Thursday, 6 May 2021

News from Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Ruyton XI Towns Parish Clerk.


Return of face-to-face meetings

Residents may or may not be aware that legislation permitting Local Councils to hold meetings remotely will expire on May 7th 2021, and after this point all Council meetings must be "face-to-face". Despite valiant efforts from Hertfordshire County Council, Lawyers in Local Government, and the Association of Democratic Services Officers, a recent High Court ruling has dismissed claims that other legislation already permits council meetings to be held remotely. As it is an election year, local councils in Shropshire (including Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council) are therefore legally obliged to hold an "in-person" Annual Council meeting within a set number of days after the election on Thurs 6th May 2021.

Annual Council Meeting arrangements in Ruyton XI Towns

In order to meet the legal obligation to hold an annual council meeting in-person, the Parish Council has decided to hold a very short in-person Annual Council Meeting in the Village Hall (not the Victoria Room) on Tues 18th May 2021 at 6.30pm. To keep the meeting short to minimise the risk of transmission, the agenda will only include items that must legally be considered at the annual meeting, or that are otherwise urgent, and there will be no Parish Matters agenda items. If you have any questions or matters you wish to raise with the Parish Council prior to the Annual Council meeting, please telephone (01691 674742) or email the clerk asap. We will note any such matters raised, and will send a response after the meeting. If urgent action is required, the Parish Council does have a Scheme of Delegation in place.

Can members of the public attend the Annual Council meeting?

Whilst all Council meetings must be held face-to-face from 7th May, there will still be limits on how members of the public can gather and mix indoors. As the safety of residents, councillors, and staff is of the utmost importance, we are working closely with the Village Hall committee to prepare the risk assessments and covid secure measures for the face-to-face meeting, but there will be necessary capacity limits in the Village Hall to allow for social distancing between councillors, staff, and any attendees (max 20 people, including councillors and clerk). To further minimise the risk of transmission, and to avoid having to turn people away at the door, we would urge residents to carefully consider whether they need to attend this meeting in person. If you still feel you need to attend the meeting in person, please telephone (01691 674742) or email the clerk asap, so we can discuss how we can accommodate you safely.

Government call for evidence for remote meetings – share your views.

The Parish Council was very disappointed that Central Government decided not to extend legislation permitting remote meetings, as we feel we have been able to achieve a huge amount over the last 12+ months, whilst avoiding unnecessary risks to councillors, residents, and staff.

The Government has launched a consultation regarding remote meetings, in order to decide whether or not to change to legislation to allow local councils the permanent option of holding remote meetings in future. The Parish Council will respond in favour of keeping remote meetings as an option, and we would urge members of the public to send their own responses as well. You can access more information on the Government's Call for evidence here. Responses can be submitted via the Citizen Space online survey. The deadline for submitting responses is 17.06.2021.


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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

kinokulture independent cinema needs volunteers

Dear Blogger

Message from Kinokulture independent cinema in Oswestry.

Kinokulture Cinema is looking for new volunteers

As we prepare for reopening on Friday 21st May we are now looking to increase our pool of volunteer stewards.

If you have a love of film, enjoy meeting new people and are happy working in hospitality/customer services then you could be just the person to join our fantastic, friendly team of volunteer stewards.

Kinokulture is a small independent cinema serving the Oswestry community with a year round programme of Independent British & World Cinema, mainstream films, family friendly films, film festivals and Event cinema including productions from The National Theatre Live, The Royal Opera House and Exhibition On Screen.

Our bar/cafe space serves a range of locally & ethically sourced beers, wines, hot & cold soft drinks and snacks.

Our aim has always been to offer our community an exciting, entertaining and diverse range of cinematic experiences in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere.

What our customers say about us:

kinokulture is the very best thing that ever happened to Oswestryand certainly, our life would be culturally, a lot poorer without it.

A cultural jewel in the heart of the Welsh Borders - unmissable *****

High quality screen and an amazing sound system! Love this cinema! *****

The Role:

As a volunteer steward you will be a key point of contact for our customers, anticipating and responding to their needs to ensure every visit to our venue is memorable.

Duties vary but may include welcoming customers to the cinema, serving on the bar/cafe, stewarding during the film to ensure that everything runs smoothly, cleaning after the screening and general customer service duties.

In line with BFI diversity standards we are committed to increasing the diversity of our volunteers and staff and therefore encourage applications from people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic diverse backgrounds and other diverse communities.

Training will be given.

There are no fixed hours required but you should expect a shift to last a minimum of three hours and we will be showing films at 8:00pm on weekdays & Saturdays with occasional 5:30pm screenings during the week and 2:00pm screenings on Sundays.

If you are friendly, flexible aged 16 or over and have a helpful can-do attitude we'd love you to apply.

Please send us an email explaining why you would like to join our team to:

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

More gsardens open for NGS this week

Dear Blogger

Message from Allison Walter at Shropshire National Gardens Scheme.

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Thanks to so many of our supporters who came to Longner Hall on Sunday, what an amazing turn out!  We've got even more gardens open for you to enjoy in the coming week.  If you haven't ventured into a National Garden Scheme garden yet, you can be assured of a safe, welcoming environment and you'll be helping us raise money for our nursing and caring charities.  We look forward to seeing you in a Shropshire garden soon!
Allison Walter, County Organiser, Shropshire

More lovely Shropshire gardens open this coming week - come and join us!
Goldstone Hall, nr Market Drayton, open Wednesday 5th May (12-5pm).  This garden for all seasons, pictured below, is a delightful place to visit and enjoy a sumptious tea in the garden which features a double herbaceous border, extensive rose border and huge productive garden which produces every fruit, vegetable and herb you can think of!  Do come and enjoy an afternoon out at this lovely garden.  Visitors can either turn up at the gate or purchase tickets in advance from:
Gorgeous Georgian!
Kinton Grove, (pictured below) open on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th May is a delightful Georgian-era house surrounded by an even more delightful garden!  Kinton is a small hamlet within easy reach of  Shrewsbury and you're assured of a warm and safe welcome, as well as a delicious homemade tea, served in the garden.  Plants also on sale.  Visitors will need to pre-book an arrival time slot for this garden at:
Stunning Sunningdale!
Sunningdale, (pictured below). This real plant-lover's garden, in the heart of Wem, is open on Sunday 9th May.  A huge range of plants, many rare ones too, and planting styles with wildlife in mind; sculptures, exotic climbers, waterfall and koi pond - there is lots to enjoy in this lovely garden. Refreshments served outside, extensive plant sale.  Visitors will need to pre-book an arrival time to this garden at:
Both Henley Hall and Oteley opened in 1927 at the start of the National Garden Scheme!
Both these gardens are open to NGS visitors on 9th May, continuing their historical involvement with the Scheme since it started raising money in 1927 for community nursing before the establishment of the NHS.  So do come along and continue supporting these wonderful Shropshire gardens and landscapes:
Henley Hall: (pictured below) Henley, nr Ludlow: open Sunday 9th May, 10.30-5pm; no need to pre-book an arrival time slot; you can purchase a ticket in advance if you prefer or pay on the gate; refreshments available outside; plant sale.  More details at:

Oteley, Ellesmere: open Sunday 9th May, 1-5pm; no need to pre-book an arrival slot; you can purchase a ticket in advance if you prefer or pay on the gate; refreshments available outside; plant sale.  More details at:
Get some friends together and go local!

Why not get a group of friends or family together and go for a private visit to one of our gardens?  Click on the link below and it will take you to details of all the gardens in Shropshire which are opening By Arrangement for group visits this year - the link will take you to the NGS website where you can view all the gardens, then just get in touch with the owner to make arrangements.  All monies raised at these group visits go to NGS charities:

The National Garden Scheme raises money for caring and nursing charities including Macmillan, Marie Curie, Hospice 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

Condolence book for Anne Smith

Dear Blogger

Message from Lucinda our vicar.

We are opening


The church porch In Ruyton will be open on Wednesday morning and all day Thursday, Friday and Saturday if you wish to write a message in it.
It will then be in Great Ness as from Sunday.




Rev Lucinda Burns
The Vicarage
Little Ness Road
Ruyton XI Towns

Trees for Shropshire

Dear Blogger

Message from David Shearan.

There is an excellent not for profit organisation called 'Trees for Shropshire' who are doing some incredible work in Shropshire. They helped to plant more than 30,000 trees in our county in the last planting season and next time their target is a further 50,000.   They work with landowners who want to plant trees and hedges, and volunteers who want to help do it. If you are interested then please do sign up with them.  There are several planting projects planned for our area from October onwards. If you want to help with them then sign up as a volunteer. People who does this really enjoy the experience and of course you are contributing to the overall aim to help tackle the climate emergency.    Best wishes     David

Derwen College opens Vintage Advantage charity shop

Dear Blogger

Message from Elund at the Derwen College - please support the college in this new venture and their established Garden Centre.

Specialist further education college Derwen College, near Oswestry, has opened its first charity shop on its Gobowen campus.

The shop, which opened last week, provides work experience for students with special educational needs and disabilities, helping to prepare them for employment and independence after college.

The shop also offers some fabulous bargains and raises funds for Derwen College Charity.

If you need any further information or images then please don't hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,


Eluned Watson
Digital and Press Officer
Derwen College
01691 661234

Derwen College

Qube in Oswestry is opening for lots of events

Dear Blogger

Message from Qube, Oswestry - Things are opening up at last!

Latest news and updates from Qube

Hello from us all at Qube...

Thank you to everyone who has come to see us since we reopened our doors. It's been a real pleasure to see visitors again! We will be reopening on Saturday mornings from 8th May. Our opening hours will now be Monday to Fridays, 9am to 5pm and Saturdays, 9:30am to 12:30pm. If you are coming to see us please remember to wear a mask or face shield and maintain two metre social distancing to help protect our team.

We are really excited to be restarting our social groups at Qube this month. The groups will initially be smaller than before to enable social distancing but all current members have been sent an invitation to join us at a group soon. Our members are still receiving regular phone calls from us and fortnightly activity packs in the post.

If you're looking at getting out and about a bit more as restrictions start to ease, Dial-a-Ride are on hand to help. The service is for anyone without access to public transport or a car. Call us on 01691 671571 or email for details and bookings.

There are a few days left to see The Society of Wood Engravers 83rd Annual Exhibition. This collection of over 100 beautiful wood engravings will be moving on to it's next touring venue in Stroud next week. If you have been unable to visit us during the week, the exhibition will still be on display on Saturday 8th May (AM). You can also still see paintings by locally based artist Andrew McConnach in the gallery.

Some of our team are still partly working remotely but please feel free to call or email us if we can help you or someone you know. You can contact us on 01691 656882 or email

Here is some of our latest news and services...

The Society of Wood Engravers Exhibition
There are a few days left to see the 83rd Annual Exhibition in Oswestry! This beautiful exhibition of wood engravings from local, national and international artists is on display in our main gallery. You can also see the works online here. Prints will be available to purchase in the gallery. Image: Julia Timmins
New Online Filmmaking Workshop
Do you want to make your own film content for web or social media? For example: workshops, demos, self-promotion, auditions and instruction videos, etc. We're offering a new 4 week Zoom led by Piece of Sting media. Starts Tuesday 18th May, 10:30am - 12:30pm. £49. Places limited. Click here for details...

Thinking of volunteering?
We can help! The Building Better Opportunities project provides support and guidance to people who are unemployed, disadvantaged or face barriers in their search for employment. You can search volunteering opportunities online here or contact us on 01691 656882 or to arrange a chat.

Qube Arts Open 2021
Our annual Arts Open Competition returns for 2021 with a brand new theme, 'Shape & Colour'. Any medium is welcome, 2D, 3D or digital. There is a cash prize for the Best in Show and exhibition space in 2022 for the People's Choice winner. Deadline: 5th June 2021. Click here for full details...

Social Group for Women who Love to Create!
Work in Progress is a social group where women can get together and be creative in a non-judgmental space. Due to the pandemic the groups were temporarily suspended. However, daily meetups are due to resume in June 2021 alongside a two week exhibition in the main gallery and online. Click here for full details...

Free Transport to Vaccination Appointments
Dial-a-Ride has teamed up with Shropshire Council to provide free transport to vaccine appointments for those who need it. Don't forget, you need your second vaccine to receive the maximum protection. Call 01691 671571 or email for details and bookings.

New Exhibition Coming Soon
From 13th May to 12th June the gallery will be filled with works by artist Colin Singleton. Colin was the winner of the Qube Arts Open 2020 People's Choice Prize. On display will be a selection of his acrylic and watercolour paintings, photography and pastel drawings. They will also be added to our online exhibitions page...

Get Creative
We've added more free activities to our website to help everyone stay creative during lockdown and beyond. These activities have been commissioned for us by artists from across the country. All are free to use and download. Get inspired and take a look at all the creative ideas here...

Census 2021
Census day has now passed but many people are yet to complete their census forms. Field staff will now be contacting households that have not returned their census forms to offer support and advice. The safety of the public is a key priority for the ONS and the Census Field team. Find out more here... 

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