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THE Federation of Chirbury and Stiperstones Church of England Primary Schools has chosen Sue Cooke, the current site head at Stiperstones, to take over when the current head Tim Roberts retires in July after 28 years of service at Chirbury.
2:02pm Thursday 10th April 2014
A FORMER student of Bishops Castle Community College has won a photographic competition run by Dulux paints and The Guardian newspaper. Twenty one-year-old Florence Fox, from Churchstoke submitted four images to the Guardian Camera Club and her winning entry was published in the Guardian Weekend Magazine on March 29. After working for her GCSEs at Bishops Castle, Florence went to Ludlow College for her A Levels and then on to Manchester Metropolitan University to study photography. After 12 months she decided to defer a year and try to make her own way in the world of photography. This decision seems to be paying off and Florence's first engagement was for the university drama department at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The Guardian competition asked for images with a strong narrative connection and Florence chose pictures of herself and her childhood friend Rosalind Peters, now a student at Oxford. The pair have always enjoyed dressing up and the bold colours, vintage fashion and sense of fun caught the judges’ eye. Florence has asked Rosalind to attend the award ceremony in London on her behalf as she has just flown off to Japan to capture the spring cherry blossom on camera and to celebrate her 21st birthday. A career in photography is her ambition and she is building her business primarily as a wedding photographer. Look on www.florencefox.com for more information.
12:02pm Thursday 10th April 2014
A BOOK of short stories by Bishops Castle writer Alix Nathan has gone on sale following its launch at Yarborough House, Bishops Castle on March 22. His Last Fire is published by Parthian Books and comes with a cover endorsement by Hilary Mantel. She praises the book as 'The best kind of historical fiction (where) the past is freshly and energetically re-imagined by Alix Nathan's intricate and interweaving tales." Set in the closing years of the 18th century, a cavalcade of labourers, actors, servant girls, arsonists and others and are brought to life from the author's study of annual registers and chronicles of the time. Real people are put into imaginary situations, or sometimes it's the other way round, with a historical event experienced by a made up character. Speaking at the book launch Richard Davies from Parthian Books said that Alix Nathan was at the start of an exciting career and with a novel due to be published in 2014 and another on the way there was "no stopping her".
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DESPITE the chilly weather on March 12 the residents of Richards Castle turned out in force to wage war on the rubbish that had been discarded along the roads and pavements in the Shropshire and Herefordshire parishes. Organised by Richards Castle WI the Big Tidy Up litter pick followed the same pattern as the successful event held last year.
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DURING a recent engineering themed discovery day year seven students at the Bishops Castle Community College undertook a challenge which required them to construct a bridge that spanned the width of the college hall. The 11 and 12-year-olds experienced bridge building at first hand, wearing hard hats, high visibility vests, gloves and goggles to ensure they conformed to health and safety requirements of a real life construction site. Students worked in teams to assemble the bridge, a scaled down version of the second Severn crossing cable stay bridge using their knowledge of design and technology, maths and science to complete the task. After the bridge had been constructed each student had the opportunity to walk across the bridge to test their engineering skills. The session was accompanied by learning materials introducing the students to the career opportunities engineering offers and was supported with ambassadors with a range of different engineering backgrounds. Teacher Mr McMahon thanked the Institute of Civil Engineering Wales for supplying the bridge and the engineering ambassadors who supported the event.
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REBECCA Morris from Llanfair Waterdine near Knighton started her round Wales walk on St David's Day, March 1. Members of her family and friends gathered to say goodbye and wish her luck in her ten week quest. Rebecca is walking all the way round Wales raising money for Shelter Cymru.
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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.