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Coach children made ill by fumes

BBC Shropshire - 9 hours 11 min ago
School children on a church trip are treated for the effects of fume inhalation after falling ill on a coach.
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Consultation over new motorway link

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 16:04
Plans for a new link road between the M54 and the M6 motorways are to go out to formal consultation.
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Bristol Rovers v AFC Telford United

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 15:48
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Conference game between Bristol Rovers and AFC Telford United.
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Scaffolding removed from statue

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 14:23
Scaffolding is removed from Lord Hill's column in Shrewsbury after emergency repairs.
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Cooking Marvellous wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Shropshire Council - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 13:19

News from our partners Shropshire Lieutenancy Office

The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire will be presenting the Queen’s Award for Enterprise to Cooking Marvellous on Tuesday 2 September 2014.

The presentation will take place midday at Marvellous House, 8 Knights Park, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, SY1 3TE.

Joan Woulfe, Cooking Marvellous Managing Director, said:

“We were absolutely thrilled to have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year.  We received the award in recognition of our “extraordinary growth” in international trade.  We run the business from our warehouse in Battlefield, Shrewsbury, where we pack and dispatch thousands of orders a week, which are sent all over the world.  We sell cookware and food, to destinations are far flung as Greenland, Bora Bora and the Falklands.  Our export business has steadily increased over the past three years, and currently 65% of our orders go overseas.”

Further information

Cooking Marvellous

Established in 2005, Cooking Marvellous Ltd sells cookware and food to the consumer and professional sectors.  It wins the Queen’s Award for International Trade for outstanding overseas sales growth over the last three years.  The company has grown from a single retail outlet to exporting to customers in 90 countries.  It has invested in web-based technology to meet the differing demands of a diverse customer base and developed its product base by diversifying from food related equipment, to food and drink majoring on iconic British brands.  A multilingual website supplemented by multilingual staff and packaging, as well as taking payment in local currencies, backed up with a sophisticated control policy and short delivery deadlines, leaves the customer with a strong impression it is dealing with a local company.

Queen’s Award

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise are awards for outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • innovation
  • international trade
  • sustainable development.
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Evans' path from sinner to New Saint

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 11:22
Steve Evans admits he has made mistakes during his career, now the former Wales defender is aiming for more success with The New Saints.
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Northampton Town v Shrewsbury Town

BBC Shropshire - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 17:12
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League Two game between Northampton Town and Shrewsbury Town.
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Council confident of reinstating car park for midweek Shrewsbury Town matches

Shropshire Council - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 14:15

Following media reports on 21 August 2014, concerns have been raised that Shropshire Council is no longer allowing Shrewsbury Town Football Club to use the Meole Brace Park and Ride car park for midweek matches.

The council has moved to clarify the matter, and although the car park was closed for the game on Tuesday (19 August 2014), the intention is for it to be open for the next midweek home game on 16 September 2014.

Councillor Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“We never said we intended to ban the football club from using the Meole Brace Park and Ride car park for midweek matches, and we hope the majority of fans appreciate that allowing the car park to be used was an act of goodwill by the council which first started two years ago.

“There are just some details to discuss with the club to ensure the arrangement can continue, and we fully expect to be able to open the car park again for the next midweek game on 16 September.”

The car park can only be used for midweek evening matches, as it is used as a Park and Ride car park during the day.

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Pupils congratulated on GCSE success

Shropshire Council - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 08:53

Speaking about the publication of GCSE results today (Thursday 21 August 2014), Councillor Ann Hartley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“We would like to congratulate pupils on their success. Their achievements are testament to how diligently they have prepared for their examinations and the hard work that they put into their studies. We would also like to thank all who are part of our school communities and who have provided much needed support and direction for pupils, including their teachers and headteachers, parents and carers.

“This is such an important time for young people as they progress from school to continued education at school or college, an apprenticeship or traineeship, or part-time education or training. We wish all of Shropshire’s pupils every success in the future.”

Shropshire Council can be contacted for general advice and information, to support students as they make decisions about their next steps, via or by calling 01743 258850.

School staff are also available to provide advice and information.

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Town walls unrepaired 18 months on

BBC Shropshire - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:45
A section of ancient town wall in Ludlow remains unrepaired 18 months after it collapsed.
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Shropshire Inclusively Fit Project gains significant grant award

Shropshire Council - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:31

News from our partners Shropshire Providers Consortium

Shropshire Providers Consortium, and its partners Energize (County Sports Partnership), Shropshire Disability Network, Figaro, Headway Shropshire, South Shropshire Furniture Scheme, Shropshire Football Association and Shropshire Council’s public health. are excited today about the announcement of the award of the Reaching Communities Big Lottery Grant.

The grant is for £241,000 and the four-year project is called the ”Shropshire Inclusively Fit Project”.  There is additional funding from Shropshire Council’s public health team and Energize (County Sports Partnership), taking the total project to £282,500.

An inclusive officer will be employed to:

  • Reduce social exclusion and health inequalities by raising awareness and opportunities for engagement within sports clubs and societies for people with disabilities in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
  • Identify current exercise and sport provision for people with disabilities (mental and physical) in Shropshire
  • Run a travel and equipment bursary for people with disabilities in Shropshire
  • Raise awareness and find practical solutions for sports and social clubs throughout the county to make adaptations to facilities, and become more inclusive as a body with more accessible activities for people with disabilities
  • Develop a buddy volunteer scheme to provide support to, and at events for, people with disabilities to attend and participate in
  • Run sport taster sessions across the county for people with disabilities and clubs.

Social isolation for young people with disabilities people increases substantially after leaving education: young people can become isolated, with no peer support to help engage in sports or social activities.  Coupled with Shropshire rurality making travel difficult, this can be a real problem.

The project aims to make sport and physical activity more accessible to people with disabilities, providing a web-based resource of what’s available, transport and equipment support, and most of all a volunteer buddy to go along with for the first few visits.  We all know how difficult it can be walking into a gym or sports club for the first time; imagine how that must feel if you have disabilities and have no idea what facilities are available to you, or how people may react to you?

The partnership will be governed by a steering group made up of the above partners and users with disabilities.

Ruby from Shropshire Disability Network stated:

“It is fantastic that people with disabilities will now have opportunity to engage in sport and physical activity in a way that has been impossible for many, due to transport and rural issues.  The buddy scheme and bursaries will enable those that want to, to have a go; it gives them opportunity.”

Shropshire Providers Consortium would like to thank Shropshire Council’s sport and leisure, and public health, teams, and Energize, for use of their surveys and statistics, and Shropshire Disability Network for their consultation with the target group.

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Wiltshire beat Shrops to win title

BBC Shropshire - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:28
Wiltshire win the Minor Counties Western Division with a thrilling four-wicket victory over Shropshire at Heath Road.
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Decisions made by South planning committee on 19 August 2014

Shropshire Council - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 15:50

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 19 August 2014.

Hill Cottage, Clive Avenue, Church Stretton (13/03805/OUT)
Outline application for the erection of three detached houses with garages to include means of access and layout.

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reasons:

The proposed development, by reason of the proposed number of dwellings and layout, would result in overdevelopment of the site and would detract from the character and appearance of the street scene and Conservation Area.  The development would therefore be contrary to Shropshire Core Strategy policies CS6 and CS17 and paragraphs 56 to 58, 60 and 131 of the National Planning Policy Framework.


The Habit, 30 East Castle Street, Bridgnorth, WV16 4AN (13/04956/FUL)
Erection of one dwelling and formation of access.

Decision: That, contrary to the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be refused for the following reason:

The proposed development by reason of its height would result in a substantial loss of light on the existing properties both on Castle Terrace and Bank Street and would be detrimental to the residential amenities of the area. The development would therefore be contrary to Shropshire Core Strategy policy CS6.


Land between Lawton Road and Stanton Road, Shifnal (13/05136/OUT)
Outline application (vehicular access for approval) for mixed residential development and care home (Use Class C2); public open space, landscaping, car parking, and all other ancillary and enabling works.

Decision:  That planning permission be granted as a departure in accordance with the officer’s recommendation, subject to the following:

  • A Section 106 Legal Agreement relating to affordable housing provision; contributions to the Travel and Movement Strategy for Shifnal and reduction of speed limit on a section of Stanton Road; and maintenance of open space by an appropriate body;
  • The conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report; and

Delegated authority be granted to the Area Planning and Building Control Manager to amend appropriate conditions to ensure the submission of reserved matters and the commencement of development in a timely manner, consistent with other planning permissions being granted.


Bradeney House, Worfield, Bridgnorth (14/00493/FUL)
Erection of fourteen ‘close care’ single storey dwellings under use class C2 (nursing/residential care); estate roads and parking areas.

Decision: That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation, subject to:

  • A Section 106 Legal Agreement to ensure the proposed dwellings would remain in association with the use of Bradeney House;
  • To ensure a satisfactory access is maintained at all times and in the interests of highway safety, Condition No. 10 be amended to ensure the provision and maintenance of a visibility splay in a south-westerly direction from the altered access; and

The conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report.


Field House, Beamish Lane, Albrighton (14/00622/FUL)
Change of use of existing detached swimming pool building within the grounds to Field House into one no. dwelling to include extension over existing roofed patio to create additional internal habitable space.

Decision:  Consideration deferred to the next meeting, with members minded to refuse the application on the basis that the proposal constituted an unsustainable location in the Green Belt.  The Area Planning and Building Control Manager to prepare an advisory report on the reasons for refusal.


Land at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Market Street, Craven Arms (14/01979/FUL)
Erection of bird hide and fencing to form red kite feeding area.

Decision: That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 to the report.


For further information relating to the decisions go to our online planning register and search for the application by using the reference number or keyword.

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New roof installed at historic house

BBC Shropshire - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 14:59
Engineers install a new roof in an attempt to save a Grade I listed building designed by one of Britain's most important architects.
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STAR Housing BBQ’ing to beat cancer!

Shropshire Council - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:18

News from our partners

Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing and residents of Yorkfields are preparing to don the novelty aprons and cook up a barbequed treat for the people of Oswestry to help raise funds for Cancer Research on Friday 22 August from 12 noon. The BBQ will be held at Yorkfields Sheltered Housing Scheme, Liverpool Road West, Oswestry and will also have a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. Everyone and anyone are invited to join in with the day’s festivities, whether you’re looking to learn more about sheltered housing or just there for a burger in the afternoon there will be something for you.

Sue Adams, Managing Director for Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing, hopes the event will bring the community together. Sue said:

“What a great way to get together with friends and neighbours, enjoy some lunch and raise funds and awareness for such a great cause.”

Vince Hunt, Shropshire Council local member for Oswestry West, will be attending the event and said:

“I will be going along to the BBQ, both as the local member and as a board member of STAR Housing, and I’m looking forward to joining the residents and others to support this cause. Well done to them, and I would encourage anybody else to come and support this.”

Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing Ltd took responsibility for the management of all 4,200 Shropshire Council owned homes in the Oswestry and Bridgnorth areas in April 2013. The organisation manages homes and neighbourhoods, collects rent, orders repairs and makes improvements to all housing.

If you would like more information on the event, please contact Wendy Bostock by calling 07582 003 490.

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Crime figures down at V Festival

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:50
The number of crimes reported and medical incidents both fall at the V Festival in Staffordshire compared with last year, say organisers.
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Shrewsbury Town v Accrington Stanley

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:06
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's League Two game between Shrewsbury Town and Accrington Stanley.
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Hospital helipad upgrade under way

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:09
Work gets under way on a helipad at a Shropshire hospital which could allow patients to be flown there in the dark.
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Skype video calls for patients plan

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 16:43
Patients could be diagnosed over internet video calls as part of health proposals for Shropshire.
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Couples offered chance to get married in Medieval mansion in the heart of Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:36

Couples looking for a unique and special setting for their wedding can now get married in a 13th century mansion house within Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Wedding ceremonies will be held in Vaughan’s Mansion, which dates back to the 1290s and is recognised as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the new Museum.

A rare surviving example of an early medieval first-floor hall, Vaughan’s Mansion is the only one of its kind in the region and is a building of national importance.

Following their wedding ceremony, couples and their guests will have the opportunity to hold a drinks reception on the Museum balcony, which overlooks the main Shropshire Gallery in the former Music Hall auditorium.

To enable couples to see the venue and find out more, a Wedding Fayre is being held at the Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 1 October from 5.30pm to 9pm.

Entry to the fayre is free and everyone who attends will be able to enter a free prize draw for the chance to win some great prizes, including the chance to win 50% off the cost of booking the venue, and season tickets to the Museum.

A number of local wedding suppliers, all experts in their fields, will also be on hand to talk to visitors about their wedding plans.

Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, said:

“With its fascinating history, and following its recent restoration, we think that Vaughan’s Mansion is a wonderful place for a wedding.

“It will appeal to couples from Shropshire and beyond looking for somewhere a little bit special to get married – particularly those with a keen interest in history, as well as couples who met at the Music Hall, or have fond memories of the building.”

For more information about the Wedding Fayre, or about getting married at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, call 01743 258890 or email

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.

For more information visit or follow @shrewsmuseum on twitter.

Further information

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery opened in April 2014 following a £10.5 million restoration, and has been granted a licence to stage civil weddings.

Vaughan’s Mansion is home to the Museum’s Roman, Medieval and Tudor collections. Wedding ceremonies will be held in the Vaughan’s Mansion Suite room.

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