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Shrewsbury’s new Disney Store now open in the Darwin Centre

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 10/23/2018 - 09:53

Disney Store opened its new pop-up shop in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre last Saturday (20 October 2018) with hundreds of shoppers of all ages visiting the store since it opened its doors.

Located on the upper level of the centre, the store opened its doors at 3pm on Saturday.

The new store is a ‘one-stop’ shopping destination for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars gifts perfect for all ages, across fashion, accessories, toys, homeware, collectibles and more.

To celebrate the opening, Disney and the Darwin Centre will be holding competitions for the chance to win an array of Disney Store prizes on the centre’s Facebook and twitter channels – http://www.facebook.com/shrewsburyshopping and www.twitter.com/shop_shrewsbury.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“We’re delighted that the Disney Store is now open and thrilled that is been so well received and so warmly welcomed.

“We had a fantastic and positive response on social media to the news that the Disney Store was to open, and it’s brilliant that people have turned out in such large numbers to visit the store since its opening.

“Customers told us that they would love to see a Disney store in the centre, so we’re delighted that we’ve been able to help make this a reality. We’re certain that Disney will be a popular and successful addition to the Darwin Centre and we wish them every success.”

Graham Burridge, Managing Director, Disney Store Europe, said:

“We’re delighted to open a pop-up Disney Store at The Darwin Centre. Guests will find exclusive Mickey Mouse products and our seasonal ranges as well as all things Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars.

“Disney Store remains the number one destination for families and gift-givers and we look forward to welcoming Shrewsbury guests in store over the coming weeks and months.”

For more informationabout the Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres,  visit www.shrewsbury-shopping.co.uk.

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News from our partners: Environment Agency advice for Bonfire Night event organisers

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 14:17

News from our partners Environment Agency

If your Bonfire Night (Monday 5 November 2018, or preceding weekend) plans include an actual bonfire, we are asking people planning these events to check that what they are proposing to burn is suitable in order to minimise pollution and reduce the risk of waste being disposed of inappropriately.

It is illegal to burn many types of wastes – setting fire to treated wood, plastics, tyres, rubber and oil can both pollute the environment and harm human health.

We would like to take this opportunity to ask organisers to be vigilant and carry out the following:

  • Keep your location secure so others cannot add unsuitable waste material to the bonfire pile;
  • Ensure that only materials such as untreated wood and branches are burnt. Make sure you know where the material has come from and that it is in line with the guidance available;
  • We advise that you view the material at the place of origin before it is imported to your site, to reduce the risk of any issues arising.

If we suspect inappropriate or unsuitable wastes are to be burnt at an event, or there is a potential for significant harm to the environment, we can issue a STOP notice which can require adjustments to be made or prevent an event from taking place.

Obviously we want people to enjoy these events and don’t want to prevent them from occurring, but we need to consider the environmental impact these events can have.

We hope that this advice is helpful and that the event is a success. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this further, please contact our Customers and Engagement team on the details below:-

Sentinel House, 9 Wellington Crescent, Fradley Park, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8RR Customer services line: 03708 506 506 Email: enquiries_westmids@environment-agency.gov.uk   www.gov.uk/environment-agency

 

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News from our partners: MIPIM – value of Midlands UK meetings with investors doubles to £5.7 billion

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:14

News from our partners West Midlands Growth Company

The Midlands UK delegation at global property and real estate show MIPIM 2018 (Cannes, 13–16 March) attended £5.7 billion worth of face-to-face meetings with potential investors and partners during the event – an increase of 104% on the previous year.

MIPIM 2018 in Cannes

Senior private and public sector leaders from across the region took part in nearly 1,000 meetings with international investors, asset managers and venture capitalists throughout the event in March, up from 850 meetings in 2017. The monetary value of the projects discussed at the meetings more than doubled from the previous year (£2.8 billion), meaning that delegates were able to present even more investment and partnership opportunities from the Midlands.

MIPIM provides an opportunity for the region’s public and private sector leaders to showcase their most important regeneration and development schemes to more than 26,000 delegates from 100 different countries. Attendees include investors, financial institutions, developers, the property industry and the media.

To date, 44 partners have signed up to attend MIPIM 2019 as part of the Midlands UK delegation – including platinum partners Court Collaboration, Berkeley St Joseph and Birmingham Airport.

Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, said: 

“MIPIM is hugely important for the Midlands as it helps our partners to attract investment, generate jobs and stimulate economic growth. We can use MIPIM as a platform to present the region’s most important development schemes to thousands of delegates in just four days. With potential investors located across all parts of the world, face-to-face meetings at MIPIM provide a rare opportunity to engage directly with this valuable audience.

“MIPIM has historically proved to be highly successful for both the public and private sectors – demonstrating how collaboration can help to secure investment and profile for the Midlands and its ongoing transformation.”

In addition to face-to-face meetings, the Midlands UK pavilion at MIPIM 2018 hosted more than 50 events, ranging from panel discussions to keynote addresses. The events showcased schemes totalling £11 billion – including the Southern Manufacturing Sector at MIRA Technology Park in Warwickshire, the Derby-Nottingham Metro Strategy, and Birmingham’s Peddimore scheme.

Midlands UK brought its largest ever delegation to MIPIM 2018, comprising more than 300 representatives from industry and the public sector. The number of commercial partners at MIPIM 2018 also increased to 68, from 45 in 2017.

MIPIM 2019 will once again bring together organisations from around the Midlands to showcase the major investment opportunities the region has to offer.

Simon Richards, Acting Managing Director of Birmingham Airport, said:

“MIPIM 2019 sees our combined West and East Midland regions coming together for another year to demonstrate collaboration and showcase the growth since 2018, connecting our leaders, businesses and people.

“Birmingham Airport is proud to be a partner for another year at MIPIM supporting and investing into our region’s economy further.”

Adam Williams, Group Business Development Director of Pegasus Group, commented:

“Pegasus Group is delighted to support Midlands UK in 2019.

“The exciting commercial development projects presented by Midlands UK in 2018 allowed us to further understand the fantastic opportunities in the region and how we can support them. Combined with this, it was great to meet with existing clients and build relationships with new contacts.

“Pegasus Group has offices in both East and West Midlands and it is important that both regions come together at MIPIM so we can use the opportunities to drive business growth for the entire Midlands region.”

MIPIM 2019 will be the third year in which the West Midlands Growth Company has co-ordinated Midlands UK’s presence at the event. To find out about becoming a partner for MIPIM 2019, please email mipim@wmgrowth.com.

Further information

Midlands Engine

  • The Government is committed to making the Midlands an Engine for Growth in the UK, increasing economic growth and improving the quality of life for everyone. The Midlands is home to over 10 million people and over 800,000 large and small businesses. Its economy is worth nearly £220,000 billion.
  • So far the Government has awarded £1.9 billion in three rounds of Growth Deals across the Midlands.
  • 8 Enterprise Zones have been established in the Midlands Engine since 2012, and 3 zones have been extended. By March 2016 these had attracted almost £1 billion of private investment, and created 85 new businesses and 7,291 jobs.

West Midlands Growth Company

West Midlands Growth Company helps the region make its mark nationally and internationally. Its primary purpose is to attract investment, jobs, visitors and businesses to the West Midlands.

It is committed to promoting the area as a leading place to invest, do business and visit, working in partnership with Local Enterprise Partnerships, councils, Growth Hubs, universities, Chambers of Commerce and hundreds of local businesses.

The West Midlands Growth Company plays an important role in supporting the delivery of the West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) Strategic Economic Plan. Its focus is on the WMCA geography of Greater Birmingham and Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire, and the Black Country. 

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Help name Shropshire’s gritters – voting now open!

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:12

Forty-eight names have been shortlisted in a competition to find names for Shropshire’s gritters.

Click here to vote in our online poll.

At the start of October we asked people to suggest names for the 25 vehicles in the Shropshire Highways fleet. We had a brilliant response, with more than 500 suggestions made.

One of the gritters has been named after four-year-old Broseley boy Zac Oliver, leaving 24 names still to be chosen.

Our ‘panel of experts’ have considered all of the suggested names and have drawn up a shortlist of the 48 best or most popular names. And yes, Gritty McGritface is on the list!

Now people can vote their favourites to help decide the final 24 names.

How to vote

Click here to vote in our online poll.

The 48 names have been randomly placed into six groups of eight names. We simply want you to vote for up to four in each group.

The four most popular names in each group – 24 names in total – will then be given to our gritters before they hit the roads this winter.

Voting ends at 9am on Friday 26 October, with the winning names announced later that day.

So, it’s over to you!

The shortlisted names, listed by group, are:

Group 1

  • Gritter Garbo
  • Gritty Gritty Bang Bang
  • Spready Salted
  • Salty
  • Grit the Road Jack
  • Thor
  • Wilfred Snowen
  • Gritzilla

Group 2

  • Charlie Desmond*
  • Chairman Plough
  • Rocksalt N Roll
  • Eartha Grit
  • Harry Potter the Ice Stopper
  • Grit Expectations
  • Frosty the Snow Van
  • Salt Disney

Group 3

  • Snow Patrol
  • David Plowie
  • Rudolph
  • El Gritterino
  • Camilla Ice
  • Gritney Spears
  • Jack Edwards**
  • Bob

Group 4

  • Usain Salt
  • Blizzard Wizard
  • Rule Gritannia
  • Snowel Edmonds
  • Brad Grit
  • Gritty Mcgritface
  • Nicole Saltslinger
  • Snowy

Group 5

  • Ready Spready Go
  • Basil Salty
  • Jack Frost
  • Phillip Snowfield
  • Gertrude
  • Nitty Gritty
  • Gritti Politti
  • Olaf

Group 6

  • Spready Mercury
  • Walter the Salter
  • Elsa
  • Grittersaurus Rex
  • Frosty
  • Captain Grit
  • Shrew Grit
  • Slushy

Click here to vote in our online poll.

*Charlie Desmond suffered from muscular dystrophy and passed away three years ago at the age of 15. In his nomination he was described as ‘such a brave boy’.

**Jack Edwards from Cleobury Mortimer passed away two years ago after a battle with leukaemia. In his nomination he was described as ‘an inspiration to the local community’.

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Parents urged to protect their child with free flu vaccination as winter sets in

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:39

As winter sets in and coughs and colds begin to circulate, parents and carers across Shropshire are being advised to check their child is eligible for the flu vaccine.

The reminder is being issued by Shropshire Council’s public health team and Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, as part of this year’s national Help Us Help You Stay Well this Winter campaign.

Help Us, Help You flu campaign

For most children, the flu vaccine is not usually an injection, just a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and children in reception and school Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 receive it in school, meaning all children aged 2-9 can be vaccinated.

If you have a child in school who is of the eligible age (reception to Year 5), make sure you sign the consent form allowing them to have the flu vaccine at school. Even if your child was immunised against flu last year, it is important to get the vaccine again this year as viruses can change over time.

Flu can be horrible for little children so it is important to protect them from becoming unwell. The flu vaccine will help protect your child from flu and also reduce the chance of it spreading on to others. Children are also ‘super-spreaders’ of flu and vaccinating them can protect more vulnerable members of the family and the wider community.

Reasons to vaccinate your child

Children who get flu have the same symptoms as adults – including fever, chills, aching muscles, headache, stuffy nose, dry cough and sore throat. Some children develop a very high fever or complications of flu such bronchitis or pneumonia and may need hospital treatment.

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

“Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children, which can often last several days.

“If you have children aged 2 to 9, don’t put off taking them for their free flu vaccination, go and get them vaccinated now, and look forward to a happy and healthy flu free Christmas.”

Dr Julian Povey, Chair of NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“The children’s flu vaccine is the best possible protection against the flu virus. Offered as a yearly nasal spray, it is quick, painless, and works even better in children than the injected flu vaccine with fewer side effects.

“Vaccinating children also helps to protect other members of the community who are vulnerable to flu – for example, older people, babies, and pregnant women.”

Laura, mum of Lily Pell aged two, said:

“The nasal spray was very quick, Lily hardly noticed as she was too interested in wanting her sticker. She got more upset when she had to leave as she wanted to stay to get more stickers!”

Lily receiving her nasal spray.

Flu can be very serious in children and adults with an underlying health condition. Make sure you get your free vaccine before the end of November 2018. Visit your GP or local pharmacy today to find out more.

For more information about the flu vaccination visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine

You can also read the Protecting your child against flu leaflet by clicking here.

Further information

In areas where the flu vaccine was piloted amongst primary school age children, there was a 94% reduction in GP influenza-like illness consultation rates; 74% reduction in A&E respiratory attendances, and 93% reduction in hospital admissions due to confirmed influenza in primary school children8

In the pilot areas, GP ‘influenza like illness’ consultation rates for adults were 59% lower compared to non-pilot areas. This means that vaccinating children not only directly protects them, it also indirectly protects adults by reducing the spread of the virus in the community.

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News from our partners: Constructive conversation with officials from the Indian Consulate

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 11:05

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

The Chief Executive of the Trust which runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals met with officials from the Indian Consulate in Birmingham yesterday (Thursday 18 October 2018) to explore ways of preventing an overnight closure of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

Simon Wright, from The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), attended the meeting along with Telford & Wrekin Council leader Councillor Shaun Davies to ask the Consul General of India in Birmingham, Dr Aman Puri, if they are able to help provide any staff from India.

Simon said:

“We had a constructive conversation with the Dr Aman Puri whereby we asked for help in urgently attracting Middle Grade A&E Doctors to come and work at SaTH.

“We outlined the opportunities available for Middle Grade A&E Doctors from India, such as free accommodation, financial support for a return flight home in the first 12 months and a personal development allowance, and he said would work with us to promote the Trust in India.

“What we all want is to keep both Emergency Departments open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, and we will continue to explore every avenue possible. We are grateful for all the help and support we’re receiving from Telford & Wrekin Council and from all our local politicians. It’s really heartening to see what can be achieved through pooling ideas and working together.”

The meeting with the Indian Consulate is the latest move as officials from SaTH look at ways of avoiding the potential overnight closure of A&E at PRH.

The department currently remains open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. However, the Board of the Trust has agreed that the A&E could close between 8pm and 8am because of staff shortages that are impacting on patient safety.

If the recruitment of additional staff is not possible and an overnight closure becomes unavoidable, it would not happen until sometime in November.

Clinicians at SaTH believe that both A&E Departments – at PRH and at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) – could be maintained in the short-term if the Trust had:

  • An absolute minimum of seven additional levels Middle Grade Doctors – taking staffing levels up from 11 to 18.
  • An absolute minimum of 15 more Registered A&E Nurses.

However, that would only address the immediate problems, with a longer-term solution still needed.

In the meantime, SaTH is continuing to work closely with MPs, councillors and other partners to try to avoid the overnight closure, or to reduce any impact as much as possible should it become necessary.

SaTH is continuing in its efforts to recruit more staff to its A&Es. Recruitment attempts include:

  • SaTH has appointed three new A&E consultants – a net increase of two substantive A&E consultants.
  • Consultant posts advertised six times in the last 12 months.
  • Middle Grade posts advertised nine times in the last 12 months.
  • Recruitment of registered nurses, including open days and recruitment events run as a ‘one stop’ event with interviews and assessments on the same day.
  • ED has also invested in specific nursing campaign which ran throughout May 2018 via the RCN and Nursing Times. In the last 12 months, 21 appointments have been made.

Latest recruitment successes include:

  • 22 new Consultants have joined SaTH across the specialities since the beginning of the year.
  • Funding has been secured for 30 additional Junior Doctors over the next two years.
  • 32 newly qualified Staff Nurses joined the Trust in September, and a further 23 have been offered jobs.
  • More than 100 Staff Nurses have joined SaTH across the specialities since the beginning of the year.
  • More than 30 Student Nurses have been offered ‘Golden Tickets’, meaning they are guaranteed a job following graduation.

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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News from our partners: Celebrating new broadband technology in Caynham

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:40

News from our partners Airband

Internet service provider Airband hosted an event at Caynham village hall on Wednesday (17 October 2018) to mark the successful launch of RuralOptic – its pioneering new broadband technology, designed for rural areas.

The Caynham event

Residents of the village and project stakeholders were invited to an afternoon tea event at Caynham village hall, to enjoy tea and cakes and find out more about the innovative new broadband technology.

The village hall itself now has free Wifi, as part of Airband’s ongoing commitment to empowering rural communities and connecting community hubs within its project areas.

Councillor Nic Laurens at Caynham

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

“I’d like to say thank you to Airband and the people of Caynham for inviting me along to celebrate the arrival of superfast broadband in the village, and making me feel so welcome. Shropshire Council invests a lot of money and effort working to improve access to superfast broadband, and it’s nice to take time out to celebrate its arrival in such a picturesque part of the county.”

Airband launched Rural Optic in summer 2018 – a service which is capable of delivering broadband speeds of 100mbps and more to consumers.

Sandra Langdon, the first person in Caynham village to be connected via the new technology, said she was delighted with the service:-

“It’s a lot faster than I was getting with BT. And when I’m streaming it has made a big difference.”

Rural broadband specialist Airband has been working with Connecting Shropshire on a number of projects to boost broadband connectivity in the region.

Progress is going well creating a robust network infrastructure. Airband’s first transmitter site went live in December 2017, and it now has 27 transmitter sites live across Shropshire – with a further 50 transmitter sites in planning/construction.

This means that superfast broadband is already available to more than 6,000 premises. A further 4,000 premises will come live in the next six months.

Following the successful trials of RuralOptic at Caynham, Airband is shortly to be announced as a delivery partner for Herefordshire Council, deploying a RuralOptic network to deliver FTTP broadband connectivity to rural clusters in Ellesmere and Oswestry.

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Let’s talk history – Local history day returns to Shirehall

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 16:58

Saturday 20 October 2018 will see the return of the popular Local History Day, organised by Shropshire Archives of Shropshire Council.

The free event is being held at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury from 10:30am to 4:00pm.

Unveiling of War Memorial, Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, 1919

A wide variety of local history groups from across the county will be present with stalls and displays showcasing their research and interests.

As well as updates from Shropshire Archives and the Victoria County History of Shropshire, there are talks throughout the day. These will examine the uniform of a First World War infantryman; describe the experiences of the women from Shropshire who worked in the munitions; explore the remains from the First World War as they appear on the Historic Environment Record; and uncover the stories behind the Myddle War Memorial.

In addition, the keynote speaker, Helen McPhail, will talk about Wilfred Owen’s Shrewsbury, with her recently published book of the same name available for purchase.

This year it forms part of the Heritage Lottery Fund funded Wilfred Owen 100: Shropshire Remembers project.

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

“This event promises to be a wonderful opportunity to discover all about the heritage of our county, and especially, in this centenary year of his death, to hear about Wilfred Owen’s links with Shrewsbury.”

Free parking and tea and coffee available all day.

For more details of the Local History Day contact archives@shropshire.gov.uk  and see www.shropshirearchives.org.uk.

For more details of the programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the death of Wilfred Owen, see www.shropshireremembers.org.uk.

 

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News from our partners: Oswestry residents group continues to flourish and grow

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 13:58

News from our partners Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing (STAR Housing)

The Trees Residents Group is celebrating a string of recent successes in their Oswestry community.

The group first met in August 2016 after forming a partnership with STAR Housing to try and tackle the issues that had been affecting their community.

Trees Estate Residents Group, Oswestry

Amongst a growing list of improvements made within the community, the group have managed to install a grit bin and replace old and damaged bins on Chestnut Avenue. This is following early 2018 poor weather, and the damage done to the bins already in the area by acts of anti-social behaviour.

Local drugs problems that were concerning residents are beginning to reduce, with anti-social behaviour also on the decline: this is in no small part down to the residents group working alongside partners such as STAR Housing and West Mercia Police.

The group have also addressed parking problems in the area, particularly the parking on the pavement on College Road which was leaving residents inconvenienced and disgruntled.

The partnership between The Trees Residents Group and STAR Housing is regularly publicised by the STAR Housing Facebook page, which receives an average of 243 visits in a 36-hour time period.

STAR Housing’s Neighbourhoods Manager Martin Whitelegg has praised the ongoing efforts of the residents group:

“The Trees Residents Group are a prime example of how resident involvement can vastly improve our communities, and we encourage our other communities to follow their lead.”

The Trees estate consists of Fir Grove, Beech Grove, Hazel Grove, Lilac Grove, Hawthorn Grove, Pine Grove, Lime Grove, Chestnut Avenue, Maple Avenue, Laburnum Drive, Cherry Tree Drive, College Road, Holy Green and Sycamore Drive.

For more information about community involvement, residents groups near you or help with setting up your own, please visit http://www.starhousing.org.uk/community-and-involvement or call us on 01743 210205.      

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Free Halloween activities for children in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 12:11

Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre is staging two free Halloween events for children of all ages later this month.

Pumpkin carving workshops are being run on Tuesday 30 October 2018 from 11am to 2pm, with a ‘Trek n Treat’ Halloween parade on Wednesday 31 October 2018 from 3pm.


Join Maggie Love and her team between 11am and 2pm to learn how to turn your pumpkin into a monster masterpiece in these free pumpkin carving workshops.

The workshops will take place on the middle level between Poundland and Masserella and children of all ages are welcome.

There will be 100 free pumpkins for children to perfect their skills on, though those planning on arriving later in the day are advised to bring their own pumpkin to ensure they can join in.

Children can also enjoy free spooky chocolate lollipops from Toot Sweets throughout the event.

 

Children can get dressed in their best Halloween fancy dress and join the Trek ‘n’ Treat Parade, collecting sweet treats from stores at the Darwin and Pride Hill shopping centres along the way! 

Meet in the store next to Poundland at 3pm to begin the trek around the centres. There will be prizes for the best fancy dress.

For more information, visit www.shrewsbury-shopping.co.uk/whats_on/.

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Outdoor Partnerships team and volunteers recognised with special award

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:52

Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnerships team and two local volunteer groups have been presented a special award by Oswestry Civic Society.

The award recognises the Outdoor Partnerships team’s collaborative work with volunteer groups to improve and maintain footpaths in the local area.

From left – Mark Leather (Trefonen & Treflach P3 Group), Richard Knight (Shropshire Council’s Countryside Maintenance Manager), Peter Carr (Oswestry Ramblers Association P3 Group), Saffron Rainey (Chair Oswestry Civic Society), Artie Edmonds (Trefonen & Treflach P3 Group)

The presentation was made by the chair of Oswestry Civic Society, Saffron Rainey, who said:

“This year you are amongst those chosen to be recognised for your improvements and upkeep to our local pathways.”

The award is shared between the Outdoor Partnerships maintenance team, Oswestry Ramblers Association Parish Paths Partnership Group and The Trefonen & Treflach Parish Paths Partnership Group.

Richard Knight, countryside maintenance manager for Shropshire Council, said:

“Shropshire Council staff and the two volunteer groups have been working hard to maintain and improve the public rights of way in Oswestry for many years now; and it is important that the volunteers and staff are recognised for their efforts.

“Over the last 2 ½ years the two local volunteer groups have achieved over 1,400 hours of work to improve and maintain their local routes, with support from Shropshire Council staff.  It is great that Oswestry Civic Society have recognised this effort and we are delighted to receive this award.”

The ongoing project to maintain and improve public rights of way is part of a countywide effort from over 60 volunteer groups that have achieved over 10,000 volunteer hours per year.

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

“Our Outdoor Partnerships team work with a wide range of volunteers under the Parish Paths Partnership scheme where, with officer support, volunteers are trained, supported and resourced to help us maintain our fantastic network of paths.

“Without them, Shropshire Council’s job of maintaining this resource would be significantly more difficult, so on behalf of everyone in our team, I’d like to say a huge thank you.”

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnerships team or going out for a taster session with existing volunteers please contact the team on  01743 255957 or email outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk. Alternatively, you can visit the website.

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Appeal for bells to ring out to mark Armistice centenary

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:28

The Government has put out an appeal for bells across the country to ring out at 12.30pm on Sunday 11 November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice which signalled the end of the First World War.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) wants bells – of any sort and in any location – across Shropshire and across the country – to join in to mark this historic occasion.

This will be a symbolic way to give thanks for the end of war 100 years ago and will replicate the national outpouring of relief that took place at the end of the war as news of the Armistice filtered through, and bells which had long been silent rang out.

Bells ringing out at 12.30pm will help mark the shift in emphasis from Remembrance in the morning to thanksgiving in the afternoon for the end of war and for peace. This will coincide with the start of the People’s Procession, as 10,000 members of the public march past the Cenotaph in London in a nation’s ‘thank you’.

The DCMS would be interested in hearing about any bell ringing plans to mark this historic occasion and have developed a webmap so that people can quickly and easily add their bell ringing and Armistice day events. Go to https://armistice100.org.uk/events/.

 

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Applications going to Central planning committee on 25 October 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:14

The following planning applications will be considered by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 25 October 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.

  • Caterpillar Defence, Perkins Engines, Lancaster Road, Shrewsbury (16/04559/OUT) Outline application (access for consideration) for residential development (up to 140 dwellings) including demolition of building 1; formation of access roads and associated highways, engineering and accommodation works (revised scheme).
  • Proposed residential development land to the north of Betley Lane, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury (18/02747/OUT) Outline application for residential development for up to 2No. dwellings with retention of access.
  • 1 Monday Town, Westbury, Shrewsbury (18/02962/FUL) Erection of replacement dwelling; installation of package treatment plant.
  • Proposed dwelling north of Top Farm, Kinton, Shrewsbury (18/03967/REM) Approval of Reserved Matters (access, appearance, layout, scale, landscaping) pursuant to Outline application 13/05065/OUT for the erection of dwelling including re-aligned agricultural access and removal of agricultural shed.

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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Pop-in shop will showcase independent traders in Shropshire

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:20

Shoppers are being urged to drop into a new pop-in shop in Shrewsbury that will be showcasing some of the county’s independent traders and crafters.

Food, gifts, art and jewellery will be on sale in the shop that will be open in the Darwin Shopping Centre for a week from Tuesday 23 October 2018 to Saturday 27 October 2018.

Independent traders pop-in shop

The shop is a joint initiative between the Marches Growth Hub and Buy From Shropshire, working with the Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centres to give a helping hand to new and smaller traders and help them reach new markets.

Taking part in the initiative are Meg Hawkins Art with her greeting cards and prints; hand-made jewellery and wooden artefact maker Danielle Flowers; Amanda Hillier Printmaking, with Shropshire-inspired prints and artwork; and Skilton’s Artwork, which offers bespoke and personalised cards and stationery.

They will be joined by chocolatiers Chocolicious, MIST Jewellery, Cordelia’s House of Treasures, and Planet Doughnut.

Independent traders pop-in shop

Emma Chapman, of the Marches Growth Hub Shropshire, said:

“This pop-in shop promises to offer shoppers a chance to find some individual and unique gift ideas that they wouldn’t normally find on the high street.

“We hope people will be inspired by what’s on offer at the shop and support these businesses. It’s also an ideal opportunity to buy some special gifts for Christmas from local Shropshire traders.”

The shop will be located on the top level of the Darwin Shopping Centre opposite Marks & Spencer and will be open from 9am to 5.30pm.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury Shopping Centres Manager, added:

“The pop-in shop will be a great addition to the shopping centre. We will be encouraging our visitors to head down to the store, meet the traders and find out more about some of these businesses that they might not ordinarily have discovered.”

 

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Shropshire’s integrated community services team nominated in Social Worker of The Year Awards

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:52

A community team from Shropshire has been selected as a finalist in the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2018 as a result of their outstanding work with vulnerable adults.

Shropshire’s Integrated Community Services (ICS) team has been nominated for the Team of the Year. The team is one of 93 finalists across 16 categories, and the winners from each category will compete against each other to be named the ‘Overall Social Worker of the Year 2018’.

Integrated Community Services team

ICS is jointly run by Shropshire Council and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. The service provides short-term support for patients who are ready to leave hospital. This involves a team of carers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists working with the person to help them regain their skills and independence. This will usually be in their own home or as close to home as possible. ICS teams also work closely with partner organisations to identify people who need support to avoid an admission to hospital in the first place. The team of almost 70 provides a ‘Discharge to Assess’ and ‘Admission Avoidance’ service to two acute hospitals, five community hospitals and in community settings.

Its strengths-based philosophy means team members seek to reable and maximise independence whilst adhering to an underlying principle that an individual’s own bed is better than a hospital bed.

Early in 2017 Shropshire Council was set extremely rigorous performance targets by the Department of Health and was required to improve its DTOC performance by 60% by September 2017. By collectively implementing innovative measures, ICS significantly exceeded its target, by, achieving a 75% improvement by September 2017 and a 97% reduction in delayed transfers of care between May 2017 and May 2018.

Jon Richards, Head of Local Government at award sponsor UNISON, said:

“This award recognises the best work in adult services and a team which consistently goes above and beyond to make a positive difference to the lives of the people it supports. All teams named as finalists should be very proud of their achievements.”

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

“I am absolutely delighted to hear that our ICS team have been shortlisted for Social Worker of the Year Awards. The team work extremely hard to support people to be discharged from hospital as soon as they are well, and help people avoid hospital admissions. This year their efforts have paid off in that we exceeded the target that had been set nationally for us achieving a 97% reduction in delayed transfers of care.”

Tanya Miles, Shropshire Council’s head of adult social care, added:-

“ICS has had a remarkable year of growth, innovation and achievement, working in a unique environment of intense scrutiny and expectation. The team has responded to this pressure effectively, efficiently and with commendable good spirit, achieving all that has been asked of it and more. This has resulted in their performance being identified as one of the most improved nationally for DTOC targets.

“The team has worked hard to develop excellent relationships with partners in health, voluntary and private sectors, resulting in an unprecedented confidence in hospital social work. It has a strong social care identity and ethos with an approach of collaboration, innovation, exploration and above all, tenacity.

“Every member of the team is highly motivated and committed. Their compassion and values are evident daily. I am extraordinarily proud of their achievements and wish them all the very best in the finals.”

Steve Gregory, Executive Director of Nursing and Operations at Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, said:-

“The team have been working hard over the past few years to make a difference in people’s lives in Shropshire. Those in the team have clearly shown that social and health care service can work together in a joined up way, especially when they share the same values.

“I am delighted that the team have been recognised for their commitment and flexible approach to enabling people to stay at home or return home as soon as possible.”

The Social Worker of the Year Awards ceremony is the leading celebration of its kind in the social care sector, and recognises the achievements and successes of the profession’s most innovative and dedicated social workers. Winners will be announced at an award ceremony in November 2018.

For more information about the awards please see www.socialworkawards.com.

Further information

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are supported by Headline Sponsor Sanctuary Social Care; Corporate Partner the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), media partner The Guardian, and individual category supporters, Barnardo’s, UNISON, Servelec HSC, Children’s Social Work Matters and the London Borough of Lambeth. The awards are also supported by the local authorities of North Lincolnshire, Bradford, Devon, Kent, Sunderland, Hampshire and Essex (in partnership with Capita) as well as the Tees Valley Local Authority Child and Adult Services – a partnership between the local authorities of Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

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Pregnant women urged to take up free flu vaccine

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 16:33

Health teams in Shropshire are reminding pregnant women across the county to protect their health this winter by having their free flu vaccine.

Flu jab campaign – pregnant women

All pregnant women are recommended to receive the flu vaccine which can be given at any stage of pregnancy.  Immunisation is safe for both mother and baby, and can also protect your baby for the first few months after birth.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. Vaccination against flu reduces these risks. Serious complications of flu include pneumonia, septic shock (a severe and life-threatening infection of the whole body), meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

You can get vaccinated at any point during your pregnancy, however fit and healthy you might feel.

Benefits of the flu vaccine

Flu vaccination in pregnancy also means that flu antibodies are transferred through the placenta to the baby. This gives the baby some protection against flu for the first few months of life.

Studies have also shown that women who have been vaccinated against flu are less likely to give birth prematurely, and less likely to have a low-birthweight baby. The vaccine is also inactivated, so cannot cause flu itself.

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

“The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel.

“If you are pregnant (or know someone that is) and haven’t yet had your flu jab, please speak to your midwife, GP or pharmacist to arrange an appointment as soon as possible.  Not only will you be protecting yourself but the health of your baby.”

Dr Julian Povey Chair of NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Dr Jo Leahy, Chair of NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said:

“We would urge anyone who is pregnant to get the flu vaccination. During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system naturally weakens to ensure that the pregnancy is successful. As a result, pregnant women have a higher chance of developing complications if they get flu, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy, such as bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia.

“It’s safe during any stage in pregnancy, from the first few weeks through to the woman’s due date and doesn’t carry any risks for mother or baby. Women who have had the flu vaccine while pregnant also pass some protection on to their babies, which lasts for the first few months of their lives.”

Aside from having your flu vaccine, the best way to prevent the spread of flu is to practice good hand hygiene. Catch coughs and sneezes in a tissue, throw the tissue away and wash your hands. If you think you have flu, stay home and rest until you feel better. Call NHS 111 if you have an underlying health condition or feel really unwell.

The flu jab is the safest way to help protect you and your baby against flu, no matter how many months pregnant you are or however fit and healthy you may feel.

For more information about the flu vaccination visit www.nhs.uk/fluvaccine.

Further information

  • There is strong evidence that pregnant women have a much higher risk of serious illness as a result of flu, compared with the general population. The risks are highest in the last three months of pregnancy.
  • Catching flu in pregnancy can lead to increased risks for both pregnant woman and their babies. Vaccination against flu reduces these risks. Serious complications of flu include pneumonia, septic shock (a severe and life-threatening infection of the whole body), meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
  • Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill as a result of flu.
  • Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result flu can cause serious complications for you and your baby. One of the most common complications of flu is bronchitis, a chest infection that can become serious and develop into pneumonia. If you have flu while you’re pregnant, it could mean your baby is born prematurely or has a low birthweight, and may even lead to stillbirth or death. You may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming ill from flu.

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Decisions made by Cabinet on 17 October 2018, plus video of meeting

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:33

Some important decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Cabinet at its meeting today (Wednesday 17 October 2018).

To see the full agenda and papers, click here.

These items on the published agenda were discussed and approved in line with the recommendations:

  • Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy
  • Annual report on health and safety performance 2017/18
  • Community asset transfer: Oswestry station building

Video of meeting:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJfSy0tqSQE

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Decisions made by North planning committee on 16 October 2018

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:10

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s North planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Tuesday 16 October 2018.

Caravan storage, land north of The Elms, Park Green Close, Whittington (17/05555/COU) Change of use from agricultural land to storage of 34 touring caravans and motor homes.

Decision

That planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1 of the officer’s report.

Barns at Edgeley Farm, Edgeley Bank, Whitchurch (16/04925/FUL) Conversion of outbuildings to form 4no. dwellings to include some demolition and reconstruction; associated garaging and drainage.

Decision

The applicant requested that the application be withdrawn.

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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Chief executives commit to working together for the benefit of their communities

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 15:26

The newly-appointed Interim Chief Executive of housing association Connexus, Duncan Forbes, met with Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, and Alistair Neill, Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council last week (Tuesday 9 October 2018), to not only introduce himself, but to reaffirm that Connexus is committed to working closely in partnership with both councils for the benefit of their communities.

Connexus brings together two successful housing groups, Shropshire Housing Group and Herefordshire Housing, to form a combined portfolio of some 10,000 homes, and with ambitious plans to develop more homes to meet the housing needs of both Shropshire and Herefordshire.  In addition, Connexus and its subsidiary, Independence Trust, provide vital personal support to thousands of people in the two counties and the nearby county of Gloucestershire.  With over 600 employees, Connexus is also a significant local employer.

At the meeting the CEOs discussed how Connexus would continue to work in partnership with the councils to support economic development in the area, meet housing needs and provide support and well-being services alongside. They committed to exploring innovative solutions to tackle the counties’ needs, including the difficulties faced by those moving into the counties for work to find affordable housing.

Duncan Forbes said:

“It’s been great meeting with Clive and Alistair to discuss how we can assist with meeting housing need, supporting people who need support and promoting economic development in the counties. We are keen to work with both councils to address the issues that each county faces, and support local people and local communities to find local solutions.”

Clive Wright reiterated these points by adding:-

“It was a great opportunity to sit down and discuss some of the concerns of our councillors and to begin to identify opportunities for our communities. I look forward to working with Duncan and Connexus in the future.”

Alistair Neill added:

“For us it was important to meet with Duncan and to agree how important our relationship with Connexus is. I am really encouraged that we are able to work closely with Duncan and his team on shared priorities in order to maximise joint opportunities and to meet the needs of Herefordshire residents. I am optimistic about our future joint working.”

For more information about Connexus:  www.connexus-group.co.uk

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News from our partners: Another chance to find out more about Paul’s Moss development plans

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 14:24

News from our partners The Wrekin Housing Trust

Whitchurch residents are being offered a second chance to have their say on proposed plans for a new housing and healthcare development in the town.

To give townspeople a further opportunity to meet the project team, an extra event will be held on Wednesday 17 October 2018, 6pm-8pm at the Civic Centre on High Street in Whitchurch.

This follows a successful public drop-in event held on Friday 5 October, where the local community had an opportunity to meet The Wrekin Housing Trust and NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group teams working on the project.

Jane Kind, project manager at The Wrekin Housing Trust, said:

“We wanted to give residents who perhaps couldn’t make the daytime event recently another opportunity to come and meet us and find out more about the plans.

“We had some really interesting conversations with residents last week and we hope to have more again this Wednesday evening.”

As part of wider regeneration plans for the town, the Paul’s Moss scheme will join two existing GP practices in a modern, purpose-built medical centre, offer combined housing and care services for the over 55 age group and provide a community space for activities and events.

The innovative project will revitalise the outdated area of Paul’s Moss, delivering high quality retirement living accommodation and state-of-the-art health facilities.

Following an investment boost from Shropshire Council, drawings are now nearing completion to put forward in a formal planning application.

Project leaders are keen to hear the views of locals before finalising the application.

The project is expected to take three years to complete and will be funded by Shropshire Council, The Wrekin Housing Trust, Homes England, NHS England, NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the One Public Estate programme.

Further information

The Wrekin Housing Trust

The Wrekin Housing Trust is one of the largest social housing providers/housing associations in the West Midlands with more than 12,000 homes for rent and low cost home ownership across Shropshire and Staffordshire. Established in 1999, our portfolio of homes is growing through new developments across Shropshire and Staffordshire and includes everything from apartments in well-established residential areas to town houses and family homes in both rural and town locations.

Our customers are served by a network of local and accessible shops and offices in convenient high street and neighbourhood locations throughout Telford, and in Shrewsbury, Wem, Newport and Stafford.

All of our homes benefit from a full repairs and maintenance service. Our award winning maintenance teams and our in-house gas team cover all areas and we work in partnership with a growing number of housing providers to provide maintenance services.

We work in partnership with our residents and service users, involving them in decisions about our operations, management and services and asking them for opinions and feedback. This enables us to continuously improve performance and make sure that the Trust keeps providing tenants and service users with a high quality service. 

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for the planning and commissioning (buying) of health and care services from a range of providers for the people of Shropshire.

It is a clinically led organisation with 41 GP practices and it provides healthcare services for patients across the county registered with a local GP. The CCG buys a wide range of services and these include GP and primary care services through to hospital care as well as community services and mental health services.

The Head Office is based at William Farr House in Shrewsbury.

Find out more by visiting https://shropshireccg.nhs.uk/

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