Oswestry Life July 2024

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to Oswestry Life Welcome

Who fondly remembers Woolworths in town? There’s been such a change recently on the high street, it got me thinking back to the 80s when shops seemed to be around for years on end. It was the Willow Street entrance of Woolworths that provided the biggest pick ‘n’ mix selection a child could dream of! Interestingly, Woolworths originally opened on Cross Street in the 1930s, where Sports Direct is now. It didn’t move far though.

Some of the staples in Oswestry now, are locally owned small businesses who’ve been around for some time. Whether it’s a pub, a delicatessen, salon or herbalist, they are still here providing service to our lovely little town.

Let’s have a great July and see you next month!

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Community News

Success for Community Games!

Despite the light rain in the middle of the day, the 11th Oswestry Community Games more than met organisers’ expectations and around 1000 people of all ages turned up to enjoy the free activities in Cae Glas Park provided by diverse local organisations covering sports and dance. The live music was once again provided by Bartells, who lived up to their growing reputation and seeing the Red Arrows fly over at 3.23pm was just a bonus!

At the closing ceremony, Oswestry Town Council Mayor Mike Isherwood thanked everyone

for their support, and spoke about the importance of the Community Games to help improve people’s physical and mental health. With around 150 volunteers there, he was delighted to be there and congratulated everyone and all their work in the clubs that support the community and this great event.

Darren Edwards Guest of Honourthen made an inspiring speech about his journey to reach this point, and to take advantage of the opportunities we have available locally. Phil Brown Town Crier then closed the Games with his verse and inimitable style!

The Bailey Head wins again

Grace Goodlad and Duncan Borrowman, the owners of The Bailey Head in Oswestry, are celebrating after being announced as the winners of the Campaign for Real Ale’s Shropshire Pub of the Year and Shropshire Cider Pub of the Year.

The pub which won Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Pub of the Year six weeks ago and has won Shrewsbury and West Shropshire Market Towns Pub of the Year every year since it opened in 2016, has never won the overall prize for Shropshire.

Grace said, “Yet again we have to thank our staff and customers for all of the support they have given us, which has meant we have managed to achieve far more than we ever envisaged. We are massively indebted to all of you.”

Saddle up for Hope House Cycle Challenge

Cyclists are gearing up for a popular charity bike ride with a scenic route from Oswestry’s Hope House children’s hospice to either Lake Vyrnwy or Lake Bala.

Cycle Challenge 2024, on Sunday 11 August, starts and finishes at Hope House, in Morda, and has become a favourite on the annual cycling calendar.

Hundreds of new and experienced cyclists are expected to join the event. They can choose to pedal a 56-mile route to Lake Vrynwy or a 70-mile distance to Lake Bala. The Lake Bala challenge returns via Bwlch y Groes – one of the highest public road mountain passes in Wales with a summit altitude of 545 metres.

Early bird entry is £27.50 until 14 July, before rising to the full price of £35. Limited entry will be available on the day. Hope House cycle jerseys are also available at £30 each. Refreshments will be served at a halfway station, with an afternoon tea provided on return to Hope House. All cyclists will receive a goodie bag which includes a specially designed handy water bottle. Entrants must be 16 and over are encouraged to raise additional funds from sponsorship or a sweepstake.

Sign up to enter at www.hopehouse. org.uk/cycle

Veteran celebrates 105th birthday

Last month, Colin Cole celebrated his 105th birthday with friends and family at Whittington Castle with a tea party. Colin is a war veteran who served in World War II and was on Air Sea Rescue on D-Day. We wish Colin many happy returns.

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Inspirational fundraiser retires

An Oswestry breast cancer survivor who became well known in the town for her ‘pink day’ fundraisers is hanging up her receptionist’s phone and retiring after 38 years of working for a local law firm.

Irene Eke joined Brown & Lloyd, now known as GHP Legal, in 1986 and became ‘the voice at the other end of the line’ for many hundreds of the firm’s clients. In 1993 she survived major surgery for breast cancer and has been a regular fundraising organiser in the firm’s Willow Street offices ever since. From persuading solicitors and other staff to dress down in support of Genes for Jeans, to getting them to wear pink socks, pink fingernails and even pink pyjamas on Wear It Pink Day for Breast Cancer Awareness, Irene has been an inspiration to everyone who works with her.

GHP Legal Senior Partner, Richard Lloyd, said, “Irene is one of the most cheerful people I have ever met, and she has been an inspiration to other

breast cancer sufferers and survivors in the town. At GHP Legal we were all proud of the way she handled her illness and have always been keen to support her fundraising ideas. After such a long time it is going to seem strange not to see her behind the reception desk, but she deserves a well-earned rest, and we all wish her the very best in her retirement.”

Below: Vicky, Alison, Irene, Hywel and Richard

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Victoria Ireland has written a two-part podcast audio play about her personal experience of the disease. Her Dad passed away last November, which prompted her to write it, to give people an intimate insight into the devastating effect of Alzheimer’s and how it affects the family and those around them. Living with AL follows the life of Cybil who is suffering with Alzheimer’s and is performed by Bayston Hill Amateur Dramatics Society. The podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Amazon Music.

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Raised and World Record Made

You might remember the story last year of Ian Davies and his daughter Dani setting out to race against each other across the Atlantic Ocean in a bid to raise money for charity. Both rowing in pairs, Ian was partnered with his friend Jim Ronaldson, and Dani paired with her husband Mark. Getting fit and ready was a huge part of the challenge for them. But now they’ve completed it, making it safely back to base and raising a whopping £8000 in the process!

As well as the wonderful amount for charity, Ian and his partner Jim, set a world record for “the oldest pair to row any ocean”. What an amazing bonus after a gruelling challenge.

Sharing his thoughts about this, Ian says, “Jim and I beat Dani and Mark to the finish line with a combined age of 131 years, but now I think it’s time to hand over the baton to the younger generation. It took us a total of 66 days, 17 hours and 39 minutes to complete it. Dani and Mark completed it in 73 days, 12 hours and 3 minutes.” So how did it all unfold in the end?

Once they crossed the start line and had been on the Ocean for a week or so, they were out of range for a helicopter rescue. So, if there was an emergency, the nearest ship that could help would be sent out to find them and pick them up. Quite an unnerving thought really. We haven’t all been out in the middle of the ocean, so we can only imagine the desolate image portrayed in the movies is somewhat accurate. For Ian, Jim, Dani and Mark, at this point, the only way off the boat was to keep on rowing to Antigua.

“We did have some communication issues along the way. We started with a total of 6 phones, but by day 5 we only had two working. Occasionally, I was able to call Dani, but it was strange I could barely keep in touch with her only 200 miles away. However, I could do a live interview on Radio Shropshire with little or no problems,” Ian says.

“The worst part of the journey was receiving news that one of our fellow rowers had died on this year’s

challenge. Our deepest condolences went out to his fellow team members and family in Australia.”

“The best part was completing the challenge, raising money and the tremendous reception at the finish line in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua. Dani and Mark were blessed with a multitude of wildlife along the way including orcas (killer whales), sharks, marlin, dolphins, puffer fish, flying fish and more! Whereas Jim and I encountered a few flying fish and a solitary marlin. I think Dani and Mark were on the David Attenborough challenge!”

Ian has some solid advice for anyone thinking of taking on a tough boating challenge. “My advice is to choose your crew carefully. The biggest issue on board isn’t sharks, or capsizing, it’s crew conflict. Something that isn’t a problem on day 2, could become a big problem by day 22 if you haven’t sorted it out.”

The £8,000 raised was split evenly between Papyrus (Jim’s charity) and Myeloma UK Ian’s charity). Ian suffers with Multiple Myeloma, which is treatable but not curable. He’s had two bone marrow transplants so far in the last 9 years and Myeloma UK is the organisation/charity that develops new treatment regimes, and pushes for new drugs, working towards finding a cure for this cancer.

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Your chance to win a holidaY to Spain

2024 will see the annual Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy tournament celebrate 50 years of raising money for Leukaemia research. Sponsored By The Great Weston, it’s a fantastic achievement by so many people to have reached this milestone.

The History

Graham Edwards was a talented local footballer who sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia in 1974 at the young age of 21. Friends of Graham set up the football tournament the following year and raised the grand sum of £100. Fast forward to 2024 and they have raised a phenomenal total of £173,000 for Leukaemia research.

The fundraiser has held lots of events over the years as well as the tournament to raise money. But through its history, many celebrities

have attended the sportsman’s dinners: Paul Merson, Ray Parlour, Lee Sharpe, Razor Ruddock, Mickey Quinn and Duncan McKenzie have all contributed to the incredible total raised for Leukaemia research. Gary Lineker, Steve Bull, Joey Jones Ian Rush and Paul Rideout, are just a few that have guested on the final day of the tournament. Even The Drifters and The Commitments have played at past music events.

Football tournament & family BBQ

Plans for the fundraising activities have been finalised for 2024 but there’s still a lot of hard work ahead to get things off the ground. 8 local football teams will battle it out to see who will lift the trophy this year. The tournament is played at the Gobowen playing fields, starting on Sunday 7 July and will run throughout July every Sunday, finishing with the final game on Sunday 28 July. The final day is a perfect opportunity to support the tournament and enjoy the summer weather, with a BBQ and outside bar. Come and spend some quality time with family and friends whilst supporting this worthy cause.

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If you can’t resist the chance to win a prize, enter the grand raffle being

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Be inspired

During May this year, 6-year-old George completed a 50-mile sponsored walk in memory of his grandfather who sadly lost his battle with Leukaemia. The young lad raised an impressive £1000 for the Graham Edwards Memorial Trophysuch an inspiring story. Can you help raise some money with a sponsored walk or similar type of event?

Gala dinner

As part of the 50th celebrations grab yourself a ticket for the muchanticipated Gala Dinner on 30 November at Park Hall Showground. You’ll be entertained by the talented local band, the Bartells and your compare and resident comedian for the evening is John Martin. Enjoy the two-course meal, auction and raffle, knowing you are helping support the cause. Tickets are just £40 per person or invite your friends and book a table of ten.

To find out information about the events, how to buy raffle tickets and how you can donate, visit the Facebook page: Graham Edwards Memorial Trophy Sponsored by the Great Weston.

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Our heart and soul has gone into the making of this space and we seek to always maintain that integrity with every step. We want to tell you a little about our path in opening the salon and where we are wanting to take it.

We are both partners in life and for the last 26 months have been partners in business, and what a whirlwind those months have been! Having both been in the industry for over 22 years we have worked for some of the top hair franchises in not only Shropshire but the country. Salon XV offers four premium product brands being Sebastian, Maria Nila, Wella Professional and our newest one SHED. We take pride and care in our selection of products in the salon making sure we cover all bases for clients hair care needs. Importantly, we also like to make sure that it’s affordable for everyone.

We would like everyone to know we are both Wella master colour experts, this mean that we have both successfully passed a highly comprehensive Wella education programme to ensure we can offer you the very best hair colour experience, making us a Wella certified salon.

Within the first two years we’ve won many awards which have included best hair salon in Shropshire and the West Midlands, also gaining our 5 star rating with the Good Salon Guide for hair and aesthetics. As a salon we aim to be as sustainable as possible — obviously the one thing we use a lot of is water, so we try to help as much as we can by having biodegradable towels and tissue products made of bamboo. The gift bags we provide are made of either 100% recycled plastic, paper or hessian. We offer a loyalty card service both for services and products.

We also love working with local companies, keeping our carbon footprint down as much as we can.

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Owners Salon XV / XV Beauty Oswestry Best Hair Salon Shropshire & West Midlands 2023

We are, as a salon, very excited to be working alongside LJ Aesthetics and Wellbeing. Lucy has become a very valued member of the extended Salon XV / XV Beauty family, it’s not only her expertise we value but also her way of making clients feel comfortable.

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Slimming World members complete Race for Life

More than 40 members of Claire’s Slimming World in Oswestry took part in Shrewsbury’s Race for Life on Sunday 2 June, and raised over £5000 for Cancer Research UK. Some ran, some jogged and some walked the 5k distance, but they all completed it and Claire, the consultant from Oswestry, couldn’t have been prouder.

She said, “Some of my members haven’t done any physical activity in years, but with Slimming Worlds unique physical activity programme called Body Magic, they have started to become active and with the support of all of my groups, absolutely smashed the 5k!

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Make an Entrance on Ladies’ Day

Chester, Ascot and Goodwood Ladies’ Day: showing up with the most unique headwear is what it’s all about. A statement piece that catches the eye of everyone who walks past, and strangers come to you asking, “Wow, who made your hat?”

When you’re part of a wedding and you don’t just want any fascinator from the high street, you can’t run the risk of someone else wearing the same thing on the day. A beautifully, wistful piece of headwear that’s been custom made is the dream.

But where can you find such unique pieces? It’s Forever After, based in the Oswestry indoor market. Now in its third year, owner Michelle Braden has come to specialise in custom made headwear and corsages. She also stocks off-the-shelf fascinators and hats for sale and rent.

Michelle has all sorts of customers coming to her shop to find that special piece. “My customers are usually mothers of the bride and groom, wedding guests, and ladies attending the races, especially for the royal enclosure. I have even made headwear for awards ceremonies too.”

When you visit Forever After, Michelle will help you find exactly what you need for the special occasion, either by making a bespoke piece or finding something off the shelf

from her collection. Your options really are open. Michelle makes the bespoke headwear herself, so you can be confident you’ll receive a product made with care and quality materials.

To find your next hat or fascinator, visit Forever After at the Oswestry Indoor Market.

For more information call 07553 444 278 or email michelle.foreverafter@gmail.com. Follow: Facebook @Forever After – Oswestry or Instagram @foreverafteroswestry.

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The Outdoor Dabblers:

More than just a walk in the park

This year, The Border Outdoor Dabblers (BODS) are celebrating their 25th year. Established in 1999, they offer much more than just scenic walks through Oswestry and the Borderlands. Yes, they organise weekly outings for walkers of all abilities, but what truly sets them apart is their emphasis on building a strong social network within the group.

Leisurely Exploration, not Power Walking

Unlike fitness groups focused on pushing limits, BODS walks are designed for a relaxed pace. The priority is to soak in the beauty of the surroundings, appreciate the local flora and fauna, and discover interesting historical titbits along the way. Difficulty levels gradually increase as the days lengthen, starting with flatter terrains in April and progressing to more challenging hillocks later in the season.

This approach makes BODS walks suitable for a wide range of people. The group welcomes individuals of all ages and backgrounds, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. Whether you’re a seasoned walker or just starting out, you’ll find a friendly and supportive environment at BODS.

Exploring the Best of Oswestry’s Nature

The walks themselves are a delightful exploration of Oswestry’s natural gems. BODS takes members to a diverse selection of

locations, including Llanymynech Hill, Oswestry Racecourse, Llansillin, Colemere, Sycarth, Llangollen, Llynclys Common, and Rodney’s Pillar. Over the course of a walking season, participants can experience a total of 48 unique routes, ensuring a constant sense of discovery.

The Social Side

A key element of the BODS experience is the social aspect that unfolds after each walk. The group typically concludes their outings at a local pub, providing a relaxed space for members to unwind, share stories, and forge lasting friendships. This post-walk tradition allows participants to connect beyond the physical activity, building a strong social bond that extends far beyond the walking trails.

Welcoming Atmosphere

BODS understands that life can be unpredictable. There’s no pressure to participate in every walk. Members can choose which outings fit their schedule, allowing for a level of flexibility that caters to busy lifestyles. This approach makes BODS an ideal option for those who want to incorporate some outdoor activity and social interaction into their lives without a rigid commitment.

More Than Just Walks

While walking is at the heart of BODS, the group also organises occasional weekend walks and other social events throughout the year. This adds variety to the experience and further strengthens the social connections between members.

A Group for Everyone

The BODS philosophy is one of inclusivity. Well-behaved dogs and children are always welcome, making the group a great option for families or those who enjoy the company of their furry companions. This welcoming atmosphere ensures that everyone feels comfortable and can participate fully in the BODS experience.

Beyond Fitness, Building a Community

The Border Outdoor Dabblers offer a unique experience that goes beyond simply getting some exercise. They provide a platform for connecting with nature, discovering hidden corners of Oswestry, and most importantly, building a strong social network. Whether you’re a seasoned walker seeking new routes or someone looking for a friendly group to explore the outdoors with, BODS offers a welcoming and enriching environment for all. Remember, it’s not just about the walk; it’s about the company you keep along the way.

If you’re interested in joining the Border Outdoor Dabblers, visit www.borderoutdoordabblers.com

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local Summer eventS and attractionS

oS we ST ry Food & dr INK Fe STI vA l

6 - 7 July, 10am-4pm, Town Centre

This free event takes place in the centre of Oswestry, from the Bailey Head down to Church Street. The food fest provides cuisine from local producers and food for all tastes. There might even be a few samples to try but get your hands on everything from tasty cakes and hot food to beer from the local brewery.

Visit the website for more information: www.visitoswestry.co.uk/food-drink/oswestry-foodfestival


6 July, 11am – 4pm, Cae Glas Park

Join The New Saints for fun and activities, including fairground rides, bouncy castles and face-painting. Don’t miss inflatable mini pitch activities and of course first team player appearances – quick, get the camera for some photo opportunities.

r e GGA e IN T he PA r K

7 July, 12pm-7pm, Cae Glas Park

If you love Reggae music, join the local community in Cae Glas Park for DJ sets in the park’s bandstand. The event is free.

oS we ST ry Show

3 August, Gates open 8.30am

The 137th Oswestry Show is one of the country’s leading agricultural shows. Every year they have thousands of attendees, who enjoy a fun-filled day with something for the whole family. Over 120 trade stands, hundreds of exhibitors and a large variety of displays and activities.

To purchase tickets and for more information: www.oswestryshow.co.uk

Shrew S bury Flower Show

9 - 10 August, 10am-8pm, The Quarry

The show is held in the Quarry, in the centre of Shrewsbury and a convenient 20-minute walk from the train station. This year’s arena show presents live performances by Chasing Mumford - an outstanding tribute band of Mumford & Sons, and a Take That tribute band performing for all the fans of the 90’s formed group. Not to be missed are the RAF Falcons and The Farmyard Circus.

There are lots of food and craft stands at the show this year, along with stunning floral displays. Families can take advantage of the kid’s fairground rides and free entertainment, finishing with an amazing firework display to watch at the end of a fun day.

Visit the website for day tickets and more information: www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk

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Oswestry BallOO n Carnival

17 august, 10am-9.30pm, Cae Glas Park 18 august, 10.30am-7.30pm, Cae Glas Park

The Balloon Carnival is a two-day event for all the family. The carnival will take place in the heart of Oswestry, in Cae Glas Park. Join in with the local community to watch an impressive display of hot air balloons and an unforgettable weekend.

Entry to the carnival is free, however a £2 donation towards Nightingales would be greatly appreciated by the organisers. Volunteers will be scattered around the park to help with any questions regarding the charity.

Visit the website for more information: www.oswestryballooncarnival.info

s hrews B ury s team r ally

25 – 26 august, 9.15am-6pm, Onslow Park

The Steam Rally comes around every August bank holiday and takes place in the picturesque Onslow Park just outside Shropshire and is considered to be one of the best Steam Rally events in the UK. The event proudly showcases vintage and steam-powered vehicles and is a fantastic family day out with loads to see and do. There’s plenty of food, drink and craft stalls around the rally, including a licensed bar where you can enjoy an ice-cold beer.

Information about weekend camping and ticket prices are available on the website: www.shrewsburysteamrally. co.uk

Park h all C O untryside e x P erien C e

Open daily, 10am-5pm

Park Hall opened their gates to the public back in 2000. Since then, the farm has provided an action-packed family day out with lots of chances to meet their farmyard friends. See the bunnies, sheep, alpacas and goats and place your imaginary bets at the pig racing, where they compete to be crowned the speediest pig of the day.

Park Hall has museum areas to help all ages learn about specific periods in history. There’s an Iron Age

Roundhouse giving us an insight into how people lived during those times. A Victorian school and museum show us everyday items the families used. You can also visit the Welsh Guards Museum with artefacts showing the history of the guards and what life was like.

Visit the website for more information: www.parkhallfarm.co.uk

w hittin G t O n Castle

Open daily, 9am-5pm (summer)

Whittington Castle is adored by the local community and is now known for the entertaining events it holds such as theatre performances, historical re-enactments and fairs. The castle is open all year round and entry is free. There are information boards scattered around the castle, with lots of fascinating history to read and you will even find a complete set of armour on display, which was once found within the castle grounds. Come along for coffee and cake or maybe lunch in the cosy little cafe that’s located in the castle. They are dog friendly, even selling doggie ice cream!

Visit the website for more information: whittingtoncastle.co.uk

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19 - 21 July 2024 Hopton Court, Cleobury

Immerse yourself in the ancient art of storytelling.

We have an amazing line up of artists including...

● Storytellers - Len Cabral, Shonaleigh, Sahand Sahebdivani

● Musicians - Ciderhouse Rebellion and Jesse Summerhayes (poet), Dan Walsh, Time Bandits

Plus lots more on our website & more to be announced!

● Dedicated children’s programme and circus activities

● International & top-class performers alongside emerging talent

● Exciting workshops and activities including: storytelling and music, tai chi, story rounds, and much more

● Excellent locally sourced food and ales in our Speakeasy bar

● Late night story sessions around the firepit

For more information: www.festivalattheedge.org email: info@festivalattheedge.org tel: 07544 044 126

Morda Village Hall 7th September 2024 8pm

Early bird tickets £17.50 (£20 on door). from Morda Club, Rowanthon or www.jumblebee.co.uk/fleetwoodshackoswestry

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festivalat the edge
Mortimer, Kidderminster DY14 0EF
The longest running international storytelling festival in England
*Photo Credits: Len Cabral Jim Hooper, Shonaleigh Katherine Betteridge *Len Cabral Dan Walsh Ciderhouse Rebellion Sahand Sahebdivani Time Bandits
For full details please contact: Show Secretary, Oswestry Show O ice, Oswestry Showground, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AB Telephone: 01691 654875 Email: info@oswestryshow.co.uk A Great Family Day Out … The 137th OSWESTRY SHOW Park Hall Showground Oswestry Saturday 3rd August 2024





TNS IN THE PARK - 6 JULY 11am-4pm - Cae Glas Park

OSWESTRY FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL - 6 & 7 JULY 10am-4pm – Town Centre

REGGAE IN THE PARK - 7 JULY 12-7pm - Cae Glas Park


CINDERELLA - 13 & 14 JULY performances 2pm & 5pm - Cae Glas Park BANDS IN THE PARK

SAXOPHONE QUARTET - 28 JULY 2-4pm - Cae Glas Park

CLUB MAMBO - 4 AUGUST 2-4pm - Cae Glas Park


CARNIVAL - 17 & 18 AUGUST Cae Glas Park

CHILL OUT IN THE PARK - 25 AUGUST 12-5pm - Cae Glas Park

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Monolith (15)

AvAilAble to streAm on nowtv/sky, rent on rAkuten And elsewhere.

This month’s choice, ‘Monolith’, is an ultra-low budget Australian thriller with a cast of one, plus a few extra voices, all set in one suburban home. It exploits these limitations to great effect, proving that a great script and concept matter most.

A disgraced journalist starts a ‘Mysteries of the World’ type podcast and, following an email from a stranger, begins investigating appearances of unusual black bricks that cause people to experience visions. Delving further into the mystery, she discovers more recipients of these bricks and speaks to them online about their origins. It’s an unusual set up and may not feel very cinematic, but the acting and editing really sell the story. The (unnamed) journalist, played by l ily Sullivan, is on screen for virtually the entire 90 minutes, and although the action never leaves her home, it’s still a gripping film. Fans of mystery podcasts, Hitchcock, and Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending thrillers will find much to enjoy here.

Taraxacum officinale

Dried I am tea in root i am coffee i cleanse, i purify, restore balance.

As wine I am a flavourful tonic; never meant to be the gardeners nemesis but the Chef’s friend tossed in a summer salad garnished with pansies.

i am dandelion and when i seed i blow away - in fragility of time.

Jan Hedger

Wednesday Night Is Film Night in Oswestry

Oswestry Film Society now has screenings at the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre, Chapel St, Oswestry, SY11 1LF. It’s fully accessible with a licensed café-bar.

Wed 3 July: The SeSSionS (15)

this poignant and surprisingly funny tale is the remarkable true story of mark O’Brien, who suffered with polio at six, and was confined to an iron lung for the rest of his life.

Wed 10 July:

The RiSe And RiSe of MichAel RiMMeR (15)

peter Cook stars in this 1970 British political satire where he starts as the new boy at an advertising agency - and ends up becoming the first President of the UK. A sharp, witty film and still relevant today.

Films start 7.30pm. Tickets £8. More details and info via www.oswestryfilmsociety.com.

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LocaL food producers on the map

The Shropshire Good Food Trail is back and bigger than ever for summer 2024 with double the locations and a full six weeks of mouth-watering offers highlighting the good food grown, made, sold and served across the county.

The innovative food trail, which put Shropshire’s top quality food producers firmly on the map, is this year celebrating Shropshire’s abundance in the round-the-county foodie route.

The food trail will guide both local people and visitors to over 100 venues. Around 4,000 food trail maps are due to be distributed around the county.

The Shropshire Good Food Trail was launched last year by the Shropshire Good Food Partnership. The fun and informative map and guide originally featured more than 50 venues growing, making, selling or serving the county’s finest and most sustainably produced food.

Now the Shropshire Good Food Partnership has expanded the tasty trail to double the number of locations, increase the number of maps in circulation and has extended the event to take in the six weeks of the school summer holidays from Saturday 20 July to 31 August.

Ruth Martin of the Shropshire Good Food Partnership team said that the food trail aimed to highlight the many positives of buying good local produce.

“It supports the local economy, supports jobs and increases the amount of good food consumed. There are no downsides,” she said.

This year’s food trail will include markets to promote a vital part of Shropshire’s food economy and give an extra boost to the smaller scale local producers.

There will also be food trail events held across the county over the summer showcasing the delights of Shropshire food and farming and providing opportunities to connect

with nature and food production in Shropshire.

“The food trail aims to highlight smaller farms, shops and organisations that are great at producing but not great shouting about it. We want local people and visitors to veer off the beaten track this summer with our Shropshire Good Food Trail and discover new hidden gems around the county,” said Ruth Martin.

She added that the Shropshire Good Food Trail was a not-for-profit initiative to help increase awareness and support of the local food economy.

“Venues are not paying to be included on the map. This makes sure that all good food producers can be included on their merit with sponsors and donations helping to cover the costs,” she said.

She added that the Shropshire Good Food Partnership would be delighted to hear from anyone who would like to sponsor the Shropshire Good Food Trail or make a donation. Anyone interested can email hello@shropshiregoodfood.org.

She said people could also get

involved by following the Shropshire Good Food Trail on Facebook or Instagram (@shropshiregoodfood) or by visiting one or more of the venues to taste Shropshire’s abundance.

Maps will be available to collect from venues across the county or a copy can be downloaded at www.shropshiregoodfoodtrail.org.

A directory of all the growers, makers, sellers, and servers will be available at www. shropshiregoodfoodtrail.org/.

Further information on the food trail is available by visiting the website or by emailing hello@shropshiregoodfood.org.

The food trail is a Shropshire Good Food Partnership initiative to promote, support and encourage local Good Food in Shropshire.

The partnership was formed with a vision to create a local food system that is ‘good for people, place and planet’. It brings together Shropshire’s most switched-on food producers, retailers and consumers to make Shropshire’s food system more resilient, sustainable and fair.

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Food & Drink
Ruth Martin of the Shropshire Good Food Partnership with the original trail map and guide
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Serves 6 Preparation time 20-25 minutes

Andalucian Gazpacho

Refreshing and cool – and bursting with flavoursome fresh produce – this authentic no-cook Andalucian gazpacho is perfect for summertime entertaining and can be made ahead of time.

Ingred I ents

• 50g stale bread, crusts removed and crumbled

• 1kg ripe, tasty tomatoes, chopped

• 1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped

• 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled

• 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced, plus a little extra, diced, to serve

• 100ml Spanish extra virgin olive oil

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

• 2-3 tbsp sherry vinegar

• Very cold water, for topping up


1. Soak the bread in some water and when well soaked, squeeze the water out.

2. Place the chopped tomatoes, green pepper, garlic, cucumber and soaked bread in a food processor or blender and blend to a creamy consistency, adding the olive oil little by little.

3. Season with sea salt and add sherry vinegar to taste. Add cold water until the desired consistency is reached and blend again.

4. Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge until ready to serve, garnished with diced cucumber and finished with a generous grinding of black pepper.

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Recipe extracted from Cocina de Andalucía by María José Sevilla, out now, published by Ryland Peters & Small, priced £22, with photography by Nassima Rothacker © Ryland Peters & Small.
Food & Drink


Nestling in beautiful woodland, Henlle Heights provides a beautiful area for our guests to relax, unwind and enjoy our freshly cooked food.

“Foodie heaven”, exclaims a fan of the Mumbai at Henlle Heights – a “great independent restaurant” that ticks all the boxes when it comes to excelling in flavours, taste, visual appeal, location, and service.”

Renowned Mumbai Chef Bharat Singh Rawat & Chef Craig Sutton create an exciting fusion of Indian, Indo-Chinese and British cuisine.

Bharat, previously created the Mumbai menu for national and international restaurants, he is now proud to be part of - Mumbai at Henlle Heights.

Bharat blends exotic spices with local and seasonal ingredients for varied and “unrivalled Indian dishes”

Chef Craig Sutton, enjoys sourcing local produce to create superb country style dishes with passion and flair.

The pairing of Chefs talents makes Henlle Heights totally unique and a ‘must go to.’


“Location, location, location, plus delicious food, perfect evening!”

“Nothing is too much trouble for the staff and the food is divine,”

38 | Oswestry life The perfect venue for your special occasion We want to help you create the most memorable event, from the tiny details to the extravagant gestures. Oswestry Cricket Club can help you with your layout, decorations, music choices all the way up to your food options - be that a delicious menu or making way for your favourite caterer. Whatever your budget, we can help. CONTACT JeN 07812 423934 oswestrycricketclub1855@gmail.com Fully licensed Bar Our large, fully licensed bar is stocked with a wide range of drinks to suit everyone, including a great range of soft drinks. If cocktails are your thing, we can work with you to create a great drinks list tailor-made for your event! Shropshire Pub of the Year 2024 baileyhead.co.uk The White Lion. Llynclys, Oswestry, SY108LJ Telephone: 01691 830991 A welcoming food-led pub reopened in 2022 following a complete makeover. Food served every day from 12- 3pm and 5-8pm with booking advised. A loyalty scheme is in place with benefits of up to 20% off

8 Preparation

Orange & mango tropical trifle

Layers of orange jelly, coconut cream and fresh fruit give us this tropical-themed trifle. This includes a simple all-in-one cake recipe, but sponge fingers will work too!

Ingred I ents

• For the sponge cake (or use a 300g Madeira cake or 300g of sponge fingers)

• 120g butter, at room temperature

• 120g granulated sugar

• 2 medium eggs

• 120g plain flour

• 1 tsp baking powder

• Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

• For the other layers

• 1 x 85g packet orange jelly crystals

• 3 ripe mangoes, peeled, destoned and sliced (or 1 ripe mango and about 200g mango pulp)

• 500ml fresh custard

• 400ml double cream

• 1 tbsp coconut extract

To decorate

• Coconut flakes (optional)

• Lime zest (optional)


1. First make the cake (if you’re making your own). Preheat the oven to 200°C, fan 180°C, gas mark 6 and line a 20cm square brownie tin with baking parchment.

2. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the beater attachment, add all the cake ingredients and combine until smooth. If very stiff, add a little milk. Pour into the lined tin, level it out and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.

3. While the cake is cooling, make the jelly according to the packet instructions and leave to set in a wide, shallow baking dish.

4. Once the cake has cooled, slice it up and use it to cover the base of your trifle bowl (use any deep, glass bowl). If using sponge fingers, break them in half and use them to cover the base of the bowl. Top with slices from 1 mango and spread the jelly over the top (it doesn’t need to be neat as it’ll be covered).

Recipe extracted from Part-Time Baker: Simple bakes without the stress by Florence Stanton, out now, published by Carnival, priced £18.99, with photography by

5. Let it set in the fridge for at least 1 hour. If you can’t find mango pulp, make it by using 2 mangoes: chop and then use an electric or hand blender to create a thick pulp. Spread this over the jelly. Top with the custard.

6. Finally, whisk the cream with the coconut extract until whipped and fluffy. Spread this over the top of the trifle and top with coconut flakes and lime zest, if liked. Serve.

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Maja Smend.
time 25 minutes Baking and chilling 1 hour 20 minutes

Moreton Hall School Celebrates 110 Years with Unique Promenade Performance

Moreton Hall School is proudly celebrating its 110-year history through a promenade piece of theatre taking place on Friday 5 July, that aims to highlight some of the school’s pivotal moments and influential figures throughout its vibrant and steeped past.

Set in the picturesque area of Weston Rhyn, surrounded by hundreds of acres of lush parkland, Moreton Hall’s current grandeur belies its humble beginnings. Founded by the Ellen Lloyd-Williams, wife of John Lloyd-Williams, a former headmaster of Oswestry School, Moreton Hall began in the heart of Oswestry with just thirteen pupils.

Speaking about the significance of the upcoming event, Principal Michael Brewer said: “Our Promenade performance offers a unique opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate the school’s vibrant history. Audiences will enjoy watching dramatisations of pivotal moments throughout the school’s legacy.

“The school’s site is extremely special and stands as a testament to the outstanding leadership and forward-thinking of Mrs Lloyd-Williams. Showcasing it in this way seems extremely fitting. I know that our pupils will, once again, put on a memorable performance, leaving the audience with a lasting impression of how remarkable this school is.”

Michael Jenkins, Director and Producer of the performance and Head of Drama, said: “The talent on offer at Moreton is exceptional, from the pupils through to the teachers and support staff. It has been thrilling watching the community work together in the planning and rehearsals of this special event.

The celebratory performance will feature not only Moreton Hall’s talented pupils but also a string of professional actors and performers from diverse backgrounds

The celebratory performance will feature not only Moreton Hall’s talented pupils but also a string of professional actors and performers from diverse backgrounds.

“This performance is like nothing we’ve ever done before. The audience can expect to be surprised by many of the elements, from the historically inspired and charming script to the visiting artists, many of whom are taking time out of their West End contracts to join us. And if that isn’t enough, the performance begins with a ride on a carousel or Ferris wheel, because, well, why not?”

Hattie Maddocks, Head Girl, added: “We are all incredibly excited to put down our books and get involved in this exciting performance that showcases Moreton Hall’s love for the arts and community. During my time here, I have been involved in so many performances and have loved every one of them. This event is particularly special as it allows us to celebrate our school’s rich history in such a creative way.”

The evening will conclude with a supper provided by the school’s onsite catering team, accompanied by live music from The Wandering Wings, ensuring a memorable end to the celebration.

This one-off theatrical performance is open to all, inviting not just those connected to the school but the entire community to join in the festivities. To book your tickets, visit: www.moretonhall.org/promenade or call 01691 773671.

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Weekly Boarding:

Home From Home

If you’re looking for an alternative to full-boarding options, maybe it’s time to consider the increasingly popular idea of weekly boarding – a helpful, costfriendly bridge between the world of a day pupil and that of a full-boarder.

These days, you want to know that your child is gaining a consistent, high-quality education, regardless of the external environment. While you know this is crucial for their personal development and educational journey, your choice can also depend on the school’s distance away from you and whether having your child permanently away from home during term-time is the right choice for them, or for you.

When looking at independent school options, many families aren’t familiar with the idea of weekly boarding. This offers parents a much broader choice for their child, as they board during the week and return home at the weekends. Schools which were once considered to be too far away are now within reach. The school commute through the week is eliminated, freeing up more time for your other responsibilities and leaving the drive to and from school for a Friday and a Sunday.

Flexibility is Key

both parent and child, as they know they have the confidence and self-reliance to thrive.

Benefits of Weekly Boarding

“Many students develop greater self-esteem, feel better prepared for the next stage in their lives and gain the tenacity to deal with the challenges of leaving the nest. Ultimately, weekly boarding is an option from which many parents, students and staff have reaped the benefits.”

Weekly boarding gives children the opportunity to take advantage of a wide range of support, available both in and out of the classroom. They have the opportunity to develop bonds with students from many other backgrounds and nationalities and learn about their cultures. Boarders grow and learn within larger friendship groups, share experiences together and form life-long friendships. They are provided the opportunity to take on roles of responsibility, such as Head of House and learn to become more self-sufficient, whilst developing the skills to work together as a team. Here at Ellesmere College, all this is done under the watchful eye of Housemasters and Housemistresses, with the support of a 24/7 sick bay and the nurture of Housemothers.

Many students develop greater self-esteem, feel better prepared for the next stage in their lives and gain the tenacity to deal with the challenges of leaving the nest. Ultimately, weekly boarding is an option from which many parents, students and staff have reaped the benefits.

Above all… Boarding is Fun!

Weekly boarding is the next logical step for many students, as they look to develop their independency and focus their time and energies on their academic and co-curricular commitments. Without the tedium of travel, they have the autonomy to make the most of their time, in the way that matters most to them. This move also provides you with a helping-hand, giving you the flexibility to successfully manage your own work and personal commitments. When nearing the end of their school journey, the step of moving to University or away from home is an easier one for

Both weekly and full-boarders have great fun, they can spend the evenings with their best friends and enjoy a wide range of exciting and meaningful activities on offer. This evening-time enrichment includes co-curricular activities, such as sport, music and drama. There are also house activities, guest speakers and academic twilight sessionssomething for everyone.

For more information on the types of boarding available for your child at Ellesmere College, please call 01691 626 510 or email registrar@ellesmere.com.

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Focus on… Festivals

through the lens of Graham Mitchell

Oswestry must have more events and festivals than any other similar sized town. Throughout the spring and summer there’s always something happening in the town centre or in our wonderful Cae Glas park. Make sure you keep up to date with events coming up by following Oswestry Life’s social media pages.

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Building a better community together

Welcome to our new Mayor

I am delighted to be Oswestry’s Mayor for the forthcoming year, a privilege few get to experience, and I have been looking forward to it for a long time. I follow Cllr Olly Rose who has represented the people of Oswestry with dignity and practicality, literally getting her hands dirty with Oswestry In Bloom and contributing enormously to the victory in the national awards last year – we won Gold!

My family moved to Oswestry when I was eight years old, and I have been a proud Oswestrian ever since. I love the town’s rich heritage, its position as a border town, the long tradition of its street and indoor markets, and the modern blend of Oswestry folk with our newer residents – from around the UK and well beyond – who have all enriched our local culture and community. This is another Oswestry trait: community. We care about each other.

Until recently, my wife and I ran Shlurp on Church Street, but I am now pursuing a new career in teaching because another of my passions is helping young people get the best start in life.

My hope for my Mayoral year is that I can contribute to the evolving community I will be representing, through championing and raising money for the many groups and individuals who volunteer so much time and energy to making life better for others. I want to promote Oswestry to the wider world as the amazing place we are lucky enough to call home and most of all, I hope to meet as many of you as possible along the way, so please say hello if you see me out and about.

Well wishes and thanks from former Mayor

Congratulations to Mike for becoming the new Mayor. I feel sure he will have as interesting and enjoyable year as I have had!

I have been proud to champion volunteers and volunteering during my term, and to have celebrated them and their achievements at the end of my term. Whilst handing out trees in the market and attending events, I’ve met a lot of visitors and I’ve been surprised at the number who come to the town and universally they love it. They come for our events, they come because they think it’s pretty, they love Cae Glas Park, and they use our independent traders.

I therefore finish my year feeling optimistic about Oswestry’s future and proud of its achievements. We have great assets here, with the many people giving their time voluntarily to develop the community being perhaps the greatest asset.

Thank you so much to all the lovely people I’ve met.


We love our town centre!

The Oswestry High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme has helped revitalise our town’s bustling high street and historic character.

Over the last three years, we have seen a host of improvements and initiatives that make Oswestry an even better place to live, work, shop and visit.

• 11 new residential units created in empty upper floors

• 16 shopfronts repaired, revamped or reinstated

• 5 empty retail spaces brought back into use

• 4 historic alleyways spruced up

• 3 Love Oswestry Festivals and

• 1 summer of arts programme

These bring people together to celebrate our town’s history, heritage and culture

There have also been improvements on Church Street which have made a big difference, with Oswestry BID leading the way in this much-needed work.

Oswestry Town Council provided a significant amount of match funding towards this heritage-led regeneration scheme because a vibrant town centre is vital to the town and our community.

As well as these improvements, the Council also funds free bus travel in Oswestry on Saturdays, runs our vibrant markets, supports tourism, invests in floral displays and festive lights, hosts free events and safeguards the town’s heritage assets.

Grants to bring empty shops back into use

The Council is welcoming applications from businesses and start-ups for grants to bring empty retail premises back into use.Funding of up to £5,000 is up for grabs from our Breathing New Life into Empty Properties scheme for businesses looking to set up in town centre premises that have been vacant for more than six months.

Grants can be used to refurbish and fit out premises as well as decoration, signage and improving accessibility.

For more information email enquiries@oswestry-tc.gov.uk.


Blooming marvellous displays in Oswestry

Our parks team and Oswestry In Bloom have been busy!

Having won Gold and Best Large Town in the Country at last year’s Britain in Bloom, we aren’t eligible under the rules of the competition to take part this year. But we haven’t let that stop us putting on a show! Oswestry in Bloom continues to delight. Summer displays are blooming across the town with beds, planters and hanging baskets all bursting with colour.

Cae Glas Park is the jewel in our glittering crown and a magnet for all!

All cisterns go

New, fully accessible, energy-efficient toilets at English Walls have been officially opened. The upgraded facilities mean even more people can enjoy a day out in Oswestry.

There are four individual toilet cubicles and one accessible cubicle which each have baby changing provision and are STOMA friendly. These operate using a locked door system and the 20p payment can be made by either coin or contactless payment. The accessible cubicle also operates using a Radar key.

There is also a Changing Places facility for those who cannot use standard accessible toilets. This state-of-the-art facility is larger and fitted with a hoist, privacy screens, changing bench and has space for carers. For use of the facility, there is a telephone number to call which returns a code for entry.

The improved facilities are part of our commitment to being as accessible and inclusive as possible and to achieving our target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Spreading happiness with Chatty Café

Brighten your day with a chat at our weekly Chatty Café at Hatters Café in Powis Market Hall.

Our Chatter & Natter tables offer a space where people can grab a cuppa and chat to each other which helps to lift your mood if you’re feeling lonely or in need of a boost. Stay for five minutes or longer if you are enjoying the company.

Lani from Visiting Angels supports the sessions welcoming newcomers and catching up with regulars.

Chatty Café has been such a hit, that we have introduced a Chatty Bench at Cae Glas Park. A colourful sign has been added to the Chatty Bench located on the path between the crazy golf and tennis courts. By sitting here, you will show you are happy to chat with whoever comes and sits next to you.

Restoring Llwyd Mansion

Last year, the Council bought Grade 1 listed Llwyd Mansion on the corner of Bailey Street and Cross Street bringing it into public ownership for the first time!

Dating back to the 15th Century, the aim is to conserve the mansion for future generations. It needs extensive restoration work that will involve specialist engineers, builders, carpenters and others.

We are pulling together a funding bid to the Heritage Lottery to support the conservation of this historic building in the heart of Oswestry. It’s a big project that will take time. We will keep you posted on progress.


More than just a market

a taster of just some of the exciting FREE events happening in Oswestry over the summer!

Head to Oswestry’s award-winning indoor market to discover fabulous produce, products, and services from 40+ traders – shop, eat and drink all under one roof.

Whether you are looking for baking supplies, arts and crafts supplies, haberdashery, vintage records, antiques, clothing, smoked meats, fresh fish, real ales, pet supplies, dress alterations, flowers, gifts, or a key cutter - you’ll be amazed at what’s on offer!

Browse the stalls, grab a cuppa and soak up the atmosphere as you watch the world go by.

As well as the indoor market, our bustling street market transforms Bailey Head every Wednesday and Saturday. As do our Artisan Market and Late Night Indoor Market with live music which run on the last Friday of every month.

From the everyday to the avantgarde, there’s always something happening at Oswestry markets!

Powis Indoor Market - Wednesday, Friday & Saturday

Outdoor Street Market – Wednesday & Saturday

Artisan Market – last Friday of every month

Late Night Market with live music – last Friday of every month

Summer events

6 July 11am-4pm

TNS in the Park, Cae Glas Park Join The New Saints for fun and games plus photos with the players

6 & 7 July 10am-4pm

Oswestry Food & Drink Festival Fabulous food & drink from award winning producers + live music + family entertainment and activities!

7 July 12-7pm

Reggae in the Park, Cae Glas Park Music DJ set from the bandstand

13 & 14 July

Panto in the Park, 2 performances each day at 2pm & 5pm, Cae Glas Park Attfield Theatre presents Cinderella

28 July 2-4pm

Bands in the Park, Saxophone Quartet, Cae Glas Park

4 August 2-4pm

Club Mambo, Cae Glas Park

17 & 18 August

Oswestry Balloon Carnival, Cae Glas Park A thrilling weekend filled with hot air balloons, entertainment, music, family fun and games + more! Donations to Nightingale House Hospice

25 August 12-5pm

Chill Out in the Park, Cae Glas Park An afternoon of laid back music

For more information visit www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk or follow us on Facebook @OswestryTownCouncil.

Action on climate change

Since declaring a climate emergency in 2018, Oswestry Town Council has been busy looking at ways it can take action on reducing its carbon footprint and working with partners to make a difference too

Already we have:

• Planted more than 14,000 trees in Oswestry since 2021 –our aim is to plant 17,000 trees, one for every resident

• Reduced the number of annuals planted and stopped using glyphosates and peat

• Ensured that our electricity and gas come from certified green sources

• Started composting organic waste

• Introduced recycling in the park and the market

• Invested in environmental improvements in the toilets on English Walls

• Developed a biodiversity strategy and worked with local partners to improve green spaces

• Installed LED lights in the Guildhall

• Installed an additional EV charging point in Horsemarket Car Park

• Funded free loft insulation for residents.

There is much work still to be done and our big project for 2024/25 is to upgrade the streetlights we look after to LED lights that use less energy.

Grants available for community projects

Would your community group or project benefit from extra funding?

Each year, Oswestry Town Council sets aside funding of up to £20,000 to support the work of community groups and organisations in Oswestry. Funding could go towards a range of ideas that benefit the people of Oswestry, such as environmental improvements, equipment, education or events that bring people together.

All applicants must be from a constituted organisation with a bank account in its own name.

More information and applications forms are available on our website.

Visit www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk and enter ‘grants’ in the search bar.

Investing in youth services

Championing young people and providing services and activities for them remains a priority for the Council.

News that the Centre on Oak Street will transfer to Oswestry Town Council has been welcomed by many as it will secure its future as a community building and help us deliver our vision for a vibrant community hub.

Whilst it will take time for the transfer to be completed, we have committed to funding much-needed repairs to the building, which is likely to include a new roof – another big project for 2024.

In the meantime, we are:

• Funding the youth club running at the centre

• Funding the Time to Talk sessions at the Marches

• Part funding free holiday activities in Oswestry

• Supporting a targeted intervention programme to support young people at risk of being excluded from school

• Supporting and funding the town’s growing Youth Forum

• Facilitating partnership working through our Youth Partnership Panel.

If you are aged between 11 to 17 years and would like to use your voice to help shape the future of youth services in our town, join the Youth Forum. For more information email corriedavies@oswestry-tc.gov.uk.

Council receives award

We have received an award for good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.

The award scheme report highlighted the high standards of our operation and in particular the incredible work we’re doing with youth provision and addressing social isolation. It also praised the “wonderful” Letters to Heaven post box in the cemetery.

We will continue to look at ways we can keep improving the services we provide for our community – our indoor and outdoor markets, Cae Glas Park, three car parks, the Guildhall, a cemetery, allotments, the town’s archive, events, floral displays and festive lights.


Your council services

Oswestry is one of 10,000 local councils in England and Wales and one of 230 in Shropshire (including Telford and Wrekin), all with the same legal powers.

We can only do what legislation requires or permits us to do and whilst this can be frustrating for Councillors, confusing for the public and challenging for staff, we can still achieve many things for and with our community.

This means that we must work in partnership with others and find different ways to deliver our objectives and influence others. The challenging financial situation that Shropshire Council finds itself in highlights the pressures on local government making the need to work with communities even more important than ever before.

We believe 2023/2024 has been a successful one for Oswestry Town Council and the town, and we move forward to 2024/2025 well positioned to continue our good work.

The Council remains in good financial health and has utilised the Smithfield Capital Receipt to fund some significant projects this year, such as the refurbishment of the toilets on English Walls featured in this report.

Local council responsibilities

There’s lots of confusion about what the different types of local councils do, and of the services they are responsible for. Below is a summary of the services provided by us and by Shropshire Council. To contact Shropshire Council about services that it is responsible for, including potholes, visit www.shropshire.gov.uk.

Oswestry ward boundaries

Oswestry is divided into 7 wards and has 18 Councillors elected to represent the residents in their wards. Councillors generally serve a term of four years; the next election is due in May 2025 for Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council.


Meet your local councillor

Stephen Froggatt

Tel 07968 318406

stephenfroggatt@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

James Owen

Tel 07432 760168 jamesowen@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Deputy Mayor

Rosie Radford

Tel 07561 546455

rosieradford@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Mayor Mike Isherwood

Tel 07584 655864, mike.isherwood@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Duncan Kerr

Tel 07522 116609 duncankerr@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Olly Rose

Tel 07977 602952 ollyrose@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Mark Jones

Tel 07967 387199

markjones@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Gemma Cassin

Tel 07592 798448 gemmacassin@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Les Maguire

Tel 07595 589429

lesmaguire@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Sam Chadwick

Tel 07545 559831 sam.chadwick@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Frank Davis

Tel 07889 055996

frankdavis@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

John Price

Tel 07763 432497

johnprice@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Sian Wadey

Tel 07835 537562

sianwadey@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Jay Moore

Tel 07977 921236

jaymoore@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Josh Cockburn

Tel 07800 599003

joshcockburn@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Jonathan Upton Tel 07546 871840

jonathanupton@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

D Paul Milner

Tel 07581 223599

paulmilner@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Georgia Stackhouse

Tel 07398 440479

georgiastackhouse@ oswestry-tc.gov.uk

Get in touch If you have a community concern or question, please get in touch with your Ward Councillor. Details are also available by visiting www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk.

Cambrian Ward Castle Ward Cabin Lane Ward Carreg Llwyd Ward Gatacre Ward Victoria Ward Maserfield Ward

Your council meetings

Oswestry Town Council meetings 2024/2025. Meetings are open to the public to attend in person or via Microsoft Teams. There is an opportunity to make a statement or ask a question at the start of meetings during the public participation session. Details of what is being discussed and background information can be found on our website.

June Wed 12 7.00 pm Council

Wed 19 7.00 pm Planning

July Wed 10 7.00 pm Council

Wed 17 7.00 pm Planning



11 7.00 pm

18 7.00 pm Planning October

9 7.00 pm Council

16 7.00 pm Planning November

6 7.00 pm Council

20 7.00 pm Planning

December Wed 11 7.00 pm Council Wed 18 7.00 pm Planning

January Wed 15 7.00 pm Council and Budget Setting Wed 22 7.00 pm Planning


12 7.00 pm Council Wed 19 7.00 pm Planning

March Wed 12 7.00 pm Council

Wed 26 7.00 pm Planning

Get in touch

Looking forward to 2024/2025

We anticipate 2024/2025 to be another busy year with lots of exciting projects planned.

We will continue to look at ways we can keep improving the services we provide our community. Projects will include:

• Investments to the Indoor Market (including a new mural) and in the outdoor market

• Transfer of the Centre on Oak Street to the Town Council

• Progress on restoration and renovation of Llwyd Mansion

• New table tennis table in Cae Glas Park

• New bus shelters on Willow Street and Black Gate Street

• Possible expansion of the free Saturday bus travel scheme

• Planting more trees towards hitting our target of 17,000 trees in Oswestry.

Keeping you informed

We are striving to improve our communication with you to raise awareness of our work and how you can get involved. We have introduced a bi-monthly newsletter, improved our website and are more proactive with our communication. We facilitate regular community meetings which look at issues such as community safety and climate change, and host events to bring our community together. We also share news on our social channels. Follow us on Facebook @OswestryTownCouncil, X @OswestryTC, Instagram @oswestry_town_council.

We are always looking for interesting stories about things happening in Oswestry and the people who are making a difference in our community. If you have a story to share, we would love to hear from you. Email enquiries@oswestry-tc.gov.uk.

You can contact us via email, phone or in person. Guildhall opening times Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm, Fri 9am-4pm

Oswestry Town Council, The Guildhall, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 1PZ 01691 680222 enquiries@oswestry-tc.gov.uk

For more information, please visit: oswestry-tc.gov.uk @OswestryTC @OswestryTownCouncil @oswestry_town_council

7.00 pm Planning September
Photo credits: Graham Mitchell & Oswestry Borderland Tourism.

Home Staycation in style

Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your garden with these summer updates.


1. Small Mango Wood Bowl, £4.99; Large Mango Wood Bowl, £7.99; Acrylic Jug, £4.99; Acrylic Wine Glass, £1.99; Acrylic Tumbler, £1.99, all Home Bargains

3. Rainbow Picnic Rug, £45, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shop

4. Pizza Herbs Growbar, £12.95, www.glut.co.uk

5. Tuscan Plate, £2, in B&M stores only

6. Laura Ashley Havana Chair, £365, www.daro-cane.co.uk

7. Grill Top Pizza Oven, £49.99, www.vonhaus.com

8. Zip2 Modular Outdoor Bean Chair, £134.99, www.rucomfybeanbags.co.uk

9. Solar Verdigris Moroccan Lantern, £24.99, www.festive-lights.com

10. Veeva Passionfruit Outdoor Cushion, £18.99, www.beanbagbazaar.co.uk

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There are whole books, even scores of them, about the doctor – patient relationship. I suppose they are really about what many patients call bedside manner. I started saying I wanted to be a GP as a young boy and I think getting to know the people you were trying to help was at the core of that little boy’s motivation. I enjoyed a career lasting 36 years: most of that in Oswestry. I got to know many of my patients. I got to know how they described their symptoms, their anxieties, their mannerisms, how they liked to communicate and even their senses of humour.

I considered it a crucial part of the job and recent research backs this up. Seeing the same doctor reduces prescriptions and referrals and is associated with higher levels of satisfaction – on both sides. It took me a while to work out this was a twoway process – patients get used to our foibles, mannerisms and sense of humour too. They either like it or they move on!

I hear many people talking about how difficult it is to see any doctor nowadays, let alone the same one. Sometimes it perhaps doesn’t matter who you see: for acute, straightforward things I might agree, but over a lifetime and in chronic illness this relationship matters. I worry that both our current generation of GPs and patients are allowing this central tenet of the job to wither. That will mean more investigations, more referrals, more prescriptions and, even more importantly, less satisfied patients and doctors. It will mean fewer medical students are attracted into general practice (already happening) and, in meeting demand, more consultations with nurses, pharmacists, medical assistants and health care assistants. Some of these changes may be positive but if we allow the good old-fashioned doctor-patient relationship to decline we are potentially throwing the baby out with the bath water. Some things are worth fighting for!

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Clinic opens for business

Woods Orthotics new clinic has officially opened its doors (Thursday 22 May).  Husband and wife team, Tom and Ffion Woods, were proud to show members of the public, patients, family and friends throughout the specialist premises based at Cambrian Works. The only dedicated private orthotic clinic in Shropshire and north Wales.

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Situated on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, near Cineworld Cinema and with a free car park, Argo Dental now have space for new patients in 2024 and it’s usually possible to get an appointment within two weeks.

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help you make truly informed decisions regarding your oral health. They always take time to explain treatment and encourage patients to ask questions.

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Let’s Go Outside!

Parks and green spaces are amazing! They can create healthier, stronger communities through encouraging physical activity, reducing stress, and by providing spaces for social interaction and community events, leading to happier and healthier individuals. Celebrate our green spaces this month with ‘love Parks’ week, 26 July - 4 aug, by taking part in our local Park run at Henley Wood, Cabin lane. a free, fun, friendly, weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! every Saturday at 9:00am. register to record your activity at parkrun.org.uk/henleywood.

Grab a picnic and head off to a park you’ve never been to – there are great slides at Kinnerley and Trefonen playing fields and many small playground areas around town hidden on the various housing estates. Alternatively head for the old favourites; the Old Racecourse or Candy Woods to take part in National Picnic Month and don’t forget to take your litter home as its also ‘Plastic Free July’. Visit plasticfreejuly.org.

12 July is National Simplicity Day and another great opportunity to celebrate our green spaces:

Riding Your Bike: For lots of routes around Shropshire, visit shropshiresgreatoutdoors. co.uk/cycling. It’s great exercise and reduces your daily carbon footprint

Connecting with Nature: Spend time outdoors, whether a walk in the park or just sitting outside and observing the beauty around you. Nature has a way of simplifying things and bringing joy. Combine this activity with enjoying a moment of stillness. Create a serene moment just for yourself. It could be sipping your favourite tea or diving into a book as you lean against a tree, anything to bring you into the moment and calm.

Combine the green space of the Quarry Shrewsbury with the River Severn and head over to cheer the Shrewsbury Dragon Boat Festival 20 -21 July 8.00am–4.00pm. Watch as they race head to dragon’s head from the shadow of Kingsland Bridge to the Pengwern Boat Club. Have a happy healthy month!

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Lace Up Your BootsJoin the Ellesmere Rangers Walking Football!

Looking for a fun way to stay active, meet new people, and reignite your passion for football? Look no further than the Ellesmere Rangers Walking Football Club – the most successful club in our area! They are a vibrant group of over 30 members, ranging from 52 to 75 years old, who share a love for the beautiful game – at a walking pace, of course. They gather every Wednesday evening at 7pm on the turf of Ellesmere Rangers FC’s first team pitch at Beech Grove, Ellesmere. Here, the emphasis is on enjoyment, teamwork, and keeping those competitive juices flowing in a relaxed and friendly environment. It’s a fantastic opportunity, especially for newcomers to the area, to meet like-minded individuals and build lasting friendships.

While Wednesday evenings are dedicated to friendly matches and honing walking football skills, the Ellesmere Rangers experience extends far beyond the pitch. The club actively organise social events throughout the year, fostering a strong sense of community amongst members. Imagine pre-match team lunches, post-match pub gatherings, or even group visits to watch professional football clubs – Preston North End FC springs to mind! These shared

experiences build friendships and create lasting memories.

If you have a touch of competitive spirit in you, the Ellesmere Rangers take immense pride in being the only local walking football club to participate in the prestigious Walking Football National Cup – the walking football equivalent of the FA Cup! They field teams in the over 50s, over 60s, and over 65s categories, showcasing their skills and passion on a national stage.

This year, the over 65s team has distinguished themselves, reaching the illustrious third round of the competition! While the next round’s draw is yet to be announced, their success is a testament to the collective dedication and talent within the club.

The Game

Adding another exciting chapter to the club’s story, they’ve recently joined the brand-new walking football league established by the Shropshire Football Association. This local league offers an excellent platform to test themselves against fellow Shropshire clubs, fostering healthy competition whilst still having fun, within the county’s walking football scene.

There’s a wealth of benefits with walking football, from improved cardiovascular health

The emphasis is on enjoyment, teamwork, and keeping those competitive juices flowing in a relaxed and friendly environment.

and weight management to increased social interaction and mental well-being. Walking football offers a multitude of advantages for those looking to stay active in a fun and inclusive environment.

Whether you’re a seasoned footballer or simply looking for a way to get active and socialise, the Ellesmere Rangers Walking Football Club welcomes you with open arms. Visit www.thewfa.co.uk to find out more. Call Alan Davis on 07852 328031 or email alan. kd@yahoo.com if you would like to come along.

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New Oswestry business event enjoys successful start

A new event in Oswestry to bring people and businesses together has enjoyed a successful start - with more to come.

The inaugural Women in Business event took place at The Townhouse, attracting more than 50 people and featuring a talk by North Shropshire MP, Helen Morgan.

Arranged by Lanyon Bowdler Solicitors, the events are open to everyone and aimed at providing an opportunity for professionals to meet and grow their network of contacts - as well as being interesting and inspiring in their own right.

Rachel Tomley, of Lanyon Bowdler’s family law team in Oswestry, came up with the idea of hosting regular events and said she was delighted with how the first meeting went.

“It was extremely pleasing to see an overwhelming turnout to our first Women in Business event,” she said.

“The feedback was extremely positive, with many local attendees explaining they have wanted an event like this to grow their professional relationships with each other.

“We are very pleased to afford them this opportunity and to create a space where connections can be made.

“It is also important to me that rural areas such as Oswestry have the same opportunities to network when

compared to regional and city areas, which was one of the driving forces to create this event.

“We wish to give a big thank you to Helen Morgan, North Shropshire MP, for her time as our guest speaker and sharing her experiences as a woman in professional settings.

“Although the event is called Oswestry Women in Business, it is important to Lanyon Bowdler as a firm that our events are inclusive, and therefore all are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing professional relationships build across the Oswestry area.”

The next event is due to take place on 27 September with a talk from Victoria Sugden, the charity director of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital League of Friends.

For more information, email info@lblaw.co.uk or pop into Lanyon Bowdler’s Oswestry office in Church Street.

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Our mobile phones have become an essential part of our lives, as well as phone numbers, they save vital information like bank details.

• Find out your IMEI number which identifies your exact phone - the police can use it to check if it ends up on sale anywhere.

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To find your IMEI number on iPhone, go to  Settings > General > About If you use 2FA, you can generate one-time codes that you store elsewhere and then type in to complete your login.

• Set up a ‘Find My Phone service’ on your phonethen you can virtually control your phone and stop your data from falling into the wrong hands. Use a password manager such as Dashlane to help manage all your account details – and change passwords quickly and easily.

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We all want to spend time outdoors, but whether you’re admiring your borders, reading a book in the fresh air or dining al fresco with friends, it’s essential to find a spot that’s out of direct sun. We offer a selection of ways to protect yourself from harmful rays.

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Makeovers made easy with Morgans

Morgans Kitchens and Bedrooms have been established for over 30 years and are independently owned, making up part of the Morgans Group which covers Shropshire, Cheshire, North Wales, Powys and Ceredigion.

Morgans are proud to offer a professional supply and installation service, assisting you from start to finish with either kitchens, fitted bedroom furniture, walk-in wardrobes or home offices. The team collectively have over 40 years of both experience and product knowledge, making them confident in the service they bring to customers.

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Visit the brand-new website to find out how they can help you achieve your dream kitchen and bedroom in your home: www.morganskitchensandbedrooms. co.uk. To book a design consultation or home measure, call the team on 01691 680594 or email them on oepf4@morgansltd.com.

Situated on the same business park, you will find Morgans Doors & Floors, who are proud to showcase over 70 different styles of internal doors, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect style to fit your home. If space is an issue, Morgans offer a range of pocket and folding doors as a solution.

Alongside this, there’s an extensive range of door furniture that you can chose from to dress your doors and there’s something to suit all tastes when you visit in store. Morgans display endless options of flooring for you to browse at leisure. Currently, the most popular

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Because Morgans like to keep product offerings fresh and relevant, they are excited to stock wall panelling kits to create a beautiful and elevated space in your home. Additionally, you’ll now find acoustic wall panels which enhance interiors both visually and sonically. These are available to fit spaces of all dimensions and the decorative wooden panels feature a 3D slatted structure for soundproofing benefits.

Visit the friendly and professional team in store who will be on hand to assist and advise you. Local delivery to your door is available for your convenience.

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Catch up with Monks

Cricket season is in full swing at Oswestry Cricket Club and we are proud to have our sponsors logo around the Stonehouse Oval this year.

Our office in Oswestry is just a short stroll away at 16 Church Street. We have an ever-changing window display of the latest properties, and our door is open if you have any questions. Our experienced team works on property sales and lettings in and around Oswestry and across Shropshire.

Director and Co-owner of Monks Judy Bourne does all valuations in the Oswestry area. If you are considering a move, Judy will do a free valuation of your property and outline our services. Call our Oswestry office on 01691 674 567 or email welcome@monks.co.uk.

This is the perfect season for selling homes with most people agreeing that viewings work best when clean windows are open wide to let the fresh air in and highlight the views. Gardens are looking glorious and with any luck, the British Summer will be generous. With women and girls teams, juniors and men’s teams, cricket is in play all weekend at the Oswestry Cricket Club. We’re looking forward to catching up with players,


£775,000 OIRO

Town and Country Oswestry bring to the market this STUNNING four double bedroom 17th century, Grade II listed former hunting lodge with superb views across the Welsh hills. The property retains many original features including the large range style fireplaces, beamed ceilings and sash windows. Internal accommodation offers well laid out family living with a modern kitchen, three large reception rooms, four bedrooms (two en-suites), luxurious family bathroom and multiple attic rooms providing a potential buyer with plenty of scope for further conversion. To the outside, a sweeping driveway leads you up to the home passing the landscaped grounds with parking for several vehicles and quaint courtyard to the rear of this beautiful property.

supporters and locals in the club house this summer. Please feel free to come over and chat to us about your moving plans, whether you are buying, selling or renting.

Monks is a professional, friendly and experienced firm of Estate and Letting Agents with prominent offices in Shrewsbury,  Wem and Oswestry. We provide superior local knowledge and expertise with a human touch. Our aim is to provide our clients with the highest level of service and integrity.

Our unparalleled service includes extended business hours: Monday to Friday 8am-8pm, Saturdays 9am-4pm and Sundays 11am-2pm. Find out more at www.monks.co.uk or call us on 01691 674 567.


£675,000 OIRO

Town and Country Oswestry are excited to welcome to the market this stunning property located on the outskirts of the picturesque hamlet of Pen-y-Bont. This beautiful barn conversion, boasting fantastic scenic views over the Tanat Valley, is a true gem and an amazing family home. This property exudes charm and character offering a unique blend of history and modern living. With 2 large reception rooms, there is ample space for entertaining guests or simply relaxing with your loved ones. Featuring 5 generously sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, this home provides comfort and privacy for the whole family. The large enclosed garden is perfect for enjoying the outdoors and is great for pets and families. This property must be viewed to fully appreciate the space, location and character that this property provides.

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over: £500,000

Enjoying a delightful situation with surrounding countryside views, Oakfields is a detached cottage with beautiful gardens, annexe, stone outbuilding with planning permission and approx 2.3 acre field. The cottage retains original features and boasts character. Benefitting from no onward chain, solar panels and oil central heating. Additionally offering a stone built outbuilding with planning permission for conversion, and gated access to the field. Ample parking area with turning point. The whole plot totalling 3.37 acres (1.36 Ha).

EPC Rating: G, Tenure: Freehold, Council Tax Band: E

The Annexe at the Old Vicarage, Penybontfawr

A charming detached stone Grade II Listed former coach house situated on the outskirts of the village of Penybontfawr. Benefitting the most beautiful countryside views, no onward chain and spacious accommodation.

in region of: £350,000

Maes Yr Afon, Llanrhaedr-ym-Mochnant

Well presented and spacious two bedroom semidetached house conveniently located within the popular village of Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, a rural community which benefits from good local services including; village school, a range of shops, cafés, public houses, independent businesses and medical centre. No onward chain.

Offers in region of: £217,500

Parc Llwyfen, Llanymynech

modern well presented 4 bedroom executive detached house has 3 receptions, kitchen/dining room, utility, cloakroom, family

Top Farm House, Knockin, Oswestry

A 17th century, Grade II listed farmhouse with two self contained barns currently used as holidays lets. Top Farm House has six bedrooms laid over three floors, with ensuite bathrooms, galleried landings and spacious living areas. Externally there is an adjoining paddock approximately 1.3 acres with steel constructed outbuilding.

Offers in region of: £999,995

sized gardens enjoying views over countryside, positioned at the rear of this small development within a short walk form the village centre.

Land to the West of Rhosygadfa, Gobowen

A versatile area of farmland, currently down to a short term grass ley but equally suitable for a range of cropping options as well as amenity land, carbon and emerging environmental schemes. Permitted development has been approved by Shropshire Council - 23/04695/AGR for an agricultural storage building of 247.05 sq metres . Full plans can be seen on Shropshire Council Website. Available as a whole or in 4 separate lots.

Offers in region of: £480,000

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The Vyrnwy, 5, Breidden View, Llansantffraid
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bathroom and a double garage. Situated in a popular location within easy reach of Welshpool, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and beyond. The Vyrnwy is a supreme four bedroom detached family house offering internal accommodation to around 165 square meters with an extensive drive, and integral garage together with good
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Eight bed manor house

Trevor Road, Chirk

Town and Country Oswestry proudly

Chirk Manor to the market. This substantial Grade II listed property boasts fabulous far reaching rural views, a private ‘tucked away’ location on the outskirts of the small town of Chirk and good access to road and rail networks to larger towns and cities. The impressive accommodation has been sympathetically maintained to a high standard by the present owners to create a bright, spacious family home offering seven reception rooms and eight double bedrooms. The extensive grounds wrap around the property with gated parking for numerous cars and beautiful landscaped gardens to take in the stunning scenery over the Welsh/ English borders.

Asking Price £1,250,000. For viewings call Town & Country on 01691 679631 or email sales@townandcountryoswestry.com


Peaceful cul de sac location

Bryn Rise, Oswestry

A rare opportunity to purchase a detached family home situated on the edge of Oswestry town with open countryside views in a quite cul de sac location. The property offers versatile and spacious accommodation and must be viewed to be appreciated. The accommodation is warmed by gas fired central heating and benefits from UPVC double glazing. Reception hall, cloakroom, dining room, kitchen breakfast room, utility, lounge, home office, landing, bedroom with ensuite, three further bedrooms, bathroom, gardens to front and rear, ample parking, garage and store.

Asking Price £425,000. For viewings call Hayley Jackson on 07359 393 122 or email Hayley.jackson@exp.uk.com

Oswestry life | 81 Property Spotlight With over 19 years of Local Estate agency experience, a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, a Member of Propertymark and a Qualified Domestic Energy Assessor with an eye for detail, you will be in safe hands! ContaCt Hayley JaCkson 07359 393 122 hayley.jackson@exp.uk.com Holly Grange, Weston Rhyn 4 Bedroom Detached House with 3 Reception Rooms, 3 Bathrooms and Double Garage £350,000 Shillington Drive, Shrewsbury 3 Bedroom Detached home with Two Bathrooms, Gardens and Garage £310,000 Canal Way, Ellesmere 3 Bedroom Terrace Home with 2 Bathrooms, Garage and Garden £225,000 Bryn Rise, Oswestry 4 Bedroom Detached House with 3 Reception Rooms, 2 Bathrooms, Garage £425,000 Llys Close, Oswestry 2 Bedroom Terrace Home with Garden and Parking £149,950 Kinalt Crescent, St Martins 4 Bedroom Detached Home with Two Bathrooms and Double Garage £350,000 Perry Road, Gobowen 2 Bedroom Semi Detached Bungalow with Parking and Garage £185,000


Fabulous garden

12 Croeswylan Lane, Oswestry

A neatly presented 3-bedroom detached home offering deceptively spacious accommodation, perfect for a growing family. Occupying an enviable position in this much sought after location, a short stroll from the town which boasts excellent amenities and ideally placed for Schools. The accommodation briefly comprises reception hall, lovely through lounge, open plan kitchen/dining room, utility, ground floor bathroom, three generous double bedrooms and a shower room. The property has the added benefit of driveway with ample parking, garage and lovely established gardens, perfect for outdoor entertaining. OIRO £324,995. For viewings call Monks on 01691 674567 or email sales.oswestry@monks.co.uk

Cottage with planning permission

Oakfields, Bronygarth

A detached cottage with annexe, stone outbuilding with planning permission for conversion and approx 2.3 acre field. Benefitting from no onward chain, solar panels and oil central heating, the accommodation affords porch, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, pantry, store room, rear hall and shower room. To the first floor are two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. An inner hall leads to an annexe with triple aspect living room and bedroom. Beautiful gardens capture amazing views of the valley. Ample parking area with turning point. The whole plot totalling 3.37 acres (1.36 Ha) Offers over £500,000. For viewings call Roger Parry & Partners on 01691 655334 or email oswestry@rogerparry.net

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• We have 3 NICF Master Fitters, which is the highest industry standard a fitter can achieve. Installers with this status will have successfully completed an advanced level of assessment by NICF who are a registered body.

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Pretty cottage

The homely look of cottage interiors can be achieved by anyone anywhere, even if you don’t live deep in the countryside or in a chocolate box cottage. Aim for traditional shapes for your bigger furniture items, then set about gathering a careful selection of art and antiques to give that built over time look. Deep seated armchairs or sofas invite you to slow down and relax, and look to soft shades of pink, blue and green to keep that pretty cottage vibe. Floral motifs were made for this setting; but also look for printed fabrics that evoke meadows and bucolic country scenes. Painted furniture can bring a more up to date modern feel, if painted in fun surprising colours, and plate walls are having a modern moment too. Here’s an appealing mix of examples to inspire a summery cottage style.

Top: Green Rustic Planter Ophelia £26.50 from The Wisteria Tree www.wisteriatree.co.uk

Below: Meadow Green Daisy Patterned Cushion £40 from Claire Louise  www.claire-louise.co.uk

Above: Elkstone Mellow Oak Bureau £699 from Cotswold Company www.cotswoldco.com

Left: Marshmallow Fabric Snuggle Chair in Palermo Salmon £1449 from SCS  www.scs.com

Below: Country Style Barn & Hill Wallpaper £75 by Bobbi Beck www.bobbibeck.com

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Above: Candle Holder Eliot £22 from Bohemia Design Limited  www.bohemiadesign.co.uk

Above: Jasmine William Morris Print £129 from the Cotswold Company  wwwcotswoldco.com

Top right: Island Breeze Small Console Table £600 from The Painted Furniture Company www.paintedfurniture.co.uk

Above: Blue Linen Floral Drum Lampshade £60 from Helen Round  www.helenround.com

Right: Windsor Cottage Garden 4 Salad Plates £31.50 from Wayfair  www.wayfair.co.uk

Left: Oxford 1 Door 1 Drawer Bedside Ballroom Blue £430 from The Painted Furniture Company  www.paintedfurnitureco.co.uk

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July in the garden

I wonder what the rest of the summer will be like. So far it has been very changeable. The ground has dried out now after that exceptionally wet spring. My spring flowers really suffered, and the summer plants were slow to start off initially. They seem to be catching up now, but it has been a battle protecting them from slugs and snails.

The watering regime is a priority as we go into the normally hottest month of the year. It’s important to get a balance: enough but not too much. Wherever possible, I use saved water from the water-butt, but if it is running low, I will keep the rainwater I have to water the blueberries. They really hate tap water.

Terracotta pots tend to dry out quickest, but make sure all your pots have free drainage. Not only can over-watering rot your plants, but

excess water can wash away valuable nutrients. Which brings up feeding. Every couple of weeks I fill a large bowl with diluted all-purpose feed and then carefully lower my hanging baskets into it until they are nicely saturated. Then I hang them over the bowl to drain before putting back on their brackets. What’s left in the bowl is then poured into the watering can for use elsewhere. There is plenty of natural food around for the birds now, but make sure you have clean, fresh water available for them, they’ll appreciate it.

To prolong flowering, combine an evening walk around the garden with deadheading and maybe some gentle pruning to stop shrubs getting too leggy. Picking sweet peas will keep them blooming, if you let the pods form, the plants will sense they have done their job and stop producing pods.

In the greenhouse keep removing the side-shoots of vine type tomatoes. You may have to support the trusses of fruit as they get bigger. A fully loaded tomato plant will be very heavy, and you don’t want to risk it collapsing after all the work that you have put in. Finally keep checking the courgettes. They miraculously turn from courgettes into marrows when your back is turned!

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Whether you’re saving for your first home, preparing to support your children through university or are hoping to retire soon, most of us have at least one financial goal.

Achieving your goal doesn’t happen on its own though – that’s where creating a financial plan comes in. A bit like a roadmap, a financial plan outlines the route you need to take to help you reach your ‘destination’.

Here, Oswestry-based independent financial adviser and co-director of Belgrave Wincham, Craig Roberts, shares his tips on where to start:

Look at your cash flow

“Begin by looking at your monthly income and expenses,” Craig advises. “Be thorough with this and ask yourself if you’re currently on track to reach your goal? If not, now is the time to work out where your money is going and, crucially, where you want it to go.”

Organise your spending

“The next step,” he continues, “is to make a monthly budget. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but the 50/30/20 approach is typically one of the easiest ways to plan. This ring-fences around 50% of your take-home pay for ‘needs’ (things like bills, mortgages and utilities), 30% for ‘wants’ (such as clothes and going out) and 20% for savings and/or paying back any debts.”

Think ahead

“Don’t forget your plan needs to take into account the future too,” continues Craig. “This includes an emergency fund for things like car repairs or unexpected home improvements as well as your pension and retirement savings. Once these foundations are in place, you can then prioritise your goals and start working towards them.”

Adjust when needed


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Craig adds that you should also remember to review your plan regularly: “Your circumstances may change so make a note to check in on your plan and adjust if needed,” he suggests. “With a solid strategy in place, it is possible to achieve your goals.”

For personalised advice on your financial plan, call Belgrave Wincham on 01691 886554 to arrange a free 60-minute consultation.

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Q: My lawns and flower beds have literally been under water for two months and I believe it is due to a housing development behind my property. During construction the developers have piled up earth at least 4m high behind my garden fence, presumably to be ultimately spread around the site. Meanwhile, it has seeped downhill into my garden. My neighbours’ gardens that do not have mounds of earth behind them are not flooded.

The excess water has rotted hundreds of pounds worth of bulbs and other plants and attracted an infestation of leather jackets that have eaten the grass roots and left me with a large bare lawn that I have just had to have re-laid at vast expense. The developers say I cannot prove they are to blame. Do I have any chance of claiming compensation?

A: If the cause of the flooding can be linked back to the construction site and shown to stem from ‘non-natural’ or artificial land uses, then it may be possible for you to bring a claim. Hopefully you have taken dated photographs, of both the mound of earth and the flooding in your garden? If you have, then this is a good starting place to ascertain your chances of a successful claim and you should make an appointment to see a solicitor who can consider all the evidence and advise you further.

If you have a potentially viable case, as well as helping you to compile the evidence your solicitor can contact the developer on your behalf with a view to achieving an early out-of-court settlement. If necessary your solicitor can also facilitate the appointment of an independent specialist flooding expert and, if all else fails, issue court proceedings to get you compensation. If the mound of earth is not moved, your solicitor could apply for an injunction to prevent further damage to your property.

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2. Lending his name to the oldest daily newspaper in France, who is the main character in a trilogy of 18th century plays by Pierre Beaumarchais?

3. By what name are the 1970s David Bowie albums Low, Heroes and Lodger collectively known?... a) The Paris Trilogy; b) The Berlin Trilogy; or c) The Madrid Trilogy?

4. With The Snapper and The Van being the second and third, what was the first novel in Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy?

5. What was the first film trilogy to have all three of its movies nominated for a Best Picture Oscar?

6. Camberwick Green was the first in a trilogy of children’s TV shows from the 1960s set in which fictional county?

7. Which trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins is set in a country called Panem?

8. Which trilogy of films is centred around an all-female acappella singing group called the Barden Bellas?

9. Published in 2002, what was the first in a trilogy of books by Jennifer Worth that was centred around her work in the East End of London in the 1950s?

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Make up, 27 Evident, 30 Original, 33 Wanted, 34 Themed, 35 Together. Down: 1 Drill, 2 Captain, 3 Assailant, 4 Duo, 6 Ego, 7 Trickle, 8 Reed, 11 Press,

9 Impose, 10 Opposite, 13 Leading, 14 Eureka, 16 Conga, 17 Easter egg, 20 Nightmare, 24 Itchy,


98 | Oswestry life
Across: 1 Deceased,

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