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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.
12:42pm Thursday 16th May 2013
2:20pm Thursday 9th May 2013
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Castle’s longest serving town councillor Dr St John Penney and the mayor of Bishops Castle, Keith Pinches have both withdrawn their candidacy for election to Bishops Castle town council.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.