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Gritters need names too!

People across Shropshire are being asked to help name the county’s gritters – again – before they hit the roads this winter.

Two years ago people were invited to suggest names for the 25 gritters in the Shropshire Highways fleet – and hundreds of suggestions were made, before 24 names were chosen in a public vote – with over 2000 votes cast. The 25th gritter was named after Broseley schoolboy Zac Oliver.

Earlier this month, 17 of the gritters were replaced with brand new vehicles – vehicles that don’t have names. So, once again, people are being asked to put on their thinking caps and put forward their suggestions.

And, so that the other eight vehicles in the fleet don’t feel left out, they are going to be renamed too.

Three of the gritters will continue to be named after local youngsters Zac Oliver, Charlie Desmond and Jack Edwards – leaving 22 names to be found.

Suggestions can be made via the Shropshire Council twitter (@shropcouncil)), on Shropshire Council’s Facebook (/shropshirecouncil), or by sending an email to gritters@shropshire.gov.uk.

People of all ages can enter, and schools are being encouraged to invite their pupils to put forward their ideas and then submit entries on behalf of the school.

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Wednesday 4 November.

All suggestions will be shortlisted by a team of ‘experts’ and the best/most popular names will go through to a public vote on the Shropshire Council website in mid to late November, when people will be able to choose their favourites.

The 22 gritters will then be given their new names in time for winter.

The five most popular names in the 2018 vote were:

  • Gritty Gritty Bang Bang – 1246 votes
  • Frosty the Snow Van -1101 votes
  • Spready Mercury – 1080 votes
  • Gritty McGritface – 1018 votes
  • Usain Salt – 1004 votes

Market Drayton Leisure Centre re-opening Monday 19 October 2020!

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust Ltd has announced plans for Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre to reopen on Monday 19 October 2020.

The centre has been closed since March, when the Government instructed all leisure facilities in the UK to shut due to coronavirus. When restrictions were eased in July, safety assessments highlighted issues around air ventilation, which would need to be addressed for the site to reopen and be COVID-19-safe. This work is due to be completed very soon, ensuring the facilities will be COVID-19-safe.

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust Ltd has introduced a series of social distancing and safety measures at all its sites, including one-way systems, a reduction in workout class sizes, more space between gym equipment and a greatly increased cleaning schedule.

For the full list of safety procedures to follow at each centre and how to book into sessions when they do open, please visit the Trust’s website: https://www.shropshireleisurecentres.com/

Whitchurch Swimming Centre site remains closed, as it is currently not possible to enforce Government social distancing guidelines within the ageing facility.

Summer holiday activity programme offers fun for all the family

Shropshire Council has developed a timetable of activities to help make the summer holidays fun for all the family.

The programme offers a mixture of face-to-face participation and self-led sessions for children and families to enjoy together  – all in line with social distancing guidance.

There is involvement from Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire Libraries, Junior Wild Teams and other council service areas. For more information click here to visit  the Shropshire Council website – a full list of activities is due to be added on Monday, 20 July.

Meanwhile Shropshire Family Information Service also has information on other summer holiday activities from some of the wonderful family attractions opening back up throughout Shropshire. This can be accessed via their free online directory of summer holiday fun.

For some families, who may need full-time care at a registered childcare provider, a holiday play scheme or an out of school club, Shropshire Family Information Service also has a full list of registered childcare providers. For information parents can call telephone 01743 254400 or email ShropshireFIS@shropshire.gov.uk

Shropshire Libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge

Shropshire Libraries are inviting children across the county to sign-up for a seriously silly summer with this year’s Summer Reading Challenge.

The Summer Reading Challenge is aimed at primary school aged children and encourages them to keep reading over the summer holidays.

This year the theme is Silly Squad and is all about funny books, happiness and having a laugh with characters created by award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.

The Challenge this year has moved online and, as always, it is free to sign up.

Participants will need the email address and permission of a parent or carer to register and set up their reading profile. Once they have done this, it’s time to get reading!

Children can set their own reading goal, rate and review their books and unlock activities and rewards as they progress. When their reading goal is reached they can download and print a certificate.

The website also features video content, games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to get children excited about taking part in the Challenge at home.

The Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge runs until 12 September 2020 and was created by the Reading Agency.

Shropshire Libraries are running a limited service from their buildings but there are lots of services you can access from home. To find silly books or magazines to read take a look at their e-library. You can also order and collect up to 10 books per person from your library through their free Ready Reads Collect service.

Any questions? Contact at libraries@shropshire.gov.uk or visit the Shropshire Libraries website https://shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/

Parents and Carers can also rise to the challenge by joining Shropshire Summer Reads. Registering for the challenge is easy – just visit Shropshire Libraries’ website to find a simple joining form.  Completed entries will be entered in a prize draw for book vouchers, kindly funded by library Friends groups and redeemable at independent book shops across Shropshire.

Free Theatre for All! (From the comfort and safety of home!)

To celebrate World Theatre Day (today, Friday 27 March 2020), Pentabus Theatre (national rural theatre company, based in Ludlow) today announced that they are going to release recordings of their past shows on their website and social media channels to be streamed for free.

These will remain live for the next three months, and will be released weekly on a Friday at 2pm for anyone to access.

The first production to be released was “Here I Belong” by Matt Hartley today, with other shows to follow including “Crossings” by Deirdre Kinahan and “Each Slow Dusk” by Rory Mullarkey.

The recordings will be accompanied by social media Q&As with cast and creative teams from the productions, details of which will be announced via social media.

Pentabus were the first company to live stream theatre directly from village halls into homes and community spaces across the world. All recordings are high quality and filmed during live streams or as part of a live capture over the past five years.

They realise that a lot of their audience will be stuck in their houses in rural communities and want to give everyone the chance to go to the virtual village hall and experience excellent theatre from the comfort of their own home.


To view the shows as they’re released:
Pentabus.co.uk | Youtube: PentabusTheatre | Instagram: Pentabustheatrecompany
Facebook: PentabusTheatre  Twitter: @pentabustheatre

The Bear to Feature in Shropshire Real Ale Trail

The Bear at Hodnet is to feature in September’s, Shropshire Real Ale Trail.
This “one day moving Real Ale festival” is being organised by The Real Ale Trail company, on Saturday 14 September, between 11:00am and 10:00pm. At present a total of 9 pubs are signed up to participate in the event and they will all be connected by a rolling bus service which calls at each pub every half hour to drop off and collect passengers.
Details of this event can be found on the Real Ale Trial website which includes ticket prices. These can be bought at the participating pubs from 1 August or on-line now. A helpful guide to how the day is organised is also available.
If you have any questions please contact The Real Ale Trail company by Click here or phone: 01978-510141.
The webteam has been told that besides The Bear, the following pubs are participating in the festival:
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Cock & Greyhound, Whitchurch
Hanmer Arms, Hanmer
Horse & Jokey, Northwood
Dickin Arms, Loppington
Fox Inn, Wem
The Tiddly, Ellerdine
Old Jack Inn, Calverhall
White Lion, Ash Magna

Afternoon Tea Fundraiser for Peplow Chapel

190810 Peplow Chapel Fundraiser Poster

The Chapel of the Epiphany, Peplow
Fundraising for Organ Appeal

Afternoon Tea
With a Tribute to ‘Pam Ayres’
At Hodnet Hall Garden Tearoom’s
Sat 10th Aug 2019
Gardens open at 3.30pm
Afternoon Tea 5pm prompt
‘Pam Ayres’ tribute to follow
By kind permission of Sir Algernon & Lady Jane Heber-Percy
Tickets £10

Contact:
Elizabeth Downes: 07880-973618
Louise Morris: 07704-651786

Hodnet & District Garden Club – May 2019 events

Hodnet & District Garden ClubThere will be no meeting at the Lyon Hall in May, as two visits are scheduled for this month – see below for details.
The Club is also having a plant stall at the Grove School on the morning of Sunday 12th May during  the Market Drayton 10K run.
On the evening of Mon 13th May, members look forward to a guided tour of Hodnet Hall Gardens. The visit is open to guests of Club members for the usual £2 fee.
On Tues 21st May, there is an evening visit to Sambrook Manor, Newport, for a guided tour of the gardens, plus refreshments. The cost is £7.00 per
head, and guests are welcome.
Please use the contact form on the Garden Club’s website for further
details about any of the above.

More Opportunities to 'Give Bowls a Go'

The crown green bowling season has started and Wollerton Bowls Club is offering the opportunity for people to try out bowling. Six free “Give Bowls a Go” are being held in May and June, starting at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons. Dates are:

  • May 11 & 18
  • June 1, 8, 15 & 22

The sessions are open to anyone who would like to try their hand at bowling. No need to book, no obligation to join the club, all ages welcome.
The club will provide all the equipment needed for the sessions, but visitors are welcome to bring their own woods. The only requirement is that those coming along wear flat shoes for the benefit of the green.
More information about the club, membership and contact information can be found on the club’s web page.WBSC Give Bowls a Go 2019
 

Hodnet Footpath Group Walk Mon 6th May 2019

On Bank Holiday Monday, 6th May, Hodnet Footpath Group are organising a local walk combining routes 1 & 10 from our series of walks leaflets.
Meeting at 11.00am at the Hodnet Social Club car park, the first part of the walk will take in the old railway line to Wollerton and then return to Hodnet via Mill Rd. We’ll then continue via Webster Lane to Tunstall Woods, where we will hopefully see bluebells and other wild flowers.
This walk is easy and dog-friendly, and everyone is welcome. The full walk is approx 5 miles, but you can just do the first leg if you so wish. We hope you can join us.