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  • INTune Radio space odyssey launch hailed an out-of-this-world success
    08 Dec 2022

    A special event to launch a spectacular Charity Space Odyssey video staged by Shropshire’s new community radio station has been hailed a huge success.

    Around 200 people watched the premiere of the INTune radio space flight video at St Mary’s church in Shrewsbury, which saw 33 county charities teaming up with the station on a three-hour balloon trip to the edge of space.

    INTune founder Wayne Flynn said the evening had been an out-of-this-world experience and helped the station recruit new volunteers, raise money for the Lingen Davies cancer charity and welcome new advertisers to the station.

    Shropshire’s High Sheriff Selina Graham and Lingen Davies head of fundraising Helen Knight joined business leaders, charity representatives and community groups at the event, which featured a stunning performance from the Shrewsbury Rock Choir as well as the launch of the video.

    “The night was everything we had hoped for – and more,” said Wayne.

    “As well as celebrating the amazing work of our county’s charity sector, people enjoyed great food and drink, found out a bit more about INTune and helped raise some much-needed funds for Lingen Davies.

    “INTune is run entirely by volunteers, and we were overjoyed to sign up some new recruits and make new advertising contacts and to have so many people pledge their support to the station.

    “And it was great to hear the High Sheriff thank us for our work and talk about the importance of volunteering and the community.”

    Wayne announced plans for INTune to launch a countywide community campaign in 2023 – with volunteers visiting all four corners of the county to talk to residents and gather community stories.

    “A central part of INTune is telling some of the great, untold stories of the fantastic community and charity work going on all over Shropshire, and this will be a key theme as we continue to grow in 2023.

    “We also have exciting plans – which are just starting to take shape - to set up our own studio in Shrewsbury which will open up numerous new opportunities for us. It looks as if 2023 will be the year we truly take off and reach for the stars, just like our charity space odyssey.

    “I want to thank all our volunteers and everyone who has helped us for their support – and urge anyone with an interest in great local radio to get in touch to see how they can join in and help shape our future.

    “And anyone who wants to know more can follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook, as well as listening to the station each and every day.”

    Shrewsbury-based chartered civil and structural design engineers Thomas Consulting was one of the sponsors of the space odyssey and said it was delighted with the success of the event.

    Diane Brown, from Thomas Consulting, brought along radio mascot DJ Schnauzer and said: “It was wonderful to see so much positivity for such a fantastic community initiative. The whole of Shropshire will benefit from everything INTune is doing and we are delighted to be supporting the station.”

    The space launch took place earlier this year and saw the balloon soar 100,000ft above the Earth to capture video from the edge of space. The names of the 33 charity partners were taken on the flight to help raise their profile and showcase the work they do.

    INTune is the new community radio station covering the whole of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin with a mission to support local business, charities, and communities. It can be listened to through apps on both Apple and Android devices and also online at

    For more information about the station – or to advertise or volunteer – please email [email protected]

  • Cadbury World to support and name guide dog, thanks to £5,000 donation from The Cadbury Foundation
    09 Nov 2022

    Cadbury World has been paid a special visit from Rosie, a 12-month old guide-dog-in-training, who has been partially funded by the Bournville-based attraction’s fundraising efforts.


    Named by the team at the attraction after Roses, the much-loved Cadbury boxed chocolates, Rosie’s training has been funded by a £5,000 grant from The Cadbury Foundation, as part of its ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ scheme.


    To say thank you for the £5,000 donation, Rosie took a trip to Cadbury World to meet the team who named her and helped fund her life-changing training.


    Rosie will begin her training programme in January, which will prepare her to become a life-changing guide dog and support someone living with sight loss.


    At the moment, Rosie’s puppy teeth are just starting to come through and she’s being taught how to sit, stay and lie down, as well as learning how to feel comfortable in difference spaces such as parks and shops.


    Rosie is the second guide dog the chocolatey attraction has supported, after its team raised £5,000 to name and support guide dog Buttons in 2019. Almost three years on, Buttons is a fully-qualified guide dog who is providing vital support for her owner on a daily basis.


    The Cadbury Foundation was set up in 1935 in recognition of Richard and George Cadbury and their investment into the welfare of their employees and the local community. As part of its annual ‘Your Charity Your Choice’ campaign, Mondelēz International UK employees are invited to nominate wellbeing-related charities or projects close to their hearts, with the final shortlisted charities voted for by the wider work force.


    Michelle Darragh, assistant visitor services manager and community champion at Cadbury World, nominated Guide Dogs for this significant donation, as part of the attraction’s ongoing fundraising efforts for the charity. With the team seeing the support and life-changing work of the charity first-hand, Michelle’s nomination received huge backing from her colleagues and was granted the large sum for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.


    Michelle commented: “Receiving the regular pup-dates during Buttons’ training and seeing how the funds have positively impacted somebody’s life is incredible, so we’re delighted to have been granted another £5,000 to help fund the training for Rosie, another future life-changer.


    “It’s fantastic to see how donations can help to fund and support an amazing charity like Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, and we’re sure Rosie will also make an incredible guide dog for her future owner!”


    Miles Northwood, Community Fundraising Relationship Manager at Guide Dogs, added: “We’d like to say a massive thank you to Cadbury World and The Cadbury Foundation for the £5,000 donation to name and support trainee guide dog puppy Rosie.


    “As a guide dog owner, I have personal experience of just what an amazing difference a guide dog can make to someone living with sight loss.


    “It costs £54,800 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and Guide Dogs relies almost entirely on public donations, so we are extremely grateful for companies, like Cadbury World, for continuing to help our charity and support people living with sight loss.”


    The self-guided tour at Cadbury World is wheelchair accessible, with a Changing Places facility and accessible toilets. Guide dogs are allowed throughout, apart from in the Chocolate Making zone  which offers a guide dog sitting service and a member of staff will be on hand to offer additional assistance. For more information, click here.


    For more information and to book tickets to Cadbury World, visit, and for further details on Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, head to

  • British players receive wild cards for W100 tournament at The Shrewsbury Club - while Heather Watson and Katie Swan withdraw through injury
    28 Oct 2022
    Picture: Sonay Kartal, the winner of the UK Pro League women’s title at The Shrewsbury Club last November, is returning to the town to play in the W100 tournament.

    Three British players have been given main draw wild cards for the World Tennis Tour event which starts at The Shrewsbury Club this weekend - while Heather Watson and Katie Swan have withdrawn from the tournament owing to injury.

    Sonay Kartal, crowned UK Pro League women’s champion at The Shrewsbury Club last November, has received a wild card, along with Lily Miyazaki, the winner of a W60 tournament in Glasgow last week, and Marni Banks, another promising British player.

    They will take their place in a strong main draw line up for the Budgen Motors W100 tournament featuring leading British players Harriet Dart - second in the British women’s rankings - Katie Boulter and Jodie Burrage, alongside a host of international stars.

    Dave Courteen, The Shrewsbury Club’s managing director, said: “The crowd always enjoy watching British players and seeing them do well, so it’s good news that Sonay Kartal, Lily Miyazaki and Marni Banks have received wild cards to join the other British players in the main draw. One more wild card will be awarded before the tournament starts. 

    “There’s also the opportunity for more British players to secure a spot in the main draw if they can come through two qualifying rounds.  

    "It is of course disappointing that we have lost a couple of high-profile British players through injury in Heather Watson and Katie Swan, but we still have a terrific field with the players that are in the draw.  

    "Heather had a terrific week in Glasgow last week reaching the final and playing some very lengthy matches, so understandably she needs to be focussed on getting fit for the Great Britain team competing in the Billie Jean King Cup Finals taking place the week after the Shrewsbury tournament and not take any risks. 

    "We look forward to welcoming both her and Katie back to Shrewsbury again in the future and wish both players well.”

    He added: “So much planning has been put into preparing for this W100 tournament and it’s so exciting that it gets under way this weekend.

    “It’s fantastic that players of the quality of Tatjana Maria, a ladies’ singles semi-finalist at Wimbledon this year, Marketa Vondrousova, who reached the French Open final in 2019, Anhelina Kalinina, who is currently 45 in the world, and so many more top players are heading to Shrewsbury to play."

    Rising British star Kartal, 20, is delighted to be returning to Shropshire after impressing local tennis fans with her performances in winning the UK Pro League last year.   

    She is now ranked just outside the world’s top 200 having been just inside the world’s top 1,000 at the time of her triumph at The Shrewsbury Club.   

    Looking forward to playing in the town again, Kartal said: "When everything was finalised and I found out I would be coming back to Shrewsbury, I was very happy.

    "It’s coming up to a year since I last played here and it’s a club where I felt like things were finally starting to fall into place in my career.

    "I’m excited to be returning and I’m looking forward to getting going.”

    Miyazaki, 26, is currently eighth in the British rankings and heads to Shrewsbury after beating Watson in three sets in last Sunday’s W60 final in Glasgow, while Banks, 20, underlined her potential by reaching the final of a W25 tournament in Roehampton in August.   

    The W100 Shrewsbury tournament is the latest event on the LTA’s enhanced Performance Competition Calendar that has provided more opportunities for British players to compete more often domestically at a higher level and make progressive ranking improvements. 

    The tournament at the Sundorne Road venue is also the biggest indoor women’s tennis event staged in the UK since 1995.

    The opening qualifying round starts on Sunday morning, with the main draw matches in singles and doubles beginning next Tuesday.

    Ticket prices, which include a 40-page programme, start from £7.50.

    Finals Day tickets to enjoy the singles and doubles finals on Sunday, November 6 cost £17.50.

    A day earlier, for the semi-finals on Saturday 5 November, there will be a Family Day, which will provide many off court activities for juniors, with free admission for under-16s accompanied by an adult.

    A tournament pass to watch all matches throughout the week from court-side stands is available for £49, with a number of special hospitality events also taking place at The Shrewsbury Club. 

    Tickets can be purchased online at

    Picture: Sonay Kartal, the winner of the UK Pro League women’s title at The Shrewsbury Club last November, is returning to the town to play in the W100 tournament. Picture: Richard Dawson Photography.


  • Shrewsbury dairy farm celebrates two years of Aldi partnership
    19 Nov 2020


    A Shrewsbury dairy farm is celebrating its two-year anniversary of being part of the Aldi Dairy Farm Partnership.

    Binweston Hall farm joined the partnership back in 2018 in a bid to further improve sustainability practices, maintain high animal welfare standards and to share knowledge across a network of like-minded, progressive dairy farmers across the UK.

    Since then, the farm has cultivated new habitats to help conserve local wildlife and installed a new digital herd management system to better monitor animal health and improve efficiencies in the milking process. It has also managed to recycle 90 per cent of plastic waste from the farm, with the other 10 per cent that cannot be recycled sold to fuel power stations.

    Fiona Dale, at Binweston Hall farm said: “The Aldi Dairy Farm Partnership has helped us to make significant environmental changes and incorporate new animal welfare practices to make our farm more sustainable and resilient for the future.

    “We recently ploughed half a hectare of productive grassland and sowed it with a wildflower mix to create sustainable habitats for local wildlife. In particular it will help to attract Solitary Bees, which are vital for food production and are in global decline.

    “Visiting other farms has been really useful to share ideas and benchmark our progress. Even with Covid-19, we’ve kept this going with regular Zoom calls and group chats, and we’ve been inspired to install a new herd management system to give us a greater understanding of our cow’s health and make our milking process as efficient as possible.”

    Binweston Hall is also a member of the Arla cooperative which is owned by farmers.

    Julie Ashfield, Managing Director of Buying at Aldi UK, said: “Our Dairy Farm Partnership, in conjunction with Arla Foods, supports dedicated dairy farmers such as Dale J C to maintain high welfare standards whilst driving a more sustainable future for the dairy industry.

    “Building long-term relationships with British suppliers has been key to our growth, and we’re proud to source 100% of our milk from British farms. We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help Dale J C on their journey so far and look forward to continuing our work with them.”



  • Market Square History Lesson
    10 Aug 2012

    It`s difficult to believe when you stand in the Square surrounded by so many lovely shops that a little over 800 years ago the area was just a very deep pond!

    It`s official geographical name was known as a "Kettle-Hole" but it was known at sometime as "Bishop Davids Pond", so named because, as the folk tale goes, David, the 3rd Bishop of Wales popped across the border for a few jars of communion wine and fell into the pond as was drowned!

    It was here that they used the Gumbolstol, or ducking stool, as a form of punishment originaly for bakers selling underweight bread, which is why you have 13 in a bakers dozen, and wine merchants for selling stale wine or beer, but these two trades were run by men and it was deemed embarrasing to see the chaps being ducked so they moved over and left the stool for........nagging women!!.

    We all know that ladies dont nag, much, but in the medieval days if a women nagged her hubby he could stand in front of a judge and make his complaint, surprisingly the judge was a man and the lady was always found gulty!

    If it was her first offence she would spend the day wearing a "brank", a metal helmet a little like an American football players helmet, but if it was her second sentencing then she was in hot water almost literaly,

    By the 16th Century, Shrewsbury was the base for the woolen trade and the Drapers needed a market place so the pond was filled in, to a depth of about 25ft, and the Old Market Hall was erected.

    The top floor, now the cafe and cinema, would have been used by the drapers and the ground floor would have been the site of the corn market, complete with the original counting frame on the wall, the statue over the front arch is supposed to be The Grand old Duke of York of childrens nursery rhyme fame and it once stood on the old St Georges bridge at the end of mardol and was moved in the 1700`s.

    At the other end of the Square, where Clives statue now stands, would have been another market place that was called the Apple Market or Green Market and it was here the fruit and veg was sold.

    Sadly, the Old Plough pub has long gone and also the old Shirehall has been replaced by Princess House but the Square still retains a character all of it`s own so next time your walking across the square spare a thought for the women being ducked and think... bring back the good old days!!

    Pete White
  • New sunbed centre to open in Shrewsbury's Harlescott Lane
    20 Jul 2020

    A new sunbed centre is to open in Shrewsbury’s Harlescott Lane.

    Happy Tan (Shrewsbury) Limited has completed the letting of Units 4 and 5 at Harlescott Lane, modern premises which provide spacious and versatile accommodation.

    The company already operate a number of other sunbed centres in the area.

    The units which have been let extend to approximately 773 sq ft and occupy a highly sought after location within the principal commercial and industrial area of Shrewsbury.

    Neighbouring occupiers include Greggs, Tesco Extra and Lidl.

    Toby Shaw, who handled the letting for Towler Shaw Roberts, said: “A new sunbed centre will be another exciting addition to an established parade of retail units.

    “The units, which provide flexible and spacious accommodation, benefit from new shop fronts.

    “There is also on-street car parking immediately to the front of the premises, with additional car parking facilities to the rear.”

    Happy Tan (Shrewsbury) Limited were represented by Adam Perrey of AP Retail.


  • Conference to focus on Achieving the Six Cs
    01 Apr 2013



    TV broadcaster Fiona Phillips has been announced as the guest speaker for a conference at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) to mark International Nurses Day.

    The former GMTV presenter will speak at the Confidence in Care Conference: Achieving the Six Cs – Moving Forward, which will take place on Friday 17 May 2013. She is a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society and has direct experience of caring for people with dementia,

    The full day conference will focus on the Six Cs – Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment – that featured in a compassionate caring vision outlined by the Government last year. The vision aims to embed these six values in all nursing, midwifery and care-giving settings throughout the NHS and social care to improve care for patients.

    The conference, which is being jointly organised by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust and Staffordshire University’s Faculty of Health Sciences, will be held at the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre (SECC) at RSH. It will also feature a number of other high profile speakers, with the programme due to be finalised in the near future.

    The conference has been organised by a group of staff from the Trust and the University, including Chief Nurse Vicky Morris and Dr Wilf McSherry, Professor in Dignity of Care for Older People.

    Dr McSherry, who has held the post since 2008 in a joint appointment between the Trust and University, said: “This promises to be an excellent and informative conference, focusing on the importance of having confidence in nursing care and focusing on how we can move forward to ensure we are providing the best and most compassionate healthcare possible.

    “We hosted a similar conference focusing on Dignity in Care in 2011 which proved a big success and was well received by those who attended. I’m sure those who attend this conference will find it equally as rewarding.”

    Places at the conference cost £60 per delegate, to include a buffet lunch and refreshments.
    To book a place, write to Dr McSherry, C/O Corporate Nursing Office, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 3XQ, call 07983 981931 or email him at [email protected]


    Fiona Phillips

    Fiona is one of the leading lights of British television.  After 12 years as the lead presenter on GMTV, she left to focus on other television projects.  Since leaving, Fiona has presented a number of different programmes including two very personal and emotional films; Mum, Dad, Alzheimer’s and Me for Channel 4 as part of their highly acclaimed Dispatches series, Christmas Tales (ITV1), Forces Reunited (Sky) and LK Today (ITV1).

    Fiona’s book Before I Forget was published by Random House in September 2010.

    During her time on the sofa, her warmth, intellect and genuine interest has drawn interviewees GMTV from all walks of life, from real life stories told by the people whose lives have been affected by the events featured on the show, to celebrities and politicians.

    Independent radio is where she began her career, having graduated with a B.A. Hons degree in English and a Post Graduate Certificate in radio journalism.  It wasn’t long before she made the move into television, rapidly being promoting from regional programming to a full time reporter for Sky News.  Fiona’s warmth, sense of humour and flair for production was evident and she soon became Sky’s Entertainment Editor, producing, reporting and presenting Sky News Entertainment output.

    After moving to Los Angeles, Fiona became the entertainment correspondent for GMTV.  For over two years, she covered some of the biggest stories including the OJ Simpson trial, Michael Jackson’s alleged child molestation case and the Oscars to name a few. She also interviewed some of the screen’s hottest names from Leonardo di Caprio and Clint Eastwood, to Brad Pitt and Mel Gibson.
    Fiona has been nominated for the RTS Interview of the Year Award and is one of the best interviewers on the television today.  Top Politicians including the Prime Minister request that Fiona conducts their interviews on GMTV and Victoria Beckham chose Fiona for her only TV interview when promoting her recent book.

    As well as GMTV, Fiona regularly hosts Loose Women (ITV1), has stood in for Matthew Wright for a week on The Wright Stuff (Five), presented the celebrity lifestyle show OK TV! (ITV1), Start the Weekend (LWT’s Friday night entertainment show), Rich and Famous (ITV1), The Royal Variety Show and Baby House (ITV1).  She appeared in the film Room for Rent and voiced a character in the animated film Shark’s Tale opposite a star studded cast.  More recently Fiona took part in Comic Relief Does The Apprentice and Strictly Come Dancing (both for BBC1) and the ground breaking programme The Killer in Me (ITV1).

    Fiona still enjoys radio and has hosted for Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 5 Live Show.  She also hosted a weekly Sunday afternoon show on Smooth Radio.  As a journalist Fiona writes a weekly column for The Mirror and is the new columnist for Tesco Magazine.

    Fiona is heavily involved with a number of charities.  She is an Ambassador for Age UK, The Prince’s Trust, Plan International and Children in Crisis and is a Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society.  In addition, Fiona also works very closely with Missing People and the Evelina Children’s Hospital.

  • Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival announces first acts of next summer’s Gala Show
    08 Dec 2022

    Tickets are now on sale and two acts revealed for Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival’s (SICF) flagship Gala Show at Theatre Severn next summer.

    Beginning on Thursday 13 July, the 2023 festival will offer performances at several venues throughout Shrewsbury culminating with the Gala Show highlight on the evening of Sunday 16 July.

    Clinton Baptiste is the hapless clairvoyant, medium and psychic from smash hit Channel 4 TV show Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights. Clinton brings his extraordinary gift to SICF and will give readings to audience members, offering advice from beyond the grave. He will predict their future, tell them about their past and all manner of other spooky offerings.

    Peter Kay said this of Clinton: “Millions of years ago when man first walked the planet, he had no real means of communication. In time man developed a phenomena which has never been fully understood by the psychic community. This phenomena is Clinton Baptiste.”

    Widely regarded as one of the most exciting young comics in the world, Adam Rowe has risen from a prodigious newcomer to an international headline act, since his debut in 2010. His natural, laid-back persona combined with a brutally honest, opinionated stand-up and his phenomenal ad-libbing ability, make each of his performances unique, gloriously unpredictable and, most importantly, always hilarious.

    Adam has starred on the BBC’s flagship stand-up show Live At The Apollo, Comedy Central’s Roast Battle and ITV’s The Stand-Up Sketch Show. Along with 2022’s Gala Show compere Dan Nightingale, he co-hosts the smash hit podcast Have A Word, which they are due to perform to sold-out audiences at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.

    Commenting on the event, which returns following last year’s sell out Gala Show, SICF director Kevin Bland said: “We are delighted to be here yet again and begin the build-up to next summer’s festival with the announcement of two superb acts. And as ever at this time of year we highly recommend Gala Show tickets as just the perfect Christmas stocking fillers for lovers of comedy!”

    Tickets for the SICF Gala Show on 16 July are £33.50 and available through the Theatre Severn box office 01743 281281 or online here:

    More acts and further programming details will be announced early in 2023.

    Picture (left to right): Clinton Baptiste and Adam Rowe.

    Neville Street
  • James Bond retires and swaps his 007 handle for the keys and licence to drive a school minibus
    06 Dec 2022
    Oswestry School minibus driver James Bond

    A Shropshire school has recruited a new minibus driver with an exciting past and a name you will recognise - James Bond.

    Rumour has it, the latest recruit to the Oswestry School minibus driving team, James Bond, might once have gone by the code name 007 but in true former spy form, he is keeping tight lipped and denies working at any other job prior to his retirement than being a journalist.

    James Bond, claims, prior to becoming a part-time minibus driver at Oswestry School, he worked for the BBC for 36 years starting and finishing at Radio Shropshire. One of the roles in between was first Sports Journalist when BBC started reporting on Sport online - in London 

    But staff and pupils at the school think the journalism was just an elaborate cover story for his life as 007 as they point out the BBC job took him all over the world from Canada to Barcelona and could have been the perfect cover story for a spy on a host of secret missions.

    Oswestry School Headteacher, Peter Middleton said: “We take the safety and comfort of our pupils very seriously so when we were looking to recruit a new bus driver for the Nesscliffe, Adcote, Kinton, Kinnerley, Knockin Heath, West Felton route and had an application from James Bond, we knew he would be a perfect fit.

    “Having seen all the films, I knew James Bond could drive everything from an Aston Martin to a Jet Ski so we knew everyone on his bus would be in safe hands and it turns out 007 settled down and has a charming wife called Calli, who enjoys baking for 11 pupils he drives – earning his vehicle the nickname the cake bus.”

    James decided it was time to retire from his full-time work and applied to drive a minibus for Oswestry School as he wanted a role where he didn't have to work such long hours and could switch off after work and spend more time with his wife.

    Oswestry School currently offers 12 different routes across Shropshire, Powys and Wrexham and Cheshire which are assessed every academic year to ensure the schools caters to the needs of pupils and their families.

    It has a fleet of 14 minibuses, with experienced and qualified minibus drivers which now includes James Bond who may or may not be a former spy but is an excellent asset to the school.

    Oswestry school, which was established in 1409 is a registered charity number 1079822.

  • Budgen Motor Group launches new bespoke leasing service for its customers
    07 Dec 2022
    Jacquie Richardson, the new Fleet Manager for the Budgen Motor Group, with the company’s Group Sales Director Danny Minshall.

    Shropshire’s Budgen Motor Group is accelerating ahead by offering its customers a new leasing service with the personal touch.

    The family-owned business, which has car dealerships in Shrewsbury and Telford, has added Budgen Leasing to the array of services it now offers.

    Led by Jacquie Richardson, an experienced fleet management expert, Budgen Leasing will provide customers with a bespoke service to guarantee the best deal ahead of supplying vehicles.

    A flexible out-of-hours service for the maintenance of lease vehicles is also available.

    Danny Minshall, Budgen Motor Group's Sales Director, said: "We are really excited to venture into leasing and we will be offering a bespoke service for local companies and residents across Shropshire.

    “We have launched a new website at and are delighted to have appointed Jacquie, who has 20 years’ experience in the automotive industry, as Fleet Manager.

    “Jacquie is accustomed to selling large fleets of vehicles, whether that’s 20 cars to a taxi company, or a fleet of commercial vans to a local business.

    “As well as offering fleet management, Jacquie is available to work with smaller independent businesses, perhaps by providing an electric van to a company that will save them money.”

    Danny added Budgen are well equipped as a company to offer customers the best possible leasing experience.

    “We can offer great flexibility when it comes to repairing or servicing vehicles,” he said. "We have built a commercial van centre at Renault Telford, which is open until 10pm, so it offers businesses great options.

    "We can take vehicles out-of-hours in the evening meaning they will be available when businesses really need them to be on the road.

    “When our customers need vehicles to be serviced or repaired, they can contact Jacquie and know that any issues will be addressed quickly and efficiently, with vehicles collected and returned."

    He added: “We are able to provide national fleet offers which are extremely competitive. We provide great brands - Citroen, Peugeot, Dacia, MG and Renault - and in Citroen, Peugeot and Renault, we offer 33 per cent of the national market share for vans."

    Jacquie, who is Institute of the Motor Industry accredited for vehicle finance, is excited about her new role with the Budgen Motor Group.

    She said: “Our vision is to be a one-stop solution for local businesses. We want to have that one-to-one contact, so we are people’s first thought when it comes to cars and vans.

    “In terms of fleet vehicles, I want to show companies what we can offer at Budgen. We can tailor a specific quote, and with electric and hybrid vehicles, I can work with customers to help them make savings on tax and fuel.

    “We are here to look after our customers, from start to finish, and all the way in between.”

    Pictured: Jacquie Richardson, the new Fleet Manager for the Budgen Motor Group, with the company’s Group Sales Director Danny Minshall.


  • Start-up businesses on the increase, says Telford accountant
    14 Mar 2017

    A Telford accountant is reporting an increase in the number of new start-up businesses in the town.

    Karen Whitehead, who runs KEW Accountants and Tax Specialists, said despite a certain negativity and uncertainty in the economy at present, it wasn’t putting people off setting up their own business.

    She said the knock-on effect could only be good for the country in general and Shropshire in particular.

    “Brexit continues to haunt us all and no-one is totally clear what effect it will have on our future economy,” Karen said.

    “But at least now the Government seems to be getting on with things and I have to say the inevitable uncertainty over such a massive move does not appear to be putting people off going it alone.

    “There has been a lot of negativity over Brexit and people still have memories and scars of the troubled financial times of 10 years ago.

    “But there seems to be a brighter outlook and that can only be good for the economy and the future.

    “One new business we are working closely with is Hull & Co Legal Services on Stafford Park in Telford. Lee Hull was working for a law firm but decided to go it alone and set up his own business specialising in commercial and human resource projects.

    “KEW helped with the accountancy and business model, and as a result, Hull & Co has enjoyed a great start.

    “That is just one success story we have been involved with since we started.

    “It is clear to us that the Shropshire economy is doing very well and I am hopeful there is more good news to come from those who have started their own business and those who intend to.”

    Mr Hull said it was vital to get a business off on the right foot and getting the correct financial aspects in place was of paramount importance.

    “We have worked closely with Karen at KEW Accountants and Tax Specialists and have established a great relationship,” he said.

    “After deciding to set up the company, it was important to ensure we had the right advice from the right company and I am very pleased with how things have gone so far.

    “We are a bit different from other legal services providers in that we do not charge by the hour for dealing with a matter - we charge by the project. That keeps things very straightforward and simple.

    “I know a lot of firms and individuals out there need to watch what they are paying for a service.

    “Our method of working ensures people know from the outset exactly what their bill will be.

    “The tie-up we have with KEW has proved beneficial to both of us and I am sure it will continue to be in the future.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Conscious Kongo! A night of African music comes to The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
    30 Jan 2014

    Starting in London and finishing at Shrewsbury’s legendary venue The Buttermarket on Saturday 1st February 2014, Yaram Arts and Chanya Culture Promotions bring Congolese music acts Mulele Matondo Afrika and Lopango Ya Banka to the UK for two nights only of Conscious Kongo!

    Mulele Matondo Afrika and his 9 piece band based in the UK will be joined by Germany based Lopango Ya Banka (meaning Land of the Ancestors in Lingala) for a short and one off UK tour. This will be the first time Lopango Ya Banka have performed in the UK, having toured worldwide with the likes of US hip hop acts such as Dead Prez and Ice Cube.

    The night will take the people of Shrewsbury on a journey of all the sounds from Congo (Central Africa), from ancient rhythms, jazz harmonies to rap. 

    The two Congolese acts will perform at The Buttermarket (The Cellars), Shrewsbury on Saturday 1st February. Doors 6.30pm, show time 8pm. Tickets in advance £12 or £13.50 on the night.

    Pete White
  • LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis National Finals prove to be another big success at The Shrewsbury Club
    08 Dec 2022

    The Shrewsbury Club welcomed 46 players from around the country as the LTA’s Wheelchair Tennis National Finals enjoyed a successful return to Shropshire.

    The Sundorne Road venue, renowned for staging prestigious tennis tournaments, has hosted the annual event since 2017.

    It’s the culmination of the LTA's domestic calendar of National Wheelchair Tennis Series events.

    Tournaments took place at tennis centres in England, Scotland and Wales throughout the year, including at The Shrewsbury Club in July.
    The entry list for the National Finals included a number of players from the Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis Group, based at The Cathie Sabin Community Tennis Centre.

    Simon Jones, the LTA Councillor for Shropshire, said: "It was an excellent tournament once again. There was a fantastic entry of 46 players, which was up from last year, and some of them travelled long distances to play.

    “It was also nice to see players from the Shropshire Wheelchair Tennis Group playing, with Scott Smith reaching the quad singles final.

    "The Shrewsbury Club were fantastic hosts once again, with the annual awards dinner for the LTA Wheelchair National Series on Saturday night very successful.  

    “There was lots of excellent tennis played throughout the tournament. It was also pleasing that it was possible to hold separate boys and girls junior singles competitions for the first time, as it’s previously been a mixed competition.  

    "Hopefully it will return to Shrewsbury again next year. The LTA like the venue, so do the players, and the club enjoy staging the event. 

    "It’s always a fantastic atmosphere during the tournament.” 

    Cornwall’s Fay Dutfield-Horton won both the women’s singles and doubles in the National Finals, with Worcestershire’s Naomie Tarver her doubles partner.

    Hampshire’s Andrew Penney led the way in the men’s events, winning the singles title and teaming up with Mark Langeveld from Leicestershire to take victory in the men’s doubles.

    Northamptonshire’s Gary Cox won the quad singles title and combined well with Dan Pennington-Bridges from Worcestershire to win the doubles title.  

    Norfolk’s Scarlett Walker won the girls’ singles, with Lucas Town from Yorkshire the boys’ singles winner. He was also the under-18 doubles champion with Will Barton from Gloucestershire.

    Zak Corbishley from Lancashire won the novice singles and also partnered West Sussex’s Nathan Freeman to victory in the doubles.   

    Simon Jones presented the trophies and he also handed out the LTA Wheelchair National Series awards at Saturday night’s presentation dinner.

    The awards included the Val Fisher Novice of the Year Trophy, named in memory of Shropshire’s Val, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis who sadly passed away last year. The award was won by Vasileios Takis. 

    Val was hugely popular with other players and contributed so much to wheelchair tennis over many years, with Simon adding: “It was nice that Malcolm, Val’s husband, and Harry, one of their sons, attended Saturday’s awards dinner.”
    Pictured: Simon Jones, LTA Councillor for Shropshire, presents a trophy to Andrew Penney, the men’s singles champion in the LTA Wheelchair Tennis National Finals at The Shrewsbury Club. Picture: Getty Images for the LTA.


  • Nudging litter into the bin
    12 Jun 2013
    Green footprints on the street in Copenhagen

    Shropshire Council’s environmental maintenance team will be out on the streets of Shrewsbury today Wednesday (12 June 2013) to encourage people to have pride in the place in which they live and keep Shrewsbury tidy.  We have a beautiful town, but we all need to make an effort to help keep it that way.

    Also on the day, we're trying an innovative approach which applies a bit of nudge theory to encourage people to use litter bins.  We're simply spraying green footprints onto the street with the steps guiding a path to the nearest litter bin.

    We've borrowed this idea from Copenhagen in Denmark, where research found that this can be an effective way to reduce littering.  Boffins at Roskilde University did a study in 2011 where they handed out chocolates and then counted the number of wrappers on the street.  The areas with the green footprints that led to the bins had a startling 46% decrease in wrappers ending up on the streets!

    The idea is not just about simply guiding people to the bin, but its about the roles of social norms, and making the right choice the easy choice.  In this way citizens through free will choose to make decisions which we want them to - in this case simply be responsible with their waste and using a litter bin.

    Its all part of a range of initiatives we are rolling out as part of the ‘Love Where you Live’ campaign which aims to prevent litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling in Shrewsbury.  So look out where you live, if this proves effective, some green footprints might soon be coming to a street near you too.

    James Thompson
  • Construction company clocks up £7m in new contracts
    22 Feb 2022
    The former Oldford Road Nursery and Infants School in Welshpool that Pave Aways is converting into offices, a family centre and nursery for Powys County Council

    A clutch of new contracts in Wales and Shropshire has given a construction firm a £7m boost in the first quarter of 2022.

    Pave Aways Building Contractors will be delivering the schemes in North Wales, Powys and Shropshire for a number of public and private sector clients.

    It will adapt the former Oldford Road Nursery and Infants School in Welshpool into offices, a family centre and nursery for Powys County Council and convert former offices into residential accommodation for a council in North Wales.

    In Shropshire, it will return to Harper Adams University in Edgmond for its 21st assignment to refurbish the veterinary nursing building, whilst it has also been contracted to build an integrated therapeutic learning centre with associated children’s homes for a private provider in Albrighton. The renovation and refurbishment of a privately owned listed residence in Shrewsbury completes the list of recently awarded schemes.

    Managing Director Steven Owen said the projects supported a positive outlook for Pave Aways, which has delivered contracts worth £48.5m over the past two years.

    He said: “Our order book is healthy and we continue to work across a variety of sectors from residential to education to manufacturing with a mixture of private and public sector contracts. This ensures we have a varied workload to support our sustainable business growth and minimise risk.

    “As a contractor with its roots in Shropshire and Wales, we’ll be using local supply chains that will translate into economic benefits for the communities where we’re working as well as providing training opportunities and support to local organisations and charities.”

    The Welsh contracts will be managed from the firm’s Newtown office in Mid Wales by Construction Director, Jamie Evans.

    Jamie said: “We’ll be spending £5m with sub contractors and suppliers within a 30-mile radius of these projects and we’ll be hosting Meet the Buyer events for those businesses that echo our ethos and are keen to join our framework.”

  • Shropshire Ladies deliver impressive final day win to end LTA Winter County Cup in style
    05 Dec 2022
    The Shropshire ladies team at The Shrewsbury Club during their latest LTA Winter County Cup campaign

    A fine performance and result on the final day meant Shropshire’s ladies stayed in the same division in the Lawn Tennis Association’s Winter County Cup.

    The Shropshire’s men’s team also played some excellent tennis throughout all three days as they were so unfortunate to be relegated after being narrowly edged out 5-4 in all three matches.

    Both Shropshire sides, having had to travel long distances to play in the LTA Summer County Cup earlier this year, were this time based much closer to home, with the ladies at The Shrewsbury Club and the men at Ellesmere College.

    Shropshire’s ladies, with captain Holly Mowling leading a team also featuring Hanna Cadwallader, Chloe Hughes, Cheryl Evans, Lauren McMinn, Imani Shah, Tamzin Pountney and Clara Hill, started with a 6-3 defeat against Suffolk, before losing 8-1 to North of Scotland the following day.

    That meant they knew they had to win their final match to remain in Group 5B - and they delivered in style by enjoying an impressive 6-2 victory over Wiltshire.

    Reflecting on her side’s efforts during a busy three days, Shropshire captain Holly said: “Eventual group winners Suffolk were a very strong side and had depth throughout their side. We put up a good fight losing 6-3 with Chloe Hughes and Tamzin Pountney coming away with good singles wins. 

    "On day two we faced North of Scotland who we knew were also a tough side. We lost 8-1 but the overall score doesn't reflect how close some of the matches were. Our only win came from Imani Shah after a hard-fought game.

    “We knew we had to beat Wiltshire on the final day to secure our place in the division for next year. It was a very tense day with all the matches being so close and most of them were well over two hours. 

    "Cheryl Evans and Tamzin Pountney got us off to a great start, both winning in three sets against much higher ranked players and playing some fantastic tennis. 

    “Tamzin was on court for 3 hours and 15 minutes, so that was a huge win for her and for the team.  

    "Hanna Cadwallader then followed suit, coming away with another victory, while Cheryl and Imani won their doubles. Chloe Hughes sealed victory after a massive comeback in the third set against a very tricky opponent. 

    "This meant we stayed in the division and finished third overall.

    “Our goal at the start of the weekend was to remain in the division, particularly after seeing the standard of the players on day one.

    "It was a massive team effort and we had great team spirit over the weekend. It's great to see the youngsters progressing so well as they are the future of this team. We now look forward to the Summer County Cup event.”

    Shropshire men’s team, meanwhile, were left reflecting on what might have been as they were unfortunate to finish bottom of the Group 4B table.

    Twelve months on from achieving promotion, Shropshire were edged out 5-4 in all three of their group matches by Cambridgeshire, Somerset and eventually North Wales.

    Men’s captain Alex Parry, who led a Shropshire team which also included Mo Morsi, Luke Henley, Matthew Jones, Matt Lee, Ed Gibbs and Tom Loxley, said: “To battle against counties like Cambridgeshire, who were in division one of the Summer County Cup, and Somerset, who have numerous world ranked players to call upon, to come so close against those counties on the first two days and have sniffs of winning both ties is credit to the team.

    “We had a key injury on day one to Mo Morsi, but for the guys to rally and do what they did is credit to them really - and there were some really good performances. 

    “We were 4-2 ahead against North Wales after the singles on the final day, but then it all came down to the doubles. We were 7-4 up in the final 10-point tie-break doubles and unfortunately lost it 11-9, so it came down to two points.

    “This result won’t define who we are as a team and we will bounce back. 

    "There’s a group of players who are young enough, especially with a couple more coming up as well, that will bounce back and we hope to be back in division four after next winter.  

    “I’m immensely proud of the team and there’s a good bunch of lads that will stick together.”

    Pictured: The Shropshire ladies team at The Shrewsbury Club during their latest LTA Winter County Cup campaign.

  • New lager launched at Henry Tudor House
    22 Dec 2015

    An award-winning Shrewsbury bar and restaurant is toasting the launch of a new drink produced in the town.

    Henry Tudor House, situated just off Wyle Cop, is the first stockist of Shropshire Lager, the latest offering from Battlefield Brewery.

    The beverage will be on tap in Henry Tudor House’s popular bar for customers to enjoy over the Christmas and New Year period.

    “We have stocked an American craft lager in the past but when we were approached by Battlefield Brewery to be their first outlet we thought it was an ideal opportunity to join forces with another successful independent Shrewsbury company,” said Graham Jenkins, proprietor of Henry Tudor House.

    “It is great to have a British product to rival lagers made in the US, Italy and Spain and we think it will be very popular with our customers, especially as it is made on the doorstep.”

    Graham Boulger, managing director of Battlefield Brewery, based in Harlescott, explained that he wanted to provide the market with a full and flavoursome lager which stood out from most the of the mass-produced brands.

    He said: “After months of product development and fine tuning our recipe we are delighted to launch Shropshire Lager and it is good news for us and for local people that Henry Tudor House has agreed to stock it.

    “It is a pale Munich-style lager, full flavoured with a great hop character and a sweet bitter balance and we hope people enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy brewing it!”

    Henry Tudor House has just been voted as ‘best night out in Shropshire’ and was recently included in the prestigious 2016 Michelin guide which lists the best places to eat in Great Britain and Ireland.


  • 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.

  • Town Crier Competition Blists Hill Victorian Town Sunday 12th August
    08 Aug 2012

    Town Criers from across Britain will be taking part in the fourth annual Town Crier Competition at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge at 11.30am on Sunday, 12th August.  Come along to hear if the reigning champion from Banbury, who has won the past two years, can retain his title for a further twelve months.

    With many dressed in elaborate robes with tricorne hats, the town criers will make quite a spectacle. They traditionally ring a handbell to attract people's attention as they shout the words "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez", which means ‘hear ye’ and is a call for silence before making their public announcements.

    Taking place on the last day of the Town’s Blacksmith weekend, the theme for this year’s event is aptly ‘blacksmiths’; the winners’ prizes will be made in Blists Hill’s own foundry and will be presented at 2pm. Shrewsbury’s Town Crier Martin Wood will be running the competition; standing at 7ft 2inches the gentle giant is also the world’s tallest crier.

    Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £23.25 per adult, £18.75 for the 60 plus, £15.25 for students and children and £64 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

    For further information, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

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