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Shrewsbury event to offer free expert advice on how to avoid scams

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:43

A free event that will advise people how to avoid being scammed is being held in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre on Monday 25 June 2018 from 10am to 2pm.

It’s been organised by Shropshire Council’s public protection team and will offer expert advice on how to combat and report scams.

It’s the latest in a series of similar, successful, events held over the past two years, and will offer valuable advice about:

  • How to stay safe.
  • How to avoid being a scammer’s next victim.
  • What to look out for.
  • What not to do.
  • What to do if you think you have been scammed.

 

Gillian Denning, public protection officer with Shropshire Council, says:

“It is estimated that 48% of people in the UK – almost half – have been targeted by a scam, but only 5% of cases are reported. That’s why our goal is to make the public aware of the importance of reporting a scam,  and who to report it to.”

Organisations attending the event will include:

  • Shropshire Council’s community protection team
  • National Trading Standards Scams Team
  • Halifax Bank
  • BT
  • West Mercia Police
  • Fire Service (vulnerable adults team)
  • Severn Trent
  • Safe Place

Further information

Chronic scam victims who are repeatedly targeted by scammers often lose many thousands of pounds. These people are usually elderly, socially isolated and in declining mental health and falling victim to a scam can have a detrimental impact on the finances and the health of older and at risk people.

It’s estimated that 6.5 per cent of the UK adult population – some 3.2 million people – fall victim to scams every year. The most common age of scam victims is 35 to 44, though older victims are more likely to lose larger sums of money and be repeatedly scammed.

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Shropshire’s first technology conference attracts global line up

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:23

Tech Severn Conference Logo

Shropshire’s first technology conference is set to attract influential speakers from across the globe.

The TECH Severn 2018 Conference is being held at the Theatre Severn on 17 July. Organised by Shropshire Council, the event will look at how technology may help solve many of the challenges faced by councils and businesses across the UK.

Hundreds of delegates from across the UK will hear how the latest innovations may transform their organisations approach to technology and how this technology could help them save costs and time, and possibly even lives in the future.

Maggie Philbin OBE

Headlining the event will be Tomorrow’s World presenter, Maggie Philbin OBE. Maggie Philbin is also well known for her work on programmes such as Hospital Watch, Body Matters, QED and Bang Goes the Theory. Maggie is also the CEO and Founder of TeenTech, Patron of the Daphne Jackson Trust and President of the Institute of Engineering Designers.

Maggie Philbin OBE who will be headlining the Tech Severn Conference 2018 Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie Philbin said;

“TECH Severn will be a great opportunity to see how technology can tackle key challenges being experienced by an increasing ageing and vulnerable population. I’m looking forward to hearing not only from the keynote speakers, but from what I know, will be a highly informed audience.”

Ms Philbin will join the Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Dr Kevin Doughty, Sheila Mackintosh and Daniel Rowles and a host of other speakers and exhibitors at the TECH Severn 2018 Conference, to show how technology has progressed.

Andy Begley, Director of adult services and housing at Shropshire Council added;

“We are absolutely delighted to have Maggie Philbin OBE as our guest speaker.

“TECH Severn is not just a business gathering, we are providing delegates with insights into what the future holds for all types of businesses and how technology will shape our lives, work and businesses.  Telehealth and telecare innovations have the potential to support and improve the quality of life for our residents and keep them from unnecessary care home and hospital admissions which reduces the anxiety felt by them and their families.”

Tech Severn Seed event 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibitors

Over 400 delegates who are expected to attend the event will get to hear and see the very latest from our exhibitors which include:

Activities

Attendees will also be able to join in the many activities during the day, including trialing the Dementia Virtual Tour Bus, looking over the latest Tesla car and viewing the latest robotic equipment to help those who struggle to feed themselves, due to issues with arm/hand coordination. Visitors will also get the opportunity to take part in the ‘One Name, One Voice’ project by Wild Strawberry or walk around a 360° wraparound sound and vision igloo.

Latest technology

The event will also lend itself to the launch of two flagship projects from Shropshire Council; The One Scheme and TECH Gym. Both projects offer the latest insights into artificial intelligence, digi health, modern methods of construction, green technology, assistive technology, digital marketing and eco energy

The One Scheme

The One Scheme is a construction project led by Shropshire Council in partnership with University Centre, Shrewsbury.  The first phase is to create  hi-tech, hi-spec properties incorporating solar tiles and micro grids as well as assistive technology, into the fabric of the home and wider community. These can be built quickly and cost effectively.

Tech Gym

Working with University Centre Shrewsbury and local businesses, the Tech Gym will allow individuals and business to pay a fee to access the latest hi-tech equipment such as 3D printers, laser cutters as well as training, development, advice and networking sessions with opportunities to access venture capital.

Tech Severn Seed event 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Councillor Lee Chapman, Cabinet Member for adult services, health and housing said;

“We want to be pioneering the advancement of technology that will enable people to live better and work smarter and attract technology based companies to the region.

“Attendees will get to hear world changers on the latest innovations in assistive technology, digi-health, green technology and modern methods of construction and business.  Visitors will also see how technology is being used currently, and its role in the future by councils and businesses.

“This is a very exciting time for Shropshire and the future looks very promising and exciting.”

Tickets to the FREE event are available here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tech-severn-2018-conference-tickets-45015230767

For more information about TECH Severn Conference 2018 visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/whats-on/whats-on/tech-severn-conference-2018/

Further information

TECH Severn 2018 Conference is a free conference being held on 17th July from 9 am to 5 pm at Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury SY3 8AT

Exhibitors will include Growth Hub, LEP, WelBeing, TESLA,

Speakers include:

Chair: Vicki Archer, BBC

  • Maggie Philbin OBE, President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech
  • Rt Hon Paul Burstow, Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) London South Bank University Previous Minister of State for the Department of Health will talk about ‘TEC Futures: From Technology Enabled Care to Technology Enabled Care’
  • Professor Kevin Doughty, Visiting Professor of Digital Transformation of Care Services University of Cumbria, Director iCUHTec International Centre for Usable Home Technology will discuss “Using Digital Care Technologies to Improve Quality and Choice in Satisfying the Expectations of Commissioners and Consumers”
  • Andy Begley, Director of Adult Social Care & Housing, Shropshire Council will discuss the challenges and solutions for Shropshire Council
  • Sheila Mackintosh, Director and Housing Consultant at Mackintosh O’Connor Associates Ltd: Research Fellow, University of the West of England. Sheila has over 30 published books and reports to her name and will look at “Present and Future Homes for Later Life”
  • William McMorran, MD of award winning architects Architectonicus, winner of the Dementia, Care & Nursing Home Expo 2018 Award for Exceptional Contribution to Dementia Care will talk about “Advanced Architectural Models & Evidence Based Service Design”
  • Charles McCay, Managing Director of Ramsey Systems. Charlie has over 20 years’ experience working with healthcare information and international standards from HL7, ISO and CEN, to enable effective and safe sharing of information. He recently completed a datathon showcasing HL7 FHIR® DataThon at VITALIS & MIE2018 and will look at “Digital Health Pathways and Simulations – Evidence Based Healthcare and the Real World”
  • Daniel Rowles has been working in Digital Marketing for the past 19 years, with extensive experience working both client side and within the agency environment. He is a Course Director for the CIM, a certified Google Squared trainer and a lecturer at Imperial College and Cranfield School of Management. Daniel has helped organisations of all types to use digital marketing effectively, working with a wide range of businesses, from start-ups through to global clients like the BBC, Sony, Tesco, Vodafone, Mercedes, L’Oréal and Warner Bros.
Maggie Philbin OBE

In 2017, Maggie was awarded an O.B.E. in the New Year’s Honours list for her services to the Science, Technology and Engineering Community.

She is President of the Institute of Engineering Designers and co-founder and CEO of TeenTech  (Patron Duke of York http://www.teentech.com/about-teentech/ ) an award winning organisation helping young people, their parents and teachers understand more about the real opportunities in Science, Technology and Engineering.  Maggie is well known for her involvement in the promotion of women in business, science and technology.

Drawing on her unique experience with some of the greatest innovators and inventors of all time, Maggie Philbin talks with great humour, authority and style about the key ingredients of innovation and forward thinking in business.

Maggie has worked on science, medical and technology programmes for over 30 years ranging from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory.

Her television career also encompasses Hospital Watch, Bodymatters Roadshow, QED, and BBC2’s women’s documentary series The Doll’s House.

Maggie has worked as a medical and consumer reporter for ‘This Morning’ on ITV, filmed reports for BBC’s current affairs programme ‘4×4’, studio pieces for BBC One ‘The One Show’  as well as a series of 20 programmes called ‘Heartland’ for Channel Health.

She presented 40 editions of the science programme ‘Wideworld’ for Channel 5 and spearheaded the BBC’s “Talking Teenagers” project across television and radio.

If one theme runs through Maggie’s career, it’s a talent for handling “live” shows. This has made her popular in the corporate sector where her diverse range of broadcasting skills is a valuable asset for conferences, business presentations and corporate television.

With an ability to discover a story before it is a story, her research abilities and attention to detail, Maggie Philbin is a phenomenal reporter. Maggie’s professional presentation reaches out to every viewer and listener, drawing them in and making the story ‘their’ story too. One of the very best in her field.

Alongside her ability to deliver the most complicated story in an engaging and watchable way, Maggie Philbin has great people skills and can make the most nervous guest feel relaxed comfortable and happy to tell their story. From teenage mums to nuclear physicists, from captains of industry to technology geeks – Maggie will get the best out of them.

 

 

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A brilliant result for Shropshire – new owners found for former Ironbridge power station site

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:53

Shropshire Council is delighted that Harworth Group plc has been confirmed as the new owner of the former power station site at Ironbridge, hailing an exciting future for the area, and the county as a whole.

Harworth Group plc is one of the UK’s leading land and property regeneration companies, specialising in bringing to life former industrial sites and derelict land. Its purchase of the 141-hectare site, which closed in November 2015, is one of its largest acquisitions in the Midlands to date.

Former power station site in Ironbridge.

Councillor Peter Nutting, Shropshire Council’s Leader, said:

“This is great news – it’s a majorly important site for Shropshire.

“Harworth Group plc is one of the leading companies in its field and we’re pleased that they’ve chosen to invest in the county, bringing with them expertise and jobs, as well as breathing new life into the area.

“Whilst the future of the site is yet to be decided, we’re excited to explore how we can work together to help us to realise our vision to make our county a great place to live, learn, work and visit.”

Over the next 12 months the company will use its extensive regeneration experience to formulate plans for the site’s redevelopment. The council will be working closely with them and have been assured that local people will be involved in shaping future plans.

Councillor Nic Laurens, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, added:

“This is a brilliant result for Shropshire. In the lead up to the sale we held a number of high level discussions with the seller, Uniper and the buyer, Harworth Group plc to support them through the process.

“We are committed to continuing to work with the company, the community and stakeholders to ensure the best use of the site.

“We have every confidence that the redevelopment will bring with it lots of new jobs and provide vital new infrastructure to rejuvenate the area, while giving Shropshire’s economy a huge boost.”

Further information About the Ironbridge Power Station

The Ironbridge Power Station, which sits within approximately 141 hectares, includes power station structures, coal storage areas, former recreation grounds and an area of agricultural land.

Location

Ironbridge is a town on the River Severn, at the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire. The Ironbridge Power Station site is located on the southern bank of the River Severn approximately 0.75 miles from Ironbridge town and approximately 6.5 miles South West of Telford town centre and is accessed from the M54, Junction 6.

The boundaries of the eastern part of the site lie immediately adjoining, but excluded from, the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The settlement of Buildwas lies approximately 0.5 miles west of the former station.

About Harworth Group plc

Listed on the main market, Harworth Group plc (LSE: HWG) is a leading regenerator of land and property for development and investment which owns, develops and manages a portfolio of approximately 21,000 acres of land on around 140 sites located throughout the Midlands and North of England. The company specialises in the regeneration of former coalfield sites and other former industrial land into new residential developments and employment areas.

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Wayfarers team help out at Rock and Bowl music festival

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:55

Wayfarers team. Left to right, Nat, Amy, Jamie, Emlyn, Wendy and Bryn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A team of people attending Wayfarers in Market Drayton, have been helping out at The Rock and Bowl music festival in the town.  The festival was held over May Bank Holiday weekend for the second consecutive year.

The Wayfarers team helped with the setting up and clearing after the event. Festival organiser Chrissy Blandford thanked the team for their valued efforts, Chrissy said;

“It’s great that the Wayfarers team came and helped at the festival and made this a community event.”

Pictured left to right are Nat, Amy, Jamie, Emlyn, Wendy and Bryn.

About Wayfarers

Wayfarers provides lifestyle and learning opportunities for adults with learning disabilities. The centre is based at Raven House in Market Drayton.

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Applications going to North planning committee on 26 June 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:24

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 26 June 2018 at 2pm.

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To see the full agenda and reports click here.

Land South Of Hollins Lane, Newport Road, Woodseaves, Market Drayton (17/05286/FUL)
Application under Section 73A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for the alterations to approved agricultural building and installation of six additional biomass boilers and a drying floor.

The Townsend, Ightfield, SY13 4NS (18/00477/FUL)
Erection of detached garage workshop and store.

Old Railway Station, Brownlow Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 0AP (18/01027/OUT)
Hybrid application for residential development of 65 dwellings; comprising Outline application for the erection of up to 58 dwellings with all matters reserved and Full planning application for the conversion of “Old Railway Station” building into 7 apartments with car parking, access road, public open space and associated works.

Decisions will be made available after the meeting on our online planning register which you can search by using the appropriate reference number or keyword.

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Have your say on Shropshire’s Great Outdoors 2018-28 strategy consultation

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 14:12

Shropshire Council is seeking the views of residents on its new Great Outdoors strategy in a public consultation.

Launched on 3 May 2018, the consultation gives local people the opportunity to tell Shropshire Council what they think about the proposed Great Outdoors 2018 – 2028 Strategy.

The Mere at Ellesmere

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors sets out the strategic direction for the management and development of publicly accessible greenspace, Rights of Way and other access in the Shropshire Council area, aiming to inspire action to improve health, prosperity and happiness by cherishing Shropshire’s Great Outdoors.

The strategy was developed in partnership with a range of key organisations and users and was informed by data analysis and research.

Why are we consulting?

The public sector has seen significant change since the first Countryside Access Strategy (Rights of Way Improvement Plan) was produced in 2008.

Ifton Meadows

The current economic climate and associated budget pressures along with the economic growth aspirations and the growing need for outdoor recreation for health and wellbeing mean a new approach is needed to ensure a quality service is provided to preserve Shropshire’s great outdoors.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for leisure and culture, said:

“The change that the public sector has experienced since the first Countryside Access Strategy was produced ten years ago has made the need to have a clear and prioritised plan to target resources whilst giving the best public benefit possible greater than ever.

“We want to ensure that this strategy is going to meet the needs of those people who use the publicly owned outdoor assets and the wider population and would welcome your views.”

To get involved in the Great Outdoors Strategy consultation, click here. The deadline for responses is Tuesday 31 July 2018.

The results of the consultation will be presented to Cabinet in September before being launched in autumn.

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Organisations unite in their pledge to prevent adult abuse in Shropshire

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:58

L to R: Sam Anderson, Marian Kelly, Karen Littleford, Andrew Mason, Emma Harding, Prof Michael Preston-Shoot, Ivan Powell, Sarah Hollinshead-Bland and Kelly Woodhouse

Organisations across both Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin came together this week (Thursday 14 June 218) to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

The Safeguarding Adults – Preventing Abuse in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Event, held at Oakengates Theatre Telford, was jointly led by Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board (KASiSB) and Telford & Wrekin Safeguarding Adults Board (TWSAB) with support from Shropshire Partners in Care to promote the importance of preventing abuse of all adults with care and support needs.

Professor Michael Preston-Shoot headlined the event, presenting best evidence for working with adults who self-neglect and Mental Capacity Act compliance learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs).

The Safeguarding Adults – Preventing Abuse in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Event

Over 160 delegates attended the conference which also included several workshops and information stands with a focus on preventing abuse and neglect.  The event also gave way to the launch of the Talking about Adult Safeguarding: My Enquiry and Safety Plan cards which will be used with adults with care and support needs to support them to have safeguarding conversations outlining their thoughts, views and wishes.

The Safeguarding Adults – Preventing Abuse in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, also explored best practice and evidence when working with adults who self-neglect as well as what learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) tells us about best practice for those who lack capacity. Delegates also had the opportunity to find out more about how organisations work with adults who have difficulties with hoarding

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing said;

“Our joint safeguarding event was a brilliant success and a great opportunity for all partners to come together to recognise, learn and raise awareness on how we all as a community can help prevent adult abuse.

“We hope our conference also sends a clear and robust message that we do not tolerate any form of adult abuse. We must all act to prevent or stop abuse to adults (particularly those who need extra help and support). I would ask if anyone is concerned about someone’s welfare that they report it immediately.”

The Safeguarding Adults – Preventing Abuse in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Event

The Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board will use the learning and reflection from the event and work to implement and embed:

  • best practice evidence for working with adults who self-neglect
  • learning from Safeguarding Adult Reviews (SARs) and best practice evidence for those who lack capacity.

The event presentations may be accessed here  http://www.keepingadultssafeinshropshire.org.uk/learning-resources/self-neglect-and-mental-capacity-act-safeguarding-board-event-june-2018/

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is commemorated each year in June to highlight the often silent suffering of older people. People across the world will voice their opposition to the abuse and neglect of older people.

Many of the attendees at the event wore purple, the theme colour to mark World Elder Abuse Day. The event also raised over £100 in donations from cake sales, for Action on Elder Abuse.

For more information about safeguarding in Shropshire, visit the Keeping Adults Safe in Shropshire Board website (http://www.keepingadultssafeinshropshire.org.uk/). The newly launched website provides information on:

  • the work of the Board;
  • how to recognise abuse and neglect in adults and how to report concerns to the relevant authorities; and
  • further learning information and materials to help adults with care and support needs, their families and professionals working with them.

If you have a concern or need want to talk to someone about an adult who is or might be being abused, call Shropshire Council First Point of Contact: 0345 678 9044 or West Mercia Police: 101 (only use 999 when you are sure someone is in danger now).

Further information

Both safeguarding boards would like to thank the following organisations who have sponsored cake to raise money for Action on Elder Abuse

  • Creativity – Design and Illustration
  • Lancelot Collectables
  • Monty’s Brewery
  • Creative Yoga Motion
  • Holldary Rural Services
  • Tesco
  • Sainsburys
  • Shropshire Partners in Care
Organisations who hosted stalls at the event included: The Glade Sexual Assault Referral Centre Joint Training, Shropshire Council Age UK, Shropshire Telford & Wrekin Action on Elder Abuse Skills for Care West Mercia Police Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service Axis Counselling and Psychotherapy Women’s Aid Citizens Advice Telford and Wrekin Healthwatch Shropshire Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin Carers Centre Telford Mind Telford and Wrekin Public Protection/Trading Standards  Regulatory Services, Public Health, Shropshire Public Protection, Customer & Neighbourhood Services, Telford & Wrekin Council Taking Part Police crime commissioner office Shropshire Partners in Care

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Enjoy an increasing range of e-books and e-audiobooks from Shropshire Libraries

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:54

The range of e-books and e-audiobooks offered by Shropshire Libraries has recently seen a huge increase due to a new arrangement with other library authorities around the country.

Over 14,000 e-books and e-audiobooks are now available to read and listen to.

Our eBook collection features thousands of bestsellers, old favourites and undiscovered gems: https://ebook.yourcloudlibrary.com/library/shropshire/Featured

No matter your location, age or interest, library members can discover the joy and convenience of e-books and e-audiobooks with cloudLibrary, our digital lending platform, for free: all that is needed to get started is an active library card.

cloudLibrary – for e-books

Download titles to take them with you and enjoy anywhere, or quickly stream titles over an Internet connection.

Download, sign-in, browse!

Read or listen across multiple devices seamlessly. It’s really easy.

First, download the cloudLibrary app. www.yourcloudlibrary.com

Second, log in using your library card number and PIN.

Lastly, browse, borrow, and start reading.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:-

“By working more closely with other libraries across the UK we’ve been able to improve services for Shropshire Libraries customers. The e-book and e-audiobook service is continuing to grow in popularity, and this increase in the collection means there is an even better range of titles to choose from.”

 

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Shropshire Council awarded £3.8m for safety improvements on A529

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 09:26

Shropshire Council has welcomed the award of £3,888,000 from the Department for Transport’s Safer Roads Fund to improve safety on the A529 between Hinstock and Audlem.

The DfT’s £100m Safer Roads Fund will enable local authorities to improve the 50 most dangerous stretches of ‘A’ roads in England.

Shropshire Council and their term consultant WSP are now going through the detail of this week’s announcement, and will then develop the necessary work plans.

The work will involve various safety improvement measures at key locations on the A529, which will be undertaken as a result of the funding award. These will include junction and visibility improvements, and enhanced road markings and signing.

Work is set to start this financial year (ie before the end of March 2019) and will initially focus on the design phase of the scheme.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“This is great news and I welcome the award of this money that will enable us to carry out essential and much-needed safety work on this dangerous stretch of road. I’m delighted that our bid, combined with lobbying the government, has been successful and I look forward to work starting at the earliest opportunity.”

To read the funding application, click here.

 

 

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Jason from TV’s “The Undateables” helps launch adult social care publication the Local Account

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:59

An adult social care publication which showcases real stories from people who use social care, to those who work 24 hours on the frontline to support vulnerable people, has been launched today (Thursday 14 June 2018).

Jason Evans, who appears in the series “The Undateables”, holding copies of the Local Account

Shropshire Council’s annual Local Account for 2017-18 entitled “Making it Real in Shropshire – our story continues”, is written for residents by those who use the service, as well as council officers and service providers.

The publication has been co-ordinated by Shropshire’s Making it Real (MiR) group, which is made up of people who use adult social care, as well as senior council officers, to ensure social care services meet the needs of those who use them.

Shropshire’s Making it Real team at the UK’s MJ awards – the team were shortlisted for the work they do to help influence and shape adult social care services in the county.

The publication provides information on:

  • Real-life stories
  • The council’s achievements in adult social care and its performance
  • New and existing innovative services
  • Feedback on how the council’s adult social care performs, from those who use the service
  • Changes, challenges and achievements of the council’s adult social care service
  • Future plans for improvement.

Jason, who stars in the TV series “The Undateables”, also appears in the brochure, talking about his experience of receiving support to manage his finances.  Jason said about the publication:-

“I’m happy to be part of this. If anyone who has a disability and wants to live on their own, there are places to go for advice and support. The support I had was brilliant and really made a difference.”

Jason reading the local account – “Making it Real in Shropshire – our story continues”

The Local Account report is produced by councils across the country every year, and explains what the council’s adult social care service and its partners are doing to help improve the lives of vulnerable people and how well as a service it’s performing.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult services, health and social housing, said:-

“Almost all of us will come into contact with adult social care at some point in our lives; yet the value of social care is often unseen. It only becomes relevant when people need it. That’s why it’s so important to raise the profile of adult social care with the public.

“Our publication not only plays a key role in this awareness raising, but also of informing local people of our aspirations for the way we want to provide adult social care services, by enabling people to have more choice and become more independent for longer. We also hope our publication reflects the transparency and accountability of the way adult social care works.” 

Jon Hancock, Chair of the Making it Real Board, said:-

“It’s been difficult to summarise the work of a dedicated team working in adult social care in a few pages, especially when that team is made up from a wide range of professionals and a large contingent of unsung volunteers and carers. I hope this issue of the Local Account gives an honest overview of the extraordinary work that goes on, day-in day-out around the county. I’m really pleased with it; well done to all involved.”

MiR member Stewart Smith, Shropshire Council’s development officer – personalisation, added:-

“The MiR team have worked really hard in pulling together this year’s Local Account. The publication looks great is and easy to understand. I would encourage anyone who has an interest in adult social care to have a read and let us know what you think.”  

MiR Advisory groups

Made up of people who use or are involved in adult social care services, the MiR Advisory groups offer local people the opportunity to come along to discuss their experiences or concerns about a social care service. It also gives people the opportunity to provide ideas on how to improve them.

To read “Making it Real in Shropshire – our story continues”, please visit shropshire.gov.uk/local-account

If you have any feedback about the publication email makingitreal@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01743 257705.

To find out more about MiR and Advisory groups dates visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-choices/making-it-real-mir/

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Fully-funded business growth training available to small business owners and managers

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:50

News from our partners Aston University

Aston University is looking for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to join their programme for early-stage growth businesses.

The Aston Programme for Small Business Growth has been developed to support business leaders based within The Marches (Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, only), the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire,  and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP areas, to achieve early-stage growth through a series of workshops, one-to-one support and networking. Cohort 5 of the Programme will begin in October 2018 and is currently inviting applications from ambitious small businesses and social enterprise leaders.

The six-month fully-funded programme consists of 9 one-day workshops taught by experts in SME leadership and management, together with one-to-one support from an experienced business mentor. Participants will be able to network with other business owners from across the four LEP areas and will have the opportunity to pitch their growth strategy to external finance experts.

The programme part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is built upon the success of a pilot programme run in 2015, and is delivered by Aston Centre for Growth alongside a range of support offered by Aston University to growing SMEs. All of the 2015 participants surveyed after completing the programme are anticipating significant growth in turnover with 60% expecting turnover growth in excess of 200% and 48% also projecting employee numbers to grow in excess of 200% by 2018.

Commenting on the launch, Professor Mark Hart from Aston Business School said:-

“The survival and growth of new business ventures in the Midlands are essential to the prosperity of the region. Simply having a high level of start-up activity in the region is not sufficient on its own.

“We are delighted to be able to extend the opportunity for more early-stage businesses to benefit from support that we know will accelerate their initial growth, and we’re looking forward to welcoming some of the region’s most ambitious small business leaders to the programme.”

A participant on the pilot programme, Sian Kelly, Director of Inform Accounting said:-

“I found it really beneficial to work with other participants on the programme, sharing ideas and gaining some new business. I would definitely recommend the programme to other small businesses as it is great for networking and provides the tools to develop your strategy for growth specific to your business. I now have new clients and have gained more confidence in my growth plan.”

The programme aims to create over 80 jobs across the four LEP areas by 2019.

Interested businesses need to apply before 18 June 2018. For further information visit the website (www.aston.ac.uk/centreforgrowth) or email centreforgrowth@aston.ac.uk.

Further information

The project has received £827,216 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. ERDF and ESF Branding and Publicity Requirements ESIF-GN-1-005, Version 6Date published 1 November 2016 Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for the Aston Programme for Small Business Growth you need to own a small business or lead a social enterprise and have the desire and drive to grow your business.  The business must:

  • Have an operational address in the Black Country, Coventry and Warwickshire, The Marches (Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire area only) or the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Areas
  • Be in their early-stage with identifiable growth potential and have the ambition and opportunities to grow and create new jobs
  • Be trading for at least 12-months and be able to provide evidence of trading revenue
  • Have a least one FTE employee
  • Be an SME and meet the De Minimis State Aid criteria (received no more than €200,000 State Aid in the last 3 years)

Please note: Agricultural or retail businesses are not eligible for this programme because of funding restrictions.

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Opportunity knocks for businesses in Shropshire

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:32

News from our partners Worcestershire County Council

Businesses in Shropshire can now access support and funding to become more sustainable, saving both energy and costs.

Worcestershire County Council’s Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) already operates in Worcestershire, Telford & Wrekin and Herefordshire. Now, after a funding boost from the European Regional Development Fund, the programme is extended across Shropshire, and will kick start with a launch event on Friday 6 July 2018 at Shrewsbury Town Football Club at 9am.

Christopher Atkinson, BEEP programme manager who will be presenting at the launch event, explained:-

“BEEP helps businesses identify quick and affordable changes they can make, and gives them the support to do so.”

The BEEP programme offers a two-pronged combination of technical mentoring support and grant funding to help manufacturing and engineering businesses slash their energy usage and make cost savings. It works across other sectors too, such as distribution, hotels and professional services.

Christopher Atkinson added:-

“The Shropshire launch of BEEP will be a great introduction to the key areas businesses should focus on, from office electricity usage to manufacturing equipment and processes. It will also address the environmental issues – the easy-to-implement fixes, as well as worthy investments that can yield remarkable cost savings, often within a short period of time.”

Telford-based Digiland, an electrical goods supplier, has made significant energy and cost savings through the BEEP programme and will be presenting at the event.

Christopher said:-

“Digiland’s story represents the wide range of benefits businesses can gain from having a specialist energy assessment and implementing changes.”

Digiland received a BEEP grant of £20,000 towards a building upgrade project which included upgrading heating and air conditioning, using solar film on windows, fitting lighting sensors on existing LED lighting, and insulation.

Christopher said:

“As a result of working with BEEP, Digiland now has an annual predicted annual financial saving of £10,000. About 70 percent of the warehouse lights are now off at any one time and these energy-saving measures represent a massive cost saving.”

Businesses qualifying for the BEEP programme will receive a free energy efficiency assessment review from energy specialists Pro Enviro Ltd. Grants from £1,000 to £20,000 are also available to help businesses undertake energy efficiency improvements such as lighting, heating, variable speed drives and compressors, energy efficient equipment, refrigeration, renewable technologies and more.

Christopher said:

“Once businesses have brought down energy costs, often the next natural step is to make a capital investment focused on sustainability. But making this investment deliver value for stakeholders is often something that may not impact the bottom line until three years or so later – so this is where the grant funding comes in. The funding acts as a catalyst for businesses to make a capital investment that will significantly impact its overall energy savings, and deliver cost savings over a period of time.”

Businesses wishing to register interest in the BEEP programme can do so at www.business-central.co.uk/beep and bookings for the Shropshire launch event are via the www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk

The BEEP launch in Shropshire will take place on Friday 6 July 2018, from 9am-12.30pm at the Sovereign Suite, Shrewsbury Town FC, Montgomery Waters Meadow, Oteley Road, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ST as part of a business support and funding session organised by The Marches Growth Hub Shropshire. Further details can be found here 

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is part-financed by the England European Regional Development Fund Programme as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Worcestershire County Council, along with its partners Shropshire Council, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Herefordshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, and the Worcestershire district councils, were awarded up to £1.8 million funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium-sized businesses.

Further information

European Regional Development Fund

This project is receiving up to £1,797,112 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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Health Information Week 2-8 July 2018 in Shropshire’s libraries, featuring Macmillan

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:53

Free, specialist information and support concerning cancer is coming to Shropshire’s libraries during Health Information Week in early July.

Macmillan Cancer Support’s information and support team will be visiting from 10am to 4pm on the following dates to answer questions and provide information: 

  • Tuesday 3 July Whitchurch  Library
  • Wednesday 4 July Oswestry Library
  • Thursday 5 July Shrewsbury Library
  • Friday 6 July Bridgnorth Library  

Health Information Week 2018

Danielle Mellows from Macmillan Cancer said:-

“The team encourages anyone with worries or concerns relating to cancer to stop by, whether you’re living with or beyond cancer, or are a carer or loved one of someone who is. Whether you want to know what symptoms to look out for, need information about managing the side effects of your treatment, or want to find local support for carers, come along and see us. We’d be happy to help. If you are unable to visit us but have questions about cancer, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or call Macmillan free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm).” 

All libraries in Shropshire provide access to accredited health information and support through the national Reading Well scheme, offering books specifically designed to help people manage long term health problems, mental health and dementia. Regular drop-in events with health professionals, such as hearing aid clinics, also take place in some branches and library staff are also working in partnership with local hospitals to provide improved access to useful resources. 

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture and leisure, said:-

“Health Information Week is the perfect time to find out how Shropshire’s libraries can help local people feel better. Our libraries support health literacy and self-management, provide health-related events and activities, stimulate creativity and learning and connect individuals and communities. There is a special focus on cancer support this year and I’d encourage people to call in at the Macmillan Cancer drop-in information events scheduled at several branches to provide advice and support.” 

For more information, contact Mirka Duxberry, library development manager, on 01743 255031 or email mirka.duxberry@shropshire.gov.uk 

Further information – related links:

https://shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/

http://kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/patient-and-public-information/health-information-week-2/

https://reading-well.org.uk/

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Decisions made by Central planning committee on 7 June 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:51

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 7 June 2018.

Former railway land off Washford Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9HR (18/00268/FUL) The demolition of existing industrial units and construction of 7no. dwellings with associated parking and access (amended description).

Decision:

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to:

  • The conditions as set out in Appendix 1 of the report;
  • The conditions to be re-numbered following condition 6 due to a typographical error;
  • The following amendment to condition 5 – the wording ‘unless otherwise approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority’ be deleted; and
  • The final paragraph of condition 7 which relates to a noise assessment be deleted as there was a separate condition which covered this issue.

4 Weir Road, Hanwood, Shrewsbury, SY5 8JZ (18/02032/HHE) Erection of a rear single storey extension to a terraced dwelling, dimensions 6.0 metres beyond rear wall, 3.0 metres maximum height, 2.45 metres high to eaves.

Decision:

Members noted that the application constituted permitted development.

 

For further information relating to the decisions go to our online planning register and search for the application by using the reference number or keyword.

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‘Big 7T’ held at hospitals to thank volunteers

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:22

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

The NHS is turning 70 next month and what better way to celebrate one of the nation’s most loved institutions than with a slice of cake and a cup of tea?

But this was more than just a regular brew as on Thursday 7 June and Friday 8 June 2018,  Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) held a ‘Big 7T’ at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital as a way of saying thank you to its volunteers.

The Trust has more than 800 volunteers and more than 50 of them attended a party held on each site over two days.

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance, said:

“This is one on my favourite events of the year. Being able to personally thank our volunteers for their care, commitment, kindness and support is really important.”

Two retiring volunteers, Margaret Stickley and Iris Hoof, were presented with a Certificate of Recognition, for their many years of service.

The NHS turn 70 on Thursday 5 July 2018, and SaTH will be celebrating the landmark occasion with a themed Charity Fun Day at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on Saturday 7 July 2018.

For more information about the Fun Day please visit www.sath.nhs.uk

Further information

  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is the main provider of acute hospital care for almost 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales. Patients come to us from Telford, Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Bridgnorth, Whitchurch, Newtown and Welshpool in Powys.
  • The Trust continues to work with its partners in health and social care in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and mid Wales to develop patient-focused services that meet the needs of our communities.

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Free event will explore business opportunities offered by growing availability of geographic data

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:12

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

A free workshop at University Centre Shrewsbury will highlight new opportunities for businesses created by a national move to make more geographic data available to the public.

The event on Tuesday 26 June 2018, organised by The Centre for Research into Environmental Science and Technology at University Centre Shrewsbury (CREST@UCS), will explore the benefits for businesses in using geospatial data.

As this becomes more accessible, the event, taking place from 9.30am to 2pm at Guildhall, marks one of the first steps in efforts to put Shropshire and the Marches at the forefront in leveraging the power of open geospatial data and tools and putting them to effective business use.

Geospatial data is any information that has a geographic aspect to it and includes co-ordinates, an address, city or post code as part of it. Examples can be as diverse as customer databases, census data, mapping data and satellite imagery.

In the last autumn budget, the Chancellor, the Rt Hon Philip Hammond, committed to open up the geospatial data held by public bodies and Ordnance Survey data in a way that has not been possible before.

This provides the chance, in particular, for digital technology businesses to enhance existing or develop new products, and for developers and creative entrepreneurs to develop a range of new business opportunities.

The event will be a hands-on workshop in the UCS computer lab.

Dr Andrew Miles, Lead Academic in Geographic Information Systems, said:

“The opening up of these resources by government is creating new and exciting prospects. We have some of the best geospatial data in the world and to have that made available from public bodies means there are lots of options for analysing and understanding data in a way we have never been able to do before.

“At the workshop this month, we’ll explore the open geospatial data sources and see what unfolds; it will be a great opportunity to bring like-minded individuals together.”

Jon Britten, CREST@UCS Project Manager, said this opened the doors for Shropshire and the Marches to make an impact in this arena:

“The CREST team is already working with businesses that have some amazing data products supporting environmental analysis. This workshop is part of a drive to build on that and develop the skills and knowledge needed for the future. CREST@UCS is positioning itself to be at the heart of this exciting digital economy, with Shropshire and the Marches becoming a leading area for geodata, and the workshop is the start of that strategy.”

Other steps in the drive include the opportunity to deliver a recently approved degree apprenticeship at UCS in Geospatial Mapping and Science, which is being explored by Jon and Vicki Ayton, a Business Development Manager at CREST@UCS.

As this is a hands-on workshop in the UCS computer lab, spaces are limited and attendees are recommended to register their interest early by emailing crest@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk.

CREST is based at Guildhall in Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, UCS’s learning and research base.

The £1.97 million centre has been created at the institution, in partnership with University Centre Reaseheath, after UCS was awarded a European Regional Development Fund grant of almost £1.2 million, via the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, with the University of Chester contributing around another £800,000.

The CREST@UCS team is working with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), in Shropshire, including the Telford and Wrekin area. Support is provided through research and specialist advice, and helping SMEs to develop innovative ideas and products before bringing them to market.

To find out more about CREST@UCS go to www.crestatucs.com.

Further information

CREST@UCS is receiving up to £1.2 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.

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Get informed, get involved, get heard: Whitchurch and Prees LJC on 20 June 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:54

The next Whitchurch and Prees Local Joint Committee (LJC) meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 20 June 2018 at Whitchurch Civic Centre, SY13 1AX.

Doors open at 6.30pm to enable people to come along and speak to their local councillors.

A representative from the local policing team will be in attendance to provide an update at the meeting on recent incidents or local crime trends. There will also be an update from the ambulance service relating to any recent incidents or developments.

There will be a representative from the Future Fit consultation team available to give a presentation, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

The Future Fit consultation is being led by NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG. They are the organisations that are responsible for buying and making decisions about healthcare services in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin on your behalf.

The public are invited to get involved, share their ideas and participate in the consultation.

Shropshire Council officers will be attending to give an update regarding the recent Parking Strategy consultation results, and parking in Whitchurch.

For further information please contact Belinda Doolan, community enablement officer, belinda.doolan@shropshire.gov.uk01743 252346.

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University Centre Shrewsbury passes benefits of recovery research on to Shrewsbury Town FC

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 09:34

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) is sharing new medical rehabilitation and therapy research technology and knowhow to help Shrewsbury Town Football Club (STFC) players recover after matches, training or an injury.

The technology is known as External Counter Pulsation (ECP), and has only recently and exclusively been used by a number of leading Premier League clubs.

Until a few years ago, ECP was only used to treat people with heart conditions (heart failure and coronary heart disease). John Buckley, Professor of Exercise Science at UCS, is now working with the Vascular Health Team at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in new clinical applications. New research has also, meanwhile, shown that ECP can help athletes recover, and Prof Buckley and STFC Physiotherapist Chris Skitt have started to collaborate.

The UCS research funding and ECP devices are provided through a partnership project sponsored by Renew® Health, an award-winning, connected health medtech company established in 2014 in Ireland which is committed to delivering exciting advanced health and wellbeing solutions.

Renew® ECP Therapy is administered while the individual is lying down. Inflatable cuffs (similar to blood pressure cuffs) are wrapped around the calves, thighs and hips. During treatment, the cuffs sequentially inflate and deflate in time with each heartbeat. The inflation of the cuffs squeezes blood from the lower legs up toward the heart, thus instantly boosting blood flow in and around the heart.

Prof Buckley said:

“The treatment boosts blood circulation throughout the whole body, while the heart is at rest in-between heartbeats. It enhances circulation, from lower legs back to the heart and around the body.

“For people with heart, lung, and vascular problems it’s like adding in a second heart to give the circulation a ‘boost’ in a similar way to exercise. For the athlete it’s like performing light cool-down exercise after a match or training combined with a sports massage, all at the same time. For the injured player, who cannot properly work-out, it helps them keep their circulation going while lying at rest.”

Shrewsbury Town FC Physiotherapist, Chris Skitt, said:

“We are pleased to be working with University Centre Shrewsbury to support their research and our players to recover after matches, training or injury.”

Mark Jones, Business Development Manager at Renew® Health, added:

“Ensuring the Shrewsbury Town players can maintain an intense level of training while minimising the risk of injury and overtraining is vital in any training programme.

“Renew® ECP has been clinically proven to enhance recovery and reduce fatigue following high intensity sessions to ensure the players perform at their best.”

For more information on how Renew® ECP Therapy works and where to receive treatment, visit www.renewtherapy.co.uk or email info@renewhealth.eu.

For further details about UCS go to www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk or STFC see www.shrewsburytown.com.

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University Centre Shrewsbury students step forward to support Flaxmill restoration work

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:18

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

Students from University Centre Shrewsbury (UCS) are playing a part in the regeneration of one of the town’s most iconic and the world’s most important historic buildings.

History undergraduates and postgraduates are volunteering their time to support the National Lottery-funded restoration of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings – known as ‘the grandparent of all skyscrapers’.

Second year Caitlin Osborne, third years Bethany Maddock and James Hingley, and postgraduate Zach Ploszay are carrying out research which will help to ensure that the public’s thoughts and ideas are at the forefront of its multi-million pound redevelopment.

University Centre Shrewsbury students Caitlin Osborne (on left) and Bethany Maddock at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

Derelict for decades, the Maltings’ Office and Stables, converted in recent years with funding received from the European Regional Development Fund, are now an interactive visitor and education centre, run by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings. A partnership led by site owners Historic England is now restoring the 1797 Grade I listed Main Mill and Grade II listed 1898 Kiln thanks to £20.7 million from the National Lottery. The refurbishment will include the creation of a new interpretation and learning space and café on the ground floor of the Main Mill; space for commercial use on the upper floors; and improved accessibility across the site.

The Flaxmill Maltings are currently open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The UCS students talked to visitors on Saturday (9 June 2018), and will be again on Saturday 23 June 2018. They are gaining people’s views on what they would like to see in the new interpretation and learning spaces, including their feedback on the current displays, and which aspects of the stories and themes they find most appealing.

Tom Williams, History and Archaeology Lecturer at UCS, said:

“We are thrilled to be able to contribute in a small way to the work to save and restore this remarkable piece of the industrial revolution.

“Hands-on experience such as this is an integral part of courses at UCS. It is important that we go outside our learning and research centre and contribute to local projects. Our history and heritage degrees blend theory and practice, with opportunities to participate in research projects with real life outputs, in this case helping to ensure that the Flaxmill is a place that everyone can be proud to live, work and play in.”

Student Caitlin Osborne said:

“It’s great to talk to visitors to gain their views on the Flaxmill. The redevelopment work is bringing such an important building back to life – and by getting involved in such research we can bring our studies to life.”

Alan Mosley, Chair of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, said:

“Our centre has proved popular with local people and visitors to the area alike since its opening in late 2015.

“We are now working closely with the expert consultants at Headland Design Associates and making great progress in planning a wonderful exhibition/interpretation centre, which we will manage, and café on the ground floors of the Main Mill and Kiln.

“The survey work by UCS students will be invaluable in ensuring that the finished product reflects both what the public want and the international importance of the first iron framed building in the world.”

Alastair Godfrey, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Project Lead, Historic England said:

“It’s fantastic that University Centre Shrewsbury and its students are supporting the project to restore the Flaxmill.

“Firstly, working with local organisations is crucial to the success of this project and this is a great example of how these local partnerships are helping to shape the future of this world-class building. It is also giving young people skills and experience through our Heritage Skills programme, funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which we hope will support the students’ studies and employment prospects. We look forward to seeing the results of this valuable work and we thank the students and UCS for their involvement.”

For further information on UCS, go to: www.ucshrewsbury.ac.uk, www.facebook.com/ucshrewsbury, www.twitter.com/ucshrewsbury, call 01743 297185 or email enquiries@ucshrewsbury.ac.uk.

More details on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings are available at: www.historicengland.org.uk/flaxmill.

Further information about Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

The Stage 2 project at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, which has received National Lottery funding of £20.7million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will restore the Grade I listed Main Mill – the first cast-iron framed building in the world and forerunner to the modern skyscraper, and the Grade II listed Kiln along with landscaping and a new car park. When complete there will be visitor interpretation and activity on the ground floor which will be managed by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, as well as a café. The upper four floors of the Mill will provide commercial office space. A programme of activities will be available during construction with training opportunities and chances for the local community to get involved.

Work began on 19 June 2017, carried out by Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, who are responsible for structural repairs to the Main Mill and reintroducing windows that were closed during the Maltings phase. This will flood the building with natural light. The works should be complete by the end of 2018 when work will start to repair the Kiln, fit out the buildings and complete all associated landscaping work and the car park. The works will be completed in 2021, when the restored spaces will be open to the public.

The Flax Mill was built in 1797 and was the largest employer in Shrewsbury. The flax business declined in the 1870s and the Mill closed in 1886. The site was converted into a Maltings in 1897-8, when the Kiln was added. After being used as a temporary barracks during the Second World War, the site resumed as a Maltings until its closure in 1987. These works will transform and open the site back up for local people, visitors and local businesses.

About Historic England

Historic England is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places. The organisation looks after the historic environment, provides expert advice about it, helping people protect and care for it, and helping the public understand and enjoy it.

Historic England, which took over the site in 2005, and its partners Shropshire Council and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are building on the success of the Stage 1 project, which created a visitor centre (opened late 2015) within the Office and Stables, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and have secured funding to cover the Stage 2 project which is due to open to the public in 2021.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. For further information go to www.hlf.org.uk, www.twitter.com/heritagelottery, www.facebook.com/heritagelotteryfund or www.instagram.com/heritahgelotteryfund and use #HLFsupported and #NationalLottery.

About the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation was set up by Andrew in 1992 to promote the arts, culture and heritage for the public benefit; since inception Andrew has been the principal provider of funding for all its charitable activities. In 2010, the Foundation embarked on an active grant giving programme and has now awarded grants of more than £18m to support high quality training and personal development as well as other projects that make a real difference to enrich the quality of life both for individuals and within local communities. Significant grants include £3.5m to Arts Educational Schools, London, to create a state-of-the-art professional theatre, £2.4m to The Music in Secondary Schools Trust, £1m to The Architectural Heritage Fund, $1.3m to the American Theatre Wing and more than £300,000 annually to fund 30 performing arts scholarships for talented students in financial need.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has awarded a grant of £95,447 towards Historic England’s Heritage Skills Programme. For more details contact Truda Spruyt, Four Colman Getty, at truda.spruyt@fourcolmangetty.com or on 020 3697 4248. 

About the European Regional Development Fund

The Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-fu….

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