Tuesday 31 May 2022

Shrewsbury Market Hall - JUBILEE EVENTS

Message from Sarah Hart, Shrewsbury Market publicity.

Want a day out with the children? A night out for some festive food and drink?



Shrewsbury Market Hall is marking the Jubilee festivities with themed attractions and a late night event.

Shoppers have the chance of winning one of three luxury Jubilee market hampers, children can enjoy a Royal Discovery Trail and festival crown workshops are running all week.

"The market will be operating its normal opening hours throughout the week, except for Saturday when we're open for a late night," said Market Facilities Manager Kate Gittins.

"Retailers will be open for shoppers to buy their food and drink for Jubilee celebrations, we have stalls selling Jubilee bunting and party essentials and then we have special attractions ranging from our Jubilee hamper prize draw and children's Royal Discovery Trail to festival flower crown workshops.

"We're rounding off our Jubilee week with a themed late night on Saturday. Eateries and bars will be serving up a range of their own recipe Jubilee cocktails and mocktails. Moreish has even created some spectacular Jubilee-themed sorbet desserts."

From Tuesday May 31 to Saturday June 4 shoppers, who spend £15 or more between participating stalls, will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three hampers packed full of goodies and vouchers to spend at stalls in the market.

All the items, ranging from original artworks and handcrafts to wine, food and gifts, have been donated by stallholders.

Children can test their regal knowledge in the Royal Discovery Trail on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Forms are available from Goodnight Sweetheart on the central aisle of the main market floor.

Visitors can also create a Jubilee-themed dried flower crown. English Bridge Flowers, on the gallery level of the market, is running drop-in festival crown workshops 9.30am to 4pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am to 1pm on Thursday and 9.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday. The workshops, costing £20 per person, are open to both adults and children.

The week finishes with the Jubilee Night on Saturday. Bars open until 10pm, eateries open until 9pm (last food orders 8pm) and retail stalls open until 7pm.

Market eateries and bars open for the evening include House of Yum, Moli Teahouse, Moreish, The Market Café, Gindifferent bar, Petitglou wine/café bar and Tom's Table.

Cantiones concert, Haydn`s THE CREATION

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles, Oswestry.net

Cantones 40th Anniversary Concert


Holroyd Communit Theatre, Weston Rhyn Saturday 2nd July - see attached poster

Monday 30 May 2022

Can you help - Garden labouring work?

We need a fit person for garden labouring work, such as strimming, at


Can you help or do you know of someone who can.

Sunday 29 May 2022

Gardens open in Shropshire this week

Gardens for the National Gardens Scheme open this week

HM the Queen's Platinum Jubilee weekend is almost upon us and we have a wonderful selection of gardens for you to enjoy over the weekend.  
We begin with THE GARDENER'S LODGE, 2 Roseway, Wellington TF1 1JA which is opening on Friday 3rd June from 10 am to 4.30 pm.  £5 for adults.  1.5 m from J7 of the M54.  B5061 Holyhead Rd, 2nd L after NT 'Sunnycroft'. Cream house on corner of New Church Road and Roseway.
There was just one tree in the garden when the current owner purchased The Gardener's Lodge, the ground having been cleared, ready to sell as a building plot. However the owner had other plans for it: the garden is now eclectically divided, arranged and planted into areas: Mediterranean, Cottage, Indian etc but, seamlessly, each section merges and leads into the next developing idea.  Read more about Amanda's very special garden here
Refreshments available.
CRUCKFIELD HOUSE, Shoothill, Ford, SY5 9NR opens on Saturday 4th June from 2 - 5 pm  £6 for adults.   5m W of Shrewsbury.  A458 from Shrewsbury, turn L towards Shoothill.
An artist's romantic 3 acre garden, formally designed, informally and intensively planted with a great variety of unusual herbaceous plants. Nick's garden, with many species trees, shrubs and wildflower meadow, surrounds a large pond with bog and moisture-loving plants. Ornamental kitchen garden. Rose and peony walk. Courtyard fountain garden, large shrubbery and extensive clematis collection Extensive topiary, and lily pond.
Home made teas sold in aid of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital League of Friends
Also open on Saturday 4th June and again on Sunday 5th June from 11am to 5 pm each day is KINTON GROVE, Kinton SY4 1AZ£5 for adults.  Off A5 between Shrewsbury & Oswestry, approx 1m from Nesscliffe.  Coming from Shrewsbury to Oswestry on the A5, take the 3rd exit off the Wolfshead r'about (at the end of the Nesscliffe bypass) & follow directions to Kinton, approx 1m.
A garden of ¾ acre surrounding a Georgian house. The garden features well-filled herbaceous borders, roses, a gravel area, raised vegetable beds, and a wide range of interesting trees and shrubs. Hedges, inc some as old as the house, divide up the garden. Lovely views across the Breidden hills and plenty of pleasant places to sit, whilst enjoying cream tea and cakes.  Wheelchair access is possible but the paths are narrow and uneven.
Home made teas
On Sunday 5th June there is an opportunity to visit the popular garden at
2 SCHOOL COTTAGES, Hook-a-Gate, Shrewsbury, SY5 8BQ, open from
12 noon to 4.30 pm.  £5 for adults.  From B4380 Roman Rd in Shrewsbury by cemetery take the Longden Rd island. 1.8m past schools continue to the village of Hook-a-Gate. Garden is on L past Hill Side Nursery. Parking at Nursery.
Delights and surprises at every turn and a little oriental mystic. Interest as soon as you enter the property, from little nooks and crannies to fabulous views towards Wales. Combination of sunken garden, borders galore and numerous water features. Woodland walk and specimen trees. Self sufficient veg, fruit, pigs and chickens all in a 3 acre site on an incline. Alterations since 2019.  The garden has been featured in the Shropshire Star, My Shrewsbury and Shropshire Magazine.
Refreshments available.
Last but by no means least, with a rich and fascinating history,  BROADWARD HALL, Clungunford, Craven Arms, SY7 0QA is open from 2 - 6 pm on Sunday  5th June.  £6 for adults  5m from Craven Arms; 9m from Ludlow on A49. Turn off nr Ludlow Food Centre thru Bromfield. Follow rd towards Leintwardine. Just before Leintwardine turn R towards Clungunford before S bend in rd, turn L, cont along lane, over small stone bridge; Gate lodge on L.
Much altered in the C19, Broadward Hall has a Regency Gothic appearance. An earlier dwelling is recorded in a deed of the 1650's. In 1672, the hearth tax records Broadward Hall had 7 hearths - more than any other house in the area apart from Abcott Manor. The Broadward Hall Estate is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Visitors may tour the gardens with wide lawns and extensive and well-established herbaceous borders and see the first stage of the restoration of the Victorian Walled Garden. A short walk across fields, visitors may visit the Victorian Pump House, restored with a grant from DEFRA., where a Bronze Age Hoard was discovered in the mid-19th century during the construction. These finds are now in the British Museum. Other areas of interest include the magnificent, giant sequoia trees which line an early 19th. Century archery walk. Teas will be served in the elegant Music Room and on the terrace overlooking the lawn and with distant views to the hills. Plant stall with interesting and unusual plants. The nearby church of St. Cuthbert in Clungunford will be open, where there is a memorial to the Bayley family who lived at Broadward Hall in the 17th. century.
Home made teas.   Disabled access to Music Room via a concrete ramp, disabled WC.
More dates for your diary:

Saturday 11th June:
RUTHALL MANOR, Ditton Priors, WV16 6TN 12.30 - 5 pm
WINDY RIDGE, Church Lane, Little Wenlock TF6 5BB 12 - 5 pm

Sunday 12th June:
GROOM'S COTTAGE, Waters Upton, Telford TF6 6NP 11 am - 4 pm
WINDY RIDGE, Church Lane, Little Wenlock TF6 5BB 12 - 5 pm
RUTHALL MANOR, Ditton Priors, WV16 6TN 12.30 - 5 pm
THE MOUNT, Bull Lane, Bishop's Castle, SY9 5DA 1 - 5.30 pm
SUNNINGDALE, 9 Mill Street, Wem, SY4 5ED

For more details of these gardens, please go to:   https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/
Children are admitted free to all Shropshire gardens
What better way to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee  than to host a garden party for friends, family and neighbours?  
We're inviting everyone, it doesn't matter whether your garden is large or small, tidy or untidy – it's a place for enjoyment.  This celebratory event gives us all an opportunity to share our gardens whilst raising funds for vital nursing and health charities.  Your garden party could be afternoon tea and cakes, prosecco by candlelight, a coffee morning and book swap or even a plant and produce sale by the front gates – the choice is yours and everyone can get involved.  Find out more here.  

Barn dance at Stanwardine Hall

All BT addresses have bounced back - no idea why.  Here it is again with the subject changed.

Message from Nicky Heywood, Weston Lullingfields.


Saturday 18th June

We are now approaching the final week for purchasing tickets as the cut off date is June 5th. 

See attached poster for full details on how to get your tickets

Tickets for Barn Dance at Stanwardine Hall

Message from Nicky Heywood, Weston Lullingfields.


Saturday 18th June

We are now approaching the final week for purchasing tickets as the cut off date is June 5th. 

See attached poster for full details on how to get your tickets

Friday 27 May 2022

Tomato plants for sale


£2 each please leave money in the box in the garage - procedes to NGS

Thursday 26 May 2022

Baschurch Station, re-opening campaigne

Message from Steve Boulding, Baschurch.







and representatives from Railfuture and

Friends of the Earth

This is our best chance in forty years of campaigning to persuade Shropshire Council to adopt the re-opening of Baschurch Station as a priority. It is also probably our last chance, as housing development must leave space for access and car park. The developers are being very helpful so far, but Shropshire must enable it to happen in the right way. 

We estimate at least 10,000 people within the catchment area - Baschurch, Ruyton, Myddle, Weston, Bomere, etc., will have rail access to Shrewsbury, Wrexham, Chester, Merseyside, Manchester, Telford, Wolverhampton, Birmingham, Hereford, Cardiff and London, with attractive journey times and none of the hassle of driving. 

Although not likely on this line for maybe another ten to twelve years, the intention is that more than 90% of the railway will be electrified as part of drastic CO2 reduction, and this will mean even faster, longer and quieter trains in due course.

Come along and help us send a message to Shirehall that this MUST HAPPEN - NO MORE DELAYS !!

Further updates nearer the time.


Wednesday 25 May 2022

Extra ordinary parish meeting re planning for holiday cabins at New Mills

Message from Lydia Bardsley, Clerk to Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council.

Shared on behalf of Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council:

 An extra ordinary Parish Council meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tues 31st May 2022, at St John's School.

    The agenda can be found here, and is also attached. 

    This meeting has been called to consider the appeal against the planning decision for application ref: 21/04897/FUL (Land East Of Mill Lane, Brownhill, proposal: Proposed change of use of land to allow siting of 2no. holiday cabins (Shepherds Huts) - Resubmission)

    The Council will consider any new information provided by the applicant and/or Shropshire Council and will decide whether or not to submit a new comment to the Planning Inspector. Deadline for comments to planning inspector: 14.06.2022.

    Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting in the same way as an ordinary council meeting, but as seating will be socially distanced it would help to know how many people are planning to attend so we can ensure we are able to accommodate everyone safely. Please contact the clerk on parishclerk@ruytonxitownsparishcouncil.org.uk or call 01691 674742 (office hours only please) to let us know if you wish to attend this meeting.

Can you help - gates wanted

Message from Andy Snell, Ruyton.


12 foot metal estate/farm gate wanted. Antique wrought iron or cast iron style preferred
Rusty is fine! Also require a pedestrian gate. Please contact Andy via email:- design@theonetocall.com

Can you help - recommend a DJ?

Enquiry from Liz Badger, Platt Bridge.

I am desperately looking to hire a DJ for a party on Saturday 2nd July.

 If you or anyone on the mailing list knows anyone who is available on that date, l would be very grateful! 

Contact Yoland in the first instance - and I can add the DJ to the Business Directory

Gardens open for NGS

Sorry you missed Brownhill House Garden opening yesterday but you get another chance on 28th June, but don`t forgetwe are open by arrangement until July - you know my email to book your visit on a sunny day.

Message from Elaine Jones, Shropshire NGS publicity.

NEEN VIEW, Neen Sollars, Cleobury Mortimer SY14 9AB is opening for a second time on Wednesday 25th May between 12 and 5 pm. 

On Saturday 28th May there is an opportunity to see and admire the National Collection of Sarracenia as well as other carnivorous plants at BEAUFORT, Coppice Drive, Wrockwardine Wood, Telford TF2 7BP between 10 am and 5 pm.  £5 for adults.  Approx 2m N from Telford town centre.  From Asda Donnington, turn L at lights on Moss Rd.  In appox. 600 yards turn L into Coppice Drive.  4th bungalow on L - look for the solar panels.
Apart from the Sarracenia (pitcher plants), there are also over 100 different Venus flytrap clones, sundews and butterworts - over 6000 plants in total.  Large greenhouses in Telford's first carbon negative house.  The massed ranks of the sarracenia are a sight to behold.  The greenhouses are not wheelchair accessible.
Light refreshments available.  Please note that the wearing of face masks in the greenhouses is optional.
STANLEY HALL GARDENS, Bridgnorth, WV16 4SP opens on Sunday 29th May from 2 - 5.30 pm.  £5 for adults.  Half a mile N of Bridgnorth.  Leave Bridgnorth by N gate B4373, turn R at Stanley Lane.  Pass Golf Course Club House on L and turn L at Lodge.
Georgian landscaped drive with rhododendrons, fine trees in parkland setting, woodland walks and fish ponds. Restored ice house. Dower House (Mr and Mrs C Wells): 4 acres of specimen trees, contemporary sculpture, walled vegetable garden and potager; South Lodge (Mr Tim Warren) Hillside cottage garden.  Wheelchair access to main gardens
Home-made teas sold in aid of Astley Abbots Church.
THE MOUNT, Bull Lane, Bishop's Castle, SY9 5DA also opens on Sunday 29th May from 1 - 5.30 pm£5 for adults.  Off A488 Shrewsbury to Knighton Rd. at top of the town, 130 metres up Bull Lane on R. No parking at property, parking free in Bishops Castle.
An acre of garden that has evolved over 24 years, with 4 lawns, a rose bed in the middle of the drive with pink and white English roses, and herbaceous and mixed shrub borders. There are roses planted throughout the garden and in the spring daffodils and tulips abound. Two large beech trees frame the garden with a view that sweeps down the valley over fields and then up to the Long Mynd.  Wheelchair access to most parts of the garden but not to the WC which is in the house up steps.
Light Refreshments
WALCOT HALL, Lydbury North, SY7 9JL is open on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May from 1.30 - 5 pm.   £5 for adults.  4m SE of Bishop's Castle.  B4385 Craven Arms to Bishop's Castle, turn L by The Powis Arms in Lydbury North
This large, popular, child-friendly garden has an arboretum planted by Lord Clive of India's son, Edward in1800 as well as cascades of rhododendrons and azaleas amongst specimen trees and pools. Fine views of Sir William Chambers' Clock Towers, with lake and hills beyond. Walled kitchen garden, dovecote, meat safe, ice house and mile-long lakes. Russian wooden church, grotto and fountain; tin chapel. Relaxed borders and rare shrubs. Lakeside replanted and water garden at western end re-established. Outstanding Ballroom where excellent teas are served.  The garden adjacent to the ballroom is accessible via a sloping bank, as is the walled garden and arboretum.
Home made teas.
More dates for your diary:
In brief,

On Friday 3rd June THE GARDENER'S LODGE, 2 Roseway, Wallington TF1 1JA will be opening between 10 am and 4.30 pm.  You can read more about this inspiring garden here. 
On Saturday 4th June CRUCKFIELD HOUSE, Ford, Shrewsbury SY5 1NR will be open from 2 - 5 pm
KINTON GROVE, Kinton, Nesscliffe, SY4 1AZ
will be open from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday 4th June and Sunday 5th June
2 SCHOOL COTTAGES, Hook-a-Gate, Shrewsbury SY5 8BQ will open on Sunday 5th June from 12 - 4.30 pm as will
BROADWARD HALL, Clungunford, SY7 0QA from 2 - 6 pm
For more details of these gardens, please go to:   https://findagarden.ngs.org.uk/
Many of our Shropshire gardens open by arrangement during the season.  For more information about these gardens, please click here
Children are admitted free to all Shropshire gardens
The National Garden Scheme has been supporting Carers Trust since 1996, having donated over £5 million in that time to help the charity raise the profile of carers' issues and enable them to further their reach and support even more unpaid carers. In 2019-20, we reached 438,024 carers, including over 36,000 young carers. In 2021, despite the continuing challenges and restrictions caused by the pandemic, we donated £425,000 to Carers Trust