Prize photographs by former college student

Ludlow Advertiser: Twenty one-year-old Florence Fox who studied at Bishops Castle Community College.

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 for more information.

Local author launches new book

Ludlow Advertiser: Alix Nathan, author of His Last Fire, published by Parthian Books.

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".

Your Districts, Bayton to The Strettons and clubs and societies for April 10

Ludlow Advertiser: Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for April 3

6:00am Thursday 10th April 2014


What a load of old rubbish

Ludlow Advertiser: Volunteers enjoying their refreshments after the Richards Castle Big Tidy Up litter pick.

6:02am Friday 4th April 2014

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.

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for April 3

Ludlow Advertiser: Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for April 3

10:38am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Bishops Castle

Building bridges in Bishops Castle

Ludlow Advertiser: Members of the community college during their engineering challenge.

6:02am Friday 28th March 2014

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.

A trip to the past for junior students

Ludlow Advertiser: Members of the year one class at Bishops Castles Primary School on their recent visit to the Heritage Resource Centre.

12:02pm Thursday 27th March 2014

ON March 19, year one pupils from Bishops Castle Primary School visited the Heritage Resource Centre in Chapel Yard to look at artefacts from the House on Crutches Museum.

Your Districts, Bayton and Clows Top to Westhope and clubs and societies for March 27

9:40am Thursday 27th March 2014

Bayton and Clows Top

Musical production celebrates headmaster's efforts at Abberley

12:52pm Friday 21st March 2014

ONE of the world’s best-known musicals has been staged at a school near Tenbury Wells as part of a farewell tribute to a long-standing headmaster.

Bishops Castle students enjoy a ski trip in the French Alps

Ludlow Advertiser: Students from Bishops Castle Community College enjoyed a week's ski trip to the Alpes Maritimes in France during half term.

12:02pm Thursday 20th March 2014

A GROUP of Bishops Castle Community College students enjoyed a week's skiing in the French Alps during half term. They stayed at Auron in the region of Alpes Maritimes.

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for March 20

9:00am Thursday 20th March 2014

Bishops Castle

Residents from sheltered housing scheme in Bishops Castle get on their bikes

Ludlow Advertiser: Getting to grips with the new bikes ahead of the first spring rides are: Ray Hughes, project officer for Travel Shropshire; resident Sheila Hawkes; Councillor Charlotte Barns; and resident Carol Clarke.

6:02am Wednesday 19th March 2014

RESIDENTS at a sheltered housing scheme in Bishops Castle are taking to two wheels thanks to the launch of their own cycling club.

MP visits Hope School

12:53pm Thursday 13th March 2014

PHILIP Dunne MP visited Hope C of E Primary School last week to congratulate head teacher Kirsty Foulkes, staff and governors on the Good Ofsted rating which the school achieved recently.

Rebecca walks 1000 miles for charity

Ludlow Advertiser: Rebecca Morris at the start of her long fundraising walk.

12:51pm Thursday 13th March 2014

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.

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for March 13

12:34pm Thursday 13th March 2014

Bishops Castle

Consultation ends over schools shake-up in south west Shropshire

Ludlow Advertiser: Alan Doust, headteacher at The Community College in Bishops Castle seen celebrating exam results with a student last year, says the trust is a 'very exciting' move.

6:28am Tuesday 11th March 2014

CONSULTATION over the biggest shake-up of schooling across south-west Shropshire in living memory closed this week.

Your Districts, Bayton and Clows Top to Weobley for March 6

10:15am Thursday 6th March 2014

Bayton and Clows Top

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for February 27

12:06pm Thursday 27th February 2014

Bishops Castle

Your Districts, clubs and societies for February 20

9:56am Thursday 20th February 2014

Clows Top and District Gardening Club

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons for February 20

9:41am Thursday 20th February 2014

Bishops Castle

Your Districts, Bayton and Clows Top to The Strettons and clubs and societies for February 13

10:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

Bayton and Clows Top

New head boy and girl team up at Bishops Castle Community College

Ludlow Advertiser: The new student body representatives at Bishops Castle Community College.

12:25pm Thursday 6th February 2014

THE Community College in Bishops Castle have recently appointed a new head boy and girl team.

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to The Strettons and clubs and societies for February 6

Ludlow Advertiser: Bishops Castle Patients Group has launched its 2014 patient survey.

12:47pm Thursday 6th February 2014

Bishops Castle

Your Districts, Bishops Castle to Westhope and clubs and societies for January 30

9:26am Friday 31st January 2014

Bishops Castle

Call for speeding crack down in Lydbury North

Ludlow Advertiser: Caught on camera: Police looking to catch speedster

12:22pm Thursday 30th January 2014

A CALL has been made for a blitz on speeding drivers in a south Shropshire Village.

Fight to save services in Bishops Castle

2:26pm Wednesday 29th January 2014

A FIGHT has started to try to save the registrar office in Bishops Castle.

Bishops Castle business support event, help for heroes, buy the Christmas lights and more

11:33am Thursday 23rd January 2014

BUY THE OLD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Bishops Castle town Christmas lights are up for sale and you have until noon on Thursday, January 30 to make a bid for them.

South Shropshire Lib Dems announce new chairman

Ludlow Advertiser: Peter Phillips receives a gift from Charlotte Barnes in recognition of his work for the Liberal Democrats.

12:12pm Thursday 16th January 2014

VETERAN former councillor Peter Phillips has handed over the baton as chairman of the Liberal Democrats in south Shropshire.

Bishops Castle Karate Club, Pop-up history talk, poet's corner, hall bookings and more

11:05am Thursday 16th January 2014

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.

Bishops Castle wood fuel idea, jumble sale, lifeguard lessons and more

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.

Bishops Castle marine charity, patient care data, gallery workshops and more

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.

Bishops Castle apple pressing weekend, WI news, school open day and more

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.

Bishops Castle diary dates and school open day

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.

Bishops Castle family games day, junior hockey, twinning anniversary and more

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.

Bishops Castle prison reform workshop, Marches Choir, energy saving help, farmers market and more

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.

Bishops Castle training programme, fundraising, holiday club and more

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.

Historians to benefit from haul of Bishops Castle council papers

4:00pm Saturday 7th September 2013

FORMER long-serving councillor for Bishops Castle, Peter Phillips, has donated his papers to posterity.

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 to get an entry form.

Bishops Castle diary, brides fashion show, garden party, fitness classes and more

6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013

BRIDES’ FASHION SHOW - The recent bridal fashion show at Bishops Castle public hall raised £788 for the children’s cancer unit at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Thanks to everyone for their support.

Bishops Castle diary

7:00am Thursday 8th August 2013

BISHOPS CASTLE DIARY, August 10 - 17 SATURDAY: Auction at Bishops Castle public hall. Call 01743 462763.

Bishops Castle fashion evening, summer fair, summer tea party, diary dates and more

6:00am Thursday 25th July 2013

40 YEARS SERVICE - Bishops Castle Juliet Slavin said goodbye to her colleagues and friends at a party in the library on July 17.

Bishops Castle diary

6:00am Thursday 18th July 2013

BISHOPS CASTLE DIARY, July 18-24 THURSDAY: Bishops Castle Arts Society trip to Liverpool, £15.

Bishops Castle diary

10:00am Thursday 11th July 2013

BISHOPS CASTLE DIARY, July 11-17 THURSDAY: Globe Theatre on film, Twelfth Night. SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle, £9/£6 child, 7pm. Book on 01588 630321 or 638038.

Sun shines on day of carnival fun for Bishops Castle

Ludlow Advertiser: Carnival Queen Olivia Bradbury is crowned.

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.

Bishops Castle tennis news, music, sports day, rounders match and more

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.

Bishops Castle diary

7:00am Thursday 27th June 2013


Bishops Castle open house, carnival performers, stone skimming day, Roman wall talk and more

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

Bishops Castle tennis news and diary

7:00am Thursday 13th June 2013

GREAT OFFER FROM TENNIS CLUB - The Bishops Castle Tennis Club has a fantastic offer for young tennis players.

Bishops Castle day trip to Stratford, play at the Sparc, open gardens, road run and more

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.

Bishops Castle open gardens, civic society, diary and more

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.

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