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News from our partners: University Centre Shrewsbury hosts its first Popular Fiction Summer School from 28-30 June

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:46

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

University Centre Shrewsbury’s (UCS) Literature Department has created the University’s first Popular Fiction Summer School, to be held this month from Friday 28 June, to Sunday 30 June 2019.

The festivities will begin with a roundtable on “Popular Fiction Matters” on Thursday 27 June at 7:30pm. The weekend event will cover a wide range of popular fiction from the Victorians to JK Rowling, and include topics such as dysfunctional families in the Brontës’ novels, Haruki Murakami’s acclaimed A Wild Sheep Chase, Elizabeth Gaskell’s ghostly short stories and Harry Potter’s Afterlives.

Dr Lucy Andrew, Programme Leader of English, University Centre Shrewsbury, said:-

“This is a weekend to celebrate books and writing with literature experts and fellow book lovers. We tried to keep the programme interesting and diverse, so there is something to touch everyone.”

In addition to the talks and seminars on popular fiction, there will be two creative writing workshops: ‘Creating a Popular Character’ and ‘Writing Young Adult Fiction.’ All of the events are led by literature experts primarily English lecturers from the University Centre Shrewsbury and University of Chester.

Dr Lucy Andrew added:-

“We thought it would be wonderful to extend our popular workshops and seminars to an entire weekend. People can attend for the whole weekend or just sample those subjects in which they are particularly interested.”

The cost of the programme has been kept to a minimum to make it as accessible as possible, with a big discount for students. The cost of the entire three days is £60 (£20 for students); the cost of individual seminars and workshops is £10 (£5 for students) and each talk is £5 (£2.50 for each student).

To start the festivities, there will be free roundtable on Thursday night at 7:30pm entitled, ‘Popular Fiction Matters.’ A panel of local popular fiction specialists will consider what popular fiction is, how we engage with it and why it matters more than ever in the 21st-Century.

While the programme is accessible for all, the English Department feels it could be especially helpful to A-Level English students as it will give them a flavour of what they could expect at university level and expand their fiction repertoire before applying to university.

University Centre Shrewsbury is a unique partnership between Shropshire Council and the University of Chester. Now in its fourth year, UCS offers high quality teaching in 15 undergraduate and 9 postgraduate degrees in one of England’s finest medieval Tudor towns.

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News from our partners: Trust part of programme to help reduce risk of cerebral palsy

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:11

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

The Trust which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals is part of a national programme which aims to reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy in pre-term babies.

It means that mums-to-be who go into early labour (before 30 weeks) will be offered magnesium sulphate during their labour to help reduce the risk of cerebral palsy in their babies.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has launched PReCePT (The Prevention of Cerebral Palsy in Pre-Term Labour) programme on its Delivery Suite at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

Leona Gollins, Lead Midwife for PReCePT at SaTH, said:

“PReCePT is a national programme which aims to offer eligible women in pre-term labour magnesium sulphate for the prevention and reduction of the severity of cerebral palsy.

“The programme has now been launched on the Delivery Suite and involves the training of all midwives and doctors working in maternity so that more women can be offered magnesium sulphate.

“We have created a display board and grab box containing the drugs available to assist our staff. A leaflet is also available for women who may have a pre-term labour.”

Leona Gollins with the PReCePT box

PreCePT is a national quality improvement project, funded by NHS England, designed to reduce the incidence of cerebral palsy through improving the uptake of magnesium sulphate, which is given to mothers who go into early labour.

The programme was developed by the West of England AHSN (Academic Health Science Networks) in collaboration with University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, and involved both patients and staff. It was launched in the West Midlands in March 2019 with SaTH, which also runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, being one of the Trusts included in the scale-up.

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News from our partners: Nurses working in A&E departments honing skills in real-life simulated environment

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 15:05

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

Nurses working in the Emergency Departments at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals are honing their skills in real-life simulated environment.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) has recruited a number of new nurses to its two A&E departments in recent months; all of whom are being prepared for life in a busy resuscitation area by undergoing intense training sessions in the Trust’s new Simulation Suite.

SaTH has Emergency Departments at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH).

A&E nurses in simulation area

Karen Bryan, Clinical Practice Instructor at SaTH, said:

“The training sessions have been designed to target staff who are new to the department so they can gain experience and confidence.

“Due to the advanced facilities we now have at SaTH, the management of the patients in every scenario we set are run in real time with the appropriate equipment and Trust documentation and guidelines available.

“It not only allows the nurses to manage common resuscitation cases and practice practical skills such as preparing and administering intravenous medications, inserting cannulas and taking blood samples, it also helps develop non-technical skills such as communication in escalating concerns and getting the appropriate help, or breaking bad news.”

The training is led by A&E Consultant, Dr Dodiy Herman, and supported by a faculty of teaching fellows, clinical practice instructors and F1 doctors.

A&E nurses in simulation area

The Simulation Suite was officially opened at RSH earlier this year as part of SaTH’s ongoing commitment to educating and training its current staff, and the next generation of medical professionals.

The new Suite replicates a clinical environment, but is risk free, and enables teams to work together and respond to a vast number of different medical scenarios. It is used for the training and education of healthcare workers – including junior doctors, nurses, advanced healthcare practitioners, healthcare assistants and medical students.

Dr Jenni Rowlands, Director of Post Graduate Education at SaTH, added:

“We are committed to producing the best education at SaTH and that is why we have created this dedicated simulation faculty.

“Hopefully that will have a ripple effect, which will be heard across the West Midlands, that we value education and training and that we value our staff.”

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News from our partners: Health chiefs help to tackle Diabetes with new initiative

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:57

News from our partners Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

A new initiative that can help patients reduce their chances of getting Type 2 diabetes is now available.

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in partnership with NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK, is involved in a national initiative called the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

The programme is aimed at identifying patients who are at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and they are referred into the programme by their GP.

To be referred to the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme you must:

  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Not pregnant
  • Not have a blood result confirming a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes
  • Have had a non-diabetic hyperglycaemia reading within the last 12 months.

Patients are provided with personalised action plans and sessions which include advice and options for managing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The 10-week programme covers healthy eating, lifestyle choices, help to lose weight and information about physical exercise.

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:

“The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme provides tailored help over a 10-week period. We want people to think about their lifestyle and how they can eat healthier as well as undertake some form of regular physical activity, which is exactly what this programme provides.

“Simple measures and more awareness of the causes of Type 2 diabetes could be the difference between having the condition – and avoiding it completely.”

There are currently 3.4 million people with Type 2 diabetes in England with around 200,000 new diagnoses every year. While Type 1 diabetes cannot be prevented, and is not linked to lifestyle, Type 2 diabetes is largely preventable through lifestyle changes.

One in six of all people in hospital have diabetes, and while the condition is often not the reason for admission, patients frequently need a longer stay in hospital and are more likely to be readmitted.

Around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.

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News from our partners: University Centre Shrewsbury receives funding to help Shropshire SMEs

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 14:26

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) has received £235,000 in funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) and £156,000 in matching funds from the University of Chester to help Shropshire SMEs train and upskill their employees. At no cost to the company, UCS’ Building Skills and Growth Capacity (BSGC) team will assess a company’s workforce, whether it is a sole trader or staff of 250, and develop a tailored plan on how to develop their employees.

Jonathan Britten, BSGC Project Manager, University Centre Shrewsbury, said:-

“This funding helps to address one of the most pressing issues for local employers, namely how to upskill or reskill and retain highly-skilled employees.”

The project will focus on supporting the growth of SMEs and microbusinesses in the Marches through ensuring that they can identify and access the skills development options that align with and unlock their growth plans. The BSGC team will serve as consultants by conducting a focused skills audit to identify what skills the business needs to achieve its goal. After identifying barriers and challenges, the team will identify the skill levels required and the most suitable type of delivery, such as short courses, apprenticeships and student placements.

The issues addressed could range from an owner-manager who would like to develop her skills in a particular area, or a company that needs to build a succession plan for its leadership or a plan to grow its workforce. The advice could also focus on how to upskill existing employees and how to create opportunities for young graduates in the area.

Paul Kirkbright, Deputy Provost, University Centre Shrewsbury, said:-

“This is an important addition to UCS’ support for local businesses. The University now offers advice on building employee skills, creating digital solutions and developing environmental science and technology and it is all free of charge.”

The BSGC project is one of three funded programmes at the University whose mission is to support Shropshire SMEs. In addition to this new programme, the University’s Digital Solutions Centre provides specialty advice on digital and technology needs and the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology (CREST) can help SMEs and start-ups develop their innovative ideas through research for market readiness. Through CREST, the University also offers specialty laboratory and geospatial research to local businesses.

To learn more about how the Building Skills and Growth Capacity programme can help your business, call 01743 297576 or email bsgc@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk.

University Centre Shrewsbury is a unique partnership between Shropshire Council and the University of Chester created by Shropshire, for Shropshire. Now in its fourth year, the University offers high quality teaching for 15 undergraduate and 10 post-graduate degrees in one of England’s finest Medieval Tudor towns.

Further information

European Social Fund

The project is receiving up to £392,089 of funding from the European Social Fund and the University of Chester as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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Applications going to North planning committee on 25 June 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:21

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 25 June 2019 at 2pm.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and reports, click here.

Pauls Moss Community Room, Pauls Moss, Whitchurch, SY13 1HH (18/05901/FUL) Proposed re-development to include the demolition of Pauls Moss and associated supported living accommodation; erection of one building comprising 74 supported residential units; health centre, pharmacy, central hub space of cafe and community rooms; 85 car parking spaces, alterations to existing vehicular access, creation of two new vehicular accesses (Rosemary Lane and Dodington); landscaping scheme including removal of trees; link to adjacent public open space.

The Bungalow, Golf House Lane, Prees Heath, SY13 3JR (19/00744/FUL) Erection of two dwellings, formation of new vehicular access.

The Stables, Booley Road, Stanton Upon Hine Heath, SY4 4LP (18/05167/FUL) Erection of an occupational dwelling and detached garage.

Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

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Museum of myth and fable to return to Shrewsbury after 18 years

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:58

Mythstories museum of myth and fable is set to return to Shrewsbury after 18 years away to run a series of Shut Stories storywalks through the town.

Amy Douglas will be leading four guided tours

Way back in 2001, Mythstories museum of myth and fable was in Carnarvon Lane in Shrewsbury.  The Regional Arts Lottery Programme declared 2001 ‘The Year Of The Artist’ so Mythstories got busy and asked storyteller Amy Douglas to work with community groups across the town to create memorable stories for each of Shrewsbury’s Shuts.

 

If you are not familiar with Shuts, they are those mysterious narrow passageways that thread their way from one broad street to another.  They are just asking for their stories to be told.

Amy worked with the Civic Society, the Town regeneration committee, the Visual Arts Network, Harlescott Women’s Group, Wilfred Owen School, Shropshire Radio listeners and Mythstories’ own Write Up Your Street after-schools club to name but a few.  Some may remember attending the premiere performance of all the tales at The Music Hall, now Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery.

Since then some of the stories have entered the canon of ‘traditional tales’ and have become part of the folklore of the town.

Mythstories thought this summer would be the ideal time to ask Amy to lead four Shut Stories storywalks through the town, retelling these tales.  After all, not only is 2019 Mythstories’ 20th anniversary year, but it also marks the museum’s return to the town after 18 years in Wem.

Mythstories is returning to Shrewsbury this summer

The first of the Shut Stories 2019 Storywalks takes place this Wednesday 19 June 2019.  Tickets £5.00 / £4.00 in advance at Eventbrite.

Meet at The Frankwell Quay Entrance, University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, SY3 8HQ at 2pm for a 90 minute guided walk with stories of Shrewsbury’s Shuts suitable for ages 16 to 96.

If you are unlucky enough to miss this first walk, there are others on Wednesday 3 July, Thursday 11 July and Tuesday 23 July.  Each tour will feature a selection of the tales.

Mythstories receives funding from Shropshire Council and this celebratory series is also supported by Lottery Funding from Arts Council England.

Photos, information and the stories from the original 2001 project can be found in a free downloadable booklet on the Mythstories website.

 

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Host of events to mark Refugee Week 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:19

A series of events to mark Refugee Week (17 June – 23 June 2019) are happening.

The theme of Refugee Week 2019, “You, me and those who came before”, is an invitation to explore the lives of refugees – and those who have welcomed them – throughout the generations.

Refugee Week

Events organised by Shropshire Supports Refugees include:

  • Tuesday 18 June (today) at Participate Gallery. – Artists exhibition on the theme of “you me and those who came before.” Open evening 5pm-7pm, exhibition is then available all week. 
  • Wednesday 19 June at Salop Leisure – Film “Sky and Ground” to be hosted by “Flicks in the Sticks”. 7pm-10pm.
  • Thursday 20 June at The Hive – “Tuned in song writing project” for children 8-18 years. 10.30am – 3.30 pm.
  • Thursday 20 June at In Good Hands – A poetry and reading evening with Pat Edwards (organiser 0f Welshpool Poetry Festival). 7pm till late.
  • Saturday 22 June at Shrewsbury Library – Culture Day. Children’s art exhibitions, Arabic writing workshops and book readings. Drumming workshops, a storybook and story sack created by the Syrians themselves. Information stalls and creative workshops, and a talk on Arabic and Syrian culture. Culturally diverse artwork displays.
  • Saturday 22 June at In Good Hands – A concert on Windrush day by the “One and Twelve Band “. 7pm-late.
  • Sunday 23 June at The Shrewsbury Buddhist Centre – Film -Human Flow (Sangha members only).

People escaping war and persecution have been welcomed by communities in the UK for hundreds of years, and their stories and contributions are all around us. From the Jewish refugees of the 1930s to people fleeing Vietnam in the 1970s, Kosovans in the 1990s to those arriving today; they are part of who we all are.

A key aim of the campaign is to create better understanding between different communities and to encourage successful integration, enabling refugees to live in safety and continue making a valuable contribution.

Amanda Jones, Director of Shropshire Supports Refugees not for profit CIC, said:-

“Shropshire Supports Refugees has been supporting families resettled in Shropshire through the VPRS (Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation) Government-led scheme since 2016.

“We recognise that it is not enough to just help these few families to integrate and find their feet in a new country, but that it is our duty to also continue to raise awareness and raise the profile of refugees and asylum seekers who are still stuck in horrific circumstances around the world.

“This year is refugee week theme is “You, me and those who came before”, offering us a chance to raise the profile of refugees and migrants who have enhanced our towns and cities through the years and indeed generations gone by.

“Nurturing a celebratory attitude rather than just a ‘tolerating’ attitude is the way that we would like to ensure that the families who are living in Shropshire are accepted and welcomed now and into the future.”

Since 2016 Shropshire Council, who commissions the Shropshire Supports Refugees service, has been working with key partners to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis and to support the Syrian resettlement programme. Since the scheme began, 63 individuals have now settled in Shropshire

Laura Fisher, Shropshire Council’s housing services manager, said:-

“We are very proud in Shropshire we have had amazing local support to help those families displaced from their war torn country, to start a new life in Shropshire.

“I am delighted to be supporting Refugee Week. It’s great to see that so many people and organisations have come together to bring a fantastic program of events, and we fully intend for Refugee Week to become embedded in Shropshire’s rich events calendar for many years to come.”

Amanda Jones added:-

“All that is being done throughout the county in support of the plight of the refugees, will go towards Shropshire obtaining a ‘County of Sanctuary’ award by the end of 2019.”

To find out more about the events, search Shropshire Supports Refugees on Facebook.

For further information about Refugee Week visit https://refugeeweek.org.uk/

Further information 

About Refugee Week

Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. The aims of Refugee Week are:

  • To encourage a diverse range of events to be held throughout the UK, which facilitate positive encounters between refugees and the general public in order to encourage greater understanding and overcome hostility
  • To showcase the talent and expertise that refugees bring with them to the UK
  • To explore new and creative ways of addressing the relevant issues and reach beyond the refugee sector
  • To provide information which educates and raises awareness of the reality of refugee experiences.

About Shropshire’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Scheme

A Cross Party Working Group was established in Shropshire to respond to the Syrian refugee crisis and to support the Syrian resettlement programme which will support 20,000 people to resettle in the UK.

The group consists of councillors representing each of the political parties, Shropshire Council’s adult social care team, children’s services, safeguarding and housing services, Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly, West Mercia Police, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Shropshire Council committed to the resettling of 15 Syrian families in the county. This equated to 63 individuals being welcomed into the county between June 2016 – March 2017.

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News from our partners: Shropshire’s two acute hospitals mark Learning Disability Week

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 16:34

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

Staff, patients and carers at Shropshire’s two acute hospitals attended a workshop today (Monday 17 June 2019) to mark Learning Disability Week 2019.

Learning Disability Week (17-23 June) is an annual event which aims to raise awareness of the 1.4 million people in the UK with a learning disability, and to help educate others to understand what a learning disability is and is not.

At the Learning Disability Workshop, from left, Karen Breese (Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist and organiser of the workshop) Sonia Bradburn (Student Disability Nurse), Ruth Smith (Associate Director Nursing at SaTH for Quality, Patients and Experience), James Hudson, Clair Challenor (both of Joint Training) and Josephine Appoi (Student Disability Nurse).

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, is committed to providing a responsive service that recognises the needs of patients and makes reasonable adjustments to their care to ensure they have the best experience possible.

Today’s Learning Disability Workshop was held in partnership with Shropshire Community Health Trust, Shropshire Council and the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust. It was an information-sharing event based around discussion and the telling of personal stories.

Discussion centred around ‘what values do you think are important when working with a learning disability?’ while also highlighting the importance of ‘The Patient Passport’ and a ‘one page profile’ – both of which give hospital staff important information about individual patients.

Karen Breese, Dementia Clinical Nurse Specialist at SaTH, organised the event through her passion of helping people with cognitive impairments.

She said:

“Providing the very best and equal care to all of our patients is something we strive to achieve every day of the year.

“Learning Disability Week is an excellent opportunity for us to have really important conversations, and to ensure we all understand what it means to have a learning disability.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the organisations, staff and visitors involved during the workshop.”

The workshop included information stands from The Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries, The Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Enable (employment support for people with learning disabilities) and SaTH’s Dementia Services Team.

For further information about Learning Disability Week, please visit www.mencap.org.uk

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News from our partners: Charity fund attracts new fans 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 16:05

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

Following a blazing hot summer of 2018, the Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals has ordered 250 bladed fans to keep its staff cool this summer, or maybe just to blow away the rain clouds.

The new bladed fans

Available through the Small Things Make a Big Difference Fund – which enables staff to ask for those small things that will have a big impact on themselves and their teams – the fans will provide comfort for patients and staff at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

Following a recent alert that portable bladeless air coolers used in clinical areas have been linked to cross infection in health and social care facilities, the new bladed fans will also make sure that SaTH is at the forefront of infection control in its hospitals.

Edwin Borman, Medical Director at SaTH, said:

“It is particularly important for the safety of our patients and staff that we observe guidance on the use of fans in clinical areas. We are removing portable bladeless fans that cannot be cleaned to hospital specifications.

“By making 250 bladed fans available, the “Small Things Make a Big Difference Fund” is helping to stop infection in our hospitals and creating a more pleasant atmosphere for patients, visitors and staff in our clinical areas.”

Originally a £10,000 fund set up as a result of staff feedback, The Small Things Make a Big Difference Fund saw additional investment last month when SaTH launched its staff lottery, from which half of all money raised through the lottery will be donated to the fund.

Victoria Maher, Workforce Director at SaTH, said:

“It is very easy, in an organisation as large as ours, to get hung up on the major projects which we need to carry forward to improve things for patients and for staff. But often, something small like a new fridge, a fan or some new tables and chairs for a staff area, can make a real difference to people’s day-to-day lives.”

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News from our partners: Get ready for hayfever season, urge health chiefs

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:49

News from our partners Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Preparation is key for hayfever season says Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which has issued a set of tips for tacking symptoms along with information on where to find help.

According to the CCG, it is not always necessary to see a GP if you have hayfever symptoms, you can access treatment from your pharmacy without the need for a prescription. Help is always at hand via the NHS website plus local pharmacists are available for quick, free advice for people unsure whether they are suffering from hayfever symptoms. No appointment is necessary.

In the UK, the hayfever season starts from late March until September with three different pollens active throughout this time. Tree pollen occurs first, then grass (which most are allergic to) and then weed pollen. Dependent upon where you live in the UK, the hayfever season will start at different times.

Top tips shared by the CCG for staying sneeze-free this summer include:

Visit your pharmacist: Pharmacists can help if you are unsure whether you have hayfever and give advice on how to treat your symptoms over-the-counter without the need for a prescription.

Call NHS 111: NHS 111 is free to call from any landline or mobile and is open 24/7. Advisers are able to direct you to the help and care you need, including whether you need to see a doctor or where your nearest pharmacy is located.

Visit the NHS website: For articles, videos and apps, the NHS website is available to help you make the best choices in relation to your health and wel-lbeing and on how to manage your hayfever symptoms. (www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever)

Protect eyes and nose: Wearing wraparound sunglasses can reduce the amount of pollen reaching your eyes, plus a small amount of petroleum jelly around your nose can help reduce the amount of pollen you breathe in.

Reduce your exposure: Be aware of local pollen counts in your area. They are usually higher in the early morning and from late afternoon, so try the middle of the day for an outdoor adventure. To check the pollen count in your area, the Met Office provides up-to-date information on the pollen forecast for five days ahead: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/pollen-forecast

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of Shropshire CCG, said:

“There is plenty of help available for people with hayfever and over-the-counter medicines can be bought from pharmacists, supermarkets and local retailers. If you are unsure whether you need to see a doctor, you can ask your local pharmacist for their advice.

“A lot of people still visit their GP for advice on conditions such as hayfever. However, it’s far better to ask your local pharmacist if you’re not sure what treatment is suitable for the symptoms you have. Pharmacists provide free help and advice and you don’t need to book an appointment.”

For more information please visit: www.shropshireccg.nhs.net.

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Decisions made by Central planning committee on 6 June 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 15:13

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 6 June 2019.

Former Copthorne Barracks, Copthorne Road, Shrewsbury (19/01288/REM) Approval of reserved matters (appearance, layout, scale and landscaping) pursuant to the Outline Permission 16/04228/OUT, for a mixed residential development of 150 dwellings  (additional 8 dwellings) for part of the site (an amendment to reserved matters approval 18/03637/REM), (amended description).

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

Proposed affordable dwelling south of Woodfield, Cruckton, Shrewsbury (19/01303/OUT) Outline application for the erection of one (affordable) dwelling to include access.

Decision

That planning permission be granted contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

The applicant has demonstrated housing need and a local connection and the proposed site can be considered to be within or adjacent to the named settlement of Cruckton.

Subject to:

That planning officers be granted delegated powers to attach appropriate conditions and a S106 to ensure that the dwelling is affordable in perpetuity.

37 Regents Drive, Shrewsbury (19/01594/FUL) Erection of a two-storey rear extension and alterations to single storey roof at front of house.

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

 

For further information relating to the decisions go to our online planning register and search for the application by using the reference number or keyword.

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Decisions made by Cabinet on 12 June 2019; plus video of meeting

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 14:58

Some important decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday 12 June 2019.

To see the full agenda and papers, and the decisions made, please click here.

The video of meeting is here:-

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Armed Forces Outreach Support at Palmer’s of Shrewsbury – Monday 17 June 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:57

War pensions and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme will be the topic of conversation at the next Armed Forces Outreach Support service session at Palmer’s of Shrewsbury next week (Monday 17 June 2019).

Keir Hurst from Wace Morgan Solicitors will be attending to give an overview of the schemes from 11am until 12pm.

The outreach support service takes place the first and third Monday of every month from 10am until 2pm at the café. The relaxed and friendly sessions are open to military personnel, veterans and their families.

Sean McCarthy, Shropshire Council’s sports development and Armed Forces Covenant officer, said:

“We are delighted to welcome Keir Hurst and hope that this will be of interest to many.

“The military community can sometimes find it difficult to access the advice they need once they leave the Armed Forces. The sessions will give serving personnel veterans and their families access to a support network which understands their background and needs – in a friendly and relaxed environment. Through this targeted advice and guidance, these people will be fully supported to lead independent lives within Shropshire.”

The outreach service has made possible through the Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme – a scheme that gives financial support to local projects which strengthen the ties and mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces community and the wider community in which they live.

The service has initially been supported by RBL, SSAFA, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded and Shropshire Council, but the service will be working closely with a number of other charities, and local organisations and businesses moving forward.

Other outreach events will also be held throughout the county. For further information, people can visit: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/support-for-armed-forces-personnel-veterans-and-families/

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Frankwell Main car park, Shrewsbury – flooding update (Thursday 13 June)

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 09:17

River levels will peak at around 2.7 metres at Shrewsbury’s Welsh Bridge Gauge today. This is below the level that impacts Frankwell Main car park and the car park re-opened this morning.

However, river levels will rise again overnight following last night’s rainfall and current predictions from the Environment Agency are a peak of between 3.2 to 3.7 metres. Based on this highest predicted level the car park will be closed tomorrow (Friday 14 June).

Holders of Season, Resident and Weekly tickets for Frankwell Main car park are asked to monitor river levels as vehicles may need to be moved this evening.

Based on current predictions, Frankwell Main car park will be closed tomorrow (Friday) and people are encouraged to use the Park & Ride service instead.

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Runners galore at Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:29

A scenic off-road run organised by Shropshire Council has been hailed a huge success with over 400 entrants taking part in the event at Severn Valley Country Park.

The Severn Valley Trail run is an annual event

The popular Severn Valley Trail Run is a well-established event that is held each June at the Country Park, near Bridgnorth.

Two runners approaching the finishing line

This year runners were treated to perfect running conditions with light cloud cover but no rain. The event was sponsored by Bridgnorth Aluminium and Doolittle and Dalley.

The winner of this years’ 10km men’s race was Todd Quiney while Emily Sanders was the first lady to cross the finish line.

Edward Andrews, Parks and Countryside Heritage Sites Officer said:

The event was a great success with runners from all over the midlands taking part. All proceeds from the event are re-invested into the management of Severn Valley Country Park.

“Feedback about the event from entrants was really positive. I would like to thank all the team of staff and volunteers at the park for their hard work on race day!

Next year’s event will be held on Sunday 7 June (2020). Online entries will open soon.

You can find more information about Severn Valley Country Park by visiting the website.

Severn Valley Country Park is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.

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News from our partners: Gas works pave the way for carnival joy in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:05

News from our partners, Cadent

Carnival joy is on the cards for Shrewsbury’s residents and visitors after contractors working for gas network Cadent beat the clock to get Mardol Head open and ready for this Saturday’s (15 June 2019) event.

Balfour Beatty, who are working on behalf of Cadent, replacing ageing 1960s gas mains in Mardol Head and Shoplatch, raced against time to install the first lengths of brand new gas pipe in the ground.

The holes will be filled in and temporary tarmac laid to allow the carnival to go ahead. Cadent contractors will clear barriers away from the site and down tools, in time to resume work on Sunday. The road closure will be reinstated on Sunday.

Shrewsbury Carnival is a must-see event in the town’s summer calendar, raising thousands of pounds for charity. A parade of dazzling floats on this year’s theme of ‘Anything Goes’ will head out through the town at 2pm, followed by fun for all at the Quarry.

This year’s event promises something for everyone with music, dancing, a fun fair, bouncy castles and slides, food, trade and charity stalls the Whitefield Light Railway and much more.

Craig Horrocks, who heads up Cadent’s gas mains replacement programme in the West Midlands region, said:

“While we can’t guarantee the weather, our contractors have been working their socks off to make sure Mardol Head and Shoplatch are open and ready for Saturday’s Carnival fun.

“We’d like to wish the carnival organisers all the best and we hope everyone has a great time. We would like to thank people for bearing with us while we install the new gas mains. The gas pipes we are laying now will be keeping local homes and businesses safe and warm for many carnivals to come.”

With Shoplatch and Mardol Head closed to through traffic while the gas mains upgrade is underway, Shrewsbury BID have transformed Shoplatch into a ‘pocket park’ complete with artificial turf, deck chairs and giant games.

The pocket park will be temporarily taken down today (12 June 2019) to make way for the carnival but will be back up-and-running next week.

The gas mains replacement work is expected to take a further three weeks to complete. To keep staff and road users safe while the work is underway, Mardol Head and Shoplatch will need to remain closed to through traffic.

Drivers who would normally travel through the Shoplatch route are advised to follow the signed alternative route from Abbey Foregate and Coleham Gyratory via Old Potts Way and the inner ring road.

Access continues to be maintained for businesses, residents and emergency vehicles and all car parks are available. Businesses remain open as usual in Shoplatch, Mardol Head and all the town centre.

Once the new pipes are installed, Shropshire Council will continue a major facelift of the street’s paving, which has already transformed Pride Hill.

During the remaining gas mains replacement, High Street will be closed to through traffic, meaning inbound Wyle Cop, High Street and Shoplatch will be free from traffic.

There are changes to the Park & Ride (P&R) and some town centre bus services during the works.

  • Harlescott P&R service will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Chester Street.
  • Oxon P&R will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Frankwell (return).
  • Meole Brace P&R will not serve stops at High Street and Shoplatch.

Other buses serving the town centre will follow the official diversions and collect/drop off passengers within the town centre where they can.

If anyone has any enquiries about this work they should contact Cadent’s customer services team on 0161 703 1000.

To find out more about how Cadent replaces gas mains and how that affects residents and businesses go to www.bettergaspipes.co.uk.

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Support Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 10:02

Shropshire Council is inviting businesses in Shrewsbury to take part in a military themed window display competition to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29 June 2019.

The day, which is normally celebrated over a two-week period from 24 June until 7 July, is a fantastic opportunity for communities to come together and thank our forces personnel for the jobs they undertake on behalf of the country and in defence of the realm.

Councillor Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“We’re encouraging as many businesses as possible to get involved and dress their window as part of the celebrations from 24 June until 7 July.

“Businesses can also show their support to military personnel, veterans and their families by holding events such as bake sales or coffee mornings.”

The prize for the winning window display will be a tour of RAF Shawbury for up to 12 employees. It will include a tour of the facilities, static helicopter, static aircraft including a Red Arrow Hawk and the chance to fire either a rifle or pistol on one of their ranges.

To kick-start the celebrations, the council will be raising the Armed Forces Day flag at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Monday 24 June 2019 at 9.30am, and afterwards a few local organisations will sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

Shropshire Council was awarded an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award in 2017.

During the two weeks, the council will also be offering free access to serving personnel and their immediate family members at Shrewsbury Sports Village, The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre, Whitchurch Swimming Centre, Market Drayton Swimming and Fitness Centre, Oswestry Leisure Centre, Ludlow Leisure Centre, Church Stretton Sport Centre, Cleobury Mortimer Sports and Fitness Centre, SpArC Bishops Castle, Meole Brace Golf Course, Roman Road Sports Centre, Idsall Sports Centre and Much Wenlock Leisure Centre.

Lezley added:

“Both regular and reservists members of the Armed Forces along with veterans and military families all perform vital roles in their local communities and in defence of the country and we are committed to recognising, valuing and supporting their contribution.

“It’s great to see so many things happening to mark this important day.”

For further information please contact Sean McCarthy or Sarah Kerr by emailing SAFCC@shropshire.gov.uk

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Statement from Peter Nutting, Leader of Shropshire Council

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 09:22

Councillor Peter Nutting

Following recent press reports I would like to clarify that Shropshire Council has absolutely no intention of seeking any amalgamation with Telford and Wrekin Council.

Shropshire Council is a very busy council with a great record of providing top level adult and children’s social services and has a variety of capital projects in the pipeline. The council is working hard to ensure that economic development is a priority in the county so as to maintain the high levels of employment currently enjoyed.

Shropshire is unique, with huge amounts of green open space and many delightful market towns, but it has very little in common with the Telford area. Telford has its own character but it is different to Shropshire and there seems little logic in trying to join the two areas under one umbrella.

The two councils do work together behind the scenes providing some joint services, including fire and rescue, but the current arrangements work extremely well and there is no intention to extend that relationship in any way. There are some areas of disagreement, including the future of health and hospital services, but I can see no benefit in trying to force the two councils together.

Shropshire Council will resist any attempt to encourage them to join with Telford and Wrekin Council.

Peter Nutting
Leader of Shropshire Council

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Folk at the Farm festival coming to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 14:15

A new one-day festival is coming to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm in July, when Folk at the Farm celebrates Shropshire’s fantastic legacy of folklore, music and traditions.

Aerial shot of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm by Drone Rangers

On Saturday 20 July 2019, storytellers, musicians, artists and craftspeople will present a full day’s programme of performances and activities for both adults and children to enjoy.

There will be poetry and song, talks and tall tales, craftsmen and artists demonstrating and selling their work, activities for the youngsters, workshops, locally made products, food and beers.

Performers include Whalebone and Jean Atkin, Men from Off, Sal Tonge, Suzanne and Jake Tumnus, Andy Harrop, Val Littlehales and Free Born Rising, there’ll be something to enjoy all day.

The event is organised by ‘Folk’, an informal grouping of artists, storytellers, and folklore enthusiasts, who share a wish to explore creatively this special and sometimes overlooked aspect of the county’s history.

The group is primarily exploring and celebrating the work of three women folklore collectors from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries: Georgina Jackson, Charlotte Burne, and Mary Webb.

Folk at the Farm sees the start of a longer project around these three women and their legacy, which it is hoped will extend the work of collecting and recording local stories and traditions right up to the present day.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:

“It’s great to see Acton Scott Historic Working Farm hosting an event that promotes local stories and traditions.

“There’s going to be loads of things for families and groups to do so I’m looking forward to seeing the Farm busy with people.”

The project and festival are the brainchild of local folklorist Anne-Marie Lagram, who said:

“Wonderful music, exciting stories, poetry workshops, crafts from blacksmithing to basketry, beekeeping and natural beauty products – plus the animals and displays at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm – what better setting for a great day out!”

Folk at the Farm will run from 10am – 7pm at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.

Tickets cost £30 for a family of four (2 adults + 2 children) or £15 for an adult (£10 OAP) and £6 per child.

For more information and tickets, visit www.folkcc.co.uk or click here.

You can find more information about Acton Scott Historic Working Farm here.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.

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