Shropshire

The Mere recognised as one of the UK’s very best green spaces

BBC Shropshire News Feed - 4 hours 7 min ago

The Mere in Ellesmere has been awarded the Green Flag Award for the sixth year in a row, recognising it as one of the best parks in the world.

The Country Park is among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The Mere at Ellesmere

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

The Mere at Ellesmere is home to a beautiful lake with gardens, woodland walks and historic parkland on the edge of the medieval market town of Ellesmere. It is the largest of nine meres and mosses that can be found in the unique Shropshire landscape.

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

“We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors so I’m delighted that The Mere has received the Green Flag Award.

“This is the sixth consecutive year the Park has been recognised as one of the best in the world. It is a testament to the amazing work of staff and volunteers who make The Mere a wonderful visitor destination and habitat for wildlife and plants.”

Ann Hartley, Shropshire Councillor for Ellesmere Urban, said:

“We are extremely proud of our Mere and Cremorne Gardens in Ellesmere. It is great news that it has retained the Green Flag status. It is a tribute to the very hard work of the Countryside Team and the volunteers, and continues to attract many visitors, offering a fabulous experience for young and old alike.”

Paul Todd, International Green Flag Award scheme manager, said:

“It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 International winners.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.”

The team at The Mere are fortunate to work with a dedicated group of volunteers who help us maintain this beautiful Country Park. If you would like to volunteer, you can join the team from 9.30am every Thursday.

For more information about volunteering, click here, call 01743 255957 or email outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk.

The Mere at Ellesmere is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.

Further Information

The Green Flag Awards Scheme (http://greenflagaward.org/) is run by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, under licence from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, in partnership with Keep Scotland Beautiful, Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful.

Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity. We run programmes including Eco-Schools, the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces and the Blue Flag/ Seaside Awards for beaches. We also campaign for the country to be litter free and waste less. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our programmes and campaigns visit www.keepbritaintidy.org.

Any green space that is freely accessible to the public is eligible to enter for a Green Flag Award.  Awards are given on an annual basis and winners must apply each year to renew their Green Flag Award status.  A Green Flag Community Award recognises quality sites managed by voluntary and community groups. Green Heritage Site Accreditation is judged on the treatment of the site’s historic features and the standard of conservation.

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News from our partners: Things people would like to see improved in local NHS services

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:42

News from our partners Healthwatch (both local ones)

Hundreds of people in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, have shared their views on how to improve local NHS services.

Easier access to treatment and services; help with making lifestyle choices; better information about support available; improved communication around prevention; and more training for healthcare staff on conditions such as mental health, were the top five things people in the region would like to see implemented to help them lead healthy lives.

Their views were shared as part of Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin’s What Would You Do? campaign and the findings are now revealed in a report published today (Monday 15 July 2019).

Healthwatch Shropshire logo

More than 640 residents, patients and their families took part in ‘What Would You do?’ activities, which launched in March to encourage people in the region to share their views about how extra money from the Government should be spent on local NHS services.

The public were asked to give their views about how local services could improve, and to share ideas about how the NHS can help people live healthier lives and take more control of their care.

The report also reveals people in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, would like:

  • Professionals to take a ‘person-centred’ approach
  • Easier access to GP appointments
  • Local services to meet local needs, such as the accident and emergency department in Telford
  • Increased support and practical aids to help people stay in their homes for as long as possible
  • Better use of technology by the NHS. This could help people to look after themselves better, but only where appropriate. Some older people and those with learning disabilities, may find it difficult to use technology to access this information
  • Improved appointment times and access to continued support for those with mental health conditions
  • The development of more joined-up services, so all NHS staff have access to medical records
  • Earlier diagnosis for people living with dementia, so they can access the right support and care.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer at Healthwatch Shropshire, said:

“The Government is investing an additional £20 billion a year in the NHS as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. We were asked to help find out what local people thought was the best way for the NHS in Shropshire, and Telford and Wrekin, to invest in the right services as part of this plan.”

Paul Shirley, General Manager at Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said:

“We are grateful to all the people that took part in the surveys and focus groups. The groups that reported the poorest experiences of getting help were those people who had long-term conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, people with mental health difficulties and people with heart and lung disease. The majority of respondents from these three groups also reported feeling that they had not received timely and consistent information about their condition from all services.

“However, people with cancer seemed to be the happiest with the communication that they had received. All this feedback is in our new report which has been presented to the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Lynn Cawley added:

“Both Healthwatch will continue to share any results from our wider engagement, including relevant comments and reports with the STP so that the views of people in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin continue to be taken into account as the Long Term Plan is implemented.”

An online survey and focus groups were held throughout the region to get local people’s views. One person told Healthwatch Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin: “As a carer for a mental health patient, who has a very long and complex medical and psychiatric history, I would like my needs to be taken into account when deciding my partner’s treatment plan.

“When she is ill, it puts a lot of strain on me as I have heart, bowel and other health problems, which are totally ignored by the mental health services.”

Another with a long-term condition commented: “I underwent tests very quickly and saw the consultant quickly several times. They gave me advice and we agreed a long-term treatment plan which was acceptable to me and is still working.”

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin are now recommending the findings of the report to be considered in the development of the local Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin STP plan.

Sir Neil McKay, Independent Chair of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), said:

“I would like to thank Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin colleagues on producing this important report, which has reached many different people across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

“As an STP we understand the importance of developing our health and care services based on the views of our local population, alongside the evidence on population health. It is interesting to note that people said they wanted: ‘A person-centred approach to our care,’ and this is central to all the work we are doing. People are at the heart of everything we do and by delivering joined up services in both the acute and community settings we can give everyone the best start in life, creating healthier communities and helping people to age well.

“Together with the views of our partners, clinicians, staff and service users we can identify what is working well, what can be improved and what is important to them. This will enable us to plan, design and deliver health and social care services that are right for our local population of Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.”

The report, “What would you do? The NHS Long Term Plan in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin” can be viewed here: http://www.healthwatchshropshire.co.uk/what-would-you-do-nhs-long-term-plan-shropshire-telford-wrekin-report

Further information

Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin are part of a network of 148 Local Healthwatch in England.  It is supported by a national organisation, Healthwatch England.

Both have teams working in community engagement, plus a volunteer programme, a visit programme to health and social care premises and an associate membership scheme to involve the public in its work.  It also has a signposting service to help people access health and social care services and support.

Healthwatch Shropshire also provides the Independent Health Complaints Advocacy Service (IHCAS) for Shropshire. The IHCAS service provides information, advice and, if necessary, can support people through the NHS complaints process.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) is made up of health and care commissioners and providers. Partners include Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP has been created to encourage health and care organisations to work more closely together to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of our financial resources.

It sets out ambitious plans for transformed neighbourhood services; safe and effective hospital care; ways in which new technology can be harnessed; and how gaps in the workforce can be filled and financial resources better spent.

Shropshire, Telford & Shropshire STP is one of 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships across England.

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News from our partners: Learning disability parkrun special in Oswestry on 20 July

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:32

News from our partners 35007.co.uk (social care management consultant)

After the fantastic weekend of sport we have just enjoyed, this Saturday (20 July 2019) provides the third and final opportunity to take part in a learning disability-focused parkrun in Shropshire.

Please join us as a runner, walker, volunteer or spectator at Henley Wood in Oswestry when people with a learning disability will be made particularly welcome.

We had a fantastic turnout of about 60 people for the first event in Shrewsbury but very few at the Telford event.

Please encourage anybody with a learning disability or autism to join us for a healthy and social start to their weekend.  I would particularly like to encourage people who may not see themselves as a runner but will enjoy cheering, supporting other runners and/or pointing the way.

Henley Wood parkrun is through woodland so not suitable for wheelchair participants but there are volunteering roles suitable for people with limited mobilty.  The run starts at 9am and I suggest you arrive 15 minutes or more before then.  The postcode for your satnav is SY11 2LQ.

There is limited parking available at Cabin Lane Church, Whole Life Christian Centre, and Eastern Oswestry Community Centre and on-street parking in the area.  Please contact me on running@35007.co.uk or 07963 379879 if you are concerned about parking and I will liaise with Ray and his team of organisers.  Similarly, please let me know if I can help in any other way to prepare people for taking part such as registering with parkrun.

Keen to know more? Go to www.parkrun.org.uk/henleywood/www.35007.co.uk/parkrun or tune into BBC1 this evening from 7.30pm-8pm when Dame Kelly Homes is presenting a programme on the power and mental health benefits of parkrun.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  Please come and say hello – I am sure that I won’t be the only person wearing an apricot-colored parkrun top, but mine has “Milton Keynes” under the logo.

Parkrun

Finally, I am delighted that Walsall Arboretum parkrun are putting on a similar event on 21 September.  Further details at www.35007.co.uk/parkrun.

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Decisions made by Central planning committee on 4 July 2019

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 16:11

The following decisions were made by Shropshire Council’s Central planning committee at its meeting at Shirehall, Shrewsbury on Thursday 4 July 2019.

Proposed crematorium, north of Nesscliffe, Shrewsbury (18/04965/FUL) Erection of a new crematorium with associated access, car parking and landscaping.

Decision

That planning permission be refused contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reasons:

  1. Due to the proximity of the poultry rearing farm at Kinton, the A5 trunk road, and the location of the site within an area of established MOD and RAF training activity including low flying helicopters, mourners and other visitors to the proposed crematorium would experience unpleasant odours, noise and disturbance at the site. Notwithstanding the mitigation proposed these activities, cumulatively, would result in unacceptable levels of odour, noise and disturbance at the site for users of the facility and the site therefore constitutes an unsuitable location for a crematorium.
  2. The proposed development would result in a change in the character of the landscape from open farmland to built form set within a managed parkland, and this would have adverse impacts on the local landscape. In addition the proposal would have adverse visual effects, and from some locations the development would appear as a notably incongruous element and would have substantial adverse and locally significant visual effects including from the Nesscliffe Hills designated Countryside Heritage Site.  Whilst landscape planting is proposed to mitigate this, this would not satisfactorily mitigate for adverse impacts initially and in the longer term would result in adverse impacts on the local landscape.
  3. The benefits of the proposal, including meeting a need for additional crematorium capacity in the general area, the economic benefits and biodiversity enhancements are acknowledged. However it is not considered that these are sufficient to outweigh the negative impacts of the proposal.  The proposed development is therefore contrary to the Development Plan including Core Strategy policies CS5, CS6, CS16 and CS17; and SAMDev Plan policies MD2, MD12 and MD13, and to policies of the NPPF including Section 15.

Land north east of Kinton, Shrewsbury (18/00130/EIA) Erection of four poultry rearing buildings, nine feed bins, an agricultural workers dwelling, landscaping scheme and all associated works.

Decision

That consideration of the application be deferred to a future meeting of this committee at the request of the applicant.

Land off Manor Lane, Longden, Shrewsbury (16/02395/FUL) Erection of 5 No bungalows and associated infrastructure (amended description).

Decision

That authority be delegated to the Head of Planning Services to refuse planning permission subject to further consultation with the Ecology Team in relation to whether the third reason for refusal was required following the submission of an updated ecology report.

School House Farm, Sheinton, Shrewsbury (18/04266/FUL) Change of use of a farm yard and buildings to holiday complex to include: demolition of buildings; siting of four glamping units and a log cabin; works to and change of use of two buildings to form office and store and leisure facilities, formation of parking areas; and installation of package treatment plant (Amended Description).

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 2.

Maesbrook Nursing Home, Church Road, Shrewsbury (19/01132/FUL) Erection of first floor extensions to north east part of main building to create additional bedrooms; link corridor to additional bedrooms in roofspace with increase in height of roof and insertion of rooflights (revised scheme to include raise ridge height on approved extension to annex roof with fire escape from new first floor link bridge together with zinc roof line raised).

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

Former Congregational Church, Coton Hill, Shrewsbury (19/01661/FUL) Conversion and extension of a former Church into 9 residential apartments with associated car parking.

Decision

That planning permission be granted as per the officer’s recommendation subject to the conditions set out in Appendix 1.

Goldsmiths of Shrewsbury, 10 The Square, Shrewsbury (19/02030/ADV) To erect and display one pole mounted branded flag.

Decision

That planning permission be refused contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

Members gave significant weight to the concerns of the Conservation Officer as set out in the officer report and considered that the proposed advert would have an adverse impact on visual amenity as it would result in harm to the designated heritage assets identified and adversely impact on the character and appearance of the listed building and the conservation area.  The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Shropshire Council policies MD2, MD13, CS6 and CS17 and paragraph 132 of the NPPF.

Goldsmiths of Shrewsbury, 10 The Square, Shrewsbury (19/02038/LBC) Installation of one pole mounted branded flag and associated fixings.

Decision

That planning permission be refused contrary to the officer’s recommendation for the following reason:

Members gave significant weight to the concerns of the Conservation Officer as set out in the officer report and considered that the harm to the character and appearance of the designated heritage asset (a grade 2 listed building) outweighed the public benefits of the proposal.  The proposal is therefore considered to be contrary to Shropshire Council policies MD2, MD13, CS6 and CS17 and paragraph 194 and 196 of the NPPF.

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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Star cast announced for Cabaret coming to Shrewsbury

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:23

Anita Harris, John Partridge and Kara Lily Hayworth join the cast of the multi award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s landmark musical Cabaret, which embarks on an extensive 2019 UK tour, coming to Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn from Tuesday 22 October to Saturday 26 October 2019.

John Partridge

Starring as the enigmatic Emcee is John Partridge, winner of Celebrity MasterChef in 2018, who is well known to TV audiences as EastEnders’ charismatic Christian Clarke, and one of West End theatre’s most prolific leading men (A Chorus Line, Chicago, and La Cage Aux Folles).

Kara Lily Hayworth

Playing the role of Sally Bowles is Kara Lily Hayworth who recently won rave reviews across the country for her portrayal of Cilla Black in Cilla the Musical, after she was discovered by Bill Kenwright during the show’s nationwide TV auditions.

Anita Harris

Singer and screen icon Anita Harris will take on the role of Fraulein Schneider. Anita first rose to fame as a singer in the 1960s, beginning a lifelong career as a performer and actress. She has appeared both on screen (Follow That Camel and Carry on Doctor) and on stage, most notably as Grizabella in the West End’s Cats.

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‘THE MOST STUNNINGLY FRESH

&IMAGINATIVE REVIVAL OF A CLASSIC

MUSICAL THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN’

The Independent

 

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A SHOW STOPPER

Daily Mail

 

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STUNNING

Sunday Express

 

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OVERWHELMING

Evening Standard

 

Beki Poole, Shropshire Council’s Theatre Severn marketing officer, said:-

“We’ve very excited to reveal the cast for Cabaret which comes to Theatre Severn this October. It’s been 10 years since the show first came to Shrewsbury and we’re thrilled to see it return with a fresh revival of this classic musical. Early booking is definitely recommended.”

It’s 1931, Berlin is a haven of divine decadence and the legendary Sally Bowles is about to take stage at the infamous Kit Kat Klub…

Cabaret features show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes and iconic songs, including ‘Money Makes the World Go Round’, ‘Maybe This Time’ and ‘Cabaret’. Directed by critically acclaimed Rufus Norris (Director of The National Theatre) and featuring the Olivier Award Winning Choreography by Javier De Frutos, the production has enjoyed two smash hit West End runs at The Lyric and The Savoy theatres.

Further information

Anita Harris’ (Fraulein Schnider) stage credits include: My Cousin Rachel (Theatre Royal, Bath); Stepping Out (UK Tour); Double Double (UK Tour); Come On Jeeves (UK Tour); Unexpected Guest (UK Tour); Suddenly At Home (Kings Theatre, Southsea); Annie (UK Tour); Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench (UK Tour); Fatal Encounter (UK Tour); The House of Stairs (UK Tour) and Cats (New London Theatre). Her screen credits include: Carry On Doctor; Carry On Follow That Camel; Remember Jack Buchanan; The Television Machine; French and Saunders; Morecambe and Wise; The Magic Box; Casualty and Midsomer Murders.

John Partridge’s (Emcee) stage credits include: The Case of the Frightened Lady (UK Tour); La Cage Aux Folles (UK Tour); Chicago (UK Tour); The Tempest (Northcott Theatre); Miss Saigon (UK Tour); Rent (European Tour); Black Goes With Everything (Churchill Theatre, Bromley); Taboo (The Venue); Hunting The Shark (Prince Edward Theatre); Starlight Express (Apollo Victoria Theatre); Grease (Dominion Theatre); The Fix (Donmar Warehouse); Tommy (Shaftesbury Theatre); The Drowsy Chaperone (Novello Theatre);  Notre-Dame de Paris (Dominion Theatre); A Chorus Line (London Palladium); and Cats (UK Tour). His screen credits include: Eastenders; The Real Full Monty; Involuntary Activist; Battlechefs; Celebrity Masterchef; Taking the Next Step; Tumble; and Over The Rainbow.

Kara Lily Hayworth’s (Sally Bowles) stage credits include: Maggie May (The Finborough); Cilla the Musical (UK Tour); Secret Cinema Presents: Moulin Rouge; The Mystery of Edwin Drood (The Arts Theatre) and Persephone (A Love Story) (The Rosemary Branch Theatre). Her screen credits include: Britain’s Got Talent; Bad Day In The Office; The Huntsman: Winters Tale and Will.

Listings

CABARET

MUSIC BY JOHN KANDER

LYRICS BY FRED EBB

BOOK BY JOE MASTEROFF

DIRECTED BY RUFUS NORRIS

CHOREOGRAPHED BY JAVIER DE FRUTOS

PRODUCED BY BILL KENWRIGHT

Tickets for Cabaret at Theatre Severn are on sale now and can be booked online at theatresevern.co.uk, by telephone – 01743 281281 – and from the venue Box Office.

 

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Eardington residents encouraged to complete housing needs survey

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 14:02

The Right Home, Right Place website

Residents of Eardington, near Bridgnorth, are being urged to help shape the future of the parish by completing a housing needs survey.

The survey is being run through Shropshire Council’s Right Home, Right Place initiative, which aims to help identify housing needs across Shropshire.

From today (Monday 15 July 2019), the questionnaire will be sent to residents in Eardington, and all households in the parish are encouraged to take part.

Right Home, Right Place aims to build a clear picture of what type of housing is needed in each parish – whether it’s affordable housing for young professionals, larger properties for families, smaller properties for those looking to downsize, or whether no new housing is presently needed.

Other Shropshire parishes will be surveyed throughout the year.

The information gathered from these surveys enables Right Home, Right Place to share accurate insights with Shropshire Council’s housing team, so they can provide the right housing where it’s needed most.

It also gives residents an invaluable opportunity to help shape the future of their parish by having their say on what kind of housing they think Eardington could most benefit from.

Robert Macey, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for housing and strategic planning, said:

“So that we can provide the right homes in the right place we need people to tell us what type of housing they need and where they need it. This may, for example, be people living with parents but wanting their own place, older people looking to downsize, or someone looking for a house nearer to work.

“Once we know more about what the need is, we’ll speak to the local housing associations and land owners, but also to local business and employers as provision of accommodation will help to attract and retain workers.”

Robert Tindall,  local Shropshire Councillor for Brown Clee, said:

“The housing needs survey will be delivered to all households in Eardington from 15 July and will help to understand the requirements and need for housing or accommodation in Eardington parish. I encourage local residents to complete it.

“Right Home, Right Place is looking to find out if people need to downsize or if families can find appropriate housing for their needs. Any evidence gathered may support the type of housing being developed in the parish.”

Eardington residents can fill in the postal survey, or complete it online at www.righthomerightplace.co.uk.

 

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News from our partners: First Shrewsbury Monopoly ‘resident’ revealed next Wednesday

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 14:48

News from our partner Winning Moves UK

Next week (Wednesday 17 July 2019) the very first space to emerge as ‘Passing GO’ on the brand new Shrewsbury MONOPOLY Edition game will be revealed.

It will be a “leading” Shrewsbury charity, which will get to star on a Community Chest space all of its own when the game is unveiled in November.

Shrewsbury Monopoly – Community Chest card

And because there is no price tag on the MONOPOLY Community Chest spaces then it means the charity will be as priceless in the  MONOPOLY game as in real life!

Several charities will get to ‘Pass GO’ following a public vote. In all more than 30 town landmarks and organisations will star in the game in place of the classic original MONOPOLY streets like Mayfair, Park Lane and Oxford Street.

Jake Houghton, Custom Games Executive at Winning Moves UK, makers of the new unique edition under license from Hasbro, said:

“The game will feature the great and the good of Shrewsbury.

“Next week we shall be announcing the very first ‘resident’ to take up occupancy in this special edition. It is a leading Shrewsbury charity. Several charities in all will be starring in the game, following a hugely popular public vote. A very big thank you to everyone who voted.” 

About Hasbro Inc.

Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. Through its entertainment labels, Allspark Pictures and Allspark Animation, the Company is building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Hasbro is committed to making the world a better place for children and their families through corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. Hasbro ranked No. 5 on the 2018 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past eight years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow them on Twitter (@Hasbro) and Instagram (@Hasbro).

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News from our partners: Home And Dry: Professionals unite to prevent water deaths

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 13:53

News from our partner the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner 

The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and a range of other agencies, are uniting to drive a campaign to ensure people get home and dry.

In the last year 430 people drowned across England. Student Tom Jones tragically lost his life in Worcester during Fresher’s Week 2018 and Shane Walsh, a 29 year old father of two, tragically lost his life in Shrewsbury in 2017.

Will you get home and dry?

The Commissioner is working with Shane’s widow Kirsty Walsh and Tom’s parents, Ian and Vicki to raise awareness and prevent unnecessary water deaths. Other organisations involved in the multi-agency drive include West Mercia Police, West Mercia Search and Rescue, RNLI, RLSS UK, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire Service, the Canal and River Trust, the Samaritans, the Street Pastors and Worcester University.

The Home and Dry Network has worked collectively and extensively to tackle the very roots of the issue- improved education around water safety, physical prevention, work around the night time economy and mental health awareness.

Commissioner John Campion, said:

“The awful loss of life, has shook our communities. We are taking a strong united approach, which draws upon the expertise of a number of agencies and builds upon the existing good work.

“I look forward to driving this campaign forward. Together we want to reduce the number of deaths, ensure emergency and voluntary resources aren’t drawn to incidents that could have been prevented, and ultimately keep our communities safe.”

For more information on the campaign visit: www.westmercia-pcc.gov.uk/homeanddry

Further information Home and Dry

The Home and Dry Campaign was first launched in 2017 by West Mercia Search and Rescue, a volunteer led organisation who receive grant funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner. The campaign, backed by Water Safety Ambassador Kirsty Walsh, includes a free online water safety course, and an offline version for schools and colleges. Take part in the course here: https://westmerciasar.org.uk/homeanddry/free-water-safety-online-course/

Following on from this, the Home and Dry Network, chaired by the Police and Crime Commissioner was established, to drive this work forward. At the first meeting in August 2018, work began to collate existing work around water safety and build on best practice, look at ways to educate and inform communities, in order to keep them safe.

Four key strands for the campaign we’re identified: improved education around water safety, physical prevention, work around the night time economy and mental health awareness.

The Network has worked collectively to build a campaign, which focuses around these key areas and will continue over the coming months.

The event on 12 July 2019 will be an opportunity for each of the agencies to jointly promote water safety, unveil multi-agency promotional materials, for opportunities to further expand the network and the campaign, and to hear first hand the experiences from the families directly affected by water deaths.

Statistics

The most up to date figures from the WAID (Water Incident Database) are as follows:

 430 people drowned across England in 2018, of these:

  • 167 accidental (of which 52 were in a river)
  • 18 natural causes
  • 169 suspected or confirmed suicide (of which 48 were in a river)
  • 7 suspected of confirmed crime
  • 69 not recorded

The figures are broadly similar to the 2017 figures, in which 429 people drowned across England: 

  • Of the 185 accidental and natural cause drownings: 159 were male and 26 were female (86%).
  • Those aged 25-29 were most likely to die by accidental drowning (11% of cases)- there were fewer deaths in children or elderly people.
  • Most accidental drownings happened in June, July and August ( 39%).
  • Most accidental drownings happened on a Saturday or Sunday (37%).
  • In 66 out of 185 (36%) cases the presence of drugs or alcohol was recorded.
  • In 73 out of 185 cases (40%) people were out walking or running when they drowned.

For the full figures visit: https://www.nationalwatersafety.org.uk/waid/

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News from our partners: Health and social care organisations come together to digitally transform ways of working

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:29

News from our partners Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership

Local Authorities and NHS bodies from across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin came together yesterday, 11 July 2019 to look at how the Microsoft suite of tools could benefit health and social care services across the county.

The use of digital technology in health and social care has been shown to improve quality, efficiency and patient experience as well as supporting more joined up care and improving the health of local populations.

At the event held at Theatre Severn, organisations were shown how other areas of the country have used digital technology to improve services such as using a single data and reporting tool, which would give clinicians and other health and care professionals the information they need to make better decisions about patient and resident care.

Phil Barnett, Microsoft Account Technology Strategist talks at digital technology event.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STW STP), a partnership of health and care organisations focusing on the health and care needs of local people, were responsible for organising the event. The STW STP recognises that technology could transform the way people receive and use services, as well as transform the way services and organisations connect with others to improve joined up working. Together with the sponsors of the event, Microsoft and Hitachi Solutions, STW STP showcased the range of Microsoft products on offer, giving attendees a glimpse of what’s possible.

The event was organised by a collective of senior IT staff from across STW STP who all noted the need to better utilise technology.

Mark Brandreth, Chief Executive of Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“Digital Technology offers a real opportunity. We can improve the lives of the patients and citizens, making it easier for them to access services from our organisations. We already have examples of video consultations, apps to support rehabilitation and tools that monitor people’s health from home but working together we can do even more.”

Andrew Boxall, Shropshire Council’s head of technology and chair of the Digital Group, said:

“This is a great opportunity for us to learn from others and see what’s possible with Microsoft’s technology. We know that technology can be a real lifeline for residents and patients, particularly when we begin breaking down some of the barriers between the Local Authority and NHS.”

Sir Neil McKay, Independent Chair of the Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP, said:

“This event is a great example of how STW STP is bringing people together from across organisations in health and social care to develop and share ideas. The event was a huge success and it was great to know so many health and care professionals from across the county coming together to explore how digital technology has the potential to transform ways of working and improve care for people across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin in the future.”

Further information

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) is made up of health and care commissioners and providers. Partners include Shropshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust and West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin STP has been created to encourage health and care organisations to work more closely together to improve outcomes and care for local people, reduce pressures on services and make best use of our financial resources.

It sets out ambitious plans for transformed neighbourhood services; safe and effective hospital care; ways in which new technology can be harnessed; and how gaps in the workforce can be filled and financial resources better spent.

Shropshire, Telford & Shropshire STP is one of 44 sustainability and transformation partnerships across England.

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Children invited to join Space Chase in Shropshire Libraries

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:18

Shropshire Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this summer as part of Space Chase, Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

The Summer Reading Challenge asks 4-11 year olds to borrow and read any six library books over the summer. The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge is Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

Children will team up with futuristic family The Rockets for an exciting space mission as they track down books nabbed by a mischievous band of aliens. As children read library books for the Summer Reading Challenge, they will receive special stickers, some with mysterious smells. By adding these stickers to their collectable mission folders, young readers will help the Rockets solve clues, dodge asteroids and discover the missing books, having lots of fun and adventures along the way.

If children go on to complete the Summer Reading Challenge, they will be rewarded with a medal and a certificate.

To take part in Space Chase, all children need to do is sign up at their nearest library – it’s free!

Space Chase launches in libraries across Shropshire on Saturday 13 July 2019 and runs until Saturday 7 September 2019.

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

“The Summer Reading Challenge is a fantastic and fun way for children to continue reading through the school holidays.

“All Shropshire Council libraries across the county are taking part so it is quick and easy to sign up to help the Rocket family find the books that have been stolen from the Lunar Library.”

Sue Wilkinson, CEO of The Reading Agency, said:

“At The Reading Agency, we tackle life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading. We know from our research that families and children love taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge, and we are proud to have been running the Challenge for twenty years this year.

“The space theme has been chosen to coincide with the 5Oth anniversary of the first moon landing. Last summer, children worked with illustrator Adam Stower to come up with ideas for the Space Chase adventure, and we hope the Challenge will inspire all children to use their local library and to read lots of great books throughout the summer and beyond.”

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge with Shropshire Libraries, click here.

New for Summer 2019: Arts Award Discover

This year, Shropshire Libraries will also be offering children the opportunity to earn a qualification alongside the Summer Reading Challenge.

Children can sign up to work towards their Arts Award Discover over the summer holidays at the following libraries: Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Ludlow and Bridgnorth.

If successful in this arts challenge, children will receive a certificate from Trinity College London. Sign-up costs just £5 per child.

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Shropshire’s first electric bus arrives in the county

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 11:14

With the electronic bus are (l-r) James Willocks and Councillor Simon Harris from Shropshire Council, with Jamie Crowsley from Arriva Shropshire

Shropshire Council’s first-ever electric bus arrived in the county today (Friday 12 July 2019).

The bus will initially be used on  Shrewsbury’s Park & Ride as part of a three-week trial, and it’s hoped further such buses will be in use on the county’s roads soon.

It’s been introduced as part of improvements to the county’s public transport service, including the  use of more sustainable, environmentally-friendly vehicles.

Arriva will be running the demonstration single-deck electric bus on Shrewsbury Park & Ride for three weeks to better assess the viability of this type of vehicle on the route, before deploying it elsewhere in Shropshire for further testing.

Simon Harris, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for public transport, said:

“At Cabinet in June we said we wanted to provide people with the best possible public transport service, one that meets the needs of passengers and the local economy – and we promised that people would soon start to see positive changes.

“We’re currently developing a transport vision and strategy for Shropshire that will encapsulate all forms of transport, including public transport and Park & Ride. As part of this, and in line with the council’s recent declaration of a climate emergency, we’re looking at the introducing more sustainable transport. The introduction of electric buses is an important first step and I’m delighted that, within weeks of the Cabinet meeting, we’re welcoming Shropshire’s first-ever electric bus this Friday.

“To start with we are going to use it on the Park and Ride in Shrewsbury, and we’ll see how it gets on in the town and what the reaction is from the public. I would consider that the next step would possibly be to introduce an electric bus for the 436, Bridgnorth to Shrewsbury service. Out of all our services this is the one we need to revamp and make more sustainable and efficient.

“We’re also looking at best practice in other areas of the country. Earlier this week I spent time looking at the new ArrivaClick on-demand bus service that is being operated in Leicester and other parts of the UK. I was impressed by its capabilities and this is something else that we will definitely be looking at as we roll out better services across the county.”

Jamie Crowsley, general manager for Arriva Shropshire, said:

“We have a responsibility to improve our bus network locally to provide a viable, attractive alternative to traveling by car, in order to cut congestion on our county’s roads and lessen the impact that heavy traffic levels have on our air quality locally. To do this we need to ensure that our customers are given access to transport that meets their growing expectations in terms of technology and comfort, but that also delivers with regards to environmental standards.

“Modern bus technology has advanced hugely in the last few years, with Low Carbon Emission Buses in the UK already saving 55,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year, and providing a 95% reduction in NOx emissions compared with previous models. There are a host of options available, but we are committed to working with our partners in the council to find the solutions which best suit their needs. This trial will offer them a realistic view of how electric buses function when in operation, in terms of both performance and cost on this critical route, and provide an excellent benchmark for future trials or investment.”

Arriva in Shrewsbury was selected for the initial trial due to its green credentials, including rainwater harvesting, solar panels, a grass roof for improved insulation and to encourage wildlife – and the installation of an Automated Chassis Wash to reduce waste water, and offer more efficient cleaning with reduced risk to staff.

For information about ArrivaClick, click here.

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Healthwatch Shropshire to offer support and advice at next Armed Forces Outreach event

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 14:27

The next Armed Forces Outreach Support service event will take place on Monday 15 July 2019 from 10am until 1pm at Palmer’s of Shrewsbury.

It is one of a series of events which take place on the first and third Monday of every month from 10am until 1pm at the café, the relaxed and friendly sessions are open to military personnel, veterans and their families.

On Monday, Jayne Morris from Healthwatch Shropshire will be talking about the service it provides and will be on hand to answer any questions from 10.30am.

Healthwatch Shropshire aims to give the people of Shropshire a real say in the way health and social care services are run. They use people’s feedback about these services to hold providers and commissioners (the ones who buy the services) to account. Their aim is to ensure that the voice of Shropshire residents remains at the centre of any decisions.

They can take feedback on; hospitals, GPs, mental health services, pharmacists, opticians, community health services, residential and domiciliary care and children’s services. Whatever services people have been using.

The Long Term Plan for the NHS (issued January 2019) has sparked a great need for service planners and commissioners to have feedback from Shropshire residents. It is important they know what is good and what needs improving.

Sean McCarthy, Shropshire Council’s sports development and Armed Forces Covenant officer, said:

“We are delighted to offer this important outreach service in Shrewsbury and we’re pleased to welcome Healthwatch Shropshire to the next event.

“The military community can sometimes find it difficult to access the advice they need once they leave the Armed Forces. The sessions will give serving personnel veterans and their families access to a support network which understands their background and needs – in a friendly and relaxed environment. Through this targeted advice and guidance, these people will be fully supported to lead independent lives within Shropshire.”

The outreach service has made possible through the Armed Forces Covenant Grant Scheme – a scheme that gives financial support to local projects which strengthen the ties and mutual understanding between members of the Armed Forces community and the wider community in which they live.

The outreach service has initially been supported by RBL, SSAFA, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded and Shropshire Council, but the service will be working closely with a number of other charities, and local organisations and businesses moving forward.

Other outreach events will also be held throughout the county. For further information, people can visit: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/support-for-armed-forces-personnel-veterans-and-families/

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Free jungle, superhero and circus fun for children at Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre this summer

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:01

Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre is hosting a whole summer of free fun for children, on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school holiday.

The Centre has teamed up with Shropshire-based ReachOut Arts to offer a wide range of activities for children aged 5 to 11, starting on Thursday 25 July [2019].

On that day ReachOut will be swinging in for jungle high-jinx, before donning capes for a  superheroes workshop on Thursday 1 August. They’ll then ‘roll up’ for circus fun on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th August.

On Tuesday 13th and Thursday 15th August children can have fun as mystery detectives, before movie-themed sessions are held on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd August.

Finally, two days of summer creative workshops will be held on Tuesday 27th and Thursday 29th August to round off the summer holidays.

The workshops will all be held in the Darwin’s Centre ‘Workshop Station’, opposite JD Sports.

A workshop delivered by ReachOut Arts

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“These sessions promise to be a brilliant and fun way for children to spend the summer holidays. There’s something for everyone and we look forward to seeing youngsters joining us at one or more of these fantastic workshops.”

For more information visit www.shrewsbury-shopping.co.uk.

Further information

To follow Shrewsbury shopping centres on social media, go to:

Facebook: @shrewsburyshopping
Twitter: @shop_shrewsbury
Instagram: @shrewsbury_shopping

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Acton Scott opening up for FOLK at the Farm festival

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 13:29

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm are preparing to open its’ gates to its’ first ever festival in partnership with Folk at the Farm.

The iconic site near Church Stretton, star of TV’s ‘Victorian Farm,’ will be opening its gates on Saturday 20 July 2019 for a brand new one-day Festival: FOLK at the Farm.

Aerial shot of Acton Scott Historic Working Farm by Drone Rangers

Alongside the much-loved animals and buildings of the farm, visitors will encounter music in the meadows, storytelling and straw bales, beer in the barn and activities for all the family around the fields.

There will be crafts and artworks, food and drink for sale and demonstrations of skills from beekeeping to bodging and blacksmithing.

FOLK at the Farm is the brainchild of a group of artists and makers with an interest in the folklore, traditions and skills of Shropshire and the Welsh borders. They aim to celebrate and develop the work of three early collectors of local lore and legend: Georgina Jackson, Charlotte Burne and Mary Webb; women whose contribution to the distinctiveness of our region is often overlooked.

An exciting and varied programme will include music from Whalebone, Men from Off, Janie Mitchell and Free Born Rising; stories for young and old from, amongst others, Cath Edwards, Sue and Jake Tumnus, Sal Tonge and Andy Harrop; poetry with Kate Innes and Carol Forrester; talks from Gladys Mary Coles and Anne-Marie Lagram & dances from Ledbury Morri; plus many other performances and surprises, all-day activities for children and families – and a chill-out zone for massage and relaxation.

This is an all-weather festival and Acton Scott has good accessibility and lots of cover for performers, participants and audiences.  And of course the organisers just know the sun will be shining on FOLK at the Farm!

FOLK at the Farm is from 10am – 7pm on Saturday 20 July 2019.

Tickets £30 (2 adults + 2 children) | Adult £15 (£10 OAP) | Child £6.

Information and tickets available NOW at www.folkcc.co.uk or www.tickettailor.com/events/folk1

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Woodside Primary School children commemorate Anne Frank’s 90th birthday

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 12:11

Children on the School Council at Woodside Primary School in Oswestry joined local Shropshire Councillor Vince Hunt, Imam Sohayb Peerbhai and Reverend Harvey Gibbons in a commemorative service to mark the 90th birthday of Anne Frank, on 12 June 2019.

Councillor Hunt  talked about the 2019 Holocaust Memorial Day theme of “Torn from Home”, and the Imam talked about how we collectively support Syrian refugee families in Shropshire.

The tree was planted in 2016 as part of the Council’s efforts to work with schools and representatives of world faiths to grow a cherry tree orchard of remembrance across Shropshire.

The children shared what they had learnt about Anne Frank from reading her story, and the Holocaust Candle was lit whilst Reverend Harvey Gibbons said a special prayer. The candle has three wicks to indicate the world faiths of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:

“I was delighted to hear that the tree is now nine feet tall and bearing cherries. The children at Woodside School are clearly looking after it very well. I know that Councillor Vince Hunt will agree that it is so encouraging to know that the story of the Holocaust and the dreadful plight which so many millions of people suffered in World War Two will not be forgotten – at least not by the next generation growing up at Woodside. Councillor Hunt and I are very pleased that Woodside is one of the schools where these trees will flower and bear fruit in the years to come, as we grow our cherry tree orchard together across Shropshire.”

Vince Hunt, Shropshire Councillor for Oswestry West, said:

“I found it a very moving way to mark not only Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 but also Anne Frank’s birthday. It was a pleasure and a privilege to talk with the School Council and hear from them, and I am truly heartened by their understanding about the tree and what it represents. I am in the fortunate position of being able to keep an eye on the tree in my visits to the school, and I will continue to do so.

“Imam Sohayb Peerbhai from the South Shropshire Interfaith Forum also said that he echoed these sentiments, and that it was lovely to meet the children and have opportunity to talk to them about how we collectively support Syrian refugee families in Shropshire, showing empathy with the 2019 theme of “Torn from Home”. I am quite sure that Reverend Harvey Gibbons would also concur, and that we all feel that the Woodside tree is in kind and caring hands.

“I can only repeat the words of Anne Frank on the plaque at the tree: ‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world’.”

Further information

The background here is that the council is continuing efforts to grow a cherry tree orchard of remembrance across Shropshire, working with primary and secondary schools and inter faith forums and local Shropshire Councillors. We identify a primary school each year, and are seeking to spread the orchard across the county.

The orchard had a growth spurt in 2016, when we were also able to provide for five secondary schools to have trees as well, through the Incredible Edible project running that year. Having begun in the centre in 2015, with Mereside C of E School, we have planted in the north at Woodside Academy in Oswestry, and in the south at Bishop Hooper School in Ashford Carbonell, where a second tree, kindly donated by the South Shropshire Interfaith Forum, had to be planted in 2018 after rabbits ate the first one. The tree for the centre and west of the county was planted at Trinity CofE in Ford in 2018.

This year’s tree was planted at St Peter’s CofE School in Wem, representing the north and east of the county. Next year, a school in the south and west will be chosen, as the council continues efforts to grow an orchard that will eventually cover all points of the compass.

We linked the HMD 2019 theme with the support given in Shropshire to Syrian refugee families making their homes here. The council utilised resources from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust alongside resources developed by Mereside CofE Primary School, including a reading list. All schools were sent details of the resources and the annual theme.

The events were supported by local Jewish author Natalie Cumming, who has written a book called “The Fiddle”, about her family violin. Her aunt Rosa played the violin in three concentration camps (Mauthausen, Auschwitz and Belsen) and was part of the women’s orchestra in each camp. The violin was returned to her after being taken away on her arrival in Auschwitz. Violin maker/restorer John Dilworth restored the violin for a BBC programme The Repair Shop. It has now been donated in perpetuity in memory of her aunt and her father to the Yehudi Menuhin school. The well-known violinist, Chris Garrick, composed a piece especially for the programme called Rosa’s Wishing Waltz.

The Priory School in Shrewsbury, which was one of the five secondary schools that had planted a cherry tree from Shropshire Council in 2016, were also able to organise a visit from Mrs Cumming, with support from Councillor Nic Laurens.

The school is hosting an exhibition of cross curricular work by the students since the visit from Mrs Cumming, comprising music, art and writing. This was opened with a talk by the students to Mrs Cumming and to members of the interfaith forums, on Friday 5 July 2019. It then remains open until the end of the school term. This mark completion of events in Shropshire for HMD 2019.

For more information, please see resources on the HMD Trust website at www.hmd.org.uk

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LEGO® fun for children at Shrewsbury’s Pride Hill Centre

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 07/09/2019 - 08:49

Children aged 5 to 13 will be able to delve into thousands of LEGO® bricks at Shrewsbury’s Pride Hill Shopping Centre this Saturday (13 July) from 11am to 4pm. The Centre has joined forces with LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre to host a day of LEGO®-themed fun.

There’ll be a chance to meet Bertie the Brickmaster and the LEGO® crew, build sculptures out of LEGO® bricks at the creative LEGO® stations and learn all there is to know about LEGO®.

There will also be the chance to pick up some great summer offers with LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre.

On Saturday the Pride Hill Centre will also be hosting ‘One Great Day’ of fundraising from 10am to 4pm, raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity and the Little Rascals Foundation. There will be face painting and a fun raffle for the chance to win some great prizes.

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“This promises to be a brilliant day for children and a great chance for them to let their imaginations run wild and create some fantastic LEGO sculptures. It’s also a great opportunity for us to help raise funds for two very worthy causes. We look forward to seeing visitors of all ages for a fun, and fund-raising, day!”

Raffle winners will be drawn on Monday 15 July [2019] and contacted by the centre management team.

For more information visit www.shrewsbury-shopping.co.uk.

Further information

To follow Shrewsbury shopping centres on social media, go to:

Facebook: @shrewsburyshopping
Twitter: @shop_shrewsbury
Instagram: @shrewsbury_shopping

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News from our Partners: NHS Charity Fun Day is hailed a great success

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:28

News from our partners

A Charity Fun Day hosted by the Trust which runs Shropshire’s acute hospitals has been hailed a great success.

Shrewsbury Town’s Josh Laurent with Karen Breese, Dementia Nurse Specialist, Andrew James from SaTH Charity and Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance

Hundreds of people gathered at the Shropshire Conference Centre in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) for the annual event, which is held to mark the birth of the NHS.

The fun day, which was preceded by a 5km fun run, was raising money for the charity of The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH), which runs RSH and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford.

Money raised at the event goes to SaTH Charity’s Living Well With Dementia Fund and the end of life care Swan Fund.

Staff and patients at RSH who couldn’t make it to the fun day were not forgotten either. The Rapid Relief Team, which ran the barbecue at the fun day, donated food for staff working in A&E, while refreshment stand The Watering Hole took drinks to staff and patients on the wards. Staff members Lottie Barker and Lizzie Harper used their break to take drinks to their patients on the Surgical Assessment Ward.

At PRH, tea and coffee was laid on for staff who were working and therefore could not attend the event.

SAU staff who came to the event in their break to get drinks for patients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julia Clarke, Director of Corporate Governance at SaTH, said:

“Our fun day was yet again a fabulous occasion with hundreds of people enjoying all of the attractions on offer.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated their time or goods to the fun day to help us make as much money for our charity as possible, and to the 150 runners who took part in the fun run on what was, despite the cloud, another very warm day.

“We do not have a final total yet, but the money raised will do a tremendous amount to help patients and families in our hospitals.”

Karen Breese, Dementia Nurse Specialist at the Trust, said:

“The money raised from this event can help us do even more work to help patients with dementia, as well as their loved ones and their carers. We have come a long way in this area in a very short time, but there is always more we can do.”

Jules Lewis, End of Life Care Facilitator at SaTH, added:

“I want to thank everyone who came to the fun day, took part in the fun run, helped organised the event or who donated to it. This has been a real team and community effort and it just shows what high regard the public hold our hospitals in. All the money raised will go to improve patient experience, which is what we are all about.”

Further Information 

  • The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, and 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.
  • If you have any feedback about local healthcare, independent support and signposting is available from Healthwatch Shropshire, Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin and Powys Community Health Council (CHC):Healthwatch Shropshire: 01743 237884 or email the team via enquiries@healthwatchshropshire.co.ukHealthwatch Telford and Wrekin: 01952 739540 or email info@healthwatchtelfordandwrekin.co.ukPowys CHC: 01686 627632 or email powyschc@waleschc.org.uk

For more information contact David Burrows, Head of External Communications at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, on 01743 261378.

 

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Replacement of kerbs and paving on Shrewsbury’s High Street set to begin

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 15:36

Shropshire Council is set to begin a major facelift of the kerbs and paving on High Street and at the bottom of Pride Hill in Shrewsbury next week (w/c 8 July 2019). The work will also see the road resurfaced and is being carried out as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package (SITP) which aims to improve key junctions and enhance the town centre.

The work will begin following the completion of gas main replacement work at Mardol Head and will see the current road closure – and the popular ‘pocket park’ on Shoplatch – remain in place for an estimated further five weeks.

The current diversion routes will remain in place during this time, with additional signage and a greater number of ‘gatemen’ on site to assist and advise road users around access and appropriate through routes.

Work will be carried out by McPhillips, Shropshire Council’s contractor.

The pocket park in Shoplatch, Shrewsbury

During the work High Street will remain closed to through traffic, meaning inbound Wyle Cop, High Street and Shoplatch will be free from traffic.

Drivers who would normally travel through the Shoplatch route are advised to follow the signed alternative route from Abbey Foregate and Coleham Gyratory via Old Potts Way and the inner ring road.

Access will continue to be maintained for businesses, residents and emergency vehicles and all car parks are available. Businesses remain open as usual in Shoplatch, Mardol Head and throughout the town centre.

Follow this link for a map of the road closures and diversion routes.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Alongside the upgrading of Pride Hill and the work from Town Walls to Claremont Bank, this work is key to improving the public and urban realm for Shrewsbury. We thank people for their understanding while all of this important work is carried out – they will see a significant and notable improvement to the town centre once the work is complete.”

There will be changes to the Park & Ride (P&R) and some town centre bus services during the works.

  • Harlescott P&R service will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Chester Street.
  • Oxon P&R will not serve stops at High Street, Shoplatch, Barker Street and Frankwell (return).
  • Meole Brace P&R will not serve stops at High Street and Shoplatch.

Other buses serving the town centre will follow the official diversions and collect/drop off passengers within the town centre where they can.

For more information about the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package, go to www.shropshire.gov.uk/sitp.

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News from our partners: Good rating for Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 13:47

News from our partners Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

In its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust received a Good rating overall, and wards for older people with mental health problems were rated as outstanding in the effective domain.

The effective domain relates to people’s care, treatment and support. It assesses the outcomes achieved, the quality of life and whether care is based on the best available evidence.

The CQC identified a lot of outstanding practice.

Community health inpatient services were recognised for delivering highly personalised care, particularly for people with dementia and challenging behaviour.

Our wards for people with a learning disability or autism use care plans that are very detailed, person-centre and evidence-based.

A number of areas were included in the report that related to our wards for older people with mental health problems; the reduction in the number of falls, use of empathy dolls, reducing unnecessary hospital admissions, personal behavioural support plans for patients being discharged, end of life suite where family could stay and an inter-generational therapy programme.

A dedicated telephone number for patients to use within seven days of discharge to quickly reconnect with their key worker was an outstanding feature of our mental health crisis services and health-based places of safety.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive, said:

“This is an exceptional result for our staff. The organisation was less than a year old when the inspectors visited. I am particularly pleased to see that the CQC witnessed physical health care needs effectively addressed within the core mental health services. This is the single biggest reason for the merger of the two organisations; to create a single joined-up service around the service user and their family, reducing confusion, duplication and enabling better care co-ordination.”

The report recognises that managers actively engaged with other local health and social care providers to ensure that an integrated health and care system was provided to meet the needs of the local population.

Neil Carr added:-

“I am pleased that our commitment to continuous quality improvement was also recognised. Over 1,000 members of staff have received training in quality improvement methods and we have set up an academy within the Trust to develop these skills even further.”

The Care Quality Commission inspects five domains; caring, responsive, effective, well-led, safe. Examples of good practice were identified in each of the five domains.

Safe; the Trust had a good track record on safety and shared lessons learned.

Caring; staff treated patients with compassion and kindness. Dental services staff were described as ‘amazing’. The Trust had an active programme for the involvement of patients and carers in service development and evaluation of service effectiveness.

Responsive; the referral criteria for the mental health crisis teams did not exclude patients who would have benefited from care and staff followed up people who missed appointments.

Effective; care and treatment was based on national guidance and evidence. Staff of different kinds worked together as a team to benefit patients.

This domain was rated requires improvement because there was no central recording of supervision. This will be addressed.

Well-led; managers at all levels in the Trust had the right skills and abilities to run a service providing high quality sustainable care. Staff knew and understood the Trust’s vision and values.

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Shropshire Council’s ecology team highly commended

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 10:28

Shropshire Council’s ecology team is celebrating after being highly commended at the 2019 Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management Planning Authority of the Year Award, held on Thursday 27 June 2019 in London.

The prestigious award was given to the team for its work in taking a national lead on the issues surrounding ammonia and nitrogen deposition.

With recent research continuing to emphasise the impact that increased ammonia and nitrogen deposition has on habitats and species, the council has taken the lead on the ecological assessment of livestock units in the planning system.

It has meant that the council is the first authority to produce interim planning guidance on assessing the impacts of ammonia and nitrogen deposition on wildlife sites.

This ambitious guidance strives to improve the quality of planning applications, facilitating solutions in an ecologically-rich environment in line with new case law and existing legislation.

Pictured with the certificate, from left to right: Sue Swales, Shropshire Council’s natural environment team leader; Karen Collier, Shropshire Council’s regulatory services operations manager, David Lindo “The Urban Birder”, and Nicola Stone, Shropshire Council’s planning ecologist.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:

“I’m so pleased that the team and their work has been recognised in this way – they should all be very proud of the difference that they make every day.

“We’ve previously relied on the national guidance and thresholds for ammonia published by the Environment Agency to be followed when applying for an environmental permit for intensive livestock units, published in 2012. However, since this guidance was issued, a number of changes have occurred.

“Shropshire has seen a rapid increase in the number of livestock units, particularly for poultry, and is now a hotspot for permitted and non-permitted sites compared with the rest of England.

“We already have high background levels of airborne ammonia and nitrogen deposition, and a large number of international wildlife sites that are sensitive to ammonia and nitrogen. This new guidance should help us to get the balance right.”

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