Monday 15 April 2024

IMPORTANT - lost wallet



Diana has lost a small leather wallet with several important cards inside.

Possibly lost on the Cliffe at the weekend.

Please contact me - even if your have reported finding the wallet to the police.

** Unfortunately I have been having trouble with bouncing emails but I thought this was important enough to send out.  If you know anyone on the mailing list who has not been receiving emails from me for the last few days, please ask if they can help.


Sunday 14 April 2024

Can you help - frog spawn

Dear Blogger,

Andy Snell wants some  FROG SPAWN for his new wildlife pond


Saturday 13 April 2024

Kinnerley Beer Festival 25th May

Dear Blogger,

KINNERLEY BEER FESTIVAL Saturday 25th May - see attached poster for details

Friday 12 April 2024

Coffee morning 20th April in Victoria Room

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett

COFFEE MORNING 20th April, hosted by Holly & Caitlin Dean

See attached flyer for details

LADS summer production - Play reading

Dear Blogger

Message from LADS, Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society.

2024 Summer Production
The next LADS production will be Daisy Pulls it Off by Denise Deegan
Provisional Performance dates 5 - 7th July 2024
Join The Lads as we journey to Grangewood School for a jolly good time!
(previous experience with hockey stick an advantage but not required)
Directed by Julia Thomas

Play Reading
Monday 15th April and Monday 22nd April.
Time: 19:30

Venue: Tal Humphreys Room Llanymynech Village Hall
Postcode: SY22 6EE
What3words: ///monday.pumpkin.hubcaps
Please attend if you are interested in any way in this production.
There are so many ways to get involved and we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for a cast of 15 - so lots of acting roles, members for lighting, sound, production, stage management, costume, co direction / shadowing & front of house.

If you are not able to attend the readings but would like to be involved please do let us know.
Support Us

Membership Fees for 2024 are now due
If you have not yet renewed your membership please send your BACS payments to: 
Sort code: 40-32-32, Account Number: 41283642.
£20 per member (Under 16s £10)

We know times are tough but the membership fees are vital for us to keep doing what we do, and covers exciting things like insurance etc. You will also receive discounts on drinks at productions, invites to workshops and discounted tickets for performances.
The Llanymynech Amateur Dramatics Society
You can always contact us by phone -
call Marg Kynaston on 01691 830558
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.

Thursday 11 April 2024

2 spaces left for novelty cushion making

Dear Blogger

Message from Joanna Gears, The Workshop on the Cliffe.

We have a couple of places still remaining on the Novelty/Memory Cushion session this Sunday. No experience required and materials can be provided. Please message or email
Many thanks

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Garden waste contact email

Dear Blogger

For anyone wanting to contact Shropshire Council about comments on the


try Shropshire Council ukshropshire@public.govdelivery.con which is where the original email to me came from.

OR - and I wish you luck.

Ways to contact us


Our website has a wide range of information about our services, and a number of ways for you to do things online. You can use our menu or our search bar to find what you need quickly at any time of day.

Normal contact centre opening hours

  • Monday: 9am to 6pm
  • Tuesday to Friday: 9am to 3pm

Shropshire Local hubs and mobile

Our hubs, mobile and customer service points give you access to lots of information and advice in one place. Trained staff are on hand to offer helpful and friendly guidance. Find your closest hub or customer service point and speak to a member of staff.

For out of hours social care emergencies that cannot wait with an acceptable level of risk until the next working day please call the Emergency Social Work Team on 0345 6789040.

Oswestry Film Society keeping film showings going

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles

Films to continue in Oswestry....

Change of venue from May

KEEPING FILM SCREENINGS ALIVE; With the lovely Kinokulture cinema seemingly and very sadly closing, the Oswestry Film Society can announce it's found an alternative venue just around the corner, at the Hermon Chapel Arts Centre in Chapel Street.
We have one more showing at Kinokulture, and then will be swapping to the Hermon from the end of the month. Please join us for a final Hurrah at Kinokulture next week (details below), and then support us at the Hermon (more details below) to ensure we can continue live film showings in the centre of Oswestry.

Films, date changes, and the future.....

  • Final OFS film at Kinokulture: the British comedy-drama The More You Ignore Me (15)  - this coming Tuesday Apr 16 -
  • The Hermon can't accommodate us on Tuesdays, so OFS film nights will now become the first and third WEDNESDAYS of the month.
  • Wed May 1, 7.30pm: the explosive drama Vantage Point (15)
  • Wed May 15, 7.30pm: the stunning street drama Capernaum (15, sub-titled)
  • The Hermon operates on an unallocated seating system - it has step-free access round the ground floor, but also has balcony seating
  • The Hermon has a fully licensed cafe & bar - you can enjoy a drink with the film
  • The Hermon has been recently refurbished, and seats reupholstered
  • The OFS is also pursuing other venues to try to show more films
  • The OFS is also looking to join forces with a team of World Cinema programmers
  • Check out the OFS website  

We mustn't let big-screen cinema in Oswestry die.

Find Out More

Meet Our MP - Helen Morgan - at West Felton on 18th April

Dear Blogger,

Message from Colleen, West Felson Newsletter.


Helen Morgan has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire sinceDecember 2021.

She currently undertakes the roles of Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Levelling up, Housing and Communities), and Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Local Government).

Helen will be the guest speaker at West Felton Annual Parish Meeting

Thursday 18 April at 7:30pm in the new school hall.

Garden Waste Charges - what do you think?

Dear Blogger

Message from Shropshire Council


It is possible everyone has already had this information, but I am a bid jaded about the council`s record on keeping us all informed.

Garden waste and recycling centres - tell us your views

Waste consultation header

We're asking for your views on proposals for an annual subscription charge to collect garden waste from homes in the Shropshire Council area - and about how we can reduce the cost of running our five household recycling centres.

A six-week consultation runs until 20 May.

Click here to have your say

What are we asking?

We want to know if you would be willing to pay £52 a year - equivalent to £1 a week - to have your garden waste collected.

We're also asking how we can reduce the cost of running our five household recycling centres. Would you be willing to pay more than £52 a year for a garden waste collection if the additional money was used to keep all the centres open? Should the opening times be reduced? Should a permit scheme be introduced?

Why are we proposing this?

Shropshire Council must make £62m of savings from its budget this year - mainly due to growing demand for social care, which now accounts for almost £4 in every £5 of the council's budget. This means making some difficult decisions.

Charging for garden waste collections, and closing two of the council's five recycling centres, are two proposals that are in the council's budget plans. But before we make any decisions, we first want to know your views.

Did you know?

Collecting garden waste is not a service that the council must by law provide but is one that we, and we're sure most residents, would prefer to continue. 

While garden waste collections in Shropshire are currently free, more than 80% of English councils already charge for this service and many have been doing so for several years. The average annual fee across the country is £55.

Road Closed explanation

Dear Blogger,

Message from Jean at the Quillets.

Many thanks to Jean for forwarding this (undated) letter from Open Reach Kelly Group with information about the Road closure on the Brownhill on 14th April - this Sunday.

We hope the rest of  the Brownhill will be open for access and, hopefully, I won`t have to move Road Closed signs to allow my B&B guests to get to Brownhill House, as I did last time.


Tuesday 9 April 2024

Brownhill Road closure information - at last.

Dear Blogger,

Many thanks to Trevor Allison, who keeps his eye on transportand roads.

                A quick look at the Interactive Road Works Map on the Shropshire Council website indicates that Openreach are doing Utility Asset Works somewhere in the locality of the roundabout at the entrance to The Quillets. It has been on the website for almost a month, and I think that is all they are obliged to do in the way of providing information.

    Kindest regards


RATS Bingo 13th April - Cash prizes, Raffle, Refreshments

Dear Blogger

Dear Blogger,

Message from Claire Trickett, RATS - Ruyton Amateur Theatrical Society

RATS BINGO - Village Hall - 13th April Cash prizes, Raffle and Refreshments

Who knows what is going on? Road closure on the Brownhill on 14th April

Dear Blogger

Road closure on the Brownhill???  Does anyone know why, what for, and who says so.

There have been signs on the Ruyton side of the Platt Bridge for several days, indicating the road will be closed 

ROAD CLOSED 14th APRIL - the Brownhill, from the Platt Bridge

And another by the Little Ness Road, indicating

ROAD CLOSED 14th APRIL - on the Brownhill

Has anyone heard from the `Powers that be` i.e. the council, what plans they have for closing the Brownhill?

If I was a member of the Parish Council I would be very cross that no-one had notified me, and if someone knows what is going on, I will be very cross that no-one has notified the people who live on the Brownhill.

Booka event, wine tasting with Hannah Crosbie

Dear Blogger

Event at Booka Bookshop, Oswestry

An evening with Hannah Crosbie - Corker wine tasting

Saturday 6 April 2024

Ruyton XI Towns PC Minutes of March meeting & Agenda for Thursday 11th April

Dear Blogger

The date in the Subject should read 11th April

Message from Mervyn Eyles Ruyton XI Towns Parish Councillor

April Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 11th April - see attached Agenda and Minutes of March meeting.

Friday 5 April 2024

Ruyton XI Towns PC Minutes of March meeting & Agenda for Tuesday 4th April

Dear Blogger

Message from Mervyn Eyles Ruyton XI Towns Parish Councillor

April Parish Council Meeting on Thursday 11th April - see attached Agenda and Minutes of March meeting.

Wednesday 3 April 2024

Ruyton WI April talk `Lions on an Island`

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett

Ruyton XI Towns WI `Lions on an Island` - 9th April 2024

New poster for Local History Soc April talk, A History of Shrewsbury

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett - some of you will not be able to read the email about Ruyton Local History Society

Roger has installed new software so I have a whole lot of new lessons to learn, my apologies.

Please find attached the poster for April`s talk at the Local History Society - which hopefully, everyone will be able to read.


Local History Society A History of Shrewsbury 10th April

Dear Blogger

Message from Margaret Lycett

Ruyton XI Towns Local History Society


Update on Little Ness Car Boot Sale

Dear Blogger

Message from Christina Russell, Little Ness

The mobile number on the first poster has was missing two digits.

See updated poster with correct mobile phone number

Tuesday 2 April 2024

Tabletop and Car Boot Sale at Little Ness 11th May

Dear Blogger

Message from Christina Russell, Valeswood

CAR BOOT & TABLETOP SALE - Little Ness Village Hall on 11th May

Great opportunity to do some recycling of items you no longer have a need for - but someone else might have.


Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Margaret Lycett

There will be people in Ruyton who will remember Mrs Kirkham (Megan), who taught at Ruyton School during the 1970s and early 80s, including yourself Yoland.

She passed away last Sunday at the age of 101.  Her daughter-in-law and sons have been in touch and have posted a tribute on a couple of Facebook Groups, including Ruyton Revisited, where lots of former pupils have replied with lovely messages.

 This is the fb post from Sarah and Roger Kirkham (son and daughter in law):

"It is with great sadness that we announce the news that the lovely Megan Kirkham passed away peacefully in her sleep last Sunday Morning in her own home.

Her funeral will be held on Friday, 12 April at 2pm at St Johns Church in Maesbrook. No flowers please unless they are from your own garden.

She was a teacher in Ruyton until she retired in 1984.  There were so many nice comments from old students and friends from Ruyton when we shared her 100th Birthday in 2022, that we wanted to let you all know."


For Sale - Used Garden Tools

Dear Blogger

Message from Alan Smith, Ruyton


Contact Alan Smith, Church Cottage, Ruyton XI Towns

£5 Sledge Hammer

£5  Pick Axe

£5  Rake

£5  Bow Saw

£5  Sickle

£3  Hatchett

£3  Hammer

£15  Hedge Trimmer

£15  Chain Saw

£25  Karcher Power Washer

£10  Garden Pond Water Pump

£3  6v Battery

Coming event at Hermon Arts

Dear Blogger

Message forwarded by Ingrid Knowles,

Martin Harley, the British singer-songwriter and slide guitarist

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This Weekend At Hermon

Martin Harley, the British singer-songwriter and slide guitarist, has been captivating audiences worldwide for over two decades. His music delves into roots, blues, and slide guitar, earning him the moniker of a "spellbinding" artist by The Guardian. With nine albums under his belt, Martin's sound remains grounded and authentic. Four of these albums were recorded on home soil, while the other four were crafted across the Atlantic in Texas and Nashville.

At his solo shows, Martin combines exceptional musicianship with down-to-earth humour and tales from three decades of global travel. His recent accolades include nominations for AMA Instrumentalist of the Year, Best Acoustic Guitarist, and Best Acoustic Blues Artist. Noteworthy performances include stages at Glastonbury Acoustic, Avalon, Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel, Bluebird Nashville, and even intimate gatherings around the fire pit with his two daughters.

In 2022, Martin collaborated with Grammy-nominated Daniel Kimbro and Sam Lewis on the Harley Kimbro Lewis album, which garnered excellent reviews. His slide guitar mastery has been hailed by Roots Magazine, and his live performances are simply described as a "great act" by Time Out London.

Chapel St, Oswestry SY11 1LF, UK

Saturday 6th April 2024 7pm

News update - Whittington Music Festival 16-19 May

Dear Blogger

Message from


Only six weeks to wait!

Nothing to fear!

Jeremy Sams is a celebrated composer for film and stage. Here's what he says about his latest composition, People and Paintings, which will be premiered at Whittington on Saturday May 18th

 'This is a piece about Venice where I'm lucky enough to teach every year. It's a gondola ride up a very small stretch of the Grand Canal. In our tiny tour we visit three locations. Firstly the Guggenheim Museum, where we marvel at a Magritte, then we pass the Palazzo Polignac, where Fauré and Reynaldo Hahn stayed and wrote Venetian songs, which we can perhaps still hear. Lastly we look at a Bellini Madonna in the Accademia Gallery. Then back on to the water, and we barcarolle our way to our hotel, for maybe a siesta - with the sun behind the shutters and the water lapping down below'.


If you are a wheelchair user or are visually or hearing impaired you can find information on the Your Visit page about the things we are doing to make the festival more accessible for you.

Small Change

Rob Greaves will retire in June this year after seven years as chairman and three as administrator. Pam Parish will take over as administrator in addition to her tireless work as Friends' Secretary, and Jude Greaves will take the chair for one year only, to give us time to find a permanent replacement. Rob will continue to be involved behind the scenes as a consultant, so while these will be large changes for those concerned we hope that the transition will be seamless.

Get involved!

Two other trustees, Jane Stirling and Hazel Davis, are also retiring this year, so we are looking for three new trustees, one of whom will take over the chair in June next year. You would expect me to say that being a trustee, or even chairperson, is not a great deal of work, but that is, in fact, true. So if you're interested in supporting the festival or have time to spare, email to find out more.

Richard Michael Owen Jones

We note with sadness the death of Richard Jones on 12th February. Richard was a respected advocate of music, and the arts in the Oswestry area, and a loyal supporter of the Whittington Music Festival.

He was a founding member of the Oswestry and District Amateur Operatic Society, its Chairman for many years, and finally President. Richard was also a long time member of the Oswestry and District Arts Association, which was set up to provide support for local arts and to disperse local authority funds through grants to individuals and organisations. Richard was Chairman and Treasurer at various times from 1977 to 2017, when the organisation was closed down.