Bishops Castle

CITIZENS ADVICE – Enterprise House in Bishop’s Castle is the new home of Citizens Advice Shropshire and a trained person will be there to help with any problem you have. The open hours for August are: 10am- noon, August 4 and 18. At other times Citizens Advice Shropshire can be contacted on 08444 991100, Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Tuesday 10am-6pm.

SCRATCH CARD PRIZE – The Teme SpArC leisure centre in Bishop’s Castle is joining in a special Teme leisure promotion during August. The idea is to have a swim in the pool and pick up a free scratch card in the foyer when you arrive. The top prize is a free lifetime membership of Teme SpArC, which allows the winner to use all the facilities and join in classes at the centre. Another attraction is the Summer Sizzler promotion which runs August 1 to 18. This offers 14 days membership at Teme SpArC for only £12. If you then take out membership by direct debit you can get free registration, or one free month if you join for a year.

BALLET, ART AND STORIES – Bishop’s Castle children can enjoy some top quality arts activities this holiday with ballet, craft, storytelling and story making all brought to you by Arts Alive and Shropshire Libraries Lively Libraries project. In an exciting new venture for South Shropshire, Birmingham Royal Ballet will be launching a chance to dance for up to 60 children aged five to 13 at Craven Arms Community Centre and the SpArC Theatre in Bishop’s Castle. The cost, £10 for the three workshops and a final sharing performance for families. Chance to dance runs from Monday to August 1; to find out more email or call 01588 630321. There’s more lively libraries fun at Bishop’s Castle when storyteller Sal Tonge starts Playing With Words at the library on August 27, 10am-12 noon. This is for children over the age of six, who must be accompanied by an adult. Stories, songs, games and riddles all have a Shropshire theme to tie in with the Summer Reading Challenge theme of myths and legends. Zoe Needle is an artist who loves experimenting with mixed media and on August 20 will be in Bishop’s Castle library, 10am- 12 noon. Children age seven plus, and their accompanying adult, will be able to create an endless story landscape card. Finally, Kate Johnston will be making story nests with children aged five plus 9, and their parents. This is, Wednesday, 10am-12 noon. All workshops cost £3 a session, to book call 01588 638215.

As part of the chance to dance project in Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms Birmingham Royal Ballet are exhibiting some of the ballet costumes from their production of Beauty and the Beast . They are on show at SpArC in Bishops Castle until August 1.

CIRCLE DANCE – Enjoy circle dancing at Bishop’s Castle town hall on August 26, 7.30pm. With live music by Bellamonda and dances led by Rosa James who says, “These wonderful dances of mystery and celebration have simple steps and haunting music. You don’t need a partner and everyone is welcome.” The costs is £6, concessions £4, to find out more call 01588 630648.

WELL DRESSING – Edgton well dressing festivities are on Sunday, meeting at the village hall car park at 10.45am. Children will lead the procession to Edgton Church for a short service at 11am, followed by the laying of posies at points around the village and a dousing for victims in the stocks.

Then on to the village hall for sausage, mash and ice cream – free for the children and with a donation for the adults. All are welcome.

GUNNERA GROVE – Members of the SW Shropshire Gardening Club recently visited Westonbury Mill Water Gardens in Herefordshire. The owner Richard Pim gave a tour and explained how he had created the garden by ordering one of every plant in the catalogue and then waiting to see which ones thrived. A sparkling grotto made of wine bottles, a walk-through grove of giant gunnera plants and supper at The Boot in Orleton helped make the evening a memorable one. The club is getting ready for their flower and produce show in Lydbury North village hall, August 30.


FRIDAY: Three day Gumbo Blues and Roots festival. Blues Boy Dan, Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys. Bishop’s Castle showground. Weekend £75, under 12 free. Day pass £35. Call 01588 638185.

* Exhibition. Lost Horizons' Bishop's Castle town hall. Mon-Sat 11.30am- 4pm, until August 20.

* Gumbo Blues and Roots festival.

Whiskey River, Texas Dust. See above.

* Pony day. Walcot Stables, Lydbury North. Open to all children. 10am-4pm.

Call 01588 680514 SATURDAY: Gumbo Blues and Roots festival. Hayseed Dixie.

* Sweet Pea flower festival. Lydham Church. Continues Sunday.

* Teddy bears' picnic and treasure hunt. Old Vicarage, Lydbury North.

Bring own picnic. Donations to Lydbury North Church repairs. Call 01588 681000 SUNDAY: Gumbo Blues and Roots festival. Hayseed Dixie from USA n Tractor run in aid of Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation, Mainstone House, 10am, call 01588 638734.

* Well dressing. Edgton Well.

MONDAY: Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Chance to Dance for ages five-13.

Three workshops and performance £10. SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle.

Until August 1.

* Bishop's Castle Walking Group.

Pulverbatch. Seven miles. Meet Harley Jenkins St car park, Bishop's Castle. 9.30am. Call 01588 638704.

* Pony day. Walcot Stables, Lydbury North. Open to all children.

10am-4pm. Call 01588 680514 WEDNESDAY: Story Nests – Kate Johnston. Bishop’s Castle Library.

Age five plus, adult £3, 10am. Book on 01588 638215.

* Philip Dunne MP. Visit to constituents. Lydbury North Community Shop. 3.30-4.15pm. Call 01584 872187 Any news for the paper, or an 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


CLUN ART AND CRAFT SHOW – Carnival day is August 2, but the week long Clun art and craft show opens on Saturday at Hightown community room with a grand coffee morning at 10am. The Clun Valley is home to many talented artists and crafts people so don’t miss this opportunity to see their work and buy a piece. The show is open daily from 10am to 6pm, closing, August 3, 12 noon. Also look out for the open studios trail, starting at Hightown and leading round artists’ studios in the town. Studios only open Saturday to Monday. Forinformation phone Joan and Nigel Kerry 01588 640401.

CHILDREN’S SPORTS EVENT – In memory of Dougie Middleton this children’s sports event is part of the Clun carnival and show programme.

Fun for all the family at Clun memorial hall playing fields on Saturday, 2-4pm. Events include running, egg and spoon, skipping and hoola hoop.

Prizes for all, refreshments, indoor races if it’s wet. Contact Helen Brown 01588 641086.

CARNIVAL CREAM TEAS – Enjoy a carnival cream tea at Castle Farmhouse, 9 Church Street on Sunday, 3-5pm, by kind invitation of Sue Dowell.

CARNIVAL QUIZ – The White Horse Inn, Clun is holding a carnival quiz, Sunday, 9pm.

NEWCASTLE FLOWER FESTIVAL – St John’s Church, Newcastle festival commemorates the First World War this year. It begins tomorrow with a talk and slides by Peter Francis on sites of remembrance – the war memorials of Shropshire. This is instead of a service. All are welcome.

The festival closes with Songs of Praise, Sunday, 7pm. Tea, coffee and cakes will be available over the weekend next to the church.

SHROPSHIRE CHARACTERS – A T D Evans will give an illustrated talk on interesting Shropshire characters of times gone by, Tuesday, 7.30pm in Clun Methodist Church.

WALKING FOR HEALTH – 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 Bryan. Meet at Clun memorial hall car park at 9.30am. Sorry no dogs.

WHEELBARROW RACE – More carnival fun and games with the wheelbarrow race at the Sun Inn, Wednesday, 7.30pm. Details 01588 640910.

HANGING BASKETS – Judging of hanging baskets and tubs takes place next Thursday, July 31.

LIVE MUSIC – Carnival music in Clun includes a folk night with Rapsquillion at the Sun Inn next Thursday, July 31, 8.30pm and Texas Dust at the White Horse Inn, August 1, 9pm. On August 2, there will be a barbecue at the White Horse Inn, 6pm with music.

CARNIVAL CANTER – Join the carnival canter, August 1, 5.2 miles starting and finishing at the White Horse Inn in the Square in Clun – very popular with running clubs. 7.30pm. For details call 01588 640013 or 01588 640910.

CARNIVAL PROCESSION – The carnival procession begins at 1pm, August 2, and includes Knighton Town Silver Band, floats and historic vehicles. The crowning of the carnival queen, Alicia Morris, takes place, 1.30pm in the Square. The carnival queen is accompanied by he attendant, Rachel Lewis and flower girls, Cerys Marpole and Molly Wheeler.

CLUN SHOW – Following on from the procession, the show, on the castle grounds, begins at 2pm. It includes the show marquee with displays of flowers, produce. preserves and crafts, a jazz band, birds of prey, stalls, Knighton Silver Band, zumba dancing, children’s entertainers, back to basics, a bouncy castle, obstacle course, tea tent and bar.

DOG SHOW – Clun dog show takes place on the show ground on August 2, and entry is on the day. For details phone 01588 640910.

CLAY PIGEON SHOOT – This takes place at 4pm on show day at Leasowes Farm. For details contact 01588 640122.

CLUN BOWLING CLUB – The final of the Tom Beardsley cup takes place at Clun bowling club at 7pm on August 2.

If you have any news or events in the Clun Valley, contact Elisabeth Taylor on or 01981 540893. Deadline is Wednesday on the week before publication.

Little Hereford

FETE – On August 9, 2pm, in the beautiful setting of Easton Court.

Birds of prey demonstration, novelty dog show 2.15pm, just turn up with your dog. Tenbury Town Band, Jimmy Yuke Adcock, line dancing exhibition, hot dogs, games, stalls, teas etc, draw – first prize £100. Painting challenge 11am-3pm, call Jean Simnett for information 01584 711877.


TEME READERS – Classics – Ever had a classic book that you always meant to read? Now is your chance, at Tenbury library tomorrow from 2pm-3pm.

DOES YOUR CHILD WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL? – Tenbury United youth football club is looking for new players. Contact: 07890 345871 or email

ST MICHAELS’S HOSPICE 30TH ANNIVERSARY – Come and celebrate at the big tea party, Saturday, 10am-2.30pm, Antelope Cottage, 1 Cross St, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8EF.

Entrance £2.50.

Call the fundraising team on 01432 85100 or visit LIGHTS OUT: ONE MILLION CANDLES TO REMEMBER – All are welcome, please meet at the War Memorial in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Tenbury Wells, on August 4 when a short candle-lit service to commemorate the start of the First World War will be held by the Reverend Claire Lording at 11pm. A wreath will be laid by Lt Col Patrick Holcroft, lord lieutenant of Worcester, on behalf of all those present. All who wish to attend are welcome, but are asked to be at the War Memorial a few minutes before 11pm so that the service may be commenced promptly.

Lights out is an invitation to everyone in the UK to turn off their lights from 10pm until 11pm, leaving on a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection to mark the 100th anniversary of the date Great Britain entered the First World War.

The Royal British Legion invites you to take part in this national moment of reflection and we will be holding a candle-lit vigil to mark the centenary.

Please bring your own candle or a special centenary candle, available from your local M&S ( All profits from the sale of centenary candles will support serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.

Please come and pay your respects to all those who sacrificed their lives during this conflict.

The Strettons

COUNTRY MARKET – Home-made cakes, produce and craft items are available at the weekly country market held at Mayfair Community Centre each Friday from 8.30am-12 noon.

ROCK AND ROLL – A rock and roll evening is planned for Saturday at the district social club starting at 8.30pm- late, but no admission after 10.30pm.

There will be a late bar and Robbie T Disco will provide the music. Entrance is free and all are welcome.

WHERE’S WALLY – Search for Wally during July as he is hiding in ten local businesses around the town. A search list is available at Burway Books and the grand draw of entries will be drawn on August 2.

HOLIDAY CLUBS – Busy Bees pre- school continues to open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-3pm each week up until August 21, for children up to eight years of age. Call in to enquire for places.

There will also be a holiday club at Rushbury School open on Mondays and Tuesdays from July 28 and 29 up until August 18 and19, for children aged two-11 years from 9am- 3pm. A packed lunch will be required each day. To book places call 07453 268154 or 07890 248 627.

CRICKET CLUB – Church Stretton Cricket Club welcomes new members of all ages. To find out more ring 01743 872499 or 07827 444964.

ADULT BOXING – If you are looking for a new hobby which helps fitness, an evening of fun adult boxing may fit the bill. Classes take place at the URC Hall on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm-8.30pm and the first taster session is free. Ring 07967 293109 to find out more.

SSIF – The South Shropshire Interfaith forum is planning a visit to a monastery on Monday and on August 9 there will be an Eid celebration for women and children at the community centre in Craven Arms. To find out more about the forum visit the website at

SHROPSHIRE SMALLHOLDERS – The Shropshire Smallholders will be out and about during the summer months and can be seen with their stalls at Burwarton show on August 7 and Minsterley show on August 9.

Monthly meetings will re-commence at Leebotwood village hall in September when visitors are welcome. Ring 01588 640538 for further information.

LIBRARY EVENTS – Mythical craft events will be taking place at the library during the summer. The first one is next Thursday, July 31, from 10.30am-11.30am, for children over five years where they’ll be able to make some mythical characters. A further craft event is planned for August 7 at 2.30pm-3.30pm and also on August 14. The number to ring to reserve a place or find out more is 01694 722535.

THEATRE GROUP – The Church Stretton Theatre Group arranges visits to theatres and concerts during the year with tickets at discount rates, and arranges coach transport.

It costs £10 per annum per household to become members and there is an initial £5 joining fee. To find out more ring 01694 722216.

ARTS FESTIVAL – This year’s arts festival opens on Saturday, with a concert at Concord College by the Bingham Quartet playing Haydn, Schubert, Shostakovich and Steve Reich’s Different Trains . Enquire for transport from the ring and ride office on 01694 720025.

Monday is the reception and opening of the arts and crafts exhibition at Church Stretton School. The exhibition remains open until August 9, from 11am-6pm daily and until 7.30pm when there is a performance at the school.

Tuesday will see El Nuevo Mundo present Bones Apart, a trombone quartet, at St Laurence’s Church, 7.30pm. On Wednesday Owen Lewis’ Portable Theatre Company will present the Human Rocket and The Fight Game at Church Stretton School at 7.30pm. An Oboe trio, Pipers Three, will be the musical entertainment at Church Stretton School next Thursday, July 31 at 7.30pm.

Festival events continue until August 9. Fringe events include coffee concerts at 10.15am in St Laurence’s Church from Monday until August 2 and organ recitals at 12 noon on various dates during the second week, at St Laurence’s and All Saints in Little Stretton. Fringe events are free with a retiring collection.

SCHOOL NEWS – Church Stretton School rounded off the term with a sports presentation evening, a summer concert – featuring the performing arts faculty presenting an evening of music and dance – and Zeeshan Ahmad memorial cricket match. Students have been on work experience and others have taken part in enrichment week. A Year 10 Borneo expedition has also taken place.

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE – A First World War commemorative service will be held at St Laurence’s Church on August 3, at 3pm.

GUIDED WALK – A guided discovery walk under the heading Preparing for War in the Air and on the Rails is planned for August 3, by the AONB committee.

FLAXMILL VISIT – The area local history group is arranging a visit to the Shrewsbury Flaxmill on August 4.

Ring 01694 720040 for places as car sharing is to be arranged.

YOUTH FORUM – A free play day will be held in Craven Arms on August 4 for all South Shropshire youngsters.

WORKSHOPS – Scrappies will be hosting workshops for the over-fives on Thursday mornings during the school summer holidays starting on August 7. Call in to reserve a place.

FARMER PHIL’S FESTIVAL – Farmer Phil’s music festival is held at Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope SY5 0SN from August 8-10. Camping is available during the weekend. Find out more by ringing 01588 650632.

Clee Hill WI

July meeting AS last month’ s meeting was the very successful trip to LLangoed House, ably organised by Alison Osborne, there was a lot of business and reports to go through at this meeting. There was a report from the president Marina Clent MBE as she had represented Clee Hill at the spring council meeting in Shrewsbury. It had been a very enjoyable day with the afternoon speaker being Colin Alderson ,who had worked in Buckingham Palace for five years. He gave a lively account of life in the palace kitchen.

Members also heard a report from Chris King who had been the delegate at the annual meeting in Leeds.

This included items on keeping Britain tidy, action for the rain forest and increasing organ donation, the later being a resolution passed with a 97% majority. Bill Turnbull was the speaker for the afternoon who regaled his audience with anecdotes of reporting for the BBC. Thank you Chris for such a comprehensive report. Members also heard details of the centenary baton celebration at Clee St Margaret on July 5, which was well attended with some guests making the walk to the summit of Brown Clee for a champagne toast.

After all the business was concluded members turned to their speaker, Nonny James, who delighted and amused members all with her talk, The Circle Of Life. It included tales of children’s letters to God, through to senior moments and thoughts on life.

It made for a very entertaining afternoon from a very talented lady.

The completion for the letter P was won by Alison Osborne and raffle by Lynne Jonas. Members all enjoyed the delicious refreshments supplied by Hazel Wood and Brenda Hall, many members would like the cake recipes please.

ment. The members meet again on September 1, at Clee Hill recreation room at 2pm when the speaker will be Jen Green, From Mill Girl to Model will be the title of her talk, please do come along and join in.

Diddlebury and Westhope WI

MEMBERS were welcomed to the July meeting by the president, Mary Hall. It is a busy time, five members took part in the Shropshire walk, walking from Harton Hollow to Morewood. It was a lovely day, the blue bells and the wild orchids were in Edge Wood. Members attended the WI 90th anniversary party at Clee St Margaret’s, when Sue Bradley, the county chairman, arrived with the WI baton.

The entertainer was Maggie O’Hara, who sang songs from the 50s, of which everyone joined in.

An invitation, inviting two members to Brocton WI 70th anniversary party was read, and the WI are busy with the entry for Burwarton show. Sylvia Barratt spoke on the life of Gabrielle Chanel, the fashion designer. It was a wonderful story, illustrated with slides and she was warmly thanked by Kath Woodhouse. Judy McNally then served a delicious supper.

The competition for something beginning with C: Mary Hall – coal, Kath Woodhouse – candle, and Jean Hackney – coat hangers.

The drawing of the raffle brought a most pleasant evening to a close.

Knowbury WI

MEMBERS of Knowbury WI who attended the July meeting in Knowbury memorial hall were treated to a very entertaining evening.

Before the talk, however, the business meeting took place. Members who had attended the Ludlow Group WI Centenary Baton celebration afternoon at Clee St Margaret village hall on July 5, told of a very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. The afternoon tea party had a 50s flavour, with 70 members, some dressed suitably for the occasion, enjoying sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and delicious cakes, provided by members, and served Lyons Corner House style by waitresses in black with their little white pinnies and caps. Sue Bradley, chairman of Shropshire Federation was present and told members about the many and various modes of transport which had been used to take the centenary baton around the country, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the formation of the WI in the UK in 1915. The baton will, after touring the country, complete it’s journey at the WI AGM in London in June 2015. The entertainment was provided by Maggie O’Hara, who sang songs from the 50s, many of which were accompanied by the members present. Two members even demonstrated their jiving skills to the music of Rock Around The Clock .

Annie Felix, who had organised a 10 mile walk along part of the Shropshire Way as part of Shropshire Federation of WI’s 95 birthday, told members about their exploits on the walk. Members and their families joined some stalwarts along the way, all of them completing the walk with well earned refreshments at the Squirrel.

Chris King, the South Ludlow Group Convenor, told members about her trip, as delegate for the group, to the annual AGM which this year was held in Leeds. After much discussion the vote – which asked members to tell family members their wishes concerning donation of their organs, and to encourage others to do the same – was passed by a large majority.

The speaker for the evening was Alan Lewis, whose talk was entitled What’s In A Word. It was very interesting and members were amused by a video showing various signs which could obviously be misconstrued, and fascinated to learn the origin of many day to day phrases – including those deriving from cockney slang.

The evening finished with an excellent supper provided by members, at which arrangements were made to visit a NGS garden in August.

The raffle was won by Annie Felix.

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