CHURCH FETE – The church fete is being held on Saturday. Please note the earlier opening time of 2pm. It is being held in Bayton Village Hall and on the school grounds. We have traditional stalls along with homemade cakes and refreshments served all afternoon. Bayton school children will be dancing and always manage to provide new dances. Cleobury Training Band will be playing most of the afternoon. If you want a relaxing afternoon out in beautiful countryside you will not be disappointed. The area is very flat and disabled toilets are available. DY14 9LL will take you to the car park. Details from Sue Burrows 01299 832722.

VILLAGE HALL AGM – Bayton Village Hall AGM is being held today at 7.30pm. Please come along and support the committee, new ideas and members welcome.


Bishops Castle

WALKERS RAISE £8000 – 220 people took part in the recent Bishops Castle Round and About Walk. The 22 mile route led over the Shropshire Hills through Mainstone to Clun and back via the Walcot Estate. Many were experienced walkers, both local and from further afield, who enjoyed the day because its planning allowed them to concentrate on the scenery, not their maps. Others were people who regarded the walk as a personal challenge in support of the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research (LLR) charity. Entry fees and donations raised a total of £8,000, while 40 volunteers gave up their time to help the day run smoothly. Bishops Castle Co-op sponsored the morning refreshments while the Castle Hotel, Boar’s Head and Poppy House in Bishop’s Castle offered discounts to people achieving the walk certificate. Quite a few people celebrated their success afterwards in local hostelries. A group of walkers from Clunbury, Helen Cottrell, Jenni Shepherdson, Joe Grafton, Rubi Shepherdson and Gemma Fletcher were determined to complete the walk together to honour the life and untimely death of Jessica, wife of Joe Grafton. She was a teacher at Church Stretton Primary School and only 39 years old when she died from leukaemia a few weeks before the walk. Her friend Ms Shepherdson said afterwards, “We completely underestimated how tough it would be, how much it would unite us and, more importantly, how much we would enjoy it. We are very proud of ourselves and of everyone who takes the time to help organise and participate in such a fantastic cause.”

Planning has already started for next year’s Round and About Walk on May 9. Applications will be accepted from January and if you want to take part, or help to run it, email Jean Shirley on

THREE DAY FESTIVAL OF ROCK – Tickets are selling fast for the Bishop’s Castle Gumbo Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival which begins on July 25. The three day festival is on the old showground in Bishop’s Castle and there’s plenty of room to camp for the whole time at a cost of only £10 a person. Organiser Mandy Green says she is making the event as local as she can, with accommodation in the town already booking up, including the Foxholes Campsite. The Six Bells and Monty’s Breweries will be supplying beer and Andrew Pugh the butcher is providing meat for the onsite Mojo Café. Gumbo stew, a hot, spicy meat stew served on a bed of rice is top of the menu. Mandy has hired a large marquee in case of bad weather and she promises some top names on the playlist, including Hayseed Dixie, a four man band of hillbilly hard rockers from Deer Lick Holler USA. Look on Facebook to find out more or call 01588 638185. Tickets cost £75, age12-15 £55, under 12 free. Day passes cost £35.

MUSEUM 100 CLUB – John Holt was the June winner of the 100 club draw run by the House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust. He won £18.25. Sian Lucas won £10.95 and Andy Owen won £7.30.

FASHION SHOW A HIT – Bishop’s Castle WI held a fashion show in the public hall on June 13, and raised £858 for their funds. In spite of a thunderstorm on the night, over 140 people came to enjoy the catwalk show and to buy clothes at knock-down prices. The WI plans to celebrate its 95th birthday in style and will hold other events during the year.

YORK TRIP FOR SCHOOLS – Pupils of the St Michael’s Federation, which consists of Lydbury North and Onny primary schools, have enjoyed a four day fun packed visit to York. Children from years four, five and six, 30 in total, plus seven staff boarded the train at Craven Arms on their way to the youth hostel in York. Prior to the trip, both schools had been hard at work fund raising, holding quiz nights, dances and sponsored walks while The Friends groups of both schools supported the events. In York the children visited the York Castle Museum, Jorvic Viking Centre, Dig, Eden Camp and the York Chocolate Story. Jake Lewis year five said: “We have done World War Two at school and the Eden Camp was really interesting and I liked the interactive parts.”

The federation organises their residential visits on a three year rolling program which includes one adventure holiday, one city visit and a local camp. Both Lydbury North Primary School and Onny Primary School feel that these experiences truly benefit all pupils in ways that normal every day school can’t. The staff and pupils would like to thank everyone who took part in the fund raising and are already planning next year’s adventure.

HEART START – The children of Lydbury North Primary School have been learning about emergency first aid using the British Heart Start Foundation program. As part of the program, the British Heart Foundation donated four resuscitation dolls to the school as well as training school staff to deliver the program to the children.

KS2 teacher Vicky Walker said: “It is a very comprehensive programme which covers the main elements of first aid and has been beneficial to all the children. Not only have they enjoyed doing it but have learned vital life- saving skills.” All children from reception to year six took part and attained a certificate in calling the emergency services, the recovery position, cuts and foreign bodies, how to manage a suspected heart attack as well as CPR according to their age and level of competence. The school will be building on these skills on a regular basis.



  • West End Theatre. Ibsen's Ghosts . SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle. £12/£10. Call 01588 630321 or 638038.
  • Norbury and District WI. Garden meeting at Cold Hill Farm, Ratlinghope.
  • FRIDAY Real ale trail and live music. Bishop’s Castle pubs. Continues Saturday.
  • Bishop's Castle Walking Group. Norbury. Four miles. Meet Norbury village hall 1pm, picnic after. Call 01588 650451.


  • Friends of Bishop’s Castle Primary School fun day. 10am-2pm. Call 01588 638746.

If you have 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



PRIZE BINGO – At Cleeton St Mary village hall tomorrow, eyes down 8pm. In aid of Silvington church funds.

DANCE – At Cleeton St Mary village hall, July 19. To the music of Double Focus, 8pm pay on door in aid of village hall funds.



AWARD FOR NETTA – Netta Nichols, much respected and active member of the community in Mardu, has been awarded the British Empire Medal for services to the community. Mardu residents have long felt she deserved recognition for her generosity. “We are proud to have such a fine lady living amongst us and wish her many more years of helping us all.”

SENIOR CITIZENS – Clun Senior citizens will visit St George’s School, Clun today at 1pm for lunch and entertainment by the children.

GARDEN SOCIETY – Callum Johnson will talk about the labour saving garden at Newcastle Garden Society’s meeting today. Callum is the owner of a nursery near Welshpool specialising in herbaceous perennials, herbs and alpines. Plants are propagated from seed, cuttings and divisions of his own stock plants grown in his three acre garden adjoining the nursery. He will be bringing plants to sell. 7.30pm at Newcastle Community Centre. All welcome. A visit to Stocktonbury gardens Leominster is planned for July 24. The four acre garden was created from pasture by keen and knowledgeable plantsmen, Raymond Treasure and Gordon Fenn 30 years ago and has mature plantings and offers much inspiration to gardeners. Many of the plants grown there are also for sale and the Tithe Barn restaurant will provide a home cooked evening meal. The cost including the meal is £16. Travel by private car, lift sharing from Newcastle Community Centre at 4pm. To book contact Carol Gurney 01588 640163 or Stan Wild 01588 640241.

NEWCASTLE PLAY AND HOGROAST – Newcastle School PTA are holding A Midsummer Night’s Dream . Pupils will perform an abridged version of Shakespeare’s play – A Thirty Minute Dream , followed by hog roast tomorrow. The performance will start at 4.30pm with hog roast, salads and puddings at 6pm. It will also be an opportunity for pupils of Mr Langford and Mrs Jones to say thanks and farewell. Everyone is most welcome and if you would like food please ring Mary Gittins 01588 640143, Ruth Gittins 01588 640829 or the school on 01588 640260 to book your tickets, adults £6, children under 12 £4, under 5s free.

CLUN VALLEY FILLING STATION – Rev Brian Streeter from Windermere, a noted pastor and teacher will give a talk, A Farmer Went Out to Sow , at the meeting of Clun Valley filling station tomorrow. Brian will look at Jesus’ use of rural imagery, relating it to the advantages for rural churches and Christians today. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and is in Newcastle Community Centre. There will be no meeting during August and meetings will start again on September 12, from 7.30-9.30pm, at Newcastle Community Centre and continue on the second Friday of the month. Refreshments served. For more information contact Brian Angell 01588 640029, email

COFFEE MORNING – A coffee morning with stalls and games will take place at 2 Jubilee House, High Street, Clun, by kind invitation of Dorothy and Richard Gough on Saturday from 10.30am to noon. In aid of Clun bowling club.

ECO EVENT – A visit to Bob’s hay meadows at Middle Spode on Saturday at 2.30pm is the last of the eco events organized by Clun Methodist Chapel. Teas £2. All extra proceeds to Christians Against Poverty.

NEWCASTLE BOWLING CLUB – The annual Clun Valley Foods Pairs Trophy charity event, sponsored by Tony Burton of Clun Valley Foods is, Sunday at Newcastle bowling club starting at 10am. Entry, £10 per person. Proceeds to Hope House. Refreshments served throughout the day. Contact Hugh Jones 01588 640203.

VEGGIE BAG SCHEME TO START – An organic veggie bag scheme based near Knighton is to expand to Clun. Mick and Alice Westrip, who have an organic market garden at Rhos-y-Meirch near Knighton ( have sold their vegetables at Higtown community room market and are delivering £8 and £10 veggies bags for collection from Wheeler’s Butcher’s in Ford Street on Thursdays. They are also having an open day on Sunday from 2-6pm. Among the many things to see and do, you could take part in the first Radnorshire Worm Charming Championship. To find out more or join the scheme phone 01547 528315 or Email: info@

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

CLUN RAMBLERS – Clun Ramblers’ next walk is on Wednesday, led by Nigel. Meet at Clun memorial hall car park at 9.30am. Sorry no dogs.

If you have any news or events in the Clun Valley, contact Elisabeth Taylor, Email: 01981 540893. The deadline is the Wednesday of the week before publication.


Richards Castle

SOAP BOX DERBY – This year’s soap box derby will take place on Sunday between 10am and 4pm, on Hanway Common (follow the signs from the B4361). Admission £5 adults, children free, includes race programme. There will be refreshments galore, with a wide range of food and drinks. Lunchtime events will include lawnmower racing, rally cars, a pre-65 scrambler display race and the Tenbury Teme Valley Brass Band. There will be static displays of classic cars (including the Mercia Mini- Owners Club), Fire Service and stationary engines. Children’s entertainment will include face painting, a bouncy castle and roller coaster. It will be a great fun day out for all the family so make sure you are there.



KNIGHTON ON TEME MIDSUMMER PARTY – Bickley House Farm, WR15 8LU, July 19, 7.30pm till late. Barbecue, licensed bar, camping facilities available, bus available from Regal £2 e/w. Contact 07970 8 6 0111. Tickets £5 available from the Little Fish Shop and TABS in Tenbury or via Facebook, £6 on the door - under 16s free.

TEME VALLEY WILDLIFE GROUP – Library display, visit Tenbury library in July to see activities of the Teme Valley Wildlife Group. Enter the picture quiz, do you know your birds from your bees? Enter the photo competition for a place in the Groups 2015 calendar, get your camera out and get clicking. The theme of the competition is the Teme Valley, any subject can be taken so long as it is taken in and relates to the Tem Valley. Entries must be in by August 4. Full details and display upstairs in the library.

WILMA HAYES – Local author. New book launch - Red Snow - at Tenbury library, Saturday, 10am-1pm.

EASTHAM GARDEN CLUB – Occasional meetings at Eastham village hall. Further information: Diana Clarke, secretary, 01584 781505 or Email:

LINDRIDGE ART GROUP – Art for everyone. Meetings at Lindridge parish hall every Tuesday, 3pm. We have an excellent tutor and your first lesson is free, come and join us. Further details, KNIGHTON FRIENDS – Meet every third Wednesday of each month at the parish room.

TEME VALLEY CHILDRENS CENTRE – Run a number of relevant events for children and parents. Further information, 01905 622354 or Email:

TEME VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY – Meet monthly on the last Tuesday in the month at Abberley village hall.Further information, Mike Harley 01584 881194

TEME VALLEY WILDLIFE – Meet each month at Rochford village hall. Further information, Danny Arnold 01584 781500 or Email: or visit 

TENBURY RAMBLING CLUB – For information, Ian 01584 876698.

TENBURY TOWN BAND – Meet for rehearsals at Penlu sports club on Sundays, (apprentices 4pm-4.30pm, full band 4.30pm-7pm). Further details, Steve and Mel Parker 01584 881683 or visit:


The Strettons

MARKET – Tomorrow morning the country market will be open for business again at Mayfair community centre from 8.30am-12 noon selling cakes, produce and craft items.

SUMMER DISCO – A summer disco with bar is planned for tomorrow at the Silvester Horne Institute from 8pm- midnight. Ticket sales are through Newsworld and The King’s Arms and proceeds of the event will go to MacMillan Cancer Support.

SUMMER FAIR – Mildred’s Summer fair takes place at the methodist hall on Saturday from 10am-12 noon selling gifts, books, cards, plants and cakes and with a raffle. Coffee and tea included in the admission of £1 and proceeds will go to World Church.

FAMILY FUN DAY – St Laurence’s hosts a family fun day on Sunday with activities, games and crafts at the parish centre and a barbecue and races in Rectory Field from 1pm- 5pm. Reserve places by ringing 01694 722588 or Email: suzan.williams@ The event will be followed by a songs of praise in Rectory field from 5.30pm-6.30pm arranged by Churches Together in The Strettons.

FUN RIDE – The United Pack fun ride takes place at the Bow House, Nr Bishop’s Castle, SY6 5HY on Sunday, with the first race at 10am and continues until 1pm. Refreshments will be available throughout and further information is available by ringing 07870 838740.

LONGMYND HIKE – There will be a meeting for the Longmynd Hike on Sunday at 8pm in the district social club.

CANCER CARE – The Stretton and Shropshire Cancer Care group meeting on Monday will take the form of an outing to Kerry Vale Vineyard where a private tour has been arranged followed by afternoon tea, travelling by the Ring-and-Ride bus and private cars.

The group will hear about the challenges in growing grapes in Britain and also learn about the wine-making process. After tea there is a chance for a wine tasting session at extra cost or an opportunity to see the Roman artefacts discovered during the development and to visit the shop.

Stretton and Shropshire Cancer Care supports people who have cancer or have been affected by cancer, and Doreen Hall is a supporter if you would like to talk to someone and she can be found at Mayfair from 10am-lunchtime on the third Thursday of the month.

POETRY – The Mayfair poetry group will be meeting, Wednesday, 2.15pm and on this occasion they will be featuring poems of the First World War.

BIRDS – The survey by Stretton Area Community Wildlife Group to find how swifts use the built environment continues for a couple more weeks, and if you would like to help, meet in the Square at around 8.45pm, Wednesday or find out more by ringing 01694 724170.

SCHOOL NEWS – At Church Stretton School enrichment week has been held and the school has hosted the primary school athletics championships and primary school pupils also visit for a theatre education project.

Students recently raised £885 for Sport Relief and there have been successes in the music exams with distinctions in grade eight cello and grade two piano, merits in piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, and a further pass in piano.

The music department has taken delivery of a drum kit which has been kindly donated by a former student.

Students have been awarded certificates for completing their Library Assistants’ Training Scheme level two presented by Miss Katherine Smith of the school library service.

KABOODLE – Shayne from Kaboodle has taken part in the Shrewsbury half marathon to raise funds for the classrooms in the clouds project. Thanks to all of those who supported his efforts ,he raised £548. The sale of donated books has also helped with fundraising.

LUCKY NUMBERS – The lucky numbers in the June Lottery for Mayfair were 465, 43, 600 and 265 winning £100, £50, £20 and £10 respectively.

GARAGE PRAISE – A barbecue will be part of the garage praise programme on Saturday, held at the garage on Crossways, 6pm.

FESTIVALS – The archery festival starts, July 19, until July 22, and is based behind Church Stretton School. All welcome, there is no charge for spectators from July 26 to August 9 and will feature a range of musical events, a talk and an arts and crafts exhibition held at Church Stretton school.

Tickets are available at John Thomas Florists and the visitor information centre. Free local transport is often available to the events and can be arranged by ringing 01694 720025 on weekdays.

There are fringe event coffee concerts in St Laurence’s church daily from July 28 to August 2, and an organ recital at noon on August 6.

On August 4 and 8, the organ recitals will be at All Saints church in Little Stretton. Admission to the fringe events is free with a retiring collection taken.

FUNDRAISER - Tom Peel’s charity event for Cerebral Palsy, the haematology department at the RSH and the hydro pool at Condover College is on July 19, at Ashford House, Walkmills, SY6 6NJ, and will feature Abba Sensation, local band Custard Connection and Robbie T Disco.

There will be lots to see and do, together with a bar and food. Fancy dress welcomed. Tickets cost £15 and £5 for under 15s. Please call 01694 751261 to book your tickets.

FOLK DANCE - July 19 is the night for folk dancing at Ticklerton village hall. No previous experience is necessary as Ron and Dot Cox are on hand to show you the way. To find out more please call 01694 722418. The event starts at 8pm.

QUIZ NIGHT - A quiz night at the district social club on July 19 will raise funds for the Day Care Senior Citizens’ Holiday Fund.

The cost is £4 and there will be National Lottery prizes.


Bitterley WI

AT BITTERLEY WI’s recent meeting Ken Arch talked about Hope House, the running of the charity and future activities. Final dates for the two summer outings were announced: one visit to Adam Henson’s farm on July 23 and another to Highgrove House on September 11. Margaret reported on the AGM.

As part of the official walk, 12 members met on a warm evening on June 18 at the Three Horseshoes, Wheathill. They walked part of the Shropshire Way. Member Carol Elwis lives on this path, so the group had a welcome stop for a refreshing cup of tea.

The following evening they visited the home of Sheelagh Lewis at Stoke St Milborough for their annual garden meeting. The president, Alvis Cummings, and the secretary gave a short resume of future events which will include an evening bowling in August.

On display were items made by members and friends at the patchwork and quilting workshop during the recent months. Janet Morgan, member, gave a report on her students’ progress at these workshops before all members enjoyed a bring and share supper.

After refreshments, hostess, Sheelagh, ended the evening by giving a short talk. On leaving school she went to college in London for three years to do an advance course in embroidery and dressmaking.

Having kept all her coursework was able to show us what she had achieved.

There were samples of the different embroidery stitches, using wool, silk and even gold thread. As part of the course she had to produce her own folders showing the different stitches and methods used in dressmaking.

Many members were reminded of their GCE needlework exam many years ago.

At the end she showed the group her certificate, which had been presented to her by the late Queen Mother.

A vote of thanks together with a small token was given by Alvis.

The next meeting is Thursday, July 17. Malcolm Whittall will be drawing cartoons.

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