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  • 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
  • Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2015 – Spooky Men, Melodeons and Mud
    02 Sep 2015

    Laura Noszlopy and Tom Cowin

    Photographs by Richard Hammerton

    Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2015 was a great fun bank holiday weekend for all the family, and for all flavours of folk.  With its deeply laidback attitude and impeccable manners, this is a rare gathering where babies and toddlers are safe, grandparents can shake it down at the ceilidh, and everyone in between can find something enticing to listen to, watch or get stuck into to wile away the (slightly damp, grey) late August days and nights.  Judging by the elaborately and immaculately arranged campsites, several generations of families attend this festival together. Despite the many barrels of very strong ale available, not to mention this year’s new cocktail and wine bars, there is none of the loutishness or trouble found at many other weekenders. It’s a happy, friendly festival where everyone does proper recycling, the stewards are smiling and helpful, the loos are clean and the showground is seemingly left shipshape once everyone heads home.

    Pandemonium and its team of dedicated volunteers ran the kid’s craft tent again this year. Lantern making is something that many regular festival goers really look forward to, with parents and children alike piling in to the marquee to build complicated structures from willow and masking tape, which are later sealed and decorated with tissue paper and glue, and then hung in the gazebo until Sunday night when the lantern procession snakes through the showground. Despite the rain, the lanterns looked great lit from within with LEDs and held up high on beanpoles.  The women of Spirit of Djembe accompanied the procession, bravely drumming under their plastic ponchos.

    The Panic circus skills tent was packed with excited children all weekend, balancing on pedalos and unicycles, learning juggling skills and tightrope walking.  The Refokus project for teens offered workshops in diverse music and dance styles and they showcased their efforts on the final day with a group performance. Townsfolk without festival tickets were also treated to some hijinks with the annual Morris display and procession, which started in Shrewsbury town centre and sauntered back to the showground.

    Musically, 2015 was another year of revisiting past successes and striking out in new directions. The line-up saw old favourites back for the umpteenth time, rubbing shoulders with some of the freshest faces on the folk scene. Steve Knightley kicked off the proceedings on the new, larger capacity Main Stage 1, setting the standard for a great evening’s entertainment with Kate Rusby’s poised and beautifully balanced performance and Dawes’ own brand of American roots.  Main Stage 2 saw an innovative, theatrical set from Jig Doll, Hannah James’ Arts Council funded exploration of voice, accordion and clog dancing traditions, in a show that moved seamlessly from atmospheric to exuberant.

    Nancy Kerr is well known and respected voice on the English folk scene, her closing set on Main Stage 2 on Friday was a great showcase for her new self-penned material, which subtly breathes new life and poeticism into the English folksong tradition.

    What was particularly apparent this year was the number of hugely talented youngsters who are embracing traditional music and easily holding their own alongside more grizzled old timers. The Teacups performed a wonderfully enthusiastic song set that showed a real sensitivity and understanding of their material; they were very well received in the Sabrina Marquee on Friday night.

    Saturday kicked off acapella style on both Main Stage 2 and the Sabrina Marquee, with festival favourites The Wilsons and sea shanty specialists The Roaring Trowmen. The Trowmen’s set was a masterclass in four-part shanty singing, interspersed with properly funny jokes.

    Also on Main Stage 2, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese singer and kora player Seckou Keita played beautifully together in an exceptional collaboration steeped in their respective bardic traditions.

    Evening in the Sabrina Marquee saw a peace concert given by the Peace Through Folk Choir, featuring The Laners, Janet Russell, The Birdscarers and Pete Hopkins, among others. The concert was moving, thought provoking and uplifting in equal measure. It was good to see this low key, acoustic set so well attended: proof, as was mentioned on stage, that you don’t need drum sets and electric guitars to fill a space.

    Saturday night across the site was a journey across the many and varied musics that fly the folk flag. The eclectic adventurous music of Lucy Ward, the camp fun and skilful musicianship of the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain, and acoustic-based rock of Oysterband in the big tent. The ukulele renditions of “Happy” and “Smells like Teen Spirit” were not short of brilliant and the orchestra received a standing ovation. The dance tent hosted some real treats this year, not least the wild energy of Blowzabella, enjoyed by an ample bunch of happy, fired-up dancers, including an entire Morris side dressed up as characters from Harry Potter …  Over on Main Stage 2 the joyful sound of Sharon Shannon was one of the highlights of the night.

    The folk festival offers a great range of workshops and classes for more or less accomplished musicians and dancers. Sunday, and even confirmed non-singers found their way into a shanty workshop run by The Laners; you could almost taste the salt air in the Berwick Pavilion Bar. This session was a revelation and one of the high points of the festival. I would urge any future visitors, even if they feel very uncertain of their musical abilities, to take advantage of some of the wealth of knowledge and experience on offer. Later in the day, those lucky enough to squeeze into the beautifully constructed Roundhouse yurt for the singing workshop run by The Spooky Men’s Chorale were singing a Georgian table song within an hour and half. It was a wonderful thing to be a part of.

    Another young traditional band, Granny’s Attic, impressed in the Sabrina Marquee. Seemingly still in their teens, they are certainly one to watch out for.  Interestingly, it seems like many of the younger musicians are carrying the torch for a return to the traditional roots of folk. Local sing-songwriter Beth Prior also merits a mention here as she entertained the crowds around the main tent and food field with her excellent acoustic sets and jams.

    The Spooky Men’s Chorale were obviously going to be a high point of the weekend for many people and the main marquee was packed for their virtuoso display of harmonising and high octane entertainment. This Australian group are incomparable; they’re hosting a Spooky festival next weekend in Worcestershire: The evening ended with a set by the legendary Richard Thompson. Despite some issues with sound quality in Main Stage 1, his talent and effortless connection with the audience shone through.

    Monday, and another of the younger crop of bands started proceedings on Main Stage 1. Welsh band Calan offered fine musicianship and a father and daughter clog dance face-off.  False Lights followed them with an intriguing sound suggestive of an updated version of the British psych-folk of the 1960s and 70s. A walk across the fields to Sabrina was a trip back five centuries with Piva. They call what they do “the roots of roots music”: dance music of the fifteenth century, performed on period instruments. Their set had a wonderful earthy atmosphere, transporting us from a muddy 21st century Shropshire field to an Elizabethan court. The music finished on a high point with a blinding set from Québécois folk band La Bottine Souriante. 

    This year’s festival proved that folk music is in fine shape in 2015. While the range of transatlantic sounds of previous years was missed, there was a diverse line up of high quality acts and the typically friendly, inclusive atmosphere. The future of Shrewsbury’s folk festival seems secure. If you don’t manage to snap up a ticket for SFF2016 (they sell out, so be quick next summer), you can catch highlights online via the festival’s live stream.

    Pete White
  • UFO Incident North Shrewsbury
    22 Nov 2012

    Local Ufologist Darren Perks gives us further details of last nights UFO incident.

    Between 2315 and 2340 hours on 21/11/2012 North of Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK. There was a UFO incident that was witnessed by myself and 14 other people. The object moved around unawares to the RAF and civilian authorities before disappearing over countryside approx 7 miles North of Shrewsbury. This object was slow moving and made no sound at an approx altitude of 2000 to 3000 ft.

    I made queries with the various channels as to what this was and if it was known, I contacted the RAF, NATS, CAA and MoD. None of them know what it was or who it belonged to. Below is a copy of an email confirmation form our the local airbase RAF Shawbury. After that is my brief email report to the various channels makiing and enquiry. The image is what I drew straight after witnessing the object:

    My brief email report sent to RAF,NATS,CAA and then the MoD:

    "Dear Sirs

    I wouldn't normally contact you over unknown aircraft or objects, but I have have received 14 witness reports of the same object from yesterday evening in the Shrewsbury, Baschurch, and Wem areas. I think it may be of interest to you, and if you can shed some light on this that would be great. I witnessed this one myself along with my partner so I think it's worth looking at etc. Attached is a map to help you understand where this aircraft or object moved and a diagram from myself of what I could see through the binoculars and with our own eyes when it was over my location.

    Yesterday evening at approx 2315 hours, I was made aware of an object moving from south to north over Shrewsbury at an altitude of approx 2000 to 3000 ft. These initial reports came from members of the public who emailed me and called me whilst they were observing this object, to say that it was unlike any fixed wing or rotary aircraft they had seen and the nav lights were 'strange'. I went outside to view this object through a pair of 10x50 binoculars and my Pulsar 550 night vision monocular, shortly after 2315 hours.

    Moving overhead in clear sky from south to north, were two rectangle shaped solid white lights with another light that flashed irregular just in front of them but central to the two solid lights. Inbetween the lights I can only describe it as a 'mass' of some sort, as I could see no defined structure but it was dark in colour. There was no engine noise and the object was slow moving. There were no other aircraft in the immediate area and in fact the nearest aircraft was a civil airliner moving way to the south at a much higher altitude.

    The object moved away from the north of Shrewsbury out towards the Harmer Hill area, where it banked to the left and moved across west of Harmer Hill. The two solid white ligths remina whilst conductiing this turn but the irregular flashing light which was white and blue in colour, seemed to move to the back of the two other lights. The object then moved in a north west direction at the same altitude, before conducting another turn to what I deem as the Grinshill and Clive area. It then moved in a north east or easterly direction before it ascended slightly then blinked out and disappeared.

    I observed this object through my binoculars and night vision device for approx 20 minutes.

    I contacted NATS and the CAA and then the Military Low Flying Line, to report this which I did at approx 2345 hours. This morning at 0705 hours I spoke to Ops at Shawbury who said that no reports had come in but that they needed more information on this and this was 'concerning'.

    Here is a link to my Google map showing the are of movement:

    I have experience of aircraft and this was not any fixed wing or rotary aircraft I can think of especially with strnage nav lights described above. If this was civilian, then surely they should have reported the fact that they were traversing the area at that altitude and be sqwarking? This was not a satelite as it was too low and certainly no blimp, glider, microlight or ultralight.

    If you could look at the NATS/CAA recordings and the Clee Hill radar tapes then hopefully something will show up there. If not then this is cleary an unidentified flying object freely moving around unauthorised in British airspace.

    Please let me know how you get on and if you can update me that would great.


    Darren Perks

    Pete White
  • Hottest chilli challenge for customers
    17 May 2013

    Ay caramba!
    Customers at a Shrewsbury shop are being challenged to try the world’s hottest chillies.

    Setonaikai, which is situated in The Parade shopping arcade, has just taken delivery of the spices and is now having regular tasting sessions for visitors.

    The ‘Naga Joloka’ chillies are 400 times stronger than Tabasco sauce and deliver ‘volcanic’ heat.

    Misako Fedorowicz, who runs the shop with her husband Mark, said that they should be treated with caution.

    “The chillies claim to be the hottest in the world and there is a big demand for very spicy food these days so we expect a lot of people will want to try them but we will warn customers to take care!” she said.

    “We are going to be chopping them up very finely and offering them to customers as a tasting dish with oil and bread so they may get an idea of what they are letting themselves into before they buy,” she added.

    Misako said that Setonaikai stocked around 2,000 products from Japan and the Far East, specialising in authentic ingredients, cookware and tableware, along with a range of cards and gifts. A total of around 50 different chilli products were on sale at the shop.

    The family retailers is celebrating 25 years in business this year, having started as one of the first specialist Japanese food shops in the country in Wellington in 1988 then moving to Wyle Cop, followed by the opening of larger premises on the ground floor of The Parade In St Mary’s Place seven years ago.

    Pete White
  • Organisers call for BCA nominations
    27 Jul 2017

    Organisers of an annual awards ceremony, which celebrates businesses working with children and young people, are calling for nominations for the 2018 event.

    The Businesses for Children Awards (BCAs) are held in Shropshire and aim to raise the profile of businesses who work with or for children in the county from newborn up to the age of 18-years-old.

    Award categories include new business, educational business for five to 18 year-olds, activities for under fives, franchisee and a volunteer award.

    Trish Parsons, co-ordinator of the 2018 event, now in its fifth year, said: “We are looking for those who use businesses that work with children, and business owners themselves, to put in nominations for the 2018 awards to be held in March next year.

    “The BCAs look to promote Shropshire businesses that provide for future generations and we have been introduced to some amazing organisations over the past five years.”

    The BCA website - - provides information on each category and its criteria and nominations can be made via the online form.

    Nominations will close on October 1 and the finalists in each category will be revealed in December.

    The black tie awards ceremony will be held at the Park Inn Hotel, Telford, on March 10, 2018, from 7pm.

    “Every year we have the honour of thanking all of those people who contribute to our future generations, those who give our children the chance to discover their dream and enjoy their childhood,” said Trish.

    “It’s great to see our nominees celebrating with staff, colleagues and friends and we always have a fantastic evening.”

    Visit for more information about the awards, to nominate a company or to become a sponsor.

    Follow the Businesses for Children Awards social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram - @bcawards - for updates on the awards and information on finalists.

  • Local Boy turns toy inventor as his hilarious Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Farting Football launches in Argos
    02 Apr 2014

    Jamie Scott, age 11 from Shrewsbury has shown his prowess at being a top toy designer after his idea for a brand new Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Farting Football was taken up by Telford toy company Golden Bear and placed into production. The toy went on sale last month in Argos and has already proved popular with fans.

    Jamie Scott first came up with the idea at a local boys group during a discussion with his friends and Golden Bear’s Product Development Manager.  Immediately, Mr Mapp was struck with the idea.  After receiving the seal of approval from DC Thomson licensor of classic brand The Beano, Mr Mapp agreed that the invention would be a fantastic addition to its existing Dennis the Menace and Gnasher toy range.

    Jamie was proud to unveil his creation at London Toy Fair in January and even became a star on BBC Breakfast, reporting on the show and also appearing in many national newspapers.

    Here’s just a little about this fun toy;

    The Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Farting Football combines the hilarity of the classic whoopee cushion with boys’ love of football. Instantly recognisable with its Dennis the Menace and Gnasher branding, the football has a cheeky hidden device that emits different flatulent sounds when caught or kicked.
    Jamie commented: “I love all things football and so when I was given the task by Mr Mapp to create a toy for Dennis the Menace it was obvious to me that creating a fun toy that included football would be perfect.

    Dennis the Menace likes a prank, so I thought it suited the topic well; I love football, he loves to joke around. It was the obvious combination. It’s great to see the football in stores though; it looks just like I imagined and it makes great noises!”

    David Mapp from Golden Bear added: “The Farting Football is an excellent addition to the Dennis the Menace range and has been really well received by our retail customers.  It’s a bit of fun and very cheeky which is just the sort of thing that Dennis would have in his box of tricks.”

    Tim Collins, Head of Brands, DC Thomson adds: “The Farting Football perfectly encapsulates the mischief and mayhem of The Beano brand. It’s great to see it launch at retail and to receive such a positive response from everyone is overwhelming.”

    Pete White
  • Shropshire Mud Run Hits Historic Follies
    16 Aug 2014

    Everyone from serious runners to fancy dressers will have the chance to take on a 10k challenge in the most inspiring and dramatic terrain when the 2014 Shropshire Mud Run Series hits HawkstonePark Follies on Saturday 20th September.
    The park’s woodland trail of winding steps, steep crags and spectacular sandstone caves will form part of the route. Off the main paths there will be breathtaking climbs, hillside scrambles and natural obstacles to dodge, before the ultimate onslaught of the extreme mud trails, normally reserved for 4x4 vehicles.
    Participants will raise money for the Midland Air Ambulance Charity, Children with Cancer UK and other charities. Park Manager Caroline Wellon says “The Mud Run is a great fitness challenge, not just for seasoned runners but for beginners too. The unique terrain at the Follies is going to make for an interesting race and competitors will take in some spectacular views along the way. We’re expecting around 500 people to take part and prizes will be given for the quickest, slowest, best fancy dress and muddiest competitors!”.

    The Shropshire Mud Run Series has been organised in partnership with Ultimate Fitness Experience, which runs activities such as outdoor bootcamps, caveman training and mountain bike racing across the Shropshire region. Hawkstone is the fourth stop, with the final event taking place at Bomere Lake on Saturday 8th November.

    Event organiser Tom Meehan says,“There is a lot of excitement about this round of the 2014 Mud Run Series. Hawkstone offers a truly unique and challenging course for competitors. We can't wait to get stuck in to the hills, caves, trails and mud!”.

    Entry costs from £26 per person and participants must be over the age of 18 (16-17 yrs with parent/guardian present). Runners should have a reasonable level of fitness, although there is no pressure to run continuously. Spectators can enter the park for free, although car parking donations for Children with Cancer UK will be gratefully received. Refreshments will be available inside the park.

    Entries will close two weeks before the event or when all allocated spaces are filled. To enter individually or as a team please visit

    Please note that due to the nature of the terrain, much of the Follies is unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. The park will be closed to general visitors until 1pm on Saturday 20th September. The Mud Run starts at 10:30am.

    Pete White
  • Shropshire ball to raise funds for Hope House
    20 Aug 2012

    Dozens of people from across Shropshire are set to come together for the annual Press Ball to raise funds for the Hope House Hospices.

    The event, which is organised by the county branch of the National Union of Journalists, will be held at The Wroxeter Hall Hotel on September 15th under the theme ‘Wear a Heart’.

    This year’s theme has been chosen as funds raised will be split between the Lewis Prior Foundation, which raises money for Hope House, and the NUJ Extra charity, the registered charity of the NUJ.

    Lewis Prior was born on August 5th, 2001, with a heart problem known as Hypo-Plastic Left Heart Syndrome. Despite a brave and strong fight Lewis died from his condition on April 6th, 2004, at just two years old.

    The foundation set up his name now raises money for the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals, Hope House and the British Heart Foundation.

    Lewis’s mum Karen said: “It is extremely important to us that we raise awareness about Lewis’ condition and to raise funds for the care centres and charities that helped him and continue to help others.

    “The local media helped in our appeals for a heart for Lewis when he was fighting the condition and have continued to raise awareness of the Lewis Prior Foundation since his death. We are very grateful that the 2012 Shropshire Press Ball will be held in his name and we will be donating the money raised to Hope House where Lewis was well cared for.”

    Kelly Goodall, area fundraiser for Hope House, said: “We are delighted that the money raised is to be presented to Hope House. 

    “A huge thank you to all who support the Shropshire Press Ball and of course The Lewis Prior Foundation for their continued support. We need to raise £4 million pounds every year so we hugely rely on donations such as this.”

    Rhea Alton, of the Shropshire Press Ball committee, said she is looking forward to seeing everyone come together for such a great cause.

    “Lots of journalists, photographers, business people and the general public will be there on the night to raise money for Hope House and NUJ Extra and we are very much looking forward to it,” she said.

    “Local businesses have donated some wonderful prizes for our raffle and auction including tickets to the Osfest 2013 Music Festival, an Outback barbecue, season tickets for English Heritage properties and much more.

    “We know from past events that a great time is always had by all and our theme is interpreted as the guests wish so whether people wear a heart pin badge or dress as the Queen of Hearts they will fit in perfectly!”

    Limited tables for the Shropshire Press Ball are still available and anyone who would like to book should contact Rhea Alton on [email protected] as soon as possible.

    Individual tickets are £25 to include a three-course meal, drinks and dancing and tables of 10 are available at £225.

    For more information visit

  • Morris Site Machinery wins big at Black Country Awards
    12 Nov 2018

    Shrewsbury head-quartered Morris Site Machinery has won ‘Export Business of the Year’ in the 2018 Black Country Chamber of Commerce Awards.

    As the UK’s number one manufacturer and exporter of lighting towers Morris Site Machinery has become synonymous with quality manufacturing with its SMC lighting tower brand range, delivering their British built products to 25 countries worldwide, including in the Middle East, Africa and Australasia. 

    International Business Director, Phil Winnington, and Charlotte Hill, Senior Communications Executive, attended the awards ceremony held at the Wolverhampton Race Course on Friday 9th November.

    On winning the award Phil said, “Having just come back from Australia where we’ve launched a new website dedicated to this market, it was great to be recognised as Export Business of the Year. British manufacturing is respected and desired worldwide and we work with customers around the world to provide products that meet their exacting needs and requirements.”

    David Roberts, Managing Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse and a Director of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce explained the reasons for the win: “Morris Site Machinery have made their mark on the international market through sheer determination and hard work, overcoming economic and marketplace challenges to secure their place in the industry. The Black Country has always been at the forefront of industry and we are delighted to recognise a company that represents this.”

    Morris Site Machinery has a manufacturing plant at Gosberton, Lincolnshire and an assembly plant in Four Ashes, Wolverhampton with further bases in Scotland and Kent.

    Part of a fifth generation family business group, celebrating its 150th year in 2019, Morris Site Machinery manufactures and supplies world leading brands and products to serve the hire industry from construction, rail and events.

    For more information visit or call 01902 790824.

  • The Big Gig - Charity Event - Live Music - Street Food - Art
    10 Jan 2019

    Join local charity, Village Water for a night of live music, street food & art on Saturday 2nd February at Flaxivity @ The Flaxmill. 

    Tickets have just gone on sale for £5!

    There's a mega line-up sure to get you dancing... Funky 8-piece Groove Dynamite (who you might've caught at Shropshire Oktoberfest), local Alt-Folk ladsTwo Blank Pages, bluesy-tunes from Clare Raynor Blues Band and The House that Jack Built will be spinning funk, soul & everything in between. 

    PLUS we've got world-renowned light artist Andy McKeown (aka Wild Strawberry) illuminating the entire show.

    We'll be running a real ale and wine bar, and have all your food options covered (meat/veggie/vegan/GF).

    Did we mention tickets are only £5?!

    We want this to be a seriously amazing event, so please join us, invite your friends and family, help us raise loads of money for safe water and PARTY!

    The Big Gig is part of our Safe Water & Sanitation for All appeal and all donations from the night will be matched by the UK government and help families access safe water, sanitaiton and hygiene in Africa.

    Share the event with your Facebook friends: 

    Get your tickets now:

    Contact Beth @ Village Water for more info on 01743 341563 or [email protected]

    We hope to see you there - The Village Water team!

  • Attractive retail premises available to let either individually or on a combined basis in Shrewsbury town centre
    22 Jan 2020

    Attractive retail premises are available to let in Roushill Bank, a highly sought after location in Shrewsbury town centre.

    Both Unit 1 and Unit 2A Roushill Bank are being marketed by Towler Shaw Roberts, with potential new tenants invited to let the premises either individually or on a combined basis.

    Unit 1, a ground floor retail shop which extends in total to approximately 1,040 sq ft, provides stylishly presented open plan accommodation.

    It benefits from a full height glazed display frontage, kitchenette, store room and welfare facilities.

    The premises have been operating as The Dresser, a successful high-end ladies fashion retailer for more than 40 years, but are now available to let on a new lease for a rent of £19,500 per annum exclusive as the current owners are planning to retire.

    Unit 1 adjoins Unit 2A, a well presented three-storey retail building, which extends to approximately 1,154 sq ft.

    As well as a ground floor retail sales area which includes dressing cubicles and store room, the property also features storage and office accommodation to the upper floors, and is available to let on a new lease for a rent of £14,500 per annum exclusive.

    TSR’s Toby Shaw said: “The premises, situated among a variety of national occupiers, occupy a prominent town centre location close to the High Street and Pride Hill junction.

    “For many years, it’s been home to The Dresser, a popular ladies fashion store, but the premises have now become available to let individually or on a combined basis.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Flooding on Coton Hill
    10 Feb 2014

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

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

    Pete White
  • Shropshire care company holds live web chat to launch new specialist dementia service
    17 Apr 2015
    Steve Harris, of Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) is launching a new dementia service

    People with questions about dementia are being urged to take part in a live web chat with Shropshire experts as they launch a new specialised dementia service.

    The chat will be held on Facebook on April 27 at 10am with the managing director of Carewatch (Mid Shropshire) Steve Harris, dementia specialist Yvette Whitehouse, Rob Cartwright, who was named Carewatch UK Care Worker of the Year at an awards ceremony earlier this year, industry consultant John Wilberforce and Kirsty Streather, dementia lead for Carewatch Care Services Limited across the UK.

    The chat - at the start of Good Care Week across Britain - will mark the launch of a series of advice sessions for family members to understand the condition, activities for those living with dementia and guidance about what support is on offer.

    The company, based at Stafford Park, Telford, has recently expanded into Shrewsbury and has been looking into launching a dementia specialist service for a while.

    Mr Harris said: “Dementia has always been something we have wanted to offer more on.

    “Many of our customers live with dementia and a lot of people do not know much about it.

    “Yvette has worked with us for around 18 months but has now taken extra qualifications to begin the role of dementia specialist, meanwhile Rob is studying the assistive technology available - together they will help deliver the new guidance programme.

    “We hope the web chat will help anyone nervous about asking questions to take that first step.”

    The chat will be on the ‘Carewatch midshrops and South West Staffs’ Facebook page and anyone is welcome to join in. An event has been created with more information.

    In addition, the company has increased the number of free therapy sessions it holds for people with dementia.

    The sessions at care homes, community groups and coffee morning meetings across Shropshire and Staffordshire will now be once a month.

    HR manager Judy Kelly is sponsored by the firm to organise them and will now reach around 250 people a year.
    She said: “We have been holding them for over a year, it started out just by doing it as and when we could as we thought it was a good idea.

    “But we’ve made so many great contacts that they keep asking us back to hold more and more therapy sessions - we are now doing one a month.”

    Miss Kelly works with the Carers Association for Southern Staffordshire (CASS) charity, the good neighbour scheme and care homes to provide sessions when they need.

    They include ball therapy, relaxation games, remembrance games and quizzes with pictures of famous people.

    Mr Harris added: “Judy has been a member of our team for two years and she has made a great difference to our HR department, but she has also shown just how caring she is for our customers.

    “When she said she wanted to provide these sessions I simply told her to go for it and I am so pleased with the way they have taken off - this is part of our ongoing commitment to dementia care.”

  • There's No Business Like Snow Business! Theatre Severn announces this year's Panto
    12 Sep 2017

    Snow White And The Seven Dwarves.

    Theatre Severn

    29 November -7th January 2017/18

    Well having just taken the tree down from last year I find myself again talking of Christmas. I know it is rather early but Theatre Severn is already busy preparing their annual spectacle , Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.

    Featuring as ever the utterly hilarious Brad Fitt, the equally funny Eric Smith (BBC Shropshire’s Breakfast presenter) and, as beautiful as the guys are funny Victoria McCabe  looks every inch the Snow White we all remember from our earlier days

    The panto itself has become Theatre Severn's signature dish and they do do it so well. Following on from the sensational Cinderella last year, Paul Hendy (Producer) has promised the same formula and it is a winning one. He would be foolish not to bring back the three principals.

    This show promises to be a must see. 

    The cast’s collective experience is phenomenal the Dwarves alone clock up over a hundred years of performance. Add the rest of the cast and you are looking at some serious years of experience between them.

    Snow White, of course was Disney’s first full length animation dating back to the Nineteen Thirties and we have all come to love that version. Far better in fact than the Brothers Grimm’s original story. Originally the wicked Stepmother sends the hunter into the woods to kill Snow White but she also orders him to return with her heart and lungs. Ewww, enough to put you off your Turkey and Brussels:. Most unsavoury:

    Disney might have had his foibles but he did bring a far more user friendly show. Interestingly it is one of the least performed pantos around the UK so let’s hope our Shrewsbury cast make it their own. Actually, they always do!

    The cast look great, the costumes will amaze you especially Dame Brad Fitt’s stunning ensemble, as for Eric Smith he looks brilliant right down to his curly toed shoes, he will add his own kind of magic to the stage. Snow white, naturally is beautiful and has a smile that she needs to think about insuring. Radiant!

    Right as we put thoughts of Christmas out of our heads and get on with Autumn the cast will be working hard rehearsing and preparing this show for its marathon sixty eight, yes sixty eight performances. I believe this to be one of the longest running pantos in the UK and why not? If you got it flaunt it, especially when every house will be full.

    Tickets are on sale now at the box office and if you dig dig dig dig dig dig dig in your pockets you might find enough to have an ice cream too. Happy Christmas.


    Owen J. Lewis

    Owen Lewis
  • Shukers Great Wall dealership launched ...
    24 Feb 2015

    Chinese carmaker Great Wall is a privately owned company with 60,000 employees worldwide and has appointed local firm Shukers of Shrewsbury as its official dealership for the region.

    County vehicle specialists Shukers has over 50 years experience in four-wheel-drive vehicles and will showcase the Great Wall Steed pick-up model at its new showrooms at Vanguard Way on Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury.

    Shukers is now part of Great Wall’s network of 50 outlets in the UK and will supply this high value vehicle to consumers and businesses throughout the county, together with offering full parts and service facilities.

    Expectations are high amongst staff, who have a thorough understanding of the needs of county consumers, that the Steed double-cab model, with prices starting from £14,998 will prove popular amongst trade and recreational users alike as it is the lowest priced double-cab 4x4 pick-up in the UK, yet is still economical to run and generously equipped.

    Shukers Great Wall dealer principal, Tony Macera, said: “This marque represents excellent value for money with fantastic aftercare and support and we are incredibly excited to be involved with Great Wall in the early stages of its history in the UK.

    “We are committed to supporting all of our customers’ needs, from purchasing to servicing, having a dedicated team of experienced staff on hand to meet the needs of consumers and we see Great Wall as a valuable addition to our current business activities.”

    Great Wall offers a six-year/125,000 mile mechanical warranty, a six-year anti corrosion warranty, three-year paint warranty, three years of roadside recovery and assistance and best-in-class insurance ratings.

    An Open Day is planned for Shukers at Vanguard Way and further information and details on finance packages can be obtained from Shukers Great Wall on 01743 444500.

  • A Truly Bohemian Rhapsody.
    04 May 2016

    La Boheme

    Theatre Severn

    4th May 2016

    Opera fans and first timers piled into Theatre Severn tonight to share in the welcome return of The Swansea City Opera and their adaptation of Puccini’s La Boheme.

    Originally  the Opera was set in early nineteenth century Paris.  Artistic Director, Brendan Wheatley brought it a little nearer in time and set it in nineteen forty-five Paris.

     The war was over the Germans had been defeated. Winston and De Gaulle has walked as brothers down the Champs Elysees. France was itself consumed with revenge on the collaborators and trying to recover. The picture to the rest of the world was one of victory.  However the poor as after every war, win or not,  were hungry and they were cold. Wheatley brilliantly spotted the parities and showed us that in 100 years of man’s civilisation not much had changed for the poor.

    The show opened with a delightful scene as we meet our four Bohemian room-mates. Poet Rodolfo, Marcello a painter, Schanaurd a Musician and Philosopher, Colline. All tortured souls just as every Artist needs to be.

    Tracing the love lives of Rodolfo as he is captured in the beauty of Mimi an impoverished Seamstress;  and social climber Musetta,  a female singer. We see as she plays her rich American army officer husband Alcindoro, against starving painter  Marcello.  Needless to say tangled webs are weaved in a story of deception, love and tragedy.

    Initially there was great levity and an hilarious moment when the three friends had all agreed to being broke and cold burned the first act of Randolfo’s play to keep warm. But in comes Schanaurd laden with cash and food as he has earned some money playing in the town for a rich man’s parrot. The job was to last until the parrot died. Sadly it was a short but fruitful engagement.

    Putting the narrative to one side we turn our attention to design. Mr. Wheatley has been busy not only was he Artistic Director but the set was his design too. It is that design that is so crucial.

    Sometimes when watching an opera unfold, whilst it can be a wonderful experience the storyline may get lost. Why? There are many reasons, clarity of vocal, balance against the orchestra and the overall design. But in truth Opera is a restrictive discipline; everything needs to be presented in song.  Consequently semiotics or signs are an important part of the show and it is the designer’s job to reflect those signs and gestures to help. Where an actor may normally use a dialogue to move forward an opera singer may not.

    So the question presents itself, how does one receive the information to make the event work: It is down to costume, movement, body gestures and crucially, design.

    Swansea City Opera are so strong in this department offering up wonderfully simplistic sets, stylised but totally readable. The set for La Boheme is back-dropped by a montage of photographs of 1945 post war Paris. The montage fills the entire upstage wall. In front of this are two large stylised window frames and the stage was bare except for a few pieces of furniture. It was then that one sees the importance of design and semiotics.

    The CVs of the cast make such impressive reading and all those years of experience are clear to see as Altos, Tenors and Soprano voices soar and dance with the wonderful music provided from the pit by the excellent Swansea City Opera Orchestra under the masterly swishes of John Beswick's conductor's baton..

    It is always such a difficult job to name names. To pick out the ones for special mention. When the whole cast is golden it’s difficult to judge who glistens most. That said the beauty, the strength and the power of Rebecca Goulden’s  Mimi, was something that one won’t forget in a hurry. If a singer can bring tears of emotion to the eye of this steely reviewer she must be doing something right.

    Likewise Martin Quinn gets a special mention for his wonderfully comic portrayal of the French Waiter. He was a jewel. For the whole of scene one , act two, he was the busiest man on the stage. He didn’t upstage anybody as this is a team piece and all sides are equal, but he enhanced the scene no end with his hilarious characterisation. Highly entertaining.

    The work of the Swansea City Opera is crucial. They are presenting Opera in an accessible and fun way. They can deliver humour as cleverly as they deliver pathos.

    Noticeably they are seeing all generations in their audiences and the fact is, they have a talent for demystifying Opera and presentering it back to all the people regardless of class, age or creed they put Opera out there:  And that is  exactly where it should be. Long may they continue.

    This is a four star review.

    Owen J.Lewis 

    Owen Lewis
  • Powys urgent response service receives award
    29 Feb 2016

    A Powys urgent response service has been named as the 2015 winner of the Steve Hugh Award.

    The award is given annually by urgent care organisation Shropdoc in memory of Dr Steve Hugh, who was medical director of the organisation in the early years of the service.

    The Powys Urgent Response Service at Home (PURSH) was this month (February) announced as the winner of the award and representatives presented with a £1,000 award to support their services.

    PURSH is available to provide short term urgent domiciliary care services in people’s own homes 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    PURSH was launched in a bid to solve the problem of avoidable admissions to hospital.

    Dr Russell Muirhead, chairman at Shropdoc, said: “PURSH is a fantastic, dedicated service which provides short term support in situations where hospital admission is inappropriate. They are also available to support a carer in the event of illness.

    “Avoidable admissions to hospital were taking place when the GPs had no other option to admit someone when further continual medical observation of the patient was required.

    “The PURSH service was launched in North East Powys on October 2010 to meet that need and was rolled out to mid and parts of south Powys in June 2011.

    “Through contracting a registered provider of such a service, considerable savings and efficiency in bed stays, ambulance costs, emotional upheaval and more immediate service provision have been achieved.

    “PURSH is a very worthy winner of The Steve Hugh Award. We are particularly pleased that this is the first time a Third sector voluntary organisation has been recognised. Voluntary and charitable organisations are an increasingly important part of the health and social care provision for patients.”

    The aim of PURSH is to provide short term support and care within people’s own homes, in emergency situations when hospital admission is deemed inappropriate.

    They provide support to carers to enable them to sustain their caring role and personal wellbeing and contribute to a coordinated approach between medical, social and third sector services to enable patients to remain at home, to support return to previous level of independence.

    The service also enables individuals to overcome an episode which involves deterioration in their health and wellbeing and contributes to the provision of information to the care team which will inform the planning of future services.

    The PURSH team received The Steve Hugh Award at a presentation on 2nd February.

    Dr Hugh was committed to improve the quality of patient services and set the highest standards in clinical excellence for Shropdoc.

    He was a major influence on the development of Shropdoc from a GP out of hours service into the complex range of services the organisation now coordinates and delivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Dr Muirhead said: “As the Medical Director of Shropdoc, Steve showed great interest not only in the services provided by ourselves but also those of other Allied health professionals.

    “With his ethos of clinical excellence we thought it would be a fitting tribute to his memory to institute an award that is open to any health professional or organisation who can be nominated by a colleague as an example of someone providing or developing a service that goes beyond normal expectations to the benefit of patients.”

    To nominate a person or organisation for the Steve Hugh award visit

  • Boob wallpaper launch
    17 Oct 2013

    More than 100 volunteers, who were photographed topless for ‘a wallpaper with a difference’, packed into a Shrewsbury venue last night for the private viewing of a month-long exhibition.

    Artist Sam Pooley unveiled the ‘Boob Wallpaper’, at the Shrewsbury Coffee House where, back in March, hundreds of women had queued to be photographed for the creative work.

    The wallpaper, which comes in 12 different colours and has been selling as far away as Hong Kong and New York, will be exhibited at the Coffee House, in Castle Gates, until mid November.

    Almost 300 women, mostly from Shropshire, were photographed topless for the project which has helped to raise thousands of pounds for breast cancer research and awareness charities.

    The artistic wallpaper subtly displays tiny photographic images beneath the veil of a traditional damask wallpaper pattern.

    Miss Pooley, 38, of Castlefields, Shrewsbury, wanted to invite the volunteers to last night’s launch to thank them for their particpation and support.

    She said: "I was delighted to see so many of the women who volunteered for the project present last night. I am incredibly proud of the end product and the feedback was really positive.

    “The Coffee House really lends itself to showing the wallpaper off and I urge any ladies who couldn't come last night to pop down and have a look."

    From today Simon Penrice Interior Design, in Princess Street, Shrewsbury, is stocking a sample book of the wallpaper for customers to place orders.

    “Simon has a great eye and I could not have found a better establishment to showcase the wallpaper," said Miss Pooley.
    Women who had taken part in the March wallpaper shoot and saw it for the first time last night, described it as “beautiful and tasteful”.

    Teacher Anna Edwards, 35, who bought one of the £100 rolls to form a feature wall in the downstairs bathroom of her 17th century home near Rodington, Shrewsbury, said: “I pushed myself to take part. It was a bit of a Baz Luhrmann thing of ‘do one thing every day that scares you’. I was very nervous at first, but in the end I’m so pleased to have been part of it.

    “It was for a worthy cause, it was fun to do and it’s actually made me feel better about my body. The wallpaper is very elegant and very cleverly done.”

    Sarah Hopper, 44, of Underdale Road, Shrewsbury, had taken part to help raise breast cancer awareness in memory of a friend who had died from the disease at the age of 38.

    “I think the wallpaper is beautiful. It’s very clever. I haven’t found myself yet, but I shall carry on looking. Some of the women who were photoraphed wore necklaces to help them spot themselves afterwards which was a good idea!”

    Kerry Mason, 48, of Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury, said: “It’s very discreet, very feminine, very soft.”

    Shrewsbury Town councillor Karen Burgoyne, 49, who had also taken part, said: “It’s more tasteful and artistic than I thought it would be. It’s lovely.”

    Sam Grey, 38 of Betchcott, Church Stretton, said: “I think it’s amazing. It’s very very beautifully done. You could easily have it up on your wall and not really know what those tiny pictures were of. Taking part felt very liberating. It’s a good cause. It’s about celebrating.”
    Women of all ages and from all walks of life took part in the shoot, including women who had suffered breast cancer and even a 65-year-old female priest.

    Miss Pooley is now compiling a book about the project that will explore the diverse opinions and experiences of the women involved.

      The initial inspiration for her project was the controversy that raged over the paparazzi shots of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless on holiday and a renewed campaign to ban Page 3 models from The Sun newspaper. Miss Pooley wanted to capture images of ordinary women.

    Five hundred limited edition signed and framed pieces of the wallpaper are available to order. Proceeds from the sale of the wallpaper are going to Coppafeel, the UK charity that educates men and women about how to check for breast cancer. For further information visit

    Pete White
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