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Shropshire Community Play Store
This scheme is open to community, voluntary groups and groups who work with children and young people in Shropshire. The scheme enables the hiring of equipment for minimal costs, something for a fun day, play scheme or just for a change from the regular equipment, the store is there to help. For free membership and access to the range of equipment follow this link
Shropshire Tourism is delighted to offer FREE membership to any business, individual, organisation or group interested or involved in any way with the visitor ecomony in the county. Members will receive
- Free Listings on the most appropriate business websites operated by Shropshire Tourism (e.g www.shropshireshopping.co.uk and www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk)
- Opportunity to upgrade their listings on these websites
- Twice yearly e-newsletters with news, IT and marketing advice
- Discounts and special rates offered to members by third party organisations
- Invite to open forums, network days or such appropriate events
- Access to a range of support services provided by Shropshire Tourism
Wem Town Hall
Wem Town Hall is a centre for arts, learning, community and enterprise. A lively and friendly multi-use venue that welcomes all. Offering a range of spaces and facilities for hire along with a vibrant arts and learning programme including: cinema, theatre, live music, exhibitions, dance and much more. With a developing community and cultural programme, licensed cafe bar with wi-fi, a local information point as well being home to the popular Thursday market, there are many reasons to visit Wem Town Hall.
Shropshire Business Enterprise Fund
The Shropshire Business Fund has been set up by Shropshire Council to provide grants to businesses in response to the current difficulties in obtaining finance from banks and other leading institutions and to counter the impact of the recession in Shropshire including the high level o f empty shops. For more information contact the Economic Development Team, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abber Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
Shropshire Community Tree Scheme
Local Tree Warden: Eirene Craney Telephone 01948 710218
Shropshire Council is currently running a free tree scheme encouraging people to plant native trees. Do you know of somewhere locally which might benefit from some tree planting?
Shropshire Live Website
A brand new interactive news and information website serving Shropshire
West Mercia Police
Find out about local policing, crime prevention advice and crime statistics from the West Mercia Police.
Call anonymously with information about crime. You will never be asked your name. You will not be recorded. Your call will not be traced. You will not have to make a statement to the Police. You will not appear in Court. Crimestoppers' guarantee of anonymity has never been broken.
National Association of Local Councils
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) represents the interests of Town and Parish Councils in England.
Quality Council Information
The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2001 following the Government's Rural White Paprer 2000. The aim of the scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for Parish and Town Councils. The scheme is supported by 6 National Stakeholders, the Commission for Rural Communities, the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. the Local Government Association, the National Association of Local Councils and the Society of Local Council Clerks.
Need help sustaining the revival of your town? The 'Sustainability Toolkit' is designed to support the forward planning and development needs of community associations and partnerships, town and parish councils and other community organisations that are working to revive and sustain their towns. This service is provided free as part of the BIG Lottery funded, ;Towns Alive' programme at AMT.
Empty Homes in Shropshire
Have your say on future empty homes in Shropshire. Residents, property owners and other interested groups are invited to comment on a new housing strategy which looks at tackling the issues of long term empty homes in Shropshire. Shropshire Council's empty Homes Strategy proposes setting up 'Empty Homes Action Zones' to focus on areas where there are significant numbers of empty homes and the council wants to give local communities to comment on the proposals being made. The draft version of the strategy is available to view online at www.shropshire.gov.uk/housing.nsf
Paying by direct debit can save council thousands
Shropshire Council is urging more people to pay their council tax bills by direct debit because it saves money and helps protect services. A person using direct debit saves the council £30 compared to someone paying by cash, almost £20 compared to a weekly payment card and almost £5 compared to someone using a monthly payment card. The council can save thousands of pounds from encouraging more people to pay by direct debit. anyone interested in switching their payments to direct debit can call Shropshire Council's council tax helpline on 0345 678 9002 or visit one of the council's offices across the county.
Shropshire Council is helping to promote hundreds of job opportunities for people to help make the 2011 census a success. The census takes place on Sunday 27 March 2011 and about 200 temporary jobs are available across Shropshire. Jobs are being appointed now on behalf of the Office of National Statistics. People can go to the official website at www.censusjobs.co.uk for more information.
Council well prepared for winter
Shropshire Council is well prepared for winter, with extra salt in its barns and depots ready for gritting the county's roads.
The Council ordered it's salt supplies in March and currently has 20,000 tonnes, 5,000 tonnes more than last year. As well as extra salt, the council has reviewed how it grits the county's roads. The defined network (important routes which are gritted before 8am) has been looked at and to work more efficiently, previous divisional bounderies have been removed. This means that fewer gritters are needed to grit more roads, saving the council £30,000 this winter and £51,000 in subsequent years. To view the new defined network visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/hwmaint.nsf
Shropshire Council's waste management team has won national recognition for their efforts to reduce junk mail in Shropshire by encouraging residents to sign up to the Mailing Preference Service (MPS). Research has shown that households that sign up to the Mail Preference Service receive 20kg less junk mail each year. In addition, the resulting reduction in paper use has been shown to yield a saving of 4kg of CO2 and 140 litres of water for every household that signs up. To sign up to the Mailing Preference Service, visit www.mpsonline.org.uk or call 0845 7034599.
Wem Transition Town Initiative
A key feature of the initiative is the development and encouragement of local sustainability for Wem. It also gives information on gardening, shops, events, Wem Civic Society and much more, visit www.wemlocal.org.uk to find out more about your local community.
Warm Home Discount Information
Confusion has arisen over the Government's new Warm Homes Discount. Pensioners in receipt of the guarentee element of Pension Credit should receive their discount automatically without having to take any action. They will receive a letter from the Department of Works and Penions to say that their electricity bill will be credited with £120. Some other households may also qualify, but funds are limited. These customers need to apply to their energy company. Shropshire residents unsure who to call should contact keep Shropshire Warm on 01743 277123 or visit www.keepshropshirewarm.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep Shropshire Warm also urges all customers that have not already done so to make sure their homes are fully insulated ready for winter.
Sure Start Courses - Children's Centre Courses North Team April - July 2013
Please see details below under related files
Ellesmere and Wem - Wem Children's Centre (back of St Peter's School, access from New Street Doctors Surgery Road.
Resource Efficiency Grants
Funding available from £1000-£3,000 for capital items to reduce energy costs and improve resource efficiency, follow this link for more information www.shropshire.gov.uk/regrants
Meres and Mosses
Volunteers needed for 2 upcoming events:
18th&19thMay – Dearnford Lake County Fare (Just outside Whitchurch)
10am-4pm on the Saturday and Sunday, support needed with doing dragonfly activity. Even if people can just help for a couple of hours and then have a wander around the fayre that would be brilliant.
Saturday 25thMay – Shropshire agricultural show (in Shrewsbury)
This is a long day the show is open 8.30am – 7pm. Two or three volunteers needed who can come and help out throughout the busiest part of the day (10 - 5), they will be able to pick tickets up from the gate. Help out for a couple of hours and then wander around the show.
Contact Elizabeth Walker, Farm Adviser, Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01743 284291, ElizabethW@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk
- Small Business Grants (pdf: 60kb)Small Business Grants
- Sure Start Children's Centre Courses North Team April-July 2013 (pdf: 33kb)Sure Start Children's Centre Courses North Team April-July 2013
Shropshire Council Press Releases
- Kitchen Caddies & Liners - Poster (pdf: 1277kb)Kitchen Caddies & Liners - Poster
- Kitchen Caddies & Liners (pdf: 10kb)Kitchen Caddies & Liners
- Bus Pass Renewal Form January 2012 (pdf: 331kb)Bus Pass Renewal Form January 2012
- Bus Pass Renewal Poster January 2012 (pdf: 1238kb)Bus Pass Renewal Poster January 2012
- Battery Recycling Point (pdf: 57kb)Battery Recycling Point