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  • 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.

  • Is banana good for psoriasis?
    25 Sep 2019

    Are you embarrassed and fade up using so many cures for psoriasis relief but in vain? Then you are not alone. There are many people with psoriasis finding a sustainable way to treat their psoriasis conditions. You already know that both the online and offline market is flooded with so many products conducting the disease. Most of them are not up to the mark.

    The whole world is turning back to the natural cures for curing diseases. Having a little to zero side effects, people across the globe use natural remedies. Managing psoriasis may be a daunting task to many but controllable. This health condition can blow your self-esteem, as well. It is mostly seen on the elbows, knees, and scalp, and sometimes it can affect other parts of your body, including legs, trunk, and nails.

    Banana as a natural cure can be one of the best options to deal with your psoriasis problem at home. Uncover the cure is such a place where you can get in-depth insight all about psoriasis and its treatment as well.

    I want to tell you about the disease, psoriasis before I delve deeper.

    What Psoriasis is

    Psoriasis can be a chronic, genetic, shared, and systemic inflammatory disease found mostly on your skin. You will find elevated itchy plaques that are raised red skin on the affected area. Psoriasis is found mainly on the elbows, scalp, and knees. Also, it can affect your legs, nails, and trunk. You will feel itchiness and plaque on the affected area as its symptoms.

    Keeping your affected area moisturized is more important when you suffer from this chronic skin disease. When your doctor confirms you that you have psoriasis, you need to take measures to manage it. You should not let it spread on your whole body.

    How Banana peel is suitable for psoriasis

    Banana peel contains a high amount of antioxidant that keeps your skin moisturized. It is one of the most widely-used home remedies for skin conditions, including psoriasis. Also, it has anti-inflammatory properties that help cure your skin conditions. Psoriasis makes your skin dry and develops a feeling of itchiness most times. Its extract soothes your affected area of skin, resulting in relieving psoriasis.

    Clean the affected area and rub the banana peel

    At first, you will need a banana peel. Smaller pieces are more convenient to rub, so make small pieces of banana peel. Once you have cut them into small pieces, start rubbing gently over the affected area. Make sure you are massaging the inside of the skin.

    At one point, you will notice that the inside of the peel will go brown. When you see the brown color of banana peel, stop. The process may take not more than 10 minutes.

    After knowing the process, it will take less time to prepare for the next day. Applying the healing process twice a day can improve your skin condition day by day.

    As I have mentioned above that banana peel is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, it helps your skin soothe and relieve pain also.

    Banana peel paste is also useful

    With a butter knife, scrape off the white part from the banana peel. When you are done with sufficient white part from the banana peel, mash it with a blender to get a soft paste. Now it is time to apply the paste over your affected skin area like an ointment. You should leave it not more than 2 minutes and clean properly.

    This banana peel paste needs to apply on the affected skin area twice a day for better result. It is an alternative natural cure to using an ointment for psoriasis. The paste also helps to soothe and hydrate your affected itchy skin.

    Banana peel and honey combined

    To make this preparation for the treatment of your psoriasis, you need one banana peel and two tablespoons of raw honey. You can prepare it within 5 minutes or less. The process of making this paste is similar to the previous one. When you are done with making a soft, smooth paste of banana peel, add two tablespoons of pure honey with the dough and shake well.

    After blending the paste and honey correctly, you are ready to apply it over your affected skin area. For a good result, you have to leave the paste on your skin at least for half an hour. After the time finishes, rinse the applied area just with lukewarm water. Using the paste of banana peel and honey twice a day will be helpful to cure your psoriasis.

    Like banana peel, honey also has potent antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredients that help your skin keep moisturized for a long time.

    Banana peel along with coal tar

    Using coal tar is a universal remedy for treating psoriasis. It helps reduce the redness of your skin and itchiness feeling. Besides, coal tar helps to slow down the speedy growth of your skin cell. The combination of coal tar and banana peel assists your skin keep hydrated.

    To prepare the combination of the banana peel along with coal tar, you need one banana peel and one tablespoon of coal tar. Mix them well and shake before you are going to apply it on your affected skin area. Five minutes are enough to prepare this combination. Allow it at least two minutes on your skin and then rinse with cool water.

    Final Thought

    Apart from other so-called treatment for psoriasis, banana can be a good thing to consider as a natural remedy to treat your skin problem. Banana peel has many medication values, especially for the skin. You can use banana for other skin diseases. It is practical and works better. Although psoriasis is a painful skin disease, proper treatment can help you get rid of this skin problem.

    Pete White
  • New Starbucks Drive Thru store opens in Shrewsbury Thursday
    05 Aug 2020

    New Starbucks Drive Thru store opens in Shrewsbury

    The new store is the first in the UK of a new Drive Thru design and will create 10 new jobs for the local area

    6 August 2020: A new Starbucks Drive Thru store will open on Thieves Lane, Shrewsbury on Thursday 6 August. Operated by Starbucks licensee EG Group, the store will create 10 new jobs for the local area. This store is the first UK location of new Starbucks Drive Thru format, enhancing employee (partner) and customer connection through design innovations. Whether in the Drive Thru lane or café, customers will enjoy a seamless Starbucks experience picking up their favourite handcrafted beverage.  

    To celebrate the opening the store is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Phil Gillam, at 10am on Thursday 6 August. Customers are invited to enjoy samples from Starbucks food and beverage menu, including the new Frozen Iced Teas available in Apple & Kiwi, Tropical Mango, and Strawberry & Lime. Vouchers offering customers a complimentary tall handcrafted Starbucks beverage will also be distributed in the local area.

    The store will support The Harry Johnson Trust as its local charity partner. The Harry Johnson Trust is a local charity which offers help and support to children and teenagers who receive care from the Oncology Team at The Princess Royal Hospital in Shropshire. Starbucks values building strong and lasting relationships within store communities through partnerships with local charities, community groups and residents.

    Rob Todorov, Starbucks Brand Manager at EG Group, said: “We are excited to open our new Starbucks store in Shrewsbury and very much look forward to welcoming local residents to our store. The store team is proud to support local charity The Harry Johnson Trust.”

    Starbucks coffee is 99% ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under the C.A.F.E. Practices programme. While Starbucks is currently not accepting the use of reusable cups, Starbucks continues to honour its 25p discount to all customers who bring a reusable cup.

    The new store is conveniently located at Thieves Lane, Shrewsbury SY2 6LG and is open from 6:00am until 8pm, Monday – Friday, 7am – 8pm Saturday and 8am – 8pm Sunday.

  • Let’s Go Fishing
    15 Jul 2014

    After having to postpone the original date due to predicted extreme weather, Alex Wakeley and a group of young people visited a Shrewsbury pool on Saturday 21st June for what turned out to be a beautifully sunny day; as well as a fantastic day’s fishing.

    Throughout the day a total of 25 children attended a free fishing taster session event, that had been purposely organised by Alex to introduce children to the joys of fishing – an aim that was most definitely met as every child had a really enjoyable day... and best of all, all children caught fish!

    Alex, who is an Angling Trust licensed Level 2 Angling Coach, said the following when asked why he’d planned such an event:

    “I was fortunate to grow up in the countryside where I was able to spend evenings, weekends and school holidays roaming the fields, exploring the outdoors, and fishing! There's so much technology around these days that children rarely get the opportunity to experience what I did as a boy. Instead there seems to be a trend of staying indoors, playing computer games and watching television. Or even when outdoors, eyes are locked onto smartphones surfing the web, texting, Facebooking or Tweeting.

    I'm planning fishing events which will get children outside exploring things that they may otherwise never have known even existed. The event on 21st June was the first of many.”

    Alex has started a fishing club called Let’s Go Fishing, with the intention of providing the people of Shropshire with the opportunity to go fishing. Initially he will be focusing on introducing young people in the Shrewsbury area, however has plans to expose fishing to as many people as possible, of all ages and abilities.

    The next series of events run in Shrewsbury from Monday 4th to Friday 8th August – a fishing school holiday club running from 9:00am – 3:00pm each day. Children can attend for just one day or the whole week; it’s open to children aged 8 years and over irrelevant of ability and fishing experience. Alex has also planned a “short sessions” event on 15th August which can be attended by children of all ages.

    For more information contact [email protected] or search Facebook for the Let’s Go Fishing group.

    Pete White
  • Shrewsbury’s last independent bookshop returns to its roots
    14 Apr 2014

    Shrewsbury’s last independent bookshop has begun a new chapter – returning to its roots – back to the shop where it originally opened almost 10 years ago.

    At a time when traditional bookshops face ever-increasing competition from online sellers, supermarkets and e-books, Pengwern Books is expanding.

    The business has moved from Shrewsbury Market Hall, where it traded for four years, to return to Fish Street where it first opened in October 2004. And this time around it also includes a small coffee shop.

    “Going back to my old shop is wonderful and provides me with the extra space and flexibility to do more things. I’m planning book launches, film showings, book group evenings and children’s storytelling. I already have two local book launches booked for April,” said Susan Caroline, the woman behind Pengwern Books.

    “It’s also enhanced by a little coffee shop. Tea, cake and books go so well together. It’s the first bookshop tearoom in town, something I’ve wanted from the outset.”

    The coffee shop is run by Nadia Badr, of the Mirage restaurant, based in the Market Hall.

    “We’re selling freshly brewed coffee, tea, cakes and sandwiches. It’s a place where people can enjoy a relaxing time reading or discovering new books. It’s something a bit different for Shrewsbury,” she said.

    Susan Caroline has almost 20 years experience as a bookseller. She worked for former Shrewsbury bookshop Powneys before establishing Pengwern Books which launched in Fish Street and later switched to a shop in Princess Street. The business moved to the Market Hall in 2010 to weather the recession.

    “Most of my customers have been with me since day one. They’re remarkably loyal people who believe in what I’m doing, and I can’t thank them enough for their ongoing support,” said Susan.

    “Times are hard for independent booksellers, there’s no question, but there’s nothing like the magic of going into a little bookshop and discovering something you didn’t know you wanted. I cannot imagine a life without books, that real hands-on experience.

    “I try to be different, stocking books that are a bit special. When I do get mainstream books they’re usually signed copies. I love beautiful books. They say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but of course everyone does.

    “A small bookshop doesn’t mean less quality. I stock all the categories. While there are now many different ways to buy books, nothing is quite the same as the independent bookseller for their breadth of knowledge, their solid customer service and willingness to go the extra mile.”

    Pete White
  • Saturday lunchtime jazz concerts at The Wightman continue into July with the Howard Bragen Trio
    02 Jul 2018

    Lunchtime jazz at The Wightman Theatre continues into July, with a concert by the Howard Bragen Trio on Saturday 14th.

    Howard Bragen has been a musician since the early seventies working in Britain and on the continent as well as being a regular at London's Marquee Club. He's appeared on radio and television and played at The Reading Festival. Essentially a singer and songwriter, Howard has recorded four albums: The Rothko Room, From The Edge To The Weir, D Samba and Looking At Now Through Then. In his guise as The Logfather he is also responsible for creating the Logjam brand of percussion instruments.

    Two excellent local musicians - Casey Greene, saxophone and flute and Nigel Elliott, percussion - make up the trio with Howard Bragen and together they generate a 1970s' style jazz groove.

    The Howard Bragen Trio concert at The Wightman Theatre starts at 12 noon on 14 July and is free to attend.

    Picture (credit - Tessa Kirk): (left to right) Casey Greene, Howard Bragen and Nigel Elliott - The Howard Bragen Trio.

    Neville Street
  • New head appointed at Prestfelde
    13 Nov 2015

    A Shrewsbury preparatory school has appointed its first female head teacher.

    Fiona Orchard, currently one of two deputy heads at Prestfelde School in London Road, will be promoted to the position from January 2016.

    Mrs Orchard joined the London Road school, which has almost 300 girls and boys aged from three to 13, six years ago. She will succeed Mark Groome who is stepping down as headmaster of Prestfelde after almost eight years.

    “I’m looking forward to becoming head of Prestfelde immensely. It presents a thrilling personal challenge and promises to be a positive experience which I intend to embrace wholeheartedly,” said Mrs Orchard.

    Born and brought up in Chester, her musical interests took her to London where she studied at Trinity College of Music, gaining both a degree and a performer’s diploma. However, her real interest was in teaching and she gained a postgraduate certificate in education at the University of Reading.

    Before coming to Prestfelde she worked for many years in Shropshire schools, initially teaching primary years with music then becoming a specialist teacher and adviser on special educational needs and inclusion, both at school and county level.

    These experiences brought her to Prestfelde as director of teaching and learning.

    “I always ensure that the child is at the centre of their own learning, believing this is essential to them becoming effective pupils. I have been lucky enough to establish an expert team of teachers here who know and understand the children they are teaching and are able to get the best out of them in positive and enjoyable ways” she commented.

    Mrs Orchard, of Shrewsbury, has many interests which include sharing time with her husband Rob and their four children, travelling, music and keeping fit and active through running, tennis and the gym.

    The chairman of Prestfelde’s governors Brian Newman said: “We are delighted to appoint the first female head since Prestfelde was founded in 1929. After a wide search, and having made contact with 130 heads and deputies throughout the country, we are confident that we have found the best candidate in Fiona, who was one of our own deputy heads.”

    Mark Groome commented: “I am obviously sad to be leaving but delighted to hand over to someone who feels so passionately about Prestfelde. Having been an integral part in raising the academic standards and recent successes of the pupils, I know Fiona will continue to develop and strengthen all areas of the school.”   

  • Be a part of the Guinness World Record Charleston attempt
    13 Jun 2018

    In an attempt to see Shropshire in the Guinness Book of Records in a fun, active and inclusive way, Revel-in-Dance is getting Shrewsbury in a flap!

    The aim is to break the current Guinness World Record for the largest number of people to dance the Charleston at one time. The current record is 975 people and is held by ‘Swing Patrol’ in London; so with this hefty figure to beat Revel in Dance really needs your feet! Our record attempt is set to take place on Shrewsbury Quarry Park at 1pm on Saturday 22 September 2018.

    Sarah Bright, owner of Revel in Dance decided to organise this event to bring the community together, raise awareness of the benefits of dance and as a way to raise funds for Severn Hospice.

    “This is a great way to be involved in a World Record attempt and at the same time support an invaluable local care service. Dancing the cheeky Charleston is all about having fun and showing character so participants will have a great time learning and performing the routine” says Sarah. “The music is lively and infectious; you’ll be getting active and you’ll be part of a really exciting and uplifting group event!”

    “We would love as many people as possible to take part; why not get your family, friends and work buddies involved in this special charity event?”

    Rules for the record attempt are quite stringent, so in the lead up to the event, participants will need to attend one of eight workshops in August and September to learn the routine.

    “The routine itself is very easy to learn and accessible to all levels of dance experience so please don't be put off if you have never danced the Charleston before!” Sarah assures.

    At the workshop participants will learn a short piece of cheeky Charleston choreography, which will be repeated for a 5-minute duration at the record attempt in September.

    “In order to achieve a new record, we not only must exceed 975 in numbers but also dance the choreography for a full 5 minutes, accurately and in unison. It is for this reason we can only really open the event for children 10 years and above only,” Sarah adds.  

    The routine will also be available on YouTube for people to practice to after the workshop.

    “We are asking for a registration donation of £3 for adults and £2 for children to participate – and people are welcome to donate more as all the registration funds raised will be donated to Severn Hospice,” Sarah adds.

    “We are also looking for volunteers for various stewarding roles at the event and any local businesses or organisations who are keen to partner with us for this great event.”

    “Come on Shropshire, let’s get moving and get this World Record!”

    For registration and workshop dates please visit and click on 'I Can Charleston GWRA'

    If you are interested in supporting the event in any way, or would like more information, please contact Sarah at: [email protected] or Annie Waddington-Feather on 07713 646419, [email protected]

  • Peugeot 208
    09 Oct 2012

    I’ve always blamed Ari Vatenen, the man who once said, as only a Scandinavian rally driver can, that driving Peugeot’s 205 T16 gave him “goosebumples” Had the flying Finn not blasted past, what was then the school-boy me, in Peugeot’s all conquering 205 T16 you probably wouldn’t be reading this. I stood agog, clinging to the rope separating me from the rally stage as Ari disappeared sideways through to the trees; lights ablaze, engine roaring and exhaust spitting flames. It took just a few seconds but something just clicked. As soon as I was able I got myself a 205.

    My first experience of World class rallying took place in the early 1980’s, back when Peugeot were in trouble, and, had it not have been for the success of the 205, both in the forests and the showrooms, it’s probably fair to say the Peugeot we know today might not have been. The 205 not only started my car obsession, it saved Peugeot’s life.

    That was a long time ago though, and since then Peugeot brought us both the 206 and the 207. Despite being big sellers neither somehow captured the public’s attention in quite the way as the legendary 205. But now they’ve got a new super-mini to tempt us with. And just to keep things in order, they’ve called it 208.

    From the outside at least the 208 is far prettier than Peugeot’s previous hatchback offerings. Shorter overhangs, reduced panel gaps and some clever detailing, which, especially on the 3door’s C pillar unashamedly echoes that of the 205, all add up to make the 208 an attractive little car.

    Inside too, there are big improvements. Not only is the 208 lighter than the 207 it replaces, it’s roomier too, making it being better able to accommodate both driver and passengers alike. And, even if the rotary controls for the heating and air-con remind you of the 205, 305 and 309, overall the piano-black clad interior is a giant leap forward for small Peugeots both in terms of quality and attractiveness. The seats are a little on the narrow side, as is the footwell, the result being 208’s pedals are quite close together - wide boot wearers beware. Ultimately though the 208’s cabin is light years ahead of anything you’ll remember from Peugeot’s past.

    However, there’s a problem, or at least an idiosyncrasy that defines the 208’s driving experience. I’m not talking about the slightly spongey brake pedal – you get used to that, or the surprisingly nippy 1.2 litre engine’s three-cylinder off-beat thrum. And neither am I referring to or the way in which the 208 irons out minor road imperfections in the way only a small French car can - that in fact is rather nice. No, it’s the position of the steering wheel and its size that leaves you wondering.

    In order for you to see the beautifully clear Audi-esque dials (you even get red pointers) that sit atop the dashboard the 208 demands that its tiller sits in your lap. Move it up and, if you’re average height or a bit shorter like me, the steering wheel’s rim obscures the speedo, tacho and trip computer. It’s a good job all the other more minor controls are now handled by the large touch screen in the middle of the dash. You simply would see them any other way. Whether it’s just a quirk or it’s a black mark against the otherwise perfectly nice and surprisingly well handling 208 I can’t decide. It takes some getting used to though, that’s all I’m saying. Even Peugeot admit 20% of the perspective buyers won’t like it.

    But before we write the 208 off as just another small French car for nipping around town in, consider this. At the Paris Motorshow this year Peugeot unveiled the 208GTi. It promises to be the car that those of us who remember the 205GTi have been waiting for for far too loan; a return to hot-hatch form Peugeot maybe?  It looks great and sounds very promising. I’m getting goosebumples already.

    Peugeot 208 Active VTi  82

    Engine:  1199cc 12V 3Cyl petrol
    Transmission: 5 speed Manual, front wheel drive.
    Power:  82bhp @5750pm
    Torque: 87lbft @2750rpm
    0-62MPH: 14.0Sec
    Max Speed: 109mph
    CO2: 104g/km
    MPG: 62.8 combined
    Price: £12,795

    Many thanks to Peugeot’s UK press office for the loan of their 208


    Liam Bird
  • 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.

  • Daniel James - A Failed Shrewsbury Loanee Who Became A Manchester United Play
    13 Jun 2019
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    Not too long ago Manchester United's first summer signing Daniel James was playing for Shrewsbury Town in the league one on loan from Swansea City. Unfortunately the loan spell didn't work out and the player was sent back to Swansea but the speed demon is now not only a full Wales international but has signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world in a deal said to be worth £15m. The player was initally thought to be on his way to Leeds United for a reported £10m fee but everything changed and he has joined Manchester United.

    Daniel James' story is a very interesting one. He failed to break into the then Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst's first team and Swansea almost sent him to league two side Yeovil on loan. Paul Hurt had signed the then 19 year old as Shrewsbury were fighting for automatic promotion to the Championship. The loan was to offer him his first taste of first team football. Unfortunately at the time he signed for the Shrews, he was just recovering from a double hernia operation.

    He did well in some friendly matches and fans of Shrewsbury were already looking forward to he making an impact for the club. He was obviously an exciting signing for the club.

    So why didn't his loan spell at Shrewsbury work out?

    Yorkshire-born was one of the five loan deals Shrewsbury completed in June 2017 during the summer transfer window of that year. Aside James, Ebou Adams, Dean Henderson, Carlton Morris and Niall Ennis had all joined from different clubs on loan. Unfortunately Paul Hurt could only have five loanees on his match day squad due to EFL laws but all of a sudden long term target in Norwich's highly rated youngster Ben Godfrey became unexpectedly.

    The Shrews had tried to sign Ben Godfrey in previous windows but failed. They tried again in the summer of 2017 but again Norwich said NO. But the NO was until August 22, just three games into the 2017/2018 season.

    James had caught the eye in a closed door friend again Walsall at Meadow unfortunately aside that game, it was generally struggled to settle down and with money tight for the club and Hurt told he can only bring him Ben Godfrey from Norwich if one of his five loanees leaves the club. Shrewsbury chairman eventually made the decision to sign Ben Godfrey and scarificed Daniel James.

    Although no one back in June 2017 thought James could end up becoming a Wales full international and sign for Manchester United, and at the time Shrewsbury were justified to opt for signing Ben Godfrey and letting James leave.

  • Eagle eyed visitors spot mystery Dodo egg in Shrewsbury
    02 Apr 2017

    A group of eagle eyed Darwin fans have spotted what appears to be a Dodo egg on a visit to Shrewsbury this week.

    The oversized egg was spotted near to the Darwin statue in the grounds of the library on Castle Street, Shrewsbury.

    Charles Darwin, who was born and raised in Shrewsbury, reported on the fearless and now extinct Dodo bird on a trip to the Galapagos in the 19th Century, as part of his three year adventure on the H.M.S. Beagle.

    “As Darwin noted, the Dodo's fearlessness is typical of isolated birds and it now appears that a brave and rare egg may have survived since Darwin’s travels and chosen Shrewsbury as its birth place. Will this be the first Shrowdo?” said historian Dr A. Fool of Shrewsbury.

    For more information visit or find Shrewsbury on Facebook  and Twitter @originalshrews.



  • Shrewsbury duo land Radio Four comedy
    17 Feb 2014

    A comedy writing duo from Shrewsbury have landed a four-part comedy series for BBC Radio Four, starting Wednesday 19th February.

    Tim Barnes and Simon Berry, both in their mid-twenties, have written, directed and provided voice talent for a new BBC Radio Four comedy called History Retweeted.

    History Retweeted is a retelling of world-changing events with a modern twist; imagining social media’s existence at significant moments in history, such as the fall of the berlin wall, the building of the great pyramid and the moon landing.

    Simon describes the programme as, "fast-paced, fun, and like nothing you've heard before".

    Tim added “We’re very excited that our work is being heard at a national level, we’re hoping it will be the first of many”.

    History Retweeted starts on Wednesday 19th February at 11pm on BBC Radio Four.

    Pete White
  • Brum Beat Pioneers to play County venue.
    02 Jun 2015

    This June Theatre Severn will be taking a step back in time and reliving the swinging sixties as they welcome Birmingham based pop group The Fortunes to the venue, celebrating their fifty first year in the business the evening promises to be a musical celebration of the era .

    The Fortunes were pioneers of the Brum Beat movement alongside bands such as The Moody Blues, and The Move and had a unique sound.  Where other bands limited themselves to a stripped back sound, The Fortunes always prided themselves on sophisticated orchestration and stylish counter melodies, combined with dual lead vocals. It was this combination that lead to their most recognisable hit ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’.

    This was not their only success and the group enjoyed a string of further hits in the sixties and seventies, including ‘Here it Comes Again’ ‘Freedom Come and Freedom Go’ and ‘Storm in a Teacup’. One of their earliest hits ‘Caroline’ will be familiar to readers of a certain age as the signature tune of the infamous pirate station Radio Caroline.  In 1969 the group also had the honour of being the voice of Coca Cola, when they recorded ‘It’s the Real Thing’.

    The group has a wide and varied past, Keyboardist Bob Jackson was also a member of ‘Badfinger’. Bass player Eddie Mooney toured with both The Dakotas and The Walker Brothers and guitarist Michael Smitham has played regularly with Del Shannon, Bobby Vee and Percy Sledge. With such a wide back catalogue to choose from visitors to the Shrewsbury venue can also expect a few non Fortunes hits and surprises.

    Venue Spokesman Pip Bayley said ‘I think we all have a soft spot for the Sixties, it produced some of the greatest music of all time. The Fortunes are a great band in their own right, but with all the other groups they have worked with I imagine it will be a really varied and entertaining set. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were also one or two revealing anecdotes to accompany the music!’

    The Fortunes will be playing at Theatre Severn on Thursday 25 June. Tickets are available via the Theatre Severn website or by contacting their Box Office on (01743) 281 281

  • Worfield ladies stepping out in style ...
    04 Oct 2016

    Worfield ladies stepping out in style for MAA …

    Over 180 guests attended a fashion show and light salmon lunch held at Patshull Park Golf Club, which helped to raise money towards the Midlands Air Ambulance charity.

    The event was organised by Paulette Morris, of Bridgnorth, who is the lady captain of Worfield Golf Club, near Bridgnorth and has chosen the MAAC as the chosen charity for her year in office.

    The fashion show was staged using professional models showcasing the Autumn range from Aristocats of Penn.

    Paulette Morris, said: “The men’s captain Stuart Corbett and fellow members of Worfield are also supporting the MAAC this year and we have managed to raise a combined total of £7,400 since taking office in March, so we hope to easily raise in excess of £10,000 over the year.

    “This charity is very close to my heart and I must thank the many businesses from around Bridgnorth who have donated such splendid prizes for the raffle and we are delighted to be raising funds for what is an essential emergency service throughout the region.”

    Money raised from the raffle was matched by Barclays Bank of Bridgnorth and manager Janet James, who attended the event, commented: “As a local bank we have been supporting several community projects for many years and this one in particular is a very worthwhile cause indeed, so we are happy to help.”

    Maria Jones of Midland Air Ambulance, added: “As most people know, the MAAC receives no government or lottery funding at all and needs over £7m per year just to maintain its vital duties operating three helicopters across the Midlands region.

    “We are therefore extremely grateful to groups like these ladies from Worfield Golf Club who go to great lengths organising events to raise much needed funds for the charity”

    Pictured are, Paulette Morris and Maria Jones (Right) with Worfield Golf Club members.

  • Betton Abbots landfill site
    12 Dec 2014
    Betton Abbots Landfill site

    The Councils old tip on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, Betton Abbots landfill site, is now decommissioned and the 'asset' (some would say liability) has been passed over to (formed Council-owned firm) Shropshire Waste Management Ltd. which is now owned by the multinational civil engineering firm SITA

    Throughout the later part of the 20th century, the old dump acted as the central hub for disposal of municipal refuse from the town of Shrewsbury and the surrounding area.   Year after year tens of thousands of tonnes of black bag waste and all manner of material which these days is banned from landfill was squashed up and buried in the ground here. 

    In the late 1990's a survey carried out by SWM for the extension of the landfill demonstrated that the geology beneath the site is primarily sandstone, which contains a major aquifer.  Environment Agency guidance, based on the requirements of the EU Landfill Directive, precludes the authorisation of any new landfill sites located on major aquifers unless substantial low permeable barriers such as certain types of clay protect them.  This does not exist at Betton Abbots and as a consequence the site would never have been granted an environmental permit needed to operate waste facilities.

    In addition to the pollution control issues, there were outstanding planning issues before the site could be considered for further importation of waste materials, these related mainly to the provision of a new road into the site.  As such the site became unviable and so more sustainable ways of managing the towns waste have been developed. 

    Since 2005 the site has been dormant and has been capped off with clay and reseeded.  However the site still has an aftercare programme in place and regular sampling of groundwater and methane gas levels is undertaken to make sure pollution does not spread from the site. 

    The site is being put to some good use though - not just by the farmer who grazes the site but by local (Cheshire based) green energy specialists Energos who have developed a system of pipes to capture the landfill gas being given off here.  The gas (which is mainly methane) is burned on site to create electricity for the national grid yielding some 2,694 MWh per annum - enough for about 700 homes - and this saves around 800 tonnes of CO2 each year (by reducing the need for fossil fueled electricity generation).  Of course this resource wont last forever though – once all that food waste, paper and other organic refuse which was buried there all those years ago finishes rotting away there wont be enough gas to make it worthwhile - but the gas levels at the site have been modelled to have another 15 years or so left. 

    James Thompson
  • University Centre Shrewsbury Free Reading Group Session to discuss forgotten novel, ‘The History of Sir Richard Calmady’ by Lucas Malet
    02 Nov 2017
    University Centre Shrewsbuyr reading group

    A free event is taking place at University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) to discuss the Victorian classic novel, The History of Sir Richard Calmady by Lucas Malet.

    The book, written in 1901, was outsold only by Rudyard Kipling’s Kim and caused much controversy, prompting one commentator to remark that “certain passages of it are quite as bad and immoral as anything that Zola has written.”

    But who is Lucas Malet? Popular novelist, female aesthete, Victorian radical and proto-Modernist, Lucas Malet was one of the most successful writers of her day, yet few of her remarkable novels remain in print.

    Dr Jane Ford, a Visiting Lecturer in English Literature at the UCS, will be hosting a reading group meeting to discuss this forgotten classic at Guildhall in Shrewsbury on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 10am.

    Dr Ford said: “It's hard to believe that a writer of Malet's calibre - someone who earned frequent comparison to male contemporaries like Henry James and Thomas Hardy - is now so little read. I'm really excited about this opportunity to talk about her work." 

    The event is free to attend, but booking is essential. To reserve places email [email protected] or call 01743 297185.

    Copies of the book are available to borrow in advance of the session and can be collected from the reception at Guildhall, Frankwell Quay (SY3 8HQ) which is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am to 4pm on Friday.

    The talk is part of a series of events at UCS covering a range of subjects. Many of the events are free, and they are open to everyone. For further details on UCS events go to

  • Former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College student celebrates DofE Gold award success at Buckingham Palace
    26 May 2017

    A former Shrewsbury Sixth Form College (SSFC) student picked up a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award at Buckingham Palace yesterday – something only 10% of those who ever set out to start it, achieve.

    Harry Roughan, 19, from Shrewsbury, received his Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award from BBC celebrity presenter, Steph McGovern, after Trustee for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), HRH The Earl of Wessex, heard many of the success stories.

    During the Gold Award Presentation, HRH took the opportunity to congratulate the 3000 gathered guests, 1,200 of which were collecting an award, on their successes and heard about their DofE journeys, which took each young person 12-18 months of hard work and dedication.

    Those who achieve a Gold DofE Award will volunteer, learn a skill, get fit, take part in a week long residential and plan and undertake an expedition in wild country. Widely acknowledged as the world’s leading achievement award for young people, DofE programmes enable any young person, aged 14-24, to develop key skills for life and work, such as confidence, commitment and team working.

    Sue Tuerena, DofE Leader at Shrewsbury Colleges Group, said: “Harry has a severe visual impairment and his determination to complete the expedition with no concessions was an incredible feat. Going on to complete the whole Gold award while at Shrewsbury College is an outstanding achievement and one that few other students achieve so quickly.

    “I can vouch that Harry's group, which also included SSFC students Robert Tait, Katty Chesson, Lola Haines, Guss Edrop-Leach, Howard Robinson and Thomas Gould, worked together as a strong team to help Harry through the bogs, mountains and forests on their four-day unsupported expedition.

    "At times they carried him and his bag when he was exhausted. The mixed group developed their team-work through the training, planning and practice expeditions using each other’s particular skills to contribute to the whole team. Harry is the first of his group to complete, but several of the rest are nearly completed. We were very proud and pleased to be able to facilitate this achievement.”

    Speaking about his DofE experience, Harry, who studied Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Biology A Levels at SSFC, achieving two A*, an A and a B, said: “I decided to do the Duke of Edinburgh because it’s something different to do and will provide me with that something extra for my CV going forward. It’s not something you get the chance to do often.”

    Harry, who is now studying Psychology at Birmingham University, added: “I found it both challenging and fun. The expedition was hard, but the other in my group helped he. I feel awesome about the achievement and it was fun going to Buckingham Palace – but very hot! The day put getting this far into perspective. Steph McGovern said some really nice things like ‘Even if you don’t know where you are going, whatever you do, put in 100%.’  I am really pleased the College gave me the opportunity to do this.”

    Harry’s Dad, Michael, said: “The whole family is very honoured. It’s a huge achievement. Harry’s visual impairment doesn’t stop him doing anything and he did amazingly well with this challenge.”

    There are currently over 300,000 young people taking part in a DofE programme across the UK through a variety of centres including both state and independent schools, special schools, businesses, prisons, young offender institutions and youth groups.                                                 

  • Head visits pupils at motivational homework club
    20 May 2019
    Head visits pupils at motivational homework club

    A new homework club, launched by local housing association Severnside, is proving such a success with pupils that their headteacher visited the club to find out more.

    Pupils in year six at Meole Brace C of E Primary and Nursery school have been attending Severnside’s Meole Digital Den to take part in the homework club since its launch in February.  Headteacher Henry Bray recently joined them to see how pupils are making improvements in their ability to complete homework on time and to a good standard.

    “The after school sessions at the Digital Den have been a real boost to our pupils who attend.” said Mr Bray, headteacher. “They benefit academically from the small group tuition and guidance and it gives them an opportunity to get their homework done and dusted to the best of their abilities in a really focused and positive environment. The nurturing, supportive nature of the sessions also helps them to build bonds socially and the children regularly tell me how they have enjoyed going.” 

    The homework clubs form part of Severnside’s Learning Programme which aims to boost skills and inspire local people of all ages, to reach their full potential.

    “When we started the club, we set about establishing a connection with the local school to ensure the project was well-used and targeted children who would benefit most from the support on offer.” explains Severnside’s learning programme and digital inclusion officer Paul Evans.

    “Finding adequate time and space to study at home can add to the pressures of family life. The club aims to alleviate some of those demands and support our younger residents to thrive at school.

    “With access to computers and dedicated support the club is a quiet place for pupils to complete their homework and gain confidence in their abilities.”

    You can visit to find out more about Severnside’s Learning Programme which offers a diverse range of great learning opportunities to help people boost their skills in key areas including IT, self-confidence, CV writing, money management and work experience.  A schedule of weekly activities at the Meole Brace and Castlefields Digital Dens are also available.

    Back row from left - Henry Bray, Headteacher at Meole Brace C of E Primary and Nursery school, Paul Evans, Severnside's learning programme and digital inclusion officer.
    Front row from left - Pupils Owen Wilcox, Isobel Davis and Ryan Cossie-Sullivan


  • Birthday wish comes true for care home resident who turns 101
    13 Jul 2020

    A Shropshire care home resident has had her 101st birthday wish come true after staff rallied round to give her a new hairdo. 

    Betty Green, a resident at Greenfields care home in Whitchurch, had only one request for the day she celebrated turning 101 and that was to get her hair cut. 

    So, a bit like magic, the care team rallied together with their scissors and hairdryers to make her wish come true. 

    They also put on a special afternoon tea to celebrate. 

    Care home manager Lindsey Groenewald said it had been a splendid afternoon enjoyed by all and not least Mrs Green. 

    She said: “It was absolutely wonderful to help our resident Betty celebrate such a big day and to make her birthday wish come true with a fabulous new hairdo. 

    “Our activity coordinators did a great job and Betty had a super afternoon with lots of singing, afternoon tea and plenty of lovely gifts and cards to open.”  

    Greenfields is one of 14 homes operated by Coverage Care Services, Shropshire’s largest independent care provider. 

    In June, some homes began re-opening to non-essential visitors for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced on March 16. It’s anticipated that by the end of this week, all homes will have re-opened although strict measures remain in place for the safety of residents and staff. 

    Homes continue to accept new admissions and referrals but under strict new guidelines.

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