Tuesday 31 August 2021

Church services September to November

Dear Blogger

Message from Lucinda our Vicar.

CHURCH SERVICES September to November - see attached list.

Monday 30 August 2021

Gardens open for NGS next weekend

Dear Blogger

Message from National Gardens Scheme.

Windy Ridge open over the weekend of 4th & 5th September
One of Shropshire's most beautifully designed and planted gardens - Windy Ridge at Little Wenlock, nr Telford, will be open to National Garden Scheme visitors over the weekend of 4th & 5th of September (12-5pm on each day). Inspirational planting and balance of texture, form and all-season colour, the garden more than lives up to its award-winning record. Over 1000 species of plants set off by well-tended lawns, plenty of water and fascinating sculpture: there is much to admire in this beautiful garden.  Visitors can just turn up and pay on the gate.  For more information and advanced tickets if preferred, visit: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/19863
Strictly Tickets
We're very pleased that the following gardens will be open to National Garden Scheme visitors on a strictly ticket only basis which are available from the NGS website.  

Oakly Park, Bromfield, Ludlow, open on SATURDAY 4th Sept (1-5pm) one of Shropshire's magnificent estates, named after its centuries-old oak trees, is rarely open to the public.  At the confluence of the Onny & Teme rivers with views to Ludlow and beyond, this wonderful garden features a 2-acre productive walled garden, well-planted borders, rose garden, fern grotto, lake and interesting historical features.  Refreshments available from The Clive Arms or from the Ludlow Kitchen or Food Centre, part of the estate (not in aid of NGS)
For more information and pre-purchased tickets, which are essential for this opening, visit: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/13200

Horatio's Garden (pictured below) at The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital, Gobowen, nr Oswestry will be open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 19th Sept (2-5pm). Part-funded by the National Garden Scheme, this Bunny Guinness-designed garden opened to great acclaim in 2019 .  A garden of peace, tranquility and beauty for patients in the spinal unit.  Very good access throughout the garden.  Refreshments available.  For more information and pre-purchased tickets, which are limited but essential for this opening visit: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/37849
Autumn Openings
The following Shropshire gardens will be open for the National Garden Scheme into the Autumn.  Please note, two of these gardens are in addition to the printed leaflet and Yellow Book but they are listed on the website.  Please also note the two cancelled openings at Goldstone Hall and Delbury Hall Walled Garden.  Thanks for your support.  Allison Walter, County Organiser

Wollerton Old Hall, Wollerton, nr Market Drayton (pictured below): one of the best gardens in the UK!  Open on Wednesday 8th September (11-5pm) as a special fund-raising day for the National Garden Scheme. This popular garden's accolades speak for themselves: Wales & Marches Regional Winner, The English Garden's The Nation's Favourite Gardens 2019. Featured on Channel 5 ' Great British Gardens' and shortlisted for HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year 2020.  For more information visit: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/10656
Ruthall Manor, Ditton Priors, nr Bridgnorth (pictured below) ADDITIONAL openings on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September.  Entry by pre-purchased ticket please, at 12 and 2.30. 
Visit https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/7763 for tickets and more information. 
Maturing into it's autumn colours and interest, this popular garden, which has opened for 40 years for the National Garden Scheme in Shropshire, remains a favourite with visitors.
Appledore & Offcot: (Kinnerley, just off the A5 between Shrewsbury and Oswestry) (pictured below) these two wonderful, adjoining cottage gardens, opened to great acclaim in July and have added two additional dates in October for visitors to enjoy the lovely autumn colours and late perennials at the gardens.  Open on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th October (10.30-4.30 each day).  Visitors can turn up and pay on the gate or tickets can be purchased in advance: https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42892
Group Visits
Many of our Shropshire gardens are open for group visits now, so just click on the left to see all the gardens offering group visits, then just contact the owner directly to make your arrangements - all proceeds to NGS charities.

Cancelled Gardens

We're sorry to say that the following gardens, which appear in our leaflet and in the Yellow Book, will be unable to open this year:
Delbury Hall Walled Garden: Sun 12th Sept (nursery will be open)
Goldstone Hall: Wed 15th Sept
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

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Coffee & Art Exhibition in St. John`s church, Ruyton XI Towns

Dear Blogger

Message from Alison Curran, The Cross.


Saturday 4th September at St. John the Baptist Church, Ruyton XI Towns.

See attached poster for details

Sunday 29 August 2021

Event At Booka - Welsh Rugby great, Alun Wyn Jones

Dear Blogger

Message from Booka Bookshop, Oswestry.

Welsh Rugby great and British Lions Captain, Alun Wyn Jones, comes to Oswestry this September!
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Booka Presents

Tuesday 14th September  7.30pm (doors 6.30pm)

Momentum Hall, Oswestry School
Oswestry, SY11 2TL

Live 'In Person' Event.

Join us for an evening in the company of one of the greatest Welsh Rugby players of all time as the World's most capped player Alun Wyn Jones talks about his incredible career and his new autobiography, Belonging.

Belonging is the story about how the boy left Mumbles and returned as the most capped rugby player of all time. It is the story of what it takes to become a player who is seen by many as one of the greatest Welsh players there has ever been. What it takes to go from sitting, crossed legged on the hall floor at school, watching the 1997 British Lions Tour of South Africa to being named the 2021 Lions Captain.

But is it also about perthyn - belonging, playing for Wales, working your way through the age-grades and the club matches and regional sides. What it takes to earn the right to be there, and what it feels like to make the sacrifices along the way. Feeling the bond to the great players not long gone, and feeling the ties to the millions in front rooms and pubs across the hillsides and the valleys, coast to coast. Knowing that deep down you just want to belong, be a part of it, as everyone does.

From the rain swept pitches of Swansea to making his test debut against Argentina in Patagonia in 2006, from touring with the Lions in 2009, 2013, 2017 and 2021 to losing a father and building a family, Belonging is the autobiography of one of the most compelling figures in World rugby. Told with unflinching honesty, this is the ultimate story of what it takes and what it means to play for your country: what it means to belong.

Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to see a true sporting great and hear his story.

Event Format:

Alun Wyn Jones will discuss his rugby career 'live' on stage with sports writer and broadcaster Tom Fordyce. This will be followed by an audience Q&A .

We are absolutely thrilled to be hosting this event. It is the only event Alun will be doing for North and Mid Wales. Please share the news with any Rugby fans you know. Thank you!

Tim, Carrie & the Booka Team

£22 (Admits One - includes a signed copy of Belonging: The Autobiography)

Purchase Tickets Online (with booking fee) here


01691 662244

Message via social media

SUN Closed
CALL: 01691 662244
EMAIL:  hello@bookabookshop.co.uk

Vacant seats on Parish Council - apply by 5pm Tues 31st August

Dear Blogger

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Parish Council clerk:

    Just a reminder, that if you are interested in joining the Council, the deadline for submitting an application form (Word and PDF versions attached) is 5pm on Tues 31st August 2021. If you have any questions about becoming a councillor please get in touch with the clerk, or one of your councillors for an informal chat. We hope to fill these seats at the next Council meeting on Sept 7th 2021.      

Thank you.


Kind regards,

Lydia Bardsley
Clerk to Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council
Please note new address and phone number below:
11 High Fawr Close, Oswestry, SY11 1TE

01691 674742

Thursday 26 August 2021

Oswestry repair cafe

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles of Oswestry Net.

We are making plans to reopen the Repair Café, and are looking for second-hand perspex screens. Does anyone know of any shops/schools/businesses that have some to spare?

Please contact:  osbordersrepaircafe@gmail.com 

Re-opening at the Memorial Hall (next to the car park) Oswestry on 7th September


Bank Holiday Events at Park Hall Farmn Experience

Dear Blogger

Message from Park Hall Countryside Experience, Park Hall, near Whittington SY11 4AS

What a summer it's been!

Thank you to everyone who has visited us over the summer holidays! We've had a jam packed schedule, and have welcomed so many lovely families. We hope everyone has had as much fun as us!

Simon Airey's Animal Magic Show is still with us every day until Sunday with all the exotic animals - remember booking your tickets in advance is essential.

Maisy's maize maze is running every day until the 12th September. Look out for clues to help you get through!
Tickets now available for Pumpkinfest!
15th - 31st October

Pumpkinfest is set to return this October! All the old favourites will be back, including Pumpkin Alley, the singing pumpkins, the Pumpkin Shed, pumpkin carving and the little scary house.

There will be some new surprises to look forward to and every paying child will receive a free pumpkin to take home too! 

Tickets are available on the website now.
Buy tickets!
Award News!
We are delighted to have won a 2021 Travelers' Choice Award from Tripadvisor. The award is based on the brilliant reviews we've received. Thank you for giving us such great feedback and supporting us through a challenging 18 months.
Buy tickets now!
Park Hall Farm is open every day from 10am until 5pm until the 12th September, and then we'll be open Friday - Sunday only until our Pumpkinfest event in October.

Children under two years old go free. All tickets must be purchased in advance from the website.

We hope to see you soon!
>From Farmer Richard, the team and all the animals