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  • What lies beneath the streets of Shrewsbury......
    15 Aug 2019
    Shrewsbury's medieval cellar

    If you’re wondering why the pavement is fenced off at the top of St John’s Hill, here’s the reason….

    There’s a cellar underneath it with a fascinating local historic value!

    The cellar origins

    In the 14th century the Town Wall had an inner lane running along side it towards the top of St John’s Hill; it was appropriately called Wall Lane.

    The cellar is constructed, I assume, using the remains of the Town Wall and handmade Georgian bricks. These make the arch over what was Wall Lane and join the footings of the house at the top end of St John’s Hill.

    Consisting of two chambers, at the end of the cellar under the corner of St John's Hill looking towards St Chads, you can clearly see what I think are medieval blocks.

    Built from what appears to be a similar stone and style as the heritage grade II listed Watch Tower on Town Walls, I’m hazarding a guess, this was one of the main gateways into town from the 14th century onwards, possibly the remnant of Wheeler's Gate or Quarry Gate.

    The dividing wall is constructed from what appears to be medieval stone and Georgian bricks. The second chamber is made of the red bricks and at the far end there is a curved staircase; this is now blocked at the top by the pavement.

    Once you are in the cellar standing on its cobbled floor, you can easily imagine people going about their business on the inside the walls - who knows what an archaeological examination might reveal of their activity!

    The owner of the house when it was first built in 1766 was Thomas Berrington, one of Shrewsbury's well-known Georgians, with a long line of ancestry back to Edward 1st and beyond to William the Conqueror.

    The Berringtons

    A bit of local history, the Barrington/Berrington name derives from those supporters of William of Normandy who came to England from Barentin in Normandy for or shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The early records accordingly preface the name with the French 'de', i.e. 'de Barentin' translated 'of Barentin'. William rewarded his Norman supporters, including the de Barentins, with various manors across England.

    Berrington village was named after this family and St Alkmund's Square in Shrewsbury was called Berrington Square. The Berringtons were staunch Catholics and the focus of Catholic life took place at Berrington House, with its own designated chapel, in Berrington Square.

    Doctor William Berington died aged 56 in 1766, the year that Thomas Berington VI, his son, built the house on St Johns Hill, possibly using his inheritance in order to do so.

    Held in the Shropshire Archives, there is a painted sketch of Town Walls dating from this time, and Mr Berington's house is marked on it next to Wall Lane.

    Thomas Berrington sold his properties on 23 June 1777 to William Harries. They included premises in Pulley and Meole Brace, land in Hanwood and Hookagate, Berrington House in Berrington Square, the house and premises on St Johns Hill, two houses on Mardol, a house in Dogpole, a house in Rodington and a house on Wyle Cop. All of this for the princely sum of £3800!

    The cellar’s fate

    The house has Grade II heritage listing, so as the cellar is within curtilage of the house and possibly includes the remains of Wheeler Gateway, one would assume by default, it is Grade II listed too.

    During the town improvement works in that area last year, from what I understand, the cellar roof was damaged in October 2018 and it’s been fenced off ever since whilst its fate is decided.

    There has been talk of filling it in with concrete, but another alternative would be to remove some of the roof and have a reinforced glass pavement installed, similar to those used in aerial walkways.

    This would not only preserve this little piece of our town’s heritage, but make it a quirky feature for the local history tours making their way from Wheeler's Tower, past the Town Wall remnants in the cellar and onwards to St Chad's Church.

    Annie Waddington-Feather
  • Wyle Cop independents launch new campaign
    15 Aug 2019

    A new campaign promoting one of Shropshire’s most famous shopping streets is being launched.

    Traders on Wyle Cop in Shrewsbury have joined forces to raise their profile and encourage more visitors.

    “We believe we are the longest stretch of independent shops in the country and we want to shout about it,” explained Jonathan Soden of art gallery The Soden Collection.

    “A new Wyle Cop brand has been created and under this new initiative we will be organising events that the whole street can get involved in,” he explained.

    Jonathan said that decreased footfall in the town due to road closures led retailers to come together and take positive action.

    Stacey Hill, owner of Oberon, which has three shops on Wyle Cop, said: “There is a huge sense of community here and although each retailer and business is very different this new campaign is all about coming together and working as a team.

    “Shrewsbury is a wonderful town with an amazing array of independent shops and as our campaign gathers pace we will ensure it is an even more attractive place to visit.”

    The brand is set to be officially unveiled on August 24 and 25 with a festival-type event with live music, offers and entertainment.

    A series of Sunday opening events will be launched for the last Sunday of each month until the end of the year.

    “Hopefully more and more shops will see the benefit of opening their businesses on Sunday and take advantage of the free parking that Shrewsbury offers on this day,” Stacey added.


  • Bridgnorth firm's management changes...
    15 Aug 2019

    A Bridgnorth man who spent 15 years working at a local company was so impressed with the set-up that he has now returned to invest in the firm and will sit on its board of directors.

    Ben Hickman, aged 42, was a former technician with long standing specialist firm Window & Door Contract Services but has now bought a share of the business and will replace founding director Mervyn Davies, aged 61, who is retiring this month, leaving his brother Roland Davies, to jointly carry on the family business with Ben.

    Welcoming Ben back, sales director Roland Davies, said: “We are very fortunate to have a great team here and enjoy a good retention of staff, many of whom have been with us since we started on this site over 20 years ago.

    “It is great testament to our firm to see Ben invest in the business and return here after working for the past few years with a national company, thereby further expanding his knowledge, and I am sure we will all benefit from his 25 years experience in the industry as we move forward.”

    Ben, who will become contracts director, added: “Having been on the staff for so many years I was well aware of the positive atmosphere and high standards set throughout the company, so I am now truly delighted to be able to fund a return at this level.

    “Thanks must be paid to former director Mervyn, who has been a stalwart of the company since it started and has offered me such great support and advice as I begin this exciting new venture.

    “We hope to continue with our expansion plans both locally and nationwide and also create the prospect of several new jobs in the process as we continue to expand.”

    Window & Door Contract Services is celebrating two decades of steady growth and is based at Stanley Lane in Bridgnorth, from where it carries out window and door, and automatic door replacement and renovation throughout the UK.

    The firm concentrates nationally on public building refurbishment and maintenance, together with having a large fleet of new vehicles to enable its highly trained staff technicians to support its customers throughout the country, who locally include Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council.

    Window & Door Contract Services can be contacted on 01746 768384

    PICTURED:   Ben Hickman (RIGHT) is welcomed by Roland Davies (LEFT) and retiring director Mervyn Davies.

  • The amazing Wipeout Arena lands at Shrewsbury Sports Village
    09 Aug 2019

    The all-action inflatable fun-fest Wipeout Arena is landing at Shrewsbury Sports Village, with two days of bouncy obstacle action across August 17th and 18th.

    Wipeout Arena is an indoor inflatable attraction for all ages, with versions for kids 4 and under: Wipeout Tots, a whole family session: Wipeout Open, and one for adults (16+) only: Wipeout Adults. 

    Wipeout Arena gives kids the chance to run off some steam in a safe, supervised environment. They can bounce, jump, run and dive around the course, with parents watching on from the side-lines, or joining in for the Wipeout Open sessions.

    Wipeout Adults lets anyone aged 16 and over remember how much fun it was to just bounce, bringing out their inner Tigger!

    Sessions last one hour, which includes an induction, ensuring everyone safely enjoys the experience. Special Wipeout Arena socks will be included in the ticket price and customers get to keep them… as they are going to need them next time the tour arrives in town.

    Facility Manager at Shrewsbury Sports Village, Rhys Collins said:

    “We’re really looking forward to Wipeout Arena arriving at Swallows! The inflatable attraction adds another element to our already packed programme of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

    “Kids are going to love Wipeout Arena, with the Drop Zone, Mountain Climb and Steep Slope plus loads more super fun obstacles. And our adult-only sessions are sure to be a hit with people re-living their childhoods and remembering just how much fun it was to bounce! Why should the kids get all the fun!”

    “Booking is essential for Wipeout Arena. We’re certain this is going to be popular, so head over to the website, select the session that suits you and get ready to enjoy the arena!”

    For details on all session times and prices, bounce over to the Wipeout Arena website - - but be quick, Early Bird prices have just been reduced to an amazing £7.99!

    The design of Wipeout Arena has been created in conjunction with Airspace Solutions, a leading expert in inflatable design, manufacture and maintenance.

  • The Dana prison becomes a film location for Shropshire Fire & Rescue
    01 Feb 2017

    A new video being produced by the Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to warn children of the consequences of arson and hoax calls is being filmed in the county ahead of a Summer launch.

    Local businesses and service providers have also stepped forward to offer their support to help make the scheme a reality.

    The project is being spearheaded by Charlie Cartwright, Watch Manager at Newport Fire Station, who has worked tirelessly to bring the film together.

    Part of the video was filmed at The Dana, In Shrewsbury, while regional builder Persimmon Homes West Midlands was happy to provide a vacant new home and a showhome at its Newdale development in Lawley, Telford, to act as a set for the film.

    Support has been provided by such organisations as West Mercia Police, Persimmon Homes West Midlands, Jailhouse Tours, which provided the use of The Dana prison, communications agency 8848 and Pc Lee Thomas, from the Newport local neighbourhood policing team.

    Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service’s James Bainbridge, Station Manager (Prevention), said: “A film called Backfire was originally produced in 2001 which looked at the consequences of hoax calls and arson.

    “However, it is very outdated, featuring public telephone boxes and outdated service vehicles and was even on VHS, so we decided to remake it and replicate its messages.”

    Mr Bainbridge added: “We were very grateful for the assistance of Persimmon Homes and were very lucky to be able to film at Newdale Valley, Lawley. They provided the backdrop for some very dramatic scenes, notably a house fire and the arrest of the young arsonist. They closed the road for us so that service vehicles could get through and we were very pleased to have that facility, as I think we would have struggled without it.

    “Charlie has done a tremendous job bringing all the resources together with zero cost to the service, which is important.”

    Stephen Cleveley, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “It’s not every day that you are asked if one of your showhomes can be used as a film location. However, when Mr Cartwright approached us and outlined his ideas, we quickly realised that it would be an invaluable piece of work, and we were delighted to help.”

    The video, which will be around 20 minutes long, is aimed at Year 8 pupils and is due to premiere in the Summer before being rolled out across county schools from September.

    Madeley Academy, in Telford, was approached to provided young actors for the film, with Year 8 pupil Joe Gazzillo auditioning to land the lead role as the young arsonist who is given detention.

    Charlie said: “The support from organisations across the county has been great and we cannot thank them enough. The pupils who took on roles in the film have worked very hard and showed some real talent. It has been a great experience bringing a project together that delivers some hard-hitting messages.”

  • K9 Rescue Sports Day Sunday 27th September 2015
    20 Sep 2015

    The UK German Shepherd Rescue will have a stall at the K9 Rescue Sports Day on Sunday, 27th September 2015 at The Quarry in Shrewsbury.  This is the second anniversary of this popular event.  It starts at 10.00 a.m. and there is lots going on throughout the day.  There will be a dog show, have a go agility, car boot sale, trade and charity stalls, food stalls, plus a demonstration by the Whitchurch Dog Display Team. A great day out for all the family and your dog!  Come along and support your local animal charities.

    Lorraine Duncan
  • Expansion at Kitchen Revivals ...
    30 Mar 2016

    A specialist Shropshire kitchen company has announced a further expansion.

    Family-run firm Kitchen Revivals, of Battlefield Enterprise Park, in Shrewsbury, has joined forces with a major UK stone manufacturer, meaning a growth in its business and investment in new workshops.

    The partnership means that an innovative ‘quartz overlay’ system for worktops has been added to Kitchen Revivals’ range of product and the latest technology facilities have now been constructed at its Battlefield premises.

    “This is a very exciting expansion for us as we don’t believe the new quartz overlay system is being offered by other Shropshire companies,” said proprietor Darren Smith.

    “We are working in conjunction with MFS Stone Surfaces of Bristol using a superior quartz overlay developed in Italy and this will complement our kitchen doors and worktop replacement designs.”

    Darren continued: “Many people previously thought that they had to rip out all of their existing units to create a new kitchen whereas in fact a whole new look can be easily created by the simple replacement of doors, drawers, worktops and appliances, saving them a great deal of time, inconvenience and money.

    “We are very proud to be a local family firm working to traditional values, with our own showrooms here on Vanguard Way and we have now invested further in our own warehouse and new self-contained manufacturing facilities on site.

    “Together with having a fully qualified team of local craftsmen, we feel we are more able to react quickly to our customers requests and deliver a bespoke solution for most kitchen layouts and we are very proud of the fact that over 60% of our business comes from personal recommendation.”

    Following on from its kitchen successes the firm recently launched a new bedroom makeover service which is also creating a lot of interest.

  • Fantastic Local Dog Walk From Our Friend Boomerang
    17 Jul 2012


    1 1/4 miles – less than an hour

    This is a lovely walk with no traffic worries for dogs and children as you walk around the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury 1403.

    The battle was one of the bloodiest conflicts ever to take place on British soil and as many as 5000 men are thought to have died. Along the walk are interesting information points which tell you why, when and who was involved.

    With a small detour towards the end of the route you can find out more at the free visitor centre at Battlefield 1403. The added bonus is that you can browse around the farm shop, butchery and tea room. Dogs are restricted to outside areas but are given a warm welcome and there are plenty of water bowls.

    Whilst there you can visit Tilly the English Pointer at the Battlefield Falconry centre.

    1.Park at the Battlefield Heritage site (note there are vehicle height restrictions) PostcodeSY4 3DB. Walk a short distance to a wooden gate and when you pass through take a left. From here you can walk your dogs (and kids!) off a lead if you choose.

    2. Follow the path as you walk around the Battlefield, through gates under the pylons. By the large oak tree there is information regarding the Battle.

    3. Keep following the path until you arrive at a little gate. Keep left and follow your nose through some woodland. Walk through a second gate to arrive at a field.

    4. You will arrive at the beautiful, yet redundant, St Mary Magdalenes church which was built in 1406 as a memorial to those who lost their lives. It is from here that you can detour to the Battlefield 1403 visitor centre by crossing the churchyard and field.

    5. Alternatively, keep following the path until you arrive at a bridge and taking the left hand gate walk into a field which is perfect for a spot of ball throwing! Walk through the gate on the opposite side and take a left to arrive back at your start point.

    Boomerang the dog, also known as J K Growling, and his owner Karen Lloyd write a series of dog-friendly walk books including a book for Shrewsbury and surrounding areas.

  • Rescue Dogs Seek Loving Home After Being Tied To Lamppost and Abandoned
    21 Aug 2015

    A PAIR of dogs who were abandoned by being tied to a lamp post are now safe in rescue in Shropshire and looking for a loving new home where they can stay together.

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers Mille and Levi, were rescued by national charity Finding Furever Homes after they were picked up by a dog warden in Oxfordshire after being abandoned by being tied to a lamp post with their worldly possessions in a carrier bag by their side.

    Life in kennels has been made easier for the friendly pair, who were in poor condition and underweight when they were found, as they have each other for company. But now the dog rescue which is caring for them is desperate to find the duo a home where they can stay together.

    Andrea Newton, of Finding Furever Homes, which cares for the dogs in partnership with a kennels, near Condover, Shropshire, said: “It is heart breaking to think that anyone would decide they didn’t want their animals for whatever reason and conclude they should simply abandon them by leaving them tied to a lamp post.

    “We don’t know exactly where they were left as the dog warden is not always able to provide us with all the information but we do know they are very lucky to be alive as they could easily have slipped their leads and ended up being hit by cars.”

    Andrea says finding anyone to take on just one dog can be a challenge but a pair of dogs is even harder. However, given the tough life they have already experienced she is keen to find them a home together if possible.

    She said: We know that finding someone to take on a pair of dogs is always more of a challenge but it means they will always have each other for company and will provide someone with a ready-made family and given what they have already experienced we would like to give them some continuity if we can.

    “They are both such loving and friendly enthusiastic and playful dogs with wiggly bottoms and lots of love to give we just hope someone will fall in love with them both.”

    Millie and Levi, who are both around 9-years-old are currently being cared for at a private boarding kennels so they will be rehomed through Finding Furever Homes which sponsors their place there.

    Andrea added: “Millie and Levi are currently in Shropshire but could be rehomed anywhere in England and Wales – the most important thing is that we find them a loving furever home of their own – wherever that is.”

    For further information about Finding Furever Homes and to offer these dogs a home please visit

    Finding Furever Homes, which celebrated its first anniversary as a registered charity, on 10 January 2014, has already helped rehome 280 dogs (198 since it was officially registered by the charity commission) and donated over £40,000 to help cover the vet and food bills of canines being cared for in other rescue charities across England and Wales.

    Unlike many dog rescues, Finding Furever Homes never set out to compete with existing charities or build dog rescue facilities of its own but rather to take a pragmatic approach and support smaller dog rescues which already exist throughout England and Wales.

  • 4 Reasons to Advertise Your Business with Custom Postcards
    15 Jun 2017

    When you check the mail and notice that there’s a business postcard present, you probably have to do a double take - that’s how seldom this form of advertising is being utilized anymore. And while you might be able to reach a large volume of customers by sending out emails, you won’t be getting that high of a click through rate. The fact is that consumers respond best to advertisements when they aren’t expecting them. This is why you still see billboards up along the highway and some companies still send out holiday cards during the winter. If you are going to make your own postcard for business purposes keep reading for four reasons why it’s a good idea.

    1. Making a Direct Connection

    With any form of advertising there is a correct and incorrect way of doing things. Send out personalized business postcards that are addressed to your clients directly and you will get a highly favorable response. On the other hand, if you just send out generic postcards that don’t have catchy text, you won’t get any increased sales at your place of business.

    2.  Doing More of What Works

    Send a postcard to your customers that enables them to get a discount on a product or service, and you will see many of them coming in the day after they receive them with the postcards physically in their hands. If you encourage your customers to consider postcards that come from your business as important, they will start to expect them. In other words, this is just a very effective form of advertising that has been around for over one hundred years.

    3. Keep Your Customer Contacts Up to Date

    So, how exactly is a business to know when it has valid contact information for an existing or prospective customer? Email is the most convenient method, but it is also not all that reliable. In fact, most people have several email accounts that they might not check regularly. You can also call consumers, but that will cause a lot of confusion in most cases if they aren’t expecting your call. Remember that people check the mail when they feel like it, so they’re rarely irritated when receiving a piece of mailing from a business that they are familiar with.

    4. It Actually Works

    You might be sending custom business postcards to clients to remind them of appointments or to offer them additional savings on their next purchase. Whatever the reason is, you can anticipate a higher response rate with customized mailers than with emails or a website alone. Consumers know that you have to go out of your way to design a business postcard, have an appropriate number printed up and then spend money to mail them out, and they also appreciate the personal touch.

    Regardless of the size of your business budget, postcard mailings are affordable. Even if you can only send out a few dozen at a time to satisfied customers, you can enjoy an immediate return on investment if you are methodical. So, stop sending out email after email and do something for your customers that will inspire real engagement.

    Pete White
  • Shrewsbury business supports new cycling scheme
    06 Nov 2014

    A Shrewsbury based business is helping to encourage people of all ages to get on their bikes by supporting a new cycling scheme.

    Stan’s Cycles on Wyle Cop has joined up with Shrewsbury Sports Village to provide 26 new bikes for its new Wheels for All inclusive cycling initiative.

    The fleet of shiny new bikes, including four trikes and two hand bikes for less abled children and adults, were delivered to the sports centre on Sundorne Road earlier this week.

    The Wheels for All sessions aim to encourage all ages and abilities to cycle and the new bikes will be available for hire to use on the sport’s centre 1km cycle track.

    Duncan Biddle, of Stan’s Cycles, said: “This is a super initiative aimed at getting everyone cycling and we are really proud to be involved.

    “Cycling has become a really popular sport in recent years and we are very keen to encourage anyone with an interest to get started.

    “If you are new to cycling, the track at Shrewsbury Sports Village is a great place to learn and gain confidence on the bike.

    “It’s ideal for young children learning to ride for the first time and for less able riders who do not want to cycle on the road.”

    The bikes can be hired for use on the track which is open weekdays 9am until 10pm and 9am until 6pm on weekends.

    Christian Smith, sports development officer for Shrewsbury Sports Village, said the aim of the initiative was to provide inclusive cycling.

    “Stan’s have supplied a great range of bikes for the sessions meaning children as young as five and adults as old as 105 now have the ability to get involved in the Wheels for All initiatives.

    “Speaking to many of our users, a lot of them want to make better use of the cycle track but not all of them own a bike or can easily transport their own bike to the centre.

    “Having bikes available to hire on site seems the ideal solution and makes cycling accessible to everyone.

    “Initially they will just be for use on the track but in time we would like to develop the scheme so that people can hire bikes for use off site on cycle tracks like Haughmond Hill.

    “There is a such a great network of bike routes around Shrewsbury actively promoted by Shropshire Council’s sustainable transport team and Cycle

    Shrewsbury it would be great to get more people out riding on them.

    “We are really grateful for the support shown by Stan’s Cycles towards this new scheme. They have helped us hand pick a really great selection of bikes which will really benefit the people of Shrewsbury.”

    Pete White
  • Luxury travel agency launches in Shrewsbury
    06 Dec 2016
    Emily Soden, Leighann Morgan and Lydia Darby of Opulent Travel Services

    A new luxury travel agency has launched in Shrewsbury, specialising in bespoke holidays, corporate business and VIP and concierge-style travel.

    Opulent Travel Services has been launched by Leighann Morgan who has a 20-year background within the travel industry.

    Miss Morgan worked for big industry names such as Going Places, Thomson’s and Baker Dolphin, as well as various independent travel agencies,  before starting her own business.

    “Five years ago I branched out on my own, firstly as a Travel Counsellor and then as an independent agent. Opulent Travel Services is an evolution into luxury travel,” she said.

    “I believe service-orientated business is where the future lies in the industry. Opulent Travel is all about providing customers with high quality personal service, being accessible to the client whenever they need us 24-7.”

    The company has been launched with the support of The Global Travel Group franchise which gives Opulent Travel access to a vast electronic database and full client protection under its ATOL licence.

    Miss Morgan has taken on two extra staff to help run the agency which operates out of offices in Town Walls, Shrewsbury.

    “Nearly all of my business comes from personal recommendation and 85 per cent is repeat business. Many of my clients have been with me for years,” she said.

    “As an independent travel agency we’re not tied to in-house products. Recently we’ve been putting bespoke packages together for high end luxury cruises and a number of luxury group trips to the USA.”

    Opulent Travel also takes care of the travel arrangements of VIPs including CEOs of large companies and works with agents representing sporting personalities and celebrities. Miss Morgan has clients all over the UK and regularly spends time working with clients in London.

    Miss Morgan has won awards in the past, including Mumpreneur UK Best Saleswoman Award winner 2012. She came to the attention of prestigious clients after featuring in the national lifestyle magazine Fabulous four years ago and making an appearance on the BBC Big Breakfast sofa for International Women’s Day.  

    The same year she was invited by prestigious clients to develop connections at the Cannes Film Festival. 

  • Calling Adventurous Teddy Bears to Calverhall
    23 Aug 2017

    Adventurous teddy bears are being called upon to put on their bravest faces and jump off the top of a Shropshire village church tower.

    As part of the Calverhall Family Day on Sunday, September 3, visitors are being asked to bring their teddy bears and soft toys, big and small, young and old, so they can cheer them on as they slide down the 50 metre teddy bear zip wire.

    Special stickers will be awarded to the brave bears that complete the scary challenge from the top of Holy Trinity Church Tower at 11:45am and 3pm.

    In the dedicated teddy bear experience area, cuddly toys will also be able to enjoy a ride on a roundabout and have a go on a special bear swing.

    The Calverhall Family Day opens at 11.30am until 5pm.

    Teddy bear zip wire organiser Paul Dutton said he hoped every youngster attending the family day will bring their favourite cuddly toy.

    He said: “It’s going to be an exciting challenge for some very brave teddy bears and soft toys. It’s the first year we have done this and we can’t wait to see little ones bring their favourite toys along.

    “We will make sure all teddy bears are safe while flying down the zip wire and can be collected by their owners for a well done cuddle at the end.”

    The Calverhall Family Day is more than 50 years old and money raised during the event will go towards a community fund as well as running the churches in both Ightfield and Calverhall.

    This year’s event will also include the Red Barrows (corr) young farmers, who are putting on a display using barrows and cheerleaders, shire horses, traditional games, dog show, circus skills and side stalls, including the White Elephant Stall plus hot and cold refreshments.

    There will also be a teddy bear tombola, where you could win a bear if you forget to bring your own for the zip wire challenge.

    There is always a wide selection of stalls in the country market marquee, selling a variety of home-made produce.

    Mr Dutton said: “The Calverhall Family Day is a great day out for everyone. We know everyone will have a fantastic day – including those teddy bears!”

    For more information about the Calverhall Family Fun Day, see or Facebook at


  • Change in opening hours at Household Recycling Centres
    01 Nov 2012
    Shrewsbury Household Recycling Centre at Battlefield

    Shropshire Council and their contractor Veolia are reminding residents about the change in opening hours at Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) across the county.

    From Thursday 1 November 2012, Shropshire Council’s HRCs will be opening from 9am until 5pm daily (with the exception of Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when the sites are closed).  HRCs offer collection points for more than 30 different types of recyclable material across Shropshire - a much wider range of materials than can be collected at the kerbside.

    If people are bringing waste to the site in a large trailer or a van they will need a permit to gain access.  Please check the council’s website for details so you can plan your trip.

    Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for waste management, added:

    “This is normal practice for Shropshire Council’s HRCs in the winter, when the sites have less usage.”

    James Thompson
  • A History Lesson from Shrewsbury's Town Crier
    18 Jul 2012

    First in a series of interesting stories of the history of places we all know, love and use on a daily basis right here in Shrewsbury for its very own Town Crier Martin Wood.

    "Leading away from the square are two major shutts, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane. First of all a question, Whats the difference between a shutt and a passage? answer? nothing, before the victorian times these small lanes were known as shutts but because of the thinking of our great victorians this name was deemed to be to distasteful, so they renamed them Passages.
    During the middle ages a stream led from the pond in the square down to the river and the name for such a stream was `Golate` but at the site near to were it connects with Mardol Head used to stand the Gullet Inn so did the pub take it`s name from the shutt or the shutt take it`s name from the pub, you decide.
    The Gullet Inn is now known as The Hole in the Wall but The Gullet was here in 1528 and over the next couple of hundred years was the headquarters of numerous travelling players groups, and also the Mayor and councillors met there at times. In the 1600`s they even had a tennis court! In the mid 1700`s a serious fire destroyed many buildings in the area of Mardol head, and the Gullet was one of the buildings severely damaged, it was sold some 6 years later and then began it`s many changes until we come to todays owners.
    Leading in the opposite direction from the Square is Grope lane, Why is it called Grope Lane? Yep, you`ve guessed!!
    Loads of towns in the Country had a Grope Lane but most of them have changed the name to Green Lane or Grape Lane but we in Shrewsbury retain our original name, Hooray!! All the Grope Lanes mentioned were used mainly for one trade, prostitution and it was big business in the medieval days of course.
    At the bottom of the Lane we now have the Costa coffee shop but in the 1780`s the building was known as The Globe public house before changing it`s name to The Cross Keys around 1820 and then entering into many name changes from around 1910. Next time you walk up Grope Lane just pause for a while and look at the builders marks on the timbers of the old Cross Keys, all the timber houses built in town were originaly put together in the forest where the timber was felled to make sure it all fit, once the carpenter was happy he would mark each timber to tell his workers where each one had to go. Most of the time these mark are on the inside but as this was an inn do you think the carpenter was paid in ale on a `drink as you go` basis?
    It`s a bit confusing because there was another Cross Keys Inn directly opposite, where Starbucks now stands, and this was here between 1780 and 1820 strange or what?
    Halfway up Grope Lane, where the rubbish bin now stands, used to be St. Martins chapel and it is believed that under this chapel was one of the three Plague pits that we had in the town, around 2,000 of the 9,500 Shrewsbury folk who succumbed to the black death are thought to be buried in the pit but sadly all traces of the chapel are long gone.
    There are some lovely individual shops in Grope Lane that are well worth a visit but take heart, none are trading in you know what!!"

    Martin Wood
  • Start-Up Firm Set to Transform Mental Health Support in Shropshire
    18 Sep 2015
    Katie Woodland

    An independent mental health service has officially launched this month, providing specialist support to individuals, schools and businesses across the county.

    Shropshire-based Woodland Psychological Services Ltd – which is the brainchild of psychologist Katie Woodland – offers a wide range of supportive services from advice and diagnosis, through to therapy and mental health awareness training.

    “Woodland Psychological Services Ltd is centred on supporting people with mental health difficulties throughout society, and is a not-for profit social enterprise which diverts profits back into community projects,” explained Founder and Managing Director of the organisation, Katie Woodland.

    “With waiting lists longer than ever before, there are many people with mental health difficulties who are struggling to get the support they vitally need from local services. Dedicated to always going above-and-beyond, we proudly offer the very highest levels of support to our clients, covering borderline, mild and moderate mental health difficulties, as well as diagnosis, parent group interventions, parent support, and advocacy services.

    “And with school and workplace-related mental health issues such as stress, depression and anxiety on the rise, we’re also proud to provide comprehensive training packages for teachers, business owners and management teams which aim to introduce simple organisational changes to not only reduce the stigma of mental health, but diminish mental health-related absenteeism,” Katie concluded.

  • The Times They Were A Changing!
    30 Oct 2012

    Modernity And It’s Legacies

    When I was in Shrewsbury’s twin town, Zutphen with the former Mayor of Shrewsbury, Tony Durnell, earlier this month, I was taken on a guided tour around their wonderful town hall. The architect had the problem of building a town hall good enough for such a historic and beautiful town and in it he had to incorporate the old town hall. It was a breathtaking  job and this spectacular building is discretely a part of Zutphen.

    At Theatre Severn we see the same kind of architecture as it incorporates an old church, formerly Auto Tyres, if my memory serves me right. This style of architecture is bold and brave, but it seems to pay off. But not all architecture is so cleverly thought out.

    In the 1960’s the country had just come out of austerity and building materials were expensive. With the overbearing burden of modernity architects went for buildings that were not only cheap to construct but dazzlingly modern for the era. Nowadays we see these as a legacy of a poor time in building. Great concrete structures, eastern block in appearance and totally anomalous to the surroundings. Maybe juxtaposition was thought as cool in those days but now we see garish ugly constructions that have taken the place of more refined and beautiful buildings.

    The examples in Shrewsbury are many, sadly. Imagine if we still had the Raven or Crown hotels on Castle Street and St. Mary’s street respectively. Did we have to lose the beautiful Market Hall? Did we have to lose the Shirehall from the Square? In all their places we see the ugly face of modernity.

    It was difficult and we are aware that buildings cannot last forever, some must be replaced.  Currently , however, we are much more thoughtful and there are many restrictions in place to protect our wonderful heritage. One sees it in all towns now, new buildings blending in and looking all the better for it.

    I am not going to write a polemic on the mistakes of the past, surely given the circumstances we understand what builders had to do at that time. What I am going to do however is to discuss the white elephant on Chester Street, Just opposite the Gateway.

    The poor old building has never appeared to be fully functional and its gross and brashness style sticks out like a sore thumb. Its ugliness knows no bounds as it stands against the railway bridges almost willing us to hate it.

    I imagine when it was constructed Southam’s Brewery was still delighting Shrewsbury drinkers with its Chester Street beers. That stood where the Gateway is now; so it was a busy site with drays leaving and returning and people would have been coming and going in a busy industrial way. Maybe it said that modernity had arrived. Rationing was over, people had a little more in their pockets and they could have new buildings. But as I pass it now daily, I see it there and my heart sinks. This isn’t Shrewsbury, this isn’t even Shropshire this building stands alone as a testament to the past; to a time where daring was all the rage and construction engineers could go cart blanche and destroy our history. Thank goodness it stopped.

    I am aware that there is some industry in this office block, it has been a call centre and British Rail had some offices there before the concept of nationalised railways died with Thatcher. What happens there now I don’t know but the perpetual sign declaring offices to let is slightly fading it has been there for so long.

    Two great mistakes in the town have thankfully gone; I refer to the BT Building and the Multi Storey in St. Austins Street. Maybe one day this tired old man of a building will gracefully retire and we can wipe the slate clean.  But currently there it is. I look at it and I thank heavens that we have come out of the horrible phase that gave us these monstrosities  and we are now all post modernists. Have a look next time you pass and see the vegetation that is growing out of the window sills. Nothing could be done to improve this building apart from the obvious. Give it a good bulldozing and see how it looks then. I wish it wasn’t there and I know as I look at its concrete cancer that soon it will have to go. Just wish it was sooner rather than later.

    Owen Lewis
  • Ladies day fundraiser for new charity Crane Quality Counselling
    28 Aug 2017
    Crane Quality Counselling ladies' day fundraiser

    Corsetry, Couture and Culture 

    For those who have never heard of us yet, we are a new-born charity in Shrewsbury, which aim is to provide quality relationship counselling to children and adults, whatever the relationship issue, reaching out to disadvantaged categories of the population.
    If you want to know more about us, you can find us on twitter @CccCounselling and on Facebook at "Crane Counselling".

    But for now, the Trustees would like to invite You and Your Friends to our

    Ladies Day

    On Wednesday 20th September, 2017 9.30 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.

    at The Albright Hussey Hotel, Shrewsbury SY4 3AF

    Tickets £35        

    RSVP Friday 8th September, 2017

    Our email address : [email protected]

    To learn more about the event and our speakers, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages.


    Thank you for your support, we need your help to help others! We look forward to seeing you there.

  • Will the real Gill Jordan please stand up!
    28 Feb 2015

    Women on Top

    Theatre  On The Steps


    28/2 /15


    It isn’t a lot that gets to leave its home. But every now and again if there is something worth seeing it does no harm. Gill Jordan’s one woman show, “Women on Top.” proved to be one such show.

    Gill shot to fame in the West midlands when she introduced her character, house wife Doreen Tipton. She became an internet sensation  Now with over one million three hundred thousand hits and a huge fan base, Doreen has found her way into the cultural psyche of us all.

    But tonight’s show was not just about Doreen. Flooding from the pen of David Tristam Ms. Jordan skilfully delivered a plethora of characters each as different and individual as a cast of thousands might produce, but no, it was all one woman. One very very funny woman.

    Exploring the concept of great British woman, the audience were introduced to a wealth of identifiable characters. Warning the assembled crowd at the start to turn off  the political correctness  ap on their phones . The mood was set and the show delivered  gem after gem.

    David Tristam’s pen is sharp and witty and added with the brilliance that is Gill Jordan, the results are formidable.  There is something so British about identifying our weaknesses and then exploiting them as  laughing material. Satire is so much more potent than deliberate criticism. People see what the problems are and can still laugh out loud. People want to be entertained and how better to be so, than to have a great collective laugh at our foibles.

    Splitting between live action and video the show ran at a  breathless pace and the GPM or gag per minute rate was stunning.  There aren’t many shows that produce literal eye watering laughs but this is one as audience members were seen drying their eyes and gulping for air before the next laugh arrived.

    It was the great Konstantin Stanislavsky that introduced the idea of total immersion into character and thus spawned the method actor.  It was Gill Jordan who demonstrated it to perfection tonight,  far better than so many of the top so called Hollywood Greats, and the speed in which she changed character was awesome. Every character so perfectly found and so beautifully portrayed.

    The show is brilliant the cleverest piece of theatre this reviewer has seen for a while. There is something highly amusing about the way we act and behave.  There is something even funnier about seeing it portrayed and exposed warts and all.

    The secret of presenting a successful one woman show is to fool the audience into thinking there are so many more of you. Ms. Jordan has turned that into a wonderfully powerful tool.

    To locate the secret of the show’s success isn’t as easy as one might presume. One could cite the wonderful acting and leave it at that but when the writing, the technical language and the direction are all just so brilliant too one becomes aware that you don’t simply watch a show you are watching a masterclass on the entire genre of one person shows and a realisation that it was all just brilliant.

    Time is long overdue for both David Tristam and Gill Jordan to be household names, but that time is coming. British TV has been following the safe formula for far too long. When that time comes as come it will,it is we as West-Midlanders all,  that will boast, “Gill Jordan….oh yes she’s one of ours!” and how proud we all will be!

    This is a five star review.

    Owen Lewis

    Owen Lewis
  • Solicitors group marks milestone
    24 Feb 2015

    Pictured: The committee cutting the 15th anniversary cake from left, Edward Rees, Lucy Kealy, (secretary) Liz Holdsworth, (regional coordinator), Alistair Brierley, Fiona Barnes, Kate Lawson and Mary Morgan.

    A specialist Shropshire legal group is marking its 15th anniversary.

    The county branch of national organisation Solicitors for the Elderly cut a cake to celebrate the milestone.

    Liz Holdsworth, who set up the group in 2000 and has acted as regional co-ordinator since, said that members were proud of their achievements in supporting the elderly residents of Shropshire.

    “We are an independent organisation of lawyers, such as solicitors, barristers, and legal executives, who provide specialist legal advice for older and vulnerable people, their families and carers,” said Mrs Holdsworth, who works for Wace Morgan Solicitors in Shrewsbury.

    “Our members have extensive knowledge of matters relating to health and social care and we have achieved some outstanding results for clients in the county over the last 15 years.

    “Elderly people know that they can rely on us to represent their best interests as we all have expertise in this increasingly important area of the law,” she added.

    The anniversary was celebrated at the first of four training sessions this year at the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

    The theme of the meeting was dementia and included presentations by George Rook, expert patient, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and who talked about his own experiences and training to become a Dementia friend.

    Speakers also included Alison Marpole, a specialist nurse practitioner and clinical lead for assessment and diagnosis at the Memory Clinic in Shrewsbury; Margerete Davies of the carers’ support service at Shropshire RCC; Louise Jones of dementia services at the Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Kate Mitchinson, dementia support manager at Alzheimer’s Society

    Mrs Holdsworth added: “We welcome attendance at our training sessions from members of health and social care charities and older person’s groups.”


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