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  • Float away with new Shropshire business
    04 Dec 2019
    Kevin, Suzie and Iseabeul Guerin from Shropshire Floats

    A family from Ironbridge are launching a new business in the county which will deliver Shropshire’s first ever flotation therapy. Kevin and Suzie Guerin are launching Shropshire Floats this month.

    The couple became aware of the therapy whilst living in America 30 years ago and have since been planning how to introduce the unique treatment in Shropshire.

    The flotation process involves lying in a lightproof, sound-insulated tank containing a shallow, ten-inch deep pool of warm water, enriched with Epsom salts, kept at a consistent temperature. Studies have shown that one hour of floating can have the same restorative effects as four hours of deep sleep. The Epsom salts contain magnesium which regulates over 325 enzymes and reduces inflammation and muscle tension, and sulphates which enhance the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins and ease headaches.

    Co-founder, Kevin Guerin, comments on the new business for Shropshire, “We are very excited to launch Shropshire Floats. We have been hard at work getting everything ready over the last few months. It has been very important to us to use local suppliers to keep our investment within Shropshire.

    “We think locals are going to love this revolutionary treatment. The Epsom salt solution means you effortlessly float and the effects of gravity are neutralised – it’s more buoyant than the Dead Sea! There are dozens of amazing health benefits. Flotation therapy decreases the production of cortisol and lactic acid whilst increasing endorphins and accelerating rehabilitation and recovery speeds. It can relieve pain, boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure, create mental clarity, diminishes depression and insomnia, and promotes total calm and relaxation. The list goes on and on! You have complete control of your environment which means you can totally relax.

    “Let your worries and woes float away!”

    The treatment is suitable for all adults, including pregnant women and those with sports injuries. Shropshire Floats is located in the rural village of Myddle, just 20 minutes from Shrewsbury and 30 minutes from Telford. They will be opening for business from next week.

    Visit for more information, to make a booking or purchase a gift voucher.


  • Shrewsbury Primary School continue to go green with tree plant and launch of forest School
    03 Dec 2019

    As part of ‘National Tree Week’ a Shrewsbury primary school is planting trees in its grounds to accompany its newly developed forest school.

    Coleham Primary School is continuing its journey towards a more sustainable future and helping to educate the children on ways they can help fight climate change.

    The trees, which were donated by parent Brendan Tuer, were planted in the school grounds.

    Mr Tuer is a member of the Belle Vue Tree Planting Group and his Year 6 daughter Erin attends the school and is on the Eco Council.

    He said: “If we all planted one tree, we would all be making a positive step towards doing our bit to fight climate change. I have paid for and donated the trees because it’s important that the children continue to learn about what they can do and we can do as a community.

    “The Belle Vue Tree Planting Group have worked alongside Belle Vue Councillor Kate Halliday, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropshire Council and continue to work towards getting more trees planted in the local area.”

    During the summer the school engaged a local carpentry firm to develop new zones in the school grounds to develop a forest school.

    This major redevelopment in the school grounds now enables the children to partake in woodwork, cooking on open fires, building shelters, whittling and learning other skills, all while being in the outdoors to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

    The new areas include a woodwork zone, mud kitchen, den building area, tree decks amongst the trees and a large canopy to enable forest school to take place in all weathers. 

    The tree decks give children opportunities to explore and build pulley systems and observe nature from up high. The school also has a cooking zone and resources to go into each new area.

    Forest School after school clubs have been established and the project has created opportunities for continued professional development for all staff.

    The development has been a team effort between a group of parents and PTA members who kindly helped to clear the overgrowth for the den building area.

    Miss Saunders, Forest School and Eco Council Leader, said: "Forest school is an inherent part of our school life at Coleham Primary school. It is an approach to learning that aims to re-connect children with their natural world.

    “It enlightens their senses, gives them the opportunity to be mindful and encourages skills such as co-operation, perseverance and problem solving. At Coleham, we endeavour to give our children from a young age the opportunity to explore their environment in order to make them love it and crucially, want to help conserve it.

    "Forest School is so important for every age group, we hope to develop this further across KS2 over the coming year. The children are absolutely loving the new zones, from lighting fires and cooking popcorn to building shelters and learning how to use tools safely and the children are flourishing in this outdoor independent environment."

  • The cream of the Apprenticeship crop get rewarded
    29 Nov 2019

    Shrewsbury Colleges Group has held its third Apprenticeship Awards to celebrate the achievements of both apprentices training across a range of sectors and their employers who support them to ensure their success.

    At a three-course gala dinner and ceremony held at the College’s training restaurant Origins last night (THURS), 11 awards were handed out, including the Apprentice of the Year Award, Small Employer of the Year Award and Large Employer of the Year Award.

    A panel of judges chose the winners from the nominations put forward by assessors and employers; judging against criteria including commitment, contribution and success within the role.

    James Cockerham-Barker, from Shrewsbury, a 19-year-old apprentice with BMW Rybrook Shrewsbury, scooped the overall prize as the Apprentice of the Year.

    Before opening the gold envelope to reveal the winner, Mark Brown, Head of Apprenticeships at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said: “Tonight we are here to celebrate exceptional apprentices and their employers. It is humbling to witness first-hand the excellent standard out there. A sincere thank you to all the apprentices, the assessors and their teachers at the College and also the employers who make such a difference to our local economy.”

    Steve Lloyd, Motor Vehicle Assessor at SCG, said: “James came to me a couple of years ago and joined as an apprentice half way through the first year and within weeks started to shine. He settled in quickly and with determination and ability completed his Level 2 Diploma 3 months early.

    “The College runs a Realistic Working Environment, where we service and repair some of the staff cars to gain good experience of road going vehicles. There were about 15 students in the class and when I asked for a volunteer to complete a job on a staff car, James would straight away be asking what needed doing to the vehicle. I knew I could then leave the new student with James to complete the vehicle.

    “James was quietly ambitious, and, one weekend decided to tour around the dealerships in the Shrewsbury area. This led to an interview with Peter at BMW Rybrook and he was taken on. This is where I thought I would lose James to the BMW training school, but Peter was so impressed by James’s interview he asked if we could carry on training James to give him the full rounded Apprenticeship package.

    “James completed the Level 3 Advanced Diploma and BMW Rybrook were so impressed by him that they asked to meet other students from us. James has now been asked to train as a Master Technician with BMW, of which there are only 35 in the country to date, such is his thirst for learning.

    “This has also led to BMW Rybrook working closely with the College to give Special Educational Needs and Disabilities students a placement at the garage to gain experience in the industry. All down to James.”

    James Cockerham-Barker said: “I just want to thank my manager Peter Powell and Steve Lloyd, my assessor. I’m so surprised I wasn’t expecting to win. It feels really good to win Apprentice of the Year.”

    Seven other apprentices also went home with awards on Thursday night: Matthew Parton, an apprentice with Whittingham Riddell LLP, won the Accounting Award; Rob Lamie, an apprentice with Shrewsbury Colleges Group, won the Management Award; Joseph Heath, an apprentice with BH Plumbing and Heating, won the Plumbing Award; Alison Evans, an apprentice with RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, won the Early Years Award; joint winners for the Carpentry award were Craig Thornton, an apprentice with M E Bishop Carpentry Ltd, and James Arrowsmith, an apprentice with SJ Richards Limited; James Cockerham-Barker, an apprentice with BMW Rybrook Shrewsbury, also won the Motor Vehicle Award and Andrew Wall,, an apprentice with Caterpillar Shrewsbury Ltd, won the Engineering Award.

    Winner of the Large Employer of the Year Award was Ricoh, which provides document services, consulting, software and hardware to businesses around the world. Winner of the Small Employer of the Year Award was A R Manley & Sons Ltd an joinery manufacturers, based in Rodington, which offers a unique combination of traditional skills with the latest techniques and equipment to produce bespoke joinery of the highest quality.

    Claire Shepherd from Ricoh, said: “Ricoh were so delighted to hear that we have been awarded ‘Large Apprentice Employer of the Year’ and the fact that our contributions towards the development of young people has been externally recognised is such a huge achievement.

    “We’re really proud of our Apprenticeship and as a company, we are really passionate about the development of our future talent, huge thank you to the Team at Shrewsbury Colleges Group for all your guidance and support and we look forward to working in partnership with the college again in the future.”

  • Going with the flow at Centurion Park
    02 Dec 2019

    A drainage specialist who became his own boss after 12 to 14 years in the industry has moved into his first premises.

    Scott Overton, founder of start-up business Freeflow Drainage Ltd, has taken an 1,840 ft² unit at Morris Property’s Centurion Park in Shrewsbury. It is one of 24 new units built as part of a £3.5m redevelopment scheme.

    Scott said: “I felt the time was right to branch out on my own. I needed an operational base and Centurion Park was ideal. It’s in a great location for the areas I serve and will also give me room to grow.

    “I acted as soon as I could as the new units were being quickly snapped up. I have friends with businesses on the older part of the site, so I know it works well.”

    Freeflow Drainage specialises in waste disposal and drainage services in and around Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Cheshire, the West Midlands and mid Wales. It carries out work in the domestic, commercial, industrial and agricultural sectors, from emptying tanks to clearing blocked drains and CCTV drain surveying.

    The business has taken the unit on a six years lease at the quoted rent of £11,050 per annum.

    Only seven of the new units remain available at Centurion Park with work due to be completed in early January 2020.

    Letting agent Toby Shaw, at Towler Shaw Roberts said: “The new units appeal to existing tenants and other businesses looking for quality modern units in a popular location with flexible leasing and affordable quality. There has been keen interest in the development.”

    The units are in six buildings and range in size from 1,238 ft² to 2,508 ft² with internal office accommodation and ample customer and staff parking. The estate is monitored by CCTV and has easy access to the A5 Shrewsbury bypass, A49 and M54 motorway.

    Morris Property has owned and managed Centurion Park on Kendal Road since 2002. It demolished several older buildings to make way for the new development. The site’s diverse mix of businesses includes trade counters, workshops and storage units.

  • Late-night Shopping in Leebotwood
    28 Nov 2019

    Wilstone House & Gardens, together with four other stores in Leebotwood, will be getting involved with the Christmas festivities this year as they rekindle their late-night shopping evening on 5th December.

    Wilstone, Heather Brae, Lawley Plant Nursery, Sign Stop and The Garden Room - all situated at the Heather Brae site on the A49 - will be staying open late on Thursday 5th December, for Christmas customers hoping to pop in after work.

    Gifts, garden and homeware, from hand-made textiles to Kadai Firebowls and accessories, will be available to peruse until 6.30pm. The shop is stacked high with trinkets and treasures for all the family and they will be offering 15% off in store.

    During the event Wilstone, which is the home of the Kadai, will be cooking festive snacks and mulled wine on their renowned Indian Firebowl, for customers to enjoy.

    Cleo, Wilstone Retail Assistant said: “It’s such a lovely evening and I’m so glad that we are doing it again this year. The late-night is a great opportunity for the customers who miss our opening hours, to pop in on their way home. You will find some really interesting gifts in any of the Heather Brae shops – plus we are offering tasty treats cooked on our Kadai Firebowl.”

    Wilstone House & Gardens is located on the A49 between Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, call for more info on 01694 751747

  • Reclaim Tax UK delighted to be sponsors of The Shrewsbury Club
    03 Dec 2019

    A Shrewsbury-based provider of business tax reliefs is showcasing its commitment to supporting business health and wellbeing across Shropshire and beyond with its sponsorship of The Shrewsbury Club.

    Reclaim Tax UK, located at Shrewsbury’s Battlefield Enterprise Park, employs numerous innovation consultants and specialises in working with SMEs to provide advice and guidance on how they can access valuable tax breaks through HMRC.

    The company is delighted to have joined forces with The Shrewsbury Club, an award-winning health and fitness club, which also stages prestigious international tennis tournaments.

    Richard Taylor, the chief executive officer of Reclaim Tax UK, said: “The very nature of our work is helping businesses to grow and prosper by accessing wider financial support, so it felt only natural that we came on board as a sponsor of The Shrewsbury Club, which helps business owners and their employees to remain fit and healthy.”

    He added: “All three of the tax reliefs we focus on - capital allowances, R&D and patent box - are hugely under utilised, due to business owners not being aware of such support, how to access it, or if their businesses qualify for it. 

    "Yet SMEs make up over 99 per cent of the entire business population in the UK, so incentivising their growth is hugely beneficial for business owners, staff, HMRC itself, and the wider economy.”

    Jon Gidney, marketing manager at The Shrewsbury Club, said: “We are delighted to welcome Reclaim Tax UK as one of our club sponsors. As part of the association, Reclaim Tax UK has a large advertising banner alongside our indoor tennis courts and are able to use our club facilities for business meetings and events. 

    "We look forward to seeing their team at the club and building a mutually beneficial relationship.”

    For more information about Reclaim Tax UK, and to check your eligibility for tax relief, visit or call (01743) 298980.

    Pictured: Jon Gidney, left, The Shrewsbury Club’s marketing manager, with Chris Jones from Reclaim Tax UK.

  • Roast Pumpkin Lasagne Recipe
    30 Oct 2013
    roast pumpkin

    Every year, over six million pumpkins are sold in the UK, 99% of which are used solely for making Halloween lanterns and the vast majority are thrown out as soon as the event is over.  This means that just in Shrewsbury around 9,000 pumpkins will be used - generating about 40 tonnes of waste pumpkins come November 1st.

    But it doesnt have to be this way - all parts of the pumpkin can be eaten.  So to help inspire you to waste less our partners at Love Food Hate Waste have supplied this cracking lasagne recipe to turn your pumpkin inners into a comforting meal. It is surprisingly simple, and very seasonal.


    • 75ml olive oil
    • 500g pumpkin flesh, diced
    • cayenne pepper
    • paprika
    • freshly grated nutmeg
    • Salt and pepper
    • Rosemary
    • 225g ricotta chese
    • 50g butter
    • 50g flour
    • 350ml milk
    • 250g fresh raw lasagne
    • 35g freshly grated Parmesan cheese


    1.Heat the olive oil in a roasting dish, add the pumpkin flesh and season with the cayenne, paprika, nutmeg and a little salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Add the fresh rosemary, place into a pre heated oven set at gas mark 6/200C/400F and cook for an hour until the flesh is tender.
    2.Add the ricotta cheese and mix through, remove from the heat and leave to infuse.
    3.Make a white sauce by melting the butter, adding the flour and mixing together.  Cook gently over a low heat and slowly add the milk, stirring to ensure that the sauce is smooth. Season.
    4.Cover the base of an ovenproof dish with a little of the sauce, add a layer of the lasagne and top with the pumpkin mixture. Repeat with another layer of each and top with the parmesan cheese.
    5.Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes until the top is golden brown.

    For more recipes and ideas to help you save money and waste less food visit

    James Thompson
  • Appointment of new Headmaster at Shrewsbury School
    21 Nov 2017

    Shrewsbury School has announced the appointment of Leo Winkley as its next Headmaster. He will take up his position in September 2018.

    Leo Winkley has been Headmaster of St Peter’s School, York since 2010. He is also currently Chair of the Boarding Schools’ Association and of the City of York Independent State School Partnership. He has previously taught at Ardingly College and Cheltenham Ladies’ College, where he was Head of Religious Studies, and at Bedales School, where he was Deputy Head and Acting Head. He was educated at Cranleigh School and at Oxford University, where he studied Theology.

    He is married to Jules, who is an oncologist, and they have three children.

    Mr Winkley said: “It is a tremendous honour to be given the opportunity to lead and serve the Shrewsbury School community. The School has a very special and distinctive atmosphere. I am looking forward to getting to know all who share its community, and to working together to write the next chapter in the School’s long history.”

    Tim Haynes, Chairman of Governors at Shrewsbury School, said: “The Governors carried out a thorough and comprehensive process of selection before making their decision. Leo was selected from among a very strong field of men and women. He will build on the excellent foundations that Mark Turner has laid during his time at the School.”

    “We very much look forward to welcoming Leo and his family to Shrewsbury.”

    Mark Turner has been Headmaster of Shrewsbury School since September 2010.  He announced in May 2017 that he would be leaving Shrewsbury at the end of the summer term 2018 to take up a new role as Head of St Michaels University School in Canada.


  • Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal lunch in Origins
    15 Nov 2019

    Travel and Tourism students from Shrewsbury Colleges Group have volunteered their time to organise and serve Royal British Legion veterans and Poppy Appeal volunteers a 3 course lunch in their College restaurant.

    As well as decorating the venue, the group of first year students also collected more than £45 for the Royal British Legion and Poppy Appeal from college students and staff.

    Students also wrote notes to express their sincere thanks for the sacrifice veterans have made during their careers. Many of those attending said reading these was heart-warming.

    Andy Middle, an ex-serviceman in the British Army, who works in the catering department at the College came up with the idea last year and it was decided to hold it again.

    Andy said: “The students did an amazing job and were more than willing to give their time. Ingredients for the lunch at our commercial restaurant Origins, were donated by local suppliers and catering students prepared the menu.”   

    Adelaide Durnell, aged 16, from Shrewsbury and previously of Meole Brace School, said: “Our tutorinformed us about last year’s event and asked if we wanted to get involved. I was ecstatic to, I love talking to people and being part of this event is just a little way to say thank you for everything they have done.”

    Jen Robey, from the Royal British Legion, said: “We had great feedback from our volunteers last year. They said the food was excellent and the service was exceptional. Our volunteers have worked really hard this year and has been difficult this month as the weather has been against them, but our volunteers are dedicated and want to raise money for families and veterans.

    “This event has enabled all of the volunteers to meet each other and for us to give them an official thank you for all their work. We’re always looking for volunteers, all year round, especially with events jobs around our campaigns.”

    Royal British Legion need £100 million a year to support veterans and their families across the UK.

    Shropshire’s target is £5,550 a year and there are 75 volunteer in the county who and have given over 600 hours of their time.

    To find out more about courses at SCG call 01743 342411 or 01743 235491 or visit

  • Galliers staff told of growth plans
    25 Apr 2016

    A Shropshire-based building firm has announced plans for expansion and investment in staff.

    Galliers Homes of Shrewsbury, one of the leading family-owned house building companies in the county, outlined their proposals at their annual conference.

    Over 70 members of staff from Galliers and sister company Cameron Homes gathered at the Park House Hotel in Shifnal for the event and heard managing director Ian Burns lay out his plans to expand the business over the coming four years.

    He said” “We have become a leading Shropshire house builder with a strong reputation for providing high quality, bespoke developments.

    “Last year Galliers saw exceptional growth – carrying out over £12 million worth of business and the forecast for 2016 is for this to increase to £20 million and to £25 million by 2017.”

    Addressing the conference he said that 27 new members of staff had been recruited last year across both companies but emphasised that there was still a skills shortage in the construction industry.

    “We are very lucky in that we are a family-owned firm with a long-serving and loyal workforce here and will be investing heavily in the training and development of our existing staff.

    “However, we are also going to recruit between 10 and 12 apprentices over the coming 12 months to fill vacancies that will occur at Galliers and Cameron as we increase in size and we are talking to colleges in order to develop strong links with them.

    “We are also looking to recruit across a wide range of disciplines to strengthen our great team and are confident that 2016 will be even more successful and are looking forward to growing further and helping to boost the local economy,” he added.


  • Frankwell is turning into a giant Advent Calendar this Christmas!
    03 Dec 2019

    Feeling festive? You can’t get more Festive than joining in with the Frankwell Advent Windows, which sees 23 businesses and a church in Frankwell turn in to one giant Advent Calendar!

    Advent Windows is being organised by Tim Vasby-Burnie, Vicar of St George’s Church in Frankwell, and the large-scale event will see each of the organisations unveil an Advent window at their premises, inspired by a Christmas Carol.

    Local dignitaries are performing some of the unveilings and the community is invited to come along every day and see it happen live.

    Photos of each window opening, which will all take place at noon, will be featured on the website which celebrates all the individual shops, restaurants and businesses in Frankwell

    The first Advent window, inspired by the carol “O Come All Ye Faithful” was unveiled at The Wheatsheaf on Sunday, 1 December at 12pm by Mayor of Shrewsbury, Phil Gillam.

    Monday’s window was at Kirkham Funeral Directors at, unveiled by Margaret Thrower, daughter of Shrewsbury’s most famous gardener and Blue Peter star Percy Thrower.

    Provost of University Centre Shrewsbury Professor Anna Sutton will unveil the window at the Olive Tree on 3 December, along with Revd. Vasby-Burnie’s daughter Hannah, aged 14 and her friend and fellow congregation member Amelia Heath-Clowes, 17, who together created the window display.

    Children at Woodfield Infants and St George's Junior Schools are also both designing windows for the event.

    The Christmassy scheme ends on Christmas Eve with a festive singing trail starting at the Boathouse at 10.30am. The trail will visit each window, singing each carol, and end at St George’s Church for the final window unveiling at 12pm, followed by mince pies, mulled wine and other seasonal goodies.

    Revd. Vasby-Burnie said: “This is a such a good news story for Frankwell with so many businesses coming together. Frankwell has become such a vibrant community which celebrates some really excellent independent businesses. And Christmas is such a wonderful time to for people to come together and enter into the community spirit.

    “We wanted to put something together which celebrated our local neighbourhood on a grand scale and also remembers the meaning behind Christmas. We hope that people will come along to the window openings and especially join us for our festive trail on Christmas Eve!”

    The full Advent Windows programme, a map and which carol has inspired each window can be found at

    For more information about Christmas services and regular events at St George’s Church, please 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
  • Contemporary Art exhibition in Shrewsbury Town Centre
    01 May 2015

    Art students from Shrewsbury College will exhibit their work next week at a Shrewsbury town centre exhibition space.

    Bill Sample and Rebecca Collins, who are due to complete their Foundation degrees in Contemporary Art Practice, have been working individually on their final creative projects. Their pieces will be on display in the Riverside Shopping Centre’s exhibition room, from Saturday, 9 May until Wednesday, 20 May and members of the public are being encouraged to drop in and view their work for free.

    Bill Sample, 61, from Shrewsbury, said: “The current exhibition is a body of work in response to a collection of poems by Ted Hughes: Crow: From the Life and Songs of Crow (1970).

    “In earlier projects on the course I developed an interest in local myths and legends and moved to making large-scale work. I made a large scale tiger and Queen Victoria and a replica of Tipu’s tent, as part of our project at Powis Castle.

    “On this project I have collaborated with various organisations, particularly Natural England and Natural Resources Wales. Both have been very helpful in allowing me to cut a free supply of willow rods to use in one work – a large (2m high x 4m long) willow crow.”

    Rebecca Collins, 43, from Shrewsbury, has linked her exhibition to ‘History Makers’ –  a local project which has been funded by the National Lottery. The project aims to find evidence of what happened to ordinary people during the First World War and to produce a large digital community archive and travelling exhibition.
    She said: “I have created a series of paintings, videos, photographs and clay sculptures as a response to my time spent at the Shropshire Regimental Museum.

    “My intention with this project has been to focus my interest in examining the extraordinary lives of ‘things’ by looking at a selection of objects from the First World War. My aim is to highlight how current generations relate to and perceive objects from the World War I and to question whether these objects can provoke thought about the lives of people who lived a century ago.”

    The exhibition space will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.

  • Abel & Cole celebrates 30th birthday with the launch of its Pollinator Roadshow
    17 Sep 2018

    • The organic home-delivery service will celebrate turning 30 this month with the launch of the UK’s first ever Pollinator Roadshow  
    • Abel & Cole’s ‘Garden Shed’ will be touring six cities across the UK: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton and Bristol
    • Visitors can enjoy a pollinator-inspired menu, appetising competitions, Insta-worthy selfie spots and the chance to make their very own ‘pollinator pledge’
    • Special birthday donations to be made to long-term charity partner, Friends of the Earth

    This September, Abel & Cole, the nation’s one-stop shop for all things organic, will be touring the UK in celebration of its momentous thirtieth birthday. The pioneering farm-to-front-door home delivery service will mark three decades of providing seasonal, ethical and sustainable food and drink with the launch of the UK’s first ever Pollinator Roadshow.

    The Pollinator Roadshow launched in London on the 14th September before touring to Birmingham, Manchester, Brighton, and Bristol over the following two weeks. The nation’s enthusiastic foodies and organic aficionados are invited to visit Abel & Cole’s ‘Garden Shed’ on tour, with an opportunity to indulge in tasty treats, win exclusive competition prizes and unearth the stories behind Abel & Cole’s journey of being #OrganicSince88. A delicious, pollinator-inspired menu will be served at each stop, including honey, goats’ cheese and pickled onion loaded fries, celebrating the bees, bugs and butterflies that help bring Abel & Cole’s beautiful produce to our tables. A vegan-friendly Jerk-spiced chilli will also be served as a nod to their (potato) roots in Brixton.

    While raising a glass to the past, Abel & Cole will look to the future with a long-term commitment to protect the biodiversity that plays a fundamental role in keeping the organic food industry alive and thriving. Visitors to the 30th roadshow can make their very own ‘pollinator pledge’ from Abel & Cole’s bespoke photo booth shed, capturing the moment for their social media channels while receiving a wildflower starter pack to help encourage pollinators into their gardens at home.

    All proceeds from food sales on the day will go towards Abel & Cole’s charity partner, Friends of the Earth, an environmental campaigning community dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of the natural world.

    The Pollinator Roadshow will be open to the public from 12pm - 3pm in the following cities:

    Friday 14th Sept - London Television Centre, White City
    Saturday 15th Sept - Kingston-upon-Thames, Ancient Market Place
    Thursday 20th Sept - Birmingham, Victoria Square
    Friday 21st Sept - Manchester, New Cathedral Street
    Thursday 27th Sept - Brighton, New Road
    Friday 28th Sept - Bristol, Harbour side near Neptune statue  


    Abel & Cole will also take to its digital and social platforms over the next month to shine a light on the people at the heart of its 30-year success; from the amazing growers, makers and bakers, to the organic-loving customers who have joined the journey along the way.

    Hannah Shipton at Abel & Cole, said; “We’re incredibly proud of the organic journey we’ve been on over the last thirty years, and extremely grateful for our valued suppliers and customers up and down the country who’ve made it such an exciting ride so far. What better way to celebrate three decades of Abel & Cole than by championing the precious pollinators who keep our fresh produce growing at its very best.”

    For more information on Abel & Cole’s organic heroes, head to or

    Join the buzz: @abelandcole #OrganicSince88

  • Knockout Pizza Helps Shrewsbury Boxing Club
    18 Oct 2012

    The Amazing Woodfired Pizza Company has come up with a new ‘Knockout’ pizza to help save Shrewsbury Amateur Boxing Club after its training centre on Smithfield Road suffered £15,000 of damage in an arson attack last month

    The company has come up with a special new recipe to tempt customers and will donate £2 from every one of the pizzas sold to the campaign. Kim Ford, manager of the Amazing Woodfired Pizza Company, which is situated just across the road from the John Davies Boxing Centre on Smithfield Road, said she was glad to be helping a neighbour.

    “Everyone was shocked about what happened to the boxing club. It has been going for so many years and has made a big contribution to local sport and the community, so we felt that we should do something to help it get back on its feet again. We’ve come up with a recipe for the Knockout pizza that really packs a punch and we’re hoping it will be a big hit with our customers.”

    For more information about The Amazing Woodfired Pizza Company visit:

  • Almost 200 Cardiac Patients Benefit From Home Monitoring Service in Shropshire
    26 Sep 2012

    Almost 200 patients from across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales are receiving a potentially life-saving service which remotely monitors their heart devices without them needing to leave their home.

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust was only the second in the country to offer a home monitoring service for patients fitted with pacemakers or Implantable Cardiac Devices (ICD) when it launched it two years ago.

    It has proved a big success in a short time with 196 patients, aged 30 and over, able to transmit data from their device directly to the Trust via a telephone line, without the need to visit their hospital for a routine check.

    Details of the success of the service are being shared during Rural Health Week, which began yesterday (Sunday 23 September) and will run until Saturday 29 September.

    Lynne Taylor, Department Manager for Cardio Respiratory, said: “Our patients, particularly those living in rural areas, are delighted with the service.

    “It saves them a journey or the need to worry about paying for transport when the check can be carried out very quickly and safely in their own home and the results transmitted instantly to our department.”

    Patients who have a pacemaker or ICD normally visit their hospital for checks once every six months or once a year depending on their condition, but may visit more frequently if concerns are raised.

    The home monitoring service sees them using a device which involves them placing a ‘header’ – similar to a stethoscope – over their pacemaker or ICD to check their heart and the equipment. The patient then presses a button on the device which automatically transfers the results of the test to the Cardio Respiratory team.

    Lights on the device confirm the test has been successful and that the data has been transmitted. The team contacts the patient once the data has been received and will confirm a date for the next test if the readings are normal or take further steps if concerns are raised.

    If patients are concerned between their six-monthly or yearly checks they can perform the checks more frequently and contact staff in Cardio Respiratory to discuss their concerns.

    Lynne said: “We always contact the patient to let them know that their results have come through and that they are fine, which is a reassurance for them.

    “The home monitoring is also beneficial for patients in other ways. Some have equipment known as Reveal Devices fitted which monitor the heart 24-hours a day, and this is also connected to our system, so we can get regular data.

    “ICD patients also have defibrillators fitted that shock them automatically if necessary and this information is sent directly to us. If a patient is asleep they may not know the ICD has shocked them as they might wake up feeling groggy but not know why.

    “Home monitoring lets us know straight away so we can inform the patient and get them in for an examination rather than them think nothing is particularly wrong and wait for their next regular check up.”

    The service shows the benefits of using new technology to provide more convenient and flexible services for our patients at home without the need to travel to an acute hospital.

    The Trust’s Shaping Your Travel and Transport discussion document explained how this was something patients said they wanted – more services provided at home through the use of new technology – and was supported by staff who said they wanted to provide services that are more convenient or flexible for our patients.

    Work is continuing to develop the ideas and feedback from the document, while the Trust is also continuing to explore how Telehealthcare, the use of new technologies to assess, monitor and deliver healthcare to patients in their own home, GP surgery or community facility, can be used to benefit our patients.


    Matthew Tooth is extremely thankful he had access to a service run by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust which remotely monitors heart devices – after his heart stopped beating for 3.2 seconds without him knowing.

    Mr Tooth, 36 and from Newport, was diagnosed with Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a rapid heart rhythm, about five years ago.

    He had two operations which he thought had resolved the problem.

    But in 2010 he blacked out and collapsed while working as a computer technician and had a cardiac monitoring device fitted to determine what the problem was.

    Thanks to the heart monitoring service he was able to send readings from home directly to the Cardio Respiratory Department for them to monitor his heart rate every three months.

    Mr Tooth, who is unable to work currently due to other health problems, said: “I went into hospital for a completely unrelated operation in July last year and wasn’t feeling too well on one of the mornings. Unbeknownst to me my heart actually only did half a beat and then stopped for 3.2 seconds once while I was feeling ill.

    “It wasn’t until I sent the next three-monthly reading in August that I realised my heart had actually stopped. The consultants called me in once I sent the reading and it was determined that I have a heart defect which means that there is the possibility that my heart can just do half a beat and then stop briefly.

    “I had a pacemaker fitted to stop this from happening again, and if it detects my heart has only done half a beat it fills in the other half without me knowing.

    “As far as I’m aware if it wasn’t for the monitoring device being fitted and the reading I sent in from home the issue may not have been picked up. It’s certainly given me peace of mind.”

  • Shropshire vineyard celebrates first birthday
    19 Oct 2019
    Hencote general manager Mark Stevens

    A Shropshire vineyard will celebrate its first birthday next month with an exclusive menu relaunch and party as it continues to build on its great success.

    Hencote Estate opened ‘The View Restaurant and Bar’ in November 2018 and was the vision of the Stevens family which has since become one of Shropshire’s most premier destinations.

    Hencote owner Andy Stevens said: “Since founding Hencote the goal of our family has evolved from producing the best wine Shropshire can offer to encompass the very best of English hospitality.

    “We strive to create authentic wine of the highest quality that reflects our locality and provenance in the Shropshire Hills.”

    The vineyard has grown from 160 vines planted in 2009 to 23,000 vines and has produced Hencote’s first range of wines grown and bottled entirely on the estate.

    Hencote general manager Mark Stevens said: “The birthday celebrations will incorporate the relaunch of our menus which celebrate the terroir of the region and incorporate the popular Charcoa grill.

    “Our dedicated kitchen brigade have worked hard on designing the new menus which incorporate old and new favourites to match with our wines.”

    The evening of November 7 will be accompanied by live music and entertainment, plus introductions from the Hencote family.

    As well as the restaurant the estate offers vineyard tours and wine tasting experiences and has luxury glamping accommodation on site.

  • Chairman presents £2,500 donation to Cancer Research UK
    06 Oct 2012

    Shropshire County Cricket Club chairman Toby Shaw has presented Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £2,500.

    The money was raised at the club's annual ResourceBank Challenge hospitality day at Wrekin College in July which was supported by 600 people.

    Shropshire CCC chairman Toby Shaw and president Bryan Foulkes handed over the money to Paddy Willis, the local representative for Cancer Research, at Shrewsbury Cricket Club earlier this week.

    Mr Shaw said: “We're delighted that we had such a successful hospitality day and were able to raise these sorts of funds to contribute to such a worthy cause as Cancer Research.

    “From a financial perspective, it was probably our most successful event, but equally it reflects just how popular the event has become. We had 600 people there which was very pleasing.

    “We make a donation from the proceeds to a different charity every year and in the past have been pleased to support Shropshire Air Ambulance and the Severn Hospice.


    “We'll now look forward to raising some more money again next year for another Shropshire charity.”

    A waterlogged pitch meant no cricket was actually possible at this year's hospitality day but the event was still an outstanding success.

    Players from the two sides who had been due to face each other, Shropshire and a star-studded Invitation XI, instead joined guests in the marquee on the boundary edge. 
    A question and answer session with former England wicketkeeper Paul Nixon and ex-Worcestershire captain Ben Smith was another highlight of the day.

    Mr Foulkes, the county president, added: “I've been associated with the county club for a long, long time.

    “I've seen us go through thin times but thanks to people like Toby we're now much more solvent and that enables us to make donations like this to such wonderful charities.”
    Miss Willis, representing Cancer Research UK, was delighted to receive the invitation to collect the cheque and expressed her gratitude to Shropshire County Cricket Club.

    She said: “It's a magnificent cheque from the cricket club and Cancer Research is very grateful.”

    PICTURED: Shropshire County Cricket Club chairman Toby Shaw, left, and president Bryan Foulkes present a cheque for £2,500 to Paddy Willis, local representative for Cancer Research UK.

  • Rapid Recycle helps Shropshire reduce waste
    03 Oct 2014
    rapid recycle logo

    Working with our site management contractors Veolia – we wanted to try to encourage more re-use at the Councils Household Recycling Centres.  Whilst the vast majority of waste coming through our sites is now recycled or composted, it’s even better environmentally to re-use things where ever possible.

    Getting items re-used locally also saves on haulage and helps create more local economic benefit for Shropshire.   With this in mind we were especially keen to work in partnership with a local small or medium sized enterprise based in the county.  So we are delighted that Veolia has appointed a local firm, Rapid Recycle who are based in Ryton XI Towns to be the re-use sub-contractors for all of our sites.  Targeting bric-a-brac may seem like small fry when we have to manage over 150,000 tonnes of domestic waste each year – but it actually amounts to hundreds of tonnes, which is thousands of individual items each year.

    Rapid Recycle provide a member of staff at each of the centres who focuses on salvaging any items.  By literally intercepting people who are about to throw things in a skip as well as totting through piles of waste at the sites they are able to pull out good quality items and help us reduce the amount of waste which ends up being disposed of.   This then creates further business opportunities and jobs within the county when these items are sold on at auction.

    And coming soon - as an exciting new innovative part of this project you will see soon to open – a new ‘Rapid Recycling Outlet’ at Battlefield Enterprise Park in Shrewsbury.  Specialising in the supply of all types of salvaged goods direct to the public.  All the goods on sale will have been salvaged from disposal.  Architectural antiques, household goods, general collectables, and gardening tools….. to name but a few.  In the mean time you can have a virtual rummage on their website to see some great bargains on offer at their auction. 

    James Thompson
  • Eglantyne UK tour premieres in Shropshire
    03 Jun 2015

    This June Theatre Severn will be hosting the UK premiere of EGLANTYNE, a new one woman play about the extraordinary and inspiring Eglantyne Jebb. 

    Eglantyne is one of the most influential women of the 20th century and yet one of the least known.  Born and raised in Shropshire, Eglantyne was a courageous, charming, passionate, humanitarian, human rights activist and social reformer.

    In 1919, responding with humanitarian zeal to the devastating famine in post-war Europe, Eglantyne and her sister Dorothy founded Save the Children which is now the world's leading independent organisation for children.

    From her idyllic Shropshire childhood, Eglantyne went on to Oxford University, social work in Cambridge, heartbreaks, spiritualism, the Balkans, arrest in Trafalgar Square, saving starving children and pioneering universal children's rights.

    Eglantyne drafted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child which evolved into the current United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights treaty.

    Anne Chamberlain, the show’s writer and performer, discovered Eglantyne Jebb while working in New Zealand on contract as a communications adviser for Save the Children.  “The more I read about Eglantyne, the more I was drawn to her inspiring life and unconventional ways.  I felt compelled to share her story by creating a piece of theatre.  Although Eglantyne was from another century on the other side of the world, I felt oddly connected to her.  She was a brave, modern thinker with a truly international view of the world.”


    “Eglantyne had tremendous energy and drive.  Eglantyne’s humanitarian concerns are sadly still urgent concerns today.  Eglantyne’s visionary legacy is still relevant and making a difference.  As well as her big heroic moments, the play explores her struggles, vulnerabilities, disappointments and heartbreaks which seems to draw her closer to our lives, our frailties, and our humanity.”

    Anne says, “I was very keen to bring EGLANTYNE to the UK and it’s terrific to launch the show in Eglantyne’s childhood Shropshire, with the UK premiere on Thursday 11th June at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn. The show then tours to Ludlow, Hereford, Cambridge and Richmond, North Yorkshire.  Other UK dates will be announced soon.”

    EGLANTYNE is written and performed by Anne Chamberlain and will be performed on Thursday 11th June, tickets are available at or by contacting the venues Box Office on 01743 281 281.  The show’s duration is 75 minutes.  A proportion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Save the Children.

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