Let’s Talk Mental Health: organisations and activities ready for World Mental Health Day event

Shropshire Council News Feed - 5 hours 44 min ago

Residents across Shropshire are being invited to the Let’s Talk Mental Health event on Monday 10 October 2022 at Shrewsbury Abbey, in Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury.

The event, from 10am to 2pm, has been organised by Shropshire Council’s Enable Supported Employment Services, and will include 25 organisations across Shropshire who’ll be offering support and advice and hosting a range of activities and workshops for people to try out.

Let’s Talk Mental Health event on 10 October 2022

World Mental Health Day is an annual event promoted globally by the World Health Organisation on 10 October, and nationally by the Mental Health Foundation. It aims at raising awareness of mental health and addressing associated stigma.

Organisations at the event include:

  • Accomplish Group Ltd
  • AGE UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin
  • Arts 4 Health
  • Axis Counselling
  • Brightstar Counter Punch
  • Healthwatch Shropshire
  • Hope Initiatives Grease Monkeys
  • Joint Training, Shropshire Council
  • Life Shed Ltd
  • Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust – Wellbeing & Recovery College
  • NHS Operation Courage
  • Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
  • Shrewsbury Town Foundation
  • Shrewsbury Samaritans
  • Shrewsbury Street Pastors
  • Shropshire Mental Health Support (Previously Shropshire Mind)
  • Social Prescribing Community Development Team
  • The Ark
  • The Cavalier Centre
  • Trident Reach
  • Walking with the Wounded
  • We Are With You – Shropshire Recovery Partnership
  • Wolf Yoga for Special Needs

Shropshire Mental Health Support (formerly Shropshire Mind) will be showcasing their new ‘wellbeing bus’ at the event, and will be offering both stress awareness and mental health in rural community sessions.

Arts 4 Health will be offering an arts-based activity to promote mental wellbeing.

Renowned Top UK banjo player Dan Walsh will also be providing live music: don’t miss the opportunity to hear him play in this unique acoustic-rich environment.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-

“I am really excited that we are able to host our Let’s Talk Mental Health event this year at Shrewsbury Abbey.

“This is the first time since the pandemic began that we’ve now been able to come together to both celebrate World Mental Health Day and offer face to face advice and information to local people.

“The event will also offer people the opportunity to sit and reflect in the peaceful surroundings of the 1,000-year-old Abbey.

“So come along and find out what’s on offer in your local community. Meet new people, listen to live music, and have a slice of cake!

“For those who can’t attend the event we want to remind people that we have a host of mental health resources on our website, to help support people’s mental health and wellbeing.”

Clive Ireland, Chairman of Shropshire Mental Health Support (MHS), said:-

“Shropshire MHS will be providing workshops for stress management in its mobile delivery vehicle within the Abbey car park on 10 October, World Mental Health Day.

“A Calmer Cafe will also be open to everyone within the ground floor area of Park House: please drop in and see us.

“Another table within the Abbey will provide information on services that are aimed to reduce the impact of living in a rural county with restricted public transport.

“All of the workshops are in support of Shropshire Council’s World Mental Health Day workshops, bringing together a variety of charity’s, private and public sector within one location.

“Please help us celebrate World Mental Health Day.”

To find out more and to book your place visit or just turn up on the day.

We’ve a large range of information and resources to support both children’s and adults’ mental health. Visit Bee U – Children’s mental health and wellbeing | Shropshire Council

and Mental health and wellbeing | Shropshire Council.

You can find out more about World Mental Health Day here World Mental Health Day | Mental Health Foundation.

 Further information

 About each organisation

  • Accomplish Group Ltd – offer respite and residential services to people with mental health, learning disabilities, autism, and more. They offer placements to members of the community as well as step down services from persons within the hospital environment.
  • AGE UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin – is an independent local charity working in the local community to help older people. The organisation delivers services and activities for older people in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.
  • Arts 4 Health – is passionate about the importance of the arts in healthcare and the difference it can make to the experiences of patients and staff. Their creative arts activities take place on the wards and include visual arts, crafts, photography, music, dance, drama, creative writing, reading for wellbeing and poetry
  • Axis Counselling – are a team of professional qualified independent practitioners who work with survivors of sexual violence. They offer impartial information to help the survivors make informed choices which is completely client led. We offer support in whichever aspect of their life they need with to help the survivor move forward with their lives. We will also help the survivor through the police investigation and criminal justice system should they wish to report.
  • Brightstar Counter Punch – work with vulnerable people of all ages who struggle with their mental health and wellbeing, through boxing activities and peer support.
  • Healthwatch Shropshire – are Shropshire’s health and social care champion and ensure NHS leaders and other decision makers listen to patients’ feedback and improve standards of care.
  • Hope Initiatives Grease Monkeys – offer an evening outreach programme that help NEET young people (not in employment, education, or training) between 16 to 24, to learn new skills in motor mechanics, develop confidence and team working skills.
  • Joint Training, Shropshire Council – offer training for all organisations involved in health and social care, including family carers and people who use services. The service offers over 70 courses ranging from Dementia to Dysphagia, Mental Health First Aid to Managing Conflict, Safeguarding to Substance Misuse.
  • Life Shed Ltd – offers 1:1 bespoke mentoring programmes for young people who find the school environment challenging. The programme provides a place where young people can grow in confidence, independence, and self-belief, becoming the best that they can be in a truly holistic sense.
  • Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust – Wellbeing & Recovery College – who offer educational courses to support mental and physical health and wellbeing.
  • NHS Operation Courage – offers support to veterans with mental health issues and looks at contributing factors such as housing and finances that contribute to this. They also provide a consultancy role for services working with veterans.
  • Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care – Omega offer many services to support those over 75 and their carers with life limiting illnesses. One is a Chatterbox service, a telephone befriending service for people over 75, isolated or bereaved.
  • PALZ UK – is a group for men and women who are living with various forms of dementia.  The group meets bimonthly with a guest speaker in attendance.
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust – will be offering information about involvement opportunities from the Public Participation Department, including community membership and volunteering.
  • Shrewsbury Town Foundation – work with local communities through sport and physical activity, including exercise referral.
  • Shrewsbury Samaritans – provide a listening service for people in distress 24/7, and provide support to ensuring that people who are at increased risk of suicide are supported.
  • Shrewsbury Street Pastors – are volunteers who patrol the streets of Shrewsbury on a Saturday, with some Friday nights, between 10.30pm – 4am to identify and support vulnerable people, in particular in the vicinity of the River Severn. They work in collaboration with pub and club venues door staff and the local police.
  • Shropshire Mental Health Support (Previously Shropshire Mind) –provide a diverse range of quality services across the county for the one in four people and their families acknowledged to be affected by mental or emotional distress.
  • Social Prescribing Community Development Team – The social prescribing service enables GPs, nurses, and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services to support their health and wellbeing.
  • The Ark – The Shrewsbury Ark provides ongoing support and day centre facilities for the homeless and vulnerable in our community.
  • The Cavalier Centre – is a fully accessible state of the art equestrian facility located just outside Much Wenlock. The centre offers inclusive horse-based activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting (gymnastics on horseback), hippotherapy (physio on horseback) and horse care. It also has a range of other programmes and activities that help people develop life skills, emotional intelligence, and wellbeing.
  • Trident Reach – support vulnerable adults with varying mental health issues, this can be in the community.
  • Walking with the Wounded – Walking with The Wounded (WWTW) is a leading military charity which recognises that those who served, deserve. We do four things: employment, mental health, care coordination and volunteering which are saving jobs, homes, relationships, and lives for the veterans who are struggling since leaving the military. Walking with the Wounded gets those who’ve served – and their families – back on their feet.
  • We Are With You – Shropshire Recovery Partnership – offers free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs, or mental health. The team support individuals with both psychosocial, pharmacological and holistic interventions aimed at reducing substance use (even abstinence) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle substance free.
  • Wolf Yoga for Special Needs – offer 1:1 and small group tailored yoga sessions to individual needs.

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Scam alert: £400 energy bills support

Shropshire Council News Feed - 6 hours 18 min ago

Shropshire Council is warning residents to watch out for fake text messages claiming to be from the Government, inviting them to apply for the £400 energy bills support.

It’s a scam – the £400 will be paid automatically. People do not need to apply.

The scam text appears to be from ‘UK Help’ and tells the receiver that they are eligible to apply for a discounted energy bill as part of the Energy Bills Support Scheme.

But this is a scam, and should be ignored and/or reported.

Scam message: energy bills support

To find out more about common types of scams, people can visit Action Fraud and Citizens Advice, where they can also find out the best ways to protect themselves from scams and fraud. The telephone number for the Scams Action line is 0808 250 5050. Calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

Scam message: energy bills support

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Emergency roadworks in Whitchurch from 3 to 7 October

Shropshire Council News Feed - 10 hours 47 min ago

Emergency roadworks will be carried out on Tilstock Roundabout, Tilstock Road and the A525 in Whitchurch next week.

Work will include repairs to the road, and related work, to improve the road and make it safer for all road users.

During the work, road closures will be in place from 9.30am on Monday 3 October at 9.30am until late on Friday 7 October.

Map showing the locations of the work

A diversion will be in place and access to properties and businesses within the closure will be maintained.

The work will be completed in phases and be dependent on weather and other conditions.

Signs will be erected prior to work starting, and the work will be completed as quickly as possible.

Work is being carried out by Shropshire Council and its highways contractor Kier.

For more information visit the One Network website.

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Energy projects win £3.5million funding from Marches LEP

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 14:14

News from Marches Local Enterprise Partnership / Marches Growth Hub

Three ambitious projects have won nearly £3.5million funding from the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership to boost the region’s energy security and meet Net Zero targets.

The three schemes were selected from 29 different projects which applied for cash from the LEP’s innovative Marches Energy Fund.

Marches LEP chair Mandy Thorn MBE said the successful schemes would make a vital contribution to the region’s energy strategy and play a major role in safeguarding supplies and building clean, green energy for the future.

The three successful schemes are:-

  • The Marches Energy Grant: A new funding pot of £1.575m to help companies use energy more efficiently, driving down waste and cutting carbon emissions. The scheme will be open to businesses across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin and build on the success of the Business Energy Efficiency programme (BEEP).
  • Marches Network Monitoring to support Community Decarbonisation: A project delivered by the National Grid and EA Technology to install monitors at 250 substations across the Marches which help make the most efficient use of the energy available and so boost capacity. The project is receiving £654,000.
  • Herefordshire Low Carbon Technology Centre: The scheme, to be delivered by Herefordshire, Ludlow and North Shropshire College, will develop industry-leading new training in green skills and has been awarded £1.2million.

Mandy Thorn MBE

Mandy Thorn said the LEP had received a huge amount of interest since announcing the fund earlier this year, and was delighted to be able to award the grants:-

“These three schemes were selected after a comprehensive assessment process, and we are confident they will play a major role in helping deliver key aspects of our energy strategy.

“The response to our funding call has been tremendous, and truly shows the breadth of innovation in green and sustainable technology we have across the Marches.”

LEP chief executive Rachel Laver said the three schemes had beaten stiff competition to be successful:-

“These are high-quality strategic schemes which will deliver results for years to come. They will help us to deepen our provision for green skills training across the region, ensure we are making the best use of the energy we already have, and help businesses of all sizes reduce their costs and carbon emissions by being as energy efficient as possible.

“I can think of no better way for the LEP to use its funding. It helps us meet our climate responsibilities, but also offers direct assistance to our business community during the current energy crisis.”

Details of how to apply for the Marches Energy Grant – which will be delivered in a partnership with Worcestershire County Council – will be announced shortly. It will offer free advice and grants for energy efficiency and renewable energy measures for SMEs from all sectors (including B2C) and community buildings.

Rachel Laver added:-

“The grant will continue and build on the success of previous and existing programmes, including BEEP and the Marches Renewable Energy Grant, pulling together the previous support into one place. It will be promoted through the Marches Growth Hub and offer real help to businesses on the ground.”

The network monitoring scheme will see special equipment installed at substations across the Marches, targeted to focus on areas of community interest and/or areas prioritised for inward investment. The equipment allows more of the energy being supplied by the National Grid to be used, meaning capacity on the grid is increased significantly.

Rachel said:-

“This is a prime example of a strategic scheme which will help free up available energy capacity, allowing other projects currently on hold because of grid constraints to go ahead in its wake.”

The Herefordshire Low Carbon Technology Centre will be housed at the college’s Holme Lacy Campus on the edge of Hereford, and offer industry-accredited training to the construction industry, developing the skills required to install low-carbon technologies. The centre will also train the college’s electrical, plumbing and construction students and apprentices.

Rachel Lever added:-

“The centre will be amongst the first nationally to offer the new apprenticeship standard in Low Carbon Heating Technician and showcase low carbon technologies, improving business and home efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.”

The LEP, which works with public and private sector partners to develop economic growth across Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin, launched its £4million energy fund in June 2022 to support the development of innovations which safeguard the region’s energy supply and help with the drive to Net Zero.

It received 29 expressions of interest totalling £50million worth of projects.

It has held £500,000 in reserve with the option to award it to new projects or existing schemes in the future.

Further information

About the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership

  • The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving accelerated economic growth through investment in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites across the region.
  • The Marches region, which includes Shropshire, Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin, is a dynamic business region where entrepreneurs flourish alongside global players. Covering 2,300 sq miles and with a growing population of 684,300, it is home to 30,775 businesses and a £14.3 billion economy.
  • Bordered by the West Midlands to the east and Wales to the west, the Marches’ key centres of population and employment are the city of Hereford and thriving towns of Shrewsbury and Telford. A network of 25 smaller market towns and a large rural area make up the rest of the settlement mix – with the Marches recognised as being one of the most enterprising regions in the UK
  • High profile businesses which have chosen to base operations here include BAE Defence Systems; GKN; Westons Cider; Grainger & Worrall; Stadco; Caterpillar; Mϋller Dairy UK, Doncasters Aerospace, Denso, Capgemini, Ricoh, Cargill, Heineken, Grocontinental, McConnels, Kerry Ingredients, Special Metals, Kingspan and Makita
  • The Marches is also home to centres of excellence and institutions which promote and foster the transfer of knowledge including Harper Adams University and its National Centre for Precision Farming, University Centre Shrewsbury, the University of Wolverhampton campus and e-innovation centre at Priorslee, NMITE, New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering, and Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury
  • The designated Enterprise Zone of the Marches LEP is in Hereford, at Skylon Park. It is the only Enterprise Zone in England with a unique defence and security sector focus, drawing on the city’s heritage as the home of the SAS
  • The LEP area is home to some iconic places of interest. The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, the Shropshire Hills and the Wye Valley Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Offa’s Dyke, the rivers Severn and Wye, and places of national renown including Ludlow and Ross-on-Wye make it a highly popular place to both visit and relocate to
  • The Marches has a diverse business base and is recognised for its sector strength in advanced manufacturing and engineering; agri-food and drink; automotive and defence & security
  • Business support in the Marches is offered via the Marches Growth Hub, a business-friendly website at and the National Business Support Helpline, supported by the LEP,  on Freephone 0800 998 1098.
  • You can learn more about the Marches LEP at and contact the LEP by emailing

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Road safety improvement work to begin on Featherbed Lane, Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 14:10

Work to implement a traffic-calming scheme and 20mph zone on Featherbed Lane in Shrewsbury is to start on 23 October [2022], and last around three weeks.

It will take place close to Sundorne Infant School and Nursery and Harlescott Junior School, part of the Haughmond Federation.

The work – which follows the expansion of the school site – will also include widening the pedestrian crossing, an upgrade to streetlights, some tree pruning (to improve the effectiveness of the lights), resurfacing of footpaths, and planting of extra hedgerows.

It’s the first stage of the highways work to support the expansion of the school, with further work to improve other entrances to the school set to follow.

Ahead of work starting, the Featherbed Lane improvements plan has gone on display at the school.

During the work the road will be closed from 8am to 5pm from Monday 24 October to Friday 11 November 2022 and signed diversions in place. Access to the school and to residential and business properties will be maintained.

Work nearest to the school will be completed during half-term.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:

“This work will help to make Featherbed Lane much safer for all travelling to and from the school, and make a real difference to the appearance of the area.”

Richard Marshall, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and regulatory services, said:

“I’m really pleased that work is set to begin soon and thank people for their understanding while this important work is carried out. They’ll see a real difference once it’s complete.”

The plans have been drawn up by Shropshire Council’s highways and education teams, working with PSG (the council’s Property Services Group) and its engineering consultants WSP.

Work will be carried out by Kier, the council’s highways contractor.

The work on the school – including this work and the expansion itself – is being Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)-funded through developer contributions.

CIL is collected from developments and used to provide infrastructure in the impacted area – including education, highways, bus services and more.

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Tree felling planned to protect ancient monument site

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/29/2022 - 09:00

Shropshire Council is seeking permission from Historic England to begin the second phase of tree felling at its site at Nesscliffe Hillfort, with proceeds being invested back into protecting the archaeology of the site.

The operation will see the majority of the trees on the monument felled and removed from site as part of Shropshire Council’s management of the hillfort.

Previously owned by the Bradford Estate, the site, along with much of Nesscliffe Hill and Hopton Hill, was planted up with non-native softwood trees throughout the 20th Century, but in 2017 the western edge of the hillfort, near Oliver’s Viewpoint, suffered severe wind damage.

Consent is being sought to fell trees at Nesscliffe Hillfort

As a result a number of trees began falling, ripping up root plates and damaging the archaeology of the hillfort,, and became a danger to the public. This required immediate action to begin felling those trees remaining before they collapsed.

Ancient Monument Consent is now being sought from Historic England to begin the second phase of harvesting this autumn.

The money raised from this will be used to protect the archaeology from further damage during the excavation of the timber. In the long term, the hillfort will be returned to heathland and the emergence of heather is already visible.

All operations follow a woodland management plan for Nesscliffe Hill and will continue for the next 10 years, as the woodlands are sensitively thinned to ensure the diversity of tree species present is given the best chance to flourish, along with enhanced native biodiversity creating a unique countryside site.

Countryside managers anticipate the views from the hillfort will be more extensive and the true scale of the impressive Iron Age structure will be revealed.

Archaeologists will be returning next summer and plan a whole range of community participation and interaction as part of this exciting long-term project.

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Changes to Shropshire Council’s Cabinet  

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 12:27

Leader of Shropshire Council Lezley Picton has announced some changes to the council’s Cabinet – the part of the council which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions. 

The Cabinet and the main areas of responsibility are now as follows:-

Lezley Picton – Leader, and Cabinet member for policy, strategy, improvement and communications. 

Gwilym Butler – Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources. 

Dean Carroll – Cabinet member for growth and regeneration. 

Rob Gittins – Cabinet member for culture and digital. 

Kirstie Hurst-Knight – Cabinet member for children and education. 

Simon Jones – Cabinet member for adult social care and public health. 

Richard Marshall – Cabinet member for highways and regulatory services. 

Cecilia Motley – Cabinet member for health (Integrated Care System – ICS) and communities. 

Ian Nellins – Deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for climate change, environment and transport. 

The changes reflect an increased focus on health and on economic growth. 

Lezley Picton said:-

“These changes reflect developing areas of importance for us following changes nationally and regionally.  

“I also want to thank Ed Potter who, due to the pressures of running a flourishing business, has stepped down from the Cabinet. He has done a great job and will be missed.” 

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Shropshire Council committee meetings now live-streamed on Youtube

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 12:07

The meeting of the southern planning committee on 27 September 2022

All Shropshire Council committee meetings are now being streamed direct to the council’s Youtube channel – meaning people can watch them live – or soon afterwards – at

People can follow meetings from home, or any desktop or mobile device, without the need to travel to the meeting venue – saving time, travel costs and carbon emissions.

Since the start of the Covid pandemic it’s been possible for people to follow Shropshire Council meetings virtually via Microsoft Teams – with recordings of each meeting then manually uploaded to Youtube.

Now, meetings are streamed direct to Youtube making them much more accessible – and easier to find – on all types of device.

Recordings of meeting are also now near instantly available on Youtube, whereas the previous process meant it often took some time for recordings to be uploaded and available to watch.

Meetings available to watch include: Cabinet; full Council; planning committees; overview and scrutiny committees; audit committee and more.

All can be watched live, or at any time after the meeting.

Lezley Picton, leader of Shropshire Council, says:

“Live streaming of council meetings and then uploading them to Youtube became the norm during the pandemic  – and has been since – but live streaming direct to Youtube will greatly improve the way we do this, by making meetings much easier to find, watch and follow.

“By live streaming our meetings, people have the chance to watch them without the need to travel to, and sit in, the meeting venue, and makes our meetings open and transparent to all, which can only be a good thing.

“I encourage people to keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see what meeting are coming up, and to look at the meeting agendas to find any items or issues of interest to them.”

Meetings set to be live streamed this week – here – are:

People Overview committee – Wednesday 28 September; 1.30pm

Place Overview committee – Thursday 29 September; 2pm


Recent meeting available to view – here – include

Southern Planning Committee – Tuesday, 27 September, 2022

Licensing Act Sub-Committee – Friday 23 September

Full Council – Thursday 22 September





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Fireraisers’ trials and executions in the spotlight at Shropshire Council’s Archives

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:38

Archivists are putting the spotlight on civil unrest in 1831 which saw fields around Whitchurch set alight and the perpetrators’ subsequent trial and execution in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Council archivist Sara Downs is delving into the records to explore the case surrounding James Lea and Joseph Grindley, who set fire to hay bales as part of civil unrest sparked by poor conditions affecting the agricultural industry.

Her talk will give a fascinating insight into the social unrest of the time, as well as early firefighting efforts. There will also be chance to examine a range of documents, including accounts of the trial and execution.

Shropshire Archives talk on 4 Oct 2022

The talk is at Shropshire Archives on Tuesday 4 October 2022 from 10.30am to midday and costs £5. To book click here.

The talk is part of events connected to “Fire!”, a free exhibition currently at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

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Shropshire Goes Green hailed a one-stop-shop success for climate and sustainability

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:13

More than 1,500 people took advantage of Shropshire Council’s free Shropshire Goes Green event to learn more about sustainability and climate action.

The event, which was held at the home of Shrewsbury Town Football Club from 10am until 3pm on Sunday 25 September 2022, saw visitors from all over Shropshire and the surrounding counties enjoy talking to exhibitors about a broad range of innovations and technology.

Exhibitors ranged from green energy creation and storage solutions, to sustainable modular building choices, electric vehicles and charging options, bikes and rikshaws, charities and co-operatives to homebuilders.

Copyright Jamie Ricketts Photography 2022.
Shropshire Goes Green

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, natural assets and the green economy, said:-

“It was fabulous to see the public talking to industry experts and gaining an understanding and knowledge of the practical steps they can take to protect our climate and live more sustainably.

“There were more than 30 exhibitors involved and between them they covered a very broad range of information and technology. All of them spent a very busy day talking to a continual flow of interested customers.

“All in all, the day was a huge success for everyone involved.”

Copyright Jamie Ricketts Photography 2022.
Shropshire Goes Green

Mark Thompson, managing director of AceOn Group, Shropshire Goes Green’s main sponsor, added:-

“AceOn is pioneering in its development of battery and energy storage and is at the forefront of championing sustainability across all our communities, so we were delighted to be able to talk directly with so many people at Shropshire Goes Green.

“From the moment the gates opened at 10am until they closed at 3pm there was a steady flow of people keen to learn how they can secure and store a reliable, green and cost-effective energy supply to their homes.”

Copyright Jamie Ricketts Photography 2022.
Shropshire Goes Green

Ian added:-

“It’s important that people have the right information to make an informed choice about the actions they take and the purchases they make. This is exactly what the event was for, and I hope that many went away with a much better understanding of the options available to them and what it means for them and the climate.”

Shropshire Goes Green was also supported by Connected Kerb and Keir.

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More Shropshire roads to be resurfaced and repaired in October

Shropshire Council News Feed - Wed, 09/28/2022 - 11:03

Resurfacing work on the A41 in July 2022

A further three stretches of roads across Shropshire are to be resurfaced in October [2022] as part of Shropshire Council’s annual resurfacing programme – with seven other roads set to be treated using a process known as thermal patching.

The roads to be treated – with dates of work – are:


  • 26 September to 8 October: Battlefield Road, Shrewsbury (working hours 8pm to 6am)
  • 17 to 21 October: A49 Shrewsbury Road, Hadnall – urban section (9.30am to 4pm)
  • 21 October to 4 November: A4117 High Street, Cleobury Mortimer (9.30am to 4pm)

Thermal patching

  • 3 to 5 October: Castle Street, Ludlow (working hours 8pm to 6am)
  • 4 to 6 October: Mount Street, Shrewsbury (7am to 5pm)
  • 6 to 11 October: Forest Way, Shrewsbury (7am to 5pm)
  • 6 to 13 October: Brand Lane, Ludlow (8pm to 6am)
  • 11 to 13 October: Church Street, Church Stretton (7am to 5pm)
  • 12 to 18 October: Enfield Street, Clun (9.30am to 4pm)
  • 14 to 16 October: Victoria Road, Shifnal (8pm to 6am)

The sites have been identified via a combination of local engineering judgment and asset management data as being in need of treatment.

Thermal patching is a new treatment that is helping Shropshire Council and its highways partners to carry out more effective, longer-lasting repairs to the county’s roads.

The process includes heating the road surface surrounding the defect to 200 Celsius. The surface is then raked, topped up with bitumen binder and pre-heated material, then compacted.

To watch thermal patching in action, see this Essex Highways video.

In addition, potholes and other defects on 21 stretches of road will be treated in October by the council’s three Multihog machines.

And two Roadmaster vehicles will be tackling potholes on rural roads across south Shropshire throughout the month.

In total more than 40 stretches of road are set to be treated this year as part of Shropshire Council’s annual resurfacing programme.

For more information about each scheme, see and search the interactive map on the website.

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Care in the Square job fair at The Darwin centre, Shrewsbury on 7 October

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 14:22

Another opportunity to find out the exciting job and career opportunities in social care will be held at The Darwin centre in Shrewsbury on Friday 7 October 2022.

The event, organised by Shropshire Partners in Care and Shropshire Council, is between 11.30am and 2pm, and follows the success of Care in the Square events across Shropshire which took place throughout the summer.

The Care in the Square event is part of a drive across the county to seek new recruits into an exciting and rewarding career in social care and health.

Organisations across the health and social care sector will be showcasing their career and job opportunities across the sector. These will include frontline care and management roles, and also supporting roles such as activities co-ordinators, housekeeping and administration.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-

“Our Care in the Square event offers a great opportunity for organisations to showcase the fantastic career opportunities, social care and health offer.

“The sector offers so many job opportunities with many options to develop and progress up the career ladder.

“This is a really exciting time to work in this area, where we have plenty of job opportunities, which all offer competitive salaries, fantastic work benefits, and personal development and training.

“There are numerous opportunities at all levels, whether you are recently leaving school and looking a more rewarding vocation or wanting to return or restart your career in a different profession.

“We want to encourage as many of you who have a passion for helping make a positive difference to people’s lives to see the fantastic career and job opportunities in social care and health at our event in Shrewsbury.

So if you or someone you know is interested, please do come along, we look forward to seeing you!”

Shropshire Partners in Care added:-

“Working in social care gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference to people’s lives, contributing to their health, happiness, and wellbeing through a wide range of physical, emotional, and social support services. Every day you are helping people to live their lives and develop and maintain their independence, dignity, and control.

“If you have good communication skills and a desire to help other people, come along to our Care in the Square event in Shrewsbury to talk to local social care providers and find out more about the wide range of job opportunities available.”

To find out more about the event email

If you’re interested working in social care, Skills for Care have a wide range of information. To find out more visit Job roles in social care (

You can find out what local jobs are available at or here: Work in Adult Social Care: Explore roles and find a job in your local area

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Help with digital confidence for Shropshire’s older residents

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 10:47

Free help to use the Internet and get to grips with technology is now available for Shropshire residents aged over 65. Five hundred older people will benefit from a Shropshire Council-funded service through a network of volunteer-led friendly IT clubs based in libraries and community settings.

Over 65s who want to feel more confident using their mobile phones, tablets and laptops are encouraged to sign up for support. Volunteers with good levels of IT literacy and able to give a few hours of support each week are asked to get in touch with their local library or community learning centre.

People who have benefitted from the initiative are delighted with their new-found confidence and keen to recommend others to take the plunge into learning.

Mike Clarke from Shrewsbury admits to being converted. He said:-

“I realise now that the Internet is a wonderful tool. I can see the benefits it brings, and I don’t think I would go back to life without it now.”

Volunteer Jenny Eastham with 80-year-old Mike Clarke

Ludlow resident Helen Whiteley, said:-

“Getting one-to-one help from my digital volunteer each week at the library has given me a positive new outlook. I look forward to being online now and feel much better about life in general.”

Volunteer Allan Read and 67-year-old Helen Whiteley

Mike Wason from Bayston Hill explained:-

“I felt left behind, I couldn’t even send a text. But with each session at the Roy Fletcher Centre I could see myself improving. The support was fantastic, and the volunteers made me feel so relaxed that I looked forward to my time at the IT Club each week.”

An avid Wrexham supporter, Mike now watches matches live over the Internet. He has signed up to the NHS App and recently travelled to Iceland using his digital COVID-19 pass. The app also enables him to order prescriptions quickly and easily. Mike and his partner Sue Harrison regularly enjoy video calls with family in Sweden, and are managing their finances using online banking.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-

“As we move further into accessing services digitally, it is important that no-one feels left behind and out of touch.

“These sessions are an excellent way of learning in a friendly environment.”

Free digital support is available for people aged 65+ and living in the Shropshire Council area. Free tablets and connectivity are available for people in greatest need.

For more information and to join the waiting list for support, contact your local library or learning centre. Personalised IT sessions take place weekly in most libraries and through community settings at:

Shrewsbury’s Roy Fletcher Centre – 01743 341300 and
Church Stretton’s Mayfair Community Centre – 01694 722077.

A learn-at-home service is available for people unable to access community provision through Age UK Shropshire Telford and Wrekin – 01743 233123.

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Councillors asked to support review of council’s parking strategy

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 10:11

Councillors on Shropshire Council’s Place Overview Committee will this week (Thursday 29 September 2022) be asked to support and comment on a review of the council’s parking strategy, to ensure that it better reflects changing priorities and adapting travel patterns.

The current parking strategy was approved by the council’s Cabinet on 17 January 2018 and is set to be reviewed over the next six months, before going out to public consultation.

Since the strategy was adopted many things have changed: travel and working behaviours have changed since the start of the Covid pandemic, and there is now a greater focus locally and internationally on reducing carbon emissions generated by travel.

The review will also ensure that the strategy complements the council’s emerging Local Plan, Economic Growth Strategy, Local Transport Plan, Bus Service Improvement Plan, Active Travel Strategy and plans for cashless payments.

Councillors on the committee will consider and advise on which issues should be considered as part of the review of the strategy, including: dynamic parking charges; current bandings; evening parking; Sunday and Bank Holiday concessions; Christmas concessions; extensions of Pay and Display provision in Shrewsbury; indexation of parking charges; and a review of car parks currently in Band 7 (see notes).

They are also being asked to provide a steer on whether a pricing mechanism should be developed and consulted upon in parallel with the strategy.

Joyce Barrow, Chairman of the Place Overview Committee, said:

“This is the start of a detailed review of the existing parking strategy, which is set to take at least six months, and I’m pleased that the committee will have the opportunity to share our thoughts at this early stage.

“We know that parking is a complex and emotive issue so it’s essential that everyone has the opportunity to have their say, and that the final proposals are fully consulted upon before any changes are implemented.”

All of the proposed measures will require detailed consideration, appropriate public consultation, and decisions by Cabinet before implementation.

Following approval of any changes to the strategy, statutory traffic regulation order procedures will also be required.

A minimum period of six months would be allowed to review the parking strategy and undertake the required consultations, with a rolling programme of implementation during the financial year 2023/24.

Further information

There are seven bands of carparks and on-street parking areas, with bands 1 to 6 currently being chargeable.

In addition to the linear hourly charges, specified car parks also offer:-

  • Discounted weekly tickets
  • 3-monthly, 6-monthly and 12-monthly season tickets
  • Residents’ parking permits
  • Tariffs for HGV parking
  • Free coach parking.

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Over £300,000 grant money awarded to 13 local Oswestry businesses

Shropshire Council News Feed - Tue, 09/27/2022 - 10:05

Over £300,000 worth of grant money has been awarded to 13 local Oswestry businesses, as part of a grant scheme which aims to restore and reinstate buildings to their original beauty.

The Oswestry High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) scheme is transforming rundown buildings and shopfronts to revitalise the market town of Oswestry, its historic character and bustling high street. In addition, the project supports local traders and businesses during times of economic recovery and future growth, following uncertain times for retail and hospitality sectors during the pandemic.

The scheme, which has received funding from Historic England, Oswestry Town Council and Shropshire Council, is being delivered through the Future Oswestry partnership between Shropshire Council, Oswestry Town Council and Oswestry Business Improvement District (BID), which is centred around establishing Oswestry as an even better place for people to live, work, shop and visit.

The scheme has enabled Linda Clark, owner and manager of Fat Rabbit café (Bailey Street) to draw a four-year journey of renovations to a close. Linda purchased 20 Church Street, a previously unloved unit, before the pandemic. Linda sold her house and moved in above the shop with hopes to relocate the plant-based café onto Church Street.

Once the pandemic hit, Linda had to adapt quickly to changing consumer behaviour, and chose to extend the garden and outdoor seating at Fat Rabbit and apply for grant funding through the HSHAZ scheme to renovate 20 Church Street and lease to commercial tenants.

Church Street, Oswestry – before HSHAZ grant

20 Church Street, Oswestry – after HSHAZ grant

Linda shared:

“The pandemic meant I had to reconfigure my plans quickly. The original idea was to move from Bailey Street to Church Street, but that no longer made sense. You know what it’s like, if you think something’s going to cost £300 it will cost £1,200. And that’s what it was like with every single aspect.

Thankfully, I heard from Oswestry BID that there was a grant scheme opportunity of help to repurpose high street shopfronts, which was a real glimmer of hope and would mean the project could be completed much quicker than if I were to fund it myself. Thanks to the grant, I’ve now got potential tenants lined up who’ve been in business for 20 to 30 years and they’re looking to locate on the high street. So, fingers crossed!”

Similarly, Designs in Mind is a social enterprise which supports people who are living with mental health challenges, and provides a creative studio space for people to visit, socialise and enjoy. The venue is part of a wider network of community mental health support and is home to a working studio and shop where art pieces are displayed and sold.

Designs in Mind, located on Cross Street, is currently undergoing a shopfront transformation following a successful application to the HSHAZ scheme, and works will be complete this autumn.

Designs in Mind, before grant scheme

Designs in Mind, after grant scheme

Cai, one of two CEOs at Designs in Mind, shared:-

“Funding from the HSHAZ scheme has enabled us to relocate to a much better position in the town centre. Originally we were tucked away down an alleyway, and now have a front entrance on the high street. The new space will allow us to actively engage in local events, and the physical shop window helps spread the word about Designs in Mind and the wonderful work we undertake. Our new space is one where people can be heard and talk to others in times of need. Ultimately, it will help us with wider objectives to reduce the stigma of mental health issues and without the funding provided, we would not have been able to achieve this.”

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration, and planning, said:-

“It is brilliant to hear the success stories coming out of the HSHAZ scheme in Oswestry. We want to champion the town’s history, which is why it is so important we provide support for local business. Together with Oswestry Town Council, Oswestry BID and Historic England, the market town will be an even better place to visit and enjoy.”

Read further information about the Future Oswestry project.

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Let’s talk rubbish 

Shropshire Council News Feed - Mon, 09/26/2022 - 10:55

Shropshire Council is encouraging residents to think about their rubbish, and in particular, what more they can do to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost, as it reveals that Shropshire has one of the highest quantities of waste per household in the country. 

Not only is this bad for the environment, but it also costs the council over £33.5 million per year to collect and dispose of, which equates to 6% of the council’s entire budget. 

Shropshire’s residents can justifiably be proud of how they have responded to the call to recycle during the last two decades. From a countywide performance that was in single figures, to now consistently recycling and composting well over half of Shropshire’s household waste, is a fantastic achievement. However, more now needs to be done to reduce waste and allow the council to invest the money saved into delivering other essential services.  

In order to do this, the council has recognised the need for a new Waste Minimisation Strategy, along with the appropriate resources needed to research, develop, consult upon and deliver it. This ask will be considered by councillors at the Place Overview Committee on Thursday 29 September 2022, before being considered by Cabinet later this year. 

Joyce Barrow, Shropshire Council’s Chairperson for Place Overview Committee, said:-

“Despite our best efforts, we are still producing too much waste. It’s not sustainable and we all need to do something about it. 

“Climate change is impacting us all every day. We see some signs more visibly, but others are less evident. We have seen the impact of extreme weather events at home and overseas. In Shropshire we have experienced flooding and have more recently experienced extreme summer heat and drought.

Climate change reduces our ability to grow crops and impacts harvests. It impacts on water and energy supply chains and leads to biodiversity and habitat loss. We are already seeing the cost of our weekly shop increase following the hot, dry summer we have just experienced.  

“We, as a council, have made our commitment to address climate change, and we’re working with our partners to deliver the Climate Action Plan. However, we need to keep doing more, both within Shropshire Council as an organisation, and as individuals.  

“There is a lot of work to do, but we can start to make a difference now by carefully thinking about the things that we buy, how we use them, and ultimately how we dispose of them.” 

There are a number of things people can do to save money and reduce waste, such as:-

  • Reducing food waste by only buying what you need, checking use by dates, learning which foods can be eaten safely beyond best before label dates, freezing food, planning meals to use up leftovers. 
  • Composting at home (your garden and plants will benefit). 
  • Choosing products with minimal packaging and using reusable containers and bags. Try to avoid purchasing disposable products such as wipes, plastic cups etc. 
  • Buying in bulk (where there is less packaging per quantity) or buying refillable containers. 
  • Avoid purchasing plastic bottles and other plastics. Think about using a milkman rather than plastic milk bottles. 
  • Stop your junk mail (work to avoid receiving unwanted items). 
  • Repurpose – eg reuse paper and card for making your lists and notes. 
  • Donate unwanted items to charity shops, local reuse and free item networks (eg freecycle) etc. 
  • Minimise your use of energy and water. 
  • If you can – think about hiring rather than buying.
  • Buy things that will last and if something breaks – see if it can be repaired rather than replaced. 

For more information and tips, people should visit the council’s website (  

The Place Overview Committee meeting will take place on Thursday 29 September 2022 at 2pm at Shirehall, Shrewsbury. People will also be able to watch the meeting live on the council’s YouTube channel

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More potholes to be tackled by Multihog machines in October

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2022 - 14:02

Shropshire Council’s three Multihog road planer machines will be tackling more potholes and other defects on roads across Shropshire next month [October 2022].

The Multevo Multihog planes off the road surface to enable a squared-off hole to be filled by a following gang. It’s quicker than having to saw-cut and break-out the defective road by hand – tackling potholes and other defects more quickly and effectively

In October the Multihogs and their crews are set to treat the following roads:

Crew 1 (Central Shropshire)

30 September to 4 October – C5147 Priest Weston
5 to 7 October – B5067 Berwick Road
10 October – Longden Road, Shrewsbury
11 to 13 October – Winnington
14 to 17 October – A49 Hadnall
18 to 26 October – Mytton Oak Road
27 October – Neachley Lane, near Shifnal
28 October to 2 November – Belvidere Avenue, Shrewsbury

Crew 2 (South Shropshire)

3 to 13 October – A458 Stourbridge Road
15 October – Churchbridge junction to Dale House, Boraston
13 to 21 October – A458 Stourbridge Road
21 to 22 October – A458 Stourbridge Road island
24 to 25 October – B5477 Church Stretton
26 to 28 October – B4364 Loughton to Cleobury North
31 October to 5 November – A489 from B4370 to Plowden

Crew 3 (North Shropshire)

29 September to 5 October- Turners Lane, Whitchurch
6 October – Trevor Avenue, St Martins
7 to 8 October – Baschurch to Walford Heath
10 to 11 October – TBC
12 to 28 October – Hinstock, Marsh Lane to Ellerton junction
31 October – TBC

For more information about each scheme, see and search the interactive map on the website.

Using the Multihog the council can reduce the likelihood of potholes forming in the short-to-medium term and cut down on the need for road closures.

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for highways, said:

“The Multihogs are a hugely important part of our work to tackle potholes and improve the county’s roads.

“It’s a really important part of our strategy to deliver meaningful repairs to roads across Shropshire, and make them safer for all road users.”

Since April 2021, more than 40,000 potholes have been repaired across the Shropshire Council area.

As well as the Multihogs, other methods used to tackle potholes include the two Roadmasters that treat potholes on rural roads, ‘find and fix’ repairs, and more traditional repairs by gangs.

Meanwhile, the council’s annual resurfacing and surface dressing programmes help to improve the county’s roads and prevent potholes forming in the first place.

Further information

Since the Multihog was officially adopted in late March 2021, the volume of the road network repaired has risen to around 150m² per gang each day, with three teams deployed across the county. This means an average of 9,000m² of road can be treated each month.

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Carbon crisis to be explained at business workshop in Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2022 - 12:03

News from Marches Growth Hub Shropshire 

A free carbon literacy workshop to help businesses across the region prepare for looming climate challenges is to be held in Shrewsbury.

The programme, led by Business Net Zero’s sustainability consultants and trainers Sue Burnell and Kevin Oubridge, is provided by the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire in partnership with Business Net Zero and CREST.

The workshop and online sessions are free to attend for businesses based in the Marches area of Shropshire, Herefordshire, and Telford & Wrekin.

Emma Chapman, Marches Growth Hub Shropshire manager, said:-

“The weather extremes suffered in Shropshire and beyond this summer have brought home to most of us the need to take positive steps to reduce our climate impact.

“The climate crisis isn’t going away, and we need to find practical ways to reduce our carbon use as well as cope with the consequences of the planet getting warmer.

“It’s a huge subject and we know it can be daunting. The workshop will explain the science you need to know to identify the risks and will help you make informed decisions on planning and adaptation.”

The full-day interactive workshop takes place on Wednesday 9 November 2022 at University Centre Shrewsbury, and will be followed by two hour-long online sessions on Wednesday 23 November and Wednesday 7 December.

Topics covered will include understanding what carbon literacy is, the impact of climate change on how we live and work, identifying the risks to your value chain, and how to make changes within your company to reduce the risks and impacts of climate change.

The programme will also cover practical, positive, steps that you and your teams can take, and a positive message on how you can put climate change at the forefront of what you do.

Benefits of the course will include building resilience into your operations, improving efficiency, reducing waste, making financial savings, and preparing for upcoming Government guidelines and legislation.

Completion of all three sessions qualifies participants for certification from the Carbon Literacy Trust at a cost of £10.

Sue Burnell, from Business Net Zero, said:-

“All businesses will need to transition towards becoming a net zero carbon, resilient enterprise – doing nothing is no longer an option.

“Joining in with this free workshop is a good first step towards achieving complex change and developing the leadership capability needed to adapt to the risks associated with the climate and nature crisis.”

The Marches Growth Hub is the business support arm of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, which works to drive economic growth across the region. The hub has a range of advice on Net Zero for small and medium-sized enterprises available here.

Business Net Zero helps SMEs with their transition to becoming a net zero carbon, resilient enterprise and CREST, based at University Centre Shrewsbury, is the Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology which offers free support to SMEs who want to reduce their environmental impact, or to innovate and develop new products or services.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided at the workshop. To book, visit or for more information, email

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About Marches Growth Hub

  • The Marches Growth Hub brings together all national and local business support in one place for the first time and is fully aligned to the Government’s ‘Business is GREAT’ campaign.
  • Backed by the UK Government, the Business Support Helpline provides free, impartial business support and signposting services to businesses in England. Give them a call today on freephone 0800 998 1098.
  • This is supported by physical hubs in Telford at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford Innovation Campus, at Skylon Park in Hereford and at the Food Enterprise Centre in Shrewsbury. 

Growth Hubs and the Growth Hub Network

The 38 Local Enterprise Partnership led Growth Hubs across England bring together and simplify access to national and local business support. Supported by Government, Growth Hubs ensure that no matter the size, sector or maturity of a business they provide locally tailored business support and advice to direct businesses to the most appropriate organisations to assist with their specific requests. 

Some additional key facts:-

  • There are 38 Growth Hubs covering the whole of England – one in each Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area
  • At the end of 2021-22 financial year, the Government will have invested £96 million in core funding for the 38 English Growth Hubs via Local Enterprise Partnerships. The Government has committed a further £22 million to Growth Hubs for 2021-2022.

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Shropshire Highways partners transform garden at Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury

Shropshire Council News Feed - Fri, 09/23/2022 - 08:58

The garden after completion of the work

The Barnabas Community Project’s 360 garden in Shrewsbury has been transformed thanks to Shropshire Council and its highways partners Kier and Multevo.

Barnabas Community Church is home to foodbank PLUS, which incorporates a range of essential support services for clients in Shrewsbury. This includes Shrewsbury Food Bank and their unique 360 initiatives where they host a range of activities with the aim to help form relationships through building self confidence and self-esteem.

Multevo supported foodbank PLUS with transforming the 360 back garden, one of the charity’s projects which teaches clients basic gardening and woodwork skills. The garden is situated next to the River Severn and is liable to yearly flooding, which over the years has worn the gravelled surface and disabled access path.

Multevo’s team worked hard to completely transform the garden by excavating the worn and uneven surface and replacing with fresh tarmac, kerbings, and edgings to make the space more accessible and safer for visitors.

Find out more in this video

Jason Sapsford, highways operations manager at Kier, started the liaison with Barnabas Community Church to establish the project requirements, and then engaged Multevo as a partner to deliver this fantastic social values project for the community.

Commenting on the project, Jason said:

“I was totally committed to supporting Barnabas Community Church and the great work they are undertaking within the community with such passion and pride”

“Multevo exceeded all expectations, and the project was completed within a week. I know this will now allow the disabled members at the community centre to tend to the gardens with ease and the quality work will be in use for years to come which is absolutely fantastic.”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways, said

“A major part of the contracts we award is the social value element, including this fantastic project at the Barnabas Community Church.

“Huge thanks go to Keir and Multevo for the work they have done to turn this facility into a fantastic place for the people who need it.”

Karen Williams, Project Lead at foodbank PLUS:

“I’d like to thank Multevo, Kier and Shropshire Council for allowing us to use your staff and materials to tidy up this area. The area is now fixed and a level surface, making it much safer and wheelchair accessible for our clients. It’s going to make a massive difference to way we deliver 360 back garden.”

Multevo joined the Shropshire Highways alliance as a supply chain partner back in March 2021, supporting Shropshire Council, Kier Highways and WSP with highways maintenance and traffic management services, with over 80 people dedicated to the contract locally.

Since then, they have been collaboratively transforming the local network, with over 180,000 square metres of permanent repairs carried out utilising the productive Multihog machine.

The local contractor’s ‘committed to communities’ ethos ensures they work closely with their clients to deliver social value projects that benefit the specific needs of the communities they work in.

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Shropshire Leadership Conference promises to be bigger and better than ever

Shropshire Council News Feed - Thu, 09/22/2022 - 14:53

Shropshire’s third leadership conference promises to be bigger and better than ever, as it brings together influential speakers from an array of backgrounds to impart their knowledge and experience of leadership.

The Leadership Conference 2022 is being held at Shropshire Council’s Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on Tuesday 15 November 2022 and is being organised by the council’s Shropshire HR.

Leadership Conference – 15 November 2022 flyer

Over 100 delegates representing public and private sectors, local small and medium enterprises and international businesses, have already signed up for a day of inspirational keynote speakers and thought-provoking workshops.

The conference will also offer those attending the opportunity to rub shoulders with Shropshire’s business elite and feature trade stands, hand-on workshops, and a Wellbeing Zone sponsored by Paycare, as a reminder to prioritise mental health in the workplace.

Tickets are priced at £150 and this includes drinks and lunch. Those wanting to come along to the event are encouraged to book their tickets by visiting the Leadership Conference website (

Delegates will be able to arrive from 8.30am, for an official start at 9.15am. The day will draw to a close at 4.10pm, with an opportunity to network afterwards.

Sam Williams, Shropshire Council’s assistant director for workforce and improvement, said:-

“We’re really excited to be hosting Shropshire Leadership Conference 2022. This will be the third time that leaders from businesses and organisations from far and wide will come together for an event of this type. It is thanks to our incredible line-up of speakers, some of whom have spoken internationally, that we have every confidence that this conference will once again be a huge hit with our many delegates.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said:-

“We are extremely fortunate to have an incredible line-up of speakers coming to Shrewsbury, each of whom will bring something unique to this exciting event.

“It will offer those attending the perfect opportunity to hone their leadership skills, network with an audience of leaders and represent their company. Whether you’re a senior manager or on the cusp of moving up the ladder to a management role, you’ll take home ideas and inspiration that you will carry with you throughout your career.

“This conference and the wider work of Shropshire HR is an example of how Shropshire Council is innovating and transforming the way we do business. A key priority identified within our Shropshire Plan is to ensure Shropshire has a healthy economy, and having an event of this calibre in the county supports that aim.”


Key note speakers on the day include:

Sir Clive Woodward OBE 

England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning head coach, former Director of Sport Team GB and renowned business speaker and executive coach.

Sir Clive Woodward

Debra Searle MBE

Debra is a professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur.  Her expeditions have taken her across the Atlantic, around Antarctica, up to the Arctic Circle and everywhere in between.  She has also launched five companies, is a published author, has presented for the BBC and is a trusted corporate speaker. The movie of Debra’s story of rowing solo across the Atlantic after her husband was rescued is currently in development in Hollywood.

Richard Nugent 

Over the past 20 years Richard Nugent has worked with some of the biggest and best-known organisations in the world including LEGO, Merlin Entertainments, Warner Bros. and Samsung.

His ALIGNED® methodology is revolutionising how companies operate, communicate and how leaders bring their people on the journey with them.

The approach brings a new perspective to leadership by smashing two lingering business myths that get in the way of organisations reaching their real potential.

  • The first myth is that strategy eats culture for breakfast.
  • The second myth is that great organisations start with ‘why?’

By challenging these popular myths, ALIGNED® reveals how you can grab a competitive advantage by aligning strategy, culture and customer experience. 

Richard Nugent-linked brand

Event sponsors

The Leadership Conference 2022 is proud to be sponsored by:-

The council is seeking further sponsorship for the event and have a variety of packages to suit different budgets and needs. Businesses can find out more about the opportunities available to them by emailing

Keep up to date

For latest updates, follow the Leadership conference on Twitter @shropshirehr  #ShropshireLeadership2022 

About Shropshire HR

Shropshire HR are part of Shropshire Council, providing not-for-profit HR support to councils, charities and businesses in Shropshire, the West Midlands and Wales. Services include HR advice and development, recruitment and payroll support, occupational health, and health and safety guidance.

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