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  • Top comedian surprises students at his former school as they celebrate success
    13 Nov 2015
    Award winning students at Thomas Adams School are congratulated by comedian Greg Davies

    A top comedian has surprised pupils at a Shropshire school as the special guest at an evening celebrating exam success.

    Greg Davies, TV comic and star of The Inbetweeners, Cuckoo and Man Down, handed out certificates at Thomas Adams School in Wem.

    The comic, who studied at the school in Lowe Hill Road in the 1970s and 80s before embarking on a teaching career, stunned pupils as he entered the hall.

    Around 100 former Year 11 pupils saw the comic hand out over 300 certificates and give a speech recalling his years at Thomas Adams.

    Assistant headteacher Spencer Radford arranged the surprise guest speaker.

    He said: "I am delighted Greg accepted my invitation to return to the school where he was educated and give up his time during a very busy schedule.
    “He had a tour of the school and spoke fondly of his memories and teachers.
    “It is fantastic that our former Year 11 pupils, who achieved great successes in the summer examinations, had the chance to be inspired by him.

    “It has widened their horizons for their futures and hopefully they will all go on to be incredibly successful in their own right.
    “I look forward to being able to invite some of them back as our 'special guests' in due course."

    Mr Davies handed out certificates including the House Special Award for growing in confidence and communication skills and getting involved in a variety of activities, which went to Callum Hilditch.

    The Annie Platt Salver for Mathematics award went to Alanis Anderson, the Gareth Utting English Cup, only the second year it has been presented, was handed to Josh Towers and Louisa Pickard was named the winner of the David Breeze Salver for Science. All three students showed determination, progression and success in the subjects.

    The winner of the Lee Smith Memorial Award for farming and animal care was named as Oliver Whitehead and Dan Smither and Ellis Hickson were handed the Prefect Salver award.

    In honour of the surprise guest speaker for this year’s event the inaugural Greg Davies Performing Arts Awards was also given out. Rosie Talbot was the recipient, a focused, reliable and highly professional cast member in all school productions.

    Beth Ellis, Lauren Fisher, Grace Griffin, Louisa Pickard, Beth Price, Megan Day and Euan Sargant were named outstanding academic achievers as they scored the highest GCSE grades.

    Megan Day gained 9 A*s and 2 As while Beth Ellis achieved 8 A*s, 1 A and 1 B, as well as representing England at fencing.

    Overall GCSE results at Thomas Adams School showed 72% of all grades were C or above, with almost 20% at A* and A.

    In addition, more than 10% of students gained an A* in maths.

    Headteacher Elizabeth Dakin said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the success of students.

    “This is always a very happy occasion and it is good to see so many of our former pupils, many of whom chose to stay on and study for their A levels here at Adams College.

    “The fact that Greg Davies could be there to hand out the awards made it all the more special for them and we are glad they enjoyed the evening.”

  • 10 Artists Who Make Music on Martin Guitars
    04 Sep 2018

    Many people base their guitar choice on the guitar that their favorite artist plays. This definitely helps one become more inspired and motivated to practice and play. Who knows, maybe one day you can become as good as - or even better than - folks like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, Colbie Caillat and of course, Chris Cornell, who is sadly missed.

    Today we’re putting the spotlight on Martin guitars and the artists who play them. The artists mentioned above have all made music on a Martin. Ed Sheeran even has his own signature acoustic-electric guitar, the compact LX1E Little Martin Ed Sheeran Edition. 

    Aside from Ed, John, Colbie and Chris, here are other notable Martin guitar players. We’ll save the ukulele players for another day.

    1. Eric Clapton - Eric has used a great many Martins over the years and has partnered up with Martin on several occasions for his limited edition signature models. The first one, the 000-42EC of which only 461 guitars were made, sold out within days. The next, 000-42ECB, also sold out as quickly as it entered the market. The third one, the 000-28ECB, were made from the last pieces of Brazilian Rosewood that the company had in stock. Eric continues to collaborate with Martin and now has seven acoustic signature models.

    2. Aaron Nigel Smith - this artist’s Martin guitar of choice is the D-15M, a beautiful mahogany solid wood acoustic.

    3. Elle King - Elle describes herself as a gypsy. She just keeps on moving. Well, we’re sure that wherever she goes, her OMCPA5 Black guitar will always be there with her.

    4. Brandy Clark - Brandy has always wanted to be a country singer. We’re pretty sure her preferred Martin guitar, the OMJM John Mayer, helped her achieve her dream.

    5. Anderson East - Anderson considers his Martin 000C Nylon 12-fret guitar as his companion. Not only that, he also says it’s his constant source of inspiration and his teacher. 

    6. Ben Howard - Ben plays a D-28, aptly described as the dreadnought guitar by which all others are judged. This guitar has also been a favorite of American country music icon Hank Williams Sr., Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and of course, The undisputed King of rock ‘n roll, Elvis Presley.

    7. Band of Skulls - Martin guitars used by this British rock trio (who we’ll count as one unit, and who have been playing together since they were 12 years old) include the Grand J-28LSE, CEO-6 Sunburst and D-28 Marquis Sunburst.

    8. Cody Simpson - Cody recorded with two Martin acoustic guitars on his record Free and he also performs with them on stage. His Martins of choice are the OMJM John Mayer and the D-35 Johnny Cash. The D-35 is Martin’s first guitar that sported a polished black finish, and Johnny’s stage favorite for almost two decades.

    9. Seth Avett, The Avett Brothers - You can always find Martin guitars in the instrument arsenal of The Avett Brothers. Martin collaborated with Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers to come up with the D-35 Seth Avett custom signature edition. Seth designed the copper snowflake inlay on the fretboard himself.

    10. Brett Dennen - Brett says he has always been a Martin guy, and considers Martin guitars “works of art made by hand.” It’s no surprise that, like many music artists, his preferred Martin acoustic is the D-28.

  • Is banana good for psoriasis?
    25 Sep 2019

    Are you embarrassed and fade up using so many cures for psoriasis relief but in vain? Then you are not alone. There are many people with psoriasis finding a sustainable way to treat their psoriasis conditions. You already know that both the online and offline market is flooded with so many products conducting the disease. Most of them are not up to the mark.

    The whole world is turning back to the natural cures for curing diseases. Having a little to zero side effects, people across the globe use natural remedies. Managing psoriasis may be a daunting task to many but controllable. This health condition can blow your self-esteem, as well. It is mostly seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp, and sometimes it can affect other parts of your body, including legs, trunk, and nails.

    Banana as a natural cure can be one of the best options to deal with your psoriasis problem at home. Uncover the cure is such a place where you can get in-depth insight all about psoriasis and its treatment as well.

    I want to tell you about the disease, psoriasis before I delve deeper.

    What Psoriasis is

    Psoriasis can be a chronic, genetic, shared, and systemic inflammatory disease found mostly on your skin. You will find elevated itchy plaques that are raised red skin on the affected area. Psoriasis is found mainly on the elbows, scalp, and knees. Also, it can affect your legs, nails, and trunk. You will feel itchiness and plaque on the affected area as its symptoms.

    Keeping your affected area moisturized is more important when you suffer from this chronic skin disease. When your doctor confirms you that you have psoriasis, you need to take measures to manage it. You should not let it spread on your whole body.

    How Banana peel is suitable for psoriasis

    Banana peel contains a high amount of antioxidant that keeps your skin moisturized. It is one of the most widely-used home remedies for skin conditions, including psoriasis. Also, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help cure your skin conditions. Psoriasis makes your skin dry and develops a feeling of itchiness most times. Its extract soothes your affected area of skin, resulting in relieving psoriasis.

    Clean the affected area and rub the banana peel

    At first, you will need a banana peel. Smaller pieces are more convenient to rub, so make small pieces of banana peel. Once you have cut them into small pieces, start rubbing gently over the affected area. Make sure you are massaging the inside of the skin.

    At one point, you will notice that the inside of the peel will go brown. When you see the brown color of banana peel, stop. The process may take not more than 10 minutes.

    After knowing the process, it will take less time to prepare for the next day. Applying the healing process twice a day can improve your skin condition day by day.

    As I have mentioned above that banana peel is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps your skin soothe and relieve pain also.

    Banana peel paste is also useful

    With a butter knife, scrape off the white part from the banana peel. When you are done with sufficient white part from the banana peel, mash it with a blender to get a soft paste. Now it is time to apply the paste over your affected skin area like an ointment. You should leave it not more than 2 minutes and clean properly.

    This banana peel paste needs to apply on the affected skin area twice a day for better result. It is an alternative natural cure to using an ointment for psoriasis. The paste also helps to soothe and hydrate your affected itchy skin.

    Banana peel and honey combined

    To make this preparation for the treatment of your psoriasis, you need one banana peel and two tablespoons of raw honey. You can prepare it within 5 minutes or less. The process of making this paste is similar to the previous one. When you are done with making a soft, smooth paste of banana peel, add two tablespoons of pure honey with the dough and shake well.

    After blending the paste and honey correctly, you are ready to apply it over your affected skin area. For a good result, you have to leave the paste on your skin at least for half an hour. After the time finishes, rinse the applied area just with lukewarm water. Using the paste of banana peel and honey twice a day will be helpful to cure your psoriasis.

    Like banana peel, honey also has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help your skin keep moisturized for a long time.

    Banana peel along with coal tar

    Using coal tar is a universal remedy for treating psoriasis. It helps reduce the redness of your skin and itchiness feeling. Besides, coal tar helps to slow down the speedy growth of your skin cell. The combination of coal tar and banana peel assists your skin keep hydrated.

    To prepare the combination of the banana peel along with coal tar, you need one banana peel and one tablespoon of coal tar. Mix them well and shake before you are going to apply it on your affected skin area. Five minutes are enough to prepare this combination. Allow it at least two minutes on your skin and then rinse with cool water.

    Final Thought

    Apart from other so-called treatment for psoriasis, banana can be a good thing to consider as a natural remedy to treat your skin problem. Banana peel has many medication values, especially for the skin. You can use banana for other skin diseases. It is practical and works better. Although psoriasis is a painful skin disease, proper treatment can help you get rid of this skin problem.

    Pete White
  • Onshore vs. Offshore Bonds – The Pros and Cons
    20 Mar 2018

    When it comes to offshore bonds and investment opportunities, there remains a tremendous amount of scepticism. After all, these assets are often misunderstood within the wider community, due to the fact that they can be used to hide income and drive tax evasion.

    Despite this, offshore bonds remain a viable asset class for investors to pursue in the current climate, while there they also have similarities with onshore alternatives.

    In this post, we'll look at the similarities and differences between these two entities, and ask which is likely to offer the best returns in 2018.

    In simple terms, offshore bonds are assets that are issued from tax havens outside of the UK's jurisdiction. Prominent locations include Dublin, Luxembourg, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, while any income accrued through an offshore bond will not be subjected to taxation.

    Conversely, onshore bonds are issued from within the UK's borders and initially liable for the basic, corporate tax rate of 19%, along with capital gains after the deduction of indexation allowance.

    Interestingly, there are also a number of similarities between these two types of bonds, as switching between funds does not give rise to a personal liability tax. Similarly, 5% of the amount invested can be withdrawn tax deferred for a maximum of 20 years, with this allowance cumulative and capable of being rolled over for future use. This could lead to a large, lump sum withdrawal further down the line, and one that will not be immediately taxed.

    Both bonds are also easy to administer, and they're non-income producing assets. This makes them easy to administer, as there are no reporting requirements to HMRC until a chargeable event occurs.

    The Last Word – Onshore vs. Offshore Bonds in the Current Climate

    In this regard, there are more similarities between onshore and offshore bonds than initially meets the eye, with the tax benefits of the latter standing out as the most obvious. Still, with wealth management firms keen on optimising their margins and those of their clients, it's important to consider each option in the context of the current, economic climate.

    With this in mind, offshore bonds may represent the best option in the current climate. After all, the global economy is poised to grow at its fastest rate in seven years in 2018, while the UK will slump to its weakest expansion since the last recession. This makes it possible to pursue far greater gains abroad, while offshore bonds are also portable and particularly appealing for clients who may be planning to move or retire overseas.

    Offshore bonds also offer far greater flexibility and agility, while the accrued funds can be protected from future inheritance taxation. As a result, it's an excellent vehicle for building wealth and saving for long-term costs such as school fees or university costs.

    These considerations, along with the obvious tax benefits, help offshore bonds to stand out from the crowd in the current economic and financial climate.

    Pete White
  • Sundorne students fight to keep youth club open
    02 Apr 2014

    A group of Shrewsbury students have launched a battle to save their youth club which is threatened by the axe in the latest round of council cutbacks.

    Sundorne Youth Club members were recently delivered the devastating news that their club was earmarked for closure – along with other clubs across the town – and have set up an online petition to fight the plans.

    Pupil at Sundorne School and Sports College, Ellie Milner, is helping to spearhead the campaign to save the youth club, along with friends Shania Jones and Shelby Herbert.

    “We are extremely upset about the news that the council is looking to close our club – we feel so strongly about this because it is a very important part of our community,” said 14-year-old Ellie.

    “It is something we really look forward to each week and very importantly it helps to keep youngsters out of trouble because it gives them something to do.

    “The youth club is also a place where we can get good advice from people we trust. The closure will have a huge effect on the teenagers who attend the sessions.

    “We have launched a petition to try to persuade the council not to close our club and have made banners and posters to protest against the plans.

    “We also attended a question and answer evening held at the council offices but came away with the impression that people were not really bothered about our club.”

    Head teacher at Sundorne School and Sports College, Alex Raeside, said that the school fully supported the campaign by the students to keep the club open.

    “This whole campaign has been initiated by and led by our children,” said Mr Raeside.

    “As a school we are proud of the children showing that they believe in the school’s commitment to its community.

    “We believe the closure would be extremely detrimental to those who use the club and the community in general.

    “The club is a huge support to children, not only for those who just want to enjoy themselves, but also those that need to improve their confidence and relationships with others.

    “I believe the youth club has played a key role in ensuring that anti-social behaviour in the Sundorne community is rare, and taking it away could jeopardise the respectful community we live in.

    “Sundorne School and Sports College has a real sense of community which is backed up by the youth club – we really do not want to lose that ethos.”

    Those signing up for the petition have posted comments including: “It benefits young teenagers in a safe environment with caring people who are willing to spend their time doing different activities with the kids.

    Another said: “Without the youth club I wouldn’t have turned out the way I did – it helped me make friends and start the career I am in now.”

    Pete White
  • Palms Hill - stunning Shropshire house and garden opens as a stylish events venue
    09 Sep 2013

    Together the enterprising mother and daughter team of Sue and Meg Wilton-Morgan, will be opening the gates to Palms Hill on Saturday September 15th. Their home will be a new venue for events in a stunning setting - where excellent service is top of their list. Palms Hill will come with a Victorian house backdrop, marquee lawn with breathtaking views of the Shropshire countryside, a beautifully restored walled garden - complete with a crèche for children...

    School, University and a New Home

    Meg has been involved in business from a young age with her parents working around her. She put her own skills into practice at Liverpool University. Meg won an award of investment for her business concept in the University's 'Big Pitch' - leading her to set-up her first business. Supply Our Society provided personalised clothing for everything from choirs at University to the Pengwern Rowing Club back home in Shrewsbury. Sue, with her husband Tim, built up Timstar - the second largest supplier of laboratory and educational science related products to schools throughout the UK. After repeated offers to buy this business, they decided to sell in 2009 and had the opportunity to buy Palms Hill House.
    This led to the careful restoration of this historic house near Wem in Shropshire. Sue had fallen in love with the house two years previously, so the opportunity to purchase was too good to miss. They made the move across the county border from Cheshire and the work began. The house was beautiful but needed some care and attention to bring it back to its former beauty and to fill it once again with people and parties. This is exactly what Meg and Sue set out to do and following their launch on September 15th, the plan is for it to be the location for many weddings, events and parties.

    From The Domesday Book to 2013

    The original dwelling at Palms Hill is thought to have been listed in the Domesday Book. The design and build of the current house was commissioned in 1890 by James Arthur Clegg from Lancashire. The architect was Mr H. Macpherson of Derby, who later won a prize for his design. The Wilton-Morgan family have been working on the careful restoration since 2009. The Victorian craftsmanship has been revealed, the garden has been landscaped, with croquet lawn and walled garden. The fabulous views across to the Welsh Hills can be enjoyed, from what was originally a defensive hill-top position.

    Palms Hill is open for events with a purpose-built marquee to fit the marquee lawn, accommodating up to 180 for banquets with a dance floor and bar and up to 250 with buffet-style catering. The extensive gardens, including the walled garden, are part of this unique location. Local suppliers have been selected to work with including; Tipples bar, photography from PB Artworks, catering from Oak Apple and Caroline Morgan. September 15th provides an opportunity to look inside the gates of this hidden gem - situated between the A49 and Wem.

    Meg explained; "We have enjoyed bringing Palms Hill back to life and look forward to sharing this. We hope that our guests - whether for private or corporate events - will enjoy the beauty and space of our gardens and the backdrop of our home, as much as we do!"

    Pete White
  • Eagle eyed visitors spot mystery Dodo egg in Shrewsbury
    02 Apr 2017

    A group of eagle eyed Darwin fans have spotted what appears to be a Dodo egg on a visit to Shrewsbury this week.

    The oversized egg was spotted near to the Darwin statue in the grounds of the library on Castle Street, Shrewsbury.

    Charles Darwin, who was born and raised in Shrewsbury, reported on the fearless and now extinct Dodo bird on a trip to the Galapagos in the 19th Century, as part of his three year adventure on the H.M.S. Beagle.

    “As Darwin noted, the Dodo's fearlessness is typical of isolated birds and it now appears that a brave and rare egg may have survived since Darwin’s travels and chosen Shrewsbury as its birth place. Will this be the first Shrowdo?” said historian Dr A. Fool of Shrewsbury.

    For more information visit or find Shrewsbury on Facebook  and Twitter @originalshrews.



  • Rybrook staff on the treadmill
    17 Mar 2017

    New Year resolutions start with the greatest of intentions but are notoriously difficult to maintain, but one company from Shropshire has succeeded by working up a sweat to stick to their task.

    Twenty five staff members of Rybrook BMW and MINI of Shrewsbury meet at 7am each Monday morning for an hour’s workout at neighbouring Simply Gym on Sundorne Retail Park.

    Personal trainer Barnaby Pratt, who supervises the group, said: “The Rybrook staff have made fantastic improvements in both fitness and effort in these past two months and the results are easy to see across the board and they are really sticking at it as a group.

    “It’s rewarding to see everybody having fun while at the same time working hard, resulting in a perfect demonstration of team building and group fitness.

    “We try to make it enjoyable to help people get into shape with a series of functional exercises to improve general strength and conditioning, then using bikes and treadmills to assist cardio vascular fitness, with everybody supporting each other.”

    One staff member who is part of the fitness group is Nick Bradbury, who commented: “It has been simply brilliant for me to be involved in this fitness training, not only because I have lost a full stone in weight since the start, but being new to the dealership it has also helped me integrate into the team.”

    Rybrook head of business, Gareth Thomas, who joins the group himself each week, added: “We approached Dan Kirby, manager of Simply Gym with the idea and explained that some people were put off going to a gym and wanted to train as a group with their colleagues. Dan made it possible and with the assistance of Barnaby it is proving to be a very successful initiative indeed.

    “Barnaby keeps the sessions both interesting and challenging and has kick-started our staff into taking their health a little more seriously.

    “Monday mornings for me have become a great start to the week, yes, it’s really hard going as we are certainly put through our paces, but also good fun at the same time with lots of team support and banter.”

    Pictured: Weight loss group member Nick Bradbury is put through his paces by personal trainer Barnaby Pratt, supported by fellow Rybrook staff.

  • British Tourism and Travel show NEC Birmingham
    27 Mar 2018
    Shrewsbury tourism stand - Left to Right Mark Hooper from Sabrina Boat , Maggie Morris Shrewsbury Tourism and Clive Knowles, Chairman of the British Ironwork Centre.

    Shropshire is presently promoting itself on the national stage for tourism across the UK, Yesterday was the first day of three.
    Exhibitors from all over the UK and Europe were presenting to holiday and tourism organisations. Many of the UK’s largest attractions were present, offering polished introductions on what they offer the industry.

    The Shrewsbury Tourism stand sat next to Coventry promoting itself and its up and coming year of culture, along with Chester Zoo and a whole delegation of attractions from Manchester including the FC.
    The show represents the whole industry from coach operators to hotel chains.
    Shrewsbury Tourism had a great location, being in the centre of the hall. Next year’s presence is already being discussed with a view to a larger stand and partnering other top Shropshire attractions like the British Ironworks in making the presence more about the whole county.

    Clive Knowles of the Ironworks said, there’s no better stage for presenting Shropshire to the wider tourism industry, interest in the county town and the county as a whole was very exciting, Shropshire has so much to offer and this is a good positive effort, to ensure Shropshire and Shrewsbury are considered by all, alongside Stratford upon Avon, Liverpool and Cornwall, its only right we benefit from visitors across the UK and improve the nation's awareness of what we have to offer, besides we have the finest county, so we need to be let everyone know.

  • Shrewsbury BID reports year of positive delivery as town champion
    08 Jun 2016

    Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) has published its annual report for year two of its five year mandate revealing demonstrable strides forward against key priorities set out by Shrewsbury business community to generate cost savings, deliver marketing impact, progress access and car parking issues and provide strategic direction and impact.

    Shrewsbury BID’s role as a representational voice for business has been integral to a number of strategic town centre issues over the year, from involvement in the forthcoming Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package to co-chairing, with Shropshire Council, the development of a new vision document for the town, refreshing the Shrewsbury Regeneration Framework issued in 2011.

    Ambitious marketing aspirations have been played out over the year resulting in a 107% year on year increase in the editorial value of Shrewsbury’s profile with 342 features spreading the word across national and regional on and offline media. Seasonal and sector specific campaigns have been rolled out with creative themes to showcase the town. Three new videos centred on its independent retailers, its Christmas offer and varied events programme have attracted more than 100,000 views promoting the town as a special destination.

    Shrewsbury BID’s website was refreshed and has seen an increase in views of 42%. It has grown its social media presence to number more than 7,000 people as fans, followers or subscribers to the Original Shrewsbury platforms on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

    Cost savings have been centre stage in 2015/16 with the BID supporting members by appointing specialists to negotiate better rates on utilities, which has saved more than £95,000 for 50 businesses so far. It also launched a preferred supplier scheme with Veolia for a waste and recycling to further benefit businesses.

    During the year the BID worked to ensure £1 car parking on Sundays was maintained to encourage visitors to spend time in Shrewsbury and increase footfall which in turn has reported at least 5% increase year on year, in less than a year of the initiative being launched. Importantly Shrewsbury BID worked as part of a team of organisations in Shrewsbury to assist in gaining nationally acclaimed Purple Flag status which recognises the town centre’s safe night time experience.  

    Shrewsbury BID has worked with Shropshire Council and Shrewsbury Town Council and businesses to create a new town map and is spearheading new on-street signage system, with the first set of wayfinding signs due in the autumn 2016.

    Kirsten Henly, Executive Director of Shrewsbury BID, said: “Our second year has been one of positive delivery achieved through partnership working and a steadfast commitment to the commercial wellbeing of our town.

    “There is of course still much to achieve and new challenges to face as we enter year three of our term including improving car parking and access to the town centre and continuing to champion our evening economy.  

     “We are also looking at opportunities to apply for additional resource and funding from a variety of organisations to allow us to build on the progress achieved to date and bolster the reach and impact of our activities.  I hope to be able to announce some exciting new plans in the coming year.”

    Mike Matthews, Chairman of Shrewsbury BID added: “Many of the initiatives outlined in the original business plan have been progressed this past year making Shrewsbury a better place to live, work and invest in. I should like to extend my gratitude to our Board of Directors, who work tirelessly in their own free time to ensure we meet the objectives set and continue to deliver demonstrable value and benefit to businesses.”

    Shrewsbury BID’s achievements were nationally recognised when it received British BIDs accreditation for its governance and management structures. It also worked in partnership with Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council to win Heart of England BID in Bloom’s gold award and category title.

  • Shrewsbury, a little Nirvana
    21 Feb 2014

    Shrewsbury is considered to be one of the top 12 locations to live in the Midlands according to The Times and was nicknamed ‘little Nirvana’ which is just what is need to raise its profile and economy.

    Insider’s tips

    However, you may be wondering what would be an insiders’ perspective on living and buying property in Shrewsbury: the main one being the development of Western Shrewsbury which will comprise around 300 new homes with a connection to the North West Relief Road. Another reason is the growth with hotel and restaurant/pub creations including a petrol station with three hectares of land on the edges of the town off the Welshpool Road.

    With this potential factor in the area, it starts bringing work prospects and alluring more interest in the region where it is still possible to buy a five bedroom house with land for just under £600,000.


    Shropshire Council may be willing to pledged a further expansion of housing (the outline application is however still in the pipeline) through the David Wilson Homes and Jennings Estates  for Western Shropshire for a further 750 homes to be built over the following years. The sector is potentially booming. The territory covers around 24 hectares of greenfield  land at Churncote, Bicton Heath.

    For the near future

    For those looking to move in a few years, the properties vary in size with two to four-bedroom homes that will also make available 45 affordable schemes that are within the vicinity. This proposal is designed to accommodate today’s shifting social patterns including an ageing population, recreational facilities both social and sports based while being accessible for all members of society. There are also proposed prospective road developments, depending on the budget policy, that would also benefit the community and create a better link system between A5 bypass and the Holyhead Road for the possible NWWR.

    What’s on offer

    There is a true community spirit which is unlike any other and visiting the town, you will be engrossed in its culture and atmosphere as well as its magnificent countryside so close to the centre. For further information look at Rentify. There are very modern and well served medical outlets from hospitals, surgeries, dentists, schools with a railway that has excellent connections to all parts of the county. Having a low crime rate is a factor that enhances the assets of the region. Other reasons are the attractive property prices and low unemployment figures.

    Shrewsbury is placed on the ladle of the Severn, a jumble of medieval streets and traditional farms (pictured below), Georgian terraces and parklands tumbling down to the water who’s noted personalities include Robert ‘Clive of India’, Mary Webb, Charles Darwin, Percy Thrower, Wilfred Owen to name but a few. It is a hidden treasure away from the mayhem that prides itself on festivals from folk, cartoons to Jazz at the Buttermarket plus the best reggae with stars like Freddie Macgregor and Julian Marley.

    Pete White
  • Shrewsbury College student crowed Carpentry Apprentice of the Year!
    21 Dec 2015

    A Shrewsbury College Carpentry & Joinery Apprentice has been crowned the Apprentice of the year 2015.

    Elliot Goode, 25, from Shrewsbury, is in the final year of a three year Level 3 Apprenticeship in Carpentry with Shrewsbury-based family run firm English Construction Ltd.

    Construction Manager at the firm, Nathan Buckley, entered Elliot into the awards run by Shropshire Construction Training Group.

    Elliot, received a trophy and a cheque for £200 when he picked up his award at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury, recently.

    Elliot said: “I always wanted to do carpentry and I got in touch with English Construction, was interviewed and offered an Apprenticeship. I have worked on the £multi-million development of the historic Lady Forester Nursing Home in Much Wenlock, which is a very exciting and interesting project, as well as many other jobs besides.

    “It was a very straightforward process to sign up to the Apprenticeship through the College. The only frustrating thing is that I didn’t do it sooner!

    “It’s definitely a career rather than just a job and will be for the rest of my life. Eventually I would like to run my own construction business.

    “The Apprenticeship is well-taught, both at the College and on-site with English Construction. I have already learnt a lot and the tutors are knowledgeable and really push to get the best from you. I am really pleased to have won this award and think it will help me go forwards in my career.”

    Nathan started an Apprenticeship himself through the College in 2006 which he finished with English Construction Ltd in 2009.

    Since then, Nathan worked his way up through the company to become construction manager, where he now oversees the work of over 20 tradespeople and three apprentices, including Elliot, who are all training through Shrewsbury College.

    In 2011 Nathan was crowned the regional winner of the Federation of Master Builders Apprentice of the Year Award and in October this year, he was crowned the national runner-up in the Youth Build Young Builder of the Year 2015 competition and collected his award at The Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

    Of Elliot’s award he said: “I entered Elliot into these awards because he is a brilliant apprentice. What makes him so good is his ability to handle jobs on his own. I can trust his skills and ability if I send him to a job to manage alone, which is a real achievement seeing as he won’t finish his Apprenticeship until next year. We are really proud of him for winning this award.”

    Stuart Raine, Curriculum Leader for Construction & Trades at Shrewsbury College, said: “This is fantastic for Elliot. He has worked really hard while at College and it’s brilliant to hear such positive feedback about how he doing on site and making such a difference to the company he works for. It just goes to show what fantastic opportunities Apprenticeships can provide for individuals and businesses.”

  • Chris Aston Corporate Sponsorship
    20 Oct 2016
    Chris Aston Corporate Fundraising

    Shrewsbury’s European and British Champion is looking to the Shropshire business community to assist him in his upcoming defence of his titles.

    Chris Aston, owner and head coach of the renowned Astons Kickboxing Academy in Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury is in training to defend his European kickboxing title at the upcoming championships in Athens.

    Chris, one of the country’s most successful kickboxers, flies out to Athens in November and will be competing against the best competitors on the continent.

    As well as fighting at the very highest level for the last 8 years, Chris also runs an incredibly successful kickboxing club and takes his students to competitions in the United Kingdom and across mainland Europe.

    Following on from these successes, both personally and for his team, Chris is looking for sponsorship and partnership agreements with businesses who feel that they would like to be associated with the club.

    In return for assistance in funding competitions and travel costs, Chris and his students would be happy to include their partners in their regular press releases (examples of which are available on request), social media messages (with a reach of over 1000 local people), and professional photos of the fighters on the medal podium at competitions.

    There are also opportunities for companies looking to take on the “Gold Standard” sponsorship package, which would not only give the benefits outlined above but would also include team building fitness and kickboxing sessions along with bespoke fitness programmes and diet plans for staff members.

    This is a great opportunity for companies to benefit from an association with a successful group of Shropshire athletes and to allow them to continue to compete, and win, at the very highest level.

  • Lord Hill's Column Open Days
    27 Mar 2015

    Lord Hill’s Column at the end of the London road in Shrewsbury will once again be open to the public. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo so additional days have been added to the schedule.  The column was built in 1815 to honour local hero, Rowland Hill, who was Wellington’s trusted General during the Peninsula War and at the battle of Waterloo.

    Announcing the new opening dates, Richard Hayes, Chairman of the Friends of Lord Hill’s Column said: “We are delighted to be able to open the column to the public. This will give visitors a rare opportunity to climb the 172 steps of the spiral staircase to enjoy spectacular views over Shropshire and Wales from the platform at the top.  2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo and across the country events will be staged to celebrate the final defeat of Napoleon.  Shropshire can boast a particularly important monument to a hero of the Napoleonic Wars and there has been great interest in our plans. Last year tickets sold out and we had to disappoint a lot of people so I urge everyone to book their place quickly”.

    Information for the public:

    Booking must be made in advance as places are limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Bookings can be made on line at "Climb It" via our website  or by telephoning: 07720 677530

    The charge is £5 per person and all money goes towards creating an exact copy of the statue as the original one needs to be replaced.

    Dates for public opening of the Column in 2015

    Easter - Saturday 4 April1100 – 1600inclusive

    Bank Holiday Monday 6 April1100 – 1600ditto

    Bank Holiday Monday 25 May1100 – 1600ditto

    Saturday 13 June1100 – 1600ditto

    Wednesday 8 July1800 – 2030 ditto

    Sunday 16 August1200 – 1600ditto

    Bank Holiday Monday 31 August1100 – 1600ditto

    Sunday 13 September1200 – 1600ditto

    Saturday 3 October1100 – 1600ditto

    There will be no charge on Sunday 13th September as this is a Heritage Open Day. 

    Pete White
  • Lady Smock, The Life of Mary Webb.
    04 Sep 2018

    Owen Lewis Productions Present

    Lady Smock

    September 2018


    As a playwright I have always worked alone and I have never collaborated. I have obviously worked with others in the county but not in the writing. That has always for me been a solitary occupation.  At University one is expected to collaborate all the time and the support that one receives in those settings is second to none. However in the real world until now, I have ploughed my own lonely furrow. Not a complaint just the usual status quo. But an artist who stands still for too long can be left behind his style may grow dusty and he might start repeating himself. Time then to breath some fresh air in and see who might be up for a project.

    I will first tell you about the process that has lead to, “Lady Smock.” It is a play charting the life and love of Shropshire Authoress, Mary Webb. It really is quite a story. As she was sitting on the Devil’s Chair, Caer Caradoc or The Long Mynd awaiting her next run of inspiration, her books were being translated and read world-wide. Books that eventually lead to the Hollywood blockbusters. “Gone to Earth,” and “Precious Bane,” being two of hers that made it to the silver screen. It is a fascinating story and one that we had no idea about when we first met to discuss what it was we wanted to perform.

    Having highlighted that I was a novice at collaborating you can imagine I was very intrigued when I was approached by a Shropshire Singer/Musician/Poet Rowan Bartram who said she would like to do something with me. I had done a gig late last year with a violinist and all round musician, Phoebe Rees I loved her work and her enthusiasm. A team was born.

    We met initially back in February. I had an idea I wanted to write about feminism and the story of the arrival of modern woman. Rowan had a far better idea and had written a poem about Lyth Hill. We started talking about that and Mary Webb came up in conversation. As we chatted the passion in the group was ignited and we hit on the idea of Lady Smock. Rowan had a series of songs and poetry she wanted including. I too had poetry and a few ideas for songs I wanted to write and Phoebe was excited about new Shropshire tunes and old Shropshire tunes and the whole idea of juxta posing the music and playing with traditions.

    I went away from that meeting and promised a script within a month. Using Gladys Mary Cole’s book on Mary Webb as a starting point we trawled and researched until a narrative presented itself. I wrote that narrative and kept to my promised deadline. In that time, Rowan was writing music for her songs and for a song I composed and phoebe started working on her music. Within the month we had the show and now the next part, casting.

    It’s always hard casting, we are a professional company but use local actors , the company’s intention is to give the actors a true professional experience and give them a taste of what life might be like as a full time engaged actor. There are many actors out there especially in this wonderful town of Shrewsbury and in the last few years I have worked with the best.

    The cast grew, I wanted to work with Genevieve Tudor from Radio Shropshire. We both started in Radio together thrity years ago, so it was lovely to work with her again Another first is that my Sister, Kathryn N. Lewis  is in the cast. We have never worked together before but I have always wanted to. Tal Bowen who has worked for me before as has Allan Price both joined the show.  So eventually we were well met with a cast to take on Lady Smock.

    Regular readers of my work will be aware that I am a great supporter of minimal theatre, furniture can’t act! So employing Brechtian devices such as actors remaining at all times on stage,in sight of the public eye, the use of song, music and poetry and gesture all go to drive the story ahead. Focus is never lost from Mary and her short and sometimes tragic life.

    It has been a fascinating project fitting the music, songs and poetry into the text. There is even a country-dance, The Dashing White Sergeant: all of this is needed to weave in to this incredible tale. A real Shropshire tale and one we as Salopians should know.

     Here is our dates list….

    September19th.. Silvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton, 7pm for 7.30 curtain.

    September 21st..Memorial Hall, Bayston Hill, 7pm for 7.30 Curtain

    September 29th..The Willow Gallery in Oswestry, 7.30PM for an 8.00pm curtain.

    All tickets are priced at eight pounds and admission is on the door only.

    This has been a fascinating and highly creative process. All I can say is this, I sit here often enough offering my critical eye to so many shows it will be nice for you to see what it is I can actually do. It’s alright talking about it but can I do it? I of course believe I can, but your verdict is important come and see us. This will be a fun performance and if you have come across either Rowan Bartram or Phoebe Rees before you will know that this show will be a great experience for both performers and artists.

    If you ever fancy belonging to a professional cast doing this kind of work then feel free to come up to me at any of these performances and give me your details and they will go on file and you will probably receive a call  in the near future. We are always delighted to meet talented people with lots to offer if that’s you find me and we shall see where you will fit in.

    I will ask you as the reader to do me a favour. If you are reading it on tell your friends, if you are reading this on Face Book or Twitter please forward and retweet. It only takes a second and could help us to reach everyone we want to tell about the show.

    See you at Lady Smock? Very likely, I hope I hear you reply.

    Owen J.Lewis

    Owen Lewis
  • The Woodland Walk
    25 Sep 2012

    Time: 2 hours Approx     distance: 5 miles

    Woodland walks are always a firm favourite with my readers and this is a lovely walk at any time of the year with my lead off for much of it. Along the way you get to see the very impressive remains of Haughmond Abbey. Bow wow wow!

    1. Parking by the Corbett Arms walk straight over the road and down a public footpath then over stile. Walk to the opposite side of field following the Shropshire Way and pass over a bridge into another field. Here you can have your lead off providing there are no farm animals around.

    2. Continue to follow the path over the bridge with the stream underneath and walk through a field, over a stile and through a bushy area again picking up the path and then turn right which leads you into the woodland which is run by the Forestry Commission.

    3. At a fork turn left and follow yellow signs through woods until you hear traffic from a busy road. At this point you need your lead on.

    4. Cross the road turning left then immediately right and enter into Abbey Wood. You can see the impressive English Heritage site of Haughmond Abbey in front of you.

    5. Walking left into a field of farm animals and around the left hand side of the Abbey over stiles where necessary you get a breathtaking view of the former Augustinian Abbey. You can choose to pay to go in visit for further information.

    6. When you have walked through the stiles and to the top of a slight bank turn left into the Coppice (not onto Shropshire Way) and here you can have your lead off. Follow the path through the Coppice and at the end of the Coppice you will arrive at some gates. Take the left hand gate and walk across the field keeping the Coppice you have just walked through to your left.

    7. Entering a field on your right you will find another metal gate and walk past the works with a fence to your right and continue down the path turning right at the bottom and then right through another metal gate where you need your lead on.

    8. When through gate with wharf cottage across the road in front of you turn to the left and you will arrive back to your start point. Corbett Arms welcome dogs in their extensive beer garden to the back of the property.

  • Heaving And Hauling And ShakingThe Net
    29 Nov 2018

    Kimber’s Men

    Wrecks on the Shore

    Released: Autumn 2018

    We have talked about Kimber’s Men before with their last CD. The reason being is they are friends of Shrewsbury and have, nationwide following notwithstanding, a large Shropshire fan base. Their new album "Wrecks on the Shore." floated over my desk so I thought I would have a listen and let you know how it fares.

    The singing of Sea Shanties is working its way into the public psyche.  I am convinced members of the midnight choirs throughout the land will have had a go at singing some of them. However like all things that are worth doing, if done properly there are joys to be found.

    Thanks to Kimber’s Men and their sensitive and understanding way they approach their singing and research, a beauty is being breathed into songs that for years were merely called out rhythmically so that sailors could pull, haul, pump or turn in unison. Words were lost above the flapping of canvas and the roar of the weather. Hence Shanties popularity amongst those late night crooners, they are fun and can be sung as bawdy and roughly as you like . That is not Kimber’s style. They are  creating life and bringing  a new understanding.

    Wrecks on the Shore, is an album that captures the real value of the songs and that is where the fascination lies. Unafraid of contemporary sea-songs too, this album is a wonderful mixture of both contemporary and traditional. The two juxtapose well and make the album highly relevant in the world of sea songs.

    Before I even looked at the Album I spent ages just looking at the wonderful illustration on the album cover. Helen Lord is an illustrator working in Yorkshire and her scary sea monster clawing into a ship mercilessly, is quite a creation. This would have been just the sort of thing that superstitious sailors will have feared throughout their working lives.

    With new members and old favourites Kimber’s Men’s new album brings together the poetry, the art and the humour of these songwriters. Split almost 50/50 between contemporary and traditional tracks each one getting the Kimber’s classy attention.

    Sadly we lost Joe Stead from the Folk world since Kimber’s last album; but it is nice to see he still appears on this album. He was such a presence in Kimber’s and it is nice to know we can still hear new work from his that we have not before. Steve Smith and Mike Beeke can be classed as the new comers and they have brought great voices and further musicality to the team. Mike Beeke’s Northumbrian pipes on “Here’s the tender coming,” is so sublime. A great song anyway and is certainly a highlight of the album.

    Gareth Scott would be an asset to any group, with a voice wealthy with tone and soul. Sounding like a mixture between a Mississippi Delta Blues and Spiritual singing, Gareth’s voice is alive with quality and class. He has a head turning voice people just have to watch and hear him. “Soon may the Wellerman come,” is a fantastic example of what I claim.

    But the first track “Bound Down Trinidad,” starts from somewhere deep in the ground as Jon Bromley’s rich deep voice grabs the listeners attention with the best bass voice in the British Folk scene he does captivate the listener and one finds one’s self held, no matter what you were doing you have to stop to hear this treasure of a sound.

    Kimber’s are never afraid of a song, be it an old traditional number like “Roll Boys Roll,” and “Rosiana,” or  their own songs, such as the eponymous track, Neil Kimber’s “Wrecks on The Shore,” and classic song’s like Stan Roger’s, “ The Jeannie C.” This is  crucial, there are many shanty groups throughout the UK especially in coastal towns and although they are highly entertaining , beer and noise play a large part. That doesn’t matter, it’s brilliant fun, but Kimber’s are able to point out what beauty there is in these songs. They shine like jewels in a museum. The Folk Scene is after all, a living museum. It is where we find our history, social, economic and political. The feelings and fears of our forebears living a life harder than anyone of us would ever dream possible, are all there in the lyrics and a large amount of humour too, after all they needed to laugh at something to prevent madness!

    Kimber’s have done it again. A well balanced, beautifully sang and majestically played. The work that Kimber’s are doing, maintaining and presenting these wonderful songs is as crucial as an Egyptologist digging up a Scarab, or a diver bringing up a treasure chest. It is an illumination, torch-like onto a life that we have now lost to technology and container shipping. But as this review has pointed out the contemporary songs on the album gives that  balance and it is equally important for fans of this genre to know new songs are still being written, more sophisticated maybe, but all of them have one thing in common. The sea. They ,me and probably you will always love the sea and these songs celebrate that fact.

    I believe this a  great album, a great listen and the perfect Christmas Gift.

    This is a Five Star Review

    Owen J.Lewis



    Owen Lewis
  • 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
  • The Next History Lesson From Martin The Town Crier
    21 Sep 2012

    "When I am leading any of my tours around Shrewsbury, one of the most asked questions is, "What is the meaning of the word Dogpole?"

    There is a couple of answers that could be given-1, is that there was a second ducking stool here in the 14th Century or that it is derived from the medieval name for top or summit- "Pol" I.E top of the Wyle Cop, or it could be that I tell our American visitors that in medieval times dogs were not allowed in the town so they had to tie them to a post hence a dog-pole! but the real reason is that part of the old inner town wall ran across this street and there was a small gate that people had to duck to get through so "Duck-hole" or, Dogpole, came into being.

    At the top of Dogpole stands the impressive Newport House, built by Lord Newport between 1696 and the early 1700`s. It is said that this "New House" replaced an older timber framed house that was removed from here and re-erected at the entrance to the Castle, so in the medieval days when you moved house you did just that, you moved your house!

    A few doors down is the Old House and this was used in the 1500`s by Mary Tudor, (Later Queen Mary) when she stayed in Shrewsbury for a short time before moving down to Ludlow Castle.

    On the opposite side of the road in what is now a shop stood the first Ear Nose and Throat hospital and the shop is still said to be haunted by a young girl who will talk to the customers until the owner appears.

    Not to be outdone by any of the other streets in Shrewsbury, Dogpole had it`s fair share of public houses:- The Plume, or Plume of Feathers was here in the 1890`s before it was closed and turned into a training school for servant girls. The Hen and Chickens stood on the site of what is now No. 8 Dogpole and this was a very large and impressive half timbered house that was the headquarters of a select group of prominent business men who met once a month for a sumptous meal. The Hen and Chickens dissapeared around 1890, and so did the club!!

    In 1657 the Lord Newport is recorded as paying 1d, (1 penny!) as rent for the Talbutts inn but no record is available to show when this closed.

    Once again, this is a road through the town that has thousands of people travelling down it but not many people realise that there is loads of history in each building, if only walls could talk!!
    see you next month...."

    Martin Wood
  • The croquet vocabulary
    27 Mar 2013

    The bewildered-looking beginners in this photograph have just been learning a new vocabulary; a vocabulary with a distinctly French flavour but one which might possibly have been invented in Ireland, whence it was brought to England in about 1850.

    Here is a sample to get you started, so that when you turn up at Monkmoor Rec for a game you can at least understand the language:

    croquet (crokay) : The name of the game and a verb meaning 'to hit a ball when it is in contact with another ball

    roquet (rokay) :  This gets you started; to 'make a roquet' is to strike your ball so that it hits another, entitling you to continue your turn.

    continuation :  Once you've roqueted and croqueted you get one more shot - a continuation.

    crush :  To squeeze your ball between your mallet and a hoop. This is not allowed, so make sure no-one notices.

    stop-shot :  This replaced (about 150 years ago!) the foot-on-ball technique beloved of vicars and tarts. So stop doing it and play the game properly!

    take-off :  Nothing to do with planes or strippers; to play a croquet shot, leaving one ball behind.

    baulk :  Where you start. See - just like snooker. Wouldn't you like to give it a try?

    peel  :  To strike your ball so that it pushes another through a hoop.

    peg-out :  "Oh! So that's where the expression comes from! " Yeah, to win the game by hitting your balls on to that wooden peg in the middle of the lawn.

    See you at Monkmoor!

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