Bishops Castle


FRIDAY: Multi-activity sports day, ages six-12. Teme SpArC, Bishop’s Castle. £10. 10am-3pm. Call 01588 630243.

SATURDAY: Summer Green Fair.

Bishop’s Castle town hall. 9am.

* MONDAY: Bishop’s Castle Walking Group. Clun – Bishop’s Castle. Nine miles. Meet Boars Head bus stop 9am. Call 07910 198477.

* Wentnor fete. Fun dog show and draw. Old Rectory, Wentnor. Hog roast 1pm. Call 01588 650244.

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

10am-4pm. Call 01588 680514 WEDNESDAY: JW2. Paintings by Jock Wright and John Welson.

Bishop’s Castle town hall. 10.30am- 4pm. Until September 23.

* Playing With Word s – Sally Tonge.

Bishop’s Castle library. Age six+ with adult. £3. 10am. Book on 01588 638215.

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 jparker228@


LANDSCAPE HISTORY – Volunteers interested in research and fieldwork exploring the history and archaeology of settlement, land use and communities in the Clun Forest area are invited to join a short training programme provided by the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust over the next few months. The programme is supported by the Sustainable Development Fund of the Shropshire Hills AONB and is based in Newcastle. Sessions will include researching and using historic maps, landscape history fieldwork, researching house histories, the history of Newcastle village and oral history.

Archaeologists from CPAT will be giving an introduction to the programme today at Newcastle Community Centre, starting at 7.30pm. If you are interested in getting involved do come along. For more information phone Gill Binks 01588 640216.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS – 12 Years a Slave (15) is showing at Clun memorial hall on Saturday. Based on an incredible true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre Civil War US, Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty from malevolent slave owner (Michael Fassbender) as well as kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever changes his life. Starts 7.30pm.

Tickets on the door £4.50, under 16s £2.50, disabled access, hearing loop, interval refreshments.

JOINT SERVICE – There is a joint service of Clun Churches at the Methodist Church on Sunday at 10am.

In an open letter in the Clun Chronicle, Joan Kerry and Pam Pittwood reported on the recent consultation concerning making every Sunday’s mid-morning service a joint service. Although many respondents expressed support for the two churches working together as they currently do and 33 people were in favour of the new proposal, 17 were opposed. It was felt that at this time it was not right to formally propose the change.

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 Christine and Anthony. 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.

The Strettons

RESEARCH – Every Thursday the library is open for people to research local history and family history from 1pm 4pm and volunteers will be on hand to assist.

YOGA – Yoga sessions at Leebotwood village hall take place every Thursday during August from 10.30am-noon. Each session costs £6 pay-as-you-go.

SCRAPPIES – There are two more holiday workshops at Scrappies on Thursdays during August with sessions from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm, today and August 28. Each week there is a different theme and. this week there is a chance to create a princess castle or a monster cave. Sessions cost £3.50 per child. As places are limited booking is essential.

OUTDOORS – The outdoors for summer adventure week in Rectory Wood and field ends tomorrow. Cost of a day in the wilderness is £10 and full details are available by ringing 01694 723316.

FRIDAY MARKET – The Friday market takes place at Mayfair community centre each week from 8.30am-noon selling home-made cakes, produce and craft items.

EVERGREEN CLUB – There will be a meeting of the Evergreen Club tomorrow at Mayfair community centre. The meetings start at 2.30pm and usually have a speaker.

EID CELEBRATION – An Eid Celebration arranged by The South Shropshire Interfaith Forum will take place at the community centre in Craven Arms on Saturday at 3pm.

This celebration is for women and children and will offer shared food after the Ramadan fast.

TEAS TO PLEASE – Once again the garden of All Saints Church in Little Stretton will be open for Teas to Please for the bank holiday weekend Saturday to bank holiday Monday, between 2.30pm-6pm. The proceeds of the event will be divided between the church and the Air Ambulance.

LIBRARY EVENT – Rhymetime for children under three years of age will be held at the library on Tuesday, from 10.30am-11am with songs, rhymes and puppets.

RAMBLERS – South Shropshire Ramblers will meet at Easthope Road car park at 6.45pm on Wednesday for a slow and gentle two-mile stroll around Strettondale led by David Aston who can be contacted on 01694 722604 and then on August 31, Rose Gillam will lead a gentle five mile walk to Lightspout Hollow.

HOBBYFEST – The Stretton Hobbyfest which took place at the leisure centre recently was organised by young people for young people and gave participants a chance to try out many sports including tennis, badminton, netball, golf, table tennis, tag rugby, mountain biking and skate ramps, together with circus skills, cake decorating, arts and crafts, bushcraft, den building, and camping, Zumba, and dance, to name but a few. The event was supported by Shropshire Council and local partners.

LOCAL HISTORY GROUP – The local history group members and friends spent an evening at The Flaxmill Maltings in Shrewsbury where they were kitted out with hard hats for a tour of the old buildings which had started life as a Flaxmill in the 1800s and later adapted as a Maltings in 1898. They learned that the Main Mill is the oldest iron-framed building in the world and the only surviving flax mill in Shropshire and with outbuildings which are believed to be unique surviving examples of specialist workshops for a textile mill. The site is the only surviving large maltings complex in the immediate area.

During the Second World War the site was used as a Light Infantry barracks and again for malt production from 1948 until closure in 1987. English Heritage, Shropshire Council and their partners are exploring options to ensure a secure future for the site.

The next meeting of the local history group will be on September 22, with a visit to Upton Cressett Hall which must be booked before September 1.

Cost of the visit is £10 including refreshments. Ring 01694 722221to find out more as visitors always welcome.

SPONSORED RUN – Elaine at the Post Office in Church Stretton is taking part in the Great North Run on September 7, and will be raising money for Cancer Research and if you would like to support her efforts pop in and leave a donation.

FESTIVAL – The festival events ended with school’s out, when over 60 local youngsters took part in the workshops and the evening show which followed. The Tim Kliphuis Trio’s audience filled the hall on Friday evening and the closing event at Concord College when The Big Chris Barber Band was there to entertain.

Although the man himself remained seated throughout the performance following a recent accident, he sang and played trombone along with the rest of the instrumentalists providing an excellent toe-tapping evening of jazz. So it is thanks to the festival committee that everyone can enjoy a wide variety of events, and to the arts and crafts exhibitors for their displays, and not forgetting the Ring and Ride drivers who turned out to provide the transport which was very much appreciated.

GARDENING CLUB – The Church Stretton and District Gardening Club holds its summer show on August 30, at 2.30pm in the Silvester Horne Institute with Shropshire Bee Keepers’ Association. There will be a raffle and a plant and produce stall.

Admission is by donation. Schedules are available from Salts where the completed entry forms should be returned by 4pm on August 29.

ACTON SCOTT – Acton Scott hall is the venue for a sports and garden fete on August 30, from 2.30pm.

There will be stalls selling books, cakes and plants, a tombola, teas and sports events to suit all ages.

Admission is £1, children 50p and proceeds of the event will benefit Acton Scott Church PICKLESCOTE – A fun sports day and barbecue is planned for August 30, starting at 3pm, with the barbecue available from 5pm. Admission for adults is £6, children £3.

Cleobury Mortimer Afternoon Bridge Club

WITH the holiday season in full swing the attendance over this period has been down, everyone is enjoying the good weather!

This of course does not stop members having a very enjoyable afternoon in good company playing enjoy- able bridge.

The winners this week were Pam and Jonathan Fair who were well in front of everyone.

A great result as it is the first time that they have played together at this club.

Members meet on Thursday afternoon 2pm until 4.30pm at the parish hall, to play in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Why not come and join in?

To book in, please call Pat Smith on 01299 270592.

Beginner’s lessons are available.