Exciting new Darwin Room Sessions set to begin at Shrewsbury Library

Shropshire Council News Feed - 3 hours 51 min ago

Shrewsbury Library is excited to launch the new Darwin Room Sessions this September in the wake of successful recent events.

The Darwin Room Sessions will feature an ongoing series of events focusing on dance, music, visual arts, poetry, readings and performances.

The events will be in the home of the school of Shrewsbury’s most famous son, Charles Darwin and follow the tradition of 500 years of talks and learning as Shrewsbury Library welcomes Shropshire’s finest creative talents.

The events will be open the people of all ages as look to discover new Shropshire talent and celebrate existing cultural heroes.

Some events in the Darwin Room Sessions series will include audience participation and they will be informal and there will be something for everyone.

Katherine Berry, branch manager of Shrewsbury Library for Shropshire Council, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be able to host talented musicians, dancers, visual artists and storytellers here.

“We are always evolving as a library and community hub, and look forward immensely to working with creative and fascinating artists of all kinds. This ranges from Bollywood dance to electric guitar solos; it is a very exciting series ahead.

“We will also live-stream some of the performances for the world to see and hear. Libraries are so much more than books and we love a bit of controlled creative chaos too!”

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

“We’re working hard to broaden the appeal of libraries across Shropshire and reaffirm their status as important community facilities.

“It’s great to see Shrewsbury Library run events that will encourage people from all walks of life visit and the Darwin Room Sessions are a fantastic way of doing this.”

The first Darwin Room Sessions event will take place on Saturday 28 September and will begin at 11am and will be free to attend.

This event will feature guitarist, Jules Morgan who will be performing classical music before demonstrating who this has influenced rock ‘n’ roll music for generations.

Shrewsbury Library is part of Shropshire Libraries which is managed by Shropshire Council.

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News from our partners: Shropshire Music Trust’s new season – new artistes and some favourites

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News from our partners Shropshire Music Trust

Shropshire Music Trust is returning with a new season, which includes fabulous new artistes and old favourites.

Shropshire Music Trust’s new season offers everything from sacred music and dance by the Monks of Tibet, and Mid-Wales Opera; to a Jazz Planets Showcase, and the New Manchester School presenting Comedy, Tragedy and Squeaky-Door Music.

Monks of Tibet

Returning by popular demand will be Innovation Ensemble, the Carducci String Quartet, Emma Johnson, and the ever-popular Ex Cathedra – with their traditional Christmas Concert, and also a magical Midsummer Night’s concert next June.

Emma Johnson

Music lovers can enjoy a variety of concerts and events, with performances by acclaimed musicians in some splendid venues across Shropshire.

The season will host an Outreach Programme of workshops in schools and care homes with the season artistes. Shropshire Music Trust also works with Creative Inspiration, Live Music Now and the Shropshire Music Education Hub on projects to promote health and well-being and great experiences for the young, elderly and disadvantaged.

The 2019/2020 new season starts with a Lunchtime Concert at Shrewsbury’s Lion Hotel, when the Flauguissimo Duo- flautist Yu-Wei Hu and theorboist Johan Lofving present a selection of French and English composers from the Baroque period, on Monday 14 October between 1pm and 2 pm.

Kate Hogwood, director of Shropshire Music Trust, said:

“Prepare to be both amazed and transported when the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet, giving an insight into one of the most unique, spiritual and traditional cultures in the world.

“With rich overtone chanting, traditional costumes, ceremonial masks and Tantric instruments including conch-shell trumpets, meditation bells and the powerfully low sounds of the majestic dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet giving an insight into one of the most unique, spiritual and traditional cultures in the world.

The venue is the Maidment Hall Shrewsbury School on Thursday 31 October 2019 at 7.30pm. There’s a pre-concert dance workshop between 6.30pm and 7pm, and the evening will have traditional Tibetan refreshment too.”

Wihan Quartet

We welcome back the Wihan Quartet who will be celebrating their 35th year with a concert at The Lion Hotel Shrewsbury on Friday 15 November 2019 at 7.30pm. Described as ‘one of the best quartets in the world today’, they will be performing some well-known classical, romantic and modern masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire, and will focus on their Czech heritage at what promises to be a passionate and yet an emotionally charged concert, sensitively presented.

Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love & Marriage

As a complete contrast, Mid Wales Opera will present Mrs Peachum’s Guide to Love & Marriage at SpArc Theatre, Bishop’s Castle on Saturday 23 November at 7.30pm. Opera-lovers can Join Mrs Peachum and her daughter Polly in a rumbustious tragicomic tale of love, loyalty & London gin!

Josh Doughty

More information will be announced later about New Year events that will feature some high-quality concerts by the very finest musicians.  To name a few they will include Ensemble Hesperi  (The Pheasant’s Eye: Dancing the Scottish Baroque);  Josh Doughty playing the kora with music from ‘West Wales to West Africa’ and Moishe’s Bagel presenting an intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European and Middle Eastern rhythms of world folk music.

Moishe’s Bagel

The Trust is offering a selection of discounts off tickets with a maximum 30% saving in our Saver Discount Scheme. Great value for money, especially for groups. Full details are on our website at  Pick up the Season Leaflet, or visit our website and discover the wonderful music available in what promises to be a thrilling season of events.

Carducci Quartet

Shropshire Music Trust received funding from Shropshire Council’s arts development fund.

Ensemble Hesperi

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Children’s homes job opportunities – some frequently asked questions

Shropshire Council News Feed - 8 hours 23 min ago

People wanting to work with and care for children and young people are being given the opportunity to work at one of two new children’s residential homes that are set to open in Shropshire early next year.

Over 25 permanent positions are available at the homes, for care workers and shift leaders. To find out more, and to apply, go to and search for reference 855 (shift leader) and 856 (care workers).

The two homes – one near Shrewsbury and one near Oswestry – are being opened by Shropshire Council to increase the provision of accommodation for local ‘looked-after’ children in the council’s care.

The following ‘frequently-asked questions’ will tell you more about these roles.

You can also email any questions to:

What does a Residential Childcare Worker do?

There a number of responsibilities involved in the role of a Residential Childcare Worker (RCW). As an RCW you will be responsible for the day-to-day care of the young people in the home. This may include: waking a child and helping them get ready for school; helping children with their homework; preparing meals for the young people, and taking young people on activities such as bowling, swimming or cycling. You will also have a role in helping the young people to achieve outcomes for their health and well-being – completing key work with the young people which helps them manage their emotions and gain better coping strategies.

Why are the young people looked after by Shropshire Council?

There are multiple reasons why a child may be ‘looked after’ by Shropshire Council.

  • The child’s parents might have agreed to this – for example, if they are too unwell to look after their child.
  • It is not safe for the child to remain at home.
  • The child could be an unaccompanied asylum seeker, with no responsible adult to care for them.
  • Children’s services may have intervened because they felt the child was at significant risk of harm, if this is the case the child is usually the subject of a court-made legal order.
What is socially unaware behaviour and what behaviour might the young people display?

Each child is an individual and has strengths and challenges. A lot of looked-after children are kind, caring and personable. However, these children may have had to overcome huge challenges such as trauma and abuse and this can have an impact on their behaviour. Socially unaware behaviour is when a person struggles to understand and behave in a socially acceptable manner. The children we look after may display some difficult behaviour at times such as threatening/aggressive behaviour, violence, sexualised behaviour etc.

Training and support will be given to help you manage difficult behaviour, however a high level of resilience is important to be successful within the role.

How many children will I be working with?

Shropshire Council are opening three new children’s homes. Two of the children’s homes will each look after two children. The third children’s home will look after four children.

What is the staffing ratio in the homes?

Currently we are expecting two of the children’s homes to have three childcare workers for the two children living there. In the third children’s home we expect there to be three childcare workers for the four children. However, staffing ratios are reviewed regularly and may change based on the needs of the children.

What is the age of the children I would be looking after?

The children we look after will be between the ages of seven and 16 at the point of coming to the home.

What are the current working hours and rota pattern?

You would be expected to work 37 hours per week over a three-week rolling rota shift pattern. Currently the shifts within the homes begin at 9.30am and finish at 11.00pm, although this could change to meet the needs of the home and young people. You will be required to sleep in at the home following some shifts; there is an additional payment for this.

We aim to complete rotas as far in advance as we can, and every effort is made to keep the rota pattern consistent. Training and relevant meetings are also incorporated as part of your hours but may be outside of your rota pattern at times.

What support is available for me?

As a Residential Childcare Worker, you will receive monthly supervision with an experienced member of staff; this is a time where any issues can be addressed and any further support needed can be identified.

Shropshire Council employees also have access to the Network of Staff Supporters, a service that offers support such as counselling and mediation. The council has an occupational health department and HR department which can offer various ways of supporting our employees.

What training and qualifications will I receive?

We have a full induction programme offering you the training and support needed to become a childcare worker. Training and further development is also completed on the job with the support of your supervisor.

If you haven’t got the qualification already you will be enrolled on a Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England), free of charge. This is mandatory for all residential childcare workers and support will be provided for you to achieve the Diploma. The council is committed to professional development and have access to a wide range of relevant and continuous training opportunities.

Are their opportunities to progress in this as a career?

As a Residential Childcare Worker there are a range of options in terms of progression. This could be to a Shift Leader then Deputy Manager and Registered Manager and beyond.
Working in residential care allows a person to gain valuable experience in working with children and this could be greatly beneficial for those who wish to work in other areas such as social work or education.

If I have a criminal conviction can I still apply?

You will be asked about any criminal convictions on the application form for the role. It is important that you give full details of any convictions you may have received.

Successful candidates will be required to provide an enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure & Barring Service. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis to assess the suitability of candidates for the role.

We will not process applicants who have been barred from working with children in line with The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

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News from our partners: Healthwatch Shropshire calls for mental health support for new parents

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News from our partners Healthwatch Shropshire

Independent health and social care champion Healthwatch Shropshire is calling on local services to make more space for new parents in Shropshire to talk about their mental health.

A new national report, Mental Health and the Journey to Parenthood, exploring the experiences of women with mental health problems has found that many people are not experiencing the consistent support they should expect if services were following NHS guidelines.

The findings reflect what local women told Healthwatch Shropshire when it investigated the issue last January (2019), and produced the Maternity and Mental Health Engagement Report Shropshire.

The Healthwatch England report focuses on a survey of 1,738 women and draws on the research undertaken by Healthwatch Shropshire. These women reported either having a mental health condition diagnosed by a doctor before, during or after having a baby or they said they had experienced a mental health problem which had not been diagnosed.

With the NHS committed to providing maternal mental health support for more than 30,000 extra women by 2020/21, the work undertaken by Healthwatch can help local services understand what’s working for new mothers and what isn’t.

Some mothers reported good experiences of care. A mum reported that she had quick access to support: “I was near the end of the pregnancy when I had a panic and a wobble so I saw the midwife and had a second consultant appointment. This happened within one week.”

However, with one in four women experiencing mental health problems in pregnancy and the 24 months after birth, analysis of the stories women shared also highlights the need to provide more opportunities for new parents and health professionals to talk about mental health during the journey to parenthood.

Common themes highlighted by the experiences of women include the range of issues that can help contribute to mental health problems such as severe pregnancy sickness, the physical health of babies, a history of mental health problems, feelings of isolation and a lack of empathy from professionals. Many women feel scared about speaking up: even though they know they are struggling with their mental health, factors such as fear that they will be judged as bad parents or healthcare staff attitudes can act as a barrier to seeking support.

It is clear that many people don’t know where to turn for help. Despite the increased focus on NHS support for mental health, women said that they were not being given enough information about the mental health support available and what to do if they need help.

Sharing her experience, a mother said; “Both myself and my husband felt that we needed support following the birth of our child and spoke to our health visitor about this who advised we made a GP appointment. Three months following this we are still trying to get an appointment – even when I mentioned this to my GP at my 6 weeks appointment. No support!”

In the report, a  third of women (33%) who had a diagnosed mental health condition said they were not given any advice about maternity and mental health at any point. Nearly half (47%) of all women described getting support for their mental health as ‘difficult’ or ‘very difficult’. 58% said they did not get a care plan that considered their maternity and mental health needs, while 36% reported not feeling involved in decisions about their care. A third of all women (36%) rated the quality of mental health support given by health professionals (e.g. GPs, midwives and health visitors) as poor or very poor.   

Commenting on the findings Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said:

“Women and their partners experiencing maternity mental health issues for the first time appear to have considerable difficulty accessing help and support. A system wide understanding of the referral criteria for each part of the service is needed, e.g. Perinatal Mental Health Team, Psychological Therapies. This will save professionals time and reduce distress for parents. The mothers’ and partners’ long-standing relationships with Primary Care, where they exist, could be vital in helping some of them to engage with the mental health support on offer.”

Imelda Redmond CBE, National Director of Healthwatch England, said:

 “It’s good to see that the NHS is investing in better mental health support for new mothers. While our research does highlight the positive impact that the right support can have, it also shows how much more needs to be done to make sure that all women get the right help, at the right time.

“People meet with a whole host of professionals before and after having a baby, and space must be made for them to talk about how they’re feeling. Parents must feel empowered to speak up and understand where to go for support so that they can manage any mental health problems they face, form strong bonds with baby and help lay the foundations for a healthy, happy life for all involved.”

Further information 

Healthwatch Shropshire is one of a network of 148 Local Healthwatch in England.  It is supported by a national organisation, Healthwatch England.

It has a team working in community engagement, plus a volunteer programme, a visit programme to health and social care premises and an associate membership scheme to involve the public in its work.  It also has a signposting service to help people access health and social care services and support.

Healthwatch Shropshire also provides the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS) for Shropshire. The IHCAS service provides information, advice and, if necessary, can support people through the NHS complaints process.

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Charlie Landsborough at Theatre Severn on Tuesday 15 October on his farewell tour

Shropshire Council News Feed - 10 hours 48 min ago

Charlie Landsborough will play Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 15 October 2019 as part of his farewell tour.

Charlie Landsborough has announced his plans to retire from touring in 2019 to concentrate on writing and recording his music. The veteran performer issued a press release to his fans saying “I will certainly miss you all but will never forget your great kindness and support and will always treasure the wonderful memories I have of the lovely times I have had with you”.

Charlie Landsborough

Before spending his days writing and recording Charlie will be undertaking an extended ‘Farewell Tour’.  This included Scotland in October 2018 and England and Ireland in 2019, giving his fans and followers the opportunity to once again experience an easy listening night with Charlie Landsborough.

Known for his major successes such as My Forever Friend, Colour of the Wind and I Will Love You All My Life, Charlie’s show encompass all genres of music from his beautiful ballads to folk, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, pop and gospel.

Charlie has a long history in the music industry, his career beginning in the 1970s, his success in 1994 with his song My Forever Friend, to being awarded Best Songwriter, Best Song, Best Male Vocalist and International Country Album and then receiving ultimate recognition he was inducted into the British Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

With multiple awards, albums and hit songs Charlie Landsborough is one of Britain’s musical legends with a fan base that stretches across the globe from his home city of Liverpool to Australia and New Zealand.

Ahead of his tour Charlie released his latest album The Attic Collection comprising of, in Charlie’s own words “a collection of some of my musical memorabilia, some of which that was actually recorded in an attic, that of my good friend Jim Donaldson house in Darwen, Lancashire. It is always nice to reflect on what’s gone before and to remember various episodes of our lives and I have fond memories associated with each track on this collection.”

Charlie’s Tour of Britain began Wednesday 3 April 2019, culminating on Wednesday 27 October 2019.

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News from our partners: The Dingle named as the ‘Old Kent Road of Shrewsbury’

Shropshire Council News Feed - 10 hours 58 min ago

News from our partners Winning Moves UK

It’s now two months until the Shrewsbury Monopoly’s ‘Big Reveal’ .. and The Dingle (perhaps controversially) has been revealed as the ‘Old Kent Road of Shrewsbury’.

The makers of the new game are announcing the first property space on the board – which is in fact also the first that appears in chronological order.

Shrewsbury Monopoly box

The Dingle – Shrewsbury’s showpiece picture-postcard park, resplendent with manicured lawns – will take the Monopoly Shrewsbury Edition’s most affordable space when the game hits the shops.

But the makers of the new game Winning Moves UK were talking up the news as a ‘coup’ for Dingle lovers.

Jake Houghton, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, said:-

“Alongside Mayfair, Old Kent Road is the most talked about space and very high in cachet.

“We wanted an enormous name on it – and also to make it the perfect fit somewhere old, public and modest in terms of any admission price. The ‘old’ aspect works extremely well with the Old Kent Road feature of the space – The Dingle is old. Also the fact it is public and totally free to all is a nice fit with the very modest rental and purchase value of the square.”

Old Kent Road is the most affordable of all the multi-coloured property locations. Mayfair is the most valuable property, and inbetween are 20 other property spaces. All will be exclusively Shrewsbury landmarks and addresses in this official version of the world’s most famous board game.

The Dingle will be the first property location to appear on the board. The other 21 properties be revealed when the game is on shelves in mid-November.

Helen Ball, Shrewsbury Town Council’s Town Clerk, said:

“Our award-winning Dingle gardens are the jewel in the crown of our floral offer in Shrewsbury. We know that many people get the ‘wow factor’ from our horticultural haven of tranquillity and we are thrilled that our floral masterpiece is being featured in the brand new Shrewsbury Monopoly game.

“We’re all looking forward to the official launch of the game in November.”

Winning Moves UK are the makers of this unique version under official licence from Monopoly game owners, Hasbro.

News of a new Monopoly game for Shrewsbury was announced in May 2019.  At the announcement the public was invited to vote for landmarks and customised Chance and Community Chest cards to star in the game. The new board will go on sale around mid-November (an exact date still to be announced) at all good toy and book stores in Shrewsbury including Christmas Perks, Shrewsbury Duck Store and Venterior  – and very widely online, including on Amazon.

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New stores to open in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre in time for Christmas

Shropshire Council News Feed - 12 hours 24 min ago

Three new tenants are to open ‘pop up shops’ in Shrewsbury’ Darwin Shopping Centre in the run-up to Christmas.

Chikpe, which makes and sells handmade soaps, plus toiletries and gifts, is to open on 18 September opposite Costa, the seventh successive Christmas that they’ve opened a store in the Darwin Centre.

Calendar Club is also returning to the Centre at the end of October, opening in a unit next to the Disney Store.

And, on 1 October, new store Teresa’s Boutique, a high end ladies’ fashion unit, is set to open opposite JD Sports.

Meanwhile, alternative clothing store Soho is this week relocating from the Darwin Centre to a new unit in the Pride Hill Shopping Centre.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“We’re very excited to welcome Teresa’s Boutique to the Darwin Centre, and delighted to welcome back Chikpe and Calendar Club for what we hope will be another successful Christmas.”

The news follows the recent announcement that national retailers H&M, Perfume Shop, Top Shop/Top Man and QVC have all signed new long-term leases to remain in the Darwin Centre.

For more information visit

Further information

To follow Shrewsbury shopping centres on social media, go to:

Facebook: @shrewsburyshopping
Twitter: @shop_shrewsbury
Instagram: @shrewsbury_shopping

Issued on behalf of Shrewsbury shopping centres

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Shrewsbury Castle welcomes thousands for opening of Laura’s Tower

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 16:51

On Sunday 15 September 2019 proved to be a record breaking day at Shrewsbury Castle as a new record for visitor numbers in one day was set.

The Castle welcomed visitors for its annual opening of Laura’s Tower which is opened for one day a year for the Heritage Open Days festival.

Shrewsbury Castle welcomed over 2,705 visitors for the annual opening of Laura’s Tower, thrashing the previous record set in 2017 of 2,003.

The day even saw a marriage proposal to a woman named Laura!

Ian Pritchard, Shrewsbury Castle custodian for Shropshire Council, said:

It was great to see the Castle so busy even if it was a manic day for myself and our wonderful volunteers.

The opening of Laura’s Tower is always a fantastic occasion which proves to be very popular with our visitors so we’re happy that it, once again, proved to be the case.

I hope everyone who visited us had a great time.

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

I’m delighted to see that Shrewsbury Castle was so busy for the Heritage Open Days festival.

“We are very keen to raise the profile of the Castle so more people can enjoy it, so to see that so many people wanted to visit is very encouraging.

Shrewsbury Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and is one of the oldest SAMs in the country. It is also a Grade 1 listed building and was first listed by Historic England in 1953.

The Castle is one of the best-preserved, Conquest-period earthwork castles in England, but is also one of the least well-known. It is unusually well preserved because it escaped rebuilding.

The first ever excavation of the castle has recently been completed during which two military arrowheads dating to Medieval England and the original Norman motte ditch were discovered proving beyond all doubt the castle’s military history. For more information about this, click here or visit YouTube.

You can see more information about Shrewsbury Castle here.

Shrewsbury Castle and Laura’s Tower are owned and managed by Shropshire Council

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News from our partners: Launch of the Big 6 initiative

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 15:47

News from our partners, the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups

“The Big 6”  initiative to help parents and carers tackle the most common childhood illnesses has been launched by Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

A set of easy-to-understand advice sheets on The Big 6 illnesses have been created for parents and carers to give guidance on what action to take if a child is ill.

The advice sheets feature the most common illnesses in children aged 0-16 and cover:

  • Bronchiolitis/croup
  • Fever/sepsis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Head injury
  • Wheezy child/asthma
  • Abdominal pain

Included in the advice sheet is information on what the illness is and details of its symptoms. There are dedicated sections on how parents and carers can help relieve the symptoms, along with practical advice to help their child’s recovery. This includes ways to treat your child at home.

For quick reference there are also phone numbers on where to get further help and advice.

There is also useful information on where to get help depending on how serious the symptoms are. To help parents and carers find out the best place to get help and where to go for treatment there is a colourful traffic light system matching up symptoms with where to go.

Jess Sokolov, Shropshire CCG’s Medical Director, said:

“We want to ensure that when a child is feeling unwell parents have the best information to hand to help them get better.

“These advice sheets are easy to access and understand and will enable parents to get the quickest and most appropriate advice and treatment for their child.”

Dr Jo Leahy, GP and Chair of Telford & Wrekin CCG, said:

“As well as helping parents and carers to understand more about these childhood illnesses we also want to ensure that our health care professionals, such as pharmacists and GPs, all have access to the same clinical guidelines and assessment tools and are able to deliver the same high quality care for the children of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.”

The Big 6 advice sheets are available to download from the Shropshire CCG website or the Telford & Wrekin website


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Consultation on proposed improvements to Oswestry’s Mile End roundabout

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:28

Mile End roundabout

A public consultation about proposed improvements to Mile End roundabout in Oswestry is to begin next week, and aims to gather people’s views before a planning application for the work is submitted.

A consultation event is being held at Mile End Golf Club on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 September [2019] from 11am to 8pm each day

As part of the consultation, the proposals – and a questionnaire – will also be available to view on the council’s website from 24 September and at Oswestry Library from 2 October to 1 November. An additional meeting is also being arranged with parish and town councils, to give them the opportunity to comment and ask questions.

Under the plans, a new second roundabout would be constructed on land owned by Shropshire Council – the Oswestry Innovation Park site – and then be connected to the existing strategic road network on the A5 and A483, therefore minimising the disruption to the network during the construction phase.

Subject to planning permission, work to construct the new ‘dumbbell’ roundabout could begin in June 2020 and be completed by March 2022.

The proposed new ‘dumbbell’ design for Mile End

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“The development of housing and employment land within Oswestry has been heavily constrained by the existing capacity of the road network.

“These planned improvements will improve the capacity of the road network on the A5 at Mile End, and improve the viability of planned housing developments.

“Improvements have been made to the Mile End junction in recent years but these have only addressed existing traffic issues. The subsequent, significant increase in traffic means these further improvements are vital so that much-needed additional housing and employment can be delivered in the area.”

The planning application is due to be submitted in October 2019, before a final design is published in March 2020.

The preferred design option for Mile End has been agreed in principle through ongoing discussions with Highways England and is based on detailed traffic modelling work to assess future traffic requirements.

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Applications going to South planning committee on 24 September 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 14:10

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s South planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 24 September 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.

Cartway Cottage, Woodbank, Abdon, Craven Arms (18/00027/FUL) Erection of detached garage and formation of turning area.

Proposed dwelling to the east of Corfton (18/03863/OUT) Outline application for the erection of detached cottage and garage to include means of access.

Proposed commercial development land to the north of Bishop’s Castle Business Park, Bishop’s Castle (19/02268/FUL) Erection of four industrial units; formation of estate road and parking areas with planting scheme.

St Mary’s Church, Bridgnorth (19/02793/FUL) Formation of six space car park and associated vehicular and pedestrian access for use in connection with St Mary’s Church.

Park Farm, Angel Lane, Farden, Ludlow (19/03195/FUL) Erection of two storey and single storey extensions and improvements to existing farmhouse.

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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Opportunity for people to work at Shropshire’s two new children’s homes

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 13:12

People wanting to work with and care for children and young people are being given the opportunity to work at one of two new children’s residential homes that are set to open in Shropshire early next year.

Over 25 permanent positions are available at the homes, for care workers and shift leaders.

The two homes – one near Shrewsbury and one near Oswestry – are being opened by Shropshire Council to increase the provision of accommodation for local ‘looked-after’ children in the council’s care – helping to prevent them from having to move out of the county, and enabling the council to better support them.

Shropshire Council has purchased the two properties, and is currently adapting and fitting them out, ready for opening. A further short-stay home for children who have a high likelihood of being able to return home or step down to foster care is also due to be purchased and then open later next year.

The council is opening the new homes to provide accommodation for children within the county, which is becoming increasingly difficult to find. The aim is to improve choice for Shropshire children and young people and help reduce the need for, and costs of, external residential placements.

The ideal candidates must be able to provide care and support to children who have complex needs, may display socially unaware behaviours, and may have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma.

Previous experience or qualifications aren’t required as training will be offered. However, the successful candidates will need to be caring, resilient and motivated.

To find out more, and to apply, go to and search for reference 855 (shift leader) and 856 (care workers).

A drop-in briefing session will be held at Shirehall in Shrewsbury on Tuesday 24 September [2019] from 10am to 2pm to give people the chance to find our more and raise any questions.

Karen Bradshaw, director of children’s services with Shropshire Council, said:

“This is a really positive move for the council and the children in our care, but also great news for local people who want to care for and support vulnerable children.

“The new homes will ensure stability for a greater number of children within Shropshire where they can access school, health and leisure services and maintain ongoing relationships with their family and friends. They will also help us to better support our young people to develop their independence skills as they prepare to move out of the care of the local authority.

“Enabling children to stay in Shropshire will reduce the high and rising external placement costs, but also promote their connection to their family and support their transition to adulthood.”

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“In short, these new homes will enable us to better meet the needs of our looked-after children by providing additional accommodation within the county. This will lead to a wide range of benefits for the children, our staff and the council. Children will be closer to home, staff won’t need to travel long distances to visit them, and the council can provide much better care for these children, especially those with complex needs, improving their life chances so that they can develop into responsible Shropshire residents.”

To find out more and to apply, click here for the residential care workers vacancies, and click here for the shift leaders vacancies.

People can also email any questions to:

Further information

Shropshire Council is required to provide children who are deemed to be looked-after with accommodation that meets their needs. Should the council be unable to provide suitable accommodation it would be failing to meet its statutory duties.

‘External placements’ are those outside of the Shropshire Council area.

Shropshire Council currently operates two successful residential properties – Chelmaren and Havenbrook.

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The Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 11:55

On Saturday 21 September 2019, the Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair will take place.

Michaelmas is a highly imaginative and artistic street fair in which the centre of Bishop’s Castle becomes a stage for musicians, dancers, theatre and children’s activities, along with trapeze artists, clowns, elephants, tractors, vintage cars and steam engines.

The Fair will take place in the High Street and will run from midday until 9pm.

Among this years’ attractions are:

  • Zu-Aerial’ – fuse aerial circus and dance theatre
  • Panic Circus’ – a family-centred circus company
  • Fabulous local music bands, including ‘The Beth Prior Collective’Little Lucy’ –
  • ‘Little Lucy’ – a life-size baby elephant puppet
  • Roller Printing – printing with a steam roller!
  • ‘Someone’s at the Door’- Samba band from Bromsgrove
  • The Urban Gypsies’ – extremely colourful dance
  • The Palace of Curiosities’ – a Victorian Sideshow
  • Beorma Morris’ – energetic dance side
  • Children’s theatre shows – by ‘Fetch Theatre’ and ‘Squashbox’
  • Amazing steam engine and vintage car parades

There will also be a host of craft and artisan stalls and delicious food and drink will also be available.

Tickets are available for £6 and under 12’s go free.

You can buy tickets online in advance, with a group discount of £30 for 6 tickets from

Michaelmas is part funded through Shropshire Council’s arts development grant.

Live Music on Michaelmas Eve

You can celebrate the return of Michaelmas on Friday 20 September from 8pm to midnight with an evening of live music at The Three Tuns Inn, Bishop’s Castle.

The evening will feature live music from Dai Robs and The Sean Gaffney Band.

Tickets £8 in advance through above link and all proceeds will go to Bishop’s Castle Community College and the Fair.

For more information about Michaelmas, visit the website, call 01588 638159 or go to the Facebook page.


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£7.3m of government funding helps Shropshire Council to improve county’s roads

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:38

Dozens of roads across Shropshire are being maintained and repaired, thanks to more than £7 million of Government funding that was awarded to Shropshire Council late last year.

In November 2018, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced that an additional £7.3 million would be provided to the council for highways maintenance, in addition to funding previously allocated through the government’s Pothole Action Fund.

Shropshire Council has used this additional funding to carry out ongoing and much-needed resurfacing work, and remove many potholes from the county’s road network, such as the work carried out at Princess Drive in Bridgnorth, shown below.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“We welcome any additional funding from central government to support improvements to the county’s highways network. This £7m of funding is helping us to maintain a large number of roads and tackle a great deal of potholes across the county, and people will see significant improvements to many local roads as a result.”

The following highways maintenance schemes are being delivered using the DfT funding:

Southeast Shropshire
  • A458 at Morville Heath
  • B4555 at Knowle Sands
  • Princess Drive, Bridgnorth
  • Muckley Cross to Beaconhill
  • Park View, Broseley
  • B4375 Bethnal Lane to Jack Mytton Way
  • B4363 Kinlet Bank End to B4555 Junction Norton End
  • C4226 Oakwood Road, Bent Lane to Hillside Junction
Southwest Shropshire
  • B4499 Hogstow Bank
  • B4364 Bromdon A489 Plowden
    Rockhill to Llwyn Road Junction
  • Listley Street, Bridgnorth
  • B4371 Church Stretton to Divisional Boundary
  • Bank Farm Road, Riplet
  • Clee Stanton to Riplet
  • Bedlam Raod, Bitterley
  • Callow Lane, Bromlow
  • Wotherton to Rorrington
  • Burnt House Bank, Clee St Margaret
  • Harton Junction to Eaton Cottage Junction
  • Balaams Heath Junction to Divisional Boundary
  • B4368 Junction to Rowe Lane Junction
  • Broncroft Junction to Tugford
  • Balaams Heath to Tugford
  • Sandy Lane to Beambridge Junction
  • Clee St Margaret to Stoke Bank
Central Shropshire
  • Drury Lane, Hope
  • Pump House Lane, Chavel
  • The Portway, Picklescott
Northeast Shropshire
  • A53 at Stanton Upon Hine Heath
  • A41 at Bletchley Southbound
  • A442 Espley Roundabout to Radmoor Farm Junction, Hodnet
  • Chatwell Lane, A41 to Chadwell.
  • Mill Green
  • U3244 Peplow
  • A49 Hadnall to Sandy Lane
  • A41 Bletchley Dual Carriageway End to Junction B5065 to Wem
  • A49 Hinton Bank Roundabout to County Boundary
  • B5476 Tilstock Roundabout to Tilstock 30mph sign
  • B5476 Broughton crossroads to Wem
  • B5063 Junction with B3476 to Junction with A49
  • Staffordshire Boundary, Doley to Marsh Lane Junction
Northwest Shropshire
  • B5068 at St Martins
  • Shrewsbury Road, Baschurch
  • Weston Road, Oswestry
  • C1019 at St Martins
  • A528 Cockshutt to Burlton

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Oswestry’s high street heritage funding welcomed

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/16/2019 - 07:55

Councillors and business leaders have welcomed news that Oswestry is set to benefit from a share of £40m of government funding, after Historic England announced that the town’s bid for a High Streets Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) has been successful and is progressing to the next stage.

Launched two years ago, Heritage Action Zones aim to improve and revive historic high streets, and have already had an impact in places like Ramsgate and Sunderland.

A second round of funding was announced in October 2018 and a bid was made earlier this year by Shropshire Council, in partnership with the Future Oswestry Group, which also comprises Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID).

Becoming a Heritage Action Zone will help to support the aims of the Future Oswestry Group by tackling empty properties and enhancing the heritage of the town.

As part of the HAZ programme Shropshire Council will look to deliver a repair scheme for the key strategic buildings, look at converting empty buildings with mixture of uses including workspace, retail and restaurants on the ground floor, with residential units above.

There will be permanent enhancements to the historic environment including key shop fronts and a residential conversions programme for the upper floors of shop units to provide a number of new homes within the town, plus increased spend and an enhanced  town centre experience.

As part of the HAZ scheme Shropshire Council will engage with various partners through the Future Oswestry Group, Oswestry Heritage Forum, the Civic Society and residents, to contribute to an inclusive project.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“This is fantastic news for Oswestry, which could thrive on its cultural and heritage offer but needs investment to enable this to happen. Our proposals aim to maximise the existing assets of the town to provide an enhanced offer to visitors, residents and businesses and look at how to create a vibrant place where people want to be.

“Building on the work of the Future Oswestry Group, we have an exciting opportunity to tackle and address some of the heritage issues and empty properties within the conservation area of the town. Through a strong place-based approach to management of the high street, we will be working with key partners to deliver this vision and to bring the town’s high street to life.”

Mayor of Oswestry John Price said:

“This announcement is excellent news and rewards the hard work that councillors and officers have put in over recent months. The Future Oswestry Group has had a really positive impact.

“Tackling empty properties has been a priority for local people and this investment will help to rejuvenate the town centre, protect the town’s heritage characteristics and make it a place where people want to spend time. We are very much looking forward to working with Shropshire Council and partners to deliver.”

Ian Follington, chairman of Oswestry BID, said:

“Oswestry is town with a proud history and a bright future. This funding will allow us to make the best of our heritage whilst improving the look and feel of the town for workers, residents and visitors. It will also encourage continued development and business investment in the town. Congratulations to the team on winning this important funding for Oswestry.”

Further information

1. High Streets Heritage Action Zones will deliver a four-year programme of physical improvements, community engagement and cultural activities to revive England’s struggling historic high streets and town centres. Historic England will be working closely with a variety of local partners, including local authorities, Business Improvement Districts, Chambers of Commerce, community groups and cultural organisations to deliver positive change; supporting high streets adapt to the challenges they face by investing in their local heritage.

2. As a Heritage Action Zone councils, businesses and community groups can access expert advice and investment to bring historic buildings back into use and support historic high streets to adapt to the challenges they face.

Issued on behalf of the Future Oswestry Group

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Shropshire Fostering launches new campaign to find five new carers per month

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 11:35

Shropshire Fostering have today (Friday 13 September 2019) launched their new campaign called ‘#GiveMe5’ in the hope to find 5 new foster carers each month.

The launch, undertaken by Shropshire Council’s fostering team and Signal 107 Breakfast Show Shropshire presenter Dickie Dodd, who will be supporting the campaign at Signal 107’s studios today, aims to find five new prospective foster carers per month, and at the same time highlight the five main types of foster care.

Signal 107 Breakfast Show presenter Dickie Dodd (left) and Ian Groom from Shropshire Council’s fostering team launch the new campaign

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

 “We’re really pleased to be launching this campaign with our foster carers and aim to find five new prospective foster carers, who are looking to start the process toward becoming approved, every month. We really want the people of Shropshire to support this drive.  Even if you’re not thinking about becoming a foster carer you could really help by simply sharing our social media posts.  Should we be successful it will really make a big difference to those children looked after by Shropshire Council.

“We also want to promote the five main different types of fostering.  Many people have a traditional view of fostering, but it can be flexible and there are many different types of fostering to suit all differing lifestyles; for instance, lots of people think that if you work you can’t foster – this simply isn’t true.”

Five types of fostering:

Short term

The aim of short-term fostering is to return the child or young person to his or her own family as soon as possible. This can be anything from an overnight stay, to several months, and possibly up to two years.

Long term

Long-term foster carers offer children and young people care and security in a family for as long as it is needed – often up until he or she can live independently.


An emergency placement may be made when social workers feel it is essential to take the child away from a particular situation that is unsafe. A child or young person may come to you with no notice, and with little opportunity for you to gain information about his/her circumstances.

Shared care / Short break / Respite care

Shared care / Short break / Respite foster care are terms to cover a variety of different types of part-time care which maybe anything from a few hours each week to a weekend a month.

Supported accommodation

This is providing supported lodgings as a place for a person aged 16+ to live until they are ready to live independently.

For anyone wanting more information or looking to start the process the simplest way is to attend a fostering info event.  The next one is:

Tuesday 17 September 2019 at 6pm at Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND.

There is no need to register in advance, just come along at 6pm when the event will start with a short presentation.  There will be an opportunity to chat with the fostering team afterwards. 

For more information about fostering if you’re not able to make the event see

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Finds of national significance in Nesscliffe Hillfort archaeological dig success

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:23

During the last two weeks of August the first official archaeological dig of Nesscliffe Hillfort was undertaken by Southampton and Oxford University and yielded finds of national significance.

The archaeological dig is the result of several years of previous work by Shropshire Council including habitat management, site protection measures, photographic analysis and geophysical surveys.

Archaeological test pits were also dug and revealed an occupation layer with some layer of 2nd Century Roman pottery. The hillfort was probably constructed in the Iron Age, 500 BC.

Some of the team in the trench during the dig

Gary Lock, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at Oxford University and Co-Director of the excavation, said:

Hillforts are one of the most impressive types of archaeological sites and yet are poorly understood.

“There is a possibility that this was a highly strategic point. It would have been seen from miles around and would have given a great viewpoint for those inside, it would have been very spectacular.

The hillfort at Nesscliffe, built against the sheer cliffs at Oliver’s Point would have been easily defendable and also very visible in the landscape.

Two trenches were excavated, the first of which established the structure of the inner rampart.  This is 8m wide with stone revetting faces and the middle filled with stone and sand all on a levelled surface.

Find of national significance

In the second trench the discovery of guard chambers is of ‘national significance’ and certainly has the archaeologists very excited about a return visit next summer.

The north eastern entrance to the hillfort, where part of this year’s dig took place, unearthed what are known as guard chambers. These would have stood at the end of an entrance passage at either side of the roadway into the interior. This is an exciting discovery for the archaeologists as few of these structures have been excavated nationally.

Research into the Iron Age hillforts would benefit greatly if the archaeologists could excavate the current path leading to Oliver’s Point and we will be working with our access officers to facilitate this and provide an alternative route onto the site. Further excavations in years to come are guaranteed to reveal more secrets and we will hopefully discover roundhouses and other structures and finds which enables us to picture Shropshire life 2000 years ago.

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

It’s an exciting time in the discovery of Shropshire’s history. The success of the archaeological dig at Nesscliffe Hillfort follows the recent finds of national significance at Shrewsbury Castle further proving the rich history of Shropshire dating back thousands of years.

 It’s great to know that there is a desire to further explore the Hillfort next year which will broaden our understanding of the area and help us improve even further the management of the site.

Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnerships team manage Nesscliffe Hill Country Park in partnership with the Natural & Historic Environment Team and will be ensuring that the public are given every opportunity to engage with what has been discovered through new interpretation and opportunities to get involved with the dig next year.

In the long term we need to protect the hillfort, this we will be doing by heathland creation to control tree seedlings which damage the archaeology beneath.


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Armed Forces Outreach Support service cafe session on Monday 16 September 2019

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 15:11

Shropshire Council is inviting people to the next Armed Forces Outreach Support service session which will take place this coming Monday (16 September 2019) from 10am-1pm at Palmer’s of Shrewsbury.

Launched earlier this year, the relaxed and friendly sessions are held on the first and third Monday of every month and are open to military personnel, veterans and their families.

Armed Forces Outreach Support at Palmer’s of Shrewsbury.

On the day, a member of the Macmillan Information and Support Specialist will be on hand to talk through how to spot the signs and symptoms of cancer, where to find local support, and helping with practical, emotional and financial support.

There will also be an opportunity to get support and advice on housing, healthcare, education, employment, finance and benefits and well-being from a range of local businesses, charities and other organisations which have shown an interest in supporting the military, or simply join in some banter.

Find out how the Armed Forces Outreach Support service can help you.

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.

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

“Monday’s session promises to be another interesting one. We look forward to seeing you there.”

The outreach 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:

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News from our partners: Home and Dry – educating students about water safety

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 13:58

News from our partners West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner

Students will be encouraged to get Home and Dry, as a number of agencies unite as part of a continued campaign to improve education around water safety.

Home and Dry – river safety

Professionals from Hereford and Worcester Fire Service, assisted by other members of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Home and Dry Network including RLSS UK, West Mercia Local Policing Teams, West Mercia Search and Rescue and Worcester Street Pastors will lead a demonstration, showing how to perform a throwline rescue, ahead of a new throwline board, being installed in Worcester, in memory of student Tom Jones, who drowned in September 2018.

This event will mark the start of a series of events, targeting students across West Mercia. Throughout this month (September 2019), representatives are visiting Shrewsbury College, Worcester University, the Heart of Worcestershire College, Telford College, Hereford College of Arts, Shrewsbury University Centre and Wolverhampton University’s Telford Campus, distributing materials and raising awareness.

At all events, the Home and Dry Network will also be supporting RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, encouraging people to steer clear of the water, whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Commissioner John Campion said:-

“By giving students the right practical advice, to stick with friends and understand the dangers, we can help to prevent water related deaths. We are taking a united approach, bringing together a range of key professionals to share expertise and improve education, ensuring everyone at risk knows how to keep themselves and others safe.”

Group Commander Mick Cadman of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Risk department, said:-

“We’re asking students to take care at night after visiting river and canal side pubs and bars.

“Look after each other – organise a lift home, or walk with a friend, but don’t walk home alone near open water.

“Be water aware – enjoy being around rivers and canals, but don’t end up in them on a night out.”

The Home and Dry Network are also advising people to fight your basic instinct to thrash about or swim hard when in trouble in cold water; instead stay calm, FLOAT on your back to help control your breathing and keep your airway clear.

For more information on the Home and Dry Campaign, and to take the free online water safety course visit

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Free entry at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in heritage celebration

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/12/2019 - 09:30

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) are offering free entry to visitor in celebration of the Heritage Open Days festival.

On Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019, visitors will be able to enjoy the eclectic collections which proudly tell the history of Shrewsbury and Shropshire.

SM&AG holds one of the finest Roman collections in the UK and tells the story of Roman occupation in Shropshire through its’ displays.

SM&AG lets you experience the stories that make Shropshire unique as you explore millions of years of history through over 1,000 remarkable objects and encourages children to delve deeper by taking part in the Maximo Mouse Trail.

Some of the best preserved woolly mammoth bones are among the treasures on display.

Drawn of the Dead

Once inside the museum, visitors will be able to experience the stunning Drawn of the Dead exhibition which features the original work of internationally-renowned comic book artist, Charlie Adlard.

This special exhibition features original work from the world famous Walking Dead comic book series.#

Comic art from the Walking Dead by Charlie Adlard

This unique exhibition extends to the museum balcony where visitors will see the breadth of Charlie’s work beyond The Walking Dead. Images from cult French comic Vampire State Building are displayed alongside Charlie’s life drawing and original books Code Flesh and White Death.

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

“Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery holds one of the finest Roman collections in the UK and tells the stories of Shropshire’s long history in a way that engages young and old alike.

“Visitors during the Heritage Open Days festival on 14 and 15 September will also be able to experience the stunning Drawn of the Dead exhibition, which in my opinion, is a must see.”

Guided town tours

As well as free entry to the Museum, you can explore the medieval town of Shrewsbury by joining a free guided tour on Saturday 14 September at 2pm.

The guided tours usually cost £7.50.

Advanced booking is advised to ensure your place. You can book by emailing or calling 01743 258888.

To find out more about Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, click here.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is owned and managed by Shropshire Council.


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