Sunday 29 November 2020

Shropshire Archives re-opening

Dear Blogger

Perhaps you have used the lockdowns to do some family history research, The archives can help with a lot more than Shropshire local history.

Message from Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Archives re-opening

Tree of light - Donate to Severn Hospice & Hope House

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett


To donate, log onto:


or scan the codes.

Saturday 28 November 2020

Some useful food delivery information

Dear Blogger

Message from Karen Smith, Little Ness.

For anyone who is struggling to get a supermarket delivery slot, or like me, finds supermarket meat & veg poor quality, I'd like to recommend:

The Meat Man, Oswestry
01691 658270

Shrewsbury Handy veg - deliver to our area on Wednesdays ( prices & deals updated weekly on Facebook)
01743 461307

I've been using these guys for months now and can highly recommend them for quality, price and ease of delivery.

Best wishes,


Friday 27 November 2020

Ruyton XI Towns Tree of Light

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett


The Village Hall Committee will be supporting a Tree of Light on the front of he Village Hall, starting on Saturday 5th December until 12th night, 5th January 2021.

Read more about this new Festive idea in th attached poster

Thursday 26 November 2020

Derwen College Shop & On line store OPEN FOR cHRISTMAS

Dear Blogger

Message from Derwen College - Please support the Derwen if you can

Shop Christmas at Derwen – in store or online

Derwen College, near Oswestry, is pulling out all the stops to bring festive cheer to shoppers whether from home or on a visit to the newly re-opened Garden Centre and Shop.

The specialist further education college, in Gobowen, has its own Garden Centre and gift shop, which will be reopening to the public on Monday, 30th November. The shop will be selling Christmas trees, seasonal plants, wreaths, decorations, unique gifts and hampers.

Derwen College has also launched a brand new online shop at for shoppers who prefer to browse and buy online.

Hampers brimming with Made@Derwen fine fare, including the college's own jams and chutneys, as well as unique and thoughtfully sourced gifts from the shop, make the perfect Christmas present. 

Shop supervisor Sharon Jones is happy to be able to offer customers a choice of shopping experiences.

"Shoppers are mindful of the need to shop local and support small businesses at this difficult time, and we've had lots of messages of support from the community" she said. 

"Shopping at Derwen College gives the opportunity to buy festive garden and home décor and truly unique gifts. It also supports students with special educational needs and disabilities in their learning and work experience." 

Themed hampers include ones for jam or chutney lovers, fans of spicy chillies, and others filled with home gifts such as scented candles. 

Christmas trees available include non-drop Nordman Firs in blocks or potted Norway Spruces, priced from £25. Mistletoe will be available at £2 a bunch.

Shoppers can visit the Derwen College shopping website at or call 01691 661234 ext 221 to discuss your order. 


Wednesday 25 November 2020

Super-Rare Planetary alignment, not seen for 800 years

Dear Blogger

Why not ask for a telescope for Christmas.

Message from Karen Smith, Little Ness Stargazer.

Star-gazers are in for a treat over Christmas, as Jupiter and Saturn will get closer to each other in Earth's night sky than they have been for nearly 800 years.  

All the info you need to know is via the link below.

If these emails have sparked an interest in astronomy, the wonderful chaps at Go Stargazing have provided some advice if you fancy treating yourself or someone else to a scope for Christmas.  Just click on the link below.

Best wishes,

Agenda for Parish Council meeting on 1st December 2020

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Clerk to the Parish Council.

I see there is to be a report from the Safer Roads group on the £225,000 award to improve our roads - I am sdure we will all be interested in the plans, particularly for the B3479 through the village.

There re also several planning aplications, including one for two houses on the Brownhill. 

                                            Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council,

next meeting 1st Dec 2020 at 6.30pm using Zoom.

Members of the public are very welcome to join the meeting. The agenda and information on how to join the Zoom meeting can be found on the Council's agenda and minutes page of the website, but participants must request the passcode directly from the clerk. There is a Remote Meeting Protocol, which we recommend participants have a read of before joining the meeting.

Amongst other matters, the Council will be discussing casual vacancies, the recent allocation of CIL funding for road safety improvements in the parish, notice board for Birch grove, mountain bike issues on the Cliffe and an update on the Local Nature Reserve designation, a Post Office update, road closures, climate emergency actions, and draft budget proposals for 2021-22.


Kind regards,

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


Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council is collecting/managing your personal data under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. Your information will only be processed by the Council and will not be shared by any third parties. To find out more about our privacy arrangements please visit the Council's website: http:/

Monday 23 November 2020

£225,000 for Ruyton village road improvements

Dear Blogger

Some of you might have seen the piece on the front page of last Tuesday`s Shropshire Star, that £225,000 had been awarded for Ruyton XI Towns Road Safety Scheme.

As I had not heard anything about this, I asked Simon Gittins and David Spicer to give us more information.  Apparently, after years of campaigning, this award has come out of the blue to the Parish Council.

Thank you Simon and David, I am sure we all look forward to hearing more about the traffic calming plans to make our village safer.

Message from Smon Gittins, Chairman, and David Spicer, Safer Roads & Vice Chairman, of the Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

£225,000 funding for traffic calming in Ruyton XI Towns

Shropshire Council has approved a grant of £225,000 for a project to improve road safety in Ruyton XI Towns. The grant has been made available from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund (CIL) which is levied by Shropshire Council on new developments in their area and used to benefit local communities. 

After years of campaigning by RXIT Parish Council and work by the Safer Roads Group for effective measures to limit the speed and volume of traffic through the village, a project for Ruyton XI Towns was on a list of schemes that were a priority for Shropshire Council Highways. However, no funding was allocated.

The CIL Team and Highways and Transport Team have worked to draw up a list of sites across Shropshire to approve for CIL funding as part of a large project to assess highway sites and local needs.

The grant for Ruyton XI Towns is the largest amount awarded to a single project from the list of priorities that was assessed.

WSP, Shropshire Council's contracted Civil, Highways and Transport. Engineering Consultancy has been commissioned to consider options and design the work with an expectation that they will  involve the Parish Council and local community.

The Parish Council is determined that this funding will be an opportunity to ensure not only that Ruyton XI Towns becomes a safer place but also that the changes will be an example of how improved road safety can also lead to an improved environment and enhanced attractiveness for the village. The local community will be informed, involved and consulted.


Simon Gittins


David Spicer

Vice Chair

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Sunday 22 November 2020

Posh Nosh at Treflach Farm

Dear Blogger

Message from Ingrid Knowles at Oswestry Net.


Come to Treflach Farm on Sunday 22nd Nov and treat yourself to some proper local, seasonal goodness

(in a safe and socially responsible manner please!)

Below is the menu for sunday lunch that will be offered by Ben Wilson from OsNosh using exclusively Treflach Farm & friends' ingredients!

A copy of the last Poshnosh with a few tweaks.

Well done Ben Wilson of Os Nosh, can't wait for this one...

3 fortnightly pop-up farmers' markets
starting this Sunday 22nd November @treflachfarm

  • High welfare meat and vegan hot food by Os Nosh & Treflach
  • Tea, coffee and cake
  • Delicious food, arts and crafts from local producers & artists
  • See the animals
  • Self guided farm walk available for your hour exercise
  • 10am to 3pm
  • Treflach Farm, SY10 9HX, follow the brown signs from the bottom of Blodwel bank/A495

Treflach Farm, Babbinswood Farm, Tom the Appleman, Jock's Hot Sauce, Yellow Bicycle Bakery, Pablo's Forever Cacao and other friends proudly present the first of a series of pop-up famers' markets celebrating the best of local produce and crafts - in a socially responsible fashion of course!

Take a look at the Treflach webshop and the new Babbinswood page of the Treflach webshop for anything that takes your fancy and either click & collect or come on the day and choose from a wide range of goodies on offer!

We believe in these trying times it's important to bring community together, even when physically we are trying to keep apart...


So join us for a socially responsible, pop-up, click & collect Farmers' Market @TreflachFarm on Sunday 22nd November, 6th December & 20th December!

Social distancing and hand washing will be prioritised.  Please wear a mask.
Order your Treflach Farm free range Christmas ham on the day!

Local apple juice available again

Dear Blogger

Message from Ingrid Knowles at Oswestry Net.

Hello there,
We have made more apple juice again.
The juice is pasteurised and comes in the usual bag-in-box system which keeps the juice fresh for months even if opened.
£7.50 for 3 litres
£11 for 5 litres
Please get in touch via or 07730391390 if you would like us to deliver (within Oswestry) or to collect it yourself.

All profit goes to the work&learn project

Best wishes

Oswestrynet is an initiative of Ingrid Knowles to pass on information about Oswestry and area only (01691 area).
The emails are sent by other readers and they are fully responsible for its content. Ingrid does not edit the information. There is no charge for sending information on the network.
Please put venue, date and time into the subject line and add a few sentences about the event. Attach a file if you like.

Hand crafted stained glass gift ideas

Dear Blogger

I have joined Oswestry Net, which is a similar mailing list to our own Ruyton and District mailing list, so  am getting more information about what our nearest town is offering. Oswestry is quicker and easier to get to than Shrewsbury or Meole Brace, it has a wealth of small shops, artists and crafts people for us all to support - and it is cheaper to park than our County Town.

Message from Ingrid Knowles at Oswestry Net.

Siân Hughes Creations

Stained glass Christmas gifts, decorations, keepsakes and hanging ornaments .. all lovingly designed and hand-crafted in Oswestry.

Earlybird *Black Friday* Sale!
20% off everything in my Etsy shop this weekend only (21/22 November): 

Thursday 19 November 2020

Christmas Wreath Sales at Cafe XI by Rustic Bloom

The Ruyton and District Mailing List welcomes all Christmas notices for circulation round over 200 email addresses in the area - they then go forward to Ruyton facebook.

Dear Blogger

Message from John & Nicky Guest.


will be selling


for doors & graves, outside Café XI, every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, in December leading up to Christmas, 9a.m. to 4p.m.

 John will be selling outside the Café, listening to only the finest seasonal tunes, while Nicky Elf, will be working hard in her Grotto, creating more magical wreaths, using only SHROPSHIRE GROWN FOLIAGE, for your festive enjoyment

   Social distancing measures will be in place, with cash & contactless payments accepted. STAY SAFE, SHOP LOCAL, SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES.

  Thanks John & Nicky Guest at Rustic Bloom.

Sunday 15 November 2020

Tree of Light on the village hall

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Margaret Lycett.

Coming soon - Tree of Light on our Village Hall

and support two charities

Tuesday 10 November 2020