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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.
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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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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.