Bishop’s Castle

PRIMARY SCHOOL HARVEST - Children at Bishop’s Castle Primary School celebrated their harvest festival and collected 18 bags of food to give to the CLAC food bank in Clun.

Class three visited Attingham Park in Shrewsbury while the younger children went to the SpArC Theatre to see the play The Elves and the Shoemaker. Friends jumble sale at the school on November 15.

QUAKER PEACE DAY - Quakers in Bishops Castle are holding a Peace Day on Sunday. The focus of the day will be the film Joyeux Noel (12), about the 1914 Christmas truce and its consequences. This will be shown upstairs in the Three Tuns at 2.30pm, where you can also see an exhibition on the theme of peace. Earlier, at 12.30am the Quakers will meet for readings and meditation to which everyone is invited. White poppies for peace will also be on sale.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER - Award winning wildlife photographer Richard Shucksmith will give an illustrated talk on wildlife at Bishop’s Castle town hall Sunday, 3pm. He was British Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011, and lives in the Shetland Islands. He has spent many years exploring the natural world above and beneath the waves and these coastal environments is where he likes to spend his time. Tickets £4.50.

BISHOPS CASTLE DIARY - October 30-November 5.

THURSDAY: Friends of the Library.

Halloween Magic - Careena Fenton, Picklelily Circus. Bishop’s Castle Library. 7pm.

  •  Footpath Walking Group.

Betchcott. Nine miles. Meet Harley Jenkins St car park, Bishop’s Castle.

9.30am. Book on 01588 630446.

  •  Dave Rea Band. Crown and Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. Free.


  •  Pony Club day. Walcot Stables, Lydbury North. All welcome. 10am- 4pm. 01588 680514.

SATURDAY: Live music. Blueblut. Bishop’s Castle town hall. £5.

7.30pm. 01588 630023.

  •   Bishop's Castle Church gift day.


  •    Flea and collectors market. Bishop’s Castle town hall. 9am.


  •   Edgton Club visit Monmore Green greyhound racing, £35 coach and meal, 4.30pm. 01588 680226.

SUNDAY: Illustrated talk, Richard Shucksmith. Bishops Castle town hall. £4.50, 3pm.

  •  Quaker Peace Day. Film and exhibition. Joyeux Noel (12). Three Tuns, Bishop’s Castle. 2.30pm. Quaker meeting for peace. 12.30pm. 01588 630409.

TUESDAY: AGM Friends of Bishop’s Castle Community, Home and Hospital. The Future of the Community Health Trust - Dr Ganesh.

Church Barn, Bishop’s Castle. 7pm.

  •  WEA workshop. Exploring Creative Textiles - Marietta Alker. Bishop’s Castle Town Hall. Four weeks. £39/ concessions. 10am. 01952 614451.

WEDNESDAY: Bishop’s Castle Film Society. The Rocket (12A). Three Tuns. 8pm. 01588 680445.

  •  Footpath Walking Group.

Pontesbury. Meet Harley Jenkins St car park, Bishop’s Castle, 9.30am, 01743 791992.

  •  Bishop’s Castle and District Carers Group. Christmas outing to Charlie’s (Coed Y Dinas),Welshpool.

Dep. Auction Yard, Bishops Castle.

10.30am. Dep Charlie’s 3pm. 01743 341995 or 01694 722024.

News or event, hand note addressed to Julia Parker at Bishops Castle Post Office. Email, 01588 680445.


BITTERLEY WI - Recently, Bitterley hosted a successful meeting of the Ludlow South group of WI’s. The guest speaker was county chairman, Sue Bradley, who gave a flower arranging demonstration, interpreting poems for the displays. Each institute did an arrangement, the theme was a nursery rhyme. Sue Marsh one of our members won first prize with Ring a Ring of Roses. It was naughty but nice at the October meeting. Alvis, our president commenced the meeting by welcoming members and two visitors.

Arrangements for all proposed outings and social events up until Christmas were confirmed. We were then introduced to our speaker Janette Rowlatt.

The talk was about chocolate – how it is made and its history. She gave a brief outline of how she started her interest in chocolate. Based in Ludlow she now has other outlets. Chocolate has been around for several centuries but like other products it has moved with the times. The main ingredient, the cocoa bean, is grown in a 15 degree radius north and south of the Equator. Each tree grows 30 pods, the shape of a rugby ball about four to five inches in length. It is the beans inside these pods that are used. The beans are roasted, the flavour of the nibs, kibbled beans depends on the temperature and length of roasting. Milk chocolate has only 20% cocoa powder where as some of the dark chocolate can have over 70% powder. During her talk we were given small pieces to taste. We all noticed that the darker the chocolate the bitter it tasted but the taste lingered longer. Because of this we tend to eat less but is more healthier for you. It has been chocolate week recently, we as a country eat 11kg per week, the weight of a corgi.

Belgium, which is renowned for its chocolate, eats about eight-nine kgs.

Working on these statistics the UK eats about the weight of two oil tankers or four Jumbo jets each year. The cocoa beans have been around for centuries. It was used a currency by the natives. In the 18th century they had cocoa houses instead of coffee house. Making chocolate began with the famous Quaker families, Cadbury, Fry, and Rowntree. The basic principles they used are still used today. Members were surprised that the Crunchie and Mars bars were made in the mid 1930s, even the M&M’s in the Second World War when the American soldiers had them in their kit bags. She was thanked by Sue Marsh for her interesting talk. Flower of the month: 1st Kath Watkins, 2nd Ruth Bootman, 3rd Dot Griffiths. Competition beginning with O: 1st Jenny Goldby, 2nd Fay Hillman, 3rd Rosalie Fish. Next meeting November 20 is Christmas crafts with Mary Jane Millard and Carol Elwis.


MEALS ON WHEELS NEEDS YOUR HELP - Clun Meals on Wheels has for years been run entirely by volunteers, delivering two course hot lunches twice a week to Clun residents who have difficulty catering for themselves. The service is under threat unless more volunteers come forward to help. If you are able to offer couple of hours a month to help deliver meals please contact Hazel or Brian Wallace on 01588 640548.

Both drivers and non drivers needed.

JOLIBA TRUST - Sales of Ruth Mapes’ jams and produce and CDs and DVDs at the Old Surgery Gallery have raised £1,400 so far this year for the Joliba Trust. Tim Wood is grateful for any donations of CDs and DVDs for fundraising at the Old Surgery Gallery. You can drop them in or call him on 01588 640506.

CLUN WI - The next meeting of Clun WI is on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Haslehurst Community Centre, Clun.

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

CLUN RAMBLERS - Next walk is Wednesday, meeting at Clun memorial hall car park. Sorry no dogs.

PROMISE AUCTION - Rachael Lewis is raising money for the charity, Project Trust so she will be able to go and teach in Thailand for a year from August 2015. So far she has raised over £900 from generous individual donations, a car boot sale, and a stall at Clun Carnival with games and cakes. She is holding a promise auction at Clun memorial hall on November 14, which promises to be a great evening. If you would like to donate a promise please contact Rachael on 07817 523968.

FLICKS IN THE STICKS - The Grand Budapest Hotel (15) at Clun memorial hall on November 8, 7.30pm. Tickets on door adult £4.50, under 16 £2.50, disabled facilities, refreshments.

Enquiries 01588 640254.

News or events, contact Elisabeth Taylor, 01981 540893.


LUDLOW AND DISTRICT FLOWER CLUB - Ludlow and District Flower Club will be holding their Christmas flower arranging demonstration on Tuesday with a demonstration by Nigel Whyles a highly qualified florist and floral designer with 20 years experience which has taken him all over the UK and abroad. It will be held at St Peter’s Parish Hall, Henley Road, Ludlow SY81 QZ. Doors open at 7pm and the cost will be £8 to include coffee and seasonal refreshments. All of Nigel’s arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening. Further information call Jane 01584 877716.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER - Can you give a bit of time to benefit your town? Do you enjoy talking to people and helping visitors to the town make the most of their stay? Why not become a volunteer at the Tenbury Wells Tourist Information Centre? If you can do a three hour session at our shop, regularly, and would like to become a volunteer member of a team dedicated to promoting Tenbury Wells, call in and speak to one of our volunteers now, we’re a pretty friendly lot, full advice and training will be given.

FUN VARIETY SHOW - Will be held at Tenbury Methodist Church, Saturday, 7pm. Fun and laughter, music and song. There will many local talented artistes taking part in the show, which will be a mixture of music and song, fun and laughter, and community singing. Admission is £5 on the door, which includes delicious refreshments after the show.

All are welcome. In aid of church funds.

FLOWER DEMONSTRATION - Seasonal flower shop demonstration by Rachael McDough of Wild Heart Flowers, Cleobury Mortimer.

Presented by St Mary’s Church, Burford, November 15, 2.30pm, Little Hereford village hall. Raffle and sales table. Tickets £7 to include tea and mince pies, from Jackie Mapes 01584 810029 or Muriel Bell 01584 811413 .

HELP! - Volunteer drivers are needed in your community. Would you like to help people in your community who cannot use public transport, whilst being reimbursed 45p per mile for the use of your car? Volunteer drivers in their own cars take those who are not able to travel by any other means to the doctor, hospital, shops, dentist, library or other essential journeys. Drivers are also needed urgently for our 15-seater Teme Hopper minibus. More information call 01584 810491 or 01584 819452.

MURDER MOST FOUL - At St Michael’s village hall, next Thursday, November 6, at 7.30pm. Do you fancy yourself as Miss Marple? Hercule Poirot? Sherlock Holmes? It’s murder at the village fete. Come along and put your powers of deduction, detection and disclosure to work, and unmask the murderer. Question the suspects, peruse the clues. Try your hand at each of the fete stalls and have your fortune told. All are welcome to try to solve this heinous crime. Light buffet with tea and coffee will be provided to feed the brain whilst you ponder. Do bring your own wine/glasses if you wish, a snifter may help the “little grey cells”.

Admission is by programme £3 each.

There are prizes and a superb raffle.

More information: Theresa Mitchell, the Reading Group, St Michael’s WI, 01584 819439 - theresa.mitchell@

TENBURY WELLS FLORAL ART CLUB - Open meeting, the Regal, Tenbury Wells, November 27, 7.30pm start. “Christmas is Coming” by Margaret Rumens, Solihull. Tickets £8 available from the Regal or Margaret Yarnold 01885 410386.

HALLOWEEN PARTY - Eastham memorial hall, tomorrow at 6.30pm.

Eastham’s annual family party night, 50p per person.

Bring a plate of food. Full bar and bar snacks available. Further info: Rachel 01584 781335.

TENBURY RAMBLING CLUB - Walks for November.

November 12. Meet 10am at Tenbury swimming pool. Distance six and a half miles. Bring a packed lunch.

Simon Evans Way part two start at Stottesdon Church SO672828.

Mostly flat lanes and bridleways. For details contact Charlie Wilcock 01584 819722.

November 22. Meet 10am at Tenbury swimming pool. Distance six miles.

Bring a packed lunch. Neen Sollars.

Fields and wooded valleys. For details John Briggs 01584 881216.

December 3. Meet 10am at Tenbury swimming pool. Distance four and a half miles Pub lunch at Teamside.

Walk from The Teamside, Little Hereford SO547682. Details Derek and Jan Delaney 01584 811122.

The Strettons

TALK – A talk at Grange Court, Pinsley Road, Leominster HR6 8NP, today, 7pm-9.30pm, under the heading of Relations with Israel – Boycott or dialogue. Admission are £5 and all are welcome.

FRIDAY MARKET – From 8.30am- noon, the Friday market is open for business at Mayfair Community Centre selling home-made cakes and produce together with craft items.

HARVEST SUPPER – Little Stretton village hall committee will be serving up a harvest supper in the village hall tomorrow from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 and may be reserved by ringing 01694 724796.

BONFIRE NIGHT – Bonfire night in Church Stretton is on Saturday in Rectory Field. Gates open at 5.30pm.

The bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm and the firework display will start at 7pm.

Refreshments of all kinds will be available including a barbecue arranged by the Friends of St Lawrence’s Primary School, who will be serving soup, along with hot dogs, burgers and bacon butties using good-quality produce from a local shop. After the bonfire, free drinks and hotdogs for the children will be served at the District Social Club.

WALKING FOOTBALL – If you would like to try walking football, taster sessions are available. Ring Ken on 01694 724957 to find out more.

GREEN PARTY NEWS – A meeting of the Green Party has been scheduled for Monday at 10.30am at the Acorn Café in Church Stretton. Members will be collecting signatures at Bridgnorth Market on November 8, for the Protect the NHS Petition, and there will also be a get-together in Bridgnorth to welcome all new members. November 15, there will be a training session from 2pm-4pm at Myriad Organics in Ludlow.

COMMUNITY CINEMA – On Monday, Church Stretton School will be screening The Monuments Men (12A), an action drama focusing on an unlikely Second World War platoon tasked with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and then returning them to their rightful owners, in a race against time. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Admission: adults £4, students £2. Refreshments available before the film and during the interval.

ENGAGING ISSUES – The next talk at Engaging Issues will be on Tuesday at the URC when Michael Bourke will speak on the subject of the First World War Centenary, and discussing What Are We Remembering? Meetings start at 7.30pm and admission is £3. All welcome.

CAMERA CLUB – The first competition for Longmynd Camera Club members took place on October 22, with 33 entries in the prints section and 39 entries in the digitally projected images section, judged by Tony Broom. Topping the prints section were Peter Howsam with Grit and Determination, Ken Robinson with Gothic Glory and Peter Howsam with Caer Caradoc and Lawley in sea of mist.

The top three in the DPIs were Ken Robinson with Symmetry and Splender, Dick Ward with Evening light, Wastwater and David Kennedy with Prayer Candles. Congratulations to all who entered this competition where the points awarded for each section will be added to the annual league tables.

There will be a change to the programme when Longmynd Camera Club meets on Wednesday at 7.30pm at the URC hall, and the next open competition will be on November 19.

Visitors always welcome.

BADMINTON – Badminton for all is available on Wednesday evenings at the Leisure Centre with taster sessions available. The sessions are also open to those with disabilities as sports wheelchairs are available, with free use of racquets. The juniors play from 7pm-8pm and adults from 8pm-9pm.

To find out more ring 01694 725588.

THEATRE GROUP – The Stretton theatre group arranges theatre and concert visits allowing tickets at discount prices and coach fares. To become a member the fee is £10 per household together with a £5 joining fee. Ring 01694 722216 to enquire.

SCHOOL NEWS – Pupils at St Lawrence’s Primary School have been invited to think of a name for the new hill-mound/hummock which has been built in the KS1 playground. They are also preparing the art work for their own personal Christmas cards which will be displayed and on sale at the parents’ evenings. Two new parent governors have been elected to the board.

Church Stretton School celebrated the successes of Year 11 leavers where all made the progress expected and met their targets. The vast majority obtained places in training, employment or further education. Sport Relief this year saw students donating their old football boots, kits and sportswear to Malawi, Africa, and raising funds to help support former student Mike Spence to represent Great Britain at the world Downhill Championships in South Africa.

Other students visited Borneo to help with repairing and refurbishing a church and a mufti day in June supported the Stretton Medieval Fair which celebrated 800 years as a market town.

SCRAPPIES – Scrappies are looking for volunteers who would enjoy greeting and assisting customers, or doing counterwork and serving customers. Others may like to sort and price incoming stock and replenish shelves or create displays of stock and craft items, making up craft kits and sewing craft items. Assisting with marketing, publicity, website and computer work is another option and also internal maintenance of the store. There is something which may appeal to everyone and if you are looking to enhance your CV at the same time this is a good chance to Thursday, October 30, 2014 20 THE ADVERTISER Districts jects at a total cost of £15,829,398 since 2009. More than 500 sites have benefitted from the funding including 130 sites of Special Scientific Interest and 14,000 hectares of priority habitats such as chalk streams, grassland and coastal reed beds.

Conservation, biodiversity or wildlife projects interested in WREN’s Biodiversity Action Fund can visit The next deadline for applications is January 31, 2015.

do so. If you have a few hours to spare Scrappies would like to hear from you. Ring the store on 01694 722511 or 720086.

LADIES AFTERNOON – The ladies of the South Shropshire Interfaith Forum recently met to hear about traditions in the Jewish faith on the occasion of the Succoth Festival celebrating harvest. The purpose of traditional costume was explained and the use of various items on display was demonstrated. The children were invited to create a model of a Sukkah, an outdoor canopy constructed and designed for outdoor occasions for the Succoth Festival.

The meeting was rounded off serving honey and apple refreshments as is the tradition for this festival.

YOGA – Yoga sessions are held every Thursday at Leebotwood village hall from 10.30am-noon, and to find out more ring 01694 724317.

AGM – The annual general meeting of Stretton Climate Care will take place at the Methodist Church at 7pm next Thursday, November 6, which will be followed by a talk by Professor Rod Thomson, director of public health for Shropshire.

PUBLIC SESSIONS – Next Thursday, November 6, offers a drop- in session at the Silvester Horne Institute between 2.30pm-6.30pm for everyone to find out about the proposals for the Church Stretton Library, and to express their views. This event will be followed by the LJC meeting at 7pm when this item is also on the agenda.

BOOK SALE – The Mayfair book sale will take place on November 7 and 8, selling books, CDs and DVDs.

Donations of items for the sale may be taken to Mayfair in advance of the sale.

MUSIC NIGHT – Another music night on November 7, has been arranged for the Friday night at the Horne programme. Tickets from the town council offices, and at the door if space permits.

CHOIR – Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir, supported by Craven Arms Men’s Chorus, will be in concert at Church Stretton School on November 8, at 7.30pm for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

MUD RUN – The Bomere Lake 10K Mud Run will be held on November 8, and welcomes people of all levels of fitness.


WHIST DRIVE – Progressive whist, Monday, 8pm. £1.50 including refreshments.