Sunday, 22 May 2022

1950s Exhibition at All Stretton 2&3 June

We have a very long weekend break for the Queen`s Platinum Jubilee, but everyone seems to be planning their tea parties on Saturday and Sunday.

Here is a Local History Society which has really thought outside the box, and it must have taken a lot of work. Well worth a visit for any of us who were around all those years ago.

ALL STRETTON IN THE 1950s Thursday and Friday, 2nd & 3rd June, 10am-4pm

See attached poster

Saturday, 21 May 2022


Hi everyone,

Brownhill House Garden is open on

Tuesday 23rd June from 10am, closing at 6.30pm

If you are coming in a car, please book your time slot here

If you are walking or coming on a bicycle, you do not have to book, just turn up.

If you have not visited the garden for a long time or if you have never visited Brownhill House Garden, (shame on you) do come on Tuesday,

OR, if Tuesday is not convenient, we are open by arrangement until July - just email me.

The garden is looking wonderful, with all the rhodedendrons and other flowering trees and shrubs and plenty of flowers in the borders as well, before the bedding goes out. 

The bees love our wild flowers too.

Looking forward to welcoming you,

Yoland and Roger

Friday, 20 May 2022

Village Hall BINGO tomorrow

Message from David White, Village Hall Committee.


Saturday Night Bingo tomorrow in the Village Hall.

Eyes down 7.30pm

This will be the last Village Hall fund raising event before the hall is shut this summer for maintenance so come and enjoy!


Thursday, 19 May 2022

Link to RATS past archive of hilarious pantomimes

Message from Claire Trickett, RATS

People have listen to the interview with BBC Shropshire but putting this reference into the internet.

Be reminded of the great RATS pantomimes we have enjoyed in past years - the young people who are now grown up and the wonderful and much missed Ann Smith.

Have you got your tickets for the RATS murder mystery -


Oswestry Library - Join the board game crowd

Message from Oswestry Library

Just to let everyone know that the Oswestry Library, free monthly Board Gaming sessions will re-start on Saturday 18 June between 10-1pm. Bring along your favourite game, or borrow one from a selection available on the day. Mark will be on hand to help you get started if you are new to gaming, and want to give it a try.

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Deputy Branch Manager

Oswestry Library

01743 250351 ·


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Wednesday, 18 May 2022

Booka Bookshop - May Events

Message from Booka Bookshop, Oswestry.

May 2022
Welcome to our May Newsletter, 

Events, events, events - our programme is jam packed with something for everyone. Read on to find out which authors will be joining us, our new Book's of the Month and some shop floor antics!
Attend any instore event and get 10% off any other purchases instore on the night.

Joanna Cannon – A Tidy Ending

Join us for an evening with Joanna Cannon, the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep and Three Things About Elsie, as she talks about her new novel A Tidy Ending – a compellingly crafted mystery featuring an unfulfilled woman fleeing a dark past.

Magical Mindful Story Time and Craft

Join us for a Story Time and Craft, reading the first chapter of The Faraway Tree, on publication day. 

Tom Nancollas – The Ship Asunder 

Join us for an evening with writer and conservationist Tom Nancollas as he talks about his new book The Ship Asunder, a fascinating and passionate account of Britain's rich maritime history.

An Evening and Cheese Tasting with Angus D. Birditt

Join us for an evening with Angus D. Birditt, author of Our Isles as he talks about his new book 'A Portrait of British Cheese', and explore the best of British cheeses through a cheese tasting. 

Andrea Elliott – Invisible Child

Join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Andrea Elliot as she talks about her book Invisible Child. 

The Island House – Afternoon Tea with Mary Considine

Join us for afternoon tea with Mary Considine as she talks about her unforgettable new memoir The Island House, transporting readers to the wilds of Cornwall and remote island life. 

Marc Morris – The Anglo-Saxons

Join us for an evening with renowned historian Marc Morris as he talks about his latest book The Anglo-Saxons, shining a light on Britain's Dark Ages.


Sea of Tranquility
by Emily St. John Mandel

With hints of David Mitchell and Megan Hunter, this is gorgeously restrained and moving, a melancholy masterpiece. 


by Kitty & Al Tait

'Breadsong' is the story of how baking changed the Tait family's lives. Aged 14, Kitty's life had been derailed by anxiety and depression, until her Dad tried bread-making as a distraction for her spiralling mind. 

Click below for Bookshop Manager Ruth's full review.

Wolfbane by Michelle Paver
 Signed hardback copy

It is the grand finale to the prize-winning Wolf Brother adventure series. Enjoy breath taking world-building on an epic scale. Run wild with Wolf Brother for the last time in a Stone Age world we all want to be part of, with three-million-copy-selling author Michelle Paver, Creator of Legends.
Order Your Signed Copy

Confessions of a Midlife Bookseller

Are you an owl or a lark?

I'm definitely a lark.  My Grandad had an annoying habit of knocking on our door at some shockingly early hour on a Sunday and would remonstrate with us that we had 'missed half the day' if he found we were still in bed.  He would already have climbed a fell by then and possibly done some yoga.

Mindful May at Booka

As a result of the last couple of years we've been reflecting on our 'purpose' and re-examining who we are and what we do.

Experiential bookselling is embedded in the Booka DNA.  We don't rely on algorithms, we are here and present for you –  a physical bookshop with a very human face.

Don't forget to follow us on social media, where you can stay in the loop of our shop floor antics and see what we've been up to!