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BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR CHRISTMAS LUNCH - Organisers of the Festive Friends Christmas lunch have thanked business people in Bishops Castle for their generous donations of food, drink and other things for the event. Almost 50 people enjoyed lunch and entertainment in the Church Barn on December 25, when guests and volunteers met to enjoy live music, good food and friendly company. Even Father Christmas called in to give out quiz prizes. Local musicians Jim Gaffney and Mike Plunkett played during the afternoon and many others contributed in their own way, helping with cooking, serving food and drink, chatting with guests, carol singing, and washing up. One of the Festive Friends is Lorraine Gawlick and she said: “Initially planned as a lunch for those on their own on Christmas Day, Festive Friends has been welcomed by volunteers too as an opportunity to be part of a bigger community event on what can sometimes be a rather lonely day of the year.” Steve Lewis, who worked hard in the kitchen for most of the day was also enthusiastic. He said: “I totally enjoyed my day.” Linda Murray, another organiser added: “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have had for Festive Friends this year. St John’s Church in Bishops Castle donated over £200 after their Christmas concert and a barn sale at The Wintles raised nearly as much again.” Those who donated food and drink to Festive Friends were Trevor Wheeler of Newcastle on Clun, Decorative Antiques, the New Deli, the newsagents, Andrew Pugh Butcher’s, the Boars Head, the Six Bells, the Castle Hotel, the Three Tuns, Jane’s Petals and Myriad Organics of Ludlow.
12:00am Thursday 31st October 2013
WOOD FUEL IDEA FOR COLLEGE - Bishops Castle Community Energy Cooperative Ltd (BCCE) is proposing to offer the town’s Community College the opportunity of installing a state-ofthe- art wood fuel heating system. The scheme would involve no capital expenditure by the school and would lower their energy bill and CO2 emissions, as well as providing funds for the wider community. BCCE and representatives from the Community College are working together on a plan whereby BCCE would provide the installation, raising money to do so from ecological funders, and lease it to the college. As the owner of the installation, BCCE would be able to take advantage of the government's Commercial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, and receive payment (guaranteed for 20 years ) for each unit of heat generated, providing a significant profit over the life of the project. Under BCCE's co-operative rules, all profits will be used for social or charitable purposes within the local community.
7:00am Thursday 17th October 2013
CARERS TRUST SALE - Staff at the Coop shop in Bishops Castle are holding a table top sale in the public hall on Saturday. The event runs from 10am to 2pm in aid of the Carers Trust. It costs £5 to hire a table and you can book by calling in to the Co-op or ringing 01588 638411.
6:00am Thursday 10th October 2013
APPLE PRESSING WEEKEND - Residents of The Wintles in Bishops Castle are getting together with the Kemp Valley Group for two apple pressing days at The Wintles on October 19 and 20. If you have an apple crop to process you will need to book an appointment on 01588 680203 as space and time is limited. The Wintles Barn is also the venue for a table top sale on October 20 in aid of local charities. Tables will be provided for £5 and the sale runs from 11am to 4pm. Call 01588 638978.
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013
SCHOOL OPEN DAY - Norbury Primary School has an open day on October 16 from 10am to 3pm. Head teacher Les Ball would like to welcome everyone to come and have a look around the school and nursery unit, especially prospective families. Call 01588 650207 for more details.
7:00am Thursday 26th September 2013
FAMILY GAMES DAY - Olympic medal winner Alison Williamson was the star guest at Bishops Castle community games on September 22. The free all day event was organised by Bishops Castle Tennis Club on their site at Love Lane and Alison was there to give a hands on introduction to her sport for children under ten. Boules, football, volleyball, tennis skills, throwing and aiming skills, hockey and table tennis were also on the menu and the day was designed to let adults and children try as many sports as they like.
6:00am Thursday 19th September 2013
CYCLE SUCCESS - There were 22 riders in a fundraising group that rode from Bishops Castle to Aberdovey. The money is now in and they have raised £7,250 for the Children’s Cancer Unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. One of them, Matt Morgan was so keen that he even made the return trip on his bike. “I had been thinking of ways to fundraise for the unit to say thank you for the care they had given a young friend of mine,” said Helen Griffiths who organised the event. “So I decided I would do a sponsored cycle to Aberdovey, which was his favourite beach. After telling other people about my plan, 21 others asked if they could join me. The grand total we have raised has overwhelmed me; it has gone beyond all my expectations.
6:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
TRAINING PROGRAMME - Bishops Castle’s representative on Shropshire Council is Charlotte Barnes and she has been accepted onto a training scheme designed to support and encourage the country’s leaders of tomorrow. The Next Generation Programme is run by the Local Government Association, an all party organisation based in Smith Square, London. To get on the course, which has an intake of only 12 men and women, candidates have to be local councillors willing to take on more responsibility and leadership in local government. Charlotte said, “It seemed like a very good opportunity to take and will make me more aware of possibilities if I want to put myself forward in the future.” Charlotte celebrated her 31st birthday this week and she is the joint deputy leader of the main opposition group in Shropshire Council. She has been the member for Bishops Castle since 2011.
4:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013
Bishops Castle community games day, museum monthly draw, railway society winter timetable, Marehay gardeners and more
9:51am Thursday 5th September 2013
FREE COMMUNITY GAMES DAY - Families can enjoy a free day of sporting fun at a community games day in Bishops Castle on September 22. Bishops Castle tennis club is organising the event and they want lots of other local sports clubs to join in as well. Club chairman Loveday Hickey said, “Starting at 11am, we have free activities for all ages at our Love Lane tennis courts and we are well on the way towards producing a really good day. Have a go at hockey, football, cricket, bowls, volleyball, tag rugby, petanque, table tennis and throwing games. If you get hungry, Tahira Paul from the new shop ‘Chai’ is setting up her foodstall for the day. We also have a tennis tournament for juniors aged 11-13 and 14 -17, with racquets provided if you don’t have one. The contest has a fee of £5 but this gives you free tennis club membership until the end of March 2014 and everyone who takes part gets a T shirt and a commemorative medal.” Look on http://www.bcltc.btck.co.uk/ to get an entry form.
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3:11pm Wednesday 10th July 2013
AN AFTERNOON so sizzling hot that it was almost a deterrent to people leaving the shade of their homes combined with a certain Scotsman playing a game of tennis at a certain south London tennis club did not prevent one of the most successful Bishops Castle carnivals ever.
7:00am Thursday 4th July 2013
TENNIS NEWS - Bishops Castle Tennis Club held its mixed doubles competition on June 30 at the courts on Love Lane. The winners were Sally Diplock and Will Croom-Johnson. The club has recently completed the resurfacing of the two hard courts and this makes a total of three courts, with one an all weather surface. As well as club nights, social activities and competitions for adult players, the club has an active programme of training for junior players, with coaching by Andy Murray. He is the current men's singles champion. To find out more about the club call Anne Marie Jackson on 01588 638566.
7:00am Thursday 20th June 2013
OPEN HOUSE - Bishops Castle Patients Group has an open house on Saturday from 11am to 1pm at the public hall in Station Street, Bishops Castle. All registered patients of Bishops Castle Medical Practice are invited to drop in to learn about, discuss and contribute to the activities of the group. For more information call 07967 306615 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:00am Thursday 13th June 2013
7:00am Thursday 6th June 2013
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - The Bishops Castle Carnival takes place on July 7 and planning for the event is now well under way. Like all events of this type much depends on the faithful band of volunteers who turn up on the day and insure that the event runs smoothly and everyone has a good time. “Every year we get a band of faithful volunteers who turn out rain or shine”, says Anthony Jones, who is responsible for organising the volunteer groups.“ To these people we owe a debt of gratitude for their loyalty and hard work. Nevertheless the event is of such a size that we could really use additional staff on the day.
8:00am Thursday 30th May 2013
DONATE BOOKS - Donations of good condition books, CDs and DVDs are needed for the third great book sale in Bishops Castle public hall on June 8 and 9. Previous sales have raised money for the town hall renovation fund, for which the majority of the funding has already been secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund. “The two sales we have held so far have been a great success and enjoyed by both local people and visitors,” said Evelyn Bowles, one of the organisers. “We may well make this an annual charity event and so far we have received some very welcome and good quality donations. Many people have told us they have items for us, which they have yet to deliver. We would like to thank them in advance but need to stress that the volume expected is such that the sooner we can have their donations the better, as we sort and categorise every single item. This makes viewing and buying at the sale very much easier.” Donations can be delivered Monday to Friday between 10am and 5pm at the shop 18 Market Square, Bishops Castle, or Thursday to Saturday, 9.30pm – 5.30pm at Decorative Antiques, Church St Bishops Castle. Collection may be arranged by calling Sue Wilmer on 01588 630200.
10:26am Thursday 23rd May 2013
ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - Bishops Castle annual town meeting will be on Tuesday at 7pm in the public hall. The town council is responsible for many aspects of the town including the town hall markets, playing fields, open spaces, allotments, public toilets, some street lights and street furniture. The meeting is an opportunity for residents to come and talk about what matters to them in the town and raise any issues they may have. If you represent an organisation in Bishops Castle there will be an opportunity to give a short report and to let other residents know about your group’s activities. To find out more, call 01588 638141.
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10:47am Thursday 2nd May 2013
TANDEM TRIATHLON ENTRIES OPEN - Entries are now being taken for the 2013 Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon held each year in the town for the last 27 years. This year’s event is on July 6 and organisers are sure this is the only event of its type in the world. To find out more call 01588 680449 or look on www.tandemtriathlon.org.uk.
11:49am Thursday 25th April 2013
SUN SHINES ON FUNDRAISER - With the sun shining, people flocked to a coffee morning at Bishops Castle primary school on April 19. The event raised £539 and organiser Veronica Griffiths said, “I am overwhelmed by the number of people who came to support our fundraiser. The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly and I am so grateful to the crafters and car-boot people who gave their time, as well as the generosity of local traders, craft people and friends who made the raffle amazing.
9:56am Thursday 18th April 2013
TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION - Bishops Castle’s longest serving town councillor Dr St John Penney and the mayor of Bishops Castle, Keith Pinches have both withdrawn their candidacy for election to Bishops Castle town council. This leaves 10 names on the list of candidates - Karen Bavastock, Evelyn Bowles, Jane Carroll, Sarah Crowley, Stephen Farr, Jim Gaffney, John Morris, Darren Price, Ian Wall and Jock Wright. There are 12 seats on Bishops Castle town council, therefore there will be no town election on May 2 and all 10 people, four women and six men on the list of candidates will become town councillors after that date. The new council will meet on May 7 and two more people will then be co-opted, to bring the number of councillors up to 12. If you want to be considered for co-option call the town clerk Diane Malley on 01588 638141 or email email@example.com Bishops Castle town council will meet in the board room of Enterprise House while the town hall is being renovated.
1:59pm Thursday 4th April 2013
9:00am Thursday 21st March 2013
CHARTER FILM - The South West Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society (SWSHAS) will show the rarely seen film of the 1973 Bishops Castle charter celebrations at the community college Bishops Castle on April 6. The original film was made by the Shrewsbury Amateur Film Club, with commentary by Dr St John Penney and has recently been digitised. The charter was granted to the town on July 16, 1573 and the footage shows how Bishops Castle embraced the 400th anniversary of its signing with a large number of people dressing in Tudor costume. A replica charter was brought by horse from Ludlow up the main street and given to the mayor outside the town hall. A day long street fair attracted hundreds of people and in the evening there was a ball in the high school (now the community college). The film is part of the SWSHAS Ritherdon Day of talks and will be followed by a re-enactment of the 1820 general election when all four Bishops Castle candidates received the same number of votes.
10:23am Thursday 14th March 2013
ARTS ON THE AGENDA AT SPARC - The SpArC advisory group met on February 27 to discuss the future funding of the arts provision at the centre. It was reported that SpArC usage overall continues to show a healthy growth, with an almost 5% increase over the same nine months last year.
4:41pm Wednesday 6th March 2013
AWARD FOR THREE TUNS - The Three Tuns Brewery has been presented with the Shropshire Brewers Challenge Trophy. Stephen Willmer, the head brewer, proudly received the award from John Lewis, chairman of Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA at the Bridges Pub in Ratlinghope. Stephen said, “We have spent a decade restoring this famous brewery, modernising the brew plant whilst painstakingly respecting the Three Tuns process, central to our unique beer quality. We are now having fun playing with the Three Tuns recipe book handed down through the generations of custodians of the brewery. It has been a great year for us. Our stout has won prizes at every festival it has been entered in, whilst our core beers XXX, Rantipole, 1642 Bitter and Cleric’s Cure have been in such demand that the brewery now has a reserve list for potential new customers. Plans are currently being hatched to expand the brewery’s ancient cellars in Bishops Castle to facilitate extra capacity for the amazing beers we provide.” Call 01588 638392 for more information.
2:15pm Thursday 28th February 2013
11:02am Thursday 21st February 2013
FRIDAY MARKET MOVES TO LYDHAM - With Bishops Castle town hall renovation due to start very soon, traders at the Friday market, which uses the building every , have decided to set up their stalls in Lydham village hall while the work is going on. The renovation is expected to take about a year and after a long search by the traders themselves and Bishops Castle town clerk Diane Malley, the Friday market launches at Lydham on Friday April 5 at 7am.
10:28am Friday 15th February 2013
BIG SING FOR SPRING - Last time Anne Loughran appealed for people to join in her Michaelmas Fair Big Sing over 100 singers turned up at Bishops Castle church. The Castle Voices leader hopes to do it again on February 24, as part of Bishops Castle arts festival. This time Anne will be in the church barn at 3pm to welcome anyone who wants to help celebrate the joy of springtime and singing. Tea and cake will be available and the event is free - donations are welcome.
8:00am Thursday 7th February 2013
8:00am Thursday 24th January 2013
NEW POLICE COMMISSIONER TO VISIT BISHOP’S CASTLE - Newly elected Police Commissioner Bill Longmore has accepted an early invitation to Bishop’s Castle where he will visit the head office of Enterprise South West Shropshire.
Bishop's Castle: Michaelmas Fair on the line, Good response to patient surveys, Local businesses support Quaker Christmas lunch and more
8:00am Thursday 17th January 2013