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  • Working Women's Course Launched to Kick-Star 2019
    10 Dec 2018

    A Shropshire businesswoman has launched a brand new course aimed at helping entrepreneurial women to kick-start their health, wellbeing and balance in 2019.

    Laura Butler, who works with individuals and businesses to enhance wellbeing, happiness and productivity, has launched her ‘Women’s Health Transformation Academy’ aimed at helping ‘Wondering-How-Mums’ turn into ‘Wonder-Mums’.

    Enrolling now to start in January 2019, Laura will provide an online and supported six-month mentorship focused on helping clients achieve their body and health aspirations, develop and maintain a more balanced work and home life, enhance relationships, as well as feel happier, more content, and in control of their lives.  

    She said: “As a working mum myself I’ve struggled in the past with being fully present in whatever I do, whether that be thinking about work while I’m with my family, or thinking about what I need to do at home when I’m at work, as well as feeling like I’m too busy to really focus on me and my self-care.

    “It’s a problem that’s so common amongst working mums, and the Women’s Health Transformation Academy is designed specifically for those not feeling completely content in their lives. Mums are all-too-often expected to work like they don’t have children, and raise a family like they don’t work, so many of the all-important areas, such as the quality of personal relationships, nutrition and fitness, all go to the back of the queue.

    “This programme will provide women with support, mentoring and advice on how to fit all of this into their busy everyday lives, helping them to focus on their own wellbeing, and replacing negative habits with positive ones. I’m so excited about this new venture and spaces are already filling up fast with individuals committed to making 2019 their year!”

  • Ten-time Grand Slam champion Jordanne Whiley enjoys winning return at The Shrewsbury Club
    10 Dec 2018

    Ten-time Grand Slam champion Jordanne Whiley enjoyed a successful playing return at the Tennis Foundation’s National Wheelchair Tennis Championships at The Shrewsbury Club.

    Whiley, the 2015 US Open singles champion, was crowned winner of the open women’s singles event as she impressed in her first tournament since giving birth to her first child earlier this year.

    The National Championships were staged alongside the conclusion of the Roma Sports National Series Finals, with the Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis Group proud to be asked to act as hosts.  

    Tournament officials were delighted to welcome Whiley, 26, who has also won doubles titles at all four Grand Slams and two Paralympic Games medals, to Shrewsbury.

    Scott Smith, one of the local club’s organisers, said: “It was great to have a player of Jordanne’s calibre taking part in the National Championships as she begins her comeback after having a baby. 

    "It was also fantastic to have other players involved in the Great Britain programme like Lauren Jones and Ruari Logan competing. It made it a really strong event with more than 50 players taking part, including the largest junior entry we have ever known in Shrewsbury.”

    He added: “It was another excellent event, the second time The Shrewsbury Club has been chosen to stage the National Championships, and it went very well. The matches flowed, the players were impressed with the resurfaced courts and we received lots of very good feedback.

    “The Shrewsbury Club’s staff were very helpful and we are hopeful that the National Championships will continue to be held here.”

    Scottish player Ruari Logan was the winner of the open men’s singles event. There were also trophies for Dahnon Ward, the winner of the boys' singles first division, and Joshua Johns, who topped the second division.  

    The open women’s doubles champions were Lauren Jones and Jessica Webb, with Ward and Abbie Breakwell the winners of the junior doubles.  

    The winner of the Roma Sports National Series men’s title was Asif Abbasi. Gary Cox took the quad singles prize, with Nicolette Erevik successful in the novice singles, while Logan partnered Mark Langeveld to victory in the doubles.

    There was also good news for the Shropshire Wheelchair Group, named as winners of the National Series tournament of the year accolade for its popular Shrewsbury Summer Open.

    Smith said: “It’s the fourth year in a row we’ve won the award. It’s great to be recognised for the event we put on each summer, particularly as it’s voted for by the players.”

    Claire McCulloch, the interim disability competitions manager for the Tennis Foundation, added: "Record numbers of disabled people are playing the sport across the Tennis Foundation’s network of venues and we are delighted to have hosted our year-end domestic finale at The Shrewsbury Club once again. 

    "The venue has a long history of hosting National Series events and, as always, pulled out all of the stops to welcome our players.

    "There was a tremendous atmosphere on-site over the entire weekend and the fact we had over 50 competitors playing, including some extremely talented juniors, signifies just how much our sport is growing. We’re already excited to come back next year!”

    Picture: Jordanne Whiley with the trophy she won at The Shrewsbury Club. Picture: Tennis Foundation. 


  • 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
  • Wace Morgan launches domestic violence helpline
    07 Dec 2018

    A domestic violence trauma line is being run by a Shropshire legal firm over the Christmas and new year period. Wace Morgan Solicitors, which has offices in Shrewsbury and Newtown, is offering the service to people at risk.

    Emma Kenvyn, an executive who specialises in family issues, explained that unfortunately domestic violence usually increased during this time of year. “I have focused on this area of work for many years and this is always my busiest period. Sadly, the number of divorces, separations and domestic incidents go up due to additional financial and employment pressures,” explained Emma.

    She will be staffing the Wace Morgan helpline - 07823 77 77 74 - on a 24/7 basis to offer legal advice to domestic violence sufferers. However, she emphasises that anyone in immediate risk should call 999.

    “Too often domestic violence is seen as a taboo subject - it is hidden away and the victims do not report it. However, the grim truth is that two women are killed every week by a current or former male partner and one in six males are also the victims of domestic violence. We want to encourage people to break their silence and seek help. “It’s a stressful time of the year for families and we are here to help,” she added. Wace Morgan staff have also been collecting for The Refuge women and children’s shelter in Shropshire which is in particular need of children’s toiletries, small games, toys and clothing, ladies’ toiletries gloves scarves and books.

    All proceeds from the firm’s Christmas bake off were also donated to The Refuge and the company’s efforts follow on from the national campaign ‘16 Days of Action against Domestic Violence’.

  • Late night shopping in Shrewsbury: Important Car Park Information
    03 Dec 2015

    Despite this week’s flooding, Shrewsbury’s town centre businesses will be open as normal for late night shopping and people are being encouraged to visit the town.

    Frankwell and St Julian's Friars car parks are closed due to high flood levels, but free parking will be available from 4pm this afternoon in the following Shropshire Council-owned car parks:

    • Abbey Foregate long-stay car park
    • Bridge Street short-stay car park
    • St Austin's Street short-stay car park
    • The Tannery short-stay car park

    Raven Meadows multi-storey will be open until 9.30pm (normal charges apply) to provide further additional parking for late night shoppers.

    Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID Manager, said: “Although the flooding is an issue, we are working with Shropshire Council to ensure that free car parking is still available and unaffected car parks are accessible for longer for the good of shoppers, and importantly supporting businesses at this key time in the trading calendar.”

    The last Park and Ride buses will leave the Park and Ride car parks at 6.20pm, and leave the town centre at 6.30pm.

    Pete White
  • Local firm recycles your fridges
    23 Feb 2015
    Mark parkinson recycling fridge

    Local (Wolverhampton-based) firm Aquaforce recycling act as sub-contractor to our main contractor Veolia on this job, using their local teams to collect van loads of waste fridges and freezers from all our sites every week.

    Fridges are considered to be hazardous waste for a variety of reasons they need to be handled with care to protect people and the planet.  Aquaforce allow us to be fully compliant by making sure all fridges are recycled in line with government guidance on what constitutes the Best Available Technology.  This means that the firm have invested in state of the art machinery & infrastructure so the whole process takes place within a sealed environment.  This insures that all harmful refrigerants and blowing agents such as CFC’s, are removed under strictly controlled conditions so they don’t escape into the atmosphere. 

    A specialised unit removes all the refrigerant and the units are then pulverised to separate the metal from the plastics. Great care is taken throughout the process to make sure that polyurethane foam is screened off and then heated to release the last particles of CFC gases.  

    An exciting new element in their process is the development of markets for energy recovery from non-recyclable foam which is leftover from the recycling process.  This previously had to go to landfill but due to advances in technology and local markets for energy recovery it means than value is recovered from over 99% of the fridge!  We recycle hundreds of tonnes of waste fridges and freezers every year in Shropshire, so we are making a significant contribution to the local economy, supplying scrap which is used as a raw material in the local manufacturing industry.  

    James Thompson
  • New Housing Development Showcases Luxury Living at Beaufort Ridge
    09 Aug 2016

    Building work is currently underway for a stunning new collection of houses by leading Shrewsbury developers, Morris Homes.

    The private development will host 11 exclusive homes ranging from four to five bedrooms and is located in one of Shrewsbury’s most desirable residential areas, The Mount, and benefit from being within walking distance of the town centre.

    The detached properties will each be beautifully designed and finished to Morris Homes’ high quality specification, generously proportioned, combining modern day living with traditional home comforts.

    In the four bedroom properties, a log burner will provide the centrepiece for cosy winter nights whilst the French doors in the kitchen will open out into the private, landscaped garden. In addition, the five bedroom properties will provide impressive family space with generously sized living rooms, two en-suite shower rooms and a spacious family bathroom.

    Plot 5 at Beaufort Ridge will sit at the top of the development and is laid out over three floors boasting individual features exclusively for this home. The four bedroom property will host a separate dressing room adjoining the master bedroom, a Juliette Balcony on the ground floor and on the lower level, a games/store room and garden room to name only a few of the features.

    Philippa Bason, Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Morris Homes, said: “We are truly excited about this development as it incorporates everything people are looking for in modern day living, beautifully proportioned and appointed homes in a desirable location with easy access to the town centre”.

    Morris Homes is a Shrewsbury based family business which develops prestigious homes in Shropshire. The company’s distinctive features include classic exteriors, using the very best of building materials, combined with contemporary interiors.

    Morris Homes will be exhibiting at the Shrewsbury Flower Show on 12th&13th August on Gloucester Avenue where full details of Beaufort Ridge will be released.

    For more information visit

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

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

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

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

    James Thompson
  • Casino Online Betting – Why Should You Choose to Play Online
    21 Jul 2015

    In the past it was hard to manage a hectic schedule and find time to play even an hour of casino games. Time has changed and these days, you can readily experience the same level of thrill and excitement of casinos right in the comfort of your home.

    With your computer, laptop, tablet or phone, you can start playing your favorite games online. Betting online has experienced a huge boom, taking away the inconveniences, making it simpler for people to reach out their most desired casino playoffs anywhere they are.

    Leaving behind the need to travel to a physical casino, you can have fun with your favorite games anytime. Casino betting stands shoulder to shoulder in the same thrill and fun available right within your home with online gambling sites constantly promising to always bring the best for you.

    But why should you choose to play at an online casino? The reasons which are making online casino gambling the hottest medium of playing preferred classic casino games include the following:

    More Options of Online Betting Websites

    It’s the online casinos that make playing games as easy as possible. Today, the internet has as many online casinos as the number of brick-and-mortar casinos that can be found in different parts of the world. Hence, you don’t need to worry regarding the distance of searching for a good casino.

    Locating the top 5 internet casinos is just a few clicks away and you can browse the sites at your own pace. On the other hand, there is one important thing that you should take into account and that is avoiding any form of rogue casino sites. Be sure that your betting is a safe experience, making sure that the websites are recognized and they don’t steal the money of players.

    Easy and Convenient Withdrawal with Deposit Alternatives

    Online casinos provide a range of banking options in order to assist the players in making their deposits and withdrawals. Different online betting websites accept major credit cards such as Visa and Master Card for deposit and withdrawal purposes. The application of wire transfer of cash from the casino account to your bank account is convenient and safe, assuring a secure game every time.

    Bonuses and Promotions to Be Gained Online

    The promotions and bonuses are also an appealing choice for online casino betting. A good online casino is the one that can provide you a selection of welcome and sign up bonuses, no deposit, deposit matching bonuses, or cash back bonuses and the like. With all of these, you can increase your bankroll with ease and you can also use this form of free cash in adding more deposits to your account that you can use to make more bets.

    Pete White
  • County volunteer driver appeal ...
    02 Nov 2018

    A father and son from Telford are calling for others to join with them in helping to provide an essential volunteer service within the county.

    Dave Williams, aged 70, of Randlay Fields, and his son Paul Williams, aged 48, from Malinslee, are both part time drivers who transport patients to and from non-emergency medical appointments throughout Shropshire and sometimes beyond.

    Retired shopkeeper Dave previously ran a convenience store at Malinslee together with Paul for many years, but both are now on the volunteer books of specialist ambulance company Falck, based at Atcham, near Shrewsbury, which provides transport for routine healthcare appointments on behalf of the NHS.

    Dave, commented: “Volunteer driving is a very rewarding experience and we have made some really wonderful friends over the years as so many people rely on us to transport them to and from their kappointments.

    “We choose the hours that we work and our costs are fully covered. It is always good to chat to people and perhaps take their minds off where they may be going, so we have complete job satisfaction in what we do and I can fully recommend this scheme to anybody.”

    Claire Ward from Falck added: “Being from the local area, volunteers are a crucial piece in the puzzle when bridging the gap between the service we deliver and the communities in which we serve.

    “Our volunteer drivers are fully trained in first aid and safeguarding, thereby giving people reassurance during what can be stressful times in their lives, whether that is helping patients to appointments or taking them home after a stay in hospital, so it really is an incredibly rewarding experience.

    “The volunteer scheme appeals to many, from those who are recently retired, to stay at home parents volunteering during school hours or university students wishing to offer something back to the community outside of term-time, as total flexibility of hours enables people to work around existing schedules.

    “The flexible shifts means volunteers can work as little or as much as is convenient to ensure a positive work/life balance.”

    Further information on volunteer drivers and full time Ambulance Care Assistant roles can be found at 020 7510 4275 or website

    PICTURED:  Volunteer drivers Paul Williams and Dave Williams with Claire Ward of Falck, at Atcham, Shrewsbury.

  • Businessman galvanizes football mission to Kenya
    22 Apr 2015

    A Shropshire businessman is organising a team of people from Shropshire to help some of Kenya’s poorest youngsters by inspiring positive change in their lives through football.

    Solicitor Nick Blackbourn has brought together a team of 13 people, including football coaches, teachers and students to help run a soccer school, football tournament and educational programmes in August.

    The aim of the trip is to give disadvantaged youngsters opportunities to improve their lives through sport and education by developing their confidence and life skills.

    The group will be working with the charity Sporting Chance International (SCI), which exists to improve the lives of young people through sport, and schools and churches in the Kenyan capital Nairobi and the town of Mumias, in western Kenya.

    Mr Blackbourn, a business law specialist and director with Shrewsbury-based solicitors’ Hooper Burrowes Legal, was inspired to extend the work of the charity after he and his family spent two weeks assisting SCI projects in Kenya 18 months ago.

    His youngest son Sam, 18, is a youth football coach with Shrewsbury Development Centre and West Bromwich Albion’s development centre in Shrewsbury. He will be one of three qualified coaches on the August trip.

    Mr Blackbourn has also partnered with Wing Commander Neil Hope, of the Taking Football To Africa and Beyond Charitable Appeal, based at RAF Shawbury, which delivers thousands of items of new and unwanted football kit to under privileged children across the world every year. A consignment of over 2,000 items has already been shipped to SCI ready for the tournament.

    “We’ll be working with hundreds of children who, even by Kenyan standards, are poor,” said Nick.

    “Football is the most popular sport on the African continent and yet most kids don’t even have a proper football to play with, let alone football boots or a proper kit. For many their football is a bunch of screwed up plastic bags bound up with string.

    “We’ll be involved in educational and fun activities during the Kenyan school holidays, but our main focus will be outreach work through sports coaching and the staging of a large football tournament in Mumias involving 30 different teams, ranging from primary age children to teenagers.

    “Football is the perfect vehicle - through coaching, team play, motivation and discipline – to help these kids develop life skills that can improve their chances in life and steer them away from negative choices, such as drugs, alcohol addiction and crime.

    “And for every child, who takes part and sticks with the training, will be the reward of a precious football kit to keep. For these kids, the joy of owning their own kit is something that can’t be under-estimated.”

    Last year Nick organised a UK visit for SCI’s Kenyan director Fred Osore to develop contacts with other sporting charities, schools and churches in London, Portsmorth and Shrewsbury.

    The Barnabas Community Church, in Shrewsbury, is among the organisations that have thrown their support behind the charity, and church leader Terry Hotchkiss is amongst the group visiting in August. He believes it will mark a real strengthening of long-term.

    The international anti-poverty charity Tearfund is providing training, administrative support and the backing of health and insurance cover.

    Mr Blackbourn is appealing for donations to help support the trip, which is costing £2,000 per person. People can give via his Just Giving page or email him at [email protected].

  • Nominations open for Shropshire Businesses for Children Awards 2015
    24 Aug 2014

    Organisers of the annual BCAs are preparing for a second event after the huge success of its debut ceremony in March this year.

    The awards recognise the efforts of businesses that work with children and young people and help to raise their profile across the county to ensure children and young people have the chance to access their services and products.

    The overall winner of the 2014 awards was Helen Jones of Baby Sensory Shropshire, who runs sensory classes for babies up to the age of 13 months in Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

    She said: “I was absolutely amazed to have won and was just so thankful to all the wonderful mums who nominated me and for the lovely testimonials they put forward for the judges. I couldn’t have done it without them.

    “It was so wonderful to be recognised.”

    Nominations are now open for the 11 categories in the 2015 awards and businesses can nominate themselves or others.

    Lorna McCann, of the BCA team, said: “The awards cover a wide range of categories in which we can congratulate the organisations who provide excellent services including best products, teaching languages, healthy eating, child care, charities and much more.
    “There are so many businesses across Shropshire which provide services or products that enrich the lives of children and young people.
    “It is a wonderful time to be a parent because there is so much available to see and do. From Baby Sensory lessons for newborns to agricultural colleges for young adults, Shropshire really has the whole package.
    “We hope to welcome a wide variety of businesses to the event.”
    The ceremony is being held at the Park Inn, Telford, on March 14 next year, starting with networking at 6pm with drinks and canapes and followed by speakers, dinner, the awards ceremony and dancing.

    Mrs McCann added: “We are looking for more businesses to sponsor the award categories and the award ceremony, as well as a headline sponsor, so there are lots of ways for people to get involved.
    “We are extremely grateful to the sponsors who help make this event possible. Shrewsbury-based Beaumont Lawrence and Telford-based Bespoke Computing Ltd have already come forward to sponsor in 2015 which is fantastic.”
    To nominate a business or see the sponsorship packages available for the conference and awards ceremony visit

    Pete White
  • Strength of Shrewsbury tennis tournament hailed ahead of main draw matches starting today
    06 Nov 2018

    Julie Piper, the tournament director for the Lawn Tennis Association, has hailed the strength of this week’s Budgen Motors GB Pro-Series women’s tennis tournament at The Shrewsbury Club ahead of the main draw matches getting under way today (Tuesday).

    Delighted with the quality of entrants for the $25,000 International Tennis Federation event, she said: “I think it’s probably one of the strongest 25K events I’ve seen for a number of years. Arantxa Rus, from the Netherlands, was ranked in the top 100 and was runner-up in the Wirral Pro-Series tournament last week to Diana Marcinkevica, who is also taking part this week, so it’s very strong indeed. 

    “There’s a good British entry with the top ranked player Gabriella Taylor, who has just come back from playing in Australia, so it’s very exciting.

    “With the newly resurfaced courts and the new, improved lighting at The Shrewsbury Club, it’s very impressive. The players have come in and said ‘wow - the courts look amazing, the lighting’s brighter.’ They notice these things and it’s been very positive feedback.”

    Dave Courteen, The Shrewsbury Club’s managing director, added: “We are delighted to have so many fantastic players with us here in Shrewsbury once again this week. It’s a great opportunity for the local community to have the chance to watch such a high level of tennis and we are grateful to Budgen Motors for their valued support."

    The draw for the opening round of the main draw matches took place at a reception hosted by Budgen Motors on Featherbed Lane last night, with top seed Rus, currently 108 in the world rankings, paired against 18-year-old Scot Ali Collins, who has received a wild card for this week’s tournament.

    Rising British star Taylor, the second seed, will begin her quest to enjoy a successful week in Shropshire against experienced Croatian Ana Vrljic, while Katy Dunne, the next highest seeded Brit at seven, has been drawn against Russian player Valeria Savinykh.

    Yesterday's second qualifying round proved productive for British players, with three of the four in action winning through to the main draw.

    Freya Christie, the beaten 2015 finalist at Shrewsbury, recovered from losing the opening set to get the better of higher ranked German Jule Niemeier 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. Christie, who spoke at last night's reception, will take on Bulgarian Isabella Shinikova in round one.

    Maia Lumsden took just over an hour to sweep aside Iva Primorac 6-0, 6-2, her third victory in as many meetings against the Croatian, while Eden Silva beat German Tayisiya Morderger in three sets.

    But Ella Taylor, the fourth Brit in action, bowed out, losing in straight sets to Eleni Kordolaimi from Greece.

    Today’s first round matches start at 10am, with admission free for spectators throughout the week.

    Pictured: British player Freya Christie, who will celebrate her 21st birthday later this week, at last night's reception at Budgen Motors, with Julie Piper, the tournament director for the LTA, and Dave Courteen, the managing director of The Shrewsbury Club. Picture: Richard Dawson Photography.

  • Record Number of Higher Education students graduate from Shrewsbury Colleges Group
    16 Jul 2018

    A record number of students graduated yesterday (Friday 13) from Shrewsbury Colleges Group, when they collected a range of degree-level awards in a prestigious ceremony at St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury.

    Led by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Peter Nutting, a line of 105 mortar boards and graduation gowns made its way from Shrewsbury Market Square to St Chad’s Church in the annual Shrewsbury College graduation parade.

    The College has been teaching higher education for over 20 years and numbers are steadily increasing with 265 students graduating overall this year and 105 collecting awards as part of the ceremony.

    Vice Principal Chris Pemberton was the Master of Ceremonies at the event and welcomed the ceremonial procession and audience, made up of family and specially invited VIPS. Principal of Shrewsbury Colleges Group James Staniforth gave a formal address followed by a speech from the special guest speaker, James Holt, Senior Communications Offi­cer for the Households of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

    Academic Students then performed Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory before Mr Staniforth and Mr Holt presented the awards.

    Addressing the graduating students, Principal, James Staniforth, said: “You have gained qualifications in a range of areas that are really important to our local economy and important to developing Shrewsbury and Shropshire into a fantastic place to work. But you’ve also displayed the behaviours employers are looking for, like resilience and confidence.

    “When I think of the work you have done and the journey you have been on to ready you for the next stage of your life, I can see you have displayed all these behaviours. You are really well informed and you are better employees as you enter the employment market, ready to make an important contribution and you can take confidence in that to go onto even greater success in the future. And when you do, think back fondly to your time with us. Congratulations to you all, we are extremely proud of you.”

    James Holt, 36, originally from Shrewsbury, was invited to speak at the ceremony as a former student of the College, having studied, English, Politics and Spanish A Levels in 1998. He then went onto university to study Journalism and started working for the Midlands News Association at the Shrewsbury Chronicle as a reporter in 2004 during which time he was one of only a few British journalists to be able to travel to Basra, Iraq to cover the war efforts. He won a national award for his reporting and then moved to Severn Radio as news anchor.

    James’s career continued when he moved to London and started working for the Liberal Democrats as a press officer before eventually becoming a Special Adviser in the Cabinet Office and then working in Number 10 during the Coalition. He was also a Director of Pride, one of the biggest Pride Parades in the world, in London 2016 and 2017.

    This year, James started a new role as a media adviser at Kensington Palace, working with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He was instrumental in the coverage of the recent royal wedding and was in attendance as a guest at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

    He said: “I genuinely don’t know where I got my love of politics and journalism from. But it was supercharged and defined here at College in Shrewsbury.

    “I’d been at school at Mary Webb in Pontesbury, and then came to college where people from all over the county came together. All with different experiences and ambitions. I got my first real taste of the vibrancy of what people can do and have to offer. I fell in love with politics, and debate, and argument, and learning.

    “I was never academic in the purest sense, but I love learning from experience and from other people. And for many of you, today is the beginning - as it’s outside the classroom where you can really excel.”

    As part of the ceremony, student Adam Mazan, 21, from Market Drayton, was awarded the annual HE Student of the Year Award by Governor Michal Wilmot before the Chair of Governors Gordon Channon, thanked everyone for coming and taking part and the event closed.

    Mark Follows, Media Teacher, said “I was Adam’s course tutor from Year 2 on his Level 3 Media course through to his HND in Game Design and Production, so I have spent a lot of time with him supporting his progression and ensuring he produced the work he is capable of. He started with us on a Level 2 IT course and worked his way up to the degree-level HND he is graduating from today. He worked with graphics, concept art, game design, 3D modelling and animation and really enjoyed his time here. 

    “Everyone who has worked with him or known him as a student has enjoyed his company and his dry sense of humour, his accomplishments come from his determination to do the best he can. It has been great to work with Adam and we all hope he does well in whatever direction he goes in.

    Helen Fellows, HE Lead at the College said: “We have been running higher education courses at the College for over 20 years now offering local, high quality, affordable courses.

    “As well as offering a full BA Hons degree in Education, we are offering 13 degree level courses in the next academic year, across subjects including Photography, Counselling, Computer Science, Engineering and Sports.

    “There are many benefits of studying higher education with us, including smaller class sizes, taught by tutors with industry experience who have the opportunity to influence the development of programmes, excellent facilities and the ability to study around work and family commitments.”

    To find out more about Higher Education courses at Shrewsbury College, come to the next Advice Event, on 30 August or 4 September from 5-7pm at London Road, call 01743 342342 or visit

  • Shropshire children enjoy fun English and maths sessions
    24 Feb 2016

    Children as young as three are getting to grips with their ABCs thanks to the help of a family-run tutoring business.

    Adele Conlon, owner of Telford-based Shropshire Tutor, began working with nursery children three years ago delivering her Little Learner programmes in English and Maths.

    But the sessions have become so successful and popular that she now runs the sessions at six different nursery sites across Shropshire.

    The latest nursery to sign up to the Letters and Sounds and Marvellous Maths sessions is 0-14 in Coleham, Shrewsbury.

    Miss Conlon also works in partnership with ABC Day Nursery in Telford and from April will be delivering sessions at all four of its sites in Lightmoor, Hadley, Hollinswood and Preston On The Weald Moors. She also works with Smiley Faces nursery in Wellington and Tortoise nursery, also based in Wellington,

    Miss Conlon said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with so many fantastic nurseries and so many young children across the county.

    “It’s a delight to see children at such a young age develop confidence in both maths and English.

    “But above that it’s amazing to see them having so much fun whilst they learn.

    “The Little Learner programmes I deliver in nurseries are all about having fun.

    “The emphasis in early years is to develop learning through play and this is exactly the ethos I adopt in the sessions.

    “I use props and everyday objects to aid learning and the children really enjoy it.

    “In Maths they learn all the basic mathematical skills such as counting, adding, subtracting, investigating 2D and 3D shapes and how to write numbers in a fun an in engaging way.

    “In English the emphasis is on learning phonics and the sounds associated with letters. More often than not children who have been involved in the sessions are able to write their first and second name by the time they start school which is really incredible.

    “Learning through play forms a much more solid foundation for learning because children have fun along the way.

    “With changes to the primary school National Curriculum and children expected to know and learn so much more at a young age these Little Learner sessions really help prepare children for that transition into school.”

    Mum of two Lorna McCann, from Childs Ercall, said: “My eldest son, who started school in September, took part in both the English and maths sessions run by Adele at his nursery and he absolutely loved it. By the time he started primary school he could write his full name, recognise shapes and knew all about vertices.

    “My younger son, who has just turned three, is now also enjoying the sessions. He looks forward to every Wednesday with Adele and is always bursting into tune singing all the new phonics songs he has learned. Adele brings so much energy and enthusiasm to the classes, it’s no wonder the children pay her so much attention.

    “She is brilliant.”

    For more information on the sessions run by Shropshire Tutor visit the website or contact 0800 689 0193.


  • Hive announces next Bazaar
    15 Jan 2014
    Hive Shrewsbury - crafts and vintage inspired fair

    A popular indoor arts, craft and vintage inspired fair is returning to Shrewsbury following the success of previous events. Bosses at the Hive in Shrewsbury are pleased to reveal that the next Bazaar, with an Easter theme, will feature over 30 stalls and take place in April.

    Promising to offer a diverse and varied selection of stands - other Bazaars have showcased traders offering jewellery, artwork, vintage clothes, fascinators, greeting cards, books, antiques and lots more besides. The aim of the Hive's Bazaar events, other than offering a unique shopping experience for visitors - is to give the opportunity for  the best of local independent traders and crafts-people to take centre stage for the day.

    Stalls are available priced at only £12, which is highly competitive when compared to other fairs and similar shows across the county. The stall price is kept mimimal to make the Bazaar an attractive and affordable proposition for crafts-people and small businesses who wish to give it a go and get involved!

    The Easter Bazaar will be taking-place on Saturday 19th April between 11am and 4pm. Stalls are already being snapped-up so interested people are encouraged to book their stands as soon as possible, before they sell out.

    Habib Malik-Mansell from the Hive said "It's always encouraging and really positive to see stall-holders submitting their applications within hours of announcing the date for an event. Our Bazaars seem to capture peoples imaginations and we always have a great mix of returning traders, as well as new faces too."

    He added "We already have jewellery, handmade gifts and original artwork booked for April's Easter event - which demonstrates how the Bazaars bring together an eclectic but superb mix of items for people to buy."

    Anyone interested in having a stand at the Easter Bazaar in April can download an application form and also find out further information by visiting

  • Brexit - what next for recruitment?
    11 Oct 2018

    A leading Shropshire recruitment company is taking steps to ensure it is ready to meet any challenge that may arise when the UK steps into the uncertain world of life after Brexit.

    It is now just a little more than six months until the UK goes it alone and as the deadline draws ever nearer we are seeing a steady stream of EU workers leaving the country, triggering a recruitment crisis.

    Immigration played a major part in the vote of two years ago and since that time EU workers in the UK have been unsure about what their future holds post Brexit or even if they will be able to stay on in the long term.

    Shrewsbury-based DM Recruitment says it is preparing for the challenges ahead and expanding its business to ensure it will be in the best position to cater for the needs of businesses and job seekers across Shropshire, Staffordshire and Mid and North Wales.

    Stuart Danks, Managing Director of DM Recruitment, said: “We have seen farmers across the country struggle this year when it comes to taking on the casual labour they need to ensure their crops are harvested.

    “EU workers have been drifting away from the UK because of the uncertainty over Brexit and while the farming issues have probably carried the highest profile in the media, there is no doubt other areas have also been seriously affected.

    “There are many jobs both seasonal and those more traditionally taken by migrant workers that have not been filled in the required numbers this year and it’s difficult to predict what will happen after March.

    “It is not helped by the confusion around the Government and the EU in not being able to reach an agreement. We are only months away from the deadline but we still don’t know if there will be a deal, what that deal is likely to be and how it will affect the EU nationals living and seeking employment here.

    “There seems to be deep divisions across the political spectrum with persistent talk of a leadership challenge to the Prime Minister and even an election if the Commons voting goes against her, which only adds to the uncertainty.

    “At DM Recruitment we are planning for the future by preparing for any eventuality by expanding our branches in order to cover rural areas to find workers for the communities that will need them. We’re also tackling the uncertainty of employment to continue to put people to into work as we continue to be hugely successful in filling positions across the jobs sector and this will continue after Brexit - but may be more challenging.

    “By thinking ahead and ensuring we have the right framework in place to meet demand, we believe we will be in the best position to help employers and employees succeed in a post-Brexit world, whatever that holds.”

  • Shrewsbury Flower Show needs your votes...
    21 May 2018

    Shrewsbury Flower Show has been shortlisted for the final of the UK’s Favourite Flower and Garden Festival Award - but needs assistance urgently from the public to help scoop the winning title.  

    The show, which will be held on August 10 and 11, is among 12 locations in the running for the award in an online voting competition, but time is short and votes need to be cast as soon as possible.  

    Simon Badrock, secretary of the Shropshire Horticultural Society which organises the show, is now calling on the public to help the Shrewsbury Flower Show win the award by casting their votes.

    “To reach the final stages of such a prestigious competition is absolutely fantastic and it would be incredible if we could rally enough support from the people of Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas to give us a chance of winning,” he said.  

    “Our show has been chosen by UK rental giants, which is owned by TripAdvisor, as one of the final 12 competitors in the running to be named the best in the UK.

    “To win the award we will need to receive the most votes on the holidaylettings website with voting ending at midnight on May 24. So, time is running out and we are asking people to get voting now so we don’t miss out.  

    “Other entries in the final phase of the competition range from Kent in the south to Scotland, and feature other nationally renowned events, so we are facing stiff competition.

    “But Shrewsbury Flower Show fully deserves its place alongside such opposition and we are hoping that with the public’s help we can prevail and come out on top - it really would be a marvellous accolade for Shropshire.

    “It is a very important competition and I would urge everyone to take a few moments to vote by visiting and click on the Shrewsbury Flower Show panel - it really is that simple and takes seconds.”

    The other 11 locations in the running are: Leigh Summer Flower Show, Kent Garden Show, Gardening Scotland 2018, RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, English Country Garden Festival 2018, Harrogate Spring Fair Show, Blenheim Palace Flower Show, Knowsley Flower Show, Toby’s Garden Harvest Festival, National Flower Show and Southport Flower Show.

    Shrewsbury Flower Show is one of the biggest events in the Midlands and is in its 131st year, attracting thousands of visitors to The Quarry over two days.

    The show is open to the public from 10am on both days and includes amateur growers and top horticulturalists, gardening and food celebrities, floral art and a lecture theatre. There will also be a variety of free activities in the Children’s Area, attractions in the Arena, live music and the traditional fireworks display.

    Visit for more information and to buy tickets or get the latest updates from Facebook ( and Twitter (


  • Shrewsbury College Level 3 students perform in the top 10% nationally
    28 Jan 2014

    Shrewsbury College students are performing in the top 10 per cent of Further Education (FE) Colleges nationally in terms of their improvement after school.

    The news comes after national information relating to the Level 3 performance tables compiled by the Department for Education (DfE,) was released today.

    Not only have Shrewsbury College students come out with an average grade of distinction in the league tables for Level 3 vocational qualifications (A Level standard), but only six FE colleges in the country are seeing their students gain higher grades.

    Principal Steve Wain, said he was delighted with the results. “We have come out as being in the top 10per cent of FE Colleges in the country in terms of our value added scores. This score is based on comparing the Level 3 performance of our students with the average performance of other pupils with the same or similar results at the same level.

    “Simply put, it demonstrates how well our students are performing in their studies and that they are making more improvement in their FE qualifications than they were at school - better than 90% of other FE colleges in the country. In terms of points per qualification we are also in the top 12 per cent of FE Colleges.

    “We are really pleased that as an organisation we are helping our students to improve the results they are achieving after school and the way we are engineering a programme of study is helping them towards continual improvement on their way towards further education or employment.”

    The performance tables represent results for 18-year-old students completing A Level and equivalent study over the two years since leaving secondary education.

    For more information about studying at Shrewsbury College, please visit or call 01743 342333.

    Pete White
  • Runway ready – Shrewsbury School’s Charity Fashion Show prepares for take-off
    26 Sep 2013

    Organised entirely by A level students at Shrewsbury School, the gala Charity Fashion Show takes place at the School on Saturday 5th October.

    Lead organisers Hattie Warner and Poppy Beckett, both aged 17, are currently putting into place the final touches to what promises to be a hugely entertaining evening for audience and participants alike.

    "We are hoping to raise lots of awareness and money for Save the Children whilst creating a fabulous night of fashion that also helps to support local businesses and boutiques."

    “We’re thrilled with the wonderful response we’ve had from local shops. We’re really looking forward to showing off some gorgeous evening wear from wedding dress designer Hayley J, and some stunning clothes from Pockets, House of Fraser and Templeton Jones. We’re also delighted to be modelling vintage outfits from Street Vintage Clothing, which has recently opened in the Parade, Shrewsbury from E.A. Jones Vintage on St John’s Hill and from Maggie Mae’s Vintage on Dogpole.”

    “We’ve also been given some fabulous raffle prizes and we’re also extremely grateful to House of Fraser for their help with make-up. Guests will also be able to browse some wonderful scarves and accessories from Fabazaar. ”

    Hattie and Poppy have lined up 13 of their fellow students – boys and girls – to model the outfits. Students will also be providing musical entertainment during the interval, while others will be busy behind the scenes, building the catwalk and controlling the sound and lighting.

    Adding an extra glamorous sparkle to the event, Hattie and Poppy are delighted that the evening will be compered by a real pro from the world of modelling and fashion – Suzanne Younger, Shropshire’s very own Miss United Kingdom 1989, who now runs a highly successful fashion business based in Oswestry, ‘Fabulous Fashion Shows’.

    The students of Shrewsbury School hope to raise more than £2,000 for Save the Children. Janet Wenlock, who works for the Shropshire branch of Save the Children is thrilled: “Save the Children is particularly honoured that we’ve been chosen by this group of young people, who are helping save the lives of other children and young people by supporting us with such a wonderful event.”

    Pete White
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