramaine not only looked good but everything he did, he did with great commitment and conviction. Even if he was right at the back of the chorus dancing with a mop or lording as the Sultan he was everywhere and he was good.

    If you have tickets to see this show I will give no more away other to say be prepared to scream wih laughter at what is called “The Rocking Galley,” scene. It is comedy platinum! The funniest thing I have seen on stage for many years. Quite Brilliant.

    So this year, as every year, its hats off to all and no wonder ; take Paul Hendy the Writer,  Bradd Fitt the Director, and Rachel Chapman as Choreographer, and you will be left with a tour de ’force. A wonderfully colourful, creative and enchanting Pantomime.

    My star marker system that some may follow is based on the Edinburgh scale. No stars being appalling, five being wonderful. It is such a shame the star system doesn’t go any higher. It deserves a ten out of ten but instead it earns all I can bestow.

    This is a five star plus review.

    Have a wonderfully Happy Christmas and may your dreams and wishes come true in the brand new year.

    Owen J. Lewis   

    Owen Lewis
  • Multi award-winning Shropshire care provider outgrows it’s home
    25 Nov 2014

    An award-winning Shropshire care company has been so busy expanding its care team, it has outgrown its training facilities and found an unusual way of moving.

    Bluebird Care, based in Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, provides at-home care enabling people to stay living as independently as possible and made a pledge a year ago to double its workforce. It has achieved the goal reaching 100 care staff on the books.

    But in order to offer new care staff thorough induction training, sessions have been moved from the company’s Centre of Excellence, which it has outgrown, to the nearby Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, which offers plenty more space.

    Earlier this year, the company was crowned The Care Business of the Year with over 50 staff in the prestigious Shropshire Partners in Care Awards and supervisor Kirsty Old, who has since been promoted, was also named Domiciliary Carer of the Year, with three other carers making the finals.

    The business was recently named Franchise of the Year Midlands West in the national Bluebird Care awards and reached the finals in the UK Great British Care Awards last month in five categories - The Care Newcomer Award with carers Lisa Morris, Dementia Carer Award with Diane Davies, Dignity in Care Award with Sarah Adams, The Care Employer Award and the Care Team Award.

    Director of the company, Ian Barnes, said: “We really are ending the year on a high and have some fantastic plans in place for 2015. On the back of being named the best care company in Shropshire we are thrilled to have been named the best company regionally and five of our care staff have just been recognised for their caring skills in a competition with tough criteria.

    “This week we have been training an influx of new carers and they all got stuck in helping us move the training beds up the hill along with some of our awards finalists using good old fashioned person-power. What better way to introduce them to our ‘can do’ attitude and meet their peers!’

    The company has also passed all of its recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission with flying colours and has been working with the Mayfair Centre in Church Stretton on the innovative “Care-4-Me at Home” scheme. It sees the company working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with Church Stretton Medical Practice, Shropshire CCG, ShropDoc and the District Nursing teams, to prevent people going into hospital unnecessarily and save the NHS money. It’s a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service.

    Mr Barnes added: “It is these type of achievements which have helped us to be recognised for our work. We all work hard together as a team and hope that it shows in the excellent standard of care we give to vulnerable people in Shropshire.”

    Pete White
  • Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival is back with first acts of Gala Show announced
    08 Dec 2021

    Tickets are now on sale and the first three acts revealed for Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival’s (SICF) flagship Gala Show at Theatre Severn next summer.

    Beginning on Thursday 14 July, the 2022 festival will offer performances at several venues throughout Shrewsbury culminating with the Gala Show highlight on the evening of Sunday 17 July. Organisers are determined for the festival to ignite a ‘summer of fun’ in the town.

    Steve Royle, a finalist on ITV's Britain’s Got Talent 2020, is a fantastic comedian, actor, writer, juggler, and a Gillard award-winning presenter on BBC Radio. He is a headline act at The Comedy Store in London and Manchester, as well as a regular on the UK’s huge comedy circuit.

    Gary Delaney is the only comic ever to have two gags in the same top ten for Dave's Funniest Jokes Of The Edinburgh Fringe. He has become one of the most followed and quoted comedians in the country while his online videos have received more than 100 million views.

    Musical comedy sisters Flo & Joan present a brand-new set of dark, witty songs. They were guests on Radio 4's Fresh From the Fringe and their The 2016 Song went viral with over 50 million views online.

    Commenting on the event, which returns following a two-year absence due to Covid, festival director Kevin Bland said: “We are delighted to be back and determined to repay the support we’ve always enjoyed from the public, with a cracking show. We hope the town will come out again and help us to deliver a summer of fun next year. The first set of acts, which we are now delighted to announce for the star-studded Gala Show, will make audiences seem like they’re watching a whole series of Live At The Apollo in one night. Tickets would be fabulous Christmas stocking fillers for lovers of comedy!”

    Tickets for the SICF Gala Show on 17 July are £33.50 and available through the Theatre Severn box office 01743 281281 or online here:

    More acts and further programming details will be announced early in 2022.

    Picture: Gary Delaney.

    Neville Street
  • Shrewsbury has festive late-night shopping wrapped up
    06 Nov 2018
    Late Night Shopping on Pride Hill

    Shrewsbury is going to town with its festive late-night shopping as more traders join in and a free park and ride service is extended to support seasonal shoppers.

    Every Wednesday from 14th November, when its sparkling lights display is switched on, until Christmas, many town centre shops will be open until 8pm for those looking for special gifts and treats for the big day.

    On these days there will be a free park and ride service from 12pm at Harlescott, Meole Brace and Oxon, which will be extended to 9pm with buses running every 20 minutes.

    Late night Wednesday shoppers will also be able to park free of charge from 3pm at the Abbey Foregate and Frankwell car parks. The Raven Meadows multi-storey will also offer 50% off parking from 3pm on these evenings.

    Shrewsbury’s appeal as an original destination sparkles at Christmas with special activities laid on, a warm welcome from its hospitality businesses and a variety of gift ideas and goodies provided by its independent shops and high street names.

    A Christmas guide, ‘The Wonderful World of Shrewsbury at Christmas’ has been designed to help people make the most of their visits, with free copies available from local shops from the Christmas Lights Switch On. New to this year will be a Giant Christmas Card popping up around town on Wednesday nights.

    Photographs taken ‘inside’ the card and tagged on social media with #ShrewChristmas will be in with a chance to win £250 to spend in Shrewsbury.

    Trish Donovan, owner of Vinterior and a board member of Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID), said: “We’re looking forward to a wonderful build-up to Christmas with lots of activities during late-night shopping. Many of the independents will be hosting festive evenings with prosecco and special offers. There’s always a special atmosphere.”

    Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for highways and transport said: “We’re pleased to be delivering great value parking offers to assist late-night shopping and we hope it will encourage people to spend more time here, enjoy the festivities and support local businesses.”

    Seb Slater, Executive Director of Shrewsbury BID, added: “Shrewsbury’s appeal comes to the fore at Christmas with so much going on. Our local businesses really help people get into the Christmas spirit and provide a warm welcome. People looking for great gift ideas, seasonal food and drink and some on-street fun will find it all here with late-night Wednesday evenings an ideal time to visit.”

  • Flooding on Coton Hill
    10 Feb 2014

    Here are some photos of the flooding in Coton Hill at 4pm - it's expected to peak overnight/tomorrow morning.

    The cricket pitch and Frankwell car park have been completely submerged all day. From what you could see earlier of the fencing has largely disappeared.

    Pete White
  • The Changing Trends of Dental Health
    21 Dec 2018

    The dental industry is changing as quickly as every other business sector. Modern trends and the improvements of technology have transformed the dental surgery into a high-tech lab filled with the latest gadgets and products. These are able to make significant improvements to your oral condition and alleviate many of the traditional mouth problems that people have. If it’s been a while since you last visited the dentist, you might be surprised how fast those changes have happened, and they aren’t slowing down. New technologies are being adopted by dental professionals, and they are changing the way that people tackle their existing oral problems. If you walk into a dentist expecting the worst, then these new trends might be the source of some surprise.

    Pain-Free Procedures

    One of the reasons why most people are afraid of the dentist is because of the pain. Being injected directly into the gums, having a tooth removed, or that horrible drilling sensation, are all reasons why visiting the dentist is not a very popular activity. That’s why modern dentistry has a firm focus on not just speed, but making the experience as pain-free as possible. This is achievable through the rising use of two specific changes to treatments:

    • CEREC Crowns - Most people that have had crowns attached will tell you that it is a slow process that not only leaves a bad taste in your mouth but is also very uncomfortable to go through. That’s changing, and CEREC crowns are the reason why. Using digital technology, dentists are able to create the perfect crown that needs a much shorter time to put in place. What’s more, there’s none of the after-care needed either, and those who have this form of crown are able to start eating and drinking as soon as they leave the dental practice.
    • Invisible Braces - Having your teeth realigned can be a long, slow process, and it’s not helped by the unsightly braces that the patient has to deal with. That’s a major reason why most adults won’t even consider braces. New braces make use of both clear wires and tooth coloured brackets, so even having your front teeth straightened doesn’t mean dealing with silver lines across your teeth. This goes some way to explaining why more adults are opting for teeth straightening procedures than ever before.
    • Sedation - One of the biggest reasons why people skip their dentist appointments is anxiety. Fear of dentists is a very real thing, and professional dentists have always tried to find ways to tackle that. Sedation dentistry is not new, but it is becoming a more regular occurrence. Partly this is due to more awareness of the different options that are available. These include:
    • Inhalation - Using a combination of gas and air (similar to what women use during childbirth), this method can help relax you during any procedure, even a simple check-up.
    • Pills - Some dentists will provide you with medication in the form of a pill that will take around thirty minutes to start having an effect.
    • Injection - While this won’t knock you out completely, it will relax you and keep you calm. You will still be able to communicate easily, although you may experience some small memory loss during the procedure itself. This option is usually reserved for those with extreme anxiety or phobias.

    The changing trends of cosmetic treatments

    The aesthetics of a smile are important for most people. Having a smile that you’re ashamed or embarrassed about can have a very negative effect on your love life, your career, and your confidence. That’s why many practices can now offer such a wide range of cosmetics options to look at. It is also why dental suppliers such as Kent Dental Supplies are continuing to offer the latest in dental essentials, so you can source the best products for your practice and your patients, as well as find cosmetic solutions. What’s more, their dedicated customer service team have years of experience in the industry, with the company serving customers since 1982. This wealth of experience means you can rest assured you can find the best products easily, with their own brand products coming with a 120 day no quibble guarantee. These options have evolved steadily, and in recent years there are more people than ever before choosing to make a long-lasting difference to their smile. The most common cosmetic procedures are now:

    • Teeth Whitening - This is not really a surprise. Having your teeth whitened has always been popular, but the advances in effectiveness have sped the process up significantly. Where this used to be expensive, laborious, and time-consuming, it can now be tackled very quickly indeed. Some options for teeth whitening can even improve the whiteness of your teeth by 4 to 6 shades in less than an hour.
    • Lumineers - These are porcelain veneers that can reduce the appearance of those things about your teeth that bother you the most. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, any frustrating gaps, or even some misaligned teeth, the traditional way of fixing these could take months. Porcelain veneers are not only a lot faster (usually just two trips a week apart), they also avoid the use of anaesthetic. Gum injections are one of the things people fear most from a visit to the dentist, but lumineers eradicate that need entirely.
    • Gum reshaping - Known as gum contouring, this is a way of making your teeth have a stronger and more shapely appearance. More people than ever are feeling that they are a little ‘gummy’ and this contouring option is becoming very popular. Not only is it a growing cosmetic option, it also has the added benefit of making your mouth healthier as well.

    Changing Consumer Demands

    It’s not just technology and procedures that are changing the dentistry landscape. Consumers too are changing the ways that dentists are working. As dental surgeries continue to embrace change in the technologies that they use, so too are they looking at what their patients need. This has led to a distinct rise in:

    • The youth market - Some of the dental procedures that are normally viewed as being solely for older generations are being embraced by the younger market. Nowhere is this more obvious than when it comes to dental implants. As a much better alternative to traditional bridges, modern dental implants have a natural look, and they can even last as long as your real teeth.
    • Better payment options - If you’re already concerned about visiting the dentist, then knowing that you have to pay for the experience can be the final push a customer needs to cancel their appointment until next year. Dentists have tackled this by offering a much wider range of payment options. Whether it’s through the NHS in the UK or a private practice, it’s never been easier to manage finances in order to pay for those cosmetic oral procedures that can have long-term effects on your happiness and confidence.

    The changing dental practice

    If you think that dentists don’t know how stressful and frightening a trip to their surgery is, you’re wrong. That’s why the onus has always been on making the process as easy as possible. That looks set to be the main driver for change in the coming years. More dental practices than ever before are transforming their surgeries to not just create a more relaxed and lucid space, but actually going all-out and creating offices that are more like a visit to a spa. In those places that have embraced this trend, patients can now get robes, slippers, eye masks, and headphones for the surgery itself. This trend has been growing exponentially and looks set to change the way that dentists manage their surgeries.

    Negative Trends

    No matter how far dental technologies and trends change, there are some people who will always look for an alternative option. Whether it’s due to financial constraints, apathy about the necessity of regular check-ups, or a general fear of the dentist, more people are looking for DIY dental treatments than ever. This isn’t just bad news for dentists; it’s bad news for the oral health of the world. There are millions of videos on YouTube alone that aim to show viewers how to do every variety of dental surgery. From extractions to fillings, this is a horrifying trend. The results can be catastrophic for your mouth, and will usually result in much more extensive treatment with a professional when you want to fix the damage that has been caused. Self-treatment is never wise for any medical procedure.

    How technology trends are driving dentistry

    There’s no disputing the fact that technology is changing every area of our lives. From work to play, technology is with us everywhere we go. The speed at which technology changes and improves has seen some amazing advances in medical treatments, and dentistry is no exception. There are some key technologies that are specifically affecting the dental sector. Here are the most prevalent:

    • Digitalisation - If you think that your dentist doesn’t use a computer, you’re very wrong. As well as basic improvements to a dental office that you’d expect from modern tech (such as faster access to patient records and data analysis) the right computer system can and does do a lot more. From computer-aided design programmes that can help speed up crown and implants procedures, to finding the exact teeth shade for your veneers, digital technology has granted faster results, greater precision, and a more efficient process for both dentists and their patients.
    • Self-diagnosis - While it’s true that you should never resort to self-treatment of your dental issues, you can use modern technology to work out exactly what your problems are. There are roughly 320,000 apps available that are aimed at health and wellness. Many of those are focused specifically on oral hygiene. While some of these apps are more useful than others, they can be used to help identify ongoing issues. You can check your symptoms and even connect directly to your toothbrush! Connected toothbrushes can track your movements and give you advice on what you're doing wrong, and even show you what parts of your mouth you have missed when brushing.
    • 3D Printing - If there’s one exciting tech development to get excited about in dentistry it’s the potential growth of 3D printing. This rapidly growing worldwide phenomenon has many applications, but for your dental practice is can be a real game-changer. From replacing missing teeth to building crowns and veneers to a precise measurement, 3D printing is the inevitable big trend in worldwide dentistry. There are even hopes that the ‘recipes’ used in the building of these teeth can be mixed with specific tooth decay-fighting chemicals. That will mean that your own teeth will be able to help in the fight against tooth damage. For dentists, 3D printing can be a more effective and low-cost way of treating patients.

    Trends of the Future

    It’s hard to know just where dentistry is going to head in terms of the future. Technology will no doubt continue to have a big impact on what dentists can offer and how effective they can be. There are some technologies being developed that may provide some clues as to what to expect from the future of dentistry. While they may seem like science fiction, they are getting closer every day. With today’s top scientists working on them, you shouldn’t be surprised to see these technologies slowly become part of the dental surgery setup:

    • Detection by Toothbrush - Toothbrush technology has come a long way, and now that you can connect your toothbrush to your phone, is there really any need for more tech in the humble toothbrush? Well, with scientists working on a range of sensors that can help identify and alert the user to the existence of oral diseases, the changes are going to keep coming. By testing your mouth tissues and your saliva, your toothbrush could soon let you know exactly when you need to book your next dentist appointment (and will probably even do it for you as well).
    • Artificial Intelligence - There’s little doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is set to be a medical game-changer. AI is already being used for diagnosis, and medical professionals the world over are closely watching the many ways that AI is being developed and used in the healthcare sector. AI has many potential applications, and there are even hopes that dental surgery itself will one day be done by a machine that is incapable of making even the slightest error.

    Dentistry is a fast-moving sector that is renowned for embracing evolving trends and focusing on the needs of the patient. As technology continues to improve, and consumers strive to make their dental experiences as easy and pain-free as possible, expect to see a focus on those elements. Dentistry has come a long way from chewing on sticks or gulping down a bottle of brandy, and that journey to a better dental experience is only just beginning.

    Pete White
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    21 Apr 2021

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  • The Shropshire Distillery Launch Gin School
    13 Aug 2021
    Emma and Gareth Glynn at the new gin school

    A gin distillery based in Ellesmere has launched a new gin school and tour experience for gin lovers. The tours will be led by Emma Glynn, one of the UK's few female Distillers.

    The Shropshire Distillery was launched in 2018 by husband and wife team, Emma and Gareth Glynn. The distillery released their first spirit, Shire Gin, in July 2018 followed by their Spiced Gin later that year. In 2019 they were awarded two prestigious awards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC).

    The in-person experiences are expected to be popular, with their award-winning sprits attracting a loyal following beyond the county borders. The distillery tours and gin school currently run every Saturday afternoon.

    Emma describes the tour and school as the perfect gift for gin lovers, “It’s great to be showing people how we expertly handcraft our classic, honest spirits. Our behind-the-scenes tours give gin lovers an exclusive look at the hard work that goes in to producing small batches of quality gin and the gin school provides a novel hands-on experience. There will be plenty of opportunities to sample our delicious gins as well!”

    There are two options available to book. The distillery tours include a welcome drink, a meet and greet with the distiller, the history of gin and The Shropshire Distillery, a tour of the distillery and the chance to try four different G&T’s.

    The gin school experience combines the distillery tour package with a botanical talk. Participants will then create their own bespoke gin using a copper still and botanicals of their choosing. They can take their own wax sealed bottle home with them.

    Emma continues, “Our distillery has a welcoming, rustic feel with industrial vibes, ensuring a memorable day out. The experiences can be purchased as a gift voucher or why not treat yourself!  We are limiting numbers to ensure social distancing is still possible, so book with confidence and join us to enjoy the best gin in the county!”

    The tours are priced at £25 per person and take place at 12pm Saturday afternoons. The Gin School is £90 per person or £120 for a shared experience for two, and runs at 3pm on Saturdays. To book visit

    The distillery is bringing their gin school experience to the Shrewsbury Food Festival on September 4 and 5, with tickets being sold separately for places at the school. The gin business is also sponsoring the popular chef demo stage. For more information visit

  • Murder and Robbery in Theatre Severn....Elementary!
    23 Jan 2019

    Blackeyed Theatre

    Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four

    Theatre Severn

    23rd - 25th /January / 2019

    If you have ever wondered what theatre is really for and what it is really about you could do no better than to go and catch Blackeyed Theatre’s, “Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Four.” It is not only a masterclass in all things theatrical, it is also a masterpiece.

    With Luke Barton in an expertly played Sherlock and Joseph Derrington in the role of Dr. Watson, the two brought before us an exotic tale of far off Empire, jewels and of course Murder. Joined by Stephanie Rutherford, Christopher Glover, Ru Hamilton and Zach Lee between the six of them they gave the impression of a cast of thousands.

     With each character so beautifully created and so well drawn by this group of actors one realises very quickly that this show is of the highest calibre and so fantastically cast it had to work on every level and work it does.

    Here we see the mercurial Holmes at his best in a romp that leaves one feeling utterly elated initially to have seen the show but secondly to think you have it solved only to discover that Holmes is the brainiest man in the building.

    Written and directed by Nick Lane this is a show that once again recaptures the true essence of the text and one imagines had Conan Doyle been around to see it, he would have thoroughly approved of the sensitive and creative way the whole mis-en-scene was created. It really somehow did feel like Victorian London and the characterisations were so good that one was back in the 19th Century almost immediately.

    The fantastically clever use of music to give pathos, pace and tempo was again a masterstroke. Just at the right time in would come the music. But not like they’d got nothing else to do; the music was played by the cast. Great big brass bass trombone worked so well and so sensitively with flute, xylophone, oboe and guitar. In fact Zach Lee has his own youtube channel where he demonstrates the unique and haunting way he makes the guitar work for him. It is so pleasing on the ears.

    Holmes is tolerated by his much beleaguered Landlady, Mrs. Hudson. I believe as so many great actresses have had a go at the role it was going to be a tough one. But Stephanie Rutherford completely nails it. Ms. Rutherford is able to change character as we might change clothes. She immerses into her part and morphs so wonderfully and entertainingly into other characters that it is indeed sometimes hard to believe you are watching the same woman.

    The set is just so clever. Really made up of a series of three dimensional shapes initially it looks like somewhere but nowhere, then comes the use of the shapes. Boats, carriages, Indian temples and a Victorian London skyline are all there to see and yet we never left our seats.

    There are so many dimensions to a show this size. The set has to work, the lighting and sound plans, the costume and even the properties again have to work well in this show every dimension is filled admirably and there seems to be absolutely nothing left to chance. That is a true indication of the genius of the practitioners.

    This is a truly great show, everything is just right. I called it a romp not in a disparaging way at all it is a romp in so much as it takes you all over the globe and finally involves you in an exciting chase in a boat down the Thames. For fear of betraying the plot this reviewer will leak no more. But one can say It’s very exciting, when one thinks, after they have gone all that’s left will be the black box of an empty stage and yet tonight we saw it with our own eyes it became something so much more! Amazing.

    This show is here until Friday and if you are wondering what might make a great Thursday or Friday night out. Check it out. As Holmes might say, One deduces that the likelihood of a brilliant time is a foregone conclusion!

    This is a Five Star Review.

    Owen J.Lewis


    Owen Lewis
  • Wem poet Ted Eames has a first collection out this month.
    08 Sep 2014

    Between Me and You is published by Cairn Time Press (£6.00 or £7.50 to include p/p) and is available from the author, contact details below, or from local bookshops, including Pengwern in Shrewsbury, Wenlock Books, Booka in Oswestry, Book Shrop in Whitchurch and The Bookshop in Wem.

    Ted’s poems are about the natural world, about relationships, about family and about travel. They are characterised by a sensual use of language and a sharp sense of humour.

    The poems are informed by Ted’s life experience as a single parent, as a professional working with psychologically damaged adults and children, and as a seasoned traveller in the wilderness areas of North America.

    Ted is a member of the Borders Writing Group and a regular reader at the Poetry Café in Shrewsbury, amongst other venues.

    The striking cover painting is by Canadian artist Royden Josephson.

    Ted blogs at

    He can also be contacted or book orders and readings via email at [email protected]

    Pete White
  • Alun Cochrane to headline Old Post Office June Comedy Club
    05 Jun 2019

    Alun Cochrane is headlining June's comedy club on 30th June. £7 Tickets only available from the old post office behind the bar or by ringing and purchasing them on 01743 236019.

    Alun Cochrane is an award-winning stand-up comedian and broadcaster.

    A master at observational comedy and an expert in storytelling, Alun often tells tales about eating, sleeping, daydreaming, driving, being a son, father, brother, husband, friend and being a general liver of life…

    Cohrane has appeared in numerous TV shows including:

    Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Mock The Week, Dave’s One Night Stand, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats.

    He was featured as series regular ‘Sam’ in the Sky Living sitcom Trying Again, alongside Chris

  • Visitors flock to see the hidden gardens of Ellesmere
    17 May 2021
    The house and lawn at the Oteley Estate

    The open day at Oteley Estate earlier this month was a huge success, with hundreds buying tickets to access the hidden gardens of Ellesmere that overlook the mere.

    On the day £5,000 was raised for the National Garden Scheme, which funds nursing and health charities. The estate has opened its gardens to the public almost every year since the NGS began in 1927 and this year the number of visitors was double the usual amount.

    On the day, Mr Robert Mainwaring, owner of the gardens, was presented with an award and sundial for the 40 years he has opened his garden to the scheme.

    The day was deemed so successful that the estate has organised another open day on Saturday, May 22.

    Clare Mainwaring, part of the family team that run the estate said, “We are absolutely delighted with the brilliant turn out, and huge amount raised for the NGS.

    “Visitors enjoyed a fantastic show of colour from the flowering azaleas and rhododendrons. We had local musicians playing while visitors relaxed on the lawn, and tea, coffee and cake was served in the original stable yard, while Moolah served eton mess and local beers and cider from their pop up bar. 

    “Following the great feedback and turnout, we have decided to do it all again on May 22 from 10am until 3pm. Tickets will be sold on the gate - £5 per adult and kids go free.

    “Visitors can spot our striking Highland cattle as they drive through the parkland up to the house. They enter the garden through our original stable yard, and from there they can take in the 10 acres of garden at their leisure, which includes a boathouse, walled garden, tower, swiss cottage and stunning views across the mere.”

    The 2,000-acre estate has remained in the same family since the 1500s and has some notable ancestors, including Sir Francis Kynaston, who was acquainted with both James I and Charles I.

    The historic estate is now home to two herds of native breeds of British cattle - Beef Shorthorn and Highland, and a small flock of sheep. The estate has recently released its own range of quality beef and lamb boxes, which will be available to purchase at the open day. Alternatively they can be purchased from where there is also more information about their events.

    14 Apr 2015

    Cooper Green Pooks Shrewsbury are pleased to announce that Alessio Dyfnallt MRICS has been appointed a Director of the Commercial Property Department. Educated at Shrewsbury School and University of Manchester, he is a fully qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has gathered 9 years experience working mainly within the Shropshire and Mid Wales areas. His breadth of knowledge stretches to all aspects of agency work including office, retail, industrial and development land. He also carries out formal valuations under the Valuer Registration Scheme and acts on behalf of both landlords and tenants on lease renewals and rent reviews.

    Alessio has acted on behalf of a range of clients including PLC’s, large pension funds, self-invested personal pensions, local authorities as well as private individuals and investors. Alessio said “I welcome the opportunity to play an active role in the firm’s continued expansion and with demand for commercial property generally being on the rise, then this is an exciting time be stepping into this new role.’

    Away from the office, two young children occupy much of his spare time but Alessio does hope to fit in watching Shrewsbury Town’s final promotion push to League One!

    From left to right Alessio Dyfnallt, Tim Pook and Charles Howell.

  • Fresh challenge for local marketing expert
    21 Jul 2014
    Marketing support for small businesses in Shropshire

    After a fantastic 7 year stretch at the Hive (youth arts charity and community venue) in Shrewsbury - Habib Malik-Mansell has taken the bold leap to become self-employed - setting up an exciting new business which aims to deliver affordable, reliable and available assistance to Shropshire's small businesses when it comes to all things marketing and promotion.

    NewBold Horizons has now officially launched with an eclectic and interesting array of clients. These include Shrewsbury based language school Bright Owls of Wyle Cop - along with DASH, Disability Arts in Shropshire. Habib is also working with Shropshire Wedding DJ (aka DJ Buzzword) in addition to several other independent businesses which include Shrewsbury based locksmith St Locks, as well as the unique Fish House in Ludlow - a traditional fishmonger with oyster bar.

    Speaking of his new business, Habib says "I'm really pleased to have now unveiled my new venture - which presents an exciting next chapter both professionally and personally. The aim of NewBold Horizons is to offer one-off or regular monthly support which is tailored towards small independent businesses and sole traders. The rates are kept affordable, to ensure the support which I can give is realistic and accessible to even the smallest of budgets."

    Whilst Habib is based in Ludlow as a hometown, his support is available to businesses and organisations across the county, including in Shrewsbury.

    For more information and to explore the range of marketing support available, visit or follow @newboldhorizons on Twitter.

  • Shropshire artist behind delightful Shropshire Vintage Show Christmas Cards!
    04 Jan 2018

    For 15 years Shropshire artist Graham Andrews has been bringing some of the county’s classic vehicles to life and they’ve been posted to hundreds of members of the Mid Shropshire Vintage Club in time for Christmas.

    Graham, who lives near Shrewsbury, is himself a vehicle enthusiast, but instead of owning any vehicles, he adds his natural artistic flair and paints them instead.

    He met the then Chairman of the Vintage Club, Derek Sheedy, while is he was selling his art at one of their shows. Derek, a club member for over 30 years, was so impressed, he asked Graham if they could utilise his talent.

    The partnership was born and Graham has been painting a vintage vehicle in a festive scene ever since. The prints are then turned into Christmas cards by Craven Design and Print Ltd of Craven Arms and mailed to all the members, partners and friends of the club, with details of the forthcoming Shropshire Family Vintage Show, which many of them attend to showcase their own vintage gems.

    Graham said: “Derek is a tractor nut and he originally asked me if I wanted to paint one for him. Of course I accepted and luckily he loved it, showed it to rest of the committee and they thought I could do something for them and I have been doing it ever since!

    “Derek always comes to me with the idea and then we try to give it a mid-Shropshire theme. So one year I painted Haughmond Abbey, another Church Stretton. This year's scene includes a Land Rover with the Wrekin in the background.

    “We chose the Land Rover because they are going out of production and have become gold dust.”

    Club Member, Derek Sheedy, said: “Graham is a very talented Shropshire artist, who we are pleased to have worked with for so long. Graham’s art on our Christmas card has become synonymous with the club and show.

    “We send it to our members now with the entry form for the upcoming show, which next year will be held on Saturday, 30 June and Sunday, 1 July, where literally hundreds of all types of vintage vehicles from cars, to buses, to military vehicles and camper vans will be on show.”

    Graham will have a stall at the 2018 show at the Greenhous West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury from 9am each day. If anyone would like to commission him they can visit

    If you would like to find out more about becoming a club member, or the show, visit the website

    Tickets for the show can be purchased in advance from next year and on the gate. Entry is FREE for under 16s!

    Follow the show on twitter at MSVCshow and on facebook at Shropshire Vintage Show.

  • Double trouble at the Croquet Club
    13 Jun 2013

    As you can tell from the photo, croquet is a dynamic sport. Don't misunderstand me; no irony is intended.

    These young fellows - now that IS irony - are resting after a morning of fierce play in Shrewsbury CC's Handicap Doubles tournament held on June 8th and 9th.

    They have lunched sumptuously on bacon butties and are now waiting for Eddy's partner ( Eddy Knapton is the one on the left catching a few restorative winks ), Jim Penny, who is off camera finishing his - could it be his third? - bacon butty.

    The two relaxed gents on the right are Sean Sheridan and Julian Remfry, who are about to win a hard-fought final +13, as the score is traditionally expressed in croquet. This means that when the winners pegged out, scoring 12 hoops and the peg twice, Eddy and Jim had scored only 13 points, in spite of a bravura 9-hoop break by Jim.

    And that was six and a half hours play in the blazing sun with which we were blessed at the weekend. Between them these four had probably walked about 20 miles in the day. No wonder the poor old fellers look so tired. Find out more from Graham on 01939 233 196.

    Pete White
  • Local Church undergoes £200k renovation
    24 Nov 2015

    Miles Kenny, Mayor of Shrewsbury was joined by David Reece, Contracts Manager at Morris Property (right), Reverend Sarah Wood and Paul Taylor, Executive Director of the Veolia Environmental Trust (left) to celebrate a £200k project to update and restore a local Church.

    Morris Property will dismantle the existing hall at the rear of Belle Vue Methodist Church and are re-building to a new spec which is slightly enlarged. The two storey link building between the hall and the church is being refurbished and a new lift is also being installed with the aid of a grant from the Veolia Environmental Trust.

    Mike Hallworth, Treasurer of Belle Vue Methodist Church, said: "We're really excited about working with Morris Property to bring the new Hermitage Centre to the Belle Vue community. When it is completed next summer, it will provide a first-class building which will be used for youth and community work in the area."

    The contract duration is 28 weeks including Christmas and will commence on 23rd November 2015.

    Pete White
  • Star Wars dream comes true for film student
    16 Mar 2021

    Previous Film studies student has landed a dream job with LucasFilm.

    Disney and Star Wars fan Ellie Rivett, 20 from Shrewsbury, has gained a coveted position at LucasFilm in their costume department.

    Ellie, previously of The Priory School, studied Film Studies and Textiles at SCG with her assistance dog, Stich. Ellie applied for the position via the BFI’s future skill program and within a few weeks her portfolio had been sent to a talent manager at Disney and Ellie was invited for her first of many interviews.

    “I had four interviews in total with a mix of Talent Managers, Producers and the heads of the Costume Department,” said Ellie. “To be honest the interview with the costume department was quite tough and I thought I’d messed it up. But then I got through to the final interview which was a one-on-one with the Head of Crowd for Costume. A week later they rang and said I’d got the position.”

    Ellie starts her new position in May at the studio based in Bridgend, just outside of Cardiff. “My placement is for 26 weeks and will hopefully lead to other work with LucasFilm. I’ve also been told I could branch out into Marvel or Disney live-action if I wanted.”

    “I’m so excited to have got my dream job and although there’ll be challenges ahead I’m really excited to start my career in the TV and Film industry. Thanks for all the support and encouragement during and after college and I’ll be sure to use all my Film Studies knowledge in my new job.”

    For more of the latest news, visit

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
    16 Aug 2013

    Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) An intensive 8-week introduction to mindfulness for greater wellbeing & stress reduction

    Mindfulness is increasingly proving to be a highly effective and powerful tool for increasing general wellbeing, enhancing our ability to relax, developing contentment, reducing stress, dealing with chronic pain and illness, and coping with difficult mental states. This intensive 8--week course is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.

    Who is it for:   Everyone
    Requirements:  Willingness to undertake 60 minutes of home practice six days a week
    Where:  Quaker Meeting House, Shrewsbury
    Start date:  29th October 2014; 6:30pm-9:00pm
    Duration:  8-weekly classes, around 2.5 hours each, + 1 optional full day
    Fee: Sliding scale: £95-£160

    Orientation session – 4th October 2014, 7pm-8:30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Shrewsbury – FREE - The Orientation session is a chance to learn more about mindfulness and the 8-week course, is open to everyone and a requirement for those intending to attend the 8-week course.

    A day-long experiential introduction to mindfulness

    This introductory-level workshop will give you a basic understanding of mindfulness itself and provide you with the tools to start practicing, integrating and reaping the benefits of mindfulness practice in both personal and professional settings.

    Who is it for:   Everyone
    Where:  Quaker Meeting House, Shrewsbury
    Date:     9th November 2014; 10:00 - 16:30hrs
    Fee: £15 / £25

    For more information and to book please see/get in touch at / 0845 094 2167 / [email protected]

    Pete White
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