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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:
It’s the time of year to search out butterflies
June 15thSmall Pearl bordered fritillary hunt Marl allotment, Whixall. 2pm – 4pm,
Meet at parking place beside roundthorn bridge, Grid ref 52.917619, -2.743632, follow Platt lane from Holinwood travelling west. Go past the old Waggoners pub then turn left down lane just before the canal. Go to the end, cross over the bridge and double back, parking on right.
June 19th AM- Butterfly Id training at Colemere, Meet at 10 for 10.30m start – 12.30pm BOOKING REQUIRED
Meet at Colemere Church for a Butterfly ID talk followed by a walk around the site to have a go at survey methods and look for butterflies.
June 27th– Large heath butterfly hunt, Wem Moss. 10.30am – 3pm, BOOKING REQUIRED
Meet in the Horse and Jockey, Northwood, SY4 5NN.
Butterfly ID talk until midday, leave pub at 12.30 and get to Wem Moss for 1 ish, 2 hour walk around Wem moss and return to pub for 3.30pm.
July 7th– Butterflies and bombers, 2pm – 4pm
Guided walk led by Butterfly Conservation's Stephen Lewis to see the only colony of silver-studded blue butterflies in the Midlands and discover the military history of Prees Heath Common. Park on the access track opposite the Steel Heath turning off the A49, 2 miles south of Whitchurch. Free event.
Contact Luke Neal, Community Officer, Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme
Shropshire Wildlife Trust,193 Abbey Foregate Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY2 6AH
Tel 01743 284275 LukeN@shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk
StartUp Britain's StartUp Bus
On Thursday 25 July StartUp Britain’s StartUp bus will visit Shrewsbury and Oswestry as part of its third annual national tour – giving Shropshire people wanting to start or grow their own business the chance to get free expert advice and support.
The double-decker bus filled with start-up experts and business champions will be in The Square, Shrewsbury from 9am to 1pm, and then at the Guildhall, Bailey Head in Oswestry from 2 pm to 5pm.
People are invited to come along on the day, but can also register their interest in advance at www.startupbritain.org/tour to get the latest news and information about the tour.
The StartUp bus tour is visiting over 30 locations in July and August to help boost the number of businesses started in the UK in 2013 to a record 500,000.
On the StartUp Britain bus people will be able to:
- Meet local business advisers and entrepreneurs.
- Learn about Shropshire Council’s Business Enterprise Fund Grant, Loan Scheme, Redundant Building Grant or Resource Efficiency Grant
- Book onto one of our FREE regular Business Clinics or StartUp Clubs
- Take advantage of Shropshire Council’s innovative Growing Talent Scheme matching Graduates with Businesses
- Learn how Apprenticeships can really help StartUp Business owners to grow their business as well as train the next generation of entrepreneurs
- Get expert business advice about access to finance, selling online, accounting solutions and tips on how to get started from StartUp Britain’s sponsors (PayPal, BT Business, Intuit and Iris).
- Learn how exporting can help new business really take off with sound advice from our experts.
- Read entrepreneurial books in the innovation station.
- Discover how to pitch to large retailers.
- Receive goodie bags, including useful information from the day.
- Help Shrewsbury or Oswestry win the title for StartUp Britain’s Top Town!
- Apply for a Start-Up Loan and learn about funding for small businesses and other helpful Shropshire Council and Central Government initiatives.
It is also hoped that food and live music will be on offer alongside the bus on the day.
I’m sure you will agree that the StartUp bus visiting Shropshire is great news for the county, and great news for local people who want to start their own business.
Please contact Susan Coleman, Business Support Officer & Change Champion, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
Tel: 01743 252597 for further information.
The StartUp Britain National Business Tour Bus is in Shropshire on July 25th
The Square Shrewsbury 9-1 pm and
The Bailey Head Oswestry 2-5pm
Register at www.startuptour.coto find out more
Please Tweet using #StartUptour
NHS Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to lead a review on maternity services provided locally. As two groups of family GPs, we are responsible for buying health services for our patients and want to ensure that maternity services provide the highest quality experience during and after pregnancy. Around 5,154 women a year use the maternity services in the Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin areas. We would appreciate your help to reach mothers, mothers to be, families, local groups, health professionals and the wider community and, capture their experiences during and after pregnancy. Can you promote, through your networks, the range of opportunities that people can take advantage of to join in the discussion and tell us what they think is good and not so good about maternity services, so we can build on the service to make it better. We are particularly interested in experiences since 1 April 2012.
Anyone can join in the discussion by:
Attending any one of the following public group discussions taking place on:
4 September, 10am-12pm, Ludlow Mascall Centre, Ludlow
5 September, 6pm-8pm, Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre
6 September, 1pm-3pm, Wellington Civic and Leisure Centre, Wellington
7 September, 10am-12pm, Severn Theatre, Shrewsbury
10 September, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Cosy Hall, Newport
10 September, 6pm-8pm, The Qube, Oswestry
12 September, 10am–12pm,Turreff Hall, Donnington, Telford
To book your free place call us on 01743 277580.
Visiting our Facebook page –search for NHS Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin Maternity Services Review
Following us on Twitter – @maternityreview
Visiting www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk or www.telfordccg.nhs.uk and completing our online survey
Sending us feedback by email at email@example.com (This is a central email address across both CCGs.)
We will listen to, and read all the feedback and use it to decide what is needed in order to ensure that we create more exceptional maternity services for our mothers and their babies.
Both Healthwatch Shropshire and Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin are observing the review, to ensure that it reflects the local needs of the population and is thorough.
The survey closes on 12 September. For more detailed information about the Maternity Services Review please visit www.shropshireccg.nhs.ukor www.telfordccg.nhs.uk
We are currently in the process of finalising posters and leaflets, if you would like copies of these please email firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01743 277580.
Love Your Bike Month
The Sustainable Transport Project Team is holding Shropshire Council’s 4th annual Love your bike month during October 2013.
Throughout October a series of free activities will be held to help Shropshire residents prepare themselves for winter cycling and have fun on their bicycles. The aim of the campaign is to get more people in Shropshire cycling and to highlight the need to be safe and visible on the roads as the nights draw in.
The campaign is funded through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, an external grant from the Department for Transport. The Project Team is working in partnership with public health, schools, cycle businesses and community projects to promote this campaign.
Full details of all the activities will be available shortly on the Travel Shropshire website: http://www.travelshropshire.co.uk/love-your-bike and we will start to promote the campaign to Shropshire residents next week.
For further information about any of the activities or if you would like to help publicise activities to residents in your area please contact Anna Morris, Project Officer, Sustainable Transport Project Team, Shropshire Council, 107 Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DS Tel: 01743 254968 Email: email@example.com Web: www.shropshire.gov.uk | travelshropshire.co.uk
New Courses in North Shropshire and at Telford College
I am the Community Outreach Worker looking after North Rural Shropshire and my area mainly covers Newport, Market Drayton, Wem, Whitchurch and Ellesmere (plus surrounding areas). It is my job to set up courses in the community to capture those who need or are looking for a course. I am using a variety of venues including community centres, libraries, schools, sports clubs to deliver these courses so students do not have to travel out of their immediate area.
The nature of the courses I am setting up are varied between the employability skills based courses including IT and interview skills etc and stretching to craft interest courses i.e. cake decoration and Christmas crafts. Other popular courses also include Digital Photography, ADHD awareness, Teen Psychology… and not forgetting Maths and English courses in all areas where students can come and build their maths and English from pre-entry level up to and including level 2… all courses in general are free to job seekers, the more art/craft courses do have a fee if the students are in employment or not on any other benefit.
If you know of anybody who would be interested in a course including anybody you work with, friends, family or colleagues please do not hesitate to contact myself Andy Dowdall Community Outreach Worker Telford College of Arts and Technology 07825 877831 / 01952 642538
Developing the next generation of film industry talent
A Unique Opportunity for young filmmakers and animators!
Starts 26th October 2013 – apply now!
The BFI Film Academy aims to help train and inspire the next generation of British filmmakers, supporting talented and committed young people aged 16-19 to develop the commercial and cultural knowledge and skills to help make a career in film and animation a reality.
The BFI Film Academy offers training for every film industry role, from writing and directing through to production, sound design, editing and camera, and provides learning around film and animation history and cinematic storytelling to inspire an appreciation of film culture in the round.
The BFI Film Academy forms a key part of the BFI’s ambitious plans to revolutionise film education for 5-19 year olds, a core aim of the BFI’s Film Forever five year plan to support the future success of UK film. Film Academy funding partners include the Department for Education in England, the National Lottery, Creative Scotland and Northern Ireland. Strategic partners include BAFTA, Pinewood Studios and Creative Skillset, helping to ensure the Academy is a gold standard film industry-focused educational programme. www.bfi.org.uk/filmacademy
About the BFI - The BFI is the UK’s lead film organisation, with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
- Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
- Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
- Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
- Promoting British film and talent to the world
- Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
Your local Academy specialising in ANIMATION is looking for 18 of the region’s most promising young creatives to take part in the 8-week specialist programme based at Wem Town Hall. Participants will work alongside industry experts to explore the world of animation – learning about film history and different approaches to making animation, how to develop ideas and scripts, sound design and music, pitching and presenting, to practical animation techniques, editing and special effects. Participants will have opportunity to work with support from specialist staff, with recent film industry graduates and with award winning animation professionals. Upon completion, you will have a comprehensive understanding of animation (both art form and industry), will have made a short animation (showcased at Borderlines Film Festival), will have gained a Silver Arts Award and, most importantly, you will be one of the select few who have graduated from the BFI Film Academy - and that’s great for your CV, portfolio, UCAS statement or job interview!What’s more, as a graduate of the Academy you’ll have ongoing access to training and advice through the new UK wide BFI Network.
Course dates: Opening weekend - 26th & 27th October 2013, followed by 9th & 30th Nov, 7th Dec, 11th & 25th Jan 2014, 8th February & final session on either 11th OR 15th February 2014.
Location: Wem Town Hall, High Street, Wem, Shropshire. SY4 5DG. You can travel to Wem by train from across the West Midlands and Wrexham – so wherever you live you should be able to attend.
Accreditation:You will work towards gaining a Silver Arts Award
Costs: The cost to participate in the BFI Film Academy delivered at Wem Town Hall is £25. But if you will struggle to pay the course fee, don’t be put off as you will be able to indicate this once you are accepted on the course and this fee can be waived.Bursaries will also be made available for participants if you require assistance with travel, child care or other costs.
To apply for this one-off opportunity participants should be:
- genuinely interested in filmmaking and animation
- creative, enthusiastic, prepared to work hard (and have fun!)
- aged 16-19 years old
- available to attend the opening weekend and following daytime sessions
Interested? To apply or for further information, please visit www.wemtownhall.co.uk , email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01939 232299 and leave your name, age, and contact phone number.
We hope to have allocated places by 14th October so please do not delay.
Meres and Mosses Learning Journey
Tuesday 22nd October 2013
Find out about this special landscape on your doorstep and how it can help your business
Free to tourism related businesses and organisations
Here in the borderlands of northern Shropshire, south Cheshire and Wales, we have one of the world’s most special landscapes. The Meres and Mosses is a Nature Improvement Area, one of only twelve in the UK. It is beautiful, unusual, endlessly interesting for both its history and its wildlife, and very accessible.
The area has £2 million of funding from national lottery and DEFRA for conservation, heritage, community, access and learning projects. The projects are being implemented now and over the next five years by a partnership – The Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership - led by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and including organisations from Shropshire, Cheshire, Wales and national groups.
We want more people to know about and enjoy this special place, especially you and your customers and guests. The Meres and Mosses Learning Journey will show you the best and easiest spots for your visitors to enjoy the landscape, where they can taste great local food and drink with added interest, and will also give ideas for using The Meres and Mosses to help your business.
The day starts at Ellesmere Boathouse at 10am. There is plenty of parking in Castlefields Car Park opposite the Boathouse. The itinerary includes visits to several sites in the area. Refre
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