On Sunday 27 September 2015 a fantastic running event is being held at Severn Valley Country Park. Shropshire Council’s outdoor partnership team will be holding the third annual Severn Valley Trail Race, starting from the visitor centre in Alveley near Bridgnorth.
The trail race will be a 5km multi-terrain run through wonderful scenery. There will be sections through woodlands, meadows and along the banks of the River Severn. There will be some steep climbs and some muddy sections. The trail race will start at 11am, with registration starting at 9am. Entry fees for the trail race are £7 per person (for entries received before Friday 18 September) and £8 per person on the day (if places are available).
The teashop will open from 9am and will be serving drinks and snacks. The event will end with a prize giving ceremony at 12.30pm, with prizes for the winners in each age category. The minimum age for entrants is 16.
For more details and for entry forms please telephone the park on 01746 781192.
The event is kindly sponsored by Hobsons Brewery and Wenlock Spring Water.
Tim Sherlock from Wenlock Spring Water said:
“Hydration is clearly important for the participants in this event and Wenlock Spring Water are very happy to provide our crisp and refreshing water to help the ultimate goal of raising money for a great cause.”
Kate Pearce from Hobsons Brewery said:
“Our beers are brewed in the heart of the Shropshire countryside and as a company we are passionate supporters of events that showcase what the Shropshire landscape has to offer. We are pleased to be sponsoring, for the first time, the Severn Valley Trail Race. We are looking forward to coming along to the event set in the stunning country park. Some of our staff may even dust off their running shoes and take part.”
Edward Andrews, Shropshire Council’s parks and countryside sites officer, said:
“This will be a fantastic race, and the whole route will be off road. I would encourage people to bring all the family down to the park. People who are not running can enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake in the tearoom, or take the children on our natural play area.”
The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 8 September 2015 at 2pm.
The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and reports click here.
- Barn, Roughton, Bridgnorth, WV15 5HE (14/02958/VAR) Removal of Conditions 10 (restricted use) and 11 (restricted occupancy) attached to 10/03590/COU to allow use of building as permanent residential dwelling.
- Walcot Farm, Lydbury North, SY7 8AA (14/05323/FUL) Erection of agricultural buildings for barn egg production, together with attenuation pond and access visibility splay improvement.
- Land south of Cargan, All Stretton (14/05689/FUL) Erection of one dwelling and car port; alteration to existing access.
- Wheatlands site, Woodhouse Fields, Bourton, Much Wenlock, TF13 6QN (15/01808/EIA) Erection of 2 no. agricultural buildings for rearing livestock (table fowl); biomass boiler building; 5 no. feed bins and associated hardstanding and landscaping.
- Proposed dwelling rear of 4 Church Street, Cleobury Mortimer (15/01976/FUL) Listed Building Consent for works to facilitate the conversion of redundant Pharmacy Store once associated with a former Pharmacy from Use Class A1 to Use Class C3 Dwellinghouse.
- Proposed dwelling rear of 4 Church Street, Cleobury Mortimer (15/01977/LBC) Conversion of redundant Pharmacy Store once associated with a former Pharmacy from Use Class A1 to Use Class C3 Dwellinghouse.
Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.
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Shropshire’s heritage enthusiasts and organisers have prepared an exciting programme of free events for the public from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 September.
The programme which is part of the national Heritage Open Days initiative includes a chance to see sites which are not normally open to the public as well as tours, talks, film screenings, living history re-enactments and exhibitions.
The theme of this year’s Heritage Open Days is ‘try something new’ and Shropshire has responded.
Events will take place all over the county and include: an exhibition of photos and posters from Buffalo Bill’s final tour of Great Britain in 1904 (Oswestry); a chance to meet Medieval Mummers and Ladies of the Night (Shrewsbury) and an audio visual re-enactment of a WW2 small wireless intercept station in action (Whitchurch). There is also the chance to see inside Shrewsbury Prison with a limited number of ‘Jailhouse’ tours available free of charge.
Sites which are not normally open to the public include The White House at Aston Munslow and the gardens at Brogyntyn Hall.
Shropshire Council is offering free visits on 13 September to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Shrewsbury Castle and Shropshire Regimental Museum, as well as free places on a guided tour of the town. Tickets for the latter need to be booked as the walk is normally very popular.
Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member responsible for museums, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to get behind the scenes of some of the county’s most precious historic places, with Shropshire once again offering a wealth of venues hosting a mix of the interesting and the unusual. I hope the many free events on offer attract visitors from across Shropshire, and also encourages people from outside the county to spend a weekend in our beautiful county.”
Shropshire’s important industrial heritage is explored at Llanymynech Heritage Area where there are demonstrations of lime burning and lime slaking, while vintage films will be shown in the Hoffman Kiln, one of only three still standing in the UK.
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings with four Grade 1 historic buildings, including the first iron-framed building in the world, will offer guided tours and displays as well as art and music.
All Shropshire’s Heritage Open Days events are free of charge but some need to be booked.
There is information on all events on the national Heritage Open Days website at www.heritageopendays.org - enter Shropshire into the search facility.
The Oswestry area also has its own leaflet available from Oswestry Library & Visitor Information Centre.
Heritage Open Days is the largest heritage festival in the country; in 2014, over 4,600 events welcomed around three million visitors across England. Heritage Open Days operates as part of the National Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Historic England. Every single Heritage Open Days event is free, including over 150 National Trust properties, which waive their entry fees on the Saturday of the Heritage Open Days weekend.
Loyd Grossman, Patron of Heritage Open Days, said:
“After last year’s triumphant event, we’re looking to make 2015 another superlative year. New funding sources and a higher profile means we are in a stronger position than ever before to celebrate our wonderfully diverse local heritage, and to encourage local communities to engage with the hidden histories on their doorstep.”
About Heritage Open Days
- Heritage Open Days is co-ordinated and promoted nationally by the National Trust, and run locally by a large range of organisations (including civic societies, heritage organisations, and local councils, community champions and thousands of enthusiastic volunteers).
- Heritage Open Days is England’s contribution to European Heritage Days, taking place across 50 countries.
A tale of two cities – exhibition by Dutch artist Jet Rotmans comes to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
An exhibition by an artist from Shrewsbury’s twin town of Zutphen will launch in late September 2015 at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
“Jet Rotmans: A Tale of Two Cities – Shrewsbury and Zutphen” will open to the public on Monday 28 September 2015, with an official launch by Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny, on Thursday 1 October 2015.
The exhibition will reflect Jet’s parallel responses to Shrewsbury and the wider Shropshire landscape and to her own town of Zutphen in Gelderland. Jet has got to know and love Shrewsbury and Shropshire on her frequent visits over the last three years, and has been inspired by the contrasts and connections between the two locations. Zutphen echoes Shrewsbury, an attractive market town with a medieval core, situated on the busy River Ijssel.
The exhibition takes place against the background of the many years of twinning exchanges involving thousands of residents from the two communities.
The work exhibited will be largely in the form of Jet’s favourite medium: the Artists’ Book. Jet currently specialises in this genre, using traditional skills to craft the books themselves which hold, in the form of photographs and related paintings, images of the local landscape she has observed and her responses to them. In addition there will be paintings (acrylic on paper), poetry and films as well as scrapbook archive material.
Jet Rotmans will be describing her work at a talk at the Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 7 October at 2.30pm. Details will be available from the Visitor Information Centre in the Museum & Art Gallery.
Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member responsible for museums, said:-
“The exhibition will be a wonderful way to celebrate the enduring friendship between the towns of Shrewsbury and Zutphen, which originated in the last dark days of World War 2. Jet Rotmans’ work has captured the spirit of both places, and I am looking forward to talking to her about her love of Shropshire.”
The exhibition will remain at the Museum & Art Gallery until 13 December.
Shrewsbury’s association with the historic Dutch town of Zutphen dates from 1586 when Sir Philip Sidney, an old boy of Shrewsbury School, was wounded at the battle of Zutphen when trying to liberate the town from the Spanish occupation.
Contact was renewed after the liberation of Zutphen at the end of World War 2, when the population of Shrewsbury sent aid to the town. In October 1945 Shrewsbury adopted Zutphen. Contacts were continued and encouraged by both towns and an official Twinning was finally recognised in May 1977.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is open daily until Sunday 11 October 2015, then closed Mondays (except Monday 26 October 2015) until Easter 2016. It is open from 10am to 4.30pm during the period from October 2015 to Easter 2016.
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The Mere at Ellesmere is in the running to be named the nation’s favourite park in the Green Flag Award People’s Choice awards 2015
The Mere was one of 1,582 parks and green spaces in the UK that were awarded the prestigious, international Green Flag Award earlier this summer.
From 1 to 30 September 2015 people have the chance to vote for their favourite – at www.greenflagaward.org.
Managed by Shropshire Council, The Mere at Ellesmere is a beautiful lake with gardens, woodland walks and historic parkland. The Mere-side promenade, gardens and Boathouse restaurant and visitor centre have recently been restored to their former glory, and Cremorne Gardens offers a fantastic new adventure play area, formal flower beds, specimen trees, lawns and seating, and a circular garden walk.
The park provides a number of themed walks which encourage the exploration of the Park, provides interpretation of its heritage and makes links with Ellesmere town, the Llangollen Canal and surrounding countryside.
People can enjoy the gardens and walks, watch the herons nesting on Moscow Island, visit the Boathouse, enjoy an ice-cream or hot drink on the Mere-side promenade, take a boat trip on the Mere and much more.
Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere, said:
“The Mere has so much to offer and is a great day out for all the family, so I’m delighted that it was awarded a Green Flag once again this year.
“It would be wonderful for Ellesmere and for Shropshire if it were to be named the nation’s favourite park, so I encourage everyone to vote.”
Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for outdoor recreation, said:
“I would like to thank all the dedicated staff and volunteers at The Mere for their hard work in maintaining such a wonderful park. This is a great example of how Shropshire Council can work alongside volunteers and local communities to enable them to make a real difference to their local area.”
“Without the help of our volunteers– be it one day a year, an hour a month or a regular weekly session – the Green Flag award would not have been possible, so receiving it is a celebration of their efforts.”
Paul Todd, Green Flag Award manager said:
“We all have a favourite park, whether it’s our local green space or a special park we’ll travel miles to visit. Following another record breaking year for the Green Flag Award, we are urging everyone to vote for their own favourite park, so we can crown one of these 1,582 special parks as the People’s Choice 2015.”
To vote for The Mere in the People’s Choice awards, simply go to www.greenflagaward.org, select the West Midlands region on the interactive map, select The Mere, and click the ‘vote for this site’ button.
The vote opens on 1 September and close at noon on 30 September. The winner of the People’s Choice award 2015 will be announced in October.
People can also vote for Severn Valley Country Park at Highley and Alveley, which has also received the Green Flag award.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme (greenflagaward.org ) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Department of Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful, the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the National Housing Federation.
First launched in 1996, the Green Flag Award recognises and rewards the UK’s best parks and green spaces. It is the quality standard for public green spaces and recognises well-managed, high quality sites that meet the needs of their local community.
News from our partners Safety Roads Partnership, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police
The Safer Roads Partnership, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police are warning motorists of the dangers that may be present at this time of year as farmers are using the roads more when harvesting and moving their produce.
Agriculture is one of our region’s key industries and this time of year is very busy in the farming calendar with many crops requiring harvest and transportation, often within a short window of opportunity in order to ensure consumers can enjoy the produce in prime condition. However, this burst of activity traditionally sees a rise in road collisions, many of which are preventable.
A significant proportion of the collisions involving agricultural vehicles occur on rural roads with 60mph speed limits, and many near turnings into farms. The typical causes of the collisions are poor overtaking manoeuvres and inappropriate speed, with drivers finding themselves unable to stop in time when presented with a slow-moving or wide vehicle.
A further hazard is caused by mud and debris being brought onto the roads by tractors and other vehicles that have been working in the fields. In the last three years*, there have been 75 collisions across West Mercia and Warwickshire where mud was recorded as a contributory factor.
Under the Highways Act (1980), farmers and contractors have a legal obligation to ensure their vehicles are cleared of any mud or debris before entering the public highway. Excess mud on the road is a danger to cars, motorbikes and cyclists and can change the way a vehicle handles, causing skidding, especially in wet conditions.
Chief Inspector Adrian Knight, Head of the Force Operations Department, West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, said:
“Every year we face problems with agricultural vehicles leaving large amounts of mud and debris on the roads during the harvest season. While the majority of farmers take steps to ensure they keep the roads clear and safe, not all are as diligent.
“We would like to remind farmers and contractors of their responsibilities under the Highways Act. We have already taken action against offenders who haven’t complied with this legislation, and will continue to take a tough stance against anyone who we believe is being reckless and irresponsible.”
Anna Higgins, Communications Manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said:
“We appreciate that during this time of year farmers have to increasingly use the region’s roads to transport their crops and that this will affect local traffic at times. Although many drivers of agricultural vehicles use the roads in a responsible way, we are reminding them to be aware of the impact they can have and consider other road users while they undertake their work. During busy traffic periods, pull into a lay-by or safe place to allow other vehicles to pass safely, to avoid traffic build-up and prevent unsafe overtaking manoeuvres.
“We would also like to remind general motorists that extra care and patience should be taken during the harvest season when there is a necessity for more agricultural vehicles to be on the roads. While it can be frustrating travelling behind an agricultural vehicle, it’s not worth getting impatient and putting yourself and other road users at risk with dangerous manoeuvres.”
Drivers of agricultural vehicles or anyone wishing to report any issues regarding debris or mud on the road in this area can contact Shropshire Council on 0345 678 9006.
* Three year period refers to January 2012 – December 2014. During this period, there were 62 collisions in West Mercia and 13 collisions in Warwickshire where mud was recorded as a contributory factor.
The Safer Roads Partnership is part of West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police, and works in partnership with the four local highway authorities in West Mercia (Herefordshire Council, Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and Worcestershire County Council); Warwickshire County Council, the Highways Agency; HM Courts Service – West Mercia; Fire & Rescue Services for Hereford & Worcester, Shropshire and Warwickshire; and West Mercia Cluster of Primary Care Trusts.
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HRH The Duke of Gloucester will officially open Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery on Thursday 17 September 2015.
The new Museum & Art Gallery re-opened in the former Music Hall and 13th Century Vaughan’s Mansion on 1 April 2014 and welcomed more than 80,000 visitors in its first year.
During his visit, The Duke will meet Museum staff, councillors and local dignitaries, before taking a guided tour of the Museum & Art Gallery.
Owned and managed by Shropshire Council, the new Museum & Art Gallery is the result of a ground-breaking restoration project that cost more than £10m and saw two buildings – Shrewsbury’s Victorian Music Hall and the 13th century Vaughan’s Mansion – renovated and restored to create a vast new museum and spectacular gallery space.
Since it opened, the newly refurbished Museum has run a varied temporary exhibitions programme from contemporary art and international photography to the current ‘Archaeopteryx’ dinosaur display and forthcoming ‘Brick City’ LEGO® exhibition.
The building is also being used for a vast range of meetings, events, music and social gatherings, contributing to the development of a successful Cultural Quarter in the county town.
In June 2015 Shropshire law firm Lanyon Bowdler became the first corporate sponsors of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.
Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member responsible for museums, said:
“I’m delighted that HRH The Duke of Gloucester will be officially opening Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, and that we will have the opportunity to show him around this fabulous new facility, which is really putting Shrewsbury and Shropshire on the visitor map.
“The Museum and Art Gallery has proved to be extremely popular with visitors from near and far since it opened its doors to the public last year, and our dedicated team of staff and volunteers have worked hard to bring in new activities, events and exhibitions that keep our local residents, businesses and visitors from around the world coming through the doors.”
For more information about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery visit www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk or follow @shrewsmuseum on twitter.
Visitors to the Museum & Art Gallery will go on a journey of discovery starting in the time when mammoths roamed, unlocking stories from across the entire county of Shropshire; stories of discovery and engineering creativity that influenced the world. The entire collection has been reimagined for a modern audience, with exhibitions exploring subjects from geology to natural history via art, archaeology and costume.
The Museum holds some of the nation’s most treasured Roman artefacts, including an ornate silver mirror discovered at nearby Wroxeter, one of only a handful still existing from the period. The Medieval galleries explore the development of castles, abbeys and towns in Shropshire. The Civil War period gallery highlights visits by King Charles I to the county with a grim reminder of his execution.
In the Shropshire Gallery there are many special exhibits including an area about scientist Charles Darwin, who was born and educated in Shrewsbury, as well as his contemporaries such as Henry Blunt, who mapped the moon.
The links between the special geology of Shropshire and its famed ceramics industry see wonderful fossils displayed close to a collection of richly illustrated examples from the Caughley porcelain factory, which was once located near Broseley.
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