GREEN PARTY SUPPORT FOR LOCAL ENTERPRISE - National Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett, met business people and community groups in a recent visit to Shropshire organised by Janet Helen Phillips from Clun.

Natalie arrived by train and spent the day in Shropshire on a fact-finding mission to learn about the issues that Shropshire people are concerned about and to discuss the ways in which the Green Party can assist local groups to achieve their own objectives.

In a very hectic schedule Natalie met the owners and staff of the Green and Ginger café in Church Stretton where she emphasised Green Party support for local independent businesses using local suppliers to boost the local economy.

She went on to the South Shropshire Furniture Scheme, Reuse Centre in Ludlow where Natalie talked about the effectiveness of local social enterprises in delivering social and economic benefits to their communities.

Natalie also visited Home-Start, Ludlow and spoke of the importance of local initiatives for parents and children in need of practical support.

Natalie emphasised the vital work and effectiveness of Home-Start and the need to make sure it is well-funded by central and local government.

Her visit to the Community Larder and Food Bank in Clun highlighted the importance of Green Party policy to make sure that everyone in work has a living wage and adequate and reliable benefits so that no-one suffers from a lack of ability to pay for housing, food and energy.

“I was enormously impressed with the dedication and energy of the groups I met and their determination to improve quality of life in Shropshire especially for those suffering from cuts in public services that are leading to very real stress and worry as services struggle to access funding for the valuable work they do,” said Natalie. “The Green Party is very supportive indeed of what these groups are doing in Shropshire and the insights they provided have strengthened my determination and that of the Party as a whole to create a just and fair society that does not penalise vulnerable groups”

Natalie also made a brief visit to the Clun arts and crafts show and was delighted by the talent and imagination of local artists on display there.

Janet Helen Phillips, Green Party host for the visit was delighted that Natalie chose to visit Shropshire.

“Her visit coincides with a national and local surge in support for Green Party policies and the South Shropshire Green Party is stronger and more determined than ever to deliver the core Green Party policies emphasised by Natalie and to do all we can to enhance the quality of life of Shropshire’s residents.”

BENEFICE SERVICE - There will be a whole benefice service at St Swithin’s Church, Clunbury on Sunday at 11.15am. It will be led by the Rural Dean, Revd Norman Morris.

BINGO IS BACK - After a break through August, bingo at the Sun Inn, Clun, starts again on Monday.Eyes down at 7.30pm. Lots of great prizes. The total raised for St George’s church building fund from 23 sessions is £4,315. Organiser, Tim Wood would be delighted if you would like to donate a prize or cash to buy one. Perhaps you could bring something back from your holiday. Help to boost the total raised to £5,000 by Christmas.

CLUN WI - Speaker, Paul Watts enthralled members in July with his delightful talk on Walking the Severn Way with many amusing anecdotes about his travels and photographs. Clun WI members also joined the South Shropshire Federation WI walkers to celebrate 95 years by walking their section of the Shropshire Way. They walked from Bury Ditches through Guilden Down, arriving at Lake House in time for tea, an enjoyable afternoon with perfect weather and presumably good practice for the August trip to Clee Hill. Sandra Butler will give a talk on Astrology at the meeting on Tuesday at 7.30pm, in Haslehurst Community Centre.

WALKING FOR HEALTH - A short walk around the town every Tuesday. Meet at the Maltings Café at 10.30am.

CLUN RAMBLERS - Clun Ramblers’ next walk is on Wednesday. Meet at Clun Memorial Hall car park at 9.30am. Sorry no dogs.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE - Helen McCrory returns to the National Theatre to take the title role of Medea in a new version of Euripides’ powerful tragedy by Ben Power, directed by Carrie Cracknell.

It will be broadcast live by satellite at Aston on Clun village hall next Thursday, September 4. For tickets and information contact David Jones 01588 660493 or Jeff Else 01588 660893.

NEWCASTLE GARDEN AND PRODUCE SHOW - Newcastle show is on September 6.

If you have any news or events in the Clun Valley, contact Elisabeth Taylor. Email: 01981 540893. The deadline is the Wednesday of the week before publication.



RURAL LIFE IN THE GREAT WAR - A talk by Nick Mansfield, Pump Rooms, Tenbury Wells, Sept 18, at 7.30pm. £2. Refreshments. Dr Nick Mansfield is the former director of the People’s History Museum, Manchester, and currently senior research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire.

He is the author of: English Farmworkers and Local Patriotism, 1900-1930 (2001), The National Federation of Discharged and Demobilised Soldiers and Sailors, 1917-1921 - a view from the Marches (article 2004), and most recently Buildings of the Labour Movement, English Heritage (2013). A Tenbury Museum Event:

BRIMFIELD SHOW - Brimfield village hall, Saturday, staging 9am-10.30am. Doors open and cream teas from 2pm. Presentation of cups 3pm. Auction and raffle 3.30pm. Admission adults 50p, children under 15 free.

TEME READERS’ GROUP - Wake by Anna Hope. Tenbury library, tomorrow, 2-3pm.

KNIGHTON ON TEME FETE - Saturday, 3pm, Mathon, Newnham Bridge, WR15 8JA. Family fun, Teme Valley Band, games, afternoon teas, stalls.

Please support the fete to raise money for charities below: Midlands Air Ambulance, Community First Responders, Stroke Association.

PHOTOGRAPH COMPETITION - St Michaels village hall charity are asking for as many entries as possible into their photograph competition. Entry is free and the charity is wanting to raise funds by selling a local 2015 calendar in November/ December as possible Christmas gifts. Each calendar sold will earn up to £3 for the charity as well as sharing 12 fabulous local images with the community.

They are simply asking people to email in their local photos (between 1MB and 6MB) and the selected pictures will be printed out and hung on the wall in 100 local homes.

TENBURY RAMBLING CLUB - Walks for September are: September 10, meet 10am at Tenbury swimming pool. Distance six miles. Dunley. A walk followed by lunch at the Dog at Dunley. For details contact John Briggs 01584 881216. September 27, meet 10am at Tenbury swimming pool. Distance six miles. Bring a packed lunch. Little Stretton. A steady climb beside a stream on the Long Mynd. For details contact Chris or Sue Bones 01584 811123.


The Strettons

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS - This week sees the last of the school holiday Thursday workshops at Scrappies with a theme of Commotion in the Ocean. Sessions are from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm and cost £3.50 per child. Booking is essential as places are limited. Call in or ring 01694 722511.

YOGA SCHOOL - A yoga summer school at Leebotwood village hall is planned for Thursday morning from 10.30am-12 noon for a fee of £6. Ring 01694 724317 to check for places.

HISTORY RESEARCH - An advice session for those researching local and family history is available at the library every Thursday afternoon from 1pm-4pm when there will be volunteers on hand to help.

FRIDAY MARKET - The market is open from 8.30am-12noon at Mayfair community centre selling homemade cakes, produce and craft items.

GARDEN SHOW - The Church Stretton and District Gardening Club holds its summer show on Saturday at the Silvester Horne Institute with Shropshire Bee Keepers Association. The show opens at 2.30pm and admission is by donation. There will be a raffle, plant and produce stall and refreshments will be available. Schedules available from Salts but when completed must be returned there by 4pm tomorrow.

SALE - A grand bric-a-brac sale will take place in the Square on Saturday.

SPORTS AND GARDEN FETE - A sports day and garden fete will be held at Acton Scott Hall on Saturday from 2pm-4.30pm. There will be stalls selling books, cakes and plants, a tombola and also afternoon teas. There will be sports to suit all ages.

SPORTS DAY AND BARBECUE - A fun sports day and barbecue is planned for Saturday at Picklesote starting at 3pm with the barbecue at 5pm. Admission is £6 for adults and £3 for children.

RAMBLERS - The South Shropshire Ramblers will be meeting for a gentle five mile walk to Lightspout Hollow on Sunday led by Rose Gillam, who can be contacted on 01694 722985. Meet at Easthope Road Car Park at 10.30am.

LONGMYND HIKE - The next meeting of the Longmynd Hike will be on Sunday at 8pm and will be held in the Scout HQ to discuss the registration scheme. As the date for the Longmynd Hike approaches two further meetings will be held. These will take place at the District Social Club on September 7 and 21.

FIRST RESPONDERS - Fundraisers for The First Responders are looking for offers of raffle prizes for a Bingo evening to be held in September.

BACK TO SCHOOL - The end of the summer holiday break now means that schools are back for the first day of the autumn term on Tuesday.

BRIDGE CLUB - The Bridge Club meets at All Stretton village hall on Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm- 5pm and is able to offer a refresher opportunities or an introduction to the game. The weekly fee is just £2 and includes free refreshments. Lifts are available for those needing transport locally. Courses and workshops are also on offer by ringing 01694 723128.

FOOD BANK - The Food Bank is now running low on cereals, except porridge oats, and cereal bars, biscuits, sugar, fruit juice and squash. Any donations may be placed in the receptacle at the Co-Op.

Thank you to all who continue to support this cause.

MEMORIES - Has anyone special memories of the St Dunstans people who were in Church Stretton during 1940-46 which they would like to share and to have included in the ‘100 voices, 100 years’ initiative to celebrate the charity’s centenary. St Dunstan’s is now renamed Blind Veterans.

FLOWER SHOW - Rushbury and District annual flower and produce show will be held in Rushbury village hall on September 6, at 3pm.

SPONSORED EVENTS - Elaine at the Post Office is taking part in the Great North Run half marathon on September 7, in aid of Cancer Research. Drop in to the Post Office if you would like to support her efforts with a donation. September 13, is the date for a 12m sponsored walk/run at All Stretton in aid of Teenage Cancer and Help the Heroes. Entry costs £7 or raise £7 in sponsorship. For further details ring 01694 751369

COMMUNITY CINEMA - Flicks in the Sticks will be back at Church Stretton School on September 8, with a showing of 12 Years a Slave (15). Director: Steve McQueen.


Bockleton WI

BOCKLETON WI held there bi annual produce show on August 20.

The parish hall was filled with the wonderful aroma of food and flowers, vases of garden flowers, home baked quiches, cakes, jam and chutneys set out alongside perfect fruit and veg and intricately handmade gifts.

It is only a small WI and every member who entered items for the show should be very proud as they obviously worked very hard to produce the very high quality that was on display.

The winners of the table display category were: 1st Thelma, 2nd Angela, 3rd Pam.

There was lots of prizes given out throughout the various other categories so well done to all.

When the points were totalled up the overall winners were: 1st Caroline, 2nd Thelma, 3rd Pam.

The next meeting is a social outing for a steak and bowl evening on September 17.

If you would like any info about Bockleton WI contact Rosemary on 01584 811066.


Westhope Clover Club

ON September 4 members are meeting up at the Plough Inn Wistanstow for a cream tea.

This will be at 3pm and there will be a raffle.

Members call this the anniversary meeting.

The club started in September 1977.

There are two whist drives next month, on September 8 and 22.

Admission £1.50, refreshments and raffle.

The harvest supper will be on October 23 at 7.30pm for 8pm.

Three-course meal and entertainment, £10 each.

Starring Ger and Idris, North Wales’s top singing and comedy duo.

Licensed bar and raffle.

Ring Tom to book your seat 01584 861282.