Roadworks 10 – 13 August 2020

Honestly, there are too many to list separately! It’s all to do with ‘hanging fibre and furniture’ for internet improvements. Areas affected will be:

A49, Weston under Redcastle, Kenstone and Marchamley.

Works will have two-way signals and delays are possible.

Shrewsbury Castle set to reopen to the public on 25 July 2020

The opening will enable visitors to explore the stunning castle grounds which have been maintained by Shrewsbury Town Council throughout the closure.

When visiting the Castle grounds, visitors will be able to have picnics as long as they adhere to social distancing rules at all times.

Laura’s Tower will remain closed as there is only one path which doesn’t enable social distancing.

The Castle grounds will be open during museum opening hours only.

Along with the gardens, the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum which is housed inside the Castle itself will also be open from Saturday 25 July 2020.

Shropshire Museum is pleased to have received Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go” kitemark which ensures they have followed all the guidance and legislation.

A one way system will be in place through the Museum and will be clearly marked for visitors to follow so they can safely experience the stunning collections on display.

Ticket prices are: £4.50 adults, £3.50 concessions, £2.00 children and Under 5s free.

As always, serving members of HM Forces can get in for free when they present their ID card, as can former members of the Shropshire Regiments.

Normal summer museum opening hours will operate:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am to 5pm.
Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.
Closed Thursdays.

Hodnet Medical Centre Text Messaging

This is taken directly from the Medical Centre website:

“We are now using Accurx Chain which is a system that allows us to easily send text messages to patients.​ It means we can be much more proactive about some communications, messaging you quickly and securely, so you are not waiting around to hear from us!

The practice name will always be at the bottom of the message. You won’t be able to reply them. Please help us to help you by keeping your number up to date. If you don’t want us to contact you in this way please let us know.”

Road closure in Market Drayton 20 July 2020 – 20 August 2020

Oh, deep joy and happiness, another road closure.

Of Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton, every day between 09.30 and 16.00. It looks as though there are multiple locations where work is to be done, starting just after the Muller Roundabout.

There will be a diversion in place and delays are likely.

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

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 or visit the Shropshire Libraries website

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.

A53 Roadworks 16 July 2020

Tree work is being undertaken between the Tern Hill and Adderley roundabouts (precise location isn’t given).

There will be two-way traffic signals and delays are likely.