Author: Sarah

Stoke Heath Prison seeks Volunteers

Inside every prison there is an Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) made up of members of the public from all walks of life doing an extraordinary job.

Whatever your background, if you’re open minded, enthusiastic, good with people and of sound judgement, you could be perfect for the role!

The IMB at Stoke Heath is currently recruiting. If you are interested, there is much more information available at www.imb.org.uk. Applications should be made online by 15th May 2022 at www.imb.org.uk using reference 1214/Stoke Heath/2022

Keep On Moving Shropshire Festival

People over the age of 55 are invited to get moving again as part of an inspiring Shropshire festival. 

The Keep on Moving Shropshire festival is a partnership between Shropshire Council, Energize, Taking Part, Age UK and the NHS, and will launch on Sunday 8 May 2022.  Keep on Moving Shropshire Festival graphic

It starts with a free one-day launch event, set to take place from 10am until 4pm at Shrewsbury Sports Village.  

The event is aimed at people over 55, and will include inspirational and internationally-renowned speakers who will give talks on different aspects of positive ageing. There will also be taster sessions of activities for participants to try, from singing to walking netball.  

The festival hopes to inspire people to take part in local activities again after the pandemic, to build people’s confidence and get them out and moving. It is also hoped that the day will increase recognition of the valuable role older people play in communities, as well as improved understanding about what keeps people well as they age. 

At the launch there will be activities to try, inspirational speakers, and a keynote speaker who will discuss the science of ageing. There will also be a number of information stands highlighting different activities and voluntary and community sector support in our communities.  

Throughout May there will be taster sessions run by partner organisations through the county: look out for fun opportunities to try new activities where you live.  

How to book 

To book, please complete the EventBrite booking form which can be found at www.shropshire.gov.uk/KeepOnMovingShropshire  

Cost of Living Help

From the Shropshire Council website:

Increases in the cost of food, fuel and utilities are affecting many households in Shropshire.

To help, Shropshire Council has brought together a number of useful links, tips and pointers on where and how people can find help across the county (http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/cost-of-living-help/ ).

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This will help people see the range of services on offer from the council and other organisations. This includes a benefits calculator so that people can check whether they’re getting the benefits they’re entitled to, advice about energy bills and reducing energy costs from the Marches Energy Agency, as well as information from Citizens Advice about how to manage debt.

The council also recently announced that every household in council tax bands A to D will receive £150 rebate towards rising energy costs, to be paid from April 2022. To find out more about this people can visit the council’s website (https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/council-tax/energy-bills-rebate/) and Newsroom (https://newsroom.shropshire.gov.uk/2022/03/council-tax-direct-debit-energy-rebate/).

Hodnet District Garden Club

The Club is getting back up and running post Covid!

The following social media pages/groups have been set up by the Club: https://www.facebook.com/HodnetDistrictGardenClub – for information about the club and the upcoming events etc.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/hodnetdistrictgardenclub – this is a Facebook Group where everyone can chat, post pictures, ask for advice etc. 


https://www.instagram.com/HodnetDistrictGardenClub – this is the Instagram link.

The next Garden Club meeting is on Tuesday 26th April, details yet to be announced. Everyone is welcome.