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11:44am Thursday 23rd January 2014
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12:12pm Thursday 16th January 2014
11:10am Thursday 16th January 2014
ENGAGING ISSUES - God and The Big Screen is the title of a talk by Elaine Storkey on Tuesday at the URC at 7.30pm. Elaine Storkey is an English philosopher, sociologist and theologian known for her lecturing, writing and broadcasting. This lecture is brought to attendees by the Montgomery Trust. All welcome, £3 suggested admission.
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.
12:00am Thursday 31st October 2013
TALK - Tomorrow (Friday) the Church Stretton and District Rail Users’ Association will hold a joint meeting with the Strettons Civic Society to hear Philip Bennion, local MEP, speak on the subject of The Future of Local Public Transport.
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.
8:00am Thursday 17th October 2013
TABLE TENNIS CLUB - There is table tennis at the Church Stretton leisure centre every Saturday from 9.30am to 11.30am. The cost is £1 for under 16s and £3 for adults. All abilities and ages are welcome and there is some coaching available. Come and try it out, no booking required.
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 10th October 2013
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.
6:00am Thursday 3rd October 2013
MUSICAL EVENT - Another evening of music in classical style will take place at the Silvester Horne Institute tomorrow (Friday) at 7.30pm with soprano Akiko Takahashi and instrumentalists on piano, clarinet, harp, guitar, flute and cello. Admission is £7.50, half price for u/16s and u/12s free. Ticket sales are through Burway Books, John Thomas Florists and town council offices. Some may be available at the door.
9:00am Thursday 26th September 2013
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.
7:00am Thursday 19th September 2013
MAYFAIR - A ‘look after yourself’ event will take place at Mayfair on Saturday from 10am - 3pm offering a chance to meet the therapists, featuring Kinesiology and Bowen Technique together with yoga, acupuncture and nutrition. There will also be local food and craft sellers on hand displaying their wares and the café will be open to serve food throughout. Walking for health is another feature offered at Mayfair. Entry to the event is free.
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.
7:00am Thursday 12th September 2013
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.
9:40am Thursday 5th September 2013
GARDEN SHOW - Awards at Acton Scott’s garden show on Saturday will be presented by Ryan Kennedy of BBC Radio Shropshire. The show opens at 2.30pm and non-members are welcome. Admission is, adults 50p, accompanied children free. Light refreshments will be available.
8:00am Thursday 15th August 2013
SUMMER SHOW - The Church Stretton Gardening Club holds its summer show on Saturday at 2.30pm in the Silvester Horne Institute in association with Shropshire Beekeepers. Plants and produce stall, refreshments and a raffle are available. Completed entry forms should be handed in at Salts, ironmongers in High Street, by 4pm tomorrow (Friday). Admission is by donation.
6:00am Thursday 15th August 2013
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11:00am Thursday 1st August 2013
FESTIVAL FRINGE EXTRA - The last coffee concert on Saturday at St Laurence’s parish church will feature a brand new repertoire by the Shropshire Strummers at the concert which starts at 10.15am. Free admission with a retiring collection.
8:30am Thursday 1st August 2013
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10:00am Thursday 11th July 2013
9:00am Thursday 11th July 2013
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.