Monday 29 June 2020

The Talbot Inn, Ruyton XI Towns

Dear Blogger

Message from Gavin & Charlotte at The Talbot.

"We feel that, as long as the recently announced restrictions are in place, it's going to be impossible to make the pub commercially viable. 
As such, we are delaying reopening."
I'll keep you abreast of any developments.


 Gavin and Charlotte 

Brownhill House Garden open for NGS charities tomorrow

Dear Blogger

BROWNHILL HOUSE GARDEN is open tomorrow, Tuesday and there are still some one hour slots available.

Book and pay for your visit at

Roger and I hope we can depend on your support, to raise funds for the National Gardens Scheme charities.


Sunday 28 June 2020

Unwanted purchase - NEW Brother printer toner cartridges

Dear Blogger

Offer of Unwanted Purchase

BROTHER PRINTER TONER CARTRIDGES suitable for Brother printers - HL 3140 - HL 3150 - 3170

Full set plus extra black (5 cartridges) TN241BK/TN245C/TN245M/TN245Y

Cost £85 so a good contribution to National Gardens Scheme will secure.

Please contact Yoland 

Saturday 27 June 2020

Gardens Open for National Gardens Scheme

Dear Blogger

Message from Allyson Walter, Shropshire NGS publicity - if you are not able to read this message, please go to

View this email in your browser
Shropshire gardens open in aid of nursing charities
Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who visited our gardens during the last week, fundraising for our nursing charities is well underway again! 
If you haven't visited a National Garden Scheme garden yet, you can be assured of a safe, friendly welcome.  We work out in advance the safe, maximum number of visitors for the garden, allowing visitors plenty of time and space to visit so you can visit our gardens with confidence. 
A typical comment from our visitors is "it's just so lovely to be out to share someone else's garden!"  So many visitors have also taken the opportunity to meet up safely with family members and have a picnic in our gardens.
All you need to do to book a ticket to one of our gardens is to go to the National Garden Scheme website below, click on Book to Visit a Garden, then Midlands, and all the Shropshire gardens open in the coming week will be shown.  Then click on the time you'd like to come and the number of tickets you'd like and pay for them on-line - it is very straightforward and easy.
If you have any problems buying tickets, please let me know.

Best wishes
Allison Walter, County Organiser, Shropshire, National Garden Scheme
Tickets on Sale NOW!
Sat. 27th June: Cruckfield House, Ford, Shrewsbury - a romantic garden of intense planting and colour, delightful lake and many lovely places to sit and relax (pictured above). Plants for sale.

Sun. 28th June: The Mount, Bishops Castle - rose-filled, scented garden with lovely borders and colour and views across the south Shropshire Hills, a delightful visit in store -  why not combine you visit with ...

Sun. 28th June:  Walcot Hall, Lydbury North - magnificent estate garden with many historical features and ancient trees, mile long lake and woodlands to walk and roam, plenty of space for picnics; plants for sale - only 3 miles from The Mount in Bishops Castle, so why not visit both gardens? (Pictured below)

Tues. 30th June:  Brownhill House, Ruyton XI Towns: wonderful places to sit and admire the views across the River Perry, with terraced planting & steps down to the riverbank; plants for sale.

All these Shropshire gardens will now be open in JULY for the National Garden Scheme:
All ticket bookable via the NGS website:

Thur. 2nd July & Fri 3rd July:  Combined opening of two neighbouring gardens in the village of Plealey, 6 miles SW of Shrewsbury: Avocet and Cheriton - both packed with plants, wildlife and lots to enjoy and see; plants for sale (Avocet pictured below).  TICKETS ON SALE FROM MON. 29th JUNE

Sun. 5th July:  A second chance to visit the rose-filled, delightful garden at The Mount in the fascinating town of Bishops Castle:  TICKETS ON SALE FROM MON. 29th JUNE

Sun 5th July:  A wonderful location awaits you at Upper Marshes, Catherton Common, on the edge of the common, this delightful garden is packed full of lovely planting, wildlife, animals, pond, picnics and walks combine to make this a great place to take all the family: TICKETS ON SALE FROM MON, 29th JUNE.

Wed 8th JulyMerton, Bicton, Shrewsbury: delightful, mature 1/2 acre garden with magnificent trees and huge collection of hostas, many of which are for sale; woodland, ponds with gigantic gunnera.  Picnics welcome in the garden: TICKETS ON SALE FROM MON 29th JUNE.
The National Garden Scheme raises money for caring and nursing charities including Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospices UK, Parkinson's UK, The Queens Nursing Institute, Horatio's Garden, Maggie's Centres, The Carers' Trust and MIND, the mental health charity.  The National Garden Scheme also supports gardening apprenticeships and community garden schemes


BROWNHILL HOUSE GARDEN - Laburnum Rockery, all Heucheras and grasses

Dear Blogger

Roger and I were glad we were able to help your with your plant purchases when all the garden centres were closed.

Now you have the opportunity to see the garden where those plants originated.

To book your one hour visiting slot

AT BROWNHILL HOUSE GARDEN on Tuesday, 30th June, please go to

Just 12 visitors allowed at a time, sorry no tea and cakes, We look forward to meeting you again - and you have left some plants for sale!!

Friday 26 June 2020

Can you help - Deep cleaning

Dear Blogger

Message from Anita Weeks, Weston Lullingfields.

I am looking for someone/a company to deep clean a house after all the furniture has been moved out ready for the new people to move into. It has been empty for some time and is very dusty.


It does not need a deep clean because of Covid19


Thursday 25 June 2020

Brownhill House Garden open 30th June from 9.15am to 4pm

Dear Blogger

Unfortunately there was a glitch in the NGS website which has now been sorted.

BROWNHILL HOUSE GARDEN IS OPEN on 30th June from 9.45am until 4pm

Please go to
to book a one hour slot.  Only ten people allowed in the garden for one hour at a time, sorry no tea and cakes.

You have so generously bought our plants, now visit the garden where they came from.

We look forward to seeing all those walkers who came past the house during the lockdown - parking places are always limited.

Roger and Yoland Brown

Replacement shuttle bus when Church Street closed

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council.- see also attachment

Replacement shuttle bus service 29th June to 3rd July

Due to the forthcoming road closures on Church Street, the normal 576 bus service connecting Ruyton XI Towns with Oswestry and Shrewsbury will not be able to travel through the village. As there are many individuals in the parish who rely on the bus, the Parish Council has been pushing both Arriva and Shropshire Council to arrange an alternative service for a number of weeks. So we are very relieved to finally confirm that there will indeed be a replacement shuttle bus service connecting Oswestry and Ruyton XI Towns from Monday 29th June to Friday 3rd July. PLEASE NOTE: the shuttle service will terminate at School Road in the village, and it will NOT connect Ruyton XI Towns with Shrewsbury. You can view the replacement shuttle service timetable here.

The Parish Council is arranging for the shuttle bus timetable to be displayed at bus stops and notice boards around the parish, and there are also posts on the Council website and local Facebook page. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may benefit.

The Parish Council would like to thank everyone involved for helping to keep the community connected during the road closures.      

Tuesday 23 June 2020

Casual Vacancy at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Clerk

Casual Vacancy at Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Following the resignation of Cllr Ryan Harrison to pursue teacher training, there is now an empty seat on the parish council (known as a casual vacancy). We have already notified Shropshire Council, and you can view the notice of casual vacancy on our website. Please note, that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in the event that a bye-election is requested to fill the vacancy, then such an election is not expected to take place before May 2021. If no election is requested before the deadline specified in the notice, then the council may fill the vacant seat by co-option. If you would like more information on any of the above please contact the parish council clerk.

We would like to thank Cllr Harrison for all his hardwork and dedication to the council and community over the last three years, and wish him all the very best for his new career.

Kind regards,    

Lydia Bardsley
Clerk to Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council
01691 238267
164 Cabin Lane
SY11 2PF

Can you help?

Dear Blogger

Message from Claire Vuckovic, Bridge Field.

I am looking for unwanted colourful/patterned  crockery for mosaic making please.  If anybody has any I would be happy to collect from doorsteps. The brighter the better please - we are going for the Gaudi effect!!  Thankyou  Claire

Booka Bookshop, meet the author

Dear Blogger

Message from Booka Bookshop, Oswestry - if you are unable to read this emai, please go to their website


Settle down with your own afternoon tea on Thursday 23rd July at 4pm and join Rachel Joyce as she talks about her highly anticipated new novel Miss Benson's Beetle.

>From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Queenie Malone, and The Music Shop comes an uplifting and immersive tale of female friendship - the perfect novel to escape with this Summer!

It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. 

Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.

This is an online event on Zoom for which booking is required.

Once registered you will receive an email with access codes to the event. You will also receive a reminder a day before and an hour before the event.

Tickets: £20 to include a dedicated signed copy of Miss Benson's Beetle with special bookplate, delivered to your door.

Date: Thursday 23rd July - 4.00pm

Format: Online Event brought to you by At Home with 4 Indies via Zoom

Tickets: £20 - includes a dedicated, signed copy of Miss Benson's Beetle with special bookplate, delivered to your door.

BOOK NOW!     

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Rachel Joyce introduce her fabulous new book in the comfort of your home over afternoon tea!

Tickets for the event REGISTER HERE

Buy Tickets


Dear Blogger

At last, Brownhill House Garden is able to open, on Tuesday 30th June. 

We will be open from 10am until 5.15pm but you need to book a one hour slot on the NGS website - see link below.  Remember, there is much you can see from the top of our garden, even if you are wary of the steps.

Due to the current situation we are having to set certain conditions so that everyone can enjoy our gardens safely.

    • Only people with pre-booked tickets can visit the garden at the time-slot they have booked.
    • Please show or print out your order confirmation email as proof of ticket purchase. 
    • Please do not arrive early and if you arrive late, you will not be able to stay longer than your original timeslot.
    • Please observe social distancing rules on your visit.
    • There will be no refreshments on sale or use of the toilet.
    • Please respect any signage or instructions the garden owner has.
    • Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded.

We have worked hard to produce the plants which you have very generously bought from us. Now please support our opening day to continue raising funds for the charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme.

We look forward to seeing you at Brownhill House Garden, next Tuesday, 30th June.

Yoland and Roger Brown

Monday 22 June 2020

Brother Printer Cartridges offer, full set, new

Dear Blogger

BROTHER PRINTER TONER CARTRIDGES suitable for Brother printers - HL 3140 - HL 3150 - 3170

Full set plus extra black (5 cartridges) TN241BK/TN245C/TN245M/TN245Y

Cost £85 so a good donation to National Gardens Scheme

Runner bean plants available - donation to NGS

Dear Blogger

We have some runner bean plants available for a donation to the National Gardens Scheme.

Just drop be an email to say when you are coming to pick them up.


Sunday 21 June 2020

Road closure at Tedsmore Lakes

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Lydia Bardsley, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Clerk.

-------- Forwarded Message --------

Subject: Tedsmore Lakes, near Oswestry
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2020 13:12:14 +0000
From: Shropshire Council Street Works Team <>

To whom it may concern,

Please find enclosed details of a temporary road closure:

Road Closure:  Tedsmore Lakes, near Oswestry

Start Date: 13th July 2020

End Date: 20th July 2020

Purpose: Section 50, laying of ducting

Works Promoter:   Amberon on behalf of AM Utilities and Tedsmore Lakes

Works Promoter Ref: Unknown (promoter_works_ref)

Enforcement pattern for Tedsmore Lakes, near Oswestry:
All the time

You can view the closure and diversion route by clicking here:

 Should you have any queries regarding this closure, please call Customer Services on 0345 6789006, or contact the Street Works Team on

 Yours Faithfully,

      The Street Works Team, Shropshire Council

Saturday 20 June 2020

Church open for private prayer only, see attacged details

Dear Blogger

Message from Lucinda our Vicar.

St.John the Baptist, Ruyton XI Towns
will be open for private prayer on Sundays and Wednesdays 
from 10-4.

St Martin's Little Ness will be open for private prayer
on Sundays from 10-4

Sadly, due to the continuing problem with bats, 

St Andrew's Great Ness is unable to be open at the present time.

Rev Lucinda Burns
The Vicarage
Little Ness Road
Ruyton XI Towns