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  • Shropshire Lad to appear on brand new television series
    16 Jan 2020
    Adam Purnell cooking up a storm

    Adam Purnell, also known as The Shropshire Lad, is due to appear in an extraordinary new television show next week. Channel 4 and Netflix are launching an all new food competition titled ‘Crazy Delicious.’ The concept of the show is to bring the audience in to a world where almost everything is edible, and each week three contestants forage for ingredients to create a “fantastical feast.”

    Adam has been selected to appear in the first episode, which is airing on Channel 4 on Tuesday 21st January at 8pm. The show also features three ‘Food Gods,’ chefs Heston Blumenthal, Carla Hall and Niklas Ekstedt, who will judge the feasts.

    The new six-episode series, presented by comedian and foodie Jayde Adams, is billed as an innovative food competition, set on the world’s first edible set.

    Adam comments on being involved with the show, “It was absolutely awesome to be selected for such a ground-breaking, food focused TV show, and to have the chance to present my food to three of my chef heroes was incredibly humbling.

    “The aim of the show is to inspire Brits who eat the same meal every week to be more inventive and passionate about the meals they are preparing, which is a concept I love. The challenge was to take a commonplace ingredient, such as a carrot, and then create a sensational feast using some extraordinary products, foraged from an enchanted garden.

    “I’m excited to see the final show next Tuesday and I hope I did the Shropshire food scene justice!”

    Adam already has lots of events lined up for 2020, including hosting the BBQ stage at the Shrewsbury Food Festival in June and a demo at Ludlow Food Festival later in the year. He is also due to be announcing dates for his fire food feasts soon which he hosts around the county.

  • Chance to be match day mascot as Shrewsbury Town take on Liverpool FC
    16 Jan 2020
    Shrewsbury Town players and mascots walking out on to the pitch

    Shrewsbury Town in the Community are giving one lucky person the once in a lifetime opportunity to be the match day mascot when Shrewsbury Town take on current World and European Champions, Liverpool FC, on Sunday 26th January 2020 at Montgomery Waters Meadow.

    Shrewsbury Town in the Community will be raffling off one mascot place, giving the lucky winner the chance to walk out with Town in front of the live BBC TV cameras as Salop welcome Liverpool to Shropshire for the FA Cup 4th Round tie. This place is open for children aged 4-12 years old.

    To enter the raffle a ticket can be bought for £5 from the online Shrewsbury Town in the Community Shop -

    The winner will be chosen in a random draw at midday on Friday 24th January 2020, and will needed from 3:30pm on the 26th January.

    The match day mascot will also receive three tickets (one Mascot Ticket and two adult tickets), a full Shrewsbury Town FC 19/20 Home Strip and a complimentary match day programme. (Please note that match day parking is not included).

    All proceeds from the raffle will go towards supporting Shrewsbury Town in the Community projects across Shropshire which aim to help people across the county to realise their potential and achieve their goals. The projects range from disability sports provision, education and learning, health and wellbeing.

  • Wace Morgan urge mediation for separating couples
    16 Jan 2020

    January is the month which sees a spike in the number of couples deciding to separate and a leading Shropshire solicitor is urging them not to turn to the courts.

    Experts say the stress of Christmas, along with money troubles after the festive break, are the main reasons why married couples look to split at this time of year.

    The president of the Shropshire Law Society, Robert Adams, reports that divorce cases traditionally rise considerably in January, compared to the rest of the year.

    “Solicitors across the county are fielding more enquiries from couples unhappy in their relationships at the moment,” said Robert, who is a partner at Wace Morgan Solicitors based in Shrewsbury.

    He is a qualified family law arbitrator with almost 40 years experience as a solicitor dealing with divorce, cohabitation and related financial issues and disputes.

    “We are urging people to use family law arbitration as a far better option than the courts for settling matrimonial disputes,” he said.

    “Court waiting lists for hearings are ever increasing and the slow process is causing frustration with lawyers and clients alike.

    “Family law arbitration may well be the way forward for those who want an alternative binding decision on their dispute as the process has numerous advantages.

    “It is quick – the timetable is agreed between the parties, or their lawyers if represented, with the arbitrator and not dictated by the court system.

    “It is convenient as hearings are conducted where is suitable to the parties, not a random court centre often miles away. The process can also be cheaper as the arbitrator’s costs are normally shared and it is confidential, unlike court hearings which can be open to the public.

    “The arbitrator can be chosen by the clients in advance and remains in place throughout the case - not so with court proceedings which can be heard by different judges - and the final hearing is binding as the arbitrator’s award is turned into a court order approved by a judge.

    “All in all it is a far better system than going through the courts and we would urge any couples who are separating to consider it,” Robert added.


  • Amphibian Triathlon Coaching go from strength to strength
    13 Jan 2020
    Amphibian Triathlon Coaching, swim, bike, run

    Shrewsbury based Amphibian Triathlon Coaching have been helping people achieve their triathlon goals since 2016 and 2019 was their most successful year to date.  Helping beginners successfully complete their first triathlons, motivating seasoned triathletes to personal bests & even producing age group triathletes who are now competing for Great Britain.

    You might be surprised to know there is a thriving world wide passion for triathlon (swim, bike & run).  Triathlon is truly an inclusive sport which anyone in reasonable health can take up and at any age. It is not just for young, elite athletes.  Many people take up the sport in their 30s,40, 50s & 60s as way to keep fit and healthy.

    In Shrewsbury, women, men & children from 8 to 70+ regularly swim, bike, & run to keep fit and healthy and take part in triathlon and Ironman events.

    Shrewsbury is a great place to train - the Quarry and riverside paths are popular with runners; from April to September there are opportunities to swim in the river Severn and local lakes, and our countryside is a beautiful place to cycle & run, with numerous national cycle network routes on the doorstep.

    Shrewsbury even hosts its own triathlon event each September, run by SYtri, and attracts hundreds of competitors to the West Mid Showground - if you are at all interested in having a go, don't miss the opportunity to participate in such a great local event.

    For help with training in 2020, Amphibian Triathlon Coaching are British Triathlon approved (triathlon’s governing body). They are a locally based partnership of triathlon coaches with over 35 yrs combined experience, dedicated to growing the sport, offering professionally qualified and passionate online or face to face coaching to anyone wanting help to meet their triathlon and fitness goals.

    So, what are you waiting for, strap on your Fitbit or sports watch and get started on your triathlon journey!

    For more information, visit

  • Sneaky Finders Detective Day (Shrewsury)
    20 Nov 2019


    Press Release – Sneaky Finders


    New Peaky Blinders-inspired murder mystery event comes to Shrewsbury in January 2020.

    Let's  be honest, we've all dubbed ourselves quite the detective when it comes to watching TV crime shows. Now you have the chance to become your very own real-life detective with CluedUpp's new Peaky Blinders-inspired murder mystery, 'Sneaky Finders', coming to Shrewsbury January 18th 2020.

    Think Pokemon-Go crossed with Cluedo, Sneaky Finders combines the outdoor excitement of geo-gaming with the gritty, nail-biting elements of a murder mystery. The aim of this app-based game is to have players hunting all over town in order to locate virtual witnesses, solve clues to eliminate suspects and essentially solve the crime. 

    The latest CluedUpp storyline takes inspiration from the BBC hit drama Peaky Blinders and requires the detective teams taking part to solve an exciting and complex murder mystery set in the 1920s. 

    CluedUpp's founder, Tref Griffiths said “We are huge fans of Peaky Blinders here at CluedUpp and with a new series in production early 2020, what better time to host our Sneaky Finders events inspired by the 1920s Peaky Blinders era. We can't wait to see if our detectives are up to the challenge of solving our most complex case yet!”

    Taking place entirely via the CluedUpp smartphone app, available on both iOS and Android, all you need to take part is a phone and a team of 6 sneaky detectives to compete in the race to unveil the mysterious murderer on January 18th 2020.

    Tickets for the event are on sale now, costing just £36 for a team of 6 adults (little detectives and dogs play free!) and can be purchased from the CluedUpp web store.

    For more information, visit:


  • Textile workshop with Christine Kelly at Rustic and White in Shrewsbury
    30 Jan 2014

    Textile artist and blogger, Christine Kelly brings her special blend of ‘Gentlework’ to the Rustic and White shop in Shrewsbury.  Recent Selvedge Fair exhibitor and competition winner, Christine, will help you stitch words of wisdom to wear or display. On this one day workshop you will hand stitch a brooch or small artwork using vintage textile treasures and add words to give meaning, comfort or to inspire.

    The workshop will take place on Saturday 8th March between 10am and 4pm with a break for lunch. Cost for the Day is £55.00.  Limited places are available so booking is essential. Contact Jo at Rustic & White on 01743 588161 or [email protected] or call into the Shop at 23 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. All materials are included along with Tea/Coffee and Cake.  (Please bring along your sewing kit and any personal textile treasures you would like to include in your work).

    To find out more about Christine Kelly go to

    Pete White
  • New Shrewsbury 6 week Ballroom & Latin American dance course for absolute beginners!
    22 Aug 2017

    Ever wanted to learn to dance like the stars from Strictly? This fun and enjoyable 6 week course for absolute beginners provides an introduction to Ballroom and Latin-American dancing. You'll get to grips with the basics and learn some simple routines for dances such as the wonderful Waltz and the cheeky Cha Cha Cha. All adults welcome, no partner required! All for only £35 per person for 6 weeks.

    Course location:
    Meole Brace School Hall, Longden Rd, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DW
    (Free parking)

    Course dates: (Tuesday evenings)
    5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd,10th October

    Course time:
    7:30 - 8:30pm

    Places are limited, please book now to avoid disappointment!

    The course will be taught by professional dance teacher Ross Millar, owner of Step By Step Dance Instruction. Ross was previously a top competitor in Ballroom and Latin American dancing, acheiving top 25 in Ballroom dance the UK. Since hanging up his competitive shoes, Ross has run Ballroom & Latin American dance classes in Shropshire over the last 3 years for both adults and children. He also teaches private lessons, wedding dances, and trains competitors.

    Please contact us with any questions, or to book a place on the course, by emailing [email protected], or message us on facebook See our website

    Come and join us for some Strictly fun!

  • Tetra Pak carton recycling
    23 Jul 2013
    Tetra Pak cartons for recycling

    Tetra pak (and other similar brands of paper based liquid food and drinks cartons) have always been seen as hard to recycle because they are made up of thin layers of paper and plastic and sometimes lined with foil too.  But it is easy to recycle them now - although we cant collect them for you, we have a network of 'bring' sites around Shrewsbury where you can take them for recycling.

    Please remember: wash and squash your cartons before recycling - then simply pop them in the skips at:
    • Shrewsbury Household Recycling Centre, Battlefield
    • Frankwell Quay car park
    • Asda on Old Potts way
    • Sainsburys at Meole Brace
    • The Co-op in Radbrook Green
    • Minsterley Parish Hall

    Whilst in the past your cartons then had to be shipped backed to Sweden for specialist recycling - the good news is that just recently Tetra Pak have announced an major investment in a UK paper mill - in Yorkshire and so now all the cartons you recycle will be staying in the UK for recycling which is a great boost for our vital manufacturing industry.  

    The whole scheme is run at no cost to the taxpayer - funded by the carton manufacturers themselves.  The cartons collected from bring banks in Shrewsbury are already now going the Yorkshire recycling facility where they are soaked in water for hours and then put through a kind of super-duper liquidiser to de-laminate them. The resulting pulp can then recycled and used to make brown card for use in cardboard boxes.

    For more information visit

    James Thompson
  • COMPETITION - Shrewsbury Folk Festival [EXPIRED]
    03 Feb 2014

    We've a great competition to win two tickets for this year's Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

    Simply answer the following question:

    Where is Shrewsbury Folk Festival being held?

    a) Telford
    b) Shrewsbury
    c) London

    Please send your answers to [email protected] before the 22nd July with your name and address.

    About Shrewsbury Folk Festival

    We aim to make your stay with us safe, comfortable and full of never to be forgotten, happy experiences. An exciting family holiday, a place to make new friends and meet up with old friends, an inclusive friendly atmosphere whether you are an experienced folkie or a complete newcomer, whether you come with friends or on your own.

    As far as the music is concerned, Shrewsbury Folk Festival has a reputation for delivering the very finest acts from the UK and around the world, always searching to find new authentic artists as well as providing a platform for established performers, and never forgetting to add some fun and diversity to our concerts. We try to bring quality in depth, and we recognise the need to give our artists and audiences the best stages, in the best marquees, with the best sound and lighting possible.

    When you arrive, all of your needs are catered for. A fantastic campsite where you are never more than a few moments from a venue and where you can save places for friends and have your vehicles next to your tent or caravan. We have the best set of on-site caterers on the folk (or any other) scene, great bars, proper flushing toilets and loads of excellent showers.

    On-site WiFi coverage is limited but free of charge, we want you to stay in touch, but we can’t offer unlimited download time. We have loads of events and entertainment for children and young people, workshops for everyone and brilliant sessions both organised and impromptu. We provide free buses into town, an excellent on-site shop, a craft fair, a huge free car park, dance displays, open mic, and friendly, helpful stewarding teams.

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    Pete White
  • Take a steady and consistent approach to fitness training, says Love2Live
    17 Jan 2020
    The Love2Live gym and fitness studio in Shrewsbury.

    The new year is the perfect time to launch a fitness routine and start as you mean to go on in 2020, says the joint general manager of a Shrewsbury fitness and wellness centre.

    But Chris Skitt, from the Love2Live gym and fitness studio at Salop Leisure’s multi-million-pound Love2Stay glamping and caravanning resort, advises a steady and consistent approach to fitness training, rather than doing too much, too soon.

    “Our instructors are here to advise and help people who want to improve their fitness,” he said.

    For those looking to shed the pounds gained over the festive season by eating and drinking more than normal, he advised: “Having treats over the Christmas period is fine, but don’t necessarily overindulge. Go for a brisk walk or run and find ways of elevating your heart rate to burn off calories.”

    Love2Live has more than 200 members aged from 16 to 87 years, with an almost equal split of sexes. There are more than 40 classes a week and the open gym space is accessible 15 hours a day.

    During January, Love2Live is waving its £20 joining fee for new members. Membership costs £45 per month, with concessions available for NHS employees and members of the Armed Forces.

    Chris is now keen to double the size of the gym to add another class to further boost membership during 2020. However, he stresses that Love2Live will be careful to maintain the excellent community atmosphere that has been developed in the past year.

    “Our members are at the forefront of the community wellness approach and without them, it wouldn’t be the facility that it is today,” he added. “I would like to expand to give more people the opportunity to experience the community that we have developed.”

    Love2Live celebrates its first anniversary on February 1 and Chris is delighted that members are engaging with events organised by the company away from the gym. To date, members have enjoyed a day at Chester Races, a quiz night and a meal and a drink in Shrewsbury.

    “Love2Live is in nice position which gives us a solid platform to launch the expansion going into the new year,” he added. “We are developing a community that we are really proud of and we want more people to come and participate.

    In addition to the 250 square metre gymnasium and studio, facilities and activities at Love2Stay include a natural Biotop swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs, restaurant, treatment rooms, a bootcamp and large children's adventure play area.

    Look out for the Love2Live display in Darwin Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury on the weekend January 11 and 12. For more details about Love2Live, call (01743) 583124.

    The Love2Live gym and fitness studio in Shrewsbury.

  • How to recycle your plastic film
    04 Feb 2013
    plastic film for recycling

    Did you know you can recycle plastic carrier bags at the larger supermarkets in Shrewsbury such as Co-op, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and Morrisons?  Well you can. And the good news is they are now encouraging shoppers to use these in-store recycling bins for a wider range of plastic too - so you can also add any thin stretchy plastic (polythene) film including things like: - 

    • plastic wrappers from bakery goods
    • plastic breakfast cereal liners
    • plastic toilet roll wrappers
    • plastic bubble wrap
    • plastic bag-for-life bags
    • plastic bags from fruit and vegetables
    • plastic bread bags
    • plastic freezer bags
    • plastic magazine wrap
    • plastic shrink wrap
    • plastic courier bags (without paper labels)
    • plastic dry-cleaning garment covers

    The average household gets through 25 kg of plastic film every year.  This may seem a small amount but it adds up to over 1,000 tonnes of the stuff across Shrewsbury!  Help keep it out of landfill by taking it back to the supermarket next time you go shopping.  This will make a big reduction in the amount of rubbish which ends up in your bin and help cut your carbon footprint.

    James Thompson
  • Shrewsbury College students prepare to scare with Spooky Walks at Attingham Park
    09 Oct 2015

    Step into the world of ghosts and ghouls, with self-guided spooky walks, at Attingham Park, this Halloween.

    Students from Shrewsbury College are in rehearsals for the annual night-time scare-fest. Now in its fifth year, the popular self-guided walks promise to be bigger, better and scarier than before.

    Performing Arts and Media students will combine forces this year and take up residence in the eighteenth century mansion, which offers a fantastic backdrop for more horror delights, including spine-chilling songs, hair-raising short productions and petrifying projections. The route also takes visitors around parts of the grounds in the evening darkness, giving them a chance to discover what’s lurking in the shadows.

    Gina Evans, Performing Arts lecturer at the College, said: “The partnership between the College and Attingham Park gives our students a great opportunity to showcase a variety of performance skills and to create some site-specific theatre.

    “This project is very challenging logistically and the students have always coped with the process so well. It is great to be able to give our students the chance to perform in the local community, and Spooky Walks is always an exciting event. The general public will not be disappointed.”

    Rachael Gilbert, Marketing and Communications Officer at Attingham Park, said: “It’s great that we have such a wonderful partnership with Shrewsbury College and that we are able to work together to provide such a fun event. The talented students do an amazing job at generating an electric atmosphere as they entertain our visitors and give them a good fright’’

    “We have been very lucky to see a sneak peak of some of the costumes and performances by the students as they have visited to get a feel for their unique stage. Inside the Mansion will be extremely spooky this year as haunted souls roam the corridors and descend narrow staircases.”

    The students have been working on the project since the start of term in September and have been researching the house and characters, as well as rehearsing their parts.

    Spooky Walks will take place at Attingham Park on Monday 26, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October from 6-8pm (last admission 7.30pm).

    The walks are not suitable for under 10’s (at parents’ discretion) and sections of the route involve steps. Visitors must bring their own torches as it will be after dark. Normal grounds admission charges apply.

    There is no additional charge for the performance, but the students will be collecting donations towards course facilities and educational activities.

    For more information about Performing Arts or Creative Media Courses at Shrewsbury College, please visit or call 01743 342411. Alternatively you can pop along to the Open Evening on Thursday, 12 November, from 5 – 8pm at London Road. Follow the Performing Arts Hashtag on Twitter #HQPA for information about their upcoming shows and activities.

    For more information about Attingham Park, including opening times, events and admission charges, please visit  or call 01743 708162.

  • Shrewsbury gym to relocate to new premises at Battlefield Enterprise Park as part of its expansion
    18 Sep 2019

    A Shrewsbury gym is to relocate to new premises at the town’s Battlefield Enterprise Park as part of its expansion.

    CrossFit SY1 intend to open at Unit 4, Hussey Road midway through next month once fit-out works are completed.

    The company has agreed to let the modern mid-terrace commercial unit, which extends to approximately 3,899 sq ft, for a term of six years.

    The premises feature a front showroom, manager’s office, kitchenette, warehouse and toilet facilities. 

    The warehouse area provides versatile accommodation, with a minimum eaves height of 6.39m, natural lighting and roller shutter loading door.

    The site also benefits from a large shared yard to the front and nine dedicated car parking spaces. 

    Amie Barter, who completed the letting for Towler Shaw Roberts, said: "The premises were identified by CrossFit SY1 Ltd as ideal to accommodate their expansion and relocation from their existing premises at Castle Foregate.

    “A change of use to D2 leisure has been secured and they intend to open in mid-October following fit-out works.

    "The premises occupy a prominent location, fronting Hussey Road in the heart of Battlefield Enterprise Park, and provide convenient access to the A5 and A49 trunk roads.”

    CrossFit SY1 is a gym for people looking to improve their strength and cardiovascular endurance while improving functional skills.

    CrossFit is recognised as a fitness programme suitable for all ages and abilities.

    Pictured: CrossFit SY1 Ltd has secured a change of use to D2 leisure to make Unit 4, Hussey Road, Shrewsbury its new home.

  • County firm launches flower course at new Shrewsbury venue
    26 Jun 2018

    A flourishing Shropshire florist has extended their program of flower workshops to a new location in Shropshire.

    Big Little Things, a florist and gift shop near Shifnal, offer an extensive range of floristry workshops at their base in Norton – but now they are branching out to Shrewsbury with the help of a new pop-up shop.

    The new venue is At Nº11, located on Fish Street in Shrewsbury, a pop-up shop offering space for trader and producers to trial ideas and build on an existing or new business.

    Francesca Robinson, co-owner of Big Little Things said: “Our floristry workshops have grown and are hugely popular. We hold them within our shop space, at the local village hall in Norton and last year we teamed up with National Trust Dudmaston – as we are again this year.

    “Shrewsbury is my home town and I’m often asked about offering flower workshops in Shrewsbury. We struggled to find a workable, centrally located space – until At Nº11 opened and started to offer work space solutions for small businesses like ours.”

    Business partners Sarah Knowles and Francesca Robinson launched Big Little Things in May 2009 offering wedding flowers to Shropshire Brides. The company expanded in October 2015 by opening their shop at Apley Farm Shop, offering flower workshops and selling gift and homeware.

    Sarah said: “The flower workshops have grown beyond recognition; the demand is great and it’s wonderful to teach people the skills they need to do it themselves. We offer a variety of floristry courses including Bridal flower workshops, Buttonhole creating, Vintage flower arrangement workshops and of course our hugely popular Summer and Christmas Wreath Workshops. The course we are launching at Nº11 in Shrewsbury is an Introduction to Floristry day course.

    “During the day, delegates will learn how to condition and prepare flowers for arranging. We will also give an understanding of how to buy and select the best seasonal flowers. We also do a lot of practical work including creating floral posies and tackling a larger autumnal flower arrangement – all of which you get to take home!”

    Jo Hancocks, Founder of At Nº11 added: “We are so excited to have Big Little Things here At Nº11 doing their floristry workshop, our space was created especially for businesses like Big Little Things wanting to trial their business ideas in Shrewsbury.”

    The Introduction to Floristry - Autumn course is being held on Monday 24th September 2018 from 10am, booking is essential.

    A full list of workshops can be found on their website in the events section.

    For further information about their floristry service or workshops visit the website, email [email protected] or call 01952 730 614.

    For more information on At Nº11 visit there website

  • Great British Bake Off prompts demand for cake-decorating courses
    23 Mar 2013

    A Shropshire creator of bespoke celebration cakes has launched a series of cake decorating courses for adults and children due to demand stoked up by the popularity of ‘The Great British Bake-off’ TV programme.

    Dom Creighton, of Creighton’s Celebration Cakes, says she decided to launch the courses after dozens of requests from people desperate to learn how to decorate cakes themselves after watching the show.

    “The Great Britsh Bake Off has inspired so many people to start learning how to bake their own cakes that they’re now looking to take it further. They have seen these fantastic professionally finished cakes and now they want to do it for themselves,” she said.

    The company, based in Pontesbury, near Shrewsbury, is staging a special open-day on Tuesday March 26 between 4.30pm and 6pm for people to get a taste of the three different courses in cake decorating, sugarcraft and children’s cupcake making.

    The event will be held at the company’s new classroom in Suite One, The Old Bakery, at Bennetts’s Centre in Main Street. The specially-equipped classroom has been funded with the help of money from Shropshire’s Market Towns Revitalisation Programme.

    Three-week courses in sugarcrafting will be held on Tuesdays, launching on Tuesday April 2, 6 to 8pm, while full-day basic cake decorating courses on Sundays, will kick off on Sunday April 7.

    Cupcake making courses for children will run every week day, except bank holidays, during the Easter holidays from 3 to 4.30pm and every Saturday from April 6, 2 to 3.30pm.

    “Adults will be taught how to make sugarcraft flowers and models, learn the art of stencilling, colouring, dusting and lustres and learn how to ice to a professional finish,” said Mrs Creighton who has been making and decorating cakes for 19 years.

    “Children will get to play with butter icing, regal icing, and royal icing and be taught how to colour ice, dust in colours and create lustres.”

    For further course information visit or contact Dom Creighton on 0787 080 6866.

  • Project helps youngsters deal with substance misuse in Telford
    02 Feb 2016

    A community interest company set up to help young people in Telford deal with drink and drug issues is looking forward to a bright future after a successful pilot project.

    Reharmonize was established by Rebecca Blount, of Telford, and runs a project called Recharge.

    Recharge is a scheme for people aged under 21 in Telford and Wrekin aimed at supporting young people with addictions towards long-term recovery.

    The scheme has just received funding to run a three-month project with young people in Stirchley and Brookside, with the hope that work will continue after the initial three months by involving the young people in a peer-led project.

    Rebecca also currently supports pupils at a pupil referral unit at a school called Kickstart Academy and is working towards further work within education settings.

    She is now looking at expanding the services across a range of schemes to help young people in Telford.

    “We ran a pilot project in Telford last summer which went well so we decided to create something more permanent,” Rebecca said.

    “Recharge provides a range of support offering young people alternative coping strategies with their issues around substances, alcohol and self harm.

    “It’s about supporting young people who want to make changes in their life. It gets people involved and gives them the opportunity to move forward.

    “We’re delighted with the news of the grant funding for the project to work with young people in Stirchley and Brookside, and are excited about the future.”

    Reharmonize is a Community Interest Company, which means that any profits must be put back into the company for the benefit of the community, so it relies on the support of volunteers to do much of the work.

    It is currently being supported by two voluntary directors - Gary Halpin from Good2Great business consultancy in Shropshire and Steve Dixon from Changes UK, a recovery provider in Birmingham - along with the Lloyds Bank School for Social Entrepreneurs which is providing a year of business training and a start-up grant.

    Rebecca said the business know-how of people like Gary Halpin, of Bridgnorth-based Good2Great, had been key to getting the project off the ground.

    “As soon as Gary come on board he got involved and made things happen, he has been amazing,” she said.

    “The main thing we have worked on is a business model which helps us to be more professional and will ensure we are set up correctly so we can grow and develop in the future.

    “As we are a Community Interest Company we are heavily reliant on volunteers, and to have the support of people like Gary and Steve has been fantastic.”

    Gary, who mentors numerous small and medium-sized businesses across Shropshire, said he was very happy to be involved.

    He said Good2Great's ethos was all about showing businesses “how to” in order to achieve long-term sustainability, and would be working with many small businesses in Telford as part of the 'Pride in Your High Street' scheme, with exactly the same principles being applied to Reharmonize.

    He said: “The problem with many Community Interest Companies is that they typically have one leading light who shoulders the majority of responsibility for their direction.

    “Reharmonize was a classic example of that - Rebecca is an inspirational figure who has a clear idea for what she wants to achieve but she just needed some help with structure of the company to make sure everything worked in the way it needed to.

    “They are doing some really important work helping youngsters deal with substance misuse in the Telford and Wrekin area, and anything I can do to help them achieve that is fantastic.”

  • New Website for ‘The Dabbers’ – The Web Orchard working with Nantwich Town FC
    16 Sep 2019

    Based in Nantwich Cheshire with a large and loyal fan base, Nantwich Town Football Club required a new website that would enable fans to quickly access information on the club and the matches via their mobile devises, whilst allowing the Club’s media team to easily update information.

    Wanting to support the growing level of traffic to the website, it was important that a new website would be simple to navigate whilst offering impact via engaging visuals. Above all else, Nantwich Town FC wanted to provide a better user experience for their fans.


    Tim Crighton, Director at Nantwich Town FC elaborates on the brief that was given to The Web Orchard:

    “The old website was looking dated and wasn’t designed with mobile or tablet in mind. The digital world has moved on quickly in the last 5 years and now 75% of our website visitors view the site from a mobile device, mainly as a result of clicking on links from our numerous social media channels. We needed a modern website that looked good and gave a great user experience, on all devices, from mobile through to desktop.

    We have over 10,000 social media followers on one platform or more, which helps generate more than 5,000 unique website visitors per month. Together with “Dabbers TV” which highlights points of every game, the amount of traffic on the website is growing month on month, so it was vital that a new website would be able to effectively support this.”


    Understanding the objectives of the project, the team at The Web Orchard produced an engaging website that ticked all the boxes.

    Introducing a bold, bright new look that made the website instantly recognisable to the thousands of fans accessing the information, bold headings and imagery was included to encourage intuitive navigation around the site. A live Twitter feed was also added to the homepage to enable browsers to access real-time information without having to leave the website, whilst simultaneously boosting website rankings on Google.

    Ensuring that all aspects of the Club had an equal presence to the 1st team football information, The Web Orchard built clear layout into the website’s design to encourage browsers to visit more and different points of interest, spending more time on the site. Including large menu options and navigation buttons helped to both suggest a journey through the website, whilst also providing ease of use to viewers accessing the site from a touch screen mobile devise.


    Delighted with the end result, Tim concludes:

    “Further the website’s launch we have been able to hear the positive reaction of fans on social media and in person within the stadium on match day. The feedback is brilliant so far, the supporters are very pleased and with google analytics showing a huge ride in traffic to the website and time spent on the website, we are absolutely thrilled.

    The new website looks great, the user experience is superb and works well on desktop, tablet and mobile. We are very grateful to The Web Orchard who have certainly delivered a website that goes above and beyond the brief.”

    Pete White
  • Shrewsbury model Kate wins another top national competition
    15 Jul 2017

    Shropshire model Kate Ball has won another top national competition

    Kate, from Shrewsbury, was crowned Miss British Isles Elegance 2017 at Chester’s Crowne Plaza Hotel.

    It follows her success in claiming a hat-trick of awards earlier this year at the Top Model UK ceremony in London, a competition renowned for discovering new modelling talent and launching careers. 

    Kate said: “I was really surprised to win this latest competition as the other girls looked fantastic. Steve, my partner, came to support me, which I was very grateful for, and he’s definitely by biggest fan!

    “The next step for me is to increase my profile and look to get involved in some photo shoots for advertising campaigns.”

    Kate, a member at The Shrewsbury Club, was sponsored by the health and fitness club when she took part in the Top Model UK awards.

    For her latest success, she was sponsored by Charlie Daker, a fellow club member, who is the owner of Swan Hill House Retirement Home in Shrewsbury.

    Charlie said he and the residents of Swan Hill were delighted to learn of Kate’s victory.

    He said: "Kate was looking for sponsorship and the residents heard about it and her recent success in London, so decided that they would like to help.”

    Kate added: "I am extremely grateful to Charlie and the residents. As soon as he heard about my opportunity, he wanted to help to ensure I was able to compete. 

    "When I won I was pleased for Charlie, not just myself, as it was a way to say thank you.”

    Kate said she continues to use the gym facilities at The Shrewsbury Club at least five times a week to stay in shape.  

    Pictured:  Kate Ball with Charlie Daker, a fellow member at The Shrewsbury Club, and the owner of Swan Hill Retirement Home, the sponsors of Kate's latest successful competition entry.   

  • Charity toy appeal launched
    23 Dec 2013

    A Christmas appeal has been launched across the county to fill a Jaguar estate car with toys, which will then be delivered to Hope House Hospice at Oswestry.

    The idea came from local man Craig Petty, who is dealer principal of Hatfields Jaguar in Shrewsbury and who has helped raise a large amount of money for various charities over the years.

    Craig said: “Hope House do so much fantastic work every day of the year in tremendously difficult circumstances and the thought of making some very special children a little happier at this time of year is important to us all.

    “Our latest Jaguar XF has a total of 1675 litres of boot space which we want to cram full of toys and gifts and then deliver the lot to Hope House on Monday 23rd December, just in time for Christmas.”

    The appeal is being supported by Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, which has encouraged its members to donate gits and toys by dropping them off at their offices at Trevithick House, on Stafford Park in Telford or at Hatfields Jaguar in Old Potts Way, at Shrewsbury.

    Chamber events manager Teresa Rowe added: “We are delighted to help in any way that we can with this wonderful appeal and, as the Shropshire business community is renowned for its generosity, I feel sure that we will easily fill the estate car with toys donated by members and others.”

    Pictured making the first donations are Sarah Smith of HMP Stoke Heath Young Offenders Institute, Teresa Rowe of Shropshire Chamber and Dianne Gardner of WN Security Shredding of Shifnal, with Alun Davies of Hatfields Jaguar.

    Pete White
  • Saxonby sponsored cricket summer camp hailed a huge success
    02 Aug 2016

    A recent summer camp for aspiring young cricketers has been heralded as a huge success.

    The event, organised through Beacon Cricket Club and sponsored by Shrewsbury based construction company Saxonby, took place at the town’s Frankwell cricket ground. Planning started in October last year with 63 six to 13 years olds registered by the beginning of the week-long camp.

    Aside from a daily cricket match complementary activities delivered by Simon Evitts from Embrace PE included end zone (similar to netball), rocket ball (a combination of dodge ball and lacrosse), tag rugby and tri golf, with each discipline helping to develop communication, team building, send-and-receive and hand-eye skills. Youngsters also enjoyed canoeing on the River Severn and a trip on the Sabrina Boat.

    Parents were invited to join an open evening on the last day where refreshments were provided. Following the presentation of medals and awards to the summer camp attendees and everyone participated in cricket and rounders matches. The new Frankwell ground cricket nets facility was also officially opened by Cllr Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council.

    Steve Reese, club development officer at Beacon Cricket Club, said: “All this has been made possible by the fantastic support we receive from Shrewsbury Town Council and Saxonby, and without them we would not be in this superb position. It is now six years since we moved to Frankwell and it really is starting to become a well-respected facility for cricket and a great place for youngsters to be coached and play. The summer camp has been a resounding success and something we hope to repeat again next year.”

    James Wood, co-founder of Saxonby, said: “Saxonby was very happy to support the summer camp organised by Beacon CC for a number of reasons, but primarily because it enabled youngsters of all abilities to enjoy sport. The commitment to the future and sustainability of Beacon CC is clear to see and Steve Reese and his team should be commended for the excellent work they continue to do. Well done everyone and roll on next year!”

    1 Youngsters taking part in the cricket summer camp with organisers and at the front (left to right): James Wood, director, Saxonby, Cllr Beverly Baker, Andrew Copson, director, Saxonby and Steve Reese, club development officer, Beacon Cricket Club

    2 At the opening of the new Frankwell ground nets (left to right): Dave Pharo, president, Beacon Cricket Club, Cllr Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council, Nick Maegraith from Adelaide, Australia, Beacon Cricket Club’s overseas player and Adam Phillips, junior development officer, Beacon Cricket Club.

    3 Left to right: Dave Pharo, president, Beacon Cricket Club and Cllr Alan Mosley, leader of Shrewsbury Town Council.

    Neville Street
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