CLOWS TOP BINGO - Another bingo session is being held at Clows Top village hall tomorrow (Friday). Eyes down 7.30pm. As usual this is a Bayton School event and very popular.

EASTHAM BARBECUE - Summer barbecue is Saturday at 6.30pm. There will be a bar as well as Phil Gibbs’s barbecue and lots of home- made puddings. The Exiles will play and there are some lovely raffle prizes. Everyone is welcome. Entry and parking free and proceeds from the evening will go to Eastham memorial hall and church. Venue: Eastham Millennium Green WR15 8NP.


Bishops Castle

FASHION SHOW FOR WI - Bishops Castle WI has a fashion show in the town’s public hall tomorrow (Friday), 7.30pm. Company from Manchester called Shop 2 Drop will be there with a stock of chain store over-makes. These will be displayed on a catwalk show using their own models. All the clothes will be for sale on the night, with bargains guaranteed for everyone. The event is fundraiser for Bishops Castle WI funds and tickets are £5 from members and on the door. Drinks and nibbles included in price. Bishops Castle celebrates its 95th birthday this year, this is one of number of special events. Call 01588 650354 for more information.

600 MILLION YEARS GEOLOGY TALK - 600 Million Years in 60 Minutes, is the title of a talk on the making of the landscape around Bishops Castle to be heard on Wednesday at 7.30pm in the newly restored town hall. The speaker is Andrew Jenkinson, projects officer for Shropshire Geological Society. Andrew explains, “For the past 12 months Shropshire Geological Society has been collecting together archive material about the Bishops Castle area to be deposited in the Bishops Castle Heritage Resource Centre. This project, funded by the All Our Stories section of the Heritage Lottery Fund, has also seen the creation of a building stones trail for the town and a tour of the wider area across the surrounding countryside. Meanwhile, as residents and visitors to the town will be well aware, the town hall has been enveloped in scaffolding for a complete refurbishment. Now open again, it will be the venue for a series of lectures. The first of these pushes back the history of the town’s surroundings to the deep past.” As Andrew explained, “this is not a scientific discourse on geology, but an attempt to show how today’s scenery relates to the rocks beneath the surface a story that takes us back to when the region was on the floor of a sea surrounded by volcanoes, near to the Antarctic Circle. We will see how, through time, our part of the Earth’s crust has migrated slowly northwards; how land and sea slowly changed positions with upheavals and volcanic activity that created the folded rocks and mineral veins of the Shelve area; when the Long Mynd became an island with a shell-strewn beach around it; and eventually how, in the relatively recent Ice Age glaciers and their melt water streams gouged out the valleys and rounded off hills we see today. Finally we will see how our predecessors used the surviving rocks of these ancient landscapes to build today’s town of Bishop’s Castle”. Tickets are free, but limited by the seating capacity of the town hall. Places should therefore be booked in advance. Check out the web site at to book on-line or telephone 01588 630023. Call Andrew Jenkinson on 07816 136272 for further information.

LUCKY DRAW FOR MARY - The 100 club draw results for the House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust draw for May are as follows: Mary Wolfe £18.25, Mary Wolfe £10.95, Sandra Bailey £7.30.

MIDSUMMER REJOICING - Bishops Castle parish church celebrates its midsummer rejoicing weekend on June 21-22 with a variety of attractions for all the family. The fun begins on June 21 at 2pm at a fete in the churchyard; stalls include second-hand children’s clothing, children’s activities, a prize draw, teas, tours of the church tower and music from Bishops Castle orchestra and Bishops Castle primary school choir. June 22 sees a rush cart procession from Stone House at 10.30am to the church. The decorated cart will be pulled through the streets, flanked by the Shropshire Bedlam and Martha Rhoden’s morris dancers. On arrival at the church there’s a special midsummer service at 11am, followed by morris dancing, beer and a barbecue in the churchyard. Everyone is welcome to come.

MIDSUMMER FETE RAFFLE - Tickets for St John the Baptist midsummer fete grand draw now on sale at the Mace Store, Bishops Castle. Cash prizes are £100, £50 and £25, draw will be made at fete on June 21.


THURSDAY - Hatha yoga- Marj Cook. Bishops Castle town hall. Weekly. 6pm, 07713 621586.

  • Fit Steps fitness class - Ruth Morriss. Bishops Castle town hall. Weekly. 7.15pm, 01743 891561.
  • Friends of Library trip to Birmingham Library. Dep Boars Head, £10/ £12, 8.45am, 01588 638215.
  • NT Live. A Small Family Business – Alan Ayckbourn. SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle. £10/£7. 7pm. Book on 01588 630321 or 638038.
  • Bishops Castle Walking Festival hog roast and Anything Goes Swing Band. Three Tuns, Bishops Castle. £14, 01588 630531.

FRIDAY - WI fashion show. Bishops Castle Public Hall. £5. 7.30pm. Tickets from WI members.

SATURDAY - Nev Fest. Live music and real ale. Six Bells Yard, Bishops Castle. £3. 1pm-10pm, 07824 514564 n Tea at the Ritz. Edgton village hall. £6.50. 2.30pm, 01588 680366.

SUNDAY - M&J Travel day trip to Bath, 01588 640273.

  • Summer tea and entertainment in aid of Mainstone Church. Middle Aston, Pentre, £10, 01588 638314.

MONDAY - Monday market. Bishops Castle town hall. Weekly. 8am-2pm.

TUESDAY - Bishops Castle community energy talk. Fracking, the Facts , Michael Rosenbaum. Bishops Castle town hall, 7.30pm, free, 01588 638762.

  • Bishops Castle walking group. Betchcott. Meet Harley Jenkins St car park, Bishops Castle. 9.30am, 01588 630446.
  • Lydbury North Parish Council meeting, village hall, 7.30pm.

WEDNESDAY - Talk. Making of the Bishops Castle Landscape - Andrew Jenkinson. Bishops Castle town hall, 7.30pm, free.

  • Mothers Union trip to Melverley Church, lunch at Alvesbury. Coach £7, meal £7.95. Dep Bishops Castle 10am, 01588 630018 n RSC Live. 'Henry 1V Part 2' SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle. £10/£7. 7pm. Book on 01588 630321 or 638038.
  • Onny Valley social club. Trip to Llandudno. Pick up Norbury and Bishops Castle. Open to all. Call 01588 650607.

Any news for the paper, or a coming event to promote, please hand a note addressed to Julia Parker over the counter at Bishops Castle Post Office. She sends news to the paper every week. Her phone number is 01588 680445.The email address is


Cleeton St Mary

BINGO - Tomorrow (Friday), eyes down 8pm, at Cleeton St Mary village hall. In aid of village hall funds. All welcome.



JOHN OSBORNE DOCUMENTARY - A video documentary about the time playwright, John Osborne and his wife, Helen, lived in Clun is being made. It is part of a festival planned to mark the 60th anniversary of the opening of his most well known play, Look Back in Anger and the documentary team would like to hear from local people who have personal recollections of John and Helen and especially would like to see any photographs that illustrate the Osbornes’ life in the Clun Valley. Contact the team by email castles@ or call Roger Casstles on 01547 520602.

CLUN VALLEY FILLING STATION - The fourth meeting of Clun Valley filling station is tomorrow (Friday) at Newcastle community centre. Penny Valentine from Clun will speak on prayer and the character of God. The group meets on the second Friday of each month from 7.30 to 9.30pm. Refreshments served. For more information contact Brian Angell 01588 640029

PRODUCE MARKET - Produce market at Hightown community room Saturday, 10am to 1pm with all local foods including homemade cakes, honey, jam and preserves, organic fruit and vegetables, smoked meats, pies, vegetarian snacks, salads, bread, bhajis and samosas, fair trade stall and refreshments and raffle. In aid of Hightown community room. Contact Trish Munn 01588 640125.

HOPTON CASTLE GARDENS OPEN - A chance to see Hopton Castle gardens on Saturday from 11am to 5pm. Cream teas and refreshments will be served in Castle Barn garden and money raised will go to church funds. For details phone A Williams 10588 660268 or V Mellings 01547 530590.

WALKING FOR HEALTH - A short walk around the town. Meet at the Maltings Café at 10.30am.

CLUN RAMBLERS - Clun ramblers’ next walk is Wednesday, led by Alison Biddulph. Meet Clun memorial hall car park 9.30am. Sorry no dogs.

CLUN GARDENS OPEN - Nineteen Clun gardens are open to the public on June 21 and 22, from 2-6pm. Five of the gardens are open for the first time. St George’s Church will have a display by Clun’s talented flower arrangers on the theme of First World War. Young musicians will be playing in the church. There will be a wonderful choice of plants for sale at Hightown community room with Dr Steve Reynolds on hand to answer all your plant problems and afternoon teas will be available. Refurbished garden tools and books are on sale at Castle Farmhouse. Teas will be available at Haslehurst community centre near Trinity hospital (garden one), cream teas at Guilden Down cottage June 21 afternoon and at Birches Farm June 22 afternoon. You can buy tickets at ticket and information desk Clun Bridge and Trinity hospital. Adults £5, school children free. Tickets valid for all gardens and both days.

Gardens North of river: Trinity hospital and allotments; Lake house; Guilden Down cottage, out of Clun; Riverdale, behind fire station; April cottage, Ford Street; The Ferns, Newport Street; 1 The Old School, Newport Street; Old Chapel, Newport Street; 25 High Street; Riversdale, Bridge Street; Birches Mill – Sunday only, out of Clun; Birches Farm – Sunday only, out of Clun.

Gardens south of the river: Castle Farmhouse; Church Street; The Old Vicarage, Vicarage Road; St George’s school; 2 Mount Pleasant; Newcroft, Mount Pleasant; The Hollies, Rock Hill – out of Clun; The Old Farmhouse, Woodside – new, out of Clun. All information is on the website

NEWCASTLE ANNUAL BARBECUE – Newcastle community centre’s annual barbecue June 21, food served from 8.30 to 9.30pm. There’s a social evening with a choice of steak or fish and a sweet for £14, sausages and a sweet for children £5, salads and new potatoes included. Bar and raffle. Enquiries Tess 01588 640272 or Brenda 01588 640565.

If you have any news or events in the Clun Valley, contact Elisabeth Taylor, email: 01981 540893. Deadline is Thursday of week before publication.


Far Forest

RACE NIGHT – June 27, 7.30pm, at Far Forest village hall. Fun night out. Burgers and hot dogs on sale. Raising funds for village hall and Far Forest Memorial School. Come and give your support. To hire the hall call 01299 878581.


Richards Castle

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP – The group has organised a half-day guided tour of the industrial sites of Titterstone Clee Hill with historian Alf Jenkins on Saturday. The outing will depart from All Saints church car park 9.30am. To join the outing, please ring 01584 831270 to book a place and for more information.

COUNTRY AND WESTERN DANCE – In the village hall on Saturday. Music by Country Pride Duo; for more details please ring 01584 831411.

MAYBEE EVENT – Thanks to everyone who supported this in any way. Just under £300 was raised for church and community projects.



TENBURY LIBRARY CHOIR – Sing for You – Songs from Around the World, at Tenbury Methodist Church today at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be available, and tickets are £5 on the door. Proceeds will be shared between Cafe 27 and church funds. All are welcome.

BURFORD VILLAGE FETE – Burford village hall June 28, 2pm to 5pm. The fete is jointly run by Burford Church and Burford School. Attractions include: Football comps: Tenbury Primary v Burford Primary, Tenbury town band, bird – July 5 at 9.30am. Help with the work party to smarten up the area around Knighton-on-Teme parish room most welcome and much appreciated. Bring strimmer, clippers, rakes or just a willing pair of hands.

CHARITY QUIZ NIGHT – In aid of parish defibrillator fund, June 28, 7.30pm, Knighton-on-Teme parish rooms. Join in for a night of fun. Prizes for winning team. Tickets must be pre-purchased, £3.50 per person. Tea, coffee and soft drinks can be purchased. Please feel free to bring your own alcohol. No meal included. For tickets contact Kay 01584 781910 PROGRESSIVE SUPPER – Lindridge, tomorrow, 7pm. Book your place soon – don’t miss out. Tickets cost £15 (please bring your own bottle) – book with Boo Andrewes 01584 881274 or Pauline Briggs 01584 881216.

JUMBLE SALE – In aid of Lindridge School, June 28, 10am to 12.30pm in Regal community hall – behind the Regal. If you have any jumble to donate email Karen – TENBURY RAMBLING CLUB – Walks for June: Monday – Bringsty Common, six miles. June 22 – Abberley hills, seven miles. For information contact Ian 01584 876698.


The Strettons

DOROTHY CLIVE GARDEN – Local gardening club has arranged outing to Dorothy Clive garden in Market Drayton today. Call 01694 720131 for seats on the coach.

FESTIVALS – As the walking festival draws to a close the cycling festival takes place and continues until Saturday with a family day in Carding Mill Valley at 10am offering various activities for the whole family. A 16 mile evening cycle ride today leaves Carding Mill Valley pavilion at 6pm. This event is free.

MARKET – Tomorrow will see country market open at Mayfair community centre 8.30am-12noon selling cakes, produce and craft items.

QUIZ NIGHT – There will be quiz night with Ken Willis at Mayfair Saturday, 7.30pm. Entry fee is £4.

CONCERT – The More Singers will be in concert at Church Stretton School on Saturday at 7.30pm with ‘Reflections of Summer’ raising funds for Pazapa. Ticket sales are through Burway Books and John Thomas Florists and cost £10, and some may be available at the door.

RAMBLE – South Shropshire ramblers will meet at Easthope Road car park 10.30am Sunday, leisurely five mile walk to Batch Valley and Jinlye.

SHENANIGANS – Sunday is also the day when there will be summer country shenanigans at Frodesley Hall Farm by kind permission of Graham and Kath Davies, offering fun, food and music. Event has been arranged to raise funds for St Mark’s church. Ring 01694 731237 to find out more.

HISTORY WALK – Next Rectory Wood and Field walk will be Tuesday 2pm-4pm and will feature history of the area and all are invited to meet at the Rectory Field gate in Church Street by the Scout HQ to take part.

BIRD WATCHING – If you are keen to help Stretton area Community Wildlife Group with survey to discover the way local swifts are using the built environment meet in Market Square Wednesday or any Wednesday in June and July around 8.45pm depending on time of sunset.

MEDIEVAL FAIR – Medieval fair celebrating Charter Year 1214, kicks off with banquet June 20, at the Silvester Horne Institute when there will be music, verse and dancing along with a serving of food cooked up from middle ages recipes. Special dietary arrangements can be catered for if stated when purchasing ticket which also reserves a seat at table. Medieval dress preferred but not compulsory, but could be as simple as a plain tabard, baggy trousers and an old leather belt for the gents. Ticket sales are through Burway Books, John Thomas Florists, Newsworld, Wrights estate agents and council offices and cost £25. Ring 01694 720132 to find out more. During weekend there will be lots to see and do including ceilidh June 21.

SCHOOL NEWS – Year 11 students of Church Stretton School are now going in for their examinations and year ten Duke of Edinburgh students took part in their final expedition. A number of students have enjoyed a PE trip to a cricket international and a dress rehearsal by the cast of Wind in the Willows will be performed in front of primary school pupils. St Lawrence’s Primary School year six leavers have been invited to purchase special T-shirt. Medieval workshop featured the types of weapons and armour used and the kind of musical instruments available during the middle ages all of which helped the pupils with their topic. Cricket tournament at Bishops Castle and under 11 boys world cup were due to take place. Visits to Acton Scott and Shrewsbury Castle have been arranged.

CLASSROOMS IN THE CLOUDS – Reminder that Shane from Kaboodle will be taking part in Shrewsbury half marathon June 22, to sponsor him pop into the shop and put some coins in the box. Funds are for a new school project in Nepal which is due to open next year and Shane continues to support funding for a teacher.

DRAMA – Local drama group, Dorrington Players staged Funny Money, comedy by Ray Cooney, in three night run when the accent was definitely on ‘funny’. Excellent performances by the cast under the directorship of Kathryn N Lewis made superb entertainment. Earlier in the year the players staged their first ever rehearsed play reading with proceeds going to Mayfair, they will be staging the Mummers play over the weekend of June 21 and 22, to help celebrate the town’s long history, before beginning rehearsals for the next production in November, Ayckbourne’s Time of My Life . The Dorrington Players wish to thank everyone who help and those who support the productions.

Church Stretton School will present its production of Wind in the Willows nightly 7.30pm from Wednesday to June 20. Tickets available at school.

FOOD BANK - There has been a call for jam, small packs of porridge oats, breakfast cereal bars, tinned fruit and vegetables for the Food Bank and if you are able to support this please put your donations of goods in the receptacle at the Co-Op.

ORGAN DONATIONS - A survey on organ donation is taking place this month through The Shropshire Drug and Alcohol Action team and can be completed on line and is also promoted through GP Surgeries, libraries, pharmacies, supermarkets, large employers and the council.

BLUES’N’ROOTS - The festival went ahead last week-end and was well attended, raising over £1400 for MacMillan Cancer Support.

CRAFT AND ART WORKSHOPS - Scrappies will host Crafty Kids club 10am -3pm June 21 and medieval fair open day June 22, with drop-in craft workshop 10am-3pm. There will also be children’s art workshops at Mayfair 11.30-12.30pm and 1.30- 2.30pm June 21.

FOLK DANCE - Monthly folk dance evenings continue Ticklerton village hall 8pm June 21. All welcome.

WORKSHOPS - At Karuna, near Picklescote, there is chance to make an earth oven during the week-end of June 28-29, when there will be a demonstration of cooking pizzas and bread using one of these ovens, July there is a three day workshop under the heading Permaculture in three days led by Jan Martin at cost of £90 although some concessions may be available. Ring 01970 621580 to book or find out more about the permaculture workshop as this is an Aberystwyth University arrangement.


Clows Top District Gardening Club

JUNE, summer is here at last. This is a time of year when the gardener can begin to enjoy the fruits of their labours. Take time to stand back to appreciate the garden, and don’t let it become a chore. Weather is usually quite warm with the occasional thunderstorm, sun is now quite strong so time to shade the greenhouses to prevent plants getting scorched. Tender plants can now be safely put outside as there should be little fear of night frosts.

At April meeting speaker, Chrissy Ching, gave a talk and power point presentation on Potagers. Ideal for small gardens mixing flowers and vegetables together, similar to Victoria kitchen garden. These ornamental vegetable gardens are usually square or geometric designs with box hedging outlining the designs.

The club has number of trestle tables for sale if anyone is interested or if more information needed contact Marion Wilson 01299 270475.

The club’s annual coach trip to Barnsdale Gardens June 21, still has a few seats available for more information and book a seat please contact Elva Clark 01299 832288.

If you need some fresh ideas or advice for your garden, then why not join us for cup of tea and chat at one of the monthly meetings. Don’t be afraid to come along, it is a garden club not a horticulture society.

Next meeting June 25, is by Carol Smith who will give a talk entitled Low Maintenance Garden. It will also be the clubs rose and sweet pea show.

Diary Dates: July 23, tales from garden labels, Dr Murray Mylechreest.

  • August 16, Clows Top summer show.
  • August 27, carnivorous plant, Mike King.
  • September 24, 60 years of wildlife photography, John Robinson.
  • October 22, I’m not much good at gardening, David Morgan.
  • November 26, Hartlebury Common, Dr Joy Rooney.

Clows Top and District Gardening Club meet the fourth Wednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall; Doors open 7.30pm, for the speaker at 8pm. Further details call Marion Wilson 01299 270475 or email: