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Local news ......................................... 6 – 15 Cathie Sabin Shropshire’s tennis ace ......................... 16

to the autumn edition of What’s What!

Wildlife diary –

‘Grey above and gold below’ is how Much Wenlock poet and broadcaster Paul Evans describes the hazy days of early autumn in his poem Lady’s Bedstraw. A poem which goes on to tell the haunting tale of Nanny Morgan – a lady believed by some to be a witch – who was murdered on Wenlock Edge in September 1857. Now if that hasn’t got you in the mood for Halloween then there are plenty of spooky goings on to be found in our dates section on page 64 which will.

Local arts.......................................... 24 – 33

Blue moon rising..................................... 20 Burwarton Show..................................... 22

Over the summer we’ve put together two wonderful and very different features for you; Andrew Fusek Peters brings us the wonders of the riverside in his quest to capture on film the elusive kingfisher on the Shropshire borders; and Much Wenlock’s Cathie Sabin – ‘the first lady of tennis’ shares some of her experiences as first female president of the LTA. There are also the usual walks, arts, gardens and recipes plus a round up of what’s going on in our schools. So enjoy the season – the ‘grey above and gold below’ and enjoy your copy of What’s What!

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Schools update................................ 38 – 49 Lifestyle ............................................ 50 – 57 Dates for your diary ....................... 56 – 65 Competition – Win panto tickets with The Grand Theatre........................ 66 Recipes – Gennaro Contaldo’s Easy weekday dinners ...........................68 Food news & eating out ................. 70 – 77 Gardening ........................................ 78 – 83 Local walks ..............................................84 Crossword & Sudoku .............................88 Bridgnorth Council’s newsletter ......... 92

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Town council notes................................ 94

Kingfisher on the River Severn, Shropshire Andrew Fusek Peters –

Local experts ........................................... 96

November/December 2015 Deadlines

What’s that number? ............................. 98

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Local architects get their teeth into The Smile Centre When you’re working with visionary architects, exciting new possibilities can be unexpectedly revealed as the plan moves forward. And this was exactly what happened in a recent collaboration between Johnson Design Partnership (JDP) and the Smile Centre in Shrewsbury.

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The Smile Centre has been situated in its current location on Shrewsbury’s Whitchurch Road since 1991. It’s a busy road, close to the heart of town and populated by small shops and services as well as a variety of housing types. The Centre is well loved by its many satisfied clients, and it has a reputation for being responsive to patients as well as to local needs. These values are shared by the team at JDP, and when the Smile Centre were considering a local architectural firm to undertake a project, Johnson Design Partnership seemed the natural choice.

Initially, the plan was to remodel the loft space at the premises to create a storage area for the practice’s archives… but the results so impressed the practice managers that they began to consider other ways in which their workspace could be maximised. The Architects immediately identified aspects of the existing space that could be improved – to the vast benefit of both patients and practitioners. The commercial property was in need of expansion and improvement – the existing configuration of the space was holding back the firm’s expansion and limiting the amount

The architects immediately identified aspects of the existing space that could be improved – to the vast benefit of both patients and practitioners.

of patients they were able to assist. The Smile Centre’s owner, Harj Basra, consulted JDP about expanding the space available to them, developing a new treatment room and improving the decontamination space, as well as creating additional support spaces and improving the staff and patient facilities throughout. As experts on health related business and practice environments, the JDP team was delighted to work with this local firm to create a new footprint that would deliver an enhanced client experience while boosting the company’s profits.

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The new design also makes it significantly easier for clients with mobility issues to negotiate the building’s external and internal entrances.

JDP’s Richard Bailey agrees: “The project went relatively smoothly and we are very proud of the finished result.

Delivering enhanced client care Johnson Design worked closely with the Smile Centre’s management staff to build a new model for the practice. They created a new shop front that’s modern, sleek and stylish, allowing the Smile Centre to rebrand itself, attracting new clients and making visitors feel welcome and comfortable in their surroundings. The reception and a multifunction staff area were also remodelled to make the space inviting, comfortable and relaxing, reflecting the practice’s focus on people – at the Smile Centre, practitioners and support staff are valued as much as the patients who visit. The new design also makes it significantly easier for clients with mobility issues to negotiate the building’s external and internal circulation. The loft space was remodelled in order to create storage space for archive files and cabinets. The downstairs space was reconfigured to enable the addition of a fourth treatment room to create additional revenue, and all treatment rooms were refitted with state-of-the-art dental treatment equipment.

As with any project of this scale, completing the works without impacting the client experience was a major consideration. Practice manager Caroline Lamb says, “It was a challenge at times to keep the practice fully open and operational at times during the build period, but the project went really smoothly and the outcome is working really well for us – and our patients.” “We’ve had a really good reaction to the changes from our clients.”

“The design and layout of the space works much better. It’s modern, light and easy to maintain in terms of hygiene and cleanliness. There’s a good flow between different rooms and the flow between each space works better. A lot of extra storage space has also been created behind reception and in the loft, where an entire file archive is now stored.” The remodelling has improved the working environment for all members of staff, thanks to the introduction of a lot more natural light, with more windows throughout the workspace and the installation of modern airconditioning – and the practice has noticed that staff are proud of their workspace and there’s a definite feeling of improved morale and professional cohesion.

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Towards a profitable future JDP has a varied portfolio of commercial designs undertaken in collaboration with a wide range of organisations. Pictured are projects undertaken at the Old Police Station building in Bridgnorth’s Whitburn Street– now the offices of accountant Stanton Ralph; and JDP’s own premises – and the Johnson Design team is currently on site with planning permission at Hillview Hardy Plants in Worfield and H Porter & Sons Independent Funeral Directors in Stourbridge. Both businesses are expanding and require extensions and remodelling works – and they have selected JDP as the firm to deliver superb results for a sustainable future.

Local News

Funding boost for local screening Bridgnorth Lions have been given a funding boost £1,000 from Persimmon Homes towards the cost of their annual prostate cancer testing event. Prostate cancer is the most common male cancer in the UK, accounting for almost a quarter of male cancers, and a simple blood test can reveal early changes that may indicate potential issues. Since the Lions started the annual free screening event in Bridgnorth six years ago, 3,000 men have been tested, with around having been 150 referred for further examination. This year’s event will be on Monday 26 October at the Castle Hall in Bridgnorth at 6pm.

New youth club A new club is set to start up in Bridgnorth. St James’ Youth Club, which is aimed at Year 5 upwards, starts on Thursday 17 September from 6.30 until 8pm at St James’ Hall Church, Lodge Lane, The Grove. Young people can look forward to food, games, crafts, activities and trips. No need to book – just turn up: £1 per session.

Where the country comes to life In just five years, the Beckbury Show has grown beyond recognition to become a significant event in the county, with over 4,000 visitors streaming through the gates in 2014. This year’s show takes place on Saturday 5 September and is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet, with a produce show, a fun dog show, vintage machinery and plenty of stalls and refreshments. A truly local affair, the Beckbury Show’s objective is to raise money for local charities; to date over £40,000 has been donated to a number of charities including Severn Hospice, the local branch of the WI, Beckbury Village Hall, Beckbury School, Kemberton-based Kaleidoscope Theatre and a Christmas party for Beckbury’s senior residents, to name but a few.

Calling Bridgnorth Walkers of yesteryear! The Bridgnorth Walk to be held at the end of May 2016 will be the 50th annual walk. The event was first held in 1967 – and it’s taken place every year since. To mark this milestone, the committee are appealing to anyone who has been involved in the walk, either as a walker, an organiser or helper. Any memories of the very early walks – from the late 1960s and early 70s – would be of particular interest. The committee would appreciate any anecdotes and interesting old photos to help create a potted history of the Walk. If you have any memories you could share, contact Peter Davison on 01746768281 or by email at The first and the last winners: Guy Trotman won in 1967  Andy Rawlings won in 2015


Local rowers set for Amazon challenge

New BMX track Telford and Wrekin Council’s Pride in your Community fund and the Veolia Environmental Trust have combined to provide a new BMX track for Woodside. The Trust has awarded the Friends of Rough Park a grant of £39,999 to create the facility on land close to Woodside Avenue, and also contributed £7,500 to improve an access footpath leading to the track. Madeley Town Council will be responsible for the ongoing inspection and maintenance of the track as well as a new family picnic area with a natural play space.

Five Shropshire men are setting off this November to row the entire length of the Amazon, hoping to become only the second team in history to row the entire length of the river unsupported. The friends are all members of Shropshire Venture Rowing Club and they have set themselves a target of raising £25,000 which will be shared between different charities. Row the Amazon’s Andy Griffiths and Martin Berry from Wenlock Edge are raising money for Hope House Children’s Hospice; Stuart Manley for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and the Motor Neurone Disease Association; while Simon Furnival will split his funds between Severn House Hospice and Caudwell Children. The team will have to negotiate heat, rain, river traffic and debris – not to mention some interesting wildlife – during the 2,077 mile, 30-day challenge. The men will live cheek by jowl aboard the 28ft boat, which has a tiny bed at each end, the plan being that at any one time, two of them will be sleeping, two rowing, and the fifth navigating. The boat has just been shipped to South America and the now the team is looking for sponsors. They are funding the trip themselves, so anything raised will go towards the charities mentioned. Any individuals or companies wanting to support the charity expedition can find more information on the website

Lit fest returns The 19th annual Wellington Literature Festival boasts a jam-packed programme of events celebrating all things literature. Polly Toynbee is the keynote speaker, and the schedule also includes Tom Watt, the ghost writer of David Beckham’s biography. The three-week programme starts on Thursday October 1. See

Gala offers fun for all The Bridgnorth Hospital League of Friends’ annual gala takes place on Saturday 5 September between 10.30am and 2.30pm at the Hospital. There will be a variety of stalls, a Punch and Judy show, tombola, a jazz band, games, refreshments and the grand draw.

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Youth activities Much Wenlock and Shipton Local Joint Committee have been allocated £3,000 to support youth activity in their area. This is designed to assist local organisations or individuals who deliver services for young people aged from 10 to 19. Contact Kerry Rogers on 01743257683 or email

Poppy delight! Here at What’s What! we always welcome stories and pictures that make us smile, so we loved this one sent in by Peter Hassall from Shifnal, who is a volunteer driver for the Bridgnorth Community Bus. Peter tells us, “I recently took the lovely ladies of the Highley Friendship Club to Market Drayton for a day out. On the way I diverted the bus to see a wonderful display of wild poppies near to where I live. Driving along Nanny Murphy’s Lane and Coppice Green Lane to the north of Shifnal, I stopped the bus for the ladies to see such natural beauty of the colourful countryside. They couldn’t stop themselves getting out of the bus and dancing amongst the poppies!”

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Royal Air Force Museum Cosford was delighted when its exhibition Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the RAF was given a Highly Commended Award in the Best Temporary Exhibition category at the Museums and Heritage Awards 2015. The exhibition tells the story of black servicemen and women from the Caribbean, Africa and Britain who volunteered to serve in the Royal Air Force in WW1 and 2.

Veolia, the Council’s waste contractor, launched a kerbside battery collection service in July. Batteries should be placed in a clear plastic bag and left where collection crews can easily see them on the usual recycling day.

The exhibition was curated in partnership with Black Cultural Archives with an initial call-out to the black community in the UK, which resulted in a dialogue and sharing of stories. The display incorporates these stories along with archive materials, video footage and photographs.

Over 600 million batteries are used each year in the UK – putting them into landfill or burning them means potentially toxic chemicals are released into the environment, while recycling allows the lead, cadmium and mercury they contain to be reused.

The exhibition is currently on display at Cosford until 31 October.

Archaeology seminar Help for hearing aid wearers A free event for people who wear NHS hearing aids is being held in Bridgnorth by the Shropshire Rural Community Council. The Effective Hearing Programme is a one-day course running at Bridgnorth Community Hall in Severn Street from 10am-4pm on Tuesday 29 September. Useful tips, resources, encouragement, support and practical help will be shared and hearing aid users are also encouraged to bring a family member or friend with them as the course also covers communicating well with others. Refreshments are provided, although guests are asked to bring their own lunch.

A talk by Prof Timothy Peters entitled ‘Cognitive Archaeology; New Tools for Historians’ will take place on Tuesday 6 October at 6pm at Museum of the Gorge, Ironbridge. The event is free, but to book a place call 01952435946 or visit

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Walk for a cause A sponsored walk in Bridgnorth raised money for a group helping people with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes pain and fatigue. Veteran charity runner and walker Don Bratt of Bridgnorth organised the 10-mile walk, which saw a dozen walkers take part. Mr Bratt presented a cheque for the proceeds to Helen Plant, founder of the Telford and Wrekin Fibromyalgia Support Group, at a reception at Bridgnorth Bylet Bowling Club. For more information about the support group, which meets on the first Tuesday of the month in Telford, call 0844 8872392. „ Helen Plant receives a cheque from Don Bratt

Merrythought celebrate 85th anniversary

Together at Christmas Now in its third year, the Bridgnorth group Together at Christmas is looking for help. “For many, Christmas is a time of year for enjoying the company of family and friends,” explained spokesperson Alan Muscat. “But for some, due to circumstances, loneliness, or perhaps not having the means, this isn’t the case. The aim of Together at Christmas is to provide a Christmas dinner for such people on Christmas day.” As well as providing a meal, the group also aims to give attendees a warm and friendly day out. The group would like to hear from people with ideas about who would benefit most from an invitation. “Once a potential guest has registered an interest, we’ll visit them with a personal invitation and welcome them as dedicated hosts on their table on the day, helping them feel at ease,” said Alan.

This year’s Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival is a particularly special occasion for the team at Merrythought as it coincides with this famous company’s 85th anniversary. In fact, the event falls just a few days after the Merrythought teddy bear factory was first officially established on 10 September 1930. The festival runs from noon to 5pm on Sunday 19 September and offers a craft and food market, live street entertainment and family activities. Merrythought will be unveiling a new-look teddy bear shop, with displays of handmade bears dating from the 1930s. A limited edition teddy has been launched and visitors will also have the opportunity to meet Gordon, the ‘real’ Merrythought teddy bear, who will be walking around the town throughout the day. For more information, visit merrythoughtvillage. Details about the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival can be found at visitironbridge. or call 01952433424.

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Local instructor Neil Morris, who runs a Tae kwan do school at Chelmarsh, is celebrating after a number of his students returned from the National Championships with seven medals. “For a number of the students it was the first time they had been in a competition environment,” said Neil. “All students competed in patterns, a routine involving a preset sequence of moves.” Instructor Neil Morris with medal winners in Tae kwan-do 

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Dean Lewis is a black belt in the veterans category and Luke Richardson is a black belt in the juniors category. Instructor Gary Plant said, “Getting to the World Championship level was an accomplishment. However, we’re blown away by their success across all categories and this demonstrates their attitude, skill and determination to succeed. The whole club is excited and proud!”

Bridgnorth’s Monday get-togethers What’s What! editor Sally Themans recently met one of the volunteers who helps out at the Bridgnorth Monday Club, which is held in the bungalow at the back of Innage Lane car park. The club provides a place for elderly people to have a chat, enjoy a hot meal, and participate in a range of activities and exercises – and provides a lifeline for those who find it difficult to get out of the house alone.

Charity golf day Judas Priest rocker KK Downing is hosting the Teenage Cancer Trust Charity Golf Day on Wednesday 23 September at his home in Astbury for the third year running. He will be joined on the course by Sarah Stirk of Sky Sports. The day is sponsored by Hickman Stanmore and supported by Benham BMW of Wolverhampton and Stinkyink of Alveley.

“Each week there’s a different activity such as having a manicure or a speaker, or we talk about what people’s past lives,” explained volunteer Julia Davies. “We’re always short of volunteers so if anyone would like to give a few hours on a Monday, even if it’s just once a month, they’d be very welcome… just turn up!” Transport can be provided if required. If you are interested in helping out or know someone who might enjoy attending, call Pat Thomas on 01952596765. The club meets every week except in August from 9.30am until 2pm.

Ken Downing is the owner and designer of The Astbury golf complex, which has gone from strength to strength in the eight years since it opened, recently having been named one of the top nine best golf courses to play in the world. Team entry costs £250… and there’s already a team booked in from Switzerland! The day starts with a bacon roll and coffee and includes an on-course lunch, 18 holes of golf, and an evening meal complete with team and spot prizes. To take part, contact or call 07973394902. KK Downing and Sarah Stirk will play in the charity golf day 

Tokyo 2020 visit Wenlock games Professor Hisashi Sanada, an advisor to the CEO of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee, led a delegation from Japan to this year’s Wenlock Olympian games held in July. Professor Sanada is a specialist in the history and anthropology of the Olympic Games and Olympic Education. “It was super to welcome the group from Tokyo in what is fast becoming a truly international event,” said Helen Cromarty. “We also welcomed visitors from Australia, who are setting up something similar at home in Victoria; plus competitors from Belgium, Peru and Germany.” 13

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A lifetime in scouting This summer, Bridgnorth cubs bade farewell to Paul Fensome, who has been a cub, a scout and a leader, boy and man, since 1962.

Some of Akela Paul’s  pack: Ethan, Billy, Phoebe, Molly and Elliot

Paul started out at the age of eight, at the old scout hut – a wooden shack behind the dentist near St Leonards – walking from his home on Sydney Cottage Drive. His cub uniform consisted of a green knitted jersey, green cub cap, shorts, and long socks held up with garters. He became a seconder and then a sixer, graduating to scouts for more adventures a few years on. A natural approach Cubs and scouts had more freedom in those days. Paul remembers being able to carry and use his pocket knife, carving arrows from hazel and wooden woggles of elder wood. He has taught this skill to many a cub; Paul has endeavoured to keep the old skills and sense of adventure alive for today’s keen young adventurers. Indeed, he has sought to encourage his protégés to learn to cook over open fires and has led many a man hunt – always a great favourite. There are so many intriguing trails to be followed around Bridgnorth, and he always chooses a different path.

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Paul’s role as a cub leader began in 1989 when his sons joined the Town pack led by Anne Wenlock who, seeing a perfect leader in Paul, recruited him to run the pack on his own as the new Akela (or chief wolf; the name comes from Kipling’s Jungle Books). Food for thought For the cubs and scouts of Bridgnorth, Paul’s legacy is tangible; he started the tradition of pony trek camp at Ludlow, and he is the man in charge of catering at the annual camp on Brown Clee, with over 120 assorted beavers, cubs, scouts and helpers all needing to be fed… with all the cooking done over open fires. Paul’s full English breakfast and woodchuck stew have both become the stuff of legend! But, more poignantly, Paul’s approach is defined by his strong belief that children should be allowed to be children, with the freedom to play and run, climb, hide, set trails, carve wood and cook on open fires without an adult telling them they cannot do so because it’s unsafe. He believes in supervising children but not in standing over them: the true spirit of cub scouting. 15



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ith 21 Grand Slam titles to her name, you’d be hard pushed to find a more likely leading lady of tennis than 2015 Wimbledon champ Serena Williams. But it’s not all about glitz, glamour or trophies... delve a little more deeply into the very foundations of the game, and you may be surprised to discover a Shropshire lady who’s as integral to tennis as Serena and her counterparts. Sally Themans investigates. At the heart of the game is the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), which runs the Wimbledon tournament, considered the defining tennis event. And at the heart of the LTA is a lady who lives and breathes tennis. She can be found a little closer to home than those big-name hitters, that is, when she’s not travelling the country in her role as President of the LTA. Drum roll please, for Much Wenlock’s Cathie Sabin. Poise, panache and bonhomie I was lucky enough to catch Cathie at Wimbledon – not easy, as these are the busiest two weeks of the year for her – as she flitted from the Royal Box to the Members Enclosure making sure everything was running like clockwork, welcoming people and ensuring the right people are being thanked, tended to, and acknowledged at the right time. Cathie’s role involves welcoming volunteers, hosting a lunch to promote girls and women in tennis, and of course rubbing shoulders with the great and the good of sport, politics and entertainment and generally all who love Wimbledon. 16

Everything is conducted in Cathie’s friendly, efficient and down to earth style. You get the feeling she treats everyone from ball boys to royalty exactly the same; she makes time for everyone and is keen to focus as much on the grass roots of the game as the star-studded world of its celebrities. She made time for me when she returned to her home town for 48 hours between Wimbledon and the Davis Cup.

“Cathie has always been a great ambassador to Shropshire tennis at every level. She genuinely loves the sport and all it entails both on and off the court.” Bridgnorth Tennis Club Coach Holly Mowling

Starting young A PE teacher by training, Cathie is originally from Birmingham, but moved to Much Wenlock when she came to teach at Idsall School in Shifnal. “I’ve been a tennis fanatic since the age of seven,” she tells me. “Playing, coaching refereeing – you name it.” She joined Bridgnorth Tennis Club and before long was involved in the county set-up, then the National Council, before becoming Vice President of the LTA board and finally its President, the first ever woman to hold this position in the association’s 125 year history. It’s a three-year term and she’s half way through and gives every impression of loving every minute.


Advantage Shropshire! Shrewsbury Tennis Club is hosting the Ladies Aegon Pro tournament which offers the chance to see the top up-and-coming tennis professionals play from 14-21 November. Entry is free. Tennis is a game for life; at the recent County Week Championships, the top age group was 65+.

4 1. Cathie with youngsters from Bridgnorth Tennis Club; 2. ‘Inspiring Women in Sport’ event; 3. Tim Henman, Cathie Sabin and Andy Murray at Cobhams’ new High Performance Tennis Centre; 4. Cathie with Greg Rusedski at the launch of the Great British Tennis Weekend 2015; 5. WW editor Sally Themans with Cathie at Wimbledon


I asked Cathie what it felt like to be on centre court at Wimbledon, welcoming the winner and runners-up on finals day. She told me, “Well, this year was my second Wimbledon. And it still felt a little surreal – how did I get here? And what am I doing here? But the players are absolutely delightful, relaxed (after the game!) and fantastic ambassadors for the sport.”

From little acorns… Characteristically always looking at the whole picture and championing those in the background, Cathie is quick to mention that the absolute high point for her was to have two of her ex-pupils from Idsall in the centre court line-up; twins Andrew and Michael Davies had started off as ball boys, graduating to line umpires at 15 and now, in their late 20’s, were judging a Wimbledon final. Whilst Wimbledon is a busy fortnight and a chance to thank the many people who work hard at grass-roots level – “it’s all about the thank yous!” laughs Cathie – much of her time is spent working to make tennis an inclusive sport nationally. “Here in Shropshire the future of tennis is looking bright,” explains Cathie. “We have a ‘tennis army’ of volunteers and a community club based in one of the parks in Telford, where anyone can pitch up and play. These sorts of community schemes are really valuable – indeed that’s how the Williams sisters started their tennis.” There is now a host of national initiatives to promote the game at primary and secondary schools with tennis now appearing on the curriculum, and girls are being encouraged into the game through the ‘This Girl Can’ and ‘Miss-Hits’ initiatives – and, though these young players are more likely to look to Serena for inspiration, they'd find much in Cathie’s story to will them on to bigger and better things.

Judy Murray – mum of Andy and Jamie – is visiting Shrewsbury Tennis Club on 20 November to promote and run her ‘Miss-Hits’ programme, which promotes tennis to teenage girls who’ve never tried the sport before. Shropshire Tennis is currently training 65 youngsters on its elite programme. In a charming full circle, Bridgnorth tennis clubs coach Holly Mowling was coached by Cathie Sabin when she started aged four. Holly now teaches Cathie’s grandchildren. 20,000 teachers have now been trained to teach tennis in schools. is the volunteer arm of the LTA and it’s dedicated to ‘getting more people, playing more tennis, more often’... Fancy having a go at tennis? In the What’s What! area there are active and welcoming clubs in Bridgnorth, Broseley, Cound, Worfield, Claverley, Albrighton, Much Wenlock and Shifnal!


Sun comes out for Burwarton Show After a damp burst that thankfully didn’t last long, the weather was once again kind to the organisers of the Burwarton Show. There was a superb turnout, with 1,900 entries across competitive classes including heavy and ridden horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, all of which came together to put on a spectacle for the 20,000 visitors who came along. Mike Bradbury, in his second year as chairman, said, “Cattle and sheep classes were particularly well supported, with animals in the grand parade well deserving of their rosettes and cups.�






The shearing competition was again a hit with the audience, with some 500 sheep being required to keep the shearers busy. Keen riders enjoyed the horse classes, which took place throughout the day, with over 500 animals put through their paces. The White Helmets Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals gave a thrilling exhibition of skilled riding, while Bob Hogg’s Sheepdog Display provided a change in tempo. 1. The Ryland sheep competition winner, Ann Davies; Kerry Hill sheep awaiting the judge’s decision; 2. The Royal Signals White Helmet Display Team; 3. The Dairy Inter-Breed Championship was won by Bar-M Jerseys; 4. Robert Clare of Hawksmoor Holsteins takes 2nd place in The Supreme Dairy Category; 5. Local Farmers take part in the Vintage tractor Show Photography: Bethany Stanley



Nocturnal wildlife: Blue moon rising In the first of a two-part feature, our wildlife expert Ed Andrews goes on a night-time ramble in the Shropshire Hills.

It’s a clear July evening as I climb the Burway; the rain that fell earlier has now cleared, and the flank of Caer Caradoc is bathed in the orange glow of a fiery sunset. I make my way up the track through bilberry and bracken, emerging at the rocky summit. I pause to get my breath back and admire the vista. Swifts are dancing overhead with their distinctive sickle-shaped dark wings. They swoop up the side of the hill and pass low over my head with a rush of air. There is not a breath of wind over these ancient hills.

down the Townbrook valley, the moon disappears behind a hill and the rocky path is plunged into darkness, forcing me to turn on my head torch. Once at the bottom of the valley, I see the moon reappear. For a magical moment I find myself standing next to a babbling brook with moonlight twinkling from the surface of the water like a shattered mirror. Some people say that the light from a full moon has healing properties; a tonic to re-balance our cluttered minds… and at this moment I feel something of its power.

For a magical moment I find myself standing next to a babbling brook with moonlight twinkling from the surface of the water like a shattered mirror.

A milky moon With the sunlight reduced to an afterglow behind the Long Mynd, I watch the full moon rising from behind Brown Clee. It’s shrouded in cloud and looks almost ethereal, like an image that forms in your head when you are in that hazy place just before sleep. On the rare occasion that two full moons fall within one calendar month, the second is known as a blue moon; this last July was a blue moon month. I suddenly spot a solitary noctule bat feeding alongside the swifts. We have 18 species of bat in the UK and the noctule is the largest, with a wingspan of around 400mm. For a few minutes, the bat shares the airspace with the swifts, feasting on the flying insects. Darkness is creeping out across the Shropshire Hills but the blue moon still casts its milky glow. As I make my way back 20

Lighting up the night As most nocturnal wildlife is hidden by the veil of darkness, a night walk is full of strange sounds and, without our eyes to rely on, our hearing becomes that bit more sensitive. One nocturnal creature that does however advertise its presence visually, and in a spectacular way, is the glow worm. The first time I saw a glow worm, I thought the illuminous green light must be a float discarded by a fisherman. The level of light emitted has to be seen to be believed. Glow worms are actually a type of beetle… and it’s the female that glows. She is wingless, so lives a fairly sedentary life. The male has wings and is attracted by the female’s alluring light. Once mating has taken place, the female loses her glow.

We have 18 species of bat in the UK and the noctule is the largest, with a wingspan of around 400mm.

Glow worms are actually a type of beetle… and it’s the female that glows. She is wingless, so lives a fairly sedentary life.

In the second part of this feature, I will explain how a recently-acquired gadget has revolutionised my enjoyment of nocturnal wildlife. For more wildlife tips and inspiration in the meantime, check out my new blog at: You can also follow me on Twitter @shropshirewild Do one thing for wildlife this month…

The glow worm larva is quite a vicious predator – it feeds on snails and has very sharp mouthparts, and it injects a poison into its prey to paralyse it. Glow worms favour stony substrates and sparse vegetation, and a good place to spot them in Shropshire is alongside old railway lines. Ode to the glow worm… One of the most famous early naturalists was Gilbert White of Selborne. He was fascinated by glow worms and mentions them in his poem ‘The Naturalist’s Summer Evening Walk’:

The chilling night-dews fall: away, retire; For see, the glow-worm lights her amorous fire!

Bats depend on flying insects for food: it’s estimated that one bat can eat up to 3,000 midges in a night. In 2004, the RSPB invited people to get involved with the Big Bug Survey, distributing sticky ‘splat-o-metres’ to capture invertebrates that collided with the car. The results showed an alarmingly low number of insects, caused in part by the increased use of pesticides in gardens and the wider countryside. Make September the month you review the use of chemicals in your garden and, where possible, switch to an organic alternative (such as soap spray for greenfly).

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Northern choir delight Felling Male Voice Choir from Gateshead are coming to Much Wenlock for a joint concert with Much Wenlock Male Voice Choir at William Brookes School on Saturday 26 September. Formed in 1920, the choir of Felling has developed into an integral part of the musical and social fabric of the north east, performing throughout the nation and around the world, as well as recording their music for fans to share at home. Tickets are £8, available from the box office at The Edge, Much Wenlock – call 08448700887. ‚ Pride of Gateshead – the Felling Male Voice Choir

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Whilst there is some debate as to when the manuscript was actually ‘rediscovered’, there’s no question its publication this summer was a major publishing event. It features many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird some 20 years later. It also sheds new light on one of the classic works of 20th century fiction. Scout (also known as Jean Louise Finch) returns to Maycomb from New York to visit her father Atticus, and is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society, as well as her own feelings about the place she spent her childhood. Go Set a Watchman promises to become a classic in its own right, and is hugely relevant in a country in which race is still such an issue. Wenlock Books will hold our Random Reading Group based on Go Set a Watchman on Saturday 10 October, as part of our Big Bookshop Party. Independent bookshops all over the country will be celebrating books and bookshops in a variety of ways… and our way is to party all day long! We’ll start at 9am with a Poetry Breakfast (reading poetry on the theme of independence) with coffee and croissants; and end with the Random Reading Group at 4pm with prosecco and cake – with plenty going on in between! Check out our website for up-to-the-minute information. All are very welcome, and all the events are FREE! AnnaDreda,Wenlock Books, High Street, Much Wenlock ‘More than just a bookshop’ 24

Opera at the Grand Britain’s Got Talent’s very first success story, opera singer Paul Potts will be performing live in concert at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre on Friday 16 October. Paul will be joined by guest soprano Catriona Murray in this vibrant concert. The Bristol-born tenor, who has talked about how singing has always been a haven and a source of joy, is living his dream. Socially awkward, bullied and taunted at school, Paul found singing in his local church choir proved to be a sanctuary from playground abuse. Listening to ‘La Boheme’ aged 16, Paul fell in love with opera, a romance that was to set him on a journey that would eventually lead to him achieving national recognition with his big break, winning BGT in 2007. Book online grandtheatre. or box office 01902 429212.

Autumn exhibition Twenty Twenty Gallery in Much Wenlock will host its Autumn Exhibition from Saturday 12 September to Saturday 17 October, with paintings from Gerald Dewsbury and Chris Welsh, glass-scapes from Jenny Ayrton, and wood-fired ceramics by Deiniol Williams. Gerald Dewsbury studied fine art at Falmouth College of Art and moved to North Wales in the 1970s to become a full-time painter. Based in the wild hills and mountains, he spends much of his time outdoors painting directly from life, interpreting the landscape with his own unique vision. A heightened sense of colour and reality is balanced with symbolism and romanticism. Jenny Ayrton uses molten glass to create miniature wonderlands, while Deiniol Williams is a Welsh ceramicist who creates highly texturised pots and tiles. ƒ Jenny Ayrton, Seat wth a view

Shrek visits Wolverhampton The much-loved family film takes on a brand new incarnation as ‘Shrek the Musical’ brings all its fairy-tale magic to the Wolverhampton Grand. Hailed by critics and enjoyed by audiences of all ages, the lovable green ogre and his faithful donkey bring their entourage to the Grand from Wednesday 30 September to Sunday 11 October. The show has enjoyed a run at Drury Lane, and its dizzying blend of great characters, hilarious gags and toe-tapping music combined to visually stunning – and heart-warming – effect. This production cleverly blends all the big-stage glitz of a showstopper with a surprising level of audience intimacy. Book online grandtheatre. or call the box office 01902429212

‘Stepping out’ in Broseley Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company is presenting the play ‘Stepping Out’ at the Birchmeadow Centre on 8, 9 and 10 October. The story follows a group who attend the same weekly tap class. Initially seeming more interested in the social side of the classes, and with precious little aptitude for the medium itself, the unlikely dancers eventually gain an unexpected level of skill and cohesion. This is a warm, funny play with a cleverly unfolding script that makes you smile as each character reveals their story. Tickets are £10 from Mike and Sarah’s Family Butcher in Bridgnorth and E Davis & Son of Broseley, or email or buy on the door. The show starts at 7.30pm. 25


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Orchestral treat in Bridgnorth Music lovers in the Bridgnorth area no longer have to travel to enjoy top-quality orchestral music, thanks to Bridgnorth Sinfonia. Their last concert provided a varied programme of music by Debussy, Weber and Tchaikovsky which was enthusiastically received by the audience, who were also entertained by illuminating explanations and anecdotes about each piece by conductor Dr James Ross. Highlights included a rendition of Weber’s Hungarian Andante and Rondo for bassoon and orchestra, played by principal bassoonist Felicity Stubbs. The leader of the orchestra, Margaret Wright, gave a virtuoso violin performance in Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite and Sally Barras thrilled with her clarinet cadenza in the final movement of the same piece. On Sunday 8 November, the Sinfonia will be playing musical interludes in an unusual venue – the workshop of major sponsor, auto dealer David Dexter!

Opera streamed to the edge Often considered the perfect opera, ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ represents Mozart’s genius at its most lively and delightful. Based on a play that was originally banned for its political content, the fast-moving libretto creates realistic characters made even more human by Mozart’s outstanding music. David McVicar’s popular staging of this comedy returns in the hands of leading British conductor Ivor Bolton. The cast is led by the star bass Erwin Schrott, who has sung the role to great acclaim at Covent Garden, partnered with Romanian soprano Anita Hartig in the role of Susanna. Monday 5 October, 6.45pm at The Edge, Much Wenlock. Tickets £11/£10, available from or call 01952728911.

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An exhibition with a twist will be opening at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery from Monday 14 September to Sunday 11 October. Brick City is a celebration of some of the world's favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO® bricks. While to many, LEGO® is ‘just a toy’, to Warren Elsmore these legendary bricks, which are for so many of us absolutely integral to childhood, provide a challenging and rewarding modelling medium. Open daily 10am to 5pm, The Square, Shrewsbury. Telephone 01743258885 or visit Admission £4/ £2/£3.50 family £10.


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Artists’ workshops move Artist Amanda Hillier, who has been successfully running lino printing workshops at Fusion Jackfield for the last two years, has recently moved and expanded to utilise larger workshop space in the Woodland Hall at the Green Wood Centre in Coalbrookdale. “This unique setting benefits from access to woodland walks, making it the perfect location for hosting the ever popular lino workshops,” explained Amanda. If you would like to join a monthly workshop or book a group session, contact Amanda on 01952432517 or check the website

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If I were a rich man… Bridgnorth Musical Theatre Company is holding a presentation evening for its next show ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on Wednesday 9 September at 7.30pm in the Endowed Old School Hall, Bridgnorth. Anyone interested is invited to come along to enjoy a glass of wine while meeting the production team. The company is particularly interested in tempting in new male members, as there are many parts for men in principal parts and chorus – so if you’ve always fancied treading the boards, come along and get a flavour of how the company works. For more information, visit

Ballet at the edge Enjoy this opportunity to watch a live streaming of the Royal Ballet performing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at The Edge, Much Wenlock on Wednesday 23 September. The archetypal romantic ballet is rich in the swaggering colour of Verona street life and in sword fights and celebrations,

but the focus is always on the complex emotions of the young lovers – especially on Juliet as she journeys through the delirious happiness of first love to a shocked comprehension of her ultimate fate. Start time 7.15pm. Tickets £11/£10 available from or call 01952728911.

US invasion It's 1942 and a horde of Yankee servicemen have arrived in England – where the locals speak a strange dialect, boil all their food, and talk endlessly about the weather. Join a crack team of ‘experts’ as they try to explain such mysteries as pounds, shillings and pence. ‘Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain’ is a hilarious romp through the idiosyncrasies of the Brits. The play appears at Farlow and Oreton Village Hall on Friday 23 October at 8pm – for tickets call 01746 718, and at Cardington Village Hall on Sunday 25 October at 7.30pm; call 01694771404 or visit

Music legend at Severn Centre Raymond Froggatt will be appearing with his band at Highley’s Severn Centre on Saturday 10 October. Songwriter for Sir Cliff Richard for 10 years, Froggatt has been a stalwart of the music industry for 50 years and has recorded with Isaac Hayes and Sir Elton John – and now lives in Ironbridge. His concerts are sell-outs across the country and abroad, and still today his songs are recorded by major artists. Tickets £12.50 on the night (cash only) or call 01746860000. Raymond Froggatt at the Severn Centre  29

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Blood Brothers returns to Grand Marti Pellow and Maureen Nolan will star together in the darkly dramatic Liverpool musical ‘Blood Brothers’ at Wolverhampton’s Grand Theatre from Monday 26 until Saturday 31 October. Marti Pellow is one of music’s respected artists; for over 30 years he enjoyed global success as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet and is an acclaimed leading man of musical theatre. He returns to the role of the brooding, sinister narrator opposite Maureen Nolan, the fourth Nolan sister to appear in ‘Blood Brothers’, who will reprise her role as the tragic Mrs Johnstone. Written by Willy Russell, ‘Blood Brothers’ has won four awards for Best Musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway. It ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances – one of only three musicals to achieve that milestone. Book online at or call the box office on 01902429212.

Shifnal Trinity art event Shifnal Trinity Methodist Church will be hosting a two-day exhibition and sale of local arts and crafts over the weekend of 30 and 31 October. Gentle music will play in the background to create a soothing ambience while shoppers take a leisurely look at the crafts on show. Open from 10-4pm each day – if you’d like to exhibit your work, contact

Theatre in the library As part of History Week at Bridgnorth Library, Shropshire Arts Alive will be staging ‘My Dearest Girls: Helen’s Story’ by Francesca Millican Slater at Bridgnorth Library on Wednesday 23 September. The play is based on letters sent between six young Shropshire women between 1917 and 1920 and focuses on one local farmer’s daughter. The play will be followed by a discussion. It starts at 7pm; call 01746763358 to book.

Auditions for new choirs Wolverhampton Grand Theatre is re-launching its in-house choirs: the adult Grand Chorus and Encore Young Vocalists, for children aged 9-15. Encore is a fun, engaging choir aiming to develop passion for singing and performance while building confidence. Auditions are on Saturday 5 September and rehearsals will be on Saturdays from 10.30-11.30am at the theatre. The Grand Chorus will be a fun but vocally challenging choir for adults to develop their passion for singing in a friendly, professional environment. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7pm-8pm.The choirs will be brand ambassadors for the theatre and will aim to fundraise on behalf of the theatre. To find out more, contact 31


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The sound of Simon… and Garfunkel Following its West End success, the hugely successful ‘Simon and Garfunkel Story’ is coming to Oakengates Theatre on Tuesday 22 September.

Study with local artist Students of artist Vicki Norman have enjoyed several Painting on Location days over the summer, including one in late July during which Vicki painted the view from Lyth Hill.

The show charts the journey of folk-rock sensations Simon and Garfunkel from their humble beginnings in Queens, New York to worldwide stardom, and features award-winning leading man Dean Elliott and a full cast of talented actor-musicians. Enjoy classics such as ‘The Sound of Silence, ‘Scarborough Fair’ and ‘Mrs Robinson’, performed with all the verve and emotion of the originals. Tickets £17.50, available at or box office on 01952382382.

Vicki is currently taking enrolments for the autumn term of classes, which starts on Monday 7 September and runs for 10 weeks. Artists of all levels working in any medium are welcome. A beginners’ drawing and painting programme will be available for those who are new to art or just want to go over the basics. More experienced painters may decide to work on a project of their choice with support and guidance to build their skills and techniques. For more details visit or call 07761017468. Clouds from  Lyth Hill „ Haughmond Hill from Lyth Hill

Tim Kliphuis Trio The classically trained Dutch gypsy jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis and his Trio return to Arts Alive with their not-to-be-missed show celebrating the lively, vibrant and slightly risque music of gypsy jazz maestro Stéphane Grappelli. Tim and his band visit Habberley Village Hall on Thursday 15 Oct at 7.30pm; call 01743790179 for tickets, and Saturday 17 October at Little Wenlock Village Hall; call 01952505888 for details and tickets. 33

The fisher king Poet, author and wildlife photographer Andrew Fusek Peters lives in the very heart of south Shropshire. It was following a bout of severe clinical depression that he took up photography as a way, he says, of “reconnecting with his surroundings”... and he has never looked back. Having been shortlisted for numerous categories in the British Wildlife Photography Awards, Andrew is currently in the running for Amateur Photographer of the Year – and his shots have also graced our very own cover.

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As a fledgling wildlife photographer, still trying out his wings, I had sat in official hides on well known reserves where all my skill netted me a silhouette on a stick and yet more frustration. How could such colour be so elusive? A guiding hand Then I met my army veteran ‘friend’, who will remain anonymous. Here was a mate-in-the-making who understood the behaviour of these secretive birds, each pair commanding a kilometre or so of river, along which mounds of clay and overhanging bushes were regular perching, fishing, diving and preening spots. I found myself inducted into the art of surveillance: how to set up camouflaged hides to give the best view over the watery A-Z that kingfishers patrol. For, like all the animals who tread warily around us human colonisers, they rely on pattern and behaviour. Just as we like our

Andrew’s book In Wilderness Is Paradise Now – Words and Wildlife from the Borders will be released in 2016. His memoir Dip: Wild Swims from the Borderlands is published by Rider Books, Random House and has featured on The One Show, You Magazine, and BBC Radio. Andrew has been commissioned by the National Trust and Natural England for their new project ‘Stepping Stones’, to celebrate species and landscape between the Stiperstones and the Long Mynd.

“A stunning take on animal portraiture. This image conveys the rescued tawny owl’s vulnerability” Amateur Photographer, July 2015 favourite coffee shop on a certain day, so the kingfisher will come back to a perch almost like clockwork if we do not disturb it. Getting close is the grail, to shrink that far blur into a still life that bursts from the camera’s playback screen. The work is no mean task. Hours, days, weeks of patience, of endless visits where nothing much happens, where camera doesn’t focus in time, or the light is wrong, or the kingfisher decides on a perch just round the river bend and our lens cannot see round corners. Close to the edge On this particular day, after three hours of cramp and missed opportunities, I was ready to call it a day. I was almost weeping with frustration. But we have friends for a reason, and my sage pal told me to ‘think’. It calmed me, we carried on; him in full-on army surveillance gear… me in my pop-up tent on the pebbles of the river bank. Kingfisher came down, the lapis of the earth ground into his wings, fish in beak, not more than ten feet away

from me. He knew I was there, but was not bothered nor distressed. Somewhere, not far away, the fledglings were ready to be fed and, it turns out, fly the nest that next morning. But for now, he posed, the sky on his back, the orange sun of his beak, the glistening silver of the fish he’d dived for. King of the fishers – as the poet Frederick William Faber said, “There came, swift as a meteor’s shining flame, a kingfisher from out on the brake, and almost seemed to leave a wake, of brilliant hues behind.”



Vintage value Most of our bidders at auction are looking for a bargain! They have realised that a vintage item could easily replace its brand new counterpart at a fraction of the price – and have that genuine ‘vintage feel’ to boot. Many vintage items can double up brilliantly as unique household storage containers. Old blanket boxes make a great home for shoes, handbags and clothes packed away for a different season. Victorian hat-boxes can be a really decorative way to stow gloves, scarves, socks, underwear or jewellery. Tired of monotonous box files in your home office or study? Look out for old deed boxes, 1930s filing drawers and little pottery jugs for pens and pencils to create more quirky and stylish work surroundings. Vintage china jugs are ideal in the kitchen for wooden spoons and ladles and old plate racks look lovely filled

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Keepers for the day Nine lucky pupils from Myddle C of E Primary spent a day at the Animal Care Unit at North Shropshire College’s Walford Campus. The year 6 pupils took part in a range of the duties of a keeper at the unit, starting the day with a tour around Walford’s mini-zoo and helping to feed the meerkats, marmoset monkeys and birds of prey… but the real highlight was getting to hold one of the resident snakes. ‚ The ‘keepers for a day’ with their slippery friend

Medal haul for Moffats Moffats School near Kinlet enjoyed some summer sporting successes with the U13 girls’ rounders team becoming ISA Midlands Champions. On the track, the boys’ athletics team bagged two golds, a silver and a bronze at the ISA National Athletics Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Moffats athletes Joshua Umeh and Lana Oluwayemi at the  Alexander Stadium


Local schools lead the way Pupils from primary schools in and around Bridgnorth had plenty to celebrate when they joined forces as the Bridgnorth and East Shropshire team for two events… and won both. First up was the Shropshire Primary Swimming Gala, held at Shrewsbury’s Quarry Pool. Bridgnorth and East Shropshire were assisted by Northgate Swimming Club junior coach Gary Barnes, who said, “It was all the more exciting as it was our area’s first win in the 13 years of the competition; the Telford team has won it for the last nine years. It was nice to break that run!” Next it was the turn of the field competitors, with the Shropshire Primary Schools athletics at Cosford – here, the team triumphed for the third year running. Castlefields pupil Daniel Galloway won in the pool as well as on track; he also won silver for Great Britain in a biathlon event in Portugal in July. Here, the year 5 pupil is pictured competing in the 600m at Cosford. „ Dan Galloway; victorious athletes and swimmers

Lego® studio ready for business Pupils at Birchfield School near Albrighton are looking forward to using the new Lego® Innovation Studio created over the summer. “This new facility will maximise and augment learning in new and dynamic ways,” said head Hugh Myott. “And, outside the classroom, the school is offering sports scholarships for prospective pupils in years 3 to 6. For children who excel at sport, be it rugby, netball or tennis, we invite parents and children to come along to an open day to find out more.” ‚ Sporting excellence at Birchfield

Annual gymkhana a hit Moffats School near Kinlet held its annual end-of-year riding competition at the end of the summer term. “The gymkhana is one of the highlights of the Moffats year,” said head of riding Kate Killick. “We had a fantastic day – well done to all riders and thank you to all the helpers, parents, judges, families and friends for supporting the day.” Up, up and away – riding high at Moffats’ gymkhana  39

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‘Crucial Crew’ learning about safety Thousands of children from all over the What’s What! area attended Crucial Crew events at the end of the summer term. Crucial Crew, which is aimed at year 6 children just about to leave primary education, seeks to raise awareness of safety issues and provide children with life skills and knowledge that will help keep them, and others, safe in the future.

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The multi-agency events involve, amongst others, Western Power Distribution, who talk about safety around electricity; West Mercia Police, who give tips on staying streetwise; and the Royal Life Saving Society, who teach pupils about water safety. Funding comes from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner Bill Longmore and local parish and county/district councils. ‚ Telford and Wrekin’s Crucial Crew event took place at Buildwas Abbey

An apprentice at Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has been awarded a scholarship with the Flying Scholarship for Disabled People (FSDP). Bethany Colburn from Albrighton will spend five weeks at the American Aviation Academy in San Diego. Bethany, who was born with mild cerebral palsy which affects her mobility, went through a tough recruitment process which included an intensive four-day selection stage at RAF Cranwell. A delighted Bethany said, “This is a life-changing opportunity. I want to make my sponsors proud and show everyone, able-bodied and disabled, that anyone can overcome limitations given the right opportunities and belief.” The scholars were presented with their scholarship certificates by FSDP patron HRH Prince Faisal of Jordon and Honorary Air Commodore Sir Stephen Dalton. Budding aviation engineer Bethany Colburn (left) 

Oldbury Wells carnival float Budding engineers across all years at Oldbury Wells collaborated on a project inspired by BMW to design and build a float for the Bridgnorth Carnival. Seen with the float are team members Luke Thomas, D&T technician Paul Shipley, Kieran Wilson, Molly Hartland, Frank Roberts, Callum Wilson, student support staff member Sarah Barlow, D&T teacher Marc Paget, Annabel Martin, Georgie Kirby and Jack Hainsworth. ƒ Pupils from Oldbury Wells proudly display their float


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Pirates of St Johns Children from St. John’s Catholic Primary School in Bridgnorth delighted their audience with a performance of the play ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. “They did amazingly well… and we will surely have a few professional actors coming out of the school,” observed head Jane Payton. ‚ Pirate capers at St Johns

Girls miss out as regional champions The girls from Bridgnorth Endowed School’s U13 cricket team completed their highest ever finish, coming second in the Midlands Chance to Compete event held at Moseley Cricket Club. Having won their district and county finals, they progressed to the prestigious finals where they finished as runners-up, narrowly missing out on a win by four runs. “We’re very proud of their achievements,” said PE teacher Nicki Bills-Brown. “Congratulations to the team of Izzy Hill, Hannah Cook, Ella Aldridge, Tilly Chase, Bella Cox, Jess Picken, Molly Penny, Mel Ilordanidou, and captain Harriet Rollason.” Bridgnorth Endowed girls enjoy success 


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Second national award for leading girls’ school A prestigious award in 2014 has been a catalyst for a drive towards sporting success at Shrewsbury High School, with the school winning the Sports Award at the 2015 Education Business Awards. The school’s Elite Athlete programme, which sees pupils learning about nutrition, sports psychology and time management, was praised by the judges, as was the range of sports at the school. Sports leadership courses and involvement with the Sky Sports Leadership Project help to foster a teamwork ethos. The Senior School Open Day is on Saturday 10 October, with the Prep Open Morning on Wednesday 14 October. To find out more, email

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‘Retail excellence’ rewarded Fourteen young entrepreneurs from St. Dominic’s School in Brewood were delighted to win a prestigious award at the Young Enterprise National Finals in London. The sixth formers bagged the Retail Excellence Award for their interactive children’s storybooks. The team, who called themselves WRITE, developed a series of three books delivering activities featuring colouring, mathematics, word problems, outdoor games and puzzles, aligning with Key Stage 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum.

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Parents of children at Buildwas School near Much Wenlock are determined to keep their primary open, despite a consultation process initiated by Shropshire Council to close it. “This rural school has been serving the local community for 150 years,” said spokesperson Beth Heath. “In January it was put into special measures, but teachers and management took on the challenge. Recent SATs results, which saw 100% of pupils achieving national expectations, prove the progress the school has made in the last six months.” Parents rally round to fight the proposed closure  43

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Local athletes’ success Bridgnorth Athletics Club’s record-breaking season continued apace over the summer, with Bridgnorth athletes winning 27 medals at the Wenlock Games and Adrian Lloyd Davies setting a new Wenlock Games record in the U17 boys 800m. Gold medal winners were Ava Martin, Molly Andrews, Lucy Elcock, Beth Loveday, Sophie Kinnersley, Dan Galloway, Kieran Clarke and Adrian Lloyd Davies. Abbey Nolan, Hannah Cashmore, Jess Hibbert, Molly Andrews, Lucy Elcock, Sophie Kinnersley, Louse Jones, Andy Jones, Matt Yates, Sam Owen, Evie Cashmore, Ellie Shotton, Lillian Wilcox, Lauren Lewis and Isobel Martin won silver and bronze medals. ‚ Victorious winners display their medals

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Day in parliament Students from Abraham Darby Academy were shown around the Houses of Parliament and met new Telford MP Lucy Allan. The students were given a talk about the work of MPs and an insight into what goes on in Parliament and how it directly affects their lives. Lucy Allan said, “The students were really engaged and it was an honour to welcome them. I’d like to encourage Telford schools to come to Parliament so students can see for themselves what goes on.” To arrange a tour, email Lucy Allan shows students round the Houses of Parliament 

Calligraphy demonstration amazes Pupils from Wellington’s Old Hall School were amazed by Japanese calligrapher Koki Takehara when he visited the school. Mr Takehara, who paints characters using a giant 20 kilogram brush, painted the symbol for joy on a huge piece of material in the school hall. Mr Takehara has demonstrated his art in New York and Paris and works from a studio in southern Japan. He explained to the children that he started calligraphy at the age of four and practises his art every day. ƒ Giant calligraphy wows Old Hall pupils


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New school garden is haven for wildlife A two-year project to transform an unused patch of grass at a Shrewsbury school into a vegetable garden and haven for wildlife has been completed. Children at Prestfelde School came up with creative ideas for the project, and governor and former pupil Matt Sandford and his family have provided valuable sponsorship, as has the local Wyevale Garden Centre. Shrewsbury businessman Matt wanted to create a memorial for his father, who was lost at sea in 1978 while Matt was at Prestfelde, and the new area provides a place for quiet reflection as well as the production of fresh vegetables. To mark the opening, pupils hosted a tea party, selling cakes and tomato plants. The funds were shared between the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal and the garden project. „ Pictured from left, William Venezia, Iona Fraser-Clark and Sophie Sharman

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Mathematicians in final Year 6 pupils from Shrewsbury High Prep School are celebrating after reaching the finals of the Jaguar Maths in Motion competition for the second year running. The team, Joshua Inpong-Pirard, Noah Cherian, Isabel Clarke and Josie Allsop enjoyed the added perk of being chauffeur-driven to the competition in Warwickshire by Hatfields Jaguar of Shrewsbury. Once there, the budding mathematicians had to complete a series of tasks in an effort to produce a perfect car, which was then entered into a race. The team came away with a fabulous bag of Jaguar goodies. Maths in Motion finalists from Shrewsbury High 


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Not only does it have a pun-tastic name, Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter, £10, is a thick, luscious lotion that’s loved the world over. One pink tub is sold every 20 seconds worldwide and it’s won a stack of awards too (

THE SUITS-ALL SHADE The legendary Orgasm shade from NARS – a warm, peachy hue – is responsible for shifting 135 units per hour, be it blusher, lipstick or the famous Multiple sticks. Where to start if you haven’t tried this ultra-flattering pink yet? The Orgasm Blush, £23, will have you screaming with delight (

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Ocean Film Festival World Tour

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FRI 4 – 7 SEP

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend Variouslocationsaround MuchWenlock

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Bollywood Night

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An evening of authentic Indian entertainment with food cooked by Lajina Leal of Masala Magic, Telford’s award-winning homecooking education and catering service. 7:30pm Tickets £20 01746 781759 58

SAT 5 & 6 SEP

MOB Scarecrow Festival & Trail

Moreton,Outwoods &Bromstead, nrNewport Follow the trail around the three villages and see more than 50 homemade scarecrows based on film and cartoon characters. There will also be the chance to enjoy classic cars, vintage tractors, tanks, miniature fairground organ, stalls and refreshments 10am-4pm 01952 691407,


Seven Wonders of the Shropshire Hills MinsterleyParishHall

With options of a 16-mile challenge, a 10-mile hike, a 6-mile stroll, or a 4-mile saunter through the glorious landscape of the Shropshire Hills, this event offers something for everyone. Homemade cakes, tea, coffee and cold drinks will be available at the mid-point for the longer walks and at the end for all walkers. This is a fundraising event to support the Nipstone and Pontesford Hill nature reserve appeals. 8am-6pm £8 in advance; £10 on the day. Entry fee includes refreshments. Under 16s FREE. 01743 284280, uk/whats-on


Continental Market

BridgnorthHighStreet This popular market returns, featuring produce from around the European mainland. 9am-5pm,


Severn Jesters

TheatreSevern,Frankwell, Shrewsbury Discover new stars of stand-up at Theatre Severn’s popular comedy club – booking is recommended. 8pm £9/£10 01743 281281,

TUE 8 – SAT 12 SEP

Sunset Boulevard

GrandTheatre,Wolverhampton West Bromwich Operatic Society is extremely proud to present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster musical. Based on the Billy Wilder film, the show weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. £15.50-£21.50 01902 429212,


FRI 11 – 13 SEP

Highley Relay Triathlon

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Taking place on the scenic Highley Sprint Triathlon course, this gruelling event starts with a 400m swim then heads out on the hilly 17.5km bike route, finishing with a 5km off-road run, taking in the sights of the River Severn and the historic Severn Valley Railway. Pre-booking is essential. 8am triathlon/races/highley-relaytriathlon-2015

The ever-popular Festival will feature more than 180 topquality independent food and drink producers and has a packed line up of entertainment and demonstrations, including a slot from the first-ever Bake Off winner, Edd Kimber… and plenty of family fun, too. 1-day pass for adult £8.50; child £2


Bridgnorth Fun Regatta BridgnorthRowingClub


Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir StMaryChurch,Bridgnorth

Following their fantastic performance last year, Bridgnorth welcomes ‘the Fron’ back to St Mary’s for an evening of popular classics featuring special guests. 7pm 01746 762231

A competition between teams of non-rowers racing over a distance of 500m on the River Severn in Bridgnorth. Find four friends, colleagues or family members – men, women or a mix – and enter as a crew. The rowing club will teach you the basics of rowing with three hour-long coaching sessions during August. All boats and equipment provided. £25 per person


Battle of Britain Afternoon Concert RoyalAirForceMuseum Cosford


Beckbury Show Beckbury

In just five years the show has gone from strength to strength… now it’s one of the most talked-about events in Shropshire!

Cosford will be marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a themed event featuring the highly decorated Glebe Symphonic Winds, one of the UK’s leading wind orchestras. 2pm £5 01902 376200,


Telford Trail 12 TelfordTownPark

A 12-mile (ish!) way-marked circular walk through some surprisingly beautiful and historic urban countryside. Raise money for your chosen charity and you could win a £100 gift voucher. 9.30am £1 per person event/1112/telford_trail_12

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Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival

FRI 18 & 19 SEP

Open Cockpits Evening RoyalAirForceMuseumCosford

A wide range of aircraft will be available for closer viewing, including transport aircraft, jet fighters and unique research airframes. Visitors will be able to get a feel for what it was like to fly these much-loved machines and will enjoy after-hours access to the Museum. 6pm £12.50 (advance tickets only) 01902 376200,


Fred Macaulay: ‘Twenty Fifteen’

EdgeArtsCentre, MuchWenlock

In the popular comedian’s first tour since 2012, he’ll be looking backwards and forwards, not to mention sideways at politics, sport, the environment and the phenomenon of ‘celebrity’. 8pm £13/£15 01952 728911,

SAT 19 SEP & 10 OCT

Much Wenlock Food Market

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SAT 19 & 20 SEP

Midland Game Fair WestonPark

The premier event of its kind in the country for anyone interested in traditional country pursuits, the show has something for everyone from world-class clay pigeon shooting to game and coarse fishing demonstrations; gun dog competitions; falconry displays; and fine arts and rural crafts plus over 600 stands.


This lovely street market runs along one of the River Severn’s most famous stretches, at Ironbridge’s Wharfage. Local charities and community groups will be running stands with raffles and fun challenges, and there will be demonstrations and displays in the Market Square. Younger visitors can bring out their arty side by taking part in free, hands-on activities, and street entertainment will keep crowds amused throughout the day.

MON 21 & 22 SEP

Jurassic Adventures

TheatreSevern,Frankwell, Shrewsbury Set on a magical island where anything might happen, with a brave cast of amazing actors, superb scenery and, of course, dinosaurs! £16 01743 281281,

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story

ThePlace,OakengatesTheatre Direct from its success in London’s West End, where it received ovations at every performance, this show takes a reverent look at one of music’s best-loved duo. Features songs such as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Mrs Robinson’. £17.50 01952 382382,


Introduction to the archaeology of Wenlock Edge WenlockEdge,MuchWenlock

Jump into the industrial heritage of this historic area, discovering lime kilns, charcoal halves and much more. Places are limited so book ahead. 10am-2pm £10 per person 07972 115725,


Bicycle Try-Out Roadshow TelfordTownPark

A fun (and free!) opportunity to try out a wide range of different bikes and cycle equipment. 1am-4pm


Harvest Food Festival

ApleyFarmShop,Norton, Shropshire A delicious day out for the cooks and foodies in the family. Enjoy free tasters of food and drink from local producers, with plenty to occupy the little ones, too. 9.30am FREE


Shrek – The Musical GrandTheatre, Wolverhampton

Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue Princess Fiona from a fire-breathing dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around! Recommended for age five and up (under-threes cannot be admitted). £21.50-£41.50 01902 429212,

FRI 25 & 26 SEP


TheatreontheSteps, StonewaySteps,Bridgnorth Pays homage to the musical phenomenon The Eagles by faithfully recreating all of the biggest selling singles from their extensive repertoire live on stage. 8pm £17/£19 01746 766477,


Much Wenlock and Felling Male Voice Choirs EdgeArtsCentre,MuchWenlock

Much Wenlock is delighted to welcome Felling Male Voice Choir from Gateshead in a joint concert. Formed in 1920 and having travelled throughout the UK and the world, the Felling Choir is an integral part of the musical life of the north east of England. 7.30pm £8 01952 728911, 61


Orchard Day DudmastonEstate

THU 1 – 24 OCT

Wellington Annual Literary Festival Variouslocationsaround Wellington

This, the 19th annual festival, boasts a jam-packed programme of events celebrating all things literature. Polly Toynbee is the keynote speaker, and the schedule also includes Tom Watt, the ghost writer for David Beckham’s biography.



ThePlace,OakengatesTheatre Hot on the heels of Il Divo and Collabro, Brit-Award-winning harmonisers Blake are back with a new album, new songs and their most uplifting live show yet. £19 01952 382382,

Join in for a day packed with harvest fun. Watch as the apples are pressed and take some fresh juice home. Bring your own apples along to juice, and visit the craft tent and local produce stalls. The tea room will have some seasonal fare for everyone to enjoy. Normal admission applies with small additional charge for craft activities. 11.30am 01746 780866




Paul Potts

A lively production infused with old world charm, Coppelia is the perfect ballet for family audiences who will delight in the story of an eccentric toymaker and his beloved doll. Colourful costumes, lively characters and beautiful music from Delibes combine to create a magical, comical classic. 7pm £19.50 01952 382382,

Winner of Britain’s Got Talent Season One, Paul has found global success with his albums, live shows and tours, impressing audiences worldwide with his powerful, emotive operatic performances. 7.30pm £20-£34.50 01902 429212,

GrandTheatre, Wolverhampton



Acoustic, Up Close and Personal with Toyah EnginuityMuseum, IronbridgeGorge

Household name, pop icon, TV presenter and actress Toyah will captivate the audience with a selection of her hit singles as well as telling stories from her varied and colourful 35-year career. £20 in advance only, 01952 433424 62


Gordon Hendricks as Elvis

ThePlace, OakengatesTheatre Fresh from his success in Canada’s 2014 Collingwood Elvis contest, Gordon returns to Telford with his fantastic show including the fabulous Passionettes and TCE Band. £18 01952 382382,

FRI 16 – 25 OCT

Alice in Wonderland

TheatreontheSteps, StonewaySteps,Bridgnorth The nonsense of Wonderland is captured beautifully in this engaging, fast-paced and exciting production. It is packed with high energy dances, catchy songs and features, of course, the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. £7-£10 01746 766477,


Festival of Flight WestonPark

The skies above the estate will be illuminated by explosions of light and fire and some of Europe’s top model pilots take their aircraft to the skies – in the dark – for a festival of flight. £20 per car in advance, £25 on the day 01952 852100, event/festival-of-flight


RSC Live: Henry V

EdgeArtsCentre,MuchWenlock Henry IV is dead and his son is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind and strive to gain the respect of his nobility and people. 7pm £11/£10 01952 728911,


Hibernating Hedgehogs

SevernValleyCountryPark nrAlveley Learn about the wonderful hedgehog from the team at Cuan House Wildlife Rescue who will be bringing some along. Take part in the great hedgehog quiz, follow the trail around the park and discover how to make your garden hedgehog-friendly. Under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential 10am-12pm & 1.30pm-3.30pm Child £4.50; adult FREE. Price includes a donation to Cuan House. 01746 781192.


An introduction to the birds of Wenlock Edge SAT 17 OCT

Conakry Refugee School – 10 Year Celebration VictoriaHall&Birchmeadow Centre,Broseley

During the day celebrations will be at Victoria Hall with those who have worked for the charity over the last 10 years. There will be stalls, singing, Tai Chi, a photography exhibition a cookery demonstration and much more. Later, the Birchmeadow will host an evening of music and song with old friends and new. 10am-11pm

Identify and learn about the garden and woodland birds which inhabit Wenlock Edge. Book in advance as places are limited. 10am-2pm £10 per person 07972 115725,

MON 26 – 31ST OCT

Blood Brothers Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks only to meet again with fateful consequences. Features Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged Tell Me It’s Not True. 7.30 £19.50 - £32.50 01902 429212,


The Basil Brush Show

TheatreSevern,Frankwell, Shrewsbury

Celebrating over 50 years in entertainment, Britain’s most loveable fox is back on the road along with his TV chum Mr Stephen (aka Chris Pizzey). Together they will take you on a journey of laughs, storytelling and songs in a brand-new show. Adult £14; child £12 01743 281281, 63


Halloween events

Halloween Fun

DudmastonEstate,Quatt, Bridgnorth

SAT 24 – 31 OCT

Spookley Pumpkin Festival ApleyFarmShop,Norton

Ride the Pumpkin Express, listen to the story of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, pick your own pumpkin from our pumpkin patch and carve it ready to take home for Halloween. Enjoy pumpkin recipes in The Creamery Café.



Ghost Ships at Enginuity

EnginuityMuseum,Ironbridge Gorge Design and make a spooky ghost ship at the drop-in Halloween themed workshops; see how wind power makes it race through the dark, treacherous waters of the pool of doom. Everyone is invited to dress the part in their most frightening pirate costume. 10.30am

Follow the trail around the garden to collect the answers to the Dudmaston Dwarf’s riddle. Make a scary puppet or Jack O’Lantern and visit our face painter to complete your Halloween outfit. 11.30am – 4.30pm 01746 780866, uk/dudmaston-estate



AttinghamPark,Atcham Scavenge the ingredients for a wild magic spell, make a leaf mask disguise to protect you from spirits and join a ghost walk to hear a spooky Attingham story. Ghost walks will be every hour; children must be accompanied by an adult. 10.30am-3.30pm

Self-led Halloween Trail SevernValleyCountryPark, Alveley

Follow the terrifying trail around the park. See if you can solve the creepy clues to win a prize. Self-guided trails available each day from the visitor centre. 11am-3pm Trail maps £2 each

THU 29 – 31 OCT

Halloween Ghost Trains SevernValleyRailway

Enjoy a thrilling night-time steam train ride, dress up and enter the fancy dress parade, enjoy entertainment from Disco Daddy, scare yourself silly at the SVR’s spookily-decorated stations and get a ghoulish goody bag. Prebooking essential. £9.50 64


Halloween Lantern Making & Lantern Parade SevernValleyCountryPark, Alveley

Spend Halloween eve with the rangers making your very own colourful lantern. Will you be brave enough to venture into our spooky woods for the lantern parade? You never know what you might meet! Price includes refreshments. Don’t forget to wrap up warm and bring a torch. 4.30pm-6.30pm Child £5 each; adults FREE 01746 781192 - Booking essential


For more events in your area don’t forget to visit SAT 31 OCT

Halloween at Wenlock Edge PresthopeCarPark

Look as scary as you can and scare away ghouls by making your own bat. Then go in search of a witch who will tell spooky stories. 3pm-6pm (walk starts at 5pm) £2 per child for the walk / 50p per bat 07972 115725, kate.price@

Looking ahead to November SUN 1 NOV

Bridgnorth 10K 2015 An undulating 10km road route through the historic market town of Bridgnorth, starting and finishing at the iconic Town Hall. 11am £12 / £14 bridgnorthrunningclub.

Halloween Party

QuattVillageHall,nrBridgnorth Spooks and ghouls, fun, frolics and buffet included, as well as ribbon reading, psychic reading and angel card reading. 7:30pm Adult £6; child £3


Ghostly Gaslight BlistsHillVictorianTown

Dress up in your spookiest costume for this evening when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light up the night sky. New this year will be scenes from the chilling story of Sweeney Todd. Adult £9.75; child £6.50; family £29.95 Under 3s FREE 01952 433424

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Milkshake Party

ThePlace,Oakengates Theatre

Fans of the show will be thrilled to see their favourite friends and Milkshake’s very own Milkshake Monkey in this action-packed party performance. Adult £13 ; child £11; family £44 01952 382382,

Remember, remember the fifth of November – look out for our full list of bonfire and fireworks events in our next issue… 65


family tickets to Peter Pan!

As the days get shorter and Halloween approaches, it's almost time to start thinking about this year’s panto tickets... This year, make friends with the boy who never grew up in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre’s magical family pantomime, Peter Pan. What’s What! Magazine and The Grand have teamed up to offer readers the chance to win one of three sets of family tickets, so you can grab a piece of the panto action and join in with the boos, hisses and cheers as we meet some of literature’s most enduring heroes and villains.

Come with comedy legends the Chuckle Brothers on a swashbuckling adventure to Neverland with Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys as they fight against a team of pirates and the dastardly Captain Hook, played by Eastenders bad boy Nasty Nick, otherwise known as John Altman. Peter Pan is at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton from 12 December until 24 January 2016. Call the box office on 01902 42 92 12 for more information .

We have three sets of tickets to give away, and one could be yours if you answer the following question correctly: What animal is legendarily known as Captain Hook’s nemesis? (circle your answer) a) crocodile

b) snake

c) gecko

Name .................................................................................. Tel No ........................................................................................ Address ........................................................................................................................................................................................ Email .............................................................................................................................................................................................. Please cut out and send to (winners will be notified by telephone/email): What’s What! Magazine, Woodfield House, St Mary’s Lane, Much Wenlock, TF13 6HD. Terms & Conditions: Only one entry per household. Entrants must be over 18. Performance is Tuesday 15 December 2015 at 7.15pm. Tickets cannot be exchanged for cash or for alternative dates/times. All entries must be received by Monday 26 October 2015.



October 29th, 30th & 31st Take one of our evening Ghost Trains if you dare... for a thrilling ride out to our haunted stations. or call 01562 757900 (option 1)


Severn Valley Railway Families

for more information and to book tickets.


KIDDERMINSTER · BEWDLEY · BRIDGNORTH Come along in your spookiest costume

Includes family fireworks display

ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY Passport Tickets not valid for these events

Including hot metal being poured in the foundry

GHOSTLY GASLIGHT 31 October 6pm - 9pm Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN

FIREWORKS NIGHT 7 November 6pm - 9pm Blists Hill VICTORIAN TOWN

TICKETS FOR EACH EVENT - Adult & 60 Plus £9.75 Child £6.50 Family (2+2) £29.95. TICKET FOR BOTH EVENTS - Joint Family Ticket (2+2) £53.50. Tickets online at or from any of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Limited parking at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Use Park & Ride (small additional fee). 67

Easy weekd dinners September signals the end of the summer holidays, and that means back to the old routine – work, school, college… and more regulated mealtimes.

PARMA HAM & RED PEPPER WITH TAGLIERINI Ingredients (Serves 2) • 90g higher-welfare Parma ham slices • 1 large firm tomato • 200g taglierini pasta • ½ a red or white onion, peeled, very finely sliced • 1 red pepper, deseeded, very finely sliced • ¼ fresh red chilli, finely sliced • ½ bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves finely chopped • Extra virgin olive oil • ½ unwaxed lemon, zested and juiced • Parmesan cheese, for grating


Very finely slice the half the Parma ham. Quarter the tomato, cut out the seeds and finely dice the flesh. Put the finely sliced Parma ham into a large dry frying pan over a high heat and cook for five minutes, or until crispy. Transfer to a double layer of kitchen paper to drain. Cook the taglierini in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, return the frying pan to a medium-high heat with three tablespoons of oil. Add the onion, pepper and chilli and cook for a minute or so. Roughly slice the remaining Parma ham. Add to the pan. Stir in most of the parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Reserving some of the cooking water, drain the taglierini and add to the pan. Add the lemon juice, diced tomato and a good grating of Parmesan. Toss well over the heat until lovely and glossy, adding a splash of the cooking water.


Italian cook and Jamie Oliver sidekick Gennaro Contaldo has the perfect answer – his new release, The Pasta Book, contains a host of recipes that are simple to prepare and yet satisfyingly upmarket, thanks to the freshness of their ingredients and a few extra little touches. When it comes to pasta, Gennaro says, “use your imagination and think, ‘I’ve got this nice ingredient, it will go well with the pasta and make a lovely marriage’. Just don’t experiment too much. “You can give it a go and say, ‘You know what? Gennaro said it was good and he was right!’” If you want to put Contaldo’s boast to the test, here are two recipes from The Pasta Book.

SIMPLE TUNA BUCATINI Ingredients (Serves 2) • 200g bucatini pasta • 2 anchovy fillets • 4 ripe cherry tomatoes • 1 large clove of garlic, peeled, finely sliced • 1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced • 1 tbsp baby capers, rinsed • 1 x 180g tin of quality tuna, in olive oil • ½ lemon, juiced • 100g wild rocket, washed • Extra virgin olive oil

Cook the bucatini in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente. Meanwhile, roughly chop the anchovies and tomatoes. In a frying pan, heat three tablespoons of oil (use the oil from the tin of tuna for added flavour, if you wish) over a medium heat. Add the garlic, chilli, anchovies and capers. Fry for two minutes, then add the tomatoes and toss well. Reserving some of the cooking water, drain the bucatini and add to the sauce. Toss well over the heat until lovely and glossy, adding a splash of the cooking water to loosen, if needed. Flake in the tuna, then add some lemon juice and most of the rocket. Toss well to warm the tuna through and wilt the rocket, then season carefully with salt and more lemon juice. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and a scattering of the reserved rocket. 69

Opening times Monday to Sunday 11am – 11pm


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of Little Wenlock

01952 503300 Wellington Rd, Little Wenlock, Telford TF6 5BH

Our fabulous food is now available

all day, every day • Small persons menu • Rooms available

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The Pheasant at Neenton The eyes of the regional press have recently been on the village of Neenton – the story of ‘the community heroes who had fought hard and risked all to save their local’ was sitting proudly on the front cover of a local paper when we visited the village pub, the Pheasant. The story of the Pheasant is indeed remarkable. Having shut nine years ago, it’s the first in our area to be owned by its local community. To cut a long story short, deals have been done, finances procured and alliances forged, and now the flourishing country pub, a picturesque 10-minute drive from Bridgnorth, has enjoyed its first six months of trade. The pub is beautifully presented with a fresh, uncluttered country house style and a magnificent oak timbered room at the rear. There are quirky touches too, as villagers have donated items of furniture and the odd picture. But we were here for the food; my starter of whitebait was crispy and juicy and batter encrusted – these were the real deal, not the limp offerings so often proffered. My daughter opted for the black pudding fritter with poached egg. This proved to be a blend of flavours which was executed brilliantly. For main course, I opted for one of the daily specials – grilled plaice. The fresh pearlescent flesh was encased in a light dusting of seasoned flour and sitting atop local vegetables and a butter and lemon sauce. Kat chose the homemade burger in a brioche bun with hand-cut chunky chips – a large portion, but she’s rarely defeated. I noticed the menu advertised ‘farmer sized’ portions …they must be huge. We showed absolutely zero willpower in the face of rich chocolate mousse with homemade honeycomb and sticky toffee pudding – delicious. The wine list at The Pheasant sets it apart from similar venues; there are a number of less familiar wines on offer. Supplier Bibendum has taken obvious care and the addition of the ‘verre du vin’ system, which whips air out of the opened bottle and seals it, means guests can experiment with a variety of wines to match their chosen

dishes. An extensive real ale collection boasting local brews Hobsons, Hop and Stagger, Woods and visiting Adnams graced the bar. The pub is run by management team Sarah Cowley and Mark Harris. The Pheasant performs a fine balancing act between being a locals’ pub at the heart of its community with regular live music and barbecues, and a high-quality, destination food venue… with a trio of beautifully appointed letting rooms adding an extra dimension. Judging by our visit, they seem to be getting it just right and we wish them and the whole community the very best of luck with their pub. Sally Themans THE PHEASANT AT NEENTON|01746787955 Family and dog friendly Beer garden Burger and chips, £9.95; sirloin steak £17.95 Current offer: D, B & B £99 for 2 people 71

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Early Week A la carte Set Menu menu Mon – Wed 1 course £7.95 2 course £9.95 3 course £11.95

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Ludlow Food Festival celebrates 20 glorious years over the weekend of 11 September. Ludlow Castle is the setting for the event, which starts with workshops by top chefs and features the famous sausage and ale trails, pudding and chocolate tastings, plus cider pressings, kids’ cookery sessions … and a waiters’ race! The event also sees the launch of Made in Shropshire – a compilation of recipes with a local focus.




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Ludlow foodies rejoice Local Food News

Barrow Street, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF13 6EN See our menu selection at

To complement the existing array of fabulous independent retailers in Much Wenlock and by popular request we are delighted to announce the launch of our weekly fish stall

Quality food with that little bit extra Over 30 ales & ciders

Monday Grill Night 2 grills & wine / beer for £26.50

Open all day every day Knowle Sands, Bridgnorth WV16 5JL

• Function room with courtyard • Garden & patio area • Beautifully refurbished rooms

The MARKETPLACE at The RAVEN situated under the old cart shed alongside The Raven

Fully prepared quality fresh fish On hand expert tips and advice Ordering service A variety of more unusual fresh produce also on offer


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Giving fruitcake the respect it deserves… Having won numerous awards, Ursula Evans of Shropshire-based My Cottage Kitchen shares secret recipes in her debut book Fruitcake. In addition to Ursula’s sought-after traditional recipe – described by Mary Berry as ‘the best fruitcake I’ve ever tasted’ – her beautifully illustrated book offers over 50 new takes on the British classic, featuring lavender, beetroot and chilli vodka versions.

Local Food News

Tanners scoops award Tanners Wines has been named the UK’s Large Independent Merchant of the Year by the International Wine Challenge. “In the past 12 months, Tanners has hosted exciting tasting events, opened a new shop complete with premium wine-tasting experience, invested in staff through training, and enhanced their range with new wines from India, Georgia and the Jura,” said marketing manager Hannah Schwarzer. “All these activities impressed the judges.” Chairman James Tanner collecting the award, with judge Peter McCombie  and award sponsors Patrick McGrath of Hatch Mansfield

Green Dragon hits local pubs Local brewery Hobsons have teamed up with Gemma and Ashley Brown from Bridgnorth to brew a special limited-edition beer supporting Cameron’s Fund at Asthma UK. The pale ale, named Green Dragon after the charity’s mascot, will be available in various local pubs, clubs and restaurants during September. The fund was set up in memory of toddler Cameron Brown, who died of an asthma attack in 2008, and has raised over £60,000 for education and research. “A massive ‘thank you’ goes to Hobsons and the pubs and clubs who have agreed to stock it,” said Ashley. 75



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Home cooked food Cask ales Children’s menu Dogs welcome in bar Large parties catered for. Please book in advance

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Local Food News

Maynard’s bring home the bacon Shropshire artisan pork producer Maynard’s Farm has once again achieved award success at a national level. Their Staffordshire Black Smoked Streaky Bacon was recently placed first in the bacon category of the Great British Food Farm Produce Awards 2015, run by Great British Food Magazine. ‚ Rob Cunningham of Maynard’s Farm

Broseley restaurant nominated by customers Broseley’s King and Thai was nominated by customers as a finalist in ‘top local restaurant in the Midlands’ in a competition run by Waitrose’s Good Food Guide: a panel of judges then named it overall winner. Chef Suree Coates said, “I’d like to thank everyone for voting for us and to our local suppliers for their consistent quality of produce – and last but not least my team for their ongoing shared passion and hard work.” The King and Thai will host a celebration dinner on September 30 to thank supporters. Suree Coates of Broseley’s award-winning King and Thai 

Beer Festival brings cheer Severn Valley Railway Station will again play host to the popular CAMRA-run Bridgnorth Beer Festival which kicks off at 3pm on Thursday 3 September… lasting until all the beer runs out! It’s a chance to sample over 50 local beers and ciders, all served in the iconic Festival mug.

Wild food foraging On Saturday 5 September from 10am to 1pm, the National Trust will be leading a foraging day at Wilderhope Manor. See what delights can be found in our hedgerows and learn how to identify poisonous species. Tasters are included – but not lunch! £10 per person; places are limited so to book call 07972115725 or email 77

Good Gardening Tips for September & October

Keeping summer alive Provided the sunshine continues through August and into September, summer bedding, perennials, baskets and tubs will continue to give good colour into early autumn. Over the past few years, there has been a flurry of new herbaceous perennials with new types of foxglove, delphinium and lupin making their debut alongside the newer plants of perennial salvia, gaura and . Each can add a frisson of interest to borders packed with tried-and-tested favourites.

Buy prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas flowering and plant them in bowls with bulb compost by mid-September.

Baskets and tubs Summer baskets and tubs should still be in their prime through September and possibly into October... as long as we don’t get any early frosts. Continue to dead head and feed your flowers regularly and you should be rewarded with a late show of colour. Take the edge off the soul-destroying job of emptying your faded summer baskets by replanting them for a winter display. Pansies, violas (including the new trailing Teardrop variety), polyanthus, heathers, ivies plus a few spring flowering bulbs make for a heartwarming cold-weather display that will cheer you up every time you pass your front door. Garden centres now sell smaller sized


shrubs such as gaultherias, leucothoe, skimmias and grasses that are suitable for tubs and can be planted out in the garden next spring. Activate borders for winter Once borders have been cleared of summer bedding, replant with winter pansies, violas, sweet william and wallflowers. Hopefully we’ll have some field-grown wallflowers available from the end of September. They give excellent value for money, flowering in the spring alongside those longed-for bulbs. Harvest festival Harvest onions and potatoes now – lift onions and allow to dry out where they’ve been growing before storing. Potatoes should be stored in a cool but frost-free environment; hessian sacks from garden centres are ideal for this purpose. Keep picking your courgettes and runner beans so they don’t get stringy – runners freeze beautifully to give you that garden-fresh nutrient boost right in the middle of winter. Pick any

tomatoes before the first frosts hit, and ripen inside or make chutney; alternatively, Nigel Slater has an excellent way with green tomatoes, coating them in beaten egg and polenta and frying. I’ve been asked recently about blossom end rot on tomatoes, and it does seem to have been more prevalent than usual. This is a physiological disorder, not a disease or pest and can be worse on humid days which limit the amount of water the plant roots can take up. Calcium deficiency is another factor; though most composts contain calcium, regular watering is essential to ensure the mineral is taken up by the roots and delivered to the fruit. Water plants several times a day in very hot weather, ensure good ventilation and ideally give a foliar spray of calcium – Chempak do a trace element calcium pack. A taste of olde England… Pick early apples and pears as they become ripe. You won’t need any encouragement to eat the earlier varieties straight away, storing later ripening ones to enjoy later in the year. Cover autumn-fruiting raspberries against birds and prune

out during winter as the autumn varieties fruit on the new season’s growth each year. Autumn jobs… Dead head roses, trimming back any very long growths. Remove any foliage with rust or blackspot, making sure you dispose of it rather than putting on the compost heap. Remember to clean up any debris under rose bushes as blackspot will overwinter ready to re-infect bushes next year. Clean out greenhouses before putting in overwintering plants and insulate with bubble wrap. Check heaters are ready to go when the first frosts hit. As you bring in plants to over winter, watch out for vine weevil larvae, especially on fuchsias. If you see signs, drench the compost in one of the chemicals available for their control. Buy prepared hyacinth bulbs for Christmas flowering and plant them in bowls with bulb compost by mid-September. Give them a drink and put in a cool, dark place, bringing

gradually into the light and warmth once the shoots are around 3cm high. Overwintering onions, shallots and broad beans will soon be in stock; plant them as soon as you can and you’ll get an early maturing crop next year. It’s worth mentioning that by the end of this year that a number of garden weed killers, insecticides and fungicides will no longer be available in garden centres. Whilst on one hand this is a good thing (see Ed Andrews’ story on page 20 on nocturnal wildlife to see how insects have been affected by pesticides), it will make it more difficult to control some of the pests and diseases which seem to have been in abundance this year. At the moment it seems there will be no products for use against apple and pear scab or for any other diseases of fruit trees, so it’s all the more important to use a winter wash on fruit trees once foliage has dropped. Happy gardening!

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Garden News WI garden in full bloom If you visit Bridgnorth’s Castle grounds you may well have noticed the blooming vegetable patch along its north west wall. This year is the second season that the plot has been cultivated, having been taken over by the ladies of Bridgnorth WI and their wittily named ‘bottoms up gang’ (what’s on view whilst weeding) in an unused corner of the garden. “The intention behind it was to grow produce to make jams and pickles, to provide WI members without a garden the opportunity to participate. In year one we grew herbs and a few vegetables such as beans, courgettes, peppers and cabbages,” said Judith Tranter of the WI. “This year we expanded our patch and planted a variety of fruit bushes – producing some excellent strawberry jam. Our thoughts for future years is to produce plants that will encourage birds and butterflies and encourage others to come and garden”. ‚ Judith Tranter, Vicky Commander and Lynda Hudson of the ‘bottoms up gang’

Open Gardens Millichope Park, Munslow SY7 9HA Sunday20September2-6pm&Sunday11October2-5pm. Admission£5,childrenfree Historic landscaped gardens covering 14 acres with lakes, cascades dating from the 1700s, woodland walks and wildflowers. Autumn colour in September and October. Also open the Walled Garden at Millichope, an exciting restoration project bringing the walled gardens and the 1900s glasshouses back to life. Windy Ridge, Little Wenlock TF6 5BB Sunday6September12-5pm.Admission£5,childrenfree Created over 25 years by the current owners, Windy Ridge has been heralded 'Best Garden in the Midlands' in a competition run by Gardener's World Live. With winding paths, strong design and exuberant colour-themed planting.

Everything’s blooming in Broseley Got the gardening bug? Giant onions in your garden? Or are crafts and baking more your scene? The 70th autumn show of Broseley and District Horticultural and Craft Society takes place in Saturday 5 September at Victoria Hall, Broseley. The hall will be open from 8.30am for exhibitors and open to the public from 2.30pm. The show is a real community event and people from Broseley and beyond are welcome to come and enter their produce. If gardening isn’t your thing there are also handicrafts, baking, photography, artwork and sewing – plus lots for children. Free entry.

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Sun 27 Sep, 11am Severn Valley trail race Run wild through the woodlands, meadows and along the banks of the Severn on this multi-terrain 5km run which follows an off-road route. Prize-giving ceremony at 12.30pm in the Severn Valley Country Park visitor centre with awards in each age category. Minimum age for entrants is 16; advance entry £7 (by Friday 11 September) or £8 on the day if places are available. Call 01746781192 to register. Thu 15 Oct & Mon 19 Oct, 9.30am-4pm Bridgnorth and Worfield Meet at Stanmore Country Park (WV15 5HP) near Bridgnorth and start this nine-mile walk by exploring the old RAF base there. Stride off into the countryside to the village of Worfield and on your return enjoy the glorious views of Bridgnorth and the Severn from High Rock. Wear walking boots and bring a packed lunch and drink. Adult £3.50; child £2; well-behaved dogs welcome. Call 01746781192 to book.

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Every issue, Amy Stewart from Happy Tails Dog Spa answers your questions about man’s best friend. At the dog spa, we see all breeds of dogs in a variety of shapes and sizes – after all they are what they eat, just as we are. But what are our dogs actually eating? Most dogs are fed a complete diet of commercial food that is nutritionally balanced. However, it is important to look into the integrity of the food, and the quality of the ingredients. I favour British-manufactured brands due to the stringency of the regulations placed upon them. I also prefer diets that do not contain cereals as the dogs who have them tend to suffer from bad breath, wind, skin disorders and painful ears. When choosing a diet for your dog, really look into the ingredients; they should be fresh and easily digestible. You should be able to identify all the ingredients listed on the bag or tin, and they should be constant and not changeable from bag to bag or tin to tin. Pay attention to treats too; they should be free from colourings as these can have adverse effects on digestion and behaviour.

Jet was booked in for surgery the following week and I’m pleased to say it was a success. When Jet and her owner visited to have her stitches checked, she looked great, and she can now look forward to many years of a happy, healthy life ahead.

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Heart of England in Bloom Bridgnorth was delighted to welcome the Heart of England in Bloom judges as part of the community entry on a cloudy July day. The judges were shown private, school, pub and community gardens before being taken into Castle Grounds, along the newly cut Castle Walk and down on the Cliff Railway. Low Town offered fantastic views of the river, and the judges viewed the floral arrangements and recycling at the Veolia plant before visiting the community area on the Mall and heading to the cemetery for tea. The results will be announced in September. The Castle Pub have entered the pub category and Bridgnorth WI have been included in the special celebratory WI entry. Bridgnorth Town Council would like to thank all those residents, businesses, community groups, Shropshire Council and the volunteers who worked with them on the town entry. Heart of England in Bloom judges with the Town Crier and the Bridgnorth Guild of Freeman on Quayside Welcoming the Heart of England in Bloom judges to Castle Grounds – with the new tank bed in the foreground The new rockery and shrubs at the entrance to Castle Grounds

C Castle Grounds improvements During the year, the team at Castle Grounds have continued to improve the beds and woodland walk. The entrance at West Castle Street has a well-maintained rockery to welcome visitors, the vegetable garden has been extended and a new tank bed installed (to match the plane and boat!), and the woodland walk has been worked on. Some of the summer bedding has been replaced with sustainable planting, although the grounds are still vibrant with colour.


very special to Bridgnorth and we encourage residents and visitors to visit it as part of their weekly shop. The Town Council celebrated international Love your Local Market week with the Town Hall traders and offered customers reusable shopping bags.

Bridgnorth Charter Market We also have a Saturday street market The ancient market under the Town Hall is held every Friday and Saturday and sells a wide range of goods, fresh fruit, veg and flowers. The market is

and speciality markets throughout the year. Town Mayor Councillor David Cooper hands out reusable bags

Lighting up Christmas The big Christmas Lights Switch On is taking place on Friday 20 November in Bridgnorth High Street and West Castle Street. Proceedings will commence at 4pm, with performances from local schools and bands on the main stage, which this year will be in a new location at Northgate. The big Switch On will be carried out by the Town Mayor and the lucky winner of our Design a Light competition at 6.15pm. There will be stalls, refreshments,

reindeer, a bouncy castle and a fun fair… as well as Father Christmas himself! The event is due to finish at 9pm. The High Street, Whitburn Street and West Castle Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from noon and will reopen at 10pm. If you would like to perform on stage or have a stall, please complete a booking form at or contact the Town Council for a hard copy.

Win the chance to light up the town! Following the success of the Design a Light Competition in 2013, we are inviting children between the ages of five and 12 to design a Christmas light, which will then be made into a rope light design and put up in Bridgnorth over the Christmas period. The lucky winner will have the honour of turning on the Christmas Lights on 20 November 2015, along with the Town Mayor. Contact the Town Council for an application form – and be quick! Entries must be received by Friday 2 October.

Quayside news At long last, the repairs to Bridgnorth Quayside have started. Excavation works have been agreed in line with Environment Agency requirements, then the main works can be carried out. The proposal is to pump a waterproof filler into the brickwork to lift the surface.

Town Hall reaches completion After many months, Bridgnorth Town Hall’s refurbishment is finally complete. From making the bell towers watertight and refurbishing the lead in the window frames to painting the exterior, the Town’s Hall’s complex repair project has been a highly worthwhile undertaking – with fantastic results.

Councillor Contact Info MRS C M BAINES MBE 16 Stretton Close, Bridgnorth WV16 5DB Tel: 01746 761143 Ward: West MRS S BARLOW 46 The Hobbins, Bridgnorth WV16 5HH Tel: 07951 130502 Ward: Castle MR D COOPER 19 East Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AN Tel: 07710 770350 Ward: Castle MR G. DAVIES 8 Tudor Court, High Street, Bridgnorth WV16 4DQ Tel: 01746 765695 Ward: Castle MR R GILL 19 Elizabeth Avenue. Bridgnorth WV16 4PX Tel: 01746 766619 Ward: Morfe MRS V GILL 19 Elizabeth Avenue, Bridgnorth WV16 4PX Tel: 01746 766619 Ward: West MR J GITTINS Holcroft House, Eardington, Bridgnorth WV16 5JN Tel: 07814 138072 Ward: Morfe MRS P HARRIS 6 Hazel View, Lodge Farm, Bridgnorth WV15 5DY Tel: 764970 Ward: Morfe MR A HINTON 22 Orchard Drive, Bridgnorth WV16 4HY Tel: 01746 762714 Ward: East MR E MARSHALL 9 Danesbridge, Bridgnorth WV15 6DF Tel: 01746 763860 Ward: Morfe MR G MOUNTCASTLE 11 The Shambles, High Street, Bridgnorth WV16 4DE Tel: 07811 211688 Ward: East MR D SEIPEL 6 Oldbury Wells, Bridgnorth WV16 5JE Tel: 01746 762610 Ward: West MS V VOYSEY Keep House, 44 Cartway, Bridgnorth WV16 4BG Tel: 01746 764749 Ward: East MRS C WALDEN 82 Sydney Cottage Drive, Bridgnorth WV16 4PQ Tel: 01746 765958 Ward: Castle MRS C WHITTLE 11 Love Lane, Bridgnorth WV16 4HD Tel: 01746 761842 Ward: West MR R WHITTLE OBE 11 Love Lane, Bridgnorth WV16 4HD Tel: 01746 761842 Ward: East MRS ANNE WILSON BA Hons MIPM AIH Town Clerk Tel: 01746 762231


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Bridgnorth Volunteers sought Thanks to a generous grant from West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and funding from Bridgnorth Town Council and Shropshire Council, extended CCTV is being installed in the town. We’re looking for more volunteers to complement our existing team – ask at Town Council offices for an application form. All volunteers will receive full training and hours can be arranged to suit.

Fron return The Froncysyllte (Fron) Male Voice Choir returns to Bridgnorth this September. The concert, which also features Shifnal’s St Andrews School Choir, will be held in St Mary’s Church at 7pm on Saturday 12 September and there will be a licensed bar. Call 01746762231 for tickets, which are in aid of choir funds and the Town Mayor’s Charities.

Lighting up festivities The Christmas Lights are set to be turned at 4pm on Friday 20 November. This is one of Bridgnorth’s best-loved community events, and if you’d like to take part – by having a community or commercial stall, performing on stage or volunteering – contact Ashley on Ashley.king@ or call 01746762231.

Events online Just a reminder that uk has details of all community events on it, as well as application forms for Town Council events.

You make a difference! Bridgnorth Town Council would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who’s volunteered in with us this year. There are many different ways you’ve helped – in Castle Grounds, litter picking, marshalling car parking or stopping traffic at the Carnival, Heart of England in Bloom, and in the CCTV suite to name a few. If you have a few hours to spare – even if it’s just a one-off – do contact us. IssuedbyAnneWilson,TownClerk01746762231

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Broseley Library and car park proposals The Town Council is continuing discussions with Shropshire Council over the possible transfer, on a leasehold basis, of the library and car park to the Town Council. Public consultation will be soon undertaken to allow the public to express their views; users should not see any difference should the transfer go ahead. 94

Highway matters The Town Council continues to press Shropshire Council for attention to road issues, and it assures us that these are being considered with any work starting in the next financial year. Recent concerns have included road safety outside both primary schools; on-street parking blocking pavements and causing obstructions on bus routes, particularly in King Street and Barber Street; HGV traffic on High Street, Barratts Hill, Barber Street, Cape Street and Fox Lane; Church Road and Bridgnorth Road vehicle speeds; deterioration of road and pavement; and the replacement of Ironbridge Road speed calming measures.

Citizen of the Year This year’s Citizen of the Year award will be shared by Jo Pritchard and Nicky Ashton, with the award being presented at the Council meeting on 8 September. Worthy winners Jo and Nicky masterminded the Broseley Festival which was held over the weekend of 20-21 June. The free festival was a great success and featured live music, a funfair, children’s entertainment, and food, craft and community stalls.

Youth day hopes for secret attraction Plans are underway to hold another Youth Day on Sunday 27 September, from noon until 4pm on the Birchmeadow Park. There will be a small charge, and attractions will include a climbing wall, fun run, football, games, stalls and activities provided by local youth groups. Depending on circumstances, we may also have a star attraction on the day! IssuedbyTrudiBarrett,TownClerk01952882172

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Much Wenlock Mayoral talks The Mayor of Much Wenlock will be delighted to accept invitations to talk about the charms and attractions of Much Wenlock and its historical connections with the Olympian Games. Call her directly on 01952727662.

Affordable housing Nick Wood of Shropshire Council Communities and Housing attended a Town Council meeting in July to update us about affordable housing. Houses in Much Wenlock are expensive to buy and rent, and demand outstrips supply. There is a requirement for developers to make a fifth of their homes affordable. On an exception site there is no cross-subsidy on the open market so all dwellings will be affordable; they are an exception to planning rules. The local connection therefore has more weight than housing need and is protected by s106 agreements. There is currently around £130,000 in the

Much Wenlock Place Plan for potential affordable housing schemes. There is no requirement for a developer to provide affordable homes on sites of 10 or less (five or less in an AONB).

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The Neighbourhood Plan commits the Town Council to work with housing associations to bring forward exception sites to meet affordable housing needs. The Shropshire Housing Group has established a community-led housing initiative. The Town Council will meet with the group at 7.30pm at the Priory Hall on 1 September 2015 to consider how the two can best collaborate.

Food and craft market

Action Plan The Town Council has established a working group to monitor and lead on its Action Plan priorities. The working group will make recommendations and report to the Finance and Resources Committee.

Flood report A meeting took place between the Environment Agency and the Much Wenlock Flood Action Group concerning the quality of Shylte/Farley Brook river. A water quality test revealed results that are almost bottom of the list of 21, mainly due to ammonia and phosphate. All European rivers should be classed as ‘good’ status by 2015. The Town Council has written to the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water, and Shropshire Council for an update on the classification of the river.

Food market to run until October

Shifnal The first food and craft market was organised on Saturday 22 August. The market will run on 19 September and 17 October from 9am, with a market at the Christmas Lights event on 27 and 28 November, and one on 19 December 2015. Come and see the competitively priced fresh produce, gifts and crafts, as well as Shifnal’s independent shops, cafes and restaurants. If you’re interested in having a stall, contact Councillor Stanford on 07999228730 or Liz Goodman on 01952461420.

Local children light up Shifnal The Christmas Lights Switch On Weekend this year falls on Friday 27 November and Saturday 28 November. The big switch will happen at 6.45pm on Friday. There will be a disco, pig roast and free face painting – and of course, Father Christmas will be there. In an exciting new development, two of this year’s Christmas light motifs have been designed by children from two local primary schools and will be made by a local company, which will add a touch of local sparkle to the event. To volunteer, contact Councillor Killen on 07972066726 or the office on 01952461420.

The Town Council launched a new monthly food market on Saturday 6 June to help raise the profile of local producers. The inaugural event included a wonderful assortment of food and drink, with tasting and cookery demos. Further markets are planned for 15 August, 19 September, and 10 October 2015. The stalls are spread across the Corn Exchange, the Square and the Buttermarket.

Wheatfield Park open for play

Corn Exchange events to be free

The Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group were delighted that over 300 residents attended the consultation event in June on the draft proposals. Comments from 200 feedback forms are being taken into account in the final draft of the Plan.

The Town Council has agreed that use of the Corn Exchange will be free of charge for Much Wenlock-driven events that benefit the town. Find contact details for Town Councillors at contact-councillors/index.shtml and meetings at index.shtml If you would like committee meeting reports, email IssuedbySharonClark,TownClerk01952727509

We are pleased to announce that a new multi-use games area has been installed at Wheatfield Park and is being used by local children. In a less positive development, there has been broken glass in the area, and local police have been informed.

Shifnal Neighbourhood Plan

Next, the full document will be sent out to statutory stakeholders and local organisations for a six-week formal consultation, which will be the last chance for comments prior to the plan being submitted to Shropshire Council for examination, followed by a referendum of local people. Find up-to-date information about the plan at IssuedbyMacSandal,TownClerk01952461420 andCouncillorRobertHarropShifnalTownMayor 07889541320

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