Thursday 30 March 2023

Join in the Coronation Celebrations

Message from Nicky Hey, Weston Lullingfields.

CORONATION BAND NIGHT at Weston Lullingfields Village Hall

A truly Royal way to celebrate the coronation

See attached poster for details

Bumps & Babies Pilates, Oswestry

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles,

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Debbie Marais <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2023 at 17:15
Subject: New bumps and babies course at Open Space Studios - please forward
To: Oswestry Network <>

6 week course £35  Tuesdays 11-12
Open Space Studios, 9 Arthur Street, Oswestry SY11 1JN

Home Grown Show - get planting for September 10th

Message from Margaret Lycett


HOME GROWN SHOW Sunday 10th September

A preliminary notice to get you  Sowing & Growing to Show at the show.

See attached poster for important information on classes of fruit and vegetables

Wednesday 29 March 2023

Cliffe Garden, Club A Year to Remember

Message from Margaret Lycett

Cliffe Garden Club April meeting

Illustrated talk, `A YEAR TO REMEMBER` by AMY HEATH, The Cross, Ruyton

See attached poster for details

Monday 27 March 2023

Brownhill B&B is open

Good morning all,

You will have seen the scaffolding and new roof going up at Brownhill House.  Due to a missing slate, the icy wind came in on 19th December and blew the insulation off a water pipe, resulting in water coming through the downstair twin room and single room bathroom above.  As the roof had been put up with the extension in 1905, we felt it time to bite the bullet and get the roofers in, followed by the painter and a new carpet in the twin.

All done and dusted now, and followed by a megga spring clean, so


Weddings, funerals, birthday and anniversary parties,


1 Double Room, which can also be a family or twin room, fully en suite bathroom with bath and shower -

1 Single Room, fully en suite bathroom with bath and shower

1 Ground Floor Twin Room, fully en suite bathroom with bath and shower

See our website for prices and more information.

Oh, and our breakfast is much more than a basic fry up - see attached menu.

Book on line or email me, 



Sunday 26 March 2023

The LADS next production, two one act plays

Messaage from Pam Johnson, LADS

Tickets are on sale now for the next LADS production - two terrific One Act plays.
Please note - we suggest the content is only suitable for those over 12yrs.
Details below
Book Now
Book Now
If you would like information about The LADS' play readings and/or workshops just email and we will update your preferences to make sure you receive the information.

Shrewsbury Repair Cafe

Message from Sue Boulding, Baschurch.

Volunteers needed for


This is a plea for volunteers at the Shrewsbury repair cafe.
There might be somone who is good with their hands who could spare a few hours once a month.

See attached poster

Roleplay Theatre, Rocking Robin Hood at Llanymynech

Message from Pam Johnson of LADS

LADS is pleased to support the Llanymynech  junior drama group Roleplay with their performance this Sunday.

Details below
If you would like information about The LADS' play readings and/or workshops just email and we will update your preferences to make sure you receive the information.

Saturday 25 March 2023

Little Ness planning Coronation celebrations

Message from Christina Russell, Valeswood.

Little Ness Village Hall Committee 

We would like to celebrate the King's Coronation with a social gathering and games at the Village Hall

 on Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May at 3pm 

Please book the date, further details to follow! 

Friday 24 March 2023

Enforced Pre-payment Meters advice

Message from David Spicer, Parish Council.

Enforced Pre-payment Meters

Ofgem and the Citizens Advice Bureau are carrying out a survey with people who have had Pre-payment Meters forced upon them.

Millions left in the cold and dark as someone on a prepayment meter cut off every 10 seconds, reveals Citizens Advice

 More information at


Energy rebates, some useful information

Message forwarded by David Spicer, Parish Council.

Here are a few things which some more vilnerable people might need to know.

It is quite long and complicated but I decided not to cut it down in any way - Yoland

For 1 and 2 applications must be made by 31 May 2023


  1. Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding


·         Households without a direct relationship to a domestic electricity supplier are able to apply for government support with their energy bills

        • in a park home
        • in a care home
        • on a houseboat
        • in a mobile home
        • on a farm
        • off the electricity grid


·         Households eligible for the £400 lump sum to apply as soon as possible

·         A telephone helpline is also available from today for people without access to the internet to apply for the payment

0808 175 3287


  1. Alternative Fuels Payment


If you use alternative fuels for heating


You may be eligible for a £200 Alternative Fuels Payment (AFP) if both the following are true:

·         your household is not connected to the mains gas grid

·         you use alternative fuels as your main form of heating


This is on top of the £400 from your electricity supplier.


You're eligible for this payment if the main way you heat your home uses:

·         tank or bottled gas

·         liquid petroleum gas (LPG)

·         oil

·         wood

·         solid fuel

Most homes that are eligible for this payment will get it automatically as a credit on their electricity bills from February 2023.


If you think you should have got a payment but have not, contact your electricity supplier.


You may not get the payment automatically if your home is either:

·         in an area which is mainly connected to the gas grid

·         not connected to either the gas or the electricity grid


If you do not get this payment automatically

Apply for alternative fuel bill support if you do not get it automatically - GOV.UK (



  1. If you pay for your electricity as part of your rent

Pass-through requirements for energy price support provided to intermediaries - GOV.UK (


Your landlord may charge an all-inclusive rent, which includes a fixed cost for your energy usage. They should agree a discount with you in line with your tenancy agreement.


You may not get the full amount of support - for example, if the fixed cost already protects you from the energy price increase.


Your landlord must however pass on some or all of the support they get from any of the following schemes:

·         the Energy Bills Support Scheme

·         the Energy Price Guarantee

·         the Energy Bill Relief Scheme


They should give you a fair and reasonable amount and must not make a profit. This is called the 'pass-through requirement' for energy price support.

They should do this as soon as they can. You should not need to do anything to get this support.


Your landlord must tell you in writing within 30 days of getting the support:

·         how much you will get and why

·         what you can do if you disagree


If your landlord does not pass on the discount or you disagree


If you do not agree with the support they have passed to you, write to your landlord. You can read more about pass-through and what landlords must do, including template letters you can use.

If you're still not happy, you can make a claim for money against them at a county court.




David Spicer LLB


Chair of Ruyton XI Towns Parish Council

0750 686 8466


ORANGE ARROWS - 3 cycle races coming through Ruyton tomorrow

Message from David Spicer, Parish Council


The orange arrows positioned through the village and that 3 cycle races will be taking place tomorrow morning, Saturday 25th. 

The arrows also say, `Extreme Caution` so do be very careful, especially if you are driving through Ruyton and Baschurch.


Booka bookshop - talk by Rev Richard Coles

Message from Booka bookshop.

This sounds like a fantastic evening.

Booka Bookshop Presents...

Tuesday 13th June 7.30pm (doors 6.45pm) at The Holroyd Community Theatre, Oswestry, SY10 7SZ

Join us for an evening with bestselling author, broadcaster and all-around national treasure, the Reverend Richard Coles, as he talks about his new novel A Death in the Parish, the page-turning sequel to his number one bestseller Murder Before Evensong.

Canon Daniel Clement is back… 

It's been a few months since murder tore apart the community of Champton apart. As Canon Daniel Clement tries to steady his flock, the parish is joined with Upper and Lower Badsaddle, bringing a new tide of unwanted change.

But church politics soon become the least of Daniel's problems. His mother – headstrong, fearless Audrey – is obviously up to something, something she is determined to keep from him. And she is not the only one.

And then all hell breaks loose when murder returns to Champton in the form of a shocking ritualistic killing…

Cosy Crime fans can give praise and rejoice and look forward to what is sure to be an entertaining evening. We look forward to welcoming the Reverend Richard Coles to Oswestry!

Until his retirement from clerical duties in 2022, the Reverend Richard Coles was a Church of England priest in Finedon, Northamptonshire. In complete contrast, Richard was the instrumentalist half of pop band The Communards, who had 3 UK Top Ten hits in the 1980's. He now appears, from time to time, on QI, Have I Got News For You, and Would I Lie To You? He has won Christmas Masterchef, Celebrity Mastermind twice, and captained Leeds to victory in Christmas University Challenge in 2019. A contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2017, he scored a lamentably low mark for a Paso Doble.

He writes regularly for the Sunday Times, and is the author of half a dozen books, including a bestselling autobiography, Fathomless Riches, and the bereavement bestseller The Madness of Grief. Murder Before Evensong, the first book in the Canon Clement Mystery series, was an instant number 1 Sunday Times bestseller.
Further Information
01691 662244 | | Message via social media

Wanted, Paid help with driving

Message from Diana Carmichael, School Road, Ruyton XI Towns.

My husband is unable to drive at this time for medical reasons, and we are looking for someone to help with the necessary driving journeys over the next 6 or even, 12 months.

This is a paid job, rate to be agreed. We would prefer they drove our car (automatic) and we would insure them. Alternatively if they preferred to drive their own car, we would consider this too.

It would be mostly local journeys, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Ellesmere for appointments and occasionally to Stafford to take or collect from Stafford railway station.

It is difficult to quantify how often they would be required. Some weeks not at all other weeks maybe 2 possibly 3 times a week, at most.

Please reply to me in the first instance

Local taxi service - very limited


I have looked through both West Felton and Baschurch newsletters but have not found any taxis listed.  The only really local man appears to be this one recommended by Chris Balmer

My next door neighbour at Stanwardine runs a taxi service - he's v good. (Ops PGL)

Anthony Wright Hughes 07415745540

Another one, recommended by Maria Baptista, but he lives in Ford, which is about the same distance as Oswestry

Wayne 07944733279

When I needed a taxi to collect guests from Gobowen Station to Ruyton, this one was very accommodating when times were changed due to train cancellations.

Oswalds Cars 01691 596 596

I am sorry I have been so long in sorting this taxi problem out - wouldn`t someone like to start up a new business in Ruyton or Baschurch?!


Shropshire Star tokens for our school


Message from Carol Aspinall, Friends of Ruyton School


Collect tokens which will be appearing every day in the Shropshire Star

from today, March 1st until Saturday March 25th

See attached poster for full details

Thursday 23 March 2023

Wednesday 22 March 2023

Missing cat from The Quillets, Bridge end of Ruyton

Message from Mags Snart, Quillets, Platt Bridge end of Ruyton.

My beloved cat has gone missing since this morning.

He doesn't travel far so probably around this area. Photo attached.

Easter coming events at Shrewsbury Flaxmill

Message from Shrewsbury Flaxmill

Logo of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
A child doing flower printing

Family Fun this Easter holiday

It's going to be a cracking Easter at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings!

Working together with Lovelyland we're going to shine a light on our wonderful natural surroundings here at the home of the grandparent of skyscrapers.

Throughout the holidays, we'll have a range of spring-themed activities happening on different days, including a Gold Bunny Trail, bug house building, seed ball making, creating a wildflower mural, and seed planting.

We'll also have brilliant local storyteller, Jake Evans, here on site to entertain and inspire, as well as a Nature Printing Workshop to get creative at (pre-booking required).  

Activities are free apart from the Gold Bunny Trail which is £1 per child.

A group of individuals on a guided tour

NEW - Book on a Behind-the-Scenes Guided Tour

From 5 April, you can enjoy a Behind-the-Scenes guided tour of the recently restored Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

Online booking is recommended as spaces are limited. Tours will run on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; taking 60 minutes. You'll get to see parts of the Flaxmill Maltings that aren't normally open to members of the public, so if you would love a sneak peek, book your tickets now!

A green park and ride bus

Information on getting here

Parking on site is limited, so please use public transport, walk or cycle to us when possible. 

The Harlescott park and ride service drops off and collects from Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, with services running every 20 minutes.

It's a 10 to 15-minute walk from Shrewsbury bus and train station or a 20-minute walk from the main square. There's also a number of covered and open cycle stores, with space for up to 24 bikes.