Wednesday 30 December 2020

Agenda for zoom meeting of Parish Council 5th January 2021

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Parish Clerk for Ruyton XI Towns

Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council,

next meeting 5th Jan 2021 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 read before joining the meeting.

Amongst other matters, the Council will be discussing coronavirus, the last casual vacancy, budget and precept proposals for 2021-22, the Annual Risk Assessment, Shropshire Local Plan consultation, and climate emergency actions. If any of you have any suggestions for community projects or activities for our Action Plan please do get in touch, we are very interested in your input!


Kind regards,

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

Tuesday 29 December 2020


Dear Blogger

Message from Jacky Jones, Prescott Surgery Patients Group. - PLEASE SEE ATTACHED UPDATED News flash from Prescott Surgery

Please find attached a revised News Flash document which contains a couple of changes at the request of the surgery.  Please can you replace this version with the previous version I sent to you last week and re-circulate to the community.

Many thanks and wishing you a Happy New Year.

Mobile: +44(0)7976 522059

Monday 28 December 2020

Mysterious parcel delivery

Dear Blogger

Question from Hazel Yates - lucky lady got a parcel, but I didn`t.  Can anyone explain, or is it a dark secret.

Good afternoon Yoland

Just before Christmas a very kind lady delivered a wrapped gift box for me while I was out with a tag to say it was from our local council, church and members of the Ruyton community (I think - sadly it has become detached and misplaced).

I was very touched by this act of thoughtfulness and kindness in these difficult times and wanted to thank the organisers in person but they had not identified a single point of contact on the gift so I am unable to make anything other than a general thank you.

Do you know more about this scheme Yoland? Can you tell me who the organisers are so that I may thank them?



Sunday 27 December 2020

Tree planting Guidelines for Sunday 3rd January

Dear Blogger

Message from David Shearan.

Here are the guidelines for the tree planting morning on Sunday 3 January at the QEII field by Platt Bridge.  If you are planning to come and join us then please read these carefully and can you also decide whether to come at 10:30 or 11:30. We want to keep the numbers manageable and make sure that everyone who wants to plan trees can.  Please do reply to David Shearan at to let him know you are coming and at what time.    Many thanks    David  

Saturday 26 December 2020

The 3 Growbags record of 2021

Some of you will remember the links I sent out with advice from the 3 Growbags on anyone starting vegetable gardening during the lockdown - and hopefully you will have enjoyed eating your own produce.  The sisters have put together the `story` of their lockdown which is really worth reading.  

Perhaps you might like to think about doing something similar for your children`s children to understand this weird year we have experienced - but do we know if it is all over yet?

Now you can add Brexit to the story!

kinokulture Oswestry Community Cinema, newsletter

Dear Blogger

Message from kinokulture, Oswestry community cinema.

Welcome to the kinokulture cinema
End Of Year Newsletter

And what a year it has been!

2020 started out so well, looking like it was going be our best year ever. Which was especially sweet as it was our 10th anniversary of bringing great  cinema to our local community.
Then just after our sell out screenings of Parasite at the close of Borderlines Film Festival the world came crashing down and we closed our doors for the first time on 16th March alongside every other cinema in the UK.

Two national lockdowns & over 9 months later we want say a huge thank you to all of our wonderful customers and volunteers for your kind words and much needed donations that have helped us through these difficult times.

We also want pay our immense gratitude to all of our industry colleagues across the independent cinema sector who have guided and supported us 
throughout. The BFI Film Audience Network Exhibition grant that we received through Film Hub Midlands enabled us to continue to programme a diverse range of British & World Cinema during the periods that we have been open.

And recently w
e were thrilled to hear we have received funding from the BFI thanks to the government's Cultural Recovery Fund so that we can continue to be here for you and Here For Culture. Without this funding we would undoubtedly have had to close our doors permanently at the end of December.

None of us know what January will bring but we are hoping for a far better 2021. We hope you will continue to come back to us in December & January and help your local independent cinema in staying open during these uncertain times. We need your support now more than ever if we are to make it through beyond March.

Wishing you all a very happy and safe time over this festive period.

Please take time to look at the changes we have made for the safety of our customers and team.

Welcoming You Back To The Big Screen

As you would expect we have made some changes at kinokulture to help ensure it is a safer experience for you and our team.

Please wear a face covering whilst moving around the building, these can be removed to consume food and drink once seated in the auditorium.

We have re-designed the auditorium
for 1 Metre + Social distancing and created bespoke seating booths for households and support bubbles to safely enjoy a pre show or interval chat & snack.

There has been an update to the new Tier 2 Guidelines our bar/cafe space will now be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks
as long as these are only consumed once seated in the auditorium or one of the new pre show seating booths (for households and support bubbles only).

We ask that customers observe social distancing while queuing.

All tickets are now allocated and we are encouraging advance booking online. 

Although we can no longer take reservations we do however understand that due to the current uncertainties you may prefer to take a chance and buy tickets in person once the doors are open (30 minutes before screening time). We can only accept contactless or card payments.

The maximum tickets for any single booking is now 6 which includes children.

Our Online Box Office System will automatically block off two seats either side of a booking to allow for social distancing,





The back row now consists of five two seater sofas with social distancing dividers. The Sofas are booked as a two seat block but can also accommodate small children with parents/carers. These tickets do come at a higher price and need to be selected from the Sofa Seat option on the booking page.

The building now has a one way flow system with entrance up the main stairway and through the Box Office foyer area.

We have opened up a second stair way for exiting the building which leads down to the  bottom of the ground floor corridor.

Our ticket pricing for films in December remains the same
but in January the Price for the 16-30's concession rate will be £6.00 and the Under 16 ticket price will be £4.00.

Current December Ticket prices:
£8.00: Adult

£7.00: 16-30's/Students/Jobseekers/NHS Staff

£5.00: Under 16's

With the addition of the Sofa Seats (two seats): £20.00

Prices for Event Cinema vary depending on the distributor

Please note there is a booking fee for administration costs 


The safety measures put in place are those agreed with the UK Government and public health experts to help ensure your safety. These measures are kept under constant review – so please check our website frequently.

We ask everyone visiting or working in kinokulture to be aware of the latest advice from the UK Government on COVID-19, and to follow that advice to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

We are supporting NHS Test and Trace 

Please read our Covid-19 Safety Measures before booking your tickets:

COVID-19 Safety Measures at kinokulture cinema


Films over The Festive Season at kinokulture cinema
9 Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JN
To see us through the Festive Season we have the utterly beautiful family friendly film WolfWalkers (perhaps the most beautiful animated film of the year) by the makers of 'Song Of the Sea' and 'The Secret Of Kells'.

We also have a special one off screening for the 80th anniversary 4K restoration of the Disney all time classic 'Fantasia'.

And if you are in the mood for some intrigue we have the art heist thriller The 'Burnt Orange Heresy' starring Donald Sutherland & Mick Jagger.

Wolfwalkers (PG)
Oswestry Film Society Screening

Tuesday 29th December. 1:30pm
Wednesday 30th December. 1:30pm


WOLFWALKERS follows Robyn Goodfellowe, a young apprentice hunter who journeys to Ireland with her father in a time of superstition and magic to wipe out the last wolf pack. While exploring the forbidden lands outside the city walls, Robyn befriends a free-spirited girl, Mebh, a member of a mysterious tribe rumored to have the ability to transform into wolves by night. As they search for Mebh's missing mother, Robyn uncovers a secret that draws her further into the enchanted world of the "Wolfwalkers" and risks turning into the very thing her father is tasked to destroy.

"This dazzling folk tale from the makers of The Secret of the Kells and Song of the Sea is a total joy. And it's exquisite. Steeped in earth magic and ancient lore, it's the kind of film that effortlessly repays repeated viewings." ***** The Guardian

Director: Ross Stewart, Tomm Moore
Honor Kneafsey, Sean Bean
Run time: 103 mins

Fantasia (U)
80th Anniversary
Sunday 27th December  2:00pm

Book Now

Join us to celebrate 80 years since  the beautiful Disney classic Fantasia! was released.This ground-breaking animation brings the music of Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven to life, and includes everyone's favourite Mickey Mouse in his iconic Sorcerers Hat. 

Released in 1940 in the middle of World War II, "Fantasia" was initially envisioned as a short film to reinvigorate the sagging popularity of Mickey Mouse, but as the budget for the short soared, Disney decided to turn it into a full blown feature.  The film consists of eight animated segments conducted by Leopold Stokowski, with the famed Philadelphia Orchestra performing seven of them. 

The soundtrack was recorded in 'Fantasound,' a then-new sound reproduction system, making "Fantasia" the first commercial film shown in stereophonic sound.     

Run time: 2 hours 5 mins

The Burnt Orange Heresy (15)

Tuesday 29th December  7:30pm
Wednesday 30th December  7:30pm

Book Now

Charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Claes Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki).

An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James' greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.

Director: Giuseppe Capotondi
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger,
Claes Bang

Run time: 99 mins

Our Virtual Screening Room

Brings kinokulture into your home
Throughout our closures we have been very pleased to work alongside distribution partners with the virtual release of their films enabling our audience to still access great films online at home.

Our Virtual Screening Room remains available through our website with a fantastic selection of films on offer.

The Your Screen section offers a selection of fantastic World Cinema titles

We receive a percentage of the revenue from each ticket purchased.

Access our virtual screening room on our website
January 2021
We already have some fantastic films lined up for the New Year and are hoping that we will be able to remain open. 

We have managed to reschedule the three films that we would have been screening in November for the French film Festival UK 
'Notre Dame', 'Au Nom De La Terre' and the new restoration of Jean-Luc Godard's 'Breathless'.

Arnie will be blasting onto our screen with the 30th anniversary restoration of 'Total Recall' and we also bring you David Fincher's glorious biopic 'Mank' about Hermon J Mankiewicz, the screenwriter behind Citizen Kane which really does need to be seen on the big screen.

Oswestry Film Society will be launching their 15th Season on the 19th January with 'A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood'.

we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone for all the wonderful kind messages of support and donations. We would not have got through this year without you.

Wishing you a safe, healthy & Merry Christmas
and looking forward to welcoming you back in 2021.

Ruth & Ian
and the kinokulture team

Please visit our website for up to date Information & bookings
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Christmas meeting on the Brownhill Wall

Dear Blogger

Many thanks to those who replied to my email about meeting on the Brownhill Wall yesterday, saying it was a lovely idea but regretted they could not join us.

Some 20 other people arrived, bearing something to sit on a damp wall and a drink of something warm and Chrismassy.   It really was a delightful gathering, especially of new people to the village, and being able to introduce everyone to new friends and neighbours - AND two people, very new to the village, who were just out for a walk, have joined the mailing list. 

Everyone enjoyed a very jolly 3/4 of an hour with lots of laughs, and are keen to repeat the gathering next year.

I hope you all had a pleasant day yesterday - a Christmas which will doubtless be remembered for a long time to come.  My very best wishes for a better year in 2021.

Thank you,


The strangest Christmas ever is coming to everyone this year.  Many people will either be on their own or a couple who cannot have the family come to them or unable to go to the family to celebrate.

The wall in front of Brownhill House is really a very long seat.  If you have nothing planned on Christmas Day morning, why not come along,                     

between 11.30 and 12noon, with a drink, claim a space. Toast a better year 2021 & wave to each other with something festive.

Friday 25 December 2020

Join the Ruyton community on Christmas Day

Dear Blogger

The weather is looking OK this morning (not raining) so we hope to see you on the Brownhill Wall around 11.30 to 12noon, with a warming drink and something Chrismassy to wave to friends and neighbours.

Another idea which has been suggested is to take a walk round the village later in the afternoon to look at all the Christmas lights, especially the village hall and, if you are lucky and it is not steamed up, the nativity scene in Mike Lewis`s showroom.

Don`t forget your mask, and something dry to sit on the wall.

All best wishes for for an enjoyable day and a better year in 2021.


Wednesday 23 December 2020

How to spot Santa - Go Stargazing

Dear Blogger

Message from

A message from the Go Stargazing team at Little Ness


Look out for Santa and his team of reindeers this Friday morning as they fly over the UK on their way back to Lapland...

Appearing a lot like the International Space Station they will become visible at 07:05am towards the South West. They can be easily seen with the naked eye, look for a really bright star-like object taking several minutes to traverse the sky from West to East... Set your alarm as a reminder for 15 minutes beforehand and remember to wave!

Clear skies, and Merry Christmas!

Prescott Surgery Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

Dear Blogger

Message from Jackie Jones, Prescott Surgery Patient Group.

Prescott Surgery Opening Hours over Christmas and New Year

The surgery opening hours are:

Thursday - Christmas Eve    8.30am - 6pm
Christmas Day - Closed
Boxing Day - Closed
Sunday 27th - Closed
Monday 28th - Closed
Tuesday 29th - 8.30am - 6.00pm
Wednesday 30th - 8.30am - 6.00pm
Thursday 31st - 8.30am - 6.00pm
Friday 1st Jan - New Years Day - Closed
Saturday 2nd Jan - Closed
Sunday 3rd Jan - Closed
Monday 4th Jan - 8.30am - 6.00pm

Happy Christmas to all the patients of the surgery and wishing everyone a safe and healthy New Year.

Jackie Jones, Prescott Surgery Patient Group

Jackie Jones MInstLM (Dip)
Executive Coach & Leadership Mentor

Shropshire CCG Programme Board Member, Shropshire Care Closer to Home
Chair of Prescott Surgery Patient Group, Baschurch, Shropshire
Member of SaTH People's Patient Panel & SaTH Dementia Steering Group
Dementia Friends Champion

Mobile: +44(0)7976 522059

Tuesday 22 December 2020

Join us on the Brownhill Wall seat 11.30am Christmas morning

Dear Blogger

The strangest Christmas ever is coming to everyone this year.  Many people will either be on their own or a couple who cannot have the family come to them or unable to go to the family to celebrate.

The wall in front of Brownhill House is really a very long seat.  If you have nothing planned on Christmas Day morning, why not come along,                     

between 11.30 and 12noon, with a drink, claim a space. Toast a better year 2021 & wave to each other with something festive.