Tuesday 29 November 2022

Bring a bucket for Winston eating apples

We have loads of delicious `Winston` apples, fallers but delicious juicy eaters.

Bring a bucket and help yourselves but

 let me know when you  are coming.

Can you help?

We have post, wrongly delivered to Brownhill House, addressed to Mr. J. M. Smith Pearse & Mrs. S.J. Smith, Brownhill.

There are 35 of us with the same postcode on the Brownhill!

If anyone knows where Smith Pearse lives and can help, I would be most grateful, and probably the postman would as well. 

 You could even ask if Smith Pearse would like to join the Mailing List, particularly usefull to newcomers to the village.


Sunday 27 November 2022

Advent Quiet Morning

Message from Lucinda our Vicar.

Advent Quiet Morning - Victoria Room 10th December

See attached poster

Church Services Round the Cliffe December & January

Message from Lucinda our Vicar.

Church services in Churches Round the Cliffe in December and January

Oswestry Repair Cafe - expanded range of skills offered

Message forwarded by Oswestry Visitor Information Centre.

Here is information about OsBorders Repair Cafe for December and 2023.

Best wishes,
Alison Alexander

OsBorders Repair Cafe

The FIXPERTS had planned to have a rest over December but such is the call for their skills, Osborders Repair Café organisers have scheduled in an extra event in Oswestry.

The additional date will be Saturday, December 10th , again at the Senior Citizen's Club on Lorne Street, but with a slightly earlier finish (12 noon – 2pm) to allow fixperts a well-earned festive celebration.

The talented repair volunteers have given a new lease of life to hundreds of cherished belongings this year.

The volunteer group, a partnership between Extinction Rebellion Oswestry and BRACE, has expanded the range of skills offered to include horticultural advice, and website and software fixing  as well as bikes, electricals, electronics, furniture and textiles - the service naturally varies month by month depending on the availability of fixperts.

OsBorders is affiliated with Repair Café Wales (RCW), a network which has grown to encompass so many towns that governments are consulting with RCW on build standards for new products.

The report forms filled out at the cafes are a treasure trove of useful information on how products can be designed better to make them easier to fix, and therefore save them from the scrapheap.  As RCW tries to move to an online system for gathering this information, OsBorders Repair Café is seeking volunteer help to manage the extra administration.

Spokesperson Alison Alexander said: "There is normally a small percentage of objects we can't fix because manufacturers have deliberately designed them to be unfixable so you have to buy new.

"It can be because casings are so well sealed you just can't get inside without breaking them or because the replaceable parts are hidden behind layers of other fixed parts.

"The information RCW collects proves to law-makers which goods are problematic so they can insist manufacturers make products that are fixable.

"So when you come to a repair café you're not only having fun at a community gathering, eating some delicious home-made cake and learning new skills from the volunteer mending your belongings, you're also contributing to reducing waste and improving products for the future."

The repair café will return to the normal schedule of moving between Oswestry and Llanfyllin from January, starting off in Oswestry again and alternating thereafter between the two towns, apart from a break in August, and at the usual time of 12 noon-3pm.

To volunteer or to book an object in for repair (deadline – Sunday before each event) you can email osbordersrepaircafe@gmail.com or call Colin on 01691 239344.


Thursday 24 November 2022

Electric Charge Point at Brownhill House

Should anyone be desperate for an charge up for their electric car, we now have a

FAST CHARGE POINT at Brownhill House.

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Oswestry Christmas - so very much going on

Message from VisitOswestry.co.uk Oswestry Borderland Tourism.

So much going on, and much of it is free!

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Visit Oswestry - the official visitor web site

Break for the Borderlands - Christmas

There's a bustling market town in Shropshire that knows exactly how to celebrate a special kind of Christmas and you are invited! Visit Oswestry this December and be ready to create your own special Christmas experience. 

We have spectacular events that are sure to spark your festive spirit. Begin with Christmas Live with rides, late night markets, music and fireworks. Don't miss the Christmas Parade with a fantastic float procession through historic streets and stay to browse – there are lots of indie shops and markets to browse for Christmas goodies.

You could take a Santa ride on a heritage railway, an afternoon tea on the 'stream across the sky' at Pontycyllte Aqueduct or visit Father Christmas himself at one of the many Christmas Grottos. Then take some time out to enjoy the festive treats on offer at our friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants. 

This is Christmas time in Oswestry – a Shropshire market town. 

Click here for all our Christmas Events
Oswestry Christmas Video
Christmas Live, Friday 2nd December
Oswestry Christmas Live
For one night only! Join us for one of the largest and most spectacular, night-time Christmas events in Shropshire. Oswestry town centre is turned into a festival of fun with huge amusement rides, curling alley, Christmas stalls and late-night shopping. The Bailey Head market square is ready to rock with live music and Father Christmas will be there in his grotto. Kick your Christmas off in style! The fun starts at 5pm.
Christmas Parade - Saturday 3rd December
Christmas Parade
It's Christmas Parade Day and there's a carnival atmosphere in Oswestry's town centre. Our Rotary organises a fantastic procession throughout the town centre of everything from vintage trucks to the biggest Christmas themed floats. Get here early to be sure of a good spot – you might get lucky and catch some of the sweet treats from the floats. Starts at 11am. 
Christmas Shopping & Markets
Christmas Shopping in Oswestry
Oswestry has a thriving high street. With its bustling market atmosphere and charming cobbled alleys, Oswestry is the perfect destination for browsing award-winning independent shops and market stalls for Christmas goodies. There's an Artisan Market on the 23rd December, which is extra special, so expect Christmas gifts, crafts and lovely festive food producers.
Santa Special Heritage Train Rides
Heritage Train Rides
Take a Santa Special train ride on a heritage railway from 3rd December all the way through to Christmas at Welshpool and Llanfair Light RailwayCambrian Heritage Railway & Llangollen Railway.

You'll also find special 'Mince Pie' trips available during the holidays between Christmas and New Year.
Cambrian Heritage Railways
Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway
Meet The Elf Academy!
Elf Academy at Park Hall Countryside Experience
Park Hall Countryside Experience has a great new Christmas show featuring some of Santa's Top Elves!

The live pantomime, Elf Academy, will have you singing and dancing in your seat, and Santa's elves will be providing entertainment before and after your little ones visit the big man himself, Santa! Starts 3rd December
Click here for Park Hall Santa Experience
Magical Grottos and Christmas Safari
Christmas Grottos in Oswestry
The British Ironwork Centre's Santa's Grotto is a magical experience. Meet Mr & Mrs Claus, explore the ice cave and visit the elves in the workshop. Starts 26th Nov – 16th Dec.

Or how about a Christmas Safari? Hawkstone Follies Safari starts 2nd to 23rd Dec. Be whisked off by Landrover to Santa's caves and wander around the fairy-lit caverns & tunnels to reach the grotto.
Click here for The British Ironwork Centre
Award-winning Pubs, Cafes & Restaurants
Pubs, cafes & restaurants
Take time to enjoy all the lovely festive treats on offer this Christmas. Fancy a break from all that shopping or want to dine out with family and friends? 
We have award winning pubs, cafes and restaurants and even a patisserie with a Bake Off The Professionals semi-finalist. You can even take a Christmas afternoon tea on a boat cruise across a World Heritage Site!
Llangollen Wharf Boat Cruises
Niche Patisserie
Winter Walks in Glorious Landscapes
Winter Walks in Oswestry
If you want to escape from the shopping and the partying this Christmas, head out to our beautiful borderland countryside. 
Winter walks by the rivers, meres and canals always fill your soul with the good stuff. Catch a red kite flying above, a heron diving for fish and marvel at our waterfalls.

A spectacular view is never far away.
Oswestry Tourist Information Centre
Oswestry Tourist Information Centre
Looking for Christmas gift ideas?  Pop into the Tourist Information Centre for some fantastic books, local crafts and souvenirs. 

Local photographer, Graham Mitchell, (a regular on BBC Weather) has some beautiful prints and cards, we have paintings from Ken Wales, knitted mice from Mother Hen and so much more. Click here for opening hours
Ready to visit? Click here for latest news and our blog

We wish you all a  Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you very soon