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It’s Burwarton showtime! The 2012 Burwarton Show takes place on Thursday August 2 and this year’s line up looks to be one of the most entertaining ever. Main ring displays will include the ROCKIN’ HORSE Productions Equestrian Stunt Team, the Cookery Theatre which proved a major hit last year, the Knowles Dairy display of a vintage dairy with Roger Knowles, a retired herdsman from Gloucestershire, plus a wide range of trade stands. The Bridgnorth Scarecrow Trail, organised by Melanie Holt of Nock Deighton, Bridgnorth, in aid of charity,

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Summer fun day A summer fete and fun day will be held at the Severn Centre in Highley on Saturday July 7. The event has been organised by the Friends and User Group and Highley Rugby Club, and entertainment will include bouncy castles, skills games and much more. Plus there will be refreshments and the bar and pool will be open. “Each year this event gets bigger and better,” said Tina Griffiths, secretary of the Friends and User Group. “We’re hoping that this year’s will be the best ever!” Zak Porter, Zak Williams  and Joseph Porter help with preparations.

Volunteers sought The Volunteer Reading Help organisation is looking for people to assist local schoolchildren in the What’s What! area with their reading skills. Volunteers do not need any particular qualifications or experience. All applicants are interviewed, enhanced CRB checked and undergo two days of training before being placed in schools – and they are asked to commit to two afternoons per week during term time. Anyone interested should contact Alison or Adelle at Shropshire Volunteer Reading Help on 01952 594245 or email

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Festival’s funds joy Organisers of the Wenlock Poetry Festival are jumping for joy that they have been granted an amazing £39,000 Arts Council grant. Festival founder and artistic director Anna Dreda said: “We could hardly believe the news, everyone is competing for the same pot of money and we really didn’t know if we would be successful or not. We’re absolutely delighted.” The poetry festival isn’t just a once-a-year event and on July 5 it is bringing five international poets to Much Wenlock during the South Bank Centre’s Poetry Parnassus, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.  Anna Dreda – picture courtesy of

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Jubilee Walk a huge success! The 2012 Bridgnorth Walk, re-scheduled this year to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, proved a great success – netting a preliminary fundraising total of a staggering £115,000 (figure released prior to all sponsorship monies being received). Winner of the full course for men was Andy Rawlings, who completed in an amazing three hours and 23 minutes, and first in the full course for ladies was Annie Annis, who finished in four hours. First man to complete the amended course was Mark Perry (three hours and 21 minutes) and first lady to come home in the amended course was Louise Norgrove (three hours and 55 minutes). Winners in the junior fun run were Archie Pugh and Georgia Woodcock. Pictures : Simon Devey 1. Start. 2. The special Olympic year/Jubilee medals. 3. Second woman back over the full course, Sarah Bingham with daughters Holly and Poppy. 4. First man back over the shorter course, Mark Perry. 5. First woman back over the shorter course, Louise Norgrove. 6. Nellie Pavel, Rhona Goddard and Myfanwy Purcell. 7. Rachel Queenborough and Carol Eyke. 8. Guardsman Jamie Chater, who completed the walk in full battle dress.


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Local Hero This month Sally Themans meets local hero Derek Cole to find out more about the Bridgnorth Africa Project… Meeting Derek Cole is a real pleasure, here is a local character who, in his 50 years of living in Bridgnorth, has put so much into the community it’s difficult to know where to start. Since his retirement as a secondary school teacher, Derek has been volunteer in many roles: Playgroup teacher, driver for an elderly people’s club, sandwich delivery man, plus a long term involvement with Cartway Church and the Bridgnorth Walk. But it’s his unstinting work with the Bridgnorth Africa Project, spanning 36 years, that I wanted to know more about and share with the readers of What’s What! The ‘Africa Project’ was the brainchild of John Tuer, at the time deputy head of Bridgnorth Endowed School who, together with a number of people involved with various local churches and inspired by the Christian Aid movement, wanted to set up a link between Bridgnorth and Africa. This was in 1976 and, with the help of the Commonwealth Office and the British Tanzanian Society, the group formed a link with the community of Sikonge in central Tanzania. 12

The first visitors to Sikonge from Bridgnorth were Bill Fea and Albert Massey, who were met by local elders who said: ‘These men are sent by God, let us work with them in his name’. This has been the spirit in which the two communities have worked together ever since, the Bridgnorth people are referred to as ‘Watupendao’ – the white people who love us. The impact that Bridgnorth has had on the community of Sikonge has been far reaching as Derek explained. “Sikonge District is large in comparison to other local areas and has grown enormously during our association. There are now two secondary schools, one funded by the government and the other, at Kamagi, funded and built by the Bridgnorth Africa Project and completed 18 months ago.” It was inevitable that Derek would want to get involved with the project, he studied African Studies at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, speaks Swahili and visited Sikonge in 1999 and 2008. “We only take on projects that are really required by the village, they come to us with proposals and we respond. We are able to do this through generous support, donations, fund raising and legacies, and our main focus is on education and clean water.” Last year the project’s work in the area amounted to a spend of £41,000 on various projects, from the building of a new sixth form centre to the provision of a leprosy centre. The area is currently blighted by drought and emergency food is being provided. In

2009, £22,000 was spent providing, amongst other items, mosquito nets to counter the threat of malaria. The project has some ongoing commitments – it pays the salaries of one teacher and one health worker. Derek told me that one of the most moving and distressing experiences when he visited was attending the funeral of a child who had died as a result of drinking unclean water. “Many of our projects are small – just digging a well to provide clean water has a huge impact”. Bridgnorth has made a difference in Sikonge for 36 years, and it’s a sustainable difference. The project is all about tolerance and working together, it transcends and unites the Christian churches in Bridgnorth, and in Sikonge it unifies the Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Shia and Ismailia Muslims. Those, like Derek, involved in the project have just got on with the ongoing good work in a quiet and understated way, and it’s startling to know that through their unstinting work, in a corner of Africa, the word ‘Bridgnorth’ has such an affectionate connotation – ‘the people who love us’. There are various ways to help the Bridgnorth Africa Project, to find out more Derek can be contacted on 07817 971 523 or 01746 764359, or email The easiest way is to buy the BAP Quiz Book which Derek compiles every year, available from Bridgnorth Library.

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Simon’s challenge Simon Macvicar, chairman of the Wenlock Olympian Society and organiser of the Wenlock Triathlon, has been selected to represent Great Britain at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, to be held on July 29 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Simon will compete in the 45-49 age group category. The distances are a 4km swim in a lake, a 120km cycle and a 30km run.

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What’s Going On: Wenlock Olympic Games begin on July 8 and there are so many exciting events to support. For the full programme, please visit Fern takes the Olympic torch. 

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Well, here we go – our Olympic countdown is almost at an end and the tension is mounting! We wish everyone competing the very best of luck and look forward to seeing all the events at our very own Wenlock Olympic Games.

Games ambition Bridgnorth’s Fern Cates carried the Olympic torch through Droitwich – and is determined to take part in the next winter Olympics. Fern is a keen cross country skier and trains in Scotland and Germany, keeping fit meanwhile swimming with Northgate Swimming Club. “Carrying the torch was one of the most surreal and exciting moments of my life,” said Fern. “I felt famous for the day and it was very humbling to be part of something with so many inspirational people.”

Torch support! These children from John Wilkinson School in Broseley waited patiently to greet two torch bearers, Gareth Polland from Telford and Georgios Polyzos of Athens. “The children really added to the sense of occasion as they watched the torch bearers,” said Sally Themans from What’s What! who tracked the torch through Broseley.

Olympic star Danny! Not all of the Olympic superstars will be in London during July... one of Wenlock’s brightest will be right here, organising the street festival on July 14 amongst other things! Fifteen-year-old Danny Budd was just 11 when he organised a charity autumn fair in Much Wenlock, then he went on to join the Wenlock Olympian Society. The multi-talented  Danny Budd stands at the steps of Dr William Penny Brookes’ former home in Much Wenlock.

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A keen and talented rider, Danny revived an equestrian event for the Wenlock Olympics in 2010 and this will again be held this year at Valley View in Broseley on July 8. Danny set up an events group to organise the street festival, which will this year incorporate street theatre, music, a birds of prey display, stalls selling local produce, Morris dancers, handicrafts, children’s activities and much more. “I think it’s amazing that a doctor in such a small town can have as big an impact on the sporting world as Dr William Penny Brookes did,” said Danny. “I am proud to be keeping his ideals alive, especially in bringing the community together.”

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contours of the ground. Modern roads, however, need to be heavy duty. A thick layer of smooth tarmac, crash barriers and metal road signs change the land permanently. The only reminder of the ground that once stood there is the ribbon of green alongside the tarmac. For many people, on their daily commute to work, the road verge may be closest thing that they see to the countryside.


Road verges are a constantly changing kaleidoscope of colour. In early spring, cowslips thrive amongst the short vegetation. Soon the flowers of greater stitchwort appear followed by white dead nettle. Meanwhile, delicate speedwells hide amongst the grass.

recently walked St. Michael’s Way in Cornwall, a coast to coast route from St. Ives to St. Michael’s Mount. The route is an ancient pilgrims walk that people would have used to cross Cornwall on their way to the Cathedral of St. James in north west Spain. Pilgrims would have walked this route to avoid having to circumnavigate the dangerous waters around Lands End.

Other footpaths follow old drover’s routes that people would have used to transport animals to market and between different areas of pasture. Of course, traditional Romany folk live a life that is defined by travel. In times gone by, many trackways would have been utilised by the gypsies moving around the countryside in their bow top caravans, following the seasons and harvesting wild bounties in hedgerows and dingles.

In late May and early June, road verges are covered in the white flowers of cow parsley. This is a member of the Umbelliferae family of plants. The flower heads (called umbels) are the shape of upturned umbrellas and are popular with hoverflies that feed on the nectar. By this time of year, road verges are alive with poppies. This is an arable weed that finds refuge in the narrow strip of land between tarmac and farmland.

Tussocky vegetation in road verges also makes great habitat for voles and other small mammals.

Some old trackways are eventually adopted as modern roads. Around Shropshire you occasionally see a lichen-encrusted milestone at the side of the road. This indicates an old route. Other trackways end up covered in a tangle of briars and clematis, a hidden monument to journeys made... the old footprints slowly eroded by the cool breeze blowing through the trees.

The most impressive road verge flowers that I heard about were the bee orchids that bloomed alongside a busy road in Telford. What a great example of an exotic-looking flower growing in a very modern setting!

Horse-drawn vehicles would have had a minimal impact on the land. Green lanes would have snaked their way through the landscape, following the

Tussocky vegetation in road verges also makes great habitat for voles and other small mammals. Voles exhibit cyclic population explosions. This


provides a bounty of food for birds of prey such as kestrels. A kestrel hovering over a road verge is a common sight, their piercing eyes scanning the grassland for any sign of movement. Badgers will use the same ancestral trackways for hundreds of years. Each evening they tread the same route from the sett to their foraging ground. Unfortunately, modern highways have not been kind to badgers. Thousands of the animals are hit by vehicles each year. If there is one good thing that can come out of animals being killed on the roads, it is in helping us to plot the distribution of scarce mammals. Such mammals are often nocturnal and secretive so hard to find. The Vincent Wildlife Trust have mapped the distribution of polecats using animals killed on the roads. The relationship between our wildlife and modern roads is a bittersweet one. Whilst many thousands of animals are killed each year by vehicles, road verges have become a refuge for many species of wildflower, mammals and even reptiles such as grass snakes. Verges often escape the chemicals that are sprayed on neighbouring farmland. They are not cut as short as village greens and lawns, allowing wildflowers to seed. They also have minimal disturbance by humans. The total area of road verge across the country vastly outweighs the area of land managed for nature conservation. Managed correctly, they have the potential to be a huge linear nature reserve. If we manage our verges to be full of flowers, we will also bring colour to our daily journeys. All around Shropshire this month, Union Jack flags adorn houses and shops as our national pride swells about the Jubilee, the football and the upcoming

With the red of the poppies, the white of the stitchwort and the blue of the speedwell our road verges are also something to cherish and be proud of. Olympics. With the red of the poppies, the white of the stitchwort and the blue of the speedwell our road verges are also something to cherish and be proud of. Do one thing for wildlife this month: Our road verges are always at risk of being mismanaged. If they are cut too early, flowers cannot set seed. If cuttings are left to rot down, the soil is fertilised and becomes too rich for many flowers. The charity Plantlife is running an online campaign where you can rate your local road verges and give feedback to the council on how they are being managed. So if you have a verge near where you live that you think is a bit special, or in need of a different form of management, please let Plantlife know! For more details see: campaigns/roadverges/


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Elusive butterflies... Children at Hands On Childcare in Bridgnorth took part in a butterfly project, imagining what it was like to be butterflies before releasing five butterflies they had seen grow from tiny caterpillars. The children watched the progress of the caterpillars as they got bigger, spun their cocoons and finally became beautiful butterflies ready to fly away.  Youngsters at Hands On Childcare pretend they are butterflies!

Overseas visitors Chinese students and teachers arrived at Bridgnorth Endowed School on June 18. The visitors stayed with host families and visited the homes of English exchange students to experience British culture. Students improved their English, took part in lessons, visited Ironbridge and also local primary schools. Teachers joined in lessons and took part in professional development activities.

Galloping success! Bedstone College’s show jumping team beat many others from around the area in the NSEA 80cm Championship qualifier at King’s Equestrian Centre, Bromyard, in June. They now go through to the final NSEA Championships which will be held at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire, in October. Only 12 teams from around the country make it through to the championships so the team has done really well in their first year competing for the school.  Riding for Bedstone College was Owen Jones on George, Jodie Beddow on Galaxy, Max Jones on Party Time and Ellie Bevan on Mickey.

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Representing Britain Wrekin College gymnast Georgina Hockenhull has started her international career by representing Great Britain at the European Junior Gymnastic Championship in Brussels. Georgina was selected for the British Junior Squad last September as a result of her good performance at the British Championship in 2011. Despite her inexperience, she was chosen to perform first on the floor and beam exercises in Brussels. The British girls worked really hard to take fourth place behind Russia, Romania and Italy. This equals the best-ever result for the British Juniors at the European Championships.

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Oldbury Wells teaching assistant Fiona Young organised a school party to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Children at Broseley’s Puddleducks pre-school group have been lucky enough to watch chickens hatch out during a project.

Pictured, from left, are: Tom Jones, Max Burrage, Sam Deakin, Will Hodgson, Chelsie Ward, William Cox, Jeremy Lee, Oliver Davies, Arthur Lockley, James Moorcroft, Craig Cornforth. Kneeling: Ben Hadley.

 Ruby Wells.

Farewell gift It was a sad day for St Leonard’s School in Bridgnorth when they said goodbye to a member of staff recently. Jude Bristow has had a long association of more than 25 years with the school, initially as a parent and then as a teaching assistant. She was presented with hand-made cards from the children and a gift to mark her time with St Leonard’s. Mrs Bristow is ‘retiring’ to help look after her grandchildren.  Jude Bristow (left) with head teacher Kay Ferriday. 27





The changing face o f farming F

or a few bitter sweet years, I was a partner in a small hill farm in West Wales on which we raised sheep and store cattle. It was a place of stunning beauty: Rolling hills, some forestry inhabited by a colony of red kite, a bluebell wood and a mile of the Cothi River, home to kingfishers, herons and wild duck. I still grieve over its loss.

changes in the industry (changes brought about unnecessarily by the EU!). Lantra’s aim was not to encourage farmers to farm their land efficiently and produce food but rather diversification, diversification was their mantra. So we sacrificed our privacy and turned our home into a B&B.

As a former lawyer I didn’t have much in the way of agricultural skill, so took myself off to the local agricultural college to learn essential aspects of animal husbandry and farm management, as the administrative side of running the farm fell to me. Despite working 16 hours a day, seven days a week, the farm did nothing but lose money, the value of sheep and cattle had not risen for 10 years or more, whereas the farm running costs had quadrupled. Meanwhile, the EU were legislating away like madmen, producing all sorts of crazy schemes and dictates which made farmer’s lives ever more difficult – and unprofitable.

The most unique farm diversification I have encountered is at Eaton Manor, near Church Stretton. In 1934 the Madeley family took the tenancy of a 200 acre farm, being part of an estate. They set up home in the rambling old farmhouse and established a dairy herd. In the 1940s the estate was split up and sold. The Madeley family went out on a limb financially and bought the farm. Some adjoining land came up for sale 20 years later, with the proviso that the purchaser had to also buy the 8,000 bird poultry unit on the land, so then they had cattle, poultry and an arable enterprise to feed their stock, which stretched them to the limit. Eventually, the cattle were sold and poultry became predominant. Thus Nichola Madeley ended up with her business

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I had not expected to encounter much in the way of farm diversification when I moved to Shropshire, as the land is so much more fertile and productive than Welsh hill land. Yet everywhere I looked I found barn conversions, holiday cottages, B&Bs, camp sites, plus the production and sale direct to the public of farm produce of every variety.

Nick’s Chicks. 28,000 chickens churned out eggs day and night, for which she had to find a market.

5 1. Eaton Manor 2. Dairy cattle at Harper Adams 3. Nick's chicks 4. Shropshire Sheep 5. Eaton manor sitting room 6. Eaton Manor bedroom 7. Archery targets in chicken shed 8. VisitEngland 2012 Bronze award

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Nick’s Chicks. 28,000 chickens churned out eggs day and night, for which she had to find a market. Nichola and brother Julian cast an eye over the rather ramshackle farmhouse, realised it had potential and gradually started renovating it. As bits were restored, they were let out as selfcatering holiday accommodation. From those small beginnings a considerable, award winning business has grown: Awards were won in 2005 and again in 2012 for the excellence of their accommodation. The entire farmhouse is now let out, plus all the old barns and ancillary houses on the farm have been converted into self-catering holiday cottages. As the holiday accommodation business developed and became very successful, it became harder to manage that and Nick’s Chicks simultaneously. New EU regulations were on the cards, involving a massive capital injection to upgrade the poultry houses to new standards, so the decision was taken, in common with many poultry farmers all over the EU zone, to abandon the poultry business. That left Nichola with a redundant chicken shed, 76m by 12m. Fortuitously, living nearby are Tom and Sue Williamson, who are involved with archery on a local and international level – their daughter is in the Olympic team. They needed a large building suitable for archery training during the winter and saw the potential of the poultry building. After a make-over, the building has provided the perfect

archery training venue. The farm land is now entirely arable, producing wheat. We have in Shropshire an outstanding facility for teaching not just the farmers of the future, but those involved in all aspects of agriculture, land management, animal sciences and engineering, namely Harper Adams University College. I spent a day touring their campus and learning about the wide array of skills taught to their students. I asked lecturer Tony Asson what advice Harper Adams offers its students about farm diversification. The answer surprised me. Essentially, he said diversification is high risk. He advises to concentrate on productivity, maximise your margins, cut your costs, do what you do best – namely farming. Visit Eaton Manor’s website at Jean de Rusett


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Art at Apley An exciting exhibition of works from Bridgnorth painter Vicki Norman will open at Apley Farm Shop and Creamery Café on August 23.

 Otis Gibbs.

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Guitar date Otis Gibbs knows about life in a small town. Perhaps that’s why he likes Broseley so much – he’s coming back for a third time!

Vicki was appointed artist in residence for the Apley estate last September and the exhibition will show the paintings she has made throughout the year. Vicki says: “I feel very fortunate to have had access to such a beautiful part of the Shropshire landscape for the last 12 months. The estate has a timeless quality, its character changes to reflect the weather and the seasons, yet it remains unmistakeably Apley.”  Long Hill Tree Shadows by Vicki Norman.

He will perform his unique guitar music at the Birchmeadow Centre on Saturday, July 7, when his set will include older material as well as songs from his new album Harder Than Hammered Hell. Otis will be supported by young singer-songwriter Josh Cotterill, who is just 16. Tickets are £8 in advance from, call Caroline Bagnall for more information on 07890 057832.

 Elly Baltus – 'Struggle, Battle and Beauty'

Join Alice! If you fancy a trip to another world, dress up as a character from Alice in Wonderland and visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, which will be hosting a themed event over the weekend of July 21 and 22 based on the Victorian novel by Lewis Carroll.

Medal magic A fascinating exhibition of contemporary medals will run at Much Wenlock’s Twenty Twenty Gallery from July 7 to 28.

Scenes from the book will be performed by the Sundial Theatre Company, there will be a ‘Cheshire Cat’ trail for youngsters and on the Sunday Keith Wright of the Lewis Carroll Society will give a talk about the ‘Real Alice’.  Time for tea with the Mad Hatter and friends.

The exhibition will be curated be international medal designer Ron Dutton and will be opened by Philip Attwood, Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. The work of six international and six British medallists (designers) will celebrate the Olympics and a medal designed by Patrick Hoye of Edinburgh College of Art will be donated to the Wenlock Olympians. 31

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Musical must Yet another musical must at Broseley’s Birchmeadow Centre is Will Scott and Jan Bell, who will perform on Saturday July 28. Brooklyn bluesman Will Scott appeared at Glastonbury last year, as well as in the lesser-known location of Broseley, he was equally warmly received at both gigs! British-born, Brooklyn-based Jan Bell is renowned for her up ‘up-tempo soulful country’, as NYC’s Time Out puts it. The evening will be opened by talented local fiddle player Zach Jones.

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Top brass The popular Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival takes place over the weekend of July 14 and 15 from 11am to 6pm each day. Now in its eighth year, this free family event showcases some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and the surrounding counties and is the largest, noncompetitive brass band festival in the country.

Comedy at the castle An evening of comedy will take place at Powis Castle, Welshpool, on Friday July 6. There will be three acts, three locations, free mead and a hog roast. Isy Suttie of Peep Show fame and Elis James will headline, tickets are £18 and booking is essential, call 01938 551929 for details.

Tickets are £8 in advance from, and Downes and Davis stores in Broseley.

 Jan Bell.

Shiver me timbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum... come dressed as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the weekend of August 25 to 27. The open-air museum will be running a special literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the popular maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure. Museum admission £15.45 adults, £12.35 for 60 plus and £10.25 for children (up to 18 years and in full time education), under fives free. For details call 01952 433 424 or visit

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Looking for something unique? At the Old Mill Antique Centre we have literally 1000’s of interesting things for you to choose from. Explore 45,000 sq ft of antiques and quality reproductions displayed on 4 floors in charming and elegant room settings, and you’ll also discover a relaxing tea room serving delicious homemade cakes and snacks.

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Talking points Some pieces of furniture are worth buying for their unusual appearance – and these items always become talking points. They can actually change the entire feel of a room and inspire the owners to create a unique atmosphere. These talking point pieces can be anything from an unusual chair (like the one pictured) to the superb Georgian marble fireplace we sold at auction in June. Of course, you have to match your items with space available and what works in one home won’t look great, or even fit, in another.

But the mix and match approach is definitely the way to go, antique furniture looks good in any house whether it’s period or contemporary – so be adventurous, go shopping to see if you can find something worth talking about! By John Ridgway of Perry and Phillips Auctioneers, Low Town, Bridgnorth.

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Good Gardening Tips for

Tubs and baskets need watering daily if the weather is dry, preferably first thing in the morning or in the evening to avoid scorching leaves.

After a wet April, a patchy May and the beginning of June more like November, let’s hope that July brings a major improvement to the weather. With the gardening season being at least two weeks behind normal, if you‘ve still got gaps in the garden, add some instant colour and buy established plants of geraniums, cosmos, New Guinea impatiens and other flowering plants that will flower throughout the summer months. Dead head your baskets, tubs and herbaceous borders regularly to keep plants producing new flowers all summer. Liquid Feed Tubs and baskets need watering daily if the weather is dry, preferably first thing in the morning or in the evening to avoid scorching leaves. Remember to liquid feed weekly. Even if you’re using compost which contains slow release fertiliser, they’ll still benefit from a bit of liquid feeding.


If you’re going away on holiday, it’s advisable to get someone to water your tubs and baskets for you. Indoor plants can be stood on capillary matting – the other end is put into a container full of water and the plants will take up the water as they need it. Make sure you thoroughly wet the matting first. Tomatoes and cucumbers need water regularly during hot weather – preferably in the morning – this keeps the atmosphere humid and stops the plants staying damp overnight which can cause problems with grey mold or botrytis. Stake and tie in taller herbaceous plants before they get too tall and floppy to manage. Dead heading as flowers finish will often encourage a plant to produce another flourish of flowers after the main flowers have finished. Whilst many ornamental plants have been struggling to get going this year, nothing seems to deter the weeds from romping away, make the most of a warm sunny day and pull or hoe up any weeds still lurking in your borders.

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Deal with Blackspot! Blackspot on roses has been a problem this year, encouraged by ideal weather conditions for the disease. Remove any foliage turning yellow and dropping off rose plants and spray fortnightly with Roseclear, this will also keep any aphids under control. Woolly Aphid is a pest of fruit trees that is getting more and more common. It appears as fluffy white cotton wool-like patches on fruit tree stems and ornamental trees. The insect is hidden under the fluff and sucks the sap from stems. Use Provado Ultimate Bug Killer RTU as a control, but follow the directions as there is a minimum harvest interval. Watch out for signs of leatherjackets on lawns, they cause irregular brown patches and loose areas of turf on the lawn. Leatherjackets are the pupae of the Crane fly (Daddy Long Legs), once the fly hatches out it lays its eggs within 24 hours and the

larvae hatch out approximately 14 days later. Grubs are dark grey, brown and legless. These can appear from mid-August to the end of September. Often the presence of starlings and thrushes on the lawn can indicate grubs in the ground. If you do spot their damage water the lawn with Provado Lawn Grub Killer.

To get a crop of new potatoes in October, or for Christmas, plant seed potatoes in tubs in July and August. Growth will finish in October, but leave the tubers in their pots until required for cooking. Remember, they’ll need frost protection once the winter frosts appear in November and December.

Salad crops

It seems only five minutes since the spring bulbs were in flower, but they’ll be appearing in garden centres from the end of August! If you want hyacinths in flower for Christmas, they must be planted and put into a dark cool place in September. Most varieties require an 8-10 week cool period followed by 2-3 weeks of warmer conditions to bring them into flower. Use a compost specifically for bulbs as it will contain charcoal to keep the soil sweet.

Once tomato plants are as tall as you require them, cut out the main shoot, one leaf above the last truss of fruit you want. Keep sowing salad crops such as lettuce, endive, spinach and radish in the vegetable patch to get a continuous harvest. Use very a fine netting (Mosquitoplast) to cover cabbages, cauliflowers, carrots and other particularly susceptible vegetables against flies, pigeons and butterflies.

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Backyard chickens! Here in Shropshire increasing numbers of people are keeping chickens, and why not? Having a ready supply of fresh, organic, free-range, welfare friendly eggs is an appealing prospect. And anyone who has owned chickens knows that they are real characters, scratching, pecking and frolicking around the garden. They can even be taught to sit on your lap. House-training is probably impossible, trust me! If you’re considering keeping chickens, or even if you already do, there are a few things you need to consider. First you should check with your local council and read the deeds of your house to make sure keeping livestock is allowed. It's also a good idea to chat it over with your neighbours. Chickens can be quite vocal at first light and keeping a cockerel in a residential area is not advisable! Secondly, do you have enough space for a coop and exercise area? If completely free-range they will regularly need flight feathers clipped (pinioned). They can also be quite destructive to plants and flower beds. Predator-proofing is essential. So what daily duties are involved? One reason for chickens’ rise in popularity is their relative ease to look after. Stating the obvious is providing fresh food and water. The less glamorous side is cleaning them out.

Chickens do produce a lot of droppings (it makes great fertiliser!). They need droppings removed from the coop daily and it completely cleaned out every week. Like all animals, chickens can get many diseases. If you are concerned about the health of your chickens, please contact your vet. The earlier it’s reported the better the chance of successful treatment. What we at the vets get asked most commonly is about worming. Chickens need worming regularly. There are many wormers available out there, some of which are much more effective than others. Similarly, chickens tend to suffer with different kinds of lice. Please discuss with your vet what worm and parasite prevention routine and product is best for your chickens. Birds can carry bacteria that can affect us, salmonella and campylobacter, for example, so be vigilant with personal hygiene. If you are intending on selling any surplus eggs you need to contact your local environment agency and trading standards to check the requirements. For a good starting place for all legislation and advice in looking after chickens please visit and type ‘keeping chickens’ into the search box.

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Wenlock Books News

Wenlock Books Events

Shop on the map!

Storytime for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers

We were thrilled that the Guardian came to film at Wenlock Books for their new interactive map of literary Britain.

Friday mornings 10.45 – 11.15am.

It was a tiring but fascinating day, and I’m very interested to see what actually makes it into the film, they seemed to spend ages filming my feet as I walked up and down the shop (thank goodness I had nice sandals on!). The Guardian loved the shop and it was good for me to be able to tell them all about how I became a bookseller, and why working in Much Wenlock is so very special to me. It’s such a honour to be chosen and I am very proud to be the first bookshop featured on this new web site, it all helps to keep the shop’s profile high and to keep Wenlock on the map long after the Olympic furore has died down! Filming also included Paul Evans on Wenlock Edge, Katherine Swift in the Dower House Garden at Morville and William Cash at Upton Cressett Hall – proving Wenlock and Shropshire to be the literary centre of the world as we know it! It should be on-line now so do check it out.

A story, a song, and coffee for the mums!

Poetry Parnassus July 5 – a celebration of international poetry here in Much Wenlock! Follow Wenlock Poetry Festival on facebook for more info, or ask at Wenlock Books.

Shropshire Diamond Jubilee Pageant Wenlock Poetry Festival will be there, and so will HRH Queen Elizabeth! Thursday July 12 at RAF Cosford. Follow Wenlock Poetry Festival on facebook for more info, or ask at Wenlock Books.

Poetry Summer School for Key Stage 2 Contact the bookshop for information.

So, what shall I recommend for you to read this summer? Try Jennifer Egan’s Look at Me for a sharp, brilliantly written exposé of American society, or for a delightful read in a beautiful edition – any of the new Virago Modern Classics by such as Barbara Pym, Elizabeth Taylor and EM Delafield. For a non-fiction read, the Little Toller nature writing series is gorgeous and Robert MacFarlane’s The Old Ways is a dream of a book. Kathleen Jamie’s Sightlines is also very special. There will be news of a new Tea Time Tales for grown-ups starting in October; watch this space and keep an eye on my website! And remember, I love recommending good books, so come in and ask me. Enjoy the summer!


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Summer fun for kids Until 14th July

French Flies

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7th July

Summer Fete

at The Severn Centre, Highley Lots of fun to be had with different stalls, displays, food and drink, a great way to spend an afternoon! Start: 1 - 4pm

25th July

Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the Castle Grounds, Bridgnorth.

31st July

National Playday

at Crown Meadow Playing Field, Bridgnorth. Open to all ages (children must be accompanied by a suitable adult). Start: 11am – 3pm

6th August

Monday Funday

at The Square in Shrewsbury. Family entertainment from 11am - 4pm.

9th August

Rhyme Time

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13th August

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Events throughout the summer: Severn Valley Country Park Join Shropshire Council Rangers every Wednesday for a funfilled afternoon. £3 per child per event – running throughout the holidays.

Bridgnorth Youth Centre 2nd Saturday of each month ‘Art Cart’ – Creative Activities. Providing creative opportunities for young people aged 12-18 years with learning and or physical disabilities. Start: 10.30am-1.30pm Contact: Julie 01952 597434 for more info or to book a place

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre Fridays throughout the summer holidays. Family Fun & Splash sessions 3-4pm. This session will involve lots of fun for all the family. Use of the centre’s toys and large pool inflatables!

Dudmaston, Bridgnorth Every Monday and Wednesday during school holidays childrens activities will be taking place, there will be a different trail and activity each week for families to try. Normal admission charges apply, plus £2.50 for children’s activities. More info: (01746) 780866 or e-mail Dudmaston@

Blists Hill Victorian Town 21st & 22nd July - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Weekend. Themed event based on the much-loved Victorian novel by Lewis Carroll. 18th & 19th August Kaleidoscope Theatre will be enthralling visitors with classic melodramatic mime scenes and cameo performances.

14th July

Chelmarsh Fete Chelmarsh Recreation Ground, near Bridgnorth A traditional country fete with entertainment for all the family. Donkey rides, coconut shy, dancers, bands, pig roast, homemade teas, and stalls with cakes, plants and games etc. Start: 2pm - 5pm. Admission: Adult £2, child (under 16) FREE. Contact: 01746 862104. More: www.

15th July

The wheels on the bus Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury Join Buster the Big Red Bus with all of his friends on their magical adventures, journeying through a song book loved by all the family. Tickets: Adult: £12, child £10, family £35

27th August

Princess and Pirate Day at Wonderland, Telford Come dressed as a pirate or princess and come on an adventure around Wonderland with help from our own princess and pirates to discover your very own hidden treasure. Start: 11.30am - 3.30pm.

Children’s Festival

There will be a fun zone with bouncy castles, go karting, a climbing wall, a sports zone, an arts zone, a gaming zone, an entertainments zone, activities for the under-fives, refreshments, a magician and a street entertainer. Following the re-launch of the Bridgnorth Children’s Festival as a one-day event last year, the event is back for 2012 with some exciting new activities.

Entrance to the zones is via wristbands, which can be bought at the venues or at the information zone marquee in the High Street.

As before, the festival will again be linking up with the Bridgnorth Music and Arts Festival and the Bridgnorth Food Fair, and it will take place on Sunday August 26 at various venues in and around Bridgnorth High Street and the surrounding area.

The day’s entertainment will be rounded off with a disco at the Castle Hall, beginning at 5pm – entry is free to any children who have bought a wristband. For further information, go to


JULY Dates For Your Diary 5th July

Poetry Parnassus

Wenlock Pottery, Much Wenlock Five poets attending the London 2012 Poetry Parnassus will be performing at Much Wenlock. More info:

7th – 28th July

Twenty Twenty Contemporary Art Medals Exhibition

An exhibition including 6 international and 6 British art medallists curated by Ron Dutton. Student prize of £250, the winning medal will be awarded to Wenlock Olympian Society. Contact: 01952 727952 More info:

8th – 21st July

Wenlock Olympian Games Various locations around Much Wenlock

Join us for the very special 2012 Wenlock Olympian Games. It was in 1850 that the first ever Olympian Games were held in Much Wenlock. The Wenlock games continue to be held on the original field every July attracting competitors from all over the UK. More:

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11th July

London 2012 Welcome Song Performance Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock

Performance of the official Olympic Welcome Song. The Welcome Song project is a collaboration led by folk musician Eliza Carthy and will be performed in Much Wenlock, Chipping Campden, Weymouth, Stoke Mandeville and Olympic Park. Gates open 7pm.

12th July

Shropshire Diamond Jubilee Pageant RAF Cosford, Nr Shifnal

In the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, demonstrations from Shropshire’s industrial, commercial and agricultural expertise in one of RAF Cosford’s display hangars, and musicians and singers will be performing on an outdoor stage throughout the day. Start: 10am – 5pm Admission: FREE TICKETS (attendees must register first)

13th July

Battle of the Bands Bridgnorth Endowed School

Provisional judges include Nigel Freshman from Free Radio and a former Sony music rep, consultant to several major record labels. Get your entry forms in quickly to guarantee your band a place. Entry forms available from the school Admission: £5 entry for bands/£1 each for audience members Contact: 07876 455 171/01746 762103

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14th July

Wenlock Olympian Games Celebration Various locations around Much Wenlock

A celebration of the home of the modern Olympics takes to the streets of Much Wenlock. Stalls selling locally made food and crafts, re-enactments of Victorian scenes and a variety of music acts and entertainments from birds of prey to a miniature steam railway and children’s activities including ‘the animal man’, face-painting, donkey rides, Punch and Judy and a magic show. Admission: FREE

14th – 15th July

Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival

The Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge Gorge The Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival’s reputation is growing enormously year on year and 2012 is already promising to set new records. Admission: FREE More:

17th – 21st July

The Final Test

The Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton The Final Test is the first stage play by highlyacclaimed novelist Chris Paling. It’s a touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket, and the dangerous lure of Bexhill-on-Sea. Box Office: 01902 429212 Admission: Tickets from £17.50

19th – 21st July


The Edge Arts Centre, Much Wenlock A dance and digital media extravaganza that makes links across continents and wraps dancing images around the audience. Encompass360 is part of Dancing for the Games, which is inspired by London 2012 and part of the Cultural Olympiad in the West Midlands. Contact: 01952 728911 More:

20th – 22nd July

Festival at the Edge

Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock A weekend of fantastic storytelling, tall tales, terrific tellers, music and more, surrounded by breath-taking views of the Shropshire countryside. Contact: 01939 236626 More:

21st – 22nd July

The Rally in the Valley

Bridgnorth Severn Park 5th Annual Steam & Vintage Rally. A great family day out on the banks of the River Severn. Start: 10am – 5pm Admission: Adult £5, OAPs £4, children under 11 FREE More:


AUGUST Dates For Your Diary 2nd August

10th – 11th August

Burwarton Show

Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Showground, Cleobury North Burwarton Show is one of the country’s top agricultural shows. Held in August each year at the showground between Bridgnorth and Ludlow. More:

4th – 5th August

Cross Houses at War The Bell Inn, Cross Houses, Shrewsbury More past-to-present military vehicles, the return of Amanda Beaumont and new acts such as Kevin the kooner and the scrummy Scarlet Seymor with her vintage burlesque routines and also WWII re-enactment displays and trade stands, food and drink available. Start: 10am - 5pm Admission: Adult £4, child & seniors £2

5th August

Shropshire Festival of Transport West Midlands Agricultural Showground A family fun event featuring transport old and new. Start: 10am – 5pm Admission: Adult £7, concessions £4, family £20 More:


The Square, Shrewsbury Celebrating 125 years with a packed day of entertainment, celebrity chef James Martin will be cooking, choirs to listen to, quad and motorcycle stunt show, craft marquee and children’s area. Grand Finale each day with fireworks and concert. Admission: Adult £20, seniors £18, child (under 15) FREE (tickets are more on the gate) Contact: 01743 234050 More:

17th August

Tribute Night Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, near Bridgnorth A great night of entertainment with the ‘Born Again Beatles’ tribute act. Ticket price includes a 2 course carvery. Admission: £21.99 (over 18 only) Contact: 01746 763304

23rd – 25th August

Back to the 80s The Place, Oakengates Theatre Set in the USA, Back To The 80s tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High in the 1980s. Box Office: 01952 382382 Admission: Tickets from £7 - £9

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24th August – 2nd September

31st August – 2nd September

Bridgnorth Music & Arts Festival

Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival

Various locations around Bridgnorth Festival on the High Street plus music and art events throughout the town. See website for full details. More:

24th – 27th August

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Various locations around Shrewsbury Held on four stage or circle areas in and around the town centre, where each circle hosts six shows per day, performers are carefully selected from a worldwide roster by artistic director Bill Ferguson. More:

West Midlands Showground, Shrewsbury One of the UK’s top folk festivals, headliners include KT Tunstall, Richard Thompson, Kaste Rusby, Show of Hands and Dervish. Contact: 01743 892800 More:

27th August

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Ironbridge Coracle Regatta River Severn, Dale End Park, Ironbridge This event attracts coracle makers and paddlers from all over Britain to participate in an array of madcap races. Featuring team games, polo matches and other fiercely contended competitions. Novice paddlers can take part for free – coracles provided or bring your own coracle and join in the races (life jackets provided) Start: 12 – 4pm More:



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Food, glorious food! Shropshire Tourism has been approached by Optomen Television who is working with Simon Cowell’s production company SYCO TV on an exciting new food series for ITV1 called ‘Food. glorious. Food’. This is a search for Britain's best loved recipe, and it’s a competition that anyone can enter - all it takes is the ability to cook one delicious dish. Dawn Panton , Casting Producer at Optomen Television Limited said, “We are extremely excited about this new competition and even though it is a nationwide competition and open to everybody and anyone we’d very much welcome applicants from Shropshire, which of course, boasts and is home to foodie, Ludlow!” “Everyone has a special recipe that tugs at your heart strings, brings back memories and sums up all that’s

great about food. We want to draw on culinary talent and family recipes from every corner of Britain, celebrating amazing dishes cooked with love by mums, dads, husbands and wives, grannies, families and friends all over Britain. The winning dish from the series will earn its owner a £20,000 cash prize as well as the pride of seeing their dish on the shelves of Marks & Spencer across the country (with all proceeds going to charity). For details on how you can enter the competition contact or telephone 0845 6000 047.

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Seasonal Shopping List July & August are fabulous months for fresh produce, with such a huge selection of fruit and vegetables there is certainly something for everyone! Grab some fresh corn on the cob whilst it’s at its best and look out for pears on the trees in August. Fruit • Cherries • Redcurrant • Peach • Plum • Pear Vegetables • Sweetcorn • Cabbage • Kale • Parsnip • Leek • Broccoli • Celery • Courgettes • Wild Mushrooms Meat & Fish • Grouse • Guineau Fowl • Tuna • Crab

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Restaurant of the month

The Boyne Arms Presented only with the name ‘Boyne Arms’ you have no idea what to expect, a run down village pub – or something more gracious perhaps? Well, the Boyne Arms is at the top end of gracious. Shame on me. I’ve lived in south Shropshire for four years and yet this was my first visit to Burwarton so I had no idea what to expect. Well, Burwarton is a delightful small village in most attractive countryside. Burwarton Hall is a stately pile occupied by Viscount Boyne and the Boyne Arms is part of the estate. I’ve heard, of course, about the famous Burwarton Agricultural Show – and it is in my diary this year – I will be there on the 2nd of August. Presented only with the name ‘Boyne Arms’ you have no idea what to expect, a run down village pub – or something more gracious perhaps? Well, the Boyne Arms is at the top end of gracious. The dining room is elegantly furnished and decorated and softly lit with chandeliers. But you don’t have to dress up to eat well here, the same menu operates throughout the Boyne Arms, so you can experience their fine food in the delightful bar or steep yourself in elegance in the dining room. If we ever get any sun this year, dine outside. The gardens are just glorious and have an area dedicated to keeping the kids amused. Sue Geyton does ‘front of house’ and left us mulling over the interesting menu, whilst sipping a very good house wine. I opted for homemade lightly battered cod and prawn fishcakes in a sweet chilli sauce. I was glad Janice went for cherry wood smoked duck breast with mixed leaves and plum dressing, as I was able to snaffle a sample. Both starters were beyond delicious and beautifully presented. Would the next course be as good?

I ordered the sirloin steak, a good chef won’t wreck a steak and chef Kevin Geyton proved his credentials and delivered a perfectly cooked steak. Janice was more adventurous and went for king prawns, mussels and fresh asparagus with spaghetti, bound up in a really good creamy sauce. None was left for me to test. We felt we would be letting the readers down if we didn’t report on puddings, so we soldiered on! My lemon roulade was light and lovely, and we both drooled over Janice’s chocolate fondant pudding and ice cream. The service was friendly and efficient, the food and surroundings delightful. This is a wonderful place for lunch or dinner. Well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar. The Boyne Arms, Burwarton, Shropshire. WV16 6QH Tel: 01746 787214 59

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Each month a local expert will answer your questions on IT. This month’s column comes from David Bounds of Eagle Computer Systems.

Use your computer brains! Every PC has a Central Processing Unit (CPU), this acts as the brain of your system. It connects to the motherboard and works alongside the other components processing many instructions at the same time between the different hardware and memory systems. Advancements in CPU technology now mean systems typically come with Dual Core, Triple Core or Quad Core processors (on one single chip) instead of the traditional one brain per chip. Intel and AMD are the two companies which dominate the PC processor market. Both have been around for decades and have become the main chip suppliers for the home and business markets. My personal view is there is little difference between using both makes and I have run many stable and fast systems using both brands.

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TV star opens shop Actor and writer John Challis has officially opened a Much Wenlock-based wildlife rescue centre’s charity shop as the organisation’s new patron. John, star of hugely popular TV series Only Fools and Horses and Green Green Grass, opened Cuan House Wildlife Rescue Centre’s shop at the former Barclays Bank building in Much Wenlock High Street. “Protecting wildlife globally is a major issue for me, I am an active patron of the African wildlife preservation charity Tusk,” said John. “I live in south Shropshire, know its wildlife extremely well and am delighted to be able to help promote the excellent work of Cuan House – their efforts are literally never-ending, they will not turn any animal away and their achievements in saving wild animals in order to return them to their natural habitats are phenomenal.”  John Challis joins Sean Nicholas at the opening of the Cuan House charity shop.

Sainsbury’s grants The Sainsbury’s store in Bridgnorth is inviting community grant applications from local charities and organisations.


SVR award It’s official – the Severn Valley Railway is one of the top three tourism experiences in England! The 16-mile Kidderminster-to-Bridgnorth steam heritage line, which attracts up to a quarter of a million visitors each year, has landed the bronze medal in the ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ category of the English Tourist Board’s 2012 ‘Visit England’ Awards. The railway outstripped almost 400 other visitor attractions to gain its place on the rostrum in a competition which English tourism regards as the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.

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Money Matters Made Clear

Alison Prior, IFA Partner at Thomson Prior looks at the different actions we can take to protect our pension funds


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For many of us insurance is a necessary evil. We insure our cars against loss or damage, we insure our homes against fire and burglary and we even insure our lives against loss of income for our families. However, for those of us who hold personal pensions, these plans are usually left to the volatility of the

If you plan ahead then you can start to secure your pension fund in the last few years before you retire, but this assumes you know when you are going to retire and requires positive action. With the economic climate as it is, now is a good time to look to protecting your pension fund moving forward. You can look to protect the capital you have built up so far, so that you will never get any less than the current figure – but still benefit from any market increases between now and your retirement age. Or you can fix your minimum future income that you will get in retirement – guaranteeing that it won’t go below that level – there are a couple of alternative ways of doing this, one of which also guarantees a 4% increase on the amount invested each year until you draw the income. All insurances come at a cost and in pension or investment terms the ‘cost’ is an increase to your annual management charges – in the plans we are looking at above this cost is 0.7% of your fund. In times of volatility and uncertainty, you may well consider this a small price to pay to guarantee your pension and retirement wealth. By Alison Prior of Thompson Prior LLP, Independent Financial Advisers, Hilton House, Hilton, Bridgnorth.

Section 106 and CIL stealth taxes (Shropshire’s adoption of Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy for small residential schemes)


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Much Wenlock

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Shipton Bridge

Following the success of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the town in 2011, the council is delighted to announce that it will be holding another picnic on Wednesday July 25 at 11am until 2pm in the Castle Grounds.

Shropshire Council proposes to carry out repair work to Shipton Bridge in August this year. The bridge carries the B4368 road over a watercourse and the work is necessary because the northern edge of the bridge is deteriorating as a result of water penetrating it from the road surface above.

There will be puppet shows and various side stalls, including face painting, a bouncy castle and fairground rides. Once again, there will be a ‘Best Dressed Teddy’ competition judged by the Mayor. Lights refreshments should be available but don’t forget to bring a picnic with you and of course your teddy bear!

Heart of England in Bloom After receiving a Gold Award in last year’s Heart of England in Bloom, the council is entering the competition for a second consecutive year. This is not only about flowers and horticulture but more importantly community engagement including communications, development and continuity, green issues and the environment, looking at conservation, local heritage and pride of place. The judging will take place on July 24. The council is looking for volunteers to help with the 2012 In Bloom entry. If you have a few hours to spare, please contact the council on 01746 762231.

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway’s 120th Anniversary Celebrations On Saturday July 7 2012, the Cliff Railway is celebrating the 120th anniversary of its inauguration. There will be stalls and entertainment on the Quayside from 1.30pm and of course the Cliff Railway will be open to visitors.

Crown Meadow Play Day On Tuesday July 31 there will be a Play Day on Crown Meadow between 11am and 3pm. This is part of the government’s drive to encourage creative play, particularly outdoors. There will be a range of events and activities for young people to get involved in. Anne Wilson, Town Clerk.


The work necessitates the bridge being closed to traffic for the duration of the work, which is estimated to take five to six weeks. Shropshire Council intends to divert traffic along the A458 and B4378 roads via Much Wenlock and Brockton, although pedestrians and cyclists will still have access over the bridge throughout the work.

Farley Road – A4169 In response to residents’ concerns about traffic on the A4169 at Farley, the council is to request that the police and associated agencies take urgent steps to enforce the speed limit of 50 mph. The council will also ask that the issue is discussed at the next PACT and local joint committee meetings.

Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and The Edge Arts Centre The council has received a copy of a letter published by William Brookes School, and a copy of a letter from Much Wenlock and Cressage Medical Practice, concerning proposals to change the status of the school to that of an academy. The letter from the school addressed concerns from the community highlighted through consultation that change in status would impact on services provided by the Edge and the leisure centre, and the letter stated that ‘there is absolutely no direct link’. It further stated that school governors were giving the matter serious thought and any decision would not be taken lightly. The letter from the medical practice offered support for the council in its negotiations with Shropshire Council regarding the role of the Much Wenlock Leisure Centre and its availability to the community. The council is to write to Shropshire Council and ask that access to these amenities be maintained at no less than the current levels. Issued by Sharon Clayton, Town Clerk,01952 727509

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currently funds the facilities but is withdrawing its support for public toilets around the county.

Summer Play Scheme The council will once again be running its free play scheme for children aged five to 11 during the summer holidays. The scheme will run from August 6 to August 24. Sessions are held between 11am and 1pm at the Birchmeadow Centre, Broseley. Various activities and games are organised, with materials provided. Children are welcome to come as often as they like and there is no need to book.

Bus Shelter Refurbishment Bus travellers will be pleased to see that the council has recently refurbished the bus shelter in Bridgnorth Road, opposite the library.

Grant Funding The council is able to provide small grants to local organisations to help fund specific projects, such as the purchase of equipment or special events. If your organisation needs some support, please contact the town clerk for further details and an application form.

Exercise of Electors’ Rights Residents will have the right to inspect the council’s accounts and annual return for the year ended March 31 2012 between the dates of July 3 and August 1. If you would like to view the accounts, please make an appointment with Mrs D Webb on the number below. Issued by Trudi Barrett, town clerk, 01952 882172. E-mail:

Public Conveniences The council has resolved to take over responsibility for the public conveniences in the town when the current contract expires in June 2013. Shropshire Council

These council notes are edited from notes submitted by the Town Clerks of the three towns.


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