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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'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.
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
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
One in seven people in the West Midlands fear they won’t be able to afford to pay the rent or mortgage at the end of this month. Yet many people in this situation would feel too ashamed to ask for help. Shelter’s helpline receives too many calls from people in desperation, and on the brink of losing their home, because bills and notices have been left unopened and problems have piled up.
This January those at risk are being encouraged to seek advice from Shelter and avoid problems spiralling out of control. For online advice visit www.shelter.org.uk/advice
or contact the free telephone helpline number 0808 800 4444
You may also wish to share the ‘Shelter Stories’ blog, which seeks to offer a first-person, friendly, and accessible introduction to advice.
Free Property Flood Protection Assessment
As flooding is so much in the news due to the recent weather conditions, Shropshire Council are offering free property flood protection assessments.
Shropshire Council is working hard to manage flood risk across the county and is busy learning about the flooding issues that affect different areas.
As part of its approach, Shropshire Council is offering free residential property flood protection assessments, where internal flooding has been experienced. Assessments will be carried out by an approved surveyor who is independent of manufacturers of flooding related products. An assessment will be made of the likely routes of ingress for flood water entering your property, and measures that could be used to prevent or mitigate flood damage to your home will be suggested. After visiting, the surveyor will issue a brief report outlining their findings. You can then use the report to help plan protective measures for your property. Shropshire Council can provide further guidance on the types of products that are available.
To request a visit, please send your contact details to email@example.com.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact The Flood and Water Management Team, Shirehall, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
Pay Point facility
This facility is now operating again in Wem and is located at the Co-op supermarket.
To see whether you have access to fibre broadband, use the checker at connectingshropshire.co.uk/when-and-where/
The map allows people to get up-to-date information about the status of their exchange area within the programme. The availability checker enables people to enter their postcode or telephone number to find out their exchange area, whether or not fibre broadband is available and estimated dates when it will be available to them. For a list of all live cabinets see connectingshropshire.co.uk/live-cabinets/
To connect to fibre broadband, people need to contact their chosen internet service provider to upgrade their broadband package, the broadband speeds won't increase automatically.
Not all premises in an exchange area will get access to fibre broadband and not all premises served by a fibre cabinet will necessarily get access to faster broadband. Not all cabinets in an exchange area will necessarily be fibre enabled. Contact details www.connectingshropshire.co.uk
Remembering those lost in WW1
The roll of honour is now online at
There is also the below link to St Chad’s website:
Indexed copies of the roll of honour will be available for sale shortly (£15 softbound and £30 hardback) and copieswill be given to every secondary school in the county.
Metal Matters Recycling Campaign
The Campaign which is sponsored by the metal recycling industry body Alupro and waste form Veolia is being run across the county and is co-ordinated by Shropshire Council. The aim of the campaign is simply to remind people to recycle more metal cans, tins, foil and aerosols. This involved leaflets being delivered across the whole county and also Metal Matters livery added to the sides Shropshire's waste collection vehicles. So just drop your cans, tins and foil in the recycling box - not in the rubbish bin. For more information visit www.recycleforshropshire.com
Metal recycling facts:
The average family in Shropshire goes through 26 aerosols a year - that's 3.5 million a year across the county
Apparently the average family goes through 600 cans a year - that's 80,000,000 a year in Shropshire
Recycling a tonne of steel saves 1.5 tonnes of iron ore and reduces CO2 emissions by 75%
Recycling a tonne of aluminium saves 4 tonnes of bauxite and reduces CO2 emissions by 95%
Recycling a single drinks can saves enough energy to power your computer for 3 hours
The CO2 saved by recycling steel cans in the UK last year is equivalent to taking >200,000 cars off the road
In as little as six weeks, the empty can you put in your recycling could be remelted, remoulded and refilled and literally back on your local supermarket shelf
In a whole year, one drink can could be recycled eight timnes, saving enough energy to make 160 new cans
The UK metal recycling undustry added £5 billion to UK GDP last year
Shropshire Women and Children's Centre
Women and Children's Services are changing for the better. From September 2014 a new Shropshire Women and Children's Centre opens at the Princess Royal Hospital, Telford. The centre will be for:
Women who need a consultant-led birth
Gynaecology services where you have to stay overnight
Children who need to stay in hospital overnight
Most people will continue to go to the same hospital as they do now. Both the Princess Royal ansd the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital will still have a Midwife-led unit, a Children's Assessment Unit and an outpatient and adult day case services.
Find out more at www.sath.nhs.uk/future
The Shropshire Walk-in Health Centre
From Monday 15 December 2014, the Shropshire Walk-in Centre will be located at the Urgent Care Centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. It will continue to be open from 8am until 8pm every day and will see a range of minor injuries and illnesses.
If you need to be seen urgently and cannot wait for a GP appointment, you can go to the Walk-in Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Follow sings to the Urgent Care Centre (Walk-in Centre). Go to www.shropshireccg.nhs.uk to find out more information.
Walking for Health
In Wem - Want to get more active? Then we’re here to help
Walking is a great way to get fit, explore what is on your doorstep and make new friends
Join one of our free and friendly short walks - 10.00 am every Monday from Edinburgh House
Walks are suitable for most fitness levels and abilities -
New Walkers Always Welcome
Level 2 walks may involve stiles and country paths. Suitable footwear (flat shoe or boot with a good grip) is recommended.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the published start time
If you have not exercised for some time, or feel that you have a medical condition that may affect your ability, please consult a GP
Please do not hesitate to contact the WfH team if you require any further information/ advice
- suitable for people who have not walked much before, are looking to be more active, or are returning from injury or illness. They are up to 30 minutes on flat ground or gentle slopes with mainly firm surfaces and no steps or stiles.
suitable for people who are looking to increase their activity levels. They are between 30 - 60 minutes and may include some moderate slopes, steps, uneven surfaces and possibly stiles.
BENEFITS OF REGULAR WALKING - Reduce blood pressure, Reduce the risk of heart disease, Aids weight management, Increases aerobic fitness, Reduces long term pain of arthritis, Reduces the risk of some types of cancers, Improves psychological well being AND MANY MORE - Health benefits may be achieved through regular participation in a moderate level of physical activity, such as walking, when done for 150 minutes each week in sessions of 10 minutes or more. Why not use the health walks to help you achieve your 150 minute a week target?
For Further information and walk leader training please Contact: Liz Evans, email Liz.Evans@shropshire.gov.uk, tel. 01743 255068.
Change4Life's Sugar Swap Campaign
Support Change4Life Sugar Swaps campaign and help local children improve their long-term health
It’s surprising how much sugar there is in some of the things that we give our children throughout the day, from the cereal they have for breakfast, the drinks they have during the day, the snacks they have after school and the puddings after a meal.
The campaign led by Public Health England, are calling on families across the nation to sign up for ‘Sugar Swaps’ between January and March 2015. The campaign aims to help families cut down on their sugar intake by making simple food and drink swaps at key occasions throughout the day. These include:
· The Breakfast Swap: sugary cereal for plain cereal e.g. whole-wheat biscuit cereal
· The Drink Swap: e.g. from sugary drinks to sugar-free or no-added-sugar drinks or water.
· The After School Swap: for example from muffins to fruited teacake
· The Pudding Swap: for example from ice cream to low-fat lower-sugar yoghurt
Another way to cut back on sugar when you are shopping is to look at the nutritional colour coded front of pack labels and go for more greens and ambers and fewer reds.
Why is too much sugar so bad?
Eating and drinking too much sugar means extra calories, which causes fat to build up inside the body. This can lead to heart disease, some cancers or type 2 diabetes later in life.
In Shropshire, 23.5% of children start school either overweight or obese, this then becomes 30.3% for those in their last year of primary school. Children who are overweight or obese when they are young are far more likely to become overweight or obese adults and these figures demonstrate the increasing need to address children’s diet and limit future health problems.
Sugar can also have a devastating impact upon dental health, an integral part of overall health. Tooth decay was the most common reason for hospital admissions for children aged five to nine in 2012-13. 28% of 5 year olds in England have tooth decay and of these, 24% have five or more teeth affected. When children are not healthy this affects their ability to learn, thrive and develop.
What you can do
We’d like members to encourage families in their local community to register for their FREE Sugar Swaps pack which they will receive through the post. The packs are filled with hints, tips and recipe suggestions designed to help parents cut down the sugary foods and drinks consumed by their children, plus money-off vouchers, swap cards and stickers.
Families can find out how to reduce their family’s sugar intake and receive their FREE pack full of tips and money off vouchers by visiting https://sugarswaps.change4life.co.uk/
Each person who signs up for their free pack will receive a daily email and regular texts with further advice on how to continue to reduce sugar consumption from their children’s diets.
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