12th September 2018

Wem Town Council – Councillor Vacancy Co-Option notice

Wem Town Council has a vacancy arising from the resignation of Cllr Peter White who represented the East Ward which can now be filled by co-option.

Eligibility criteria to be a Councillor – in order to be eligible to stand as a councillor you must meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

a) You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish/community in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
b) You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish/community area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of co-option.
c) Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of co-option has been in the parish/community area.
d) You have lived in the parish/community area or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of co-option.

Prospective candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with the disqualification restrictions under Section 80 of the Local Government Act 1972 relating to Bankruptcy Restrictions Orders and Criminal Convictions carrying a sentence of more than 3 months imprisonment, without the option of a fine.

Applicants are asked to submit an application in writing, setting out why you wish to be considered as a councillor and any qualities or experience that you have that you think would benefit the Town Council

Applications must be submitted to the Town Clerk at Wem Town Council, Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem SY4 5DB or via email to info@wem.gov.uk

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 19th September 2018.

Applications will be considered at the September Town Council meeting to be held on 27.9.18

Penny O’Hagan Town Clerk (Town Clerk) 22.8.18

11th September 2018


2018 is the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. Wem Town Council in partnership with Wem branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is very keen that the whole community is involved with this commemoration.

Over 57 residents of the town lost their lives in World War One and it is important that the sacrifice they made continues to be remembered.

In addition to the traditional Remembrance Sunday commemorations on 11th November, the Town Council and RBL would like to involve the whole community in remembering the sacrifice made by millions of men and women across the nation by creating a display of poppies running through the Town Centre.

To achieve this the Town Council and RBL would like as many people in Wem as possible to use their creative skills to turn a paper plate into a Remembrance Poppy. The decorated poppies will then be linked together and displayed in shop windows along the High Street and around the town during the week before 11th November.

The Town Council will supply paper plates to any interested groups or individuals who want to be involved and our only requirement is that the finished plate should be red in colour with a black centre to represent a poppy.

It is anticipated that the plates will be distributed towards the end of September and should be completed by 19th October. After this date the Town Council will be looking for volunteers to help with linking the poppy chains for displays.

If your group would like to be part of this project please can you contact Penny O’Hagan at Wem Town Council on 01939 232733, info@wem.gov.uk for more information and to let us know how many plates you require.


10th September 2018

Working to becoming Dementia Friendly Wem

This initiative is led by The Alzheimer’s Society and supported by the Wem Economic Forum where all local businesses, organisations, clubs and groups - however large or small - are being encouraged to sign up as Supporters by attending a Dementia Friends session and considering how small actions can make a huge positive difference. 

The Dementia Friends programme aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Stigma and lack of understanding cause many people living with dementia to experience loneliness and social exclusion, so Dementia Friends hopes to tackle this by creating communities and businesses that are dementia friendly and more inclusive of people affected by dementia.

People living with dementia often find it harder to have conversations, or might need a little time to gather their thoughts and remember whatever they wanted to do or say. These symptoms often cause people to lose confidence.

Dementia Friendly Wem is a way to make it easier for people living with dementia to remain active and involved in their communities. We also want to increase understanding of what dementia is, and to reduce the fear surrounding the condition. In order to achieve this, four Dementia Friends information sessions have been arranged, led by local Dementia Friends Champions and hosted by Wem Town Hall and Wem Cricket Club.

Our hope is that every shop window in Wem will be proud to display a sticker and that groups and clubs will also embrace the initiative.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of the following sessions. To book your place email viv.edgar1@gmail.com or pop into Wem Town Hall Reception


Wednesday 12th September, 1.30 pm, Wem Town Hall

Wednesday 3rd October, 7.00 pm, Wem Cricket Club

Thursday 11th October, 7.00 pm, Wem Cricket Club

Tuesday23rd October, 5.30 pm, Wem Town Hall


6th September 2018

4th September 2018

Sunday 16th September 2018, 3.00 p.m St Peter & St Paul's Parish Church, High Street, Wem

Everyone is welcome to this Special Community Service