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Six regions hit new house price peak

BBC Shropshire - 6 hours 13 min ago
Six regions of the UK now have average house prices higher than their pre-financial crisis peak after values rose again in July, official figures show.
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Village could become centre of UK

BBC Shropshire - 6 hours 49 min ago
A village in Shropshire would become the exact centre of the UK if Scotland became independent, Ordnance Survey calculates.
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VIDEO: 'At risk' home set to be restored

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 21:41
A 16th Century farmhouse on English Heritage's at Risk Register is set to be restored in a planned £150,000 scheme.
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Shrewsbury Town v Carlisle United

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:51
Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's League Two game between Shrewsbury Town and Carlisle United.
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Surgery from pre-history to the Renaissance with Kevin Goodman: a living history talk

Shropshire Council - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 16:49

Severn Valley Country Park, near Alveley, is inviting people to join Mediaeval & Tudor re-enactor Kevin Goodman for an entertaining look at a number of surgical techniques carried out from pre-history to the Renaissance, including trepanning, tooth extraction, arrow and bullet wound treatment, amongst many others.

The talk is on Thursday 9 October 2014 at 7.30pm, and is accompanied by replicas of the surgical tools used.  Prices are adults £5, children £3. These prices include a slice of cake and one drink during the interval: other refreshments will be available to purchase.

Booking and payment in advance essential as places are limited – please call 01746 781192.  Cash payments can be made in person at the Visitor Centre, or card payments can be taken by phone.

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Shropshire Council partners with Tunstall advisory service for assistive technology programme

Shropshire Council - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:54

News from our partners Tunstall advisory service

Shropshire Council is consulting with Tunstall advisory service to support the design, delivery and sustainability of its adult social care programme for independent living.

The council has created a collaborative partnership with the Tunstall advisory service, which is central to its assistive technology strategy, and a key part of the council’s plans to transform adult social care by maximising personal independence through reduced reliance on traditional services.

Shropshire has an aging population with one in four adults currently over the age of 65.  As the number of people using adult social care rises each year, the council is committed to supporting the growing number of people with long-term health and care needs in a sustainable way.

The council recognises the need for people to access the most appropriate support, as quickly as possible, making best use of available community resources, and a simplified approach to information-giving and assessment.  As well as continuing to increase independence and well-being for users, this partnership will ensure a more personalised focus for individuals, by combining the right technological solutions with the right local support.

Shropshire Council currently offers assistive technology through its telecare service, to support independent living, facilitate early intervention and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.  By working with Tunstall in this way, the council is making sure that local people can access the latest technology to help themselves or their family independently, or as part of wider package of care and support.

Shropshire Council will use the Tunstall advisory service to develop a programme that will optimise telecare pathways and processes by building on existing resources.  Tunstall will work with the council in the support and development of staff skills, and help to build overall programme awareness.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services – transformation and safeguarding, said:

“As part of our vision to make Shropshire a place where people can live safely and independently in a place of their choice, we are committed to working in a collaborative partnership with Tunstall healthcare.  Through the development of an enhanced assistive technology strategy, we can combine the right technological solutions with local support, to achieve our aim of enabling local people to have the freedom to live their lives to the full.”

Kevin Alderson, Sales and Marketing Director for Tunstall, commented:

“The Tunstall advisory service consists of a team of specialists that combine qualified training representatives, telehealthcare experts and business intelligence to help providers utilise technology successfully, and increase their capacity to deliver community-based care.”

Representatives from Shropshire Council and Tunstall will be discussing their partnership at the “Embracing Assistive Technology in Shropshire” event taking place on Wednesday 17 September 2014 at Shirehall, Shrewsbury.

About Tunstall

Tunstall healthcare group is the market-leading provider of telehealthcare solutions, with over 3.6 million users globally.  Tunstall’s solutions support older people and those with long-term needs, helping them to live independently by effectively managing their health and well-being.  Its solutions have been proven effective in the world’s largest telehealthcare trial.  Tunstall provides technology, services, expertise and advice to millions of people enabling them to lead independent more fulfilling lives.  For more information on how telehealthcare can improve quality of life, visit or follow them on twitter @TunstallHealth.  The latest news and insights from Tunstall can also be found at

Tunstall contact:  01977 661234

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Countdown to Broseley Youth Day on Sunday 21 September

Shropshire Council - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:19

News from our partners Broseley Youth Partnership

Broseley’s biggest event for young people will take over the Birchmeadow Park and Centre on Sunday 21 September 2014.  The fun-packed day includes no less than 30 different activities for children of all age groups.

Now in its third year, Broseley Youth Day 2014 looks set to be the best yet, with local clubs and organisations ready to make sure young people get an opportunity to experience what is on offer in their area.

Jean Jones, Chair of Broseley Youth Partnership and local Shropshire Councillor for Broseley, said:

‘This year’s youth day promises to be even bigger and better than previous successful years.  With so many organisations being showcased during the day, there really is something for everyone.  I urge young people and families to come along and support the day.  There will be an opportunity to take part in lots of different sports, get creative with arts and crafts, find a new hobby, and even win a prize in the treasure hunt.”

Entry to the festival is just £1 by purchasing a wrist band, which will allow access to all of the activities.  Refreshments and drinks will also be on sale.

Jean Jones added:

“We have secured funding towards the event from Shropshire Council; Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing; Broseley and Barrow Local Joint Committee; Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire; and Broseley Town Council.

“The organisers would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who is supporting and participating in this event.”

For further information contact Kerry Rogers, Shropshire Council’s community enablement officer, on 07990 085206.

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AUDIO: Referendum dominates pub talk

BBC Shropshire - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:50
In the days before the Scottish referendum, the BBC visits a pub in Llanymynech sitting right on the border between England and Wales to see how both countries might be affected.
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Work begins to complete cycle route

BBC Shropshire - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 14:33
Work on the final section of cycleway between towns in Shropshire and Staffordshire begins.
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Flax Mill demolition work begins

BBC Shropshire - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:39
"Complicated" demolition work begins on a silo at a Grade-I listed flax mill that was the first iron-framed building of its kind.
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AFC Telford United v Barnet

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 13:23
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Conference game between AFC Telford United and Barnet.
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Church auctions ancient stonework

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 12:02
A church auctions parts of its stonework to raise money to fund further restoration work.
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County schools face funding problems

BBC Shropshire - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 11:28
Schools in Shropshire are facing funding problems because of falling pupil numbers, a council warns.
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VIDEO: Ludlow food festival under way

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 20:20
The 20th annual Ludlow food festival is under way.
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Whitchurch Skills and Jobs Fair on Friday 26 September

Shropshire Council - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:49

The first ever Whitchurch Skills and Jobs Fair is taking place on Friday 26 September 2014 from 10am until 3pm.

Sir John Talbot’s School are hosting the Fair in the Sports Hall and everyone is welcome to come along to find out what’s on offer.

Whether you are seeking a job, looking for something new to do, or just want to change your career, this event is for you.  Jobcentre Plus will have a board of all current and Christmas vacancies available in the area, and will be on hand to offer advice.

Many different training and apprenticeship agencies will be attending, so if you need specific qualifications to follow a career path, these people can help you too.  Large and small local employers, as well as the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, will be able to help you with finding out how to gain a career locally or join the forces to travel the world.  Shropshire Fire Service will be able to help you find out how to become a Retained Firefighter, and Voluntary Outreach will be on hand to help you get work experience.

Local Shropshire Councillor Peggy Mullock said:

“Owen Paterson MP will be opening the Skills and Jobs Fair in Whitchurch and has greatly supported the event so far.  We aim to help as many people as possible, whether they want a job, to find out about a new career path, or discover what training they can undertake to help them get a better job, this event is for everyone.  So I look forward to seeing many people come through the doors to find out what’s on offer.”

Whitchurch Skills and Jobs Fair opens at 10am; people attending can use the SJT Leisure Centre entrance where there is plenty of parking.  The Fair will run throughout the day, until 3pm, to enable everyone to drop in to see what is on offer.

For more information please contact the community enablement officer on 07990 085187.

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A458 Newtown Bank re-opened

Shropshire Council - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:35

Shropshire Council is set to re-open the A458 Newtown Bank in Much Wenlock today following the completion of essential road resurfacing, which were completed both on time and in budget by contractor Lafarge Tarmac under the supervision of Mouchel

During the two week road closure, other essential maintenance activities at Harley Bank were completed alongside the resurfacing works. Some of these included a structural inspection of the Harley Bank rock face and tree cutting, gully repairs and safety signing upgrades.

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Evans joins Connah's Quay on loan

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:23
Former Wales defender Steve Evans joins Gap Connah's Quay on loan from Welsh Premier League champions The New Saints.
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Shropshire smokers encouraged to swap fags for gags

Shropshire Council - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:14

Smokers in Shropshire are being encouraged to kick the habit with the help of humour this October.

Stoptober 2014, launched this week, has enrolled top British comedians including Paddy McGuinness, Al Murray, Simon Brodkin (aka Lee Nelson, Jason Bent and Dr Bob) and Andi Osho, will this year bring a touch of the British sense of humour to help quitters through this challenging time.

Now in its third successful year, Public Health England’s 28-day stop smoking challenge is being supported by Shropshire Council’s public health team to encourage smokers in Shropshire to swap their fags for gags, to help them quit for good this October.

The 2013 campaign saw 250,000 people across the country take part and 65% of those successfully quitting for 28 days.  In Shropshire 1,051 people signed up to take part in Stoptober 2013.  Shropshire’s public health team is hoping even more will get involved this year by signing up to the campaign.

People taking part in Stoptober will be provided with a detailed 28-day step-by-step programme to support them in their smokefree attempt.  Stoptober provides smokers with a range of free tools as well as encouragement and support from thousands of people quitting together through Stoptober social media channels.  This includes:

  • a new stop smoking pack
  • a 28-day mobile phone app
  • text support with daily updates
  • quitting advice and tips for coping.

For those wanting additional support throughout the campaign, Shropshire’s Help2Quit service is on hand to offer free advice, support and treatment to help you stop smoking (prescription charges may apply).  Specially-trained Help2Quit advisers, including practice nurses, midwives, pharmacists and school nurses, are available in venues across the county to help you to put your plan to stop smoking into action.  The Help2Quit team offers services at GP practices pharmacies, community venues, supermarkets and specialist pregnancy services throughout the county.

Karen Calder, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, said:

“As a previous smoker I know how daunting and hard it is to give up.  It’s great to see this year that Stoptober is focusing on humour to help those taking up the challenge.  Humour is a good way to deliver important messages in a way that is likely to resonate with people without being antagonistic.

“There are so many benefits to being smoke free.  Saving money, not feeling guilt or shame, taking pride in your accomplishment and knowing that your health improves every day are just some of the many positives.  I really would urge those either considering giving up, to take up the Stoptober challenge.  If you need any additional support our Help2Quit service is only a phone call away.”

The 28-day challenge starts on Tuesday 1 October 2014.  For more information and to join the biggest stop smoking challenge of its kind, go to:

You can also follow the campaign @Stoptober on Twitter and Like on Facebook at and check out the new Stoptober blog at for loads of content from Al Murray, Andi Osho, Jason Bent & Dr Bob, as well as handy guides, tips & more.  To view Stoptober’s videos click here:

For help and advice about giving up smoking in Shropshire, call Help2Quit on 01743 453537, or email .  You can also visit their website at

Further information

Stoptober launched this week with a three-minute TV ‘sketch show’ during the Emmerdale ad break, fronted by the leading comedy line-up and surprise guests.  It will then be followed by a three-week recruitment campaign to get as many smokers as possible in Shropshire ready to quit on 1 October.

A nationwide roadshow running from 8 September to 11 October will also see comedic entertainers go into communities across the country to drive more people to get involved in the campaign and share their own humorous experiences of quitting smoking or supporting others.

Evidence shows that if a smoker can go 28 days without a cigarette, they are five times more likely to stay permanently smoke-free.  Quitting smoking can be a difficult process but successfully quitting has significant health, monetary and social benefits.

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Stevenage v Shrewsbury Town

BBC Shropshire - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:59
Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's League Two game between Stevenage and Shrewsbury Town (15:00 BST).
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Prosecution serves as a reminder to benefit claimants

Shropshire Council - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:54

Shropshire Council’s benefits service is reminding housing benefit and council tax support claimants of their statutory duty to promptly notify the council’s benefits service of changes in circumstances that might affect their entitlement to these benefits.

The advice follows a successful prosecution on Wednesday 10 September 2014 where Shropshire Council brought a case under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 against benefit claimant Melanie Upton from Oswestry.

Mrs Upton, 42, claimed housing benefit, but failed to notify Shropshire Council that her earnings had increased.  This meant that between 7 November 2011 and 19 May 2013 she benefited from £2,993.17 to which she was not entitled.

Mrs Upton pleaded guilty to the offence and the Magistrates Court sentenced her to a twelve-month Community Order comprising 50 hours unpaid work and ordered her to pay £800 costs to Shropshire Council.  Mrs Upton will also be liable to pay back the monies that she was not entitled to.

Investigation officers are reminding benefit claimants that they must declare the correct information at the time of their application, and notify any changes in circumstances at the time they occur to avoid breaches of benefit legislation.

Jessica Taylor, benefits manager, said:

“In this case, whilst around £3,000 of overpaid benefit related to the specific offence period between 7 November 2011 and 19 May 2013, there was in fact a total of over £4,000 that had been claimed when the claimant was not entitled to this money; it is simply not acceptable for anyone to do this.  It is the responsibility of people claiming housing benefit and council tax support to declare any income or capital to the council plus any subsequent changes to their circumstances.  Where people fail to do this, the council will investigate the matter and will require the money to be repaid.  In addition, we will not hesitate to prosecute where this is appropriate.”

Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for resources and finance, added:

“I hope this sends a clear message to others that fraudsters will be caught and punished.

“This is not a victimless crime, as fraudulently-claimed benefits take money out of the pockets of every hard working taxpayer, as well as the people who genuinely need support to make ends meet.

“I strongly urge all claimants to provide the benefits service with accurate claim information at all times, and to promptly provide any changes to their circumstances that may affect their entitlement to benefits.”

Shropshire Council encourages people to contact its benefits service on 0345 678 9001 if they have any suspicions that offences may be being committed.  Information can be given anonymously, and will always be treated in line with the council’s information governance policies.

General benefits advice can be found on our website at

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