Bishop’s Castle

FAIR TRADE STALL FOR 35 YEARS - Elisabeth and Michael Knight, who live in Brockton, have been selling fairly traded goods in the Bishop’s Castle area for over 35 years. They take up the whole of the large upstairs room at Bishop’s Castle Methodist Hall. The couple work as volunteers and over the years they have raised many hundreds, if not thousands of pounds for Third World charities. The goods they stock at the moment are mainly from Traidcraft and Created.

Things for sale include handmade goods from many countries – toys, jewellery, household and Fair Trade food and drinks, groceries, sweets, chocolate, tea and coffee. They also have a good stock of recycled paper including household tissues, cards and wrapping paper. The shop is usu ally open at the following times: Mondays 2-4pm, Tuesdays 1.30-3pm (term time), Wednesdays 5.30-7.15pm (term time), Fridays 10am-12 noon.

Other times can be arranged to suit a customer. Elisabeth and Michael have catalogues available and are happy to take your orders. If you would like to run your own stall, they also provide a sale or return service. No paper work is involved and you can choose what to take. To find out more about the Fair Trade shop call Elisabeth and Michael Knight on 01588 680285 or email

PRODUCE STALL - Bishop’s Castle Twinning Association held a produce stall outside the pharmacy on September 13 and raised £106 for their funds. Tony Martin the associa tion chairman and his wife Joy organ ised and manned the stall and they managed to attract two new members to join the group. Bishop’s Castle Twinning Association was set up 11 years ago to maintain a link with St Marcel, a town in Normandy on the banks of the River Seine. To find out more, call 01588 638375.

PANTOMIME AUDITIONS - Bishop’s Castle drama group Castle Players has chosen Cinderella as their February 2015 pantomime at the SpArC Theatre. Sue Midwood from Castle Players says: “The panto will need a large cast, so more than ever we need new members to come along to the read through and auditions.”

The next meeting is tonight, at the Three Tuns in Bishop’s Castle at 7pm.

Call Sue Midwood on 01588 650351 or Marilyn Greenrod on 01588 650651 for more information.

ARTY AND CRAFTY - Jacs Collins at The Gallery in Bishop’s Castle is run ning another series of Make Space, art and craft workshops at her shop opposite the town hall. The second of five weekly workshops is on Wednesday, with both morning and afternoon sessions to choose from.

The mornings run from 10am to 12.30pm with another from 1.30pm to 4pm. Jacs Collins says: “Due to popu lar demand, the workshops will have either an arty or a crafty focus, so please specify your preference when you make a booking. The art sessions will include painting, drawing or print making to explore a variety of media in abstract or figurative techniques.

The craft sessions will concentrate on making greetings cards, gift wrap, gifts and home accessories.

Techniques will include knitting, stitching, sticking and stamping.” The cost of five workshops, which are open to all is £50, payable in advance.

Call 01588 630555 or look on thegal

TORRENT TO TRICKLE - At the first meeting of a new season, the SW Shropshire Historical and Archaeological Society (SWSHAS) heard Ludlow historian, Dr Derek Beattie, speak on the subject Daddy, What Did You Do in the Great War? Dr Beattie, author of the recently pub lished book South Shropshire’s First World War, described the public reac tion to voluntary recruitment and later conscription in the towns and villages of South Shropshire. He gave illustra tions from press reports, local photo graphs, letters, and statistics, demon strating how the initial patriotic fervour of 1914 rapidly dwindled from a tor rent to a trickle.

Next SWSHAS meeting is 7.30pm, October 14, Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle. Professor Martin Rudwick, who has retired from the University of Cambridge to live in Bishop’s Castle, will lecture on ‘The King of Siluria – how the Marches came to be known to geologists everywhere.’ All are wel come, non-members £5.

BISHOP’S CASTLE DIARY September 25-October 1.

THURSDAY: Bishop’s Castle Arts Society exhibition. Poppy House, Market Square, Bishop’s Castle.

  • Castle Players auditions for Cinderella . Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle. 7pm. Call 01588 650351.
  •  Film. Calvary (15). SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle. £4.50/ £3. 7pm. Book on 01588 630321/638038 n RM Hubbert live music. Bishop's Castle town hall. £9/£7. 7.30pm. Call 01588 630023
  • Macmillan coffee morning. Lydbury North village hall. 10am. Call 01588 680257

FRIDAY: Junior disco. Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle. 5.30pm. Call 01588 630018

  • Yoga with David Hedge. Fletcher Room, Community College Bishop's Castle. Weekly. £6. 10.30am and 1.30pm. Call 01588 630223.
  • English folk dance class. Lydham village hall. £2.50. 8pm.
  • Macmillan coffee morning. Coach House, The Sun, Norbury. 10.30am. Call 01588 650846.

SATURDAY: 80s dance in aid of Sea Shepherd and AMP (About Music Project). Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle. Optional fancy dress £5. 9pm. Call 07816 127402.

  • Open art exhibition, town hall, Bishop's Castle 10am, til October 19.
  • Auction sale. Public Hall, Bishop's Castle. Call 01743 462763 MONDAY: Walk for Health. Short walk on level. Enterprise House, Bishop’s Castle. Free. Weekly. 10.30am. Call 01743 255059.
  • Yoga with David Hedge. Fletcher Room, Community College, Bishop's Castle. £6. Weekly. 7.30pm. Call 01588 630223.

TUESDAY: Yoga with David Hedge. Methodist Hall, Bishop’s Castle. Weekly £6. 10am. And Fletcher Room, Community College, Bishop’s Castle. Weekly. £6. 7.30pm. Call 01588 630223.

  • Hi intensity Metafit class with Dan Lewis. Teme SpArC, Bishop's Castle. Weekly. 7.30pm-8pm. Call 01588 630243
  • Bishop's Castle Walking Group. The Bog. Nine miles. Betchcott. Meet Harley Jenkins St car park, Bishop's Castle. 9.30am. Call 01743 792443.

WEDNESDAY: Art and craft work shops. The Gallery, Bishop’s Castle. Weekly for four weeks. 10am and 1.30pm. Call 01588 630555.

CORRESPONDENT - If you have any news for the paper, please hand a note addressed to Julia Parker over the counter at Bishop’s Castle Post Office. Call 01588 680445. Email


Clun Valley

COMMUNITY CHEST FUNDING - Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing is offering funding of up to £500 for a project or specific activity which will benefit the community in which you live. Eligible projects could include educational workshops, setting up a residents group, leaflet drops, train ing, diversionary activities. Your pro ject should fall under at least one of the following categories: Safer; eg extra security lighting; Greener; eg planting of shrubs/plants; Cleaner; eg litter bins/removal of graffiti; United; eg projects that encourage better relations between neighbours.

For more information call 01743 210205.

GREEN PARTY - The South Shropshire Green Party has selected Clun woman Janet Helen Phillips as its Ludlow constituency parliamenta ry candidate for the general election.

COULD YOU MENTOR A YOUNG PERSON? - Young Shropshire in Work is a recently established chari table trust specifically for South Shropshire young people and employers, primarily to increase the work-readiness of young people.

Working with local agencies and businesses, the trust encourages young people and employers to access apprenticeships or work- experience opportunities.

Could you support a young person by giving your time and encourage ment to build their confidence and work readiness? Training, guidance and expenses are provided. Time commitment is entirely at the discre tion of the mentor. It is rewarding too: with the support of their mentor, sev eral young people who have been mentored so far have progressed into paid employment or training. If you are interested and want to find out more please email or ring on 01588 676220.

AGM - The AGM of the Clun Chronicle will take place at the Barn, 9 Church Street today at 7.30pm.

MACMILLAN FUNDRAISERS - Richard’s Hair Stylists in Clun is hosting a coffee morning tomorrow. In the evening there will be another Macmillan event at Chapel Lawn vil lage hall starting at 7.30pm. Only £1 entry for tea, coffee and biscuits and there will be stalls – bring and buy, cakes, plants and books and a raffle.

LIVE MUSIC AT CLUNBURY - Clunbury village hall presents an evening of live music from Tony Hughes. Saturday 8pm till late. Bring and share supper. Bring your own drink. Tickets £5 in advance or £6 on the door (if available). To book phone Sue Hill 01588 660355 or Eirlys Ellams 01588 660625.

HARVEST CELEBRATION - Rev Mike Langstaff will lead the Clun Churches joint harvest celebration service at Clun Methodist Chapel on Sunday at 10am. This will be Mike’s first visit back to Clun since he retired as Methodist minister several years ago.

BINGO - It is bingo at the Sun Inn, Clun on Monday. Eyes down 7.30pm. A fundraiser for St George’s Church.

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

CLUN RAMBLERS - Clun Ramblers’ next walk is Wednesday, led by Peter P, meeting at Clun memorial hall car park 9.30am. Sorry no dogs.

CORRESPONDENT - News or events in the Clun Valley, contact Elisabeth Taylor, email: elisabeth777@btinter 01981 540893. Deadline is the Wednesday of the week before publication.


Lydbury North

LYDBURY NORTH PRIMARY SCHOOL PARENT AND TODDLER GROUP - Bumps, babies and beyond. Friday Morning 10am-12 noon (termtime). Come along and meet other parents, fun activities for all. For more informa tion contact 01588 680277.



HARVEST FESTIVAL - Tenbury Methodist Church are holding their harvest festival Sunday, 11am, with Rev Helen Roberts. All welcome.

RACE NIGHT - Tenbury Wells Chamber of Trade. In aid of Tenbury Wells Christmas lights. Sapey Golf Club, Upper Sapey, October 11. First race 8pm. Big Screen DVD entertainment and music. Up-to-date races. Own a horse for the night. Have a flutter.

MOUSE RACE EVENING - The mice are back! Rochford village hall, Saturday at 7.30pm, £7.50 to include supper. Tel 01584 781317 to book.

CHARITY SHOP - Tenbury Hospital League of friends. Opening Saturday at 9.30am for two weeks, Mon-Fri: 9am-3.30pm, Sat: 9am-1pm. The Warehouse – recently Big Brums, cor ner of Berrington Road and Cross Street. Donated items most welcome.

FIRST WORLD WAR EXHIBITION - St Michaels Church, October 4-November 11 - open weekends and by request. Exhibition will include memorabilia, stories, art, history and amazing men Jim the postman has made. Plus an enormous war horse!

FIRST WORLD WAR CONCERT - St Michaels Church, October 4, 7.30pm. A war to remember, a concert to com memorate. Tickets £10 includes glass of wine. All proceeds go to the Royal British Legion and other military chari ties. Period dress welcome.

HARVEST FESTIVAL - 1914 theme, St Michaels Church, October 5, 11.30am. Send contributions of har vest food to St Paul’s Hostel, Worcester.

HARVEST FESTIVAL LUNCH - St Michaels village hall, October 5 at 12.30pm. Tickets are £7.50 to include soup, ploughmans and fruit pies. Bar available with meal. Raffle.


The Strettons

BRIDGE CLUB - The Bridge Club meets on Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm-5pm at All Stretton village hall. All players are welcome, table fees are £2 including refreshments, and lifts are available if required by ringing 01694 723128. This is also the number to ring for information about tuition and workshops.

RESEARCH - There are opportunities to research local and family history at the library on Thursday afternoons from 1pm-4pm. Volunteers will be on hand to guide you if required.

DINNER - Professor Andrew Sims, former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, will be speaker at a dinner to be held at the Longmynd Hotel tonight at 7pm for 7.30pm on the subject, Is Faith a Delusion? Ring to enquire for places, tickets £13.50. This event has been arranged by St Laurence’s Church.

FRIDAY MARKET - The Friday market will be open as usual at Mayfair Community Centre from 8.30pm-12 noon selling home-made cakes, pro duce and craft items.

COFFEE MORNING - Tomorrow there will be a coffee and cake morn ing at Gilberries Cottage, SY6 7HZ, from 10am-12 noon for MacMillan.

SINGING FOR ALL - A singing work shop will be held at All Stretton Church tomorrow, from 2.30pm- 4.30pm raising funds for the Lesotho water aid project. Everyone is wel come to join in this singing-for-pleas ure event and more information is available by ringing 01694 723427.

At Church Stretton School there is a singing for fun evening every first and third Thursday of the month from 7pm-9pm. Admission is £5,and all are welcome, there is no need to book in advance. Information is avail able by ringing 07538 019817.

QUIZ NIGHTS - Our local RNLI com mittee is hosting a quiz night at The Plough Inn, Wistanstow, tomorrow at 8.30pm, £2 per person. Saturday night Ken Willis will be the question master at the district social club for a quiz in aid of the local dog shop (Animal Samaritans). The event starts at 7.45pm and entry fee is £3.

HARVEST CELEBRATION - St Michael’s Church in All Stretton holds its harvest celebration on Sunday at 10.30am.

RHYMETIME - Tuesday Rhymetimes at the library are for the under threes with songs, rhymes and puppets from 10.30am-11am.

GARDENING CLUB - At Church Stretton and District Gardening Club’s meeting on Tuesday at the Silvester Horne Institute, speaker will be Gordon Malt on the subject of Salvias and Ornamental Grasses, 7pm for 7.30pm start. Refreshments available before the talk.

OPEN EVENINGS - An open evening Wednesday will take place at the Silvester Horne Institute, at 7pm, when Doctor Digby Bennett will be on hand. The meeting has been arranged by the Strettondale Patient Participation Group. All welcome.

Wednesday is also the day when Church Stretton School holds its open evening which will be followed by two open mornings.

TREE GROUP - The Tree Group held its annual general meeting recently. Committee members were thanked for their work during the year and also those who regularly attend the meetings. The group continues to fulfil a need in the town and helps maintain a high profile for trees in Church Stretton. During the year there had been many activities including several walks and also talks on various specialist top ics. A lime tree has been planted on Sandford Avenue near the junction of Watling Street North and of those trees planted along Shrewsbury Road to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee most have established them selves and any which fail will be replaced. The tree wardens are involved locally in tree protection working with the town council and give comments as part of the consul tation process.

WIVES AND FRIENDS - The Wives and Friends group met for the annual general meeting and received the treasurer’s report which had includ ed the payment of the pledge to the Wellbeing Centre, and thanks were recorded for her work during the past year and her agreement to con tinue as treasurer for another year. The secretary’s report spoke of an interesting year of activities including the very successful spring fair which raised funds for a local charity and another which raised funds for Nepal’s Classrooms in the Clouds. All of the officers and committee members agreed to serve for another year. There being no other business to discuss suggestions for the pro gramme of events for the coming year were considered. The meeting concluded with a social get-together when refreshments were served . Next event of the Wives and Friends calendar is October 14, 7.30pm, in the methodist hall and will be a prac tical evening of crafts to which visi tors would be welcome.

SCHOOL NEWS - At Church Stretton School the new Year 7s have com pleted their library induction, there have been successes on the rugby field and now preparations are in hand for the annual sponsored walk tomorrow. There has been a KS4 evening and a meeting of the PTA which focussed on the craft fair which will take place on November 15. At St.Lawrence’s Primary School, Class 2 has been to Carding Mill Valley to observe the birds feeding, and KS2 pupils have been to Theatre Severn. A foundation induction meeting for parents will take place on Wednesday at 2.30pm.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS - Some funding is available for developing ideas to maximise energy efficiency in the community, and the Shropshire Housing Group has a community fund for ideas of ways people can improve their neighbour hood through environmental improve ments, community spirit, and train ing, for the benefit of their tenants and the wider community. Young Shropshire in Work is a chari table trust which aims to help young people into work with employers in South Shropshire.

SPONSORED RUN - Shane from Kaboodle is running in the Cardiff half-marathon October 5, raising funds for Nepalese teacher, Mani Kumar Rai. If you would like to sup port his efforts pop a few coins in the collection box.

COMMUNITY CINEMA - The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) is next film to be screened at Church Stretton School, October 6, 7.30pm. Interval refreshments available. Adults £4.


Border Marches Early Music Forum

A WORKSHOP for singers. Truly angelic music for Michaelmas. Tutor Patrick Craig explores music that features the words and actions of angels, including works by Victoria, Palestrina, Lobo, Weelkes and oth ers, Saturday, 10am-5pm, Bartestree village hall, Hereford, HR1 4BY. Early Music Fora members £16, non-mem bers £18, students £5, prior booking essential. Call Hannah Davies 01432 341154 email hannahjdavies34@,


Bockleton WI

IT was a busy September for Bockleton WI members, on the 13th the WI centenary baton passed through Tenbury and two ladies joined in the celebrations with a lunch and a vintage car ride to Wyre Forest to pass the baton on. On 16th five members attended the ACM, Malvern, and had a very pleasant day meeting other Worcestershire mem bers and being entertained by two speakers multi-marathon runner, cyclist and adventurer Dave Heeley or Blind Dave, as he is known, but that has not stopped him achieving amazing things including being one of the 2012 Olympic torch bearers.

Second speaker was gardener and media personality Christine Walkden who gave an interesting and often inspirational talk about her struggling early school and work days also being instrumental in the setting up of the RHS National Seed Bank among her many achievements. The monthly meeting was steak and bowl evening with members donning bowl ing shoes. Ingrid was the highest scorer; afterwards the group enjoyed the meal and meeting.


Mamble Cum Bayton WI

PRESIDENT Val Evans and members welcomed a visitor to the September meeting. In August, several members had enjoyed afternoon tea at Stockton Bury Gardens. The Institute would be represented by four mem bers when the Teme and Tenbury Group receive the WI Centenary Baton at St Michael’s Church, Tenbury Wells September 13. Baton will then travel by vintage Rolls Royce to Wyre Forest Visitor Centre.

Graham James, proprietor of The Little Fish Shop in Tenbury Wells, demonstrated how to fillet a salmon and one of the simplest ways to cook a portion in a polythene bag in the microwave. It tasted delicious! Was also an excellent way to get tips and advice from a fish expert.

October 13, 7.30pm at Mamble vil lage hall, Mrs Rosemary Winnall will talk on a garden for wildlife, and the competition is an H related item.


Diddlebury and Westhope WI

THERE was a good attendance at September meeting, two ill and one on holiday. Members ordered calen ders and diaries for 2015. Group meeting is at Ditton Priors today, £6 each, grand dinner is at the Boyne, Burwarton, October 16, names were taken for both events. Speaker for evening was Frithjof Praetsch , a vet working in a practice at Bridgnorth.

The subject was looking after your pets. He advised on diet and exer cise and answered lots of questions. He judged the competition for a photo of a pet, won by Mary Hall. Next month WI take on the Craven Arms ladies in a skittle match at Westhope. The WI competition will be something beginning with B. Westhope Clover Club Cream tea held at Plough Inn, Wistanstow was a party occasion.

Thirty-seven members attended for warm scones, butter, home made jam and cream, served with plenty of tea and coffee, many thanks to Raymond, Katie and George for look ing after members so well. Members will meet at the Swan Inn, Aston Munslow for a fish and chips lunch at 12.30pm for 1pm, next Thursday, October 2. There will be a raffle.